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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2017 at 18:45
We stopped by this old working petrol station:

35. Petrol station


...and soon after we entered the Te Urewera National Park. This is the place where my CZ16-35 died on me. We had some extreme weather conditions, but the forest was surprisingly effective in keeping us safe from severe winds with rain. It stopped most of it. Of course humidity was probably around 100%...
Anyway, if you ever have a chance to visit this place and you find it's going to rain - treat yourself and just go ahead. It is stunning during heavy fall. It doesn't show much on the photos, but it was constantly blowing, raining and interesting ;)
We took the 3 days Great Walk around the Lake Waikaremoana.

36. Te Urewera - the beginning


37. Creepy guy


38. Typical view in Te Urewera
 



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What a contrast in scenery between the first and the other three pictures of the last post. That forest looks really nice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2017 at 22:05
Nice shots! Seems like an interesting trip. My favourites are 8,10,16,25,27,29,34. I like 10 the most.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 June 2017 at 22:25
Thank you for comments :)

I would like to show you now what I think consider my favorite photos of this trip:
39. Intertwined


and two more :)

40. In the Lord of the Rings land


41. Tree trunk
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 June 2017 at 20:49
An interesting spooky atmosphere. I can see why these are your favourites.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2017 at 12:24
Thank you :)
I like this mood in the photos :) Unfortunately this "mood" was the reason my CZ died... Too much humidity (probably, I'll never know).
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote travelshots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2017 at 09:44
Very nice captures of the forest scenery. New Zealand forests are phascinating. It is like being in a different time. The completely different sounds of the birds (different from European birds, but also from the birds I have heard all over the world. Tasmanina forests can look similar, but the sound is different.

I am curious about your broken 16-35. Was is version II? What were the simptoms? Couldn't you use it afterwards at least as a MF-lens (why not?)?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2017 at 09:06
Thank you :)
I couldn't use CZ in other applications than a paperweight. This is version one.
The pictures taken with it were blurry no matter what, manual or auto focus.

When I was back in Poland I took it to the service and was told the whole optical assembly needs to be replaced. Cost was more than the lens new.

The funny thing was they reassembled the lens telling me they can't fix it, but it started working. At first without the same level of sharpness, but few months later it was OK. I can't explain it...
Later on the aperture assembly broke and after fixing that this lens is finally what it is supposed to be.
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Here comes the last set from the forest:

42. Creepy


43. A lot of green...


44. A little bit of Tolkien


45. A some more...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2017 at 06:38
OK, let's leave the forest behind, apparently I liked it way more than you did ;)

Those will also be the last from Te Urewera National Park.

46. Lake Waikaremoana in all its glory ;)


47. Black swans on the lake


48. At sunrise


49. Majestic at sunrise


50. Waking up


51. Typical view by the lake
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Winwalloe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2017 at 09:42
I'm late on the photos of the forest, that looks amazing!!

Of the latest series I like #47 the best, it has a more dynamic composition.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2017 at 20:22
Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

OK, let's leave the forest behind, apparently I liked it way more than you did ;)
Despite that I did not comment on those forest photos earlier, that place looks wonderful in your pictures. In fact I think that forest looks more interesting than these later shots...
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Great diverse series. Really liked looking at these. And btw I am a big lord of the rings fan. Tfs
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2017 at 15:03
I'm waiting for more!
I don't want to add to your many pictures to process, but I wonder if for the pictures of the thermal bath you couldn't increase color and saturation significantly - certainly the trend for pictures on the internet these days is over-saturated and over-HDR, I wonder if you could make the thermal bath "candy colors" and they would be even more interesting than they already are. Same with the forest pictures, in movies they increase the drama of the scenery with contrast and color; based on movies like LOTR there isn't "too much" contrast or color for those scenes.
I haven't been to that part of the world, so it is all fascinating to me. The diversity of topography and flora is amazing. The more you post, the more amazing it is.
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