Dawn Colour, Tasman Lake


Third time’s a charm’.  Nature is full of surprises.  The forecast for this particular morning called for fairly miserable conditions so I hadn’t set an alarm and decided I’d earned a sleep in after several long nights of astrophotography in the preceding days.  For some reason, I woke up early anyway so I peeked out the window to see a sky filled with stars and just a little cloud.  I nearly crawled back into bed but thought to myself, “why not, you’re up now” so pulled on the warm layers and set off into the freezing dawn for Tasman Lake. Arriving at the same spot that I’ve been to twice already on this trip, I noticed a small iceberg had floated closer to shore creating a lovely extra element that had been missing from earlier compositions. An hour before sunrise, the high cloud gradually thickened and faint traces of colour could be seen. The colour continued to build over the next hour until direct sunlight broke through onto the upper parts of Aoraki Mount Cook. I shared the sight with just one other photographer and I was very happy that my internal alarm clock gave me the nudge to wake up.  Some of my very favourite images come from unplanned moments and this was surely one of those.

Image Details
Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF24-105mm at 28mm
Exposure: f/11, 20s, ISO 100
Filters: 6 stop ND filter, 3 stop soft GND filter

Sizes Available
  • Small: 7″ x 5″ / 127mm x 178mm
  • Medium: 12″ x 8″ / 203mm x 305mm
  • Large: 18″ x 12″ / 305mm x 457mm

This above sizes describe the dimensions of the printed image.  Small prints are mounted within an 8″ x 10″ mat (203mm x 254mm).  Medium and large prints will also include an additional white space border to allow for easy handling during the framing process.

About this Open Edition
  • Media: Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310 gsm cotton paper using Canon Lucia Pro pigment-based inks.
  • Small prints come mounted with an 8″x10″ mat.
  • Medium and large prints are hand-signed and include a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Shipping and Handling
  • Small and medium prints will be shipped flat between layers of protective board.
  • Large prints will be carefully rolled and placed inside a protective postal tube.
  • Shipped with a tracked courier service.
  • Free shipping within New Zealand for orders at or above $99.
Print Size

Small: 7" x 5", Medium: 12" x 8", Large: 18" x 12"

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