It was a superb sight to see these lenticular clouds hanging around Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park for the three days that we were there. The best day for photography was definitely the day we arrived in Tongariro. The weather was very clear and the blue sky made a perfect backdrop for the clouds. As soon as we dropped off our luggage, we hit the road looking for good photo locations.
The beauty of these clouds was that they were constantly changing and they looked different from every angle around them. When we finished shooting from out main location just after sunset (I will post a photo or two from there later), the cloud already lost its shape and we hit the road back to our accommodation. Just as we were passing by a small hidden pond on the side of the road, I spotted the reflection and yelled "stop". With no time to waste I grabbed my gear - luckily I decided earlier to keep the tripod out and my camera attached just in case - I ran back towards the pond.
The pond was a little below the road and it took me a moment to find a secure spot on the sandy slope to plant my tripod and fire a couple of shots. I only had time to take three frames before the light faded out and wind disturbed the otherwise still surface. This is the one that I was most happy with - I loved the symmetry and the clarity of the reflection. I also liked the tonality and peaceful atmosphere of the late blue hour.
It was one of those unexpected moments that often carry the most reward, as long as you are looking out for them and are willing to take the opportunity when you recognise one before you.
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