While it would be hard to pick a clear favourite among the seasons, I do very much enjoy the visual delights of landscape photography in the winter months. The cooler temperatures can give Mother Nature some wonderful ingredients to work with at times and when the right blend of conditions comes together I like to head towards the Mackenzie Country. Here, in the centre of the South Island, parts of the inland basin can lay blanketed for days under a layer of freezing cold fog. The damp, freezing conditions are perfect for forming beautiful displays of icy crystals that cling to surfaces everywhere, transforming the countryside into a magical winter wonderland.
Following a couple of days of freezing fog and frosts and seeing a forecast for these conditions to continue that coincided with a couple of days off, I packed my gear and headed south arriving in Twizel in the early afternoon. To my disappointment (but to the locals’ relief I’m sure!) the afternoon sun had managed to warm up the area and disperse the fog, leaving a lovely soft haze lingering in the soft winter light of the afternoon sun. I explored the area for a while before heading towards Lake Ohau to photograph the stars for the night. The next morning I headed back towards Twizel in the pre-dawn darkness and was soon enveloped in a layer of thick fog.
Alongside Lake Ruataniwha, I made breakfast while patiently waiting for sunrise and enough light to break through the fog so I could begin to photograph the scenes around me. There was frost everywhere and the scenes were simply breath-taking. Yet not a breath of wind could be felt and the thickness of the fog meant sounds felt distant and barely audible. I could focus on the visual treats in front of me – a world of trees and grasses made of icy white crystals. My favourite of the morning though was this scene – a simple reflection of a small island in Lake Ruataniwha. The trees on the island are revealed just enough from the fog to see that their branches are coated in a layer of white frost before blending into the foggy background of the lake. The lake itself is a beautiful pastel shade of turquoise-blue that smoothly fades into the fog above.
Every time I look at this image, it reminds me of how calm and peaceful it felt be there that morning (and yes, just a little bit chilly too!) In my experience, scenes like this are rarely experienced, making them all the more unique and magical.
Image size: 11″ x 14″ / 279mm x 355mm
Your print will also include an additional white space border of approx. 1″ to allow for easy handling during the framing process.
As a Limited Edition Print, the following pricing structure applies:
Prints 1-5: $199
Prints 6-20: $299
Prints 21-25: $499
Price includes free delivery within New Zealand.
About this Limited Edition
- Edition of 25
- Media: Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310 gsm cotton paper using Canon Lucia Pro archival pigment-based inks
- Print is hand-signed and numbered
- Includes hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity
- Information sheet with the story of the image and capture details
Photographic prints of this image will only be available in this limited edition. I do reserve the right to use the image for other purposes for example: calendars, books, greeting cards, postcards and other items of a similar nature.
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm
Exposure: f/11, 1.3s, ISO 100
Shipping and Handling
Prints are carefully packaged before being rolled and placed into a protective postal tube for shipping. This offers a higher level of protection to your new print during transit than if it were shipped flat and allows you to store it safely while arranging framing.