Posted at 5:41am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Natalie Finch Author
Nearly everyone who lives in or has visited Wanaka knows of #ThatWanakaTree. The tree has become synonymous with the crowd that surrounds it daily from dawn until dusk, making it harder to achieve a snap without tourists creeping into the photograph's corners. Here are seven other Lake Wanaka photography ideas to prove your visit to town.
1—The Lake: An obvious but diverse starting point is the lake itself. From the lakefront you can capture mountains in the background, from the jetties you can shoot directly down for water ripples; get creative and try different angles.
2—Activities: Crank up your shutter speed and try some fast-paced photography. Jet-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and kite-surfing can all be spotted from the Wanaka lakefront. Pembroke Park provides a backdrop for slack-liners and skateboarders, and mountain-bikers can be seen in and around Sticky Forest.
3—Wildlife: Look to the skies; a variety of birds can be seen around Wanaka and there is a sense of accomplishment achieved by capturing a good image of a bird in flight. Look to the lakefront; ducks and eels are often spotted and are frequently friendly enough for an up close photo.
4—Night sky: Night sky photography can now be achieved with a common DSLR with a standard lens. This kind of photography requires some research into how to use your camera in manual mode, but it is rewarding when you capture a reasonably in-focus picture of the Milky Way. A combined view of the town, lake and night sky can be seen from Eely Point. Remember to check the phase of the moon as a full moon offers more light to accommodate.
5—Mountains: Weather conditions alter the mountainous landscape, meaning a unique image is produced each time. Rain/clouds offer an ominous scene and the sunshine creates a clear cut form against the sky. There are varying views around the lake for all levels of trampers. Although shooting in bad weather can create interesting images, consider photographing these moody mountains from a distance rather than tramping.
6—Weather: Darker skies against the autumnal leaves of Station Park, reflections of the skies in slick surfaces and photographing the lake from a cafe can all create interesting pictures. Long afternoon shadows on bright days can add depth to an image, and further out of town snow offers unique challenges in picture taking.
7—Other trees: There are incredible trees around Wanaka that deserve equal attention to the Roys Bay Willow Tree. Station Park offers variety and scale, and the wooded walk from the centre to Eely Point presents dappled light and depth.