Lake Te Anau. South Island, New Zealand.  by Ralph de Zilva


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Lake Te Anau. South Island, New Zealand. by 

Sold A Print to an unknown buyer on 14.03.2012

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Gitz tripod

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Top Ten in the Artists Universe “My Best B&W” challenge on 28.12.2012
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Top Ten in The Black & White Images Challenge in the Amateur Photographers Association Group on 07.11.2011

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Lake Te Anau is in the southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Its name was originally Te Ana-au, Maori for ‘The cave of swirling water’. The lake covers an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand (after Lake Taupo) and the largest in the South Island. Lake Te Anau is however the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume.

The main body of the lake runs north-south, and is 65 km in length. Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western flank: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord. These are the only inland Fiords that New Zealand has, the other 14 are out on the coast. Several small islands lie in the entrance to Middle Fiord, which forks partway along its length into northwest and southwest arms. The lake lies at an altitude of 210 m, and since its maximum depth is 417 m much of its bed lies below sea level.

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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  • David McMahon
    David McMahonabout 3 years ago

    Magnificent, Ralph. Maybe this will feature on a postage stamp if the authorities see it. Or on a tourist poster.

  • Not holding my breath David waiting for something like that to happen. Thanks very much for the wonderful compliment. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 3 years ago

    Just plain Gorgeous !

  • Thank you so much Jan.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Wow this looks amazing in B&W Ralph, wonderful work my friend.

  • Many thanks Andrea for your wonderful comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 3 years ago

    Amazing contrast Ralph

  • Thanks very much Michael.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    It even looks great in B&W. Well done Mate.

  • Thank you very much Al for the wonderful comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Angie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261about 3 years ago

    absolutely brilliant work….the b&w is spectacular!!

  • Thanks very much Michael.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • julie08
    julie08about 3 years ago

    Stunning :)

  • Many thanks Julie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanabout 3 years ago

    I like this in the B/W Ralph, the light is awesome. Shining down in exactly the right spot lol Fantastic work. :)

  • As I haven’t been out taking pictures for over a month I thought I’d try something different. Thank you so much An for that lovely comment. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Amazing shot!!

  • Thanks very much, Mark.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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