My Favourite Images

Below follows a selection of my favourite images.  Choosing favourite photographs is a difficult task. The images that seem to resonate for me the most are the ones where all of the elements such as light, colour, composition and timing come together.  And often, the experience I had leading up or after the photo was taken affects my choice as well.

I tend to change my favourites over time, as I re-visit locations with better conditions, improve my post-processing skills, or I simply change my preference.

If you have a favourite image from any of the galleries please feel free to contact me and let me know about them.

Tree and Morning Mist

Tree in Morning Mist

This photo was taken from the top of Te Mata Peak, an iconic peak in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. As a local, I visit this area regularly, and on the morning this photo was taken, I was welcomed by thick mist flowing through the valley below. Initially the visibility was minimal, but as the sun started to rise, the mist gradually disappeared and added a touch of mystery to the hills and trees at the foot of the peak.

This image was selected by Flickr as one of the top 25 photos of 2020 and is featured here.

Golden Tree Reflection

Golden Tree Reflection

I took this photo of a couple of trees catching the first light of the day from the Pekapeka Wetlands boardwalk. It was a clear, cold winter’s morning and the frost in the hollow around the trees combined with the warm glow of the early sunlight adds a little extra to the mood. I like the natural symmetry of the scene, and I definitely broke the rule of thirds in this composition.

Hills above the early morning mist

Hills above the early morning mist

Taken while I was out to take a sunrise photo of Te Mata Peak. I took a look behind me to check if I had put the car on the handbrake (because I forget such things when I am on a mission to take photos), and saw the mist climbing up the hills with the first bit a light on them. A great start to the morning.

Whatawhata Morning Fog

Whatawhata Morning Fog

The layers of blue, white and green in this photo of morning fog in the Waikato always make me think of a national flag. A little research revealed that the national flag of Lesotho, a kingdom encircled by South Africa has such a flag. Also, someone suggested this as the new flag for New Zealand back in the days that we were debating replacing our current flag. The Blue represents the sky, the lakes and rivers, and the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. White represents the long white cloud, the crests of waves and snow-capped mountain peaks. And Green represents the earth and the beautiful islands of New Zealand.

First light on the Apostles

First light on the Apostles

A classic shot of the Twelve Apostles on Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.  I went on this trip with expectations of great weather with awesome sunrises and sunsets.  However, it rained pretty much non-stop for days until the morning we had to leave.  So, I was lucky to get this shot.


More favourites

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