The are lots of great images to be had all along the road to Mount Cook. The road also runs alongside Lake Pukaki which is an added bonus and another element for your composition. I had pulled into a carpark just above the famous S-bend in the road which is a great leading line to the mountain. The light for that shot wasn’t great and it wasn’t dark enough to get light trails from the passing traffic but when I looked towards the lake the where moments of absolute stillness and the surface was like glass. I headed down the bank to the shoreline and moved along a bit from some other people in the water. I set up my tripod but could not get Mount Cook reflected in the water so I waded into the lake up to my knees. It took nearly an hour to get this shot as I had to practice standing still so that I didn’t send ripples into my frame and then wait for the wind to die down completely. I think the effort was worth it.
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