New Beginnings – New Blog!

Summer winds whip up waves on the east shore of Lake Pukaki. Setting sun on horizon in this NZ landscape picture. Near Mount Cook National Park.

Summer winds whip up waves on the east shore of Lake Pukaki . Near Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, South Island New Zealand. Check out the story behind this image over on our new blog!


Hi everybody!

We have recently launched a new website, after more than two years of planning, false starts, building and tweaking – it has been a somewhat painful experience at times, but we got there!

Anyway, part of this new website is our Blog.  So far Sarah & I have been posting daily for over three weeks and I can’t see that easing up in a hurry – we have so many great new images to share along with a backlog of gear reviews to write, and heaps of  New Zealand travel and photography advice to dispense!

So the terribly neglected Photo Autocracy will be segueing into a ‘blog about a blog’ – I will post links to our articles here and hopefully keep you all happy!

Head on over to read all about the making of today’s image – enjoy!

Cheers – Todd (and Sarah)




Kaikoura Sunset | Free iPad Wallpaper

New Zealand Photos | Nor' West clouds over Seaward Kaikoura Mountains By Todd Sisson

Dramatic sunset clouds over the Kaikoura Mountains, East Coast, South Island New Zealand. Photographer Todd Sisson.

Welcome one and all to my Wednesday Wallpaper – on Thursday – although I’m sure it is still hump day somewhere….

This was made a couple of year’s back on a very productive three day trip up to Kaikoura, on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  You can view many more New Zealand photos over on our website.

If you are wanting this puppy as a desktop or iPad wallpaper,  you will need to grab the large version from this link:  [free iPad wallpaper] Password = freewallpaper

Safe travels on the web WordPressers!

Cheers – Todd

p.s. more than happy to discuss how our images are made in the comments stream.

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Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park New Zealand – Volcanic Eruption Photos


Mt Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park New Zealand erupting during the 1995 event. I have a full eruption sequence on our website – click the image to view it.

This is what Volcano looks like during an eruption!  I can’t say that it is an experience that I want to repeat, but it was an experience…..Over here in New Zealand,  Mt Tongariro blew it’s lid this week (sadly, it did so in the middle of the night, so there are no interesting images of it).I thought I would share these shots that I made from the 1995 Ruapehu eruption. At the time I wasn’t a photographer, I just had a crappy point and shoot – and somehow I ended up shooting full eruption sequence by accident – I then panicked an drove for my life…..

Check out the full sequence (from puff of steam to bigger than this) on my website: sisson New Zealand photography
Cheers – Todd

Moody Milford Magic | Dusk Milford Sound, Fiordland New Zealand

New Zealand Photo | Dusk Mitre Peak , Milford Sound dusk, Fiordland National Park

Long exposure of Mitre Peak , Milford Sound at dusk, Fiordland National Park New Zealand. Photography by Todd Sisson

This is a long exposure made during dusk a few years back in Milford Sound.

This was one of our images pulled for inclusion in a little photo article on environmental graffiti a couple of weeks back – and I figured I would keep the recent Fiordland theme rolling (you’ll have to go back through my posts for the rest – go on, don’t be slothful – it’s only a mouse click…. :-)

Also, if any of you Pressers want to get SPAMMED* by me in your inbox once or twice a month you should sign up for our mailing list:

* I am clinically proven to be too doggoned lazy to be a spammer…..

Cheers – Todd

Lake Tekapo Lupin Workshop | Dates & Pricing Announcement

New Zealand Landscape Photos | Lupines & Sunset Sky

New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshop | Lake Tekapo New Zealand – This is the sort of vibrant lupin action that we will be chasing during our upcoming lupines photo workshops


I am super-duper stoked to be announcing the launch-eroo of our Lake Tekapo Lupines Landscape Photography Workshops  right slap-dap here on WordPress today (was that intro Ned Flanders enough for you?)

I have been planning this photo workshop for nearly a year now and after several long days of chasing my tail in the back-end of our website I now have dates, and pricing all loaded up and ready to go!

Lupines on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, near Lake Tekapo, McKenzie Country, South Island, New Zealand. Another one of our workshop locations.


I have chunked the workshop down into modules to ensure that there are price and time options that will suit all budgets – prices start from a very reasonable $275 NZ for a afternoon/evening workshop session.  Groups are limited to 4 or 5 students depending upon the session ensuring that you will get a huge amount of information out of a workshop session.

What are you waiting for? A TomKat reunion?, the next Greek bailout? no-scrub oven cleaner that actually works?  get on over to our website and

Book Now for a New Zealand Landscape Photography Workshops

Key Summit Tarns At Sunrise | Routeburn Track Fiordland, New Zealand

New Zealand Photos | Key Summit, Routeburn Track, Fiordland

Sunrise on Mt Christina from the alpine tarns at Key Summit on the Routeburn track, Fiordland, South Island New Zealand

Fiordland went over well with you wonderful WordPressers yesterday – so here’s another one for you – this time from the Key Summit Tarns, on the world famous Routeburn Track.

Please drop on by our website to check out more of our  Photos of New Zealand   |  Canvas Prints Of New Zealand Landscapes | Fine Art Photo Prints we’d love to hear from you :-)