New Zealand Self Drive Tours

When I started to look at booking my New Zealand road trip I had no idea where to start. And being me… I like to take the short cut where possible and that means finding someone to help me plan and book everything. I contacted NZ Self Drive Tours not knowing what to expect, the service was fantastic. I dealt with Jane Shriffer and can highly recommend her if you want to organise a trip for yourself. Jane was easy to deal with, was quick to respond to my email requests and everything was organised as expected without any surprises! You can find them HERE

Today’s iCandy – The Road to Mount Cook

As we weaved our way from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo, the landscape continually changed but it was obvious as soon as we were heading for Mount Cook. It is the tallest mountain on the South Island and you can see it from miles away. I got to this point and had to stop to capture the view… driving along these roads is just amazing! You can see the two points of the peak of Mount Cook just poking through the clouds.

The Road to Mount Cook

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f13 giving more a good depth of field without slowing the shutter speed too much. [/tab] [tab] 1/80th of a second [/tab] [tab] Nikon 28-300mm lens [/tab] [tab] I used a CPL (circular polarising filter) [/tab] [tab] I shot this hand held and a lot of my shots were just testing this new lens out. I had the VR switched on and given the fact this was shot hand held at 1/80th of a second at 48mm, with a CPL filter (reduces light by 2 stops) I am pretty happy with the sharpness. Once home the shot was Post processed using Lightroom 4 (very little was needed) and I used Topaz Adjust 5 to add punch (I just LOVE Topaz Adjust!) – try Topaz for yourself by Clicking Here – save 15% with code ‘on3legs’  [/tab] [/tabbed]

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