When I’m travelling, I like to get off the beaten track a little. I love nothing more than to find secret spots and unique angles on popular travel photography locations. But sometimes when I’m exploring a big city, especially one as important as London, England, I just embrace the fact that I’m a tourist and roll with it.
I only had five days in London, which if you’ve been there you will know, is nowhere near enough time. There is SO MUCH to see and do. You could live there your entire life and still not see everything. So, I decided to embrace the fact that I was a tourist and visit the tourist sites along with a billion other people.
I loved it.
You can’t visit London without seeing St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s one of those places that just stops you in your tracks. You don’t even need to go inside, just seeing the historic church from outside is incredible. I took this cityscape photo of the dome from a neighbouring rooftop bar (don’t judge me) just before sunset. You can grab March 2018’s high-resolution desktop wallpaper for free by clicking on the image. It will look great on any size screen from smartphones and tablets up to large desktops.
I was asked recently if I had to pick my favourite moment of my time in Canada, which would it be? It took some serious consideration, and if I’m honest I had to narrow it down to my five favourite moments because it’s CANADA, which is one of the most incredible places on earth! The moment that really stood out was sunrise over Moraine Lake.
Now, as a landscape and travel photographer, few things are as satisfying to me as a sunrise. Sunsets are great, but there’s something about the stillness and calm just before sunrise that’s magical. That 4am alarm always sucks though. It’s not early morning, it’s the middle of the night. It’s dark and often cold, and the temptation to do violent things to that alarm clock is overwhelming, but I don’t think I’ve ever once regretted getting out of bed and going out with my camera to watch the sun come up and the day begin. Even on the days that the photography gods sleep in and don’t give me something amazing, it’s still worth it to be up to enjoy the beginning of the day.
This particular day was one of those 4am alarm days. The plan was to drive from my campsite at the unfortunately-named Mosquitoe Creek Campground in Banff National Park, Alberta to Moraine Lake for sunrise. Moraine Lake is one of the most popular sites in the Canadian Rockies, and probably all of Canada, so I wanted to get there early to beat the crowds, and I’m glad I did! Arriving just before 5am gave me plenty of time to scope out my shot and then wait for the magic to begin. There were already a couple other photographers there as expected, and more started to roll in as I waited for sunrise.
Getting there early definitely paid off, as I was in the prime location with the composition I wanted. I watched as other photographers walked around trying to find a good composition that didn’t include other people in it and didn’t get in anyone else’s shot (a concept lost on a few poor souls who sat on the rocks right in front of everyone and got swiftly and tactlessly told to move). The sunrise started as a beautiful warm glow on the famous ten peaks framing the lake, then as the sun came over the horizon behind me it lit up the very tops of the peaks. It was one of the most beautiful and magical sunrises I’ve ever seen in my life. Camera or no camera, it was worth every long hour of driving and the lack of sleep.
After I was done shooting from the view point on the rocks I walked down to these canoes I could see on the lake and took a few shots of them with Moraine Lake and the ten peaks in the background. It was still so quiet and calm, and the light was still stunning. I considered renting one of the canoes and taking them out on the lake for a paddle, but there was still much to do that day, including visiting Lake Louise, hiking the Plain of Six Glaciers, and seeing my first grizzly bear!
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It’s that time again, so here’s another free wallpaper for your computer or device. This one is a long exposure image I made on the north side of Mount Maunganui this last summer. Gotta love the long warm evenings for shooting during sunset and dusk. Being able to get out in the water to shoot these kind of images without worrying about getting cold makes landscape photography so much more enjoyable!
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I’ve been lucky enough to call Mount Maunganui home for a few years now, and I’ve photographed Mauao (“The Mount“) many times from Leisure Island, but I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring the island itself as a subject. The island (also known as Moturiki) has a lot of history, including at one stage being a huge water park, complete with water slides. It’s hard to imagine, as it’s covered in trees these days. I made this image one night while exploring the beach. It’s almost unrecognisable from this angle, which I kind of like, as finding a new perspective on a popular location is always a challenge for a landscape photographer.
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It’s been a while since I posted a free desktop wallpaper, so here’s one from Oakura Beach, Taranaki. I was lucky enough to spend a few days there at the Oakura Beach Holiday Park earlier this month. This was one of those evenings where I was having a beer, watching the dark clouds and willing them to part for the sunset to shine through. Luckily the photography gods were feeling generous and that’s exactly what happened!
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Here in New Zealand, September signals a glorious time: the end of winter! The cold is over and summer is on its way! That’s the theory anyway. It’s still pretty cold and miserable today, but just the knowledge that spring is here makes me feel happy 🙂
This month’s free desktop wallpaper is one from Mission Bay, Lake Taupo. This beautiful little spot is one of the first lakeside stops before you hit Taupo when driving up the North Island. The scenery here is breathtaking to say the least, especially when the light is gorgeous. I made this image last week while driving home from a few days in Wellington. I was lucky enough to hit Lake Taupo just after the sun had set, so the colour in the sky was still a beautiful mix of orange and blue. There are rocks all the way along the water’s edge, so it wasn’t difficult to find some a nice foreground to put in front of this stunning background.
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