"Frustrated by Arthurs Pass being closed due to heavy snow, I thought I'd try & sneak up the back way & give Porters Pass a shot. With snow chains on my rental RAV4, I did pretty damn well, but I just couldn't get past the last corner! Having been so obsessed on getting through & reluctant to stop at all, it was fortunate that it made me stop & soak up this view. Wow! After spending another 30 minutes shooting, I somehow managed to turn around & then went flying back down the same way I'd come up. By the time I got back to the main road near Springfield, Arthurs Pass had just re-opened. Quite a crazy day!"
Equipment: 60Mp Phase One DB + Mamiya AFD 645 + 80mm lens
Exposure: 1/250 sec @ f22 ISO 400
11 frames stitched for maximum detail & clarity. Also available is an extreme version, composed from 52 frames which is capable of enlargements >2.5m high
Location: Porters Pass, Canterbury
Brief video taken shortly afterwards (also shows where I got stuck in the snow!):