Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Zealand | Chapter 1

So, it's taken me forever to blog the pictures from New Zealand ... between moving, and working on new shoots, these personal images got a little buried.

Getting there was a long flight, and I was a little worried, since the weight limit for carryon's was 5kg, and my bag with my camera gear and laptop was 19kg. Oops. The people were all sweet about it though, and let it slide when I told them what was in it.

New Zealand is a truly incredible country. I was so stoked to go there, and it did NOT disappoint. Not only was the weather gorgeous (except the couple rainy days), but the people were super cool. It was a little dodgy having to learn how to drive on the left (not knowing any of the rules of the road), for the first time, in the biggest city in the country. But it just made the adventure that much better.

After the wedding, a few friends and I just rented a car and drove around the amazing South Island, camping everywhere from Nelson, Wharariki, Haast, Queenstown, and back up through Christchurch.

I'll save the wedding photos for the next post, this weekend. Enjoy...

The aptly named "One Tree Hill".

This area in NZ, called Pupu Springs, apparently has the 2nd clearest waters in the world. The first is the water in Lake Vostok, under the ice in Antarctica. It was absolutely crystal clear ... so cool.

There really are THAT many sheep down there. They probably outnumber people like 20:1...

Feeding the weka's ... funny little dudes.

I'm not really that into landscape photography, but seeing places like this, it's impossible not to just shoot it.

This is how photographers camp ... laptops and camera gear everywhere!

Never seen so many stars in my life. For the curious, I used the 24mm f/1.4L lens for a lot of the trip, and it especially rocked for the star pictures. It let's in so much light, and is still pretty wide, which makes it a seriously versatile lens.

I figured, "They're just kidding, right?", and wandered on past it, and proceeded to climb up some slickrock bluffs, and then nearly got rimrocked (when you climb up something, but can't climb back down), and then nearly fell into the rushing glacial river :). It was pretty fun.

This was the only penguin I saw the whole trip, sadly.

Bungy jumping in Queenstown was so sweet! Man, what a rush, jumping headfirst off a bridge, and having the rope stop you right as your head dips into the river 160 feet below you. That's me above...


Forrest said...

Dude, those stars are awesome!!

danielle krieger said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see more! It was great meeting you at dinner and we should definitely get coffee or dinner again soon, I know Casey wants to! Again, great job I esp. like the star photos!


Lucky Red Hen said...

Sweet pics! Amazing night sky!

megan nicole gibbs said...

yeah ryan! thanks for posting some of the pics. hope that aaron can get them all from you when he's there :) that bungy jumping pic...that's some sweet as photography :)
oh and love the night ones with the stars. i never got a chance to see those ones on our trip. can't wait to see more!

emily schmuhl said...

wow! i love your star pictures!

Anonymous said...

Looove the pics :) SOOO excited for you to photograph our wedding :) hope all is well and don't go past anymore DANGER signs...geeez! - Karen

serena grace said...

wow, these are so gorgeous! i wanna go to nz!!!

Caitlyn said...

All of those photos make me want to go buy a plane ticket today and never come back. You did a wonderful job capturing New Zealand's beauty. Everyone seems to love the star photos but, really, I think the sheep are the best! Haha, kidding, the stars are incredible. :)

ivisphoto said...

Makes me wanna move to NZ. Nice shots man!

ivisphoto said...

Oh wow, just noticed a falling star in your pic with a night sky, kewl!

Lovely Day Photo said...

WOW! You are so deserving some blog lovin' for these shots! I love them!! Hope you are having a blast! Keep it up!

manus chau said...

killer night shots!

Naomi said...

Wow! I got the link to this from Nick, showing me his wedding pictures. You are amazing at this! I am in awe so I thought I better write and tell you!!! Incredible!!!!
You say your not that into Landscape photography, well your very talented at it, and you made me proud to be a Kiwi :) good work

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