"I ventured out to the lighthouse at the end of the Awhitu Peninsula early one winter’s morning. As the sun peeked over the horizon and its rays of warmth struck the winter fog, the surrounding hills were quickly and quietly enveloped in a sea of mist and light. Standing in contrast was this sacred silhouette, appearing as a guardian to the harbour below. Quite a poetic scene, but only for a fleeting moment.
Fortunately I already had my longest 240mm lens with the 2x teleconverter attached and mounted on my tripod, so I was able to switch from the city scene I had been shooting to this instead very quickly. I captured 8 very different images over 17 minutes, but it was this one #3 that stood out from the rest. It simply has that extra something about it that I can’t really describe. A little bit of magic?"
Equipment: Phase One XF 100Mp Trichromatic + Schneider Kreuznach 240mm blue lens + 2x teleconverter
Exposure: 1/640 sec @ f11 ISO 400
FINALIST, NZ GEO PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020