A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Nugget Point – Otago NZ

LIMITED EDITION RE-RELEASE   |   A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

After unsuccessfully trying to scale the cliff to get a higher view than from the main pathway to the lighthouse, I thought better of it and decided instead to jump the gate leading up the path towards some kind of meteorological weather station, and simply knock on the door and ask if I could set up on the cliff edge nearby. Multiple signs warning people like me to ‘keep out’ made me nervous, but there was nobody there. I could also swear there was a sensor on the main path that I triggered, but I figured the closest town was 20 mins away and I’d have at least that long to try and get a photograph or two.

I spent an afternoon and evening sitting, watching and taking it all in, until this moment just before sunset when the nuggets themselves were illuminated with a beautiful apricot-coloured glow. It was one of the most memorable days of my career, and thankfully no angry meteorologists arrived to spoil the moment.

As an aside, that evening I bought some fried rice from the local Chinese takeaway store, and I don’t know if it was the endorphins running through my body from the gorgeous day, but it was the best damn fried rice I have ever tasted!…and the south coast of NZ is a LONG way from China. in fact I scarcely think there would be a Chinese person in that part of New Zealand. It’s funny the things that the mind chooses to remember…

This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef, in Westland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

Peter’s Pool – Westland NZ

NEW RELEASE   |   This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef Glacier, in Westland NZ, on the South Island.

On a crisp, cold morning, I woke early to walk up through the valley and see if there were any interesting atmospheric conditions over the Franz Josef Glacier. I soon arrived at Peter’s Pool and was greeted by this sight….albeit the day before this photograph was created. As I hurried to set up my tripod, load film and ready my camera, I became aware of the slightest breeze on my frosty cheeks. When I looked up from what I was doing with my equipment, I realised to my dismay that the small puff of breeze was enough to turn the glassy reflection into small ripples…and the shot was gone.

The weather in the area had been very stable, and the forecast was for more of the same. I surmised that if I returned the next day, setting my alarm for 10 minutes earlier, I might get another chance. Sure enough, it was like groundhog day, but in the best possible way. The weather and conditions were identical, and I was able to create this image…before the faint puff of breeze came drifting down the valley at the same precise time as the day before, and the scene was gone for another day.

A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater at Jumeirah Vittaveli on the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

Breakwater – Jumeirah Vittaveli

NEW RELEASE   |   A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater off the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

I can’t say there were too many hardships during my stay at Jumeirah. When our gracious hosts greeted us with a bottle of Moet & Chandon and a complimentary massage, the tone was set for a relaxing shoot. This is reflected in the photographs I created on the island….warm, lazy, tropical days in the gentle breeze.

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a gorgeous place, and the food in particular was also a standout. So too the quality of the reef and variety of marine life directly in front of our over-water villa.  Simply incredible.