Cape Campbell Dawn

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About the Photograph

Cape Campbell lies at the southernmost point of the Cook Strait – the infamous stretch of water separating New Zealand’s North and South Islands.  Many New Zealanders and tourists alike would probably have a story to share of ferry crossings in rough seas (including this photographer) and many know of the strong winds, especially those from the south, that funnel through the strait. Cape Campbell is a small headland that extends out into the Strait and is well-exposed to the full force of nature.  I’d flown above it many times on my way towards Wellington yet it was only in recent years that I decided it was a place I wanted to explore at ground-level.  We planned a visit coinciding with the end of Summer 2020, looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and photography, whatever the weather, on this remote corner of the South Island.  The first night of our stay in the former lighthouse keeper’s huts met our expectations with high winds whistling around us and magnificent stretches of lenticular clouds forming in the skies above.  Yet it was the second night that took us by surprise with virtually calm conditions taking over from sunset and extending throughout the night.  The night skies were dark and clear and so many hours were spent photographing the lighthouse with the stars twinkling above.

As dawn approached, I returned to a viewpoint that I’d found earlier in the trip.  From this vantage point, I had a magnificent view of the lighthouse rising above the rugged and exposed headland dotted with grasses and low-lying vegetation – clearly nothing taller could grow in an area dominated by the southerly winds.  From the lighthouse, the gentle slope of the land sweeps down towards the reef that extends out from the headland towards the ocean beyond.  With the Sun still below the horizon, the clear skies above were a gorgeous display of soft colours that seamlessly transitioned from purples and mauves into a warm yellow glow that indicated where the Sun would shortly rise.  I was surrounded by a landscape that reflected the beautiful colour palette of the dawn sky above.

A calm, clear sunrise certainly wasn’t expected during a weekend stay on the edge of the Cook Strait, but it was certainly a treasured moment and a reminder that you just never know what you’re going to find when you set out to explore.

“Cape Campbell Dawn” achieved a bronze award in the Landscape / Nature Category of the 2020 EPSON International Pano Awards as well as achieving a bronze medal in the 2020 North Shore Salon of Photography.

Image Details

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L at 24mm
Exposures: f/11, 1/4s – 1s, ISO 200
HDR blend & Panoramic stitch made with a total of 27 frames.

About this Limited Edition

  • Edition of 25
  • Media: Canson Infinity Rag Photographique (matte finish) 310 gsm cotton paper using Canon Lucia Pro 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.

Print Size

Image size: 20″ x 10″ / 508mm x 254mm

Your print will also include an additional white space border (approx. 1″ wide) to allow for easy handling during the framing process.

Framing Options

A ready-to-hang solution for you to enjoy your photograph straight away.  Framed photographs are presented in a classic 30mm wide timber frame made in New Zealand.  White or Black frames are available.  The photograph is mounted using archival quality materials including a neutrally-coloured bevelled mat (up to 3″ wide) made from Bainbridge Alphamat Artcare 4-ply matboard in Spanish White (8463) and 5mm acid-free foamboard.  Conservation Clear glass is used to frame the work and is rated to 99% UV protection. Museum Glass which offers both a high level of UV protection and anti-reflective properties is available upon request for an additional charge.

Completed frame size (approximate) includes the print, mat overlay and frame and gives a useful guide for checking a framed piece will fit into your desired space:

  • 28.5″ x 18.75″ (724mm x 476mm)

Shipping and Handling

  • As each print is personally printed by Mike White and frames are made to order, please allow up to 3 weeks for dispatch.  If you require your order to be completed urgently, please contact Mike directly to discuss options.
  • Prints will be shipped flat in an archival sleeve between layers of sturdy, protective board.
  • Framed artworks can only be shipped in New Zealand and will be packaged with multiple layers of bubble-wrap and heavy-duty corrugated card to ensure safe arrival.
  • All packages are shipped with a tracked courier service.
  • Free shipping within New Zealand applies to all orders.
Framing Options

Print Only, Framed Print (Black frame), Framed Print (White Frame)


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