Photographer's Note

Back from down under after a couple of weeks upside down, I am glad to share with you the first images of my trip to New-Zealand. Since I arrived in Auckland, Fiorland was one of the main targets I had in mind after seeing so many great images from this incredible region. Despite the awful weather conditions between Wanaka and Queenstown to get to the South of New Zealand’s South Island, I finally got there and enjoyed the beauty of the famous Milford Sound originally Piopiotahi in Māori.

Milford Sound is located within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey, and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World. Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more on either side.

Getting there by the middle of the day, the weather, quite normal for the period, was very cloudy and grey. I decided to wait and had the final luck to assist to a wonderful sunset over Mitre Peak (1 692m). After the night, I went back early in the morning for the sunrise spectacle in a quiet and sunny atmosphere. This picture is taken by 9am, when the sun just gets over the mountains to enlight this Nature beauty. Staying in front of this wonder alone for some hours and enjoying the calmness of this early morning is one of the greatest souvenir I will keep from this trip.

The title is, of course, a tip of the hat to Paul Simon wonderful song…

Have a great day all of you and… Hope you will enjoy!

Exif Information
Camera Model Name : Canon EOS 5D
Firmware : Firmware Version 1.1.1
Shooting Date/Time : 13/05/2009 00:15:14
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/50Sec.
Av(Aperture Value) : F5.6
Metering Modes : Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation : -1,33333333333333
ISO Speed : 50
Lens : EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Focal Length : 40,0 mm
Image size : 4368 x 2912
Image Quality : RAW
Flash : Off
White Balance : Auto
AF mode : One-Shot AF
Picture Style : Landscape
Color Space : Adobe RGB
File Size : 11704 KB
Drive Mode : Continuous shooting

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