I’m publishing this photo out of pure frustration! It’s early March, and down here in New Zealand I’m still waiting for the arrival of summer… The weather has been warm, but there has been an utter lack of calm days where I can enjoy being on the lake waterskiing. So, I’m mentally preparing myself for another one of these winters, where everything freezes for a couple of days, but the rest of the time the weather is calm and the lake flat. Shame the water temperature would kill you, otherwise I’d waterski all year round…
If it looks like I stopped before reaching my goal in this photo – its because I did. The angle I could shoot in this scenes was fundamentally limited because, well, my car was stuck. It only happened twice last winter, and this was the only time it was my fault. As the light was fading I realized I was loosing traction fast and decided to turn back while I could – and had I decided to do so about 100 meters behind me, I’d have escaped without need for a tow by a farmer who happened to be passing by. My car suffered a little damage, but not as much as my pride.
I intend to return to Moke Lake in the not too distant future, and perhaps shoot this angle again to give you a little context as to what you are looking at. Interestingly enough, although the clouds in this photo look a little like a bomb going off over the distant mountains, I did absolutely nothing to them in post – this was just one of those sunsets that makes you look twice as it casts a rather interesting light over the landscape…
(From 1/1600th to 1/125th)
f/8.0, ISO 100