In November, my husband and I were on our amazing trip around New Zealand. It started on the gorgeous South Island and we made our way up north.
After getting off a ferry in Wellington, we jumped back in our Maui campervan and made our way toward Mt Taranaki with the view to shoot it at sunset. As we got closer and closer to our expected destination we started asking ourselves where this great mountain was. We couldn't for the life of us see it.
Shrouded in cloud, she was eluding us... As we entered the town of New Plymouth, we started to see glimpses of the peaks of the mountains through the clouds every now and then. I was getting excited. As we neared our camp site for the night, the sun began to set and, unfortunately, the clouds stole the entire view of the mountain. CRISIS!
We decided to head for our camp site because it was right on the beach and, thankfully, the beach was lighting up beautifully with the sunset, and the beach had gorgeous dark sand - a real treat for us Aussies who are used to white sand beaches. There was also a lot of beautiful driftwood washed up.
Like a maniac, I grabbed my tripod and camera bag (a fantastic F-stop in case anyone's wondering) and shot off toward the beach, leaving my husband in the van.
Only managed to fire off a few shots while it sprinkled with rain (and in between exposures I was frantically wiping away the sprinkles from my filters) but it was an absolutely cracker of a sky. You really, truly, have to be in it to win it with landscape photos. You just never know what Mother Nature is going to throw your way!
See this image and more in my New Zealand gallery.