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With the archway Islands sitting just off shore Wharariki beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in New Zealand.
Under the light of a full moon on a clear winters night when you have the entire beach to yourself the place takes on a surreal almost magical atmosphere.

Exposure: 8 minutes at f4, 100 ISO

Nikon D200
nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 lens
cable release

42 favs


archway islands, long exposures, new zealand, night, nz, paul mercer photography, south island, west coast, wharariki beach


  • Alistair Wilson
    Alistair Wilsonabout 4 years ago

    awsome shot mate, nice reflections and exposure

  • Cheers Alistair, this place absolutely amazes me every time I go there

    – Paul Mercer

  • DBArt
    DBArtabout 4 years ago

    fantastic shot…

  • Thanks for the comment DB

    – Paul Mercer

  • Jonathan Stacey
    Jonathan Staceyabout 4 years ago

    Just spectacular photography Paul..,perfect exposure…excellent capture, instant fav…;)

  • Thanks Jonathan, Ive got a few more that I will be uploading over the next few days so keep an eye out for them.

    – Paul Mercer

  • yolanda
    yolandaabout 4 years ago

    Wow fantastic image and exposure. Love it :-)

  • Thank you very much Yolanda

    – Paul Mercer

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Clare

    – Paul Mercer

  • David Haviland
    David Havilandabout 4 years ago

    Awesome image.

  • Thanks David

    – Paul Mercer

  • Rémi Bridot
    Rémi Bridotabout 4 years ago

    Invit for our group “The Silky Touch”

  • Thank you very much Remi, I have submitted it to the group

    – Paul Mercer

  • Brad McEvoy
    Brad McEvoyabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Cheers Brad

    – Paul Mercer

  • bazcelt
    bazceltabout 4 years ago

    and another instant fave! great work!!

  • Thanks again Baz

    – Paul Mercer

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work :))

  • Thank you very much Trish

    – Paul Mercer

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