Photos of New Zealand | Leaning Rock, Central Otago

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Sunrise over Leaning Rock on the Dunstan Range, Central Otago New Zealand. Photography By Todd Sisson.

I have been getting right into my Panoramic stitching recently – as we are finding more and more demand for large scale canvas prints of  New Zealand scenics.  This image was made on the Nikon D800e with the utterly superb 85mm f/1.4G (my new favourite landscape lens).

This image has a native resolution of 22,000 pixels and prints at about 2 metres without any up-rezzing – you can get an idea of the detail in the image by checking out the sample images in my Nikon 85mm f/1.4G outdoor photography review 

Enjoy and feel free to share!

Cheers – Todd


The Road To St Bathans, Central Otago, South Island New Zealand

The road to St Bathans Central Otago New Zealand

Today’s New Zealand Photo: The road to St Bathans Central Otago New Zealand

Your New Zealand photo of the day – proudly brought to you by sisson New Zealand photography (that’s me and my wifey Sarah :-)

Cheers – Todd

Today’s New Zealand Landscape Photo

Blue Lake Sunset, St Bathans Otago New Zealand

Sunset over The Blue Lake, St Bathans Central Otago – this lake was formed in the gully created by gold mining activities back in Ye Olde Olden days. A very pretty addition to the landscape and a real photographic gem.

Howdy all!

This one has been sitting in unfinished for  a few months.  No, not HDR, just a singh ray grad filter and a D7000.  Image processed in LR4.

We will  most likely be visiting the Blue Lake on our upcoming Central Otago Landscape Photography Workshops.

This to me strikes a nice balance between warm and cold colours.  What do you reckon? – is there such a thing as too much sunset action?

Cheers – Todd

Sunrise – MacArthur Ridge, Central Otago, New Zealand | Nikon D800e sample Download

Sunrise Near Alexandra Central Otago New Zealand

Sunrise Near Alexandra Central Otago New Zealand – click image to view larger


This is the photo from yesterday’s D800e Landscape Dynamic Range Test.  This is one of my favourite local morning photography spots – I have no problem with re-shooting similar compositions under varying lighting conditions – I find it interesting actually.

If you want, you can download the full resolution sample JPEG from my photoshelter account – just use the password freeD800pics

Cheers – Todd

Russell Lupins – Mackenzie Country, South Island New Zealand

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Roadside Drift Of Lupins Near Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

We don’t have fields of  native wildflowers here in New Zealand.  Our most showy native is the coastal Pohutukawa tree – which is of little use if you live in the middle of NZ like I do.

Fortunately, a crafty farm wife in Lake Tekapo decided to do something about this dismal situation and set about spreading lupin seed throughout the Mackenzie Basin.  The plan was so successful that lupins are now officially an invasive weed.  Most people, myself included, consider this to be a load of fun-wrecking bureaucratic nonsense – so much so that there has been a plaque erected in Lake Tekapo celebrating this woman’s efforts.*

Lupine Field, Ahuriri River, Mackenzie Country, South Island New Zealand

Lupine Field, Ahuriri River, Mackenzie Country, South Island New Zealand


Lupin flowering peaks from late November through Mid December.  The 2011 season was spectacular – with huge drifts of pristine blooms evident from Lake Tekapo through to the Lindis Pass.

We are planning to run Lupin workshops during the 2012 flowering season – we will keep you posted with the details.

Cheers – Todd



* I didn’t know I’d be writing this post – so I forgot to note down her name.