I was sifting through my archives and came across my trip to New Zealand in 2008. This was when I was first toying with photography and was having fun capturing the majestic landscapes around me. If I had the chance, I would change most everything about the images I captured in New Zealand. At the time, I was shooting on Aperture mode, and figured that more light is better so I opened up to the widest f-stop for every shot I took. This is of course, not the best way to capture landscape images but it did allow me to shoot at a pretty fast shutter speed — meaning most of my shots are sharp enough. And, the most important thing is although I did not understand what to do with them, I captured each and every shot in RAW format. This allowed me to make fine adjustments to the exposure and edit the images in ways I did not know how 6 years ago.
When I teach workshops and talk to people who ask me about gear, I tell them it’s really NOTHING to do with your equipment and EVERYTHING to do with if you know what you’re doing with it. I think these pictures are prime examples of that. I shot each picture with a Canon Digital Rebel XT and the stock lens (18-55mm 3.5-5/6). This is as basic a setup as you can ask for. Although I did not capture these pictures as well as I could have, each was a good exposure and with RAW, I was able to tweak them enough to the point that I’m sharing them again.
I made each image a 2:1 panorama format so that they can be paired easily as fine art prints: framed prints, acrylic, canvas print, or whatever other media. Please inquire via email if you are interested. Thanks for looking 🙂