When you step into the Paradise Valley’s beech forests it is very easy to see why NZ was chosen to film the Lord of the Rings movies.

I loved the natural framing afforded by this fallen giant – at one stage there was a little bird perched there, but no, I wasn’t quite quick enough!

The forest is deep and green and mysterious – the further in you go the quieter and more mystical it seems. This scene is only 50 or so metres from the edge of the forest yet I could have been worlds away from the bus and civilisation.

And I am honoured to have this work been featured in ‘The Woman Photographer’ group – 4 April 2011

Canon 1DsMkII & 24-105 L MkII zoom

Paradise Valley, nr Glenorchy, south island, New Zealand


2010, photographybyodille, new zealand, south island, landscape, fangorn, lotr, tolkein, paradise valley

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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  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 3 years ago

    Spectacular, brilliantly framed and composed! A fave Odille :)

  • Thanks so much and for the fave too – it’s a lovely natural frame

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much! Always an honour

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Akrotiri
    Akrotirialmost 3 years ago

    WOW!!!! Fantastic frame. Beautiful !

  • Thanks – it was a very fortuitously placed log!

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

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