May 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

May 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

Canvas print of landscape photo of rocks at sunset, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

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!

As always, this is a high-resolution desktop background that will suit any screen size from your smartphone or tablet up to laptops and large desktop monitors. Just click the image above and follow the instructions to download the image file. Hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to share with your family and friends!

April 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

April 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

Sunset at Leisure Island (Moturiki), Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

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.

You can download this free high-resolution desktop background by clicking HERE and following the instructions. It will look great on any device or screen from your smartphone or tablet to your laptop or large retina display. Enjoy, and please share!

March 2016 Desktop Wallpaper – Oakura Beach, New Zealand

March 2016 Desktop Wallpaper – Oakura Beach, New Zealand

 

Sunset over Oakura Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand

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!

The wallpaper is high-resolution and will suit any screen size from smartphones and tablets up to large retina displays. Just click the HERE to go to the download page. The wallpaper is free, all I ask it that you share it around 🙂 Enjoy!

September 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

September 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

September 2014 desktop wallpaper Landscape photo sunset Lake Taupo New Zealand

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.

This free desktop wallpaper for September 2014 is a high-resolution image that will look great on any size screen from a smartphone or iPad to a 30″ cinema display monitor. To download, just right-click on the image. If you use and enjoy this background, please share using the social buttons below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with my latest images, free wallpapers, reviews, and giveaways!

August 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

August 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

Milford

Monkey Creek lies on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand. This stunning little spot has been on my photo bucket list for a long time, so naturally, I stopped there on my recent trip to Fiordland. The clouds were pretty low, which isn’t unusual for this part of the country, but I grabbed my gear anyway in the hope that it might lift as I was walking up the river. By the time I found the location for this photo, the cloud had moved a little, not as much as I had hoped, but enough to reveal some of the breathtaking mountains surrounding the valley that Monkey Creek runs through. I always like to use long-exposure photography techniques when shooting moving water, and seeing as the light wasn’t quite low enough yet, I threw on my Lee Big Stopper ND filter to create this 30 second exposure. I don’t process my photos using black and white very often, but the tones in the rocks and clouds seemed to suit grayscale. I edited this image using a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex.

This free desktop wallpaper for August 2014 is a high-resolution image that will look great on any size screen from a smartphone or iPad to a 30″ cinema display monitor. To download, just right-click on the image. If you use and enjoy this background, please share using the social buttons below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with my latest images, free wallpapers, reviews, and giveaways!

UPDATE: I couldn’t have asked for better timing! If you’re into a bit of black and white photography, or would like to be, make sure you grab a copy of the new eBook by Digital Photography School. It’s titled The Essential Guide to Black and White Photography. Grab a copy while it’s still at launch price by clicking HERE. It’s well worth your $19, and comes with a free photo recipe book!

June 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

June 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

Raumati Beach, Kapiti Coast

june 2014 desktop wallpaper Raumati Beach, Kapiti Coast, New ZealandQueen Elizabeth Park, Raumati South Beach, Kapiti

Raumati Beach lies at the south end of the Kapiti Coast, about 45 minutes drive from Wellington. It was once a sleepy little coastal town that would easily be missed while driving up the coast. These days, Raumati is a great little place to visit. Cafes, restaurants, shops, and of course the gorgeous family-friendly beach complete with a monstrous children’s playground. It is increasingly becoming a very desirable place to live for those who work in Wellington, as real estate is much more affordable and it is so close to the city. Getting there will soon be even easier and faster once the new Transmission Gully is complete. At the south end of Raumati Beach is Queen Elizabeth Park; a collection of walking tracks that follow along the coastline. Great for walking, running, or mountain biking. I highly recommend it!

This free desktop wallpaper for June 2014 is from one of the walking tracks in Queen Elizabeth Park. It is a high-resolution image that will look great on any size screen from a smartphone or iPad to a 30″ cinema display monitor. To download, just right-click on the image. If you use and enjoy this background, please share using the social buttons below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with my latest images, free wallpapers, reviews, and giveaways!