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Mt. Sunday

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 12 December 2018 in Landscape & Rural.

In 2018 I did a year-long photography course. One of the final assignments was to make a plan for tackling self-identified weak points. I decided to work on my inner critic. My plan involved taking risks and leaving my comfort zone. I contacted Olympus Passion magazine, and proposed an article about my journey as an amateur photographer. To my utter surprise they invited me to prepare an article with 12-18 publication quality images. I felt excited and worried at the same time. Could I come up with that many? But we photographers have a great memory for images we like, so I decided to review some older images in the hope of adding to the pool of candidates. At the top of my list was a photo of Mt. Sunday, the site of Meduseld Hall in the Lord of the Rings films, located on Mt. Potts Station in the remote Haketere Conservation Area of Canterbury, New Zealand.

I quickly found the image but felt disappointed. It was much less dramatic than the moody landscape I remembered. Then I noticed that the aspect ratio was 16:9, and wondered if there was a way to recover all the pixels of the original image before reprocessing it. The research was well worth the effort. The black tendrils of cloud looming ominously over Mt Sunday had been cut out of the original by my unfortunate choice of aspect ratio. With the cloudscape restored, the image had much more impact. The editors of the Olympus Passion article must have agreed, because they chose this as the feature image for my article

OLYMPUS E-M5 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 96 mm (35mm equiv.)

I'm delighted to share an article about my journey as a photographer published in Olympus Passion,.

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany


12 Dec 2018 7:31am

@Ralf Kesper: Thanks Ralf

yoshimiparis from France

I like this atmosphere a little dark and wild of this very beautiful photograph.

12 Dec 2018 7:35am

@yoshimiparis: The weather can change very rapidly here. Less than an hour before I took this picture, the sky was clear and sunny.

existenceartistique from Angers, France


12 Dec 2018 11:43am

@existenceartistique: Merci

Anne from France

Superbe paysage.

12 Dec 2018 1:52pm

@Anne: Thanks, it is a very special spot!

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

I like the darker, dramatic mood that suits this location very well. I remember this place. We climbed up onto Mount Sunday when we visited and enjoyed the views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

13 Dec 2018 2:14am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Vraiment magnifique ta photo !! Bravo 5*

13 Dec 2018 5:23pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
96 mm (35mm equiv.)