15 February 2014

new zealand | queenstown

Ooh, it has been awhile since my last post.  Where does the time go?  Anyhoo, I am just dropping in to share some photographs of lovely Queenstown.  I took many of these shots with the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens, which I bought just before we left for New Zealand.  I was a little hesitant about buying a Sigma as I love my Nikon lenses but I have to say that this lens (which is part of the brand's new-ish Art series) is really rather fabulous - super sharp and beautifully built.  I have been wanting a 35mm f1.4 lens for awhile but couldn't quite bring myself to splurge on the Nikon version, so the Sigma ended up being a great alternative (phew!) :)

The pebbly beach on the shores of Lake Wakatipu ...



The chilly night air was filled with the smell of wood fires burning even though it was the middle of summer ... !


New Zealand is well known for its large population of sheep (and all the sheep-related jokes that that entails).  In 2012, the ratio of sheep to humans in New Zealand was a little over 7:1 (in 1982, it was 22:1!  That's 70.3 million sheep, baa!).  Needless to say, little sheepies are popular souvenirs ...


Road trips in campervans are also super popular ...


Everybody raves about Fergburger but even so, I was still surprised by its insane popularity.  The place is open twenty one hours a day (!!) and there were lines out the door every single time we happened to be passing by.  We had to wait forty-five minutes for our burgers but they were pretty good and worth the wait ...


Li'l shot of Queenstown ...



Around the shores of Lake Wakatipu ...


On the morning of our departure, we raced over to the Skyline Gondola to see Queenstown from above ...


And a super quick coffee stop at Joe's Garage on our way to the airport ... 


All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

17 comments:

  1. These are absolutely stunning Natasha I think I might need to go there one day. I love my 35mm lens 1.4, I just bought the 50mm 1.4 and am still getting used to it. This photography business is fun and addictive. xx

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  2. All such beautiful shots, love all the water, the colour is so lovely.

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  3. So beautiful, i loved queenstown

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  4. Hi Natasha, Gorgeous photos! One day maybe I'll make it to New Zealand. And Australia, of course. :) The new lens has a lovely quality and so great that you were able to get it. I know the 35mm 1.4 is quite a commitment. Speaking of travel, ahem, I am sending you an email with a crazy idea. Have a great weekend!

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  5. So beautiful! I've been to Joe's Garage in Wellington and I absolutely love it there!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your experience with New Zealand!

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  7. Wow amazing photos, I love that sign than shows the directions of the cities, and the photos of the mountain wow, amazing!!

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  8. I love the colours in these pictures! Great!

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  9. Wonderful colours and compositions a feast for my eyes on this grey Irish morning! Enjoy!

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  10. Gorgeous photos! I really want a 1.4 too but can't seem to justify spending that much on a canon lens. It's good to hear that the Sigma is in fact a good alternative :-)

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  11. OMG, New Zealand is soooo beautiful! How I wish I could visit the antipodes some day...

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  12. Adore your "seeing the world", Natasha! Gorgeous photographs!

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  13. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. I really love it. Is there any color differences between Nikon and Sigma? Which of the photos are taken with Nikon?

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  14. Thanks Tony. I haven't noticed any difference at all between the Nikon and Sigma lenses. The majority of the photos in this post were taken with the Sigma.

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