Chasing Photographs (and Adventure) On Location In New Zealand
One thing that never gets old for me is the adventure of location photography. I thrive on the travel and escaping from one’s day-to-day, the challenges that Mother Nature conjures up and deploys on you at a whim, and the camaraderie of a crew – be it large or small – united on a mission in search of a stunning photo or two.
Now combine that “one thing that never gets old” with another – the stunning country that is New Zealand. This is perhaps the mother of all location shooting – there’s a reason that Peter Jackson chooses this backdrop for all the fantasy films he makes. It looks like a goddamn made up place. One where you’d expect unicorns and rainbows – and that’s basically what you get.
But in truth, it’s mind boggling not just because of the landscape, but also because of the earnest, heartfelt people, the can-do culture, the close proximity of insane geographic diversity, the food, the heritage and..well, so many things.
So in taking those two things together – the adventure of location-based adventure photography, and the stunning location that is NZ – THIS was my privilege last week on my latest photo assignment. And while you’ve seen NZ vids from me before like this one and this other one and others like this in posts from the past, this trip was just a little different
While I confess we had many of the requisite over-the-top accoutrements to our shoot (a few yachts, a helicopter, some strikingly beautiful people and a few characters to match), this trip – now my 10th or 11th to this paradise – marked a heartfelt return to some of NZed’s most classic locations as well as some of my favorite local flavor.
Because this was for a client, I can’t yet unwind the campaign images on you here. But I can share 23 of my fav iPhone snaps from along the road over the past seven days. Enjoy and hit me with questions or comments – and keep your eyes peeled for more. I’ll be dropping some videos and such over the coming weeks.
Classic Milford Sound. We arrived on location just as the sun was setting. A crushingly epic view of the Fiordlands. Managed to grab a snap with my phone just a moment before it got dark – hard to take a bad photo in that spot…
Of course we managed a timelapse of those very sexy clouds. Standby for viewing this footage soon
Location scouting and our chase boat (not Chase boat) with Erik and guide Rosco (aka The Mayor of Milford).
Yours truly + Scott and Erik, bout to board the heli with legendary pilot Jeff Shanks
Just another 150 foot waterfall with backlit mist + spray.
Quick selfie with Kate and Mitre Peak before the sun goes bye bye.
View from our condo in Queenstown. Those remarkable peaks in the background are The Remarkables. Photographed here too.
More Remarkables from the lake at another one of our locations.
And another snap from the lake, this one featuring a friend’s yacht….previously owned by none other than Winston Churchill. Rumor has it the UK government tried to by it from our pal a while back…and he obviously said “nah”.
Right before my sunburn kicked in. Classic dumbass move – forgot sunscreen.
Need an amazing producer in New Zealand? Call Phil Turner. Simply the best I know. Scott and I trying to simultaneously radio for help AND hug him for the fresh location we found…
One needs lots of coffee when working 16 hour days. This is a classic NZ cappuccino, but for the record, you know the new rage at Starbucks…the “flat white”? That’s a kiwi tradition been around for ages.
Queenstown coffee shop hours.