Sulphur City

You tend to smell Rotorua before you arrive there, it is a very active geothermal area & a very popular tourist destination all of which makes it difficult to photograph, especially after repeated visits… So this time as we wandered around Wai O Tapu I slowly became more interested in how plants survive (or don’t) in such a sulphourous environment… Some parts of the scenic walk feel a little like a lunar landscape, so with those two conflicting ideas I switched to monochrome & shot these…

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I well remembered from my last visit that the final spectacle was surreal, but with a new attitude wondered how it would appear in monochrome – would that deeply strange green soup contrast as I imagined it would?

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And just for reference, that same photo in living colour!

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shot with Canon 5DmkIII and Zeiss Distagon 21mm ZE lens, monochrome conversions via Nik Silver EFX

Hello Autumn

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Shot somewhere near Matamata – that Zeiss 50mm 1.4 lens is so painterly (other than slight crush of the levels this is straight out of the camera) – someone tooted when I was lying down in the leaves: “theres a man! lying face down in a pile of leaves! with a camera!”
ok, thanks for that!

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So does it ‘ding’ when you get mail/your tv dinner is ready?

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shot in the far north (5DmkIII and Zeiss Distagon 21mm ZE lens)