CANON EOS 70D, CANON EF 24–105MM F/3.5–5.6 IS STM LENS, 24MM, 1/60S, F/5, ISO 100

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS - vic­sclick­snz VICKY OR­BELL

It was a crisp late-au­tumn day fol­low­ing Cromwell’s first snow­fall, and Vic­to­ria caught sight of a fa­mil­iar scene: the sun set­ting be­hind the Pisa Range. One of na­ture’s ev­ery­day dis­plays of artistry, it cre­ated a beau­ti­ful shadow on the eastern hori­zon. It was one of those ‘just have to stop’ moments that only pho­tog­ra­phers un­der­stand but that her fam­ily have be­come ac­cus­tomed to — not to men­tion her some­times rather ‘loose’ ETAs. “In win­ter, once the sun sets be­hind the Pisa Range, the tem­per­a­ture drops like a stone. It was cer­tainly chilly when I cap­tured this scene of the metal­lic water and re­flec­tion over a pop­u­lar sum­mer swim­ming plat­form,” says Vic­to­ria, who shot the im­age hand­held. “When com­pos­ing this im­age, I wanted to in­clude the ge­ol­ogy of the schist chips on the lake edge to add tex­ture and in­tegrity to the im­age … to draw the eye into what makes Cen­tral Otago so struc­tural, eroded, and con­stantly in a bat­tle with na­ture’s fe­roc­ity.”

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