CANON EOS 6D, CANON EF 70–200MM F/4L IS USM LENS, 200MM, 30S, F/10, ISO 200

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS -

The wet-footed wil­low tree of Lake Wanaka has found un­likely In­sta­gram fame, hav­ing been pho­tographed tens of thou­sands of times, with queues of pho­tog­ra­phers rou­tinely form­ing on the lake’s shore to cap­ture its beauty. But it’s likely that few have seen or shot that Wanaka tree quite like this. Ar­riv­ing at the lake in the early morn­ing, land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Smith shot the wil­low through a glass ball, cap­tur­ing a fish-eye-like per­spec­tive, us­ing only a tele­photo lens. “It’s re­ally hard to come up with new ideas for some lo­ca­tions and I thought it could work here,” ex­plains Mark. With just three years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and an im­pres­sive port­fo­lio to boot, pho­tog­ra­phy has proven in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing for Mark: “It’s giv­ing me an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the amaz­ing coun­try we live in and has in­spired me to ex­plore it as much as I can. Even in my home town of Ro­torua, I have seen places I never would have been to if it wasn’t for pho­tog­ra­phy.”

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