I’m a bit of a sucker for the golden hour. Preferably combined with an epic landscape, some mist, and maybe a reflection. Apart from the reflection, it was with this image in mind that Ian and I hiked up before sunrise to a ridge above Waihohunu Hut in Tongariro National Park.
Well, we got what I wished for, even if we didn’t get what we came for. The mist was too thick! It obscured the whole valley, and shrouded Ngauruhoe. Sunrise was dead.
Despite the disappointment, it was still a good exercise in arriving at a location pre-dawn and making fast decisions about where to set up, and what foreground interest to include, and compose for. The following images just needed a volcano rising out of the mist to be complete:
The silver lining was that we had much more time to focus on plant and macro photography, as the light was bright but diffused:
Later that day, I even managed to shoot a sunset. Of sorts!
We’ll be back another time to try again, no doubt.