Queenstown. South Island, New Zealand. by Ralph de Zilva

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We caught the gondola to the top of this hill which is the only way up unless you prefer walking. The views from up here were magnificent. The snow capped mountains in the background are the Remarkables and the water you see below is Lake Wakatipu. We absolutely froze that night. There was a very strog wind blowing and it was icy cold.

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm lens
At 24mm
5 sec exposure
Gitzo tripod

I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Reginadez
    Reginadezalmost 4 years ago

    This looks like a beautiful spot.Image is so clear , love the snow caped mountains.

  • It sure is a very beautiful spot. The views were unbelievable but we froze with the icy cold wind.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Ralph!

  • Thanks David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous view and capture Ralph

  • Thank you so much Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Charmiene.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • martinkohl
    martinkohlalmost 4 years ago

    hell yes, love it

  • Thanks Martin.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 4 years ago

    Superb shot.Congrats.

  • Many thanks Rasim.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent, awesome view I am sure you both had a great time up there.

  • Thanks Andrea. We did enjoy the views but the cold wind was terrible. Vilette was hiding behind a wall but I was copping the full force of it in the open. Things we do to get a photograph.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...almost 4 years ago

    wow !!!! looks amazing at night time

  • Many thanks Louise. We absolutely froze that night up there. The wind was very strong and icy cold.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “South Island, New Zealand”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank you once again Graham for this feature. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wow this is awesome you are on a roll, Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant work.

  • Thank you very much Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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