The TranzAlpine, one of the world’s great train journeys, is on my doorstep. Lucky me! Every now and then (when I need a break from my other photography projects) I hop on board in Christchurch and enjoy the spectacular scenery over the Alps to the West Coast of New Zealand. The lighting this day was particularly awesome and I got two very different sets of landscape images – these impressionist styled ones and others that can be printed to look like oil paintings (next blog).
These impressionist photographs needed minimal editing, other than removal of lens dust spots. When taking them I looked for great light first and then sought different tones and textures. You can see the transitions from farm land to the lower hills; through the tussocks (grasses) and then higher up into the mountains with glacial river beds, pristine icy water (the rivers were low at this time) and snowy outcrops. I used focal lengths between 130mm and 200mm, slow shutter speeds and moved my camera to ‘paint’ the scenes.
These have been printed onto Ilford Gallerie Prestige smooth gloss 310g inkjet paper and look like paintings rather than photographs.