Photographing Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

A view over Lake Wakatipu towards Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand.

Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand is a wondrous location. It's a big lake offering many photography opportunities both from the shoreline and from numerous outlooks around the lake.

The above photo was made on a cool, overcast day in August. That's winter in the southern hemisphere.

Landscape Photographers Kit

I brought to New Zealand what was then a new Nikon camera kit. It included the amazing Nikon D800e camera and the sensational Nikon 14-24mm f2.8G ED lens. The lens is a blast to use and marries beautifully with the 14-24mm lens. What a shame I dropped the lens, on my birthday no less. It now sits on a shelf because of the prohibitive cost involved in repairing it.

How to Use a Wide-Angle Lens

When using a wide-angle lens the trick is to move in close and ensure your composition includes interesting subject matter in the foreground. Imagine what the above photo would have been without that big old rock. There would have been water, distant mountains and clouds. Just not enough to sustain interest.

Under such circumstances it's important to use composition to maximize the success of your photos. A rock is a rock and so much more, if you take my meaning.