Blue Dawn, Kinloch NZ by Odille Esmonde-Morgan

At the headwaters of Lake Wakatipu, Kinloch is the jump off spot for many of the famous tramps of New Zealand. It is also a photographer’s paradise, with magical light on the lake almost every morning. In this shot the steely blues of the night are giving way to the pink and gold promise of a lovely new day.

Shot with Canon1DsMkII and 16-35 lens @16mm, f7.1, 1sec, 22 May 2010 @ 0523.

Some PP such straightened, dust spotted, and adjusted colour balanced but nothing added or subtracted.

Blue Dawn has scored 77 points for a Bronze Certificate in the Better Photography Magazine 2011 Photograph of the Year Competition

And it won the Reader’s Image of the Month and has been published in the May edition of (the Australian) Better Digital Camera magazine. I’m thrilled to have won a very nice prize of 10×10 inch EX book from Asukabook (valued at over $300.00).

And I have been honoured to have this work FEATURED by the following group(s):

Photography Challenge Group and was a top 10 placegetter in their Low Light/Long Exposure Landscapes challenge*
Lakes and Inland Waterways
The Challenge Corner
Favourite PLACES You Take,Make or Paint
Waves and Fine Art waterscapes*
A love of Canon* – March 2011
Your Country’s Best – 15 June 2011
The Landscapes of our World – 17 July 2011

And was a Top Ten Placegetter in the Out of the Blue Challenge on The Cat Raven Challenge Group – July 2011

Some other images from the same morning:

In the late 1970s I completed the 2 years of a 4 yr Professional Photography Cert at TAFE, but was defeated by the physics of lenses.
In 2004 I bought my first DSLR & now shoot full time with medium format digital and professional Canon DSLRs.
I provide tuition to small groups via photography workshops for small groups (max 5) and Photoshop PP classes, and conduct small group photography tours to Australian & (soon) NZ destinations.

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  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammeralmost 5 years ago

    Very nice shot Odille.

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 5 years ago

    I just love those steely blues before dawn, so stunning

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely still shot!

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 5 years ago

    It’s one of my favourites from the whole trip (over 6000 images). The light is just so enchanting.

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for adding this beautiful image to the Favourite Places You Take, Make or Paint Group

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature July 2010 in Favourite PLACES You Take,Make or Paint please consider adding this image to our Featured Only Avatar Challenge by clicking the blue highlighted link.. good luck..

  • daintyriches
    daintyrichesalmost 5 years ago

    What a lovely photo. I love the mist infront of the moutains … great colours too. I’d hang that on a wall

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 5 years ago

    Kristina, Thank you for featuring my work. I have entered the pic in the challenge, I hope I have done it right. I wasn’t sure about the featured banner bit, I’m fairly new to being active here.
    daintyriches, thanks for the kind comments, I do plan to get a nice big print and hang this.

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, lorilee – it was a magical morning

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    I love reflections photos…this is awesome

  • Thanks Lorraine

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

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