by Scott McCook
www.Scott McCook Page

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: 14-24mm @ 16mm
Shutter Speed: 4 sec
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Location: New Zealand

From the minute I laid eyes on Mt. Cook I knew we had to get out there and shoot it. I don’t o en have such an overwhelming feeling from a location calling out to me, but for the last few days we’d been in the area this mountain had been visible on the horizon, calling for me to get closer.

I had been checking the weather and at the last minute we got a clearing and it emerged from the clouds. We loaded up the gear and made the hour drive from Lake Tekapo to the Hooker Valley/Mt. Cook parking lot. We had arrived a little late but I had already set my mind on a composition a little further back using the rocks and boulders le in the wake of the receding glacier and scattered by running water. I wanted to con- nect the scene with one of these big boulders which had most likely started it’s life up near it’s original home, Mt. Cook.

It took me a while to dial in the scene and then I waited for some cool light. I originally planned for the warm light as the sun went down and lit up the tip of the mountain, but a er witnessing the whole scene over three hours, I preferred the light as we entered into twilight and the half moon came out, leaving everything looking a little cooler and with a slight magenta cast.

It was probably one of the coolest shoots I’ve ever done, made even better by enjoying it with my other half, Erica. A er the action had calmed down we sat on our rocks and ate some packed dinner soaking in the one- billion-star-restaurant views, best place we’ve had a feed so far, no bookings needed and Mother Nature put on a great service.)

It’s not o en I get to mix landscape photography and hanging out with Erica. It’s normally the blokes, co ee, swearing and no sleep for many days.) So it was really cool to be able to enjoy this with her and also enjoy something else I’m so passionate about.

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