Upper Hollyford Valley, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

This was one of those incredible views that I felt justified in ignoring the Avalanche Danger signs to stop and photograph, I could here the rumbling of avalanches in the hills surrounding me so I didnt stop for long, just long enough to set the camera up and take a couple of quick shots before running back to the car and getting out of there.
It was a freezing cold day (temperature was around -5 in the sun)

Nikon F90X film camera
Fuji Velvia 50 Slide film
24-70mm nikkor lens


  • Parabol
    Parabolover 4 years ago

    Woah, spectacular view Paul. love that reflection good job mate :)

  • Yeah I had to ignore the Avalanche danger signs to get this photo, I was rather nervous, continually looking around, I could hear the roar of avalanches up in the hills around me but it was one of those beautiful places that I just HAD to take a photo.

    – Paul Mercer

  • MattGranz
    MattGranzover 4 years ago

    so cold and so wonderful…. I must get under a blanket now!

  • HAHA, yeah the temperature was about minus 5 in the sun, lovely day haha

    – Paul Mercer

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture…..stunning reflection too….looks like glass !!

  • Cheers Sean

    – Paul Mercer

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 4 years ago

    That is a gorgeous photo, love the reflection, the light and the different colours :-)

  • Cheers Kymie

    – Paul Mercer

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 4 years ago

    Fantastic light and framing.

  • Thanks Rany

    – Paul Mercer

  • ClaireBear
    ClaireBearover 4 years ago

    Another stunning piece. What an amazing reflection and mountain colours.

  • Thank you very much for the comment Claire

    – Paul Mercer

  • stebird
    stebirdover 4 years ago

    Hi Paul. Just a big WOW! Just a stunning shot! Fab Reflections, colour, light and composition. Well done. Cheers steve.

  • Thanks for the great comment Steve

    – Paul Mercer

  • rodmueller
    rodmuellerover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Paul.I can feel my eyes freezing just looking at it.Nice lens mate.A mate told me the wind chill factor drops about 8 degrees at walking pace.I feel your pain ha ha.Cheers Rod.

  • Cheers Rod. I’d definitly believe what you said about the wind chill, and I was so worried about avalanches I was running not walking.

    – Paul Mercer

  • Nathan Emery
    Nathan Emeryover 4 years ago

    wow, its a breathtaking image. i would love to see that in real life.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 4 years ago

    Spectacular! Almost like an optical illusion!

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