Hello everyone and welcome to the first of many blog updates to showcase my latest portfolio images.
It's March 2019 and I have returned to New Zealand with a lifetime supply of images from my travels. In July last year I put my engineering job on hold and set off on the trip of a lifetime. Over the next 7 months I traveled solo to USA, Canada, Iceland, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia and Fiji. Not all of those countries were for the sole purpose of capturing world-class landscapes, but I'm sure you can see a few that most certainly were.
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My trip started on the West Coast of America in San Francisco where I settled for a week to get my bearings in a new country and catch up with a few friends. While in the city I moved away from my traditional landscape photography and dabbled with some cityscape and nightscape photography.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Moving on from San Francisco I traveled inland through Sacramento, Tahoe, Lassen National Park and North to Crater Lake National Park. At the time, many of the North-West states of America had numerous wildfires. My time through these states was dictated by the smoke and closure of areas. The destruction from these fires is terrible and the smoke hindered my progress in certain areas. In others, like Crater Lake National Park it provided some other worldly conditions.
MOUNT HOOD TO PORTLAND
My travels took me north through the lovely town of Bend to Mount Hood. I found a spot to photograph its majesty before heading on to Portland. A short stay to restock and recharge included shooting the infamous Multnohmah Falls. A hugely popular tourist destination that required a lot of skill to photograph in a way that didn't depict the masses of people.
ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY
I continued my trip North passed Seattle as I was going to come back after the next epic leg of the journey. A ferry ride up the coast of Canada to Alaska. Seeing Alaska from the coast had been a dream of mine for a long time. I decided not to take a cruise ship as they can't fit up the inland passage and they don't suit my lifestyle. Instead I opted for the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. Less glamorous, but that was no concern to me as the views easily made up for it. Although the landscapes were beautiful and reminded me a lot of Marlborough Sounds here in New Zealand, it was the long summer sunrises and sunsets that stole the show for me. The voyage I embarked on took me from Bellingham in Washington to Juno in Alaska for a night stop over and then another 3 days to Kodiak and Homer.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK
After a brief stop in Anchorage I hired a car for a few days and drove up to Denali National Park. It didn't take long to realise that I hadn't given myself anywhere near enough time to fully explore Denali. I was amazed at the beautiful ruggedness of the park and the abundance of wildlife, from caribou to grizzly bears with cubs. Alaska is now firmly planted on the must visit again list.
Returning back to the mainland from Alaska I spent some time exploring Seattle. I hadn't expected to but I really enjoyed the city. It acted as a hub while I explored the National Parks in the area. Coming from smaller cities in New Zealand I took the opportunity to capture some more cityscapes.
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