Mirror Lake New Zealand

Mirror Lake New Zealand. On the long bus ride from Queenstown to Milford Sound the bus stops in several places. One of them is called Mirror Lake. I would have loved to spend a bit more time hanging out and getting some better shots of this location. However the bus was trying to get us to Milford Sound in time for us to catch a boat so I felt a bit rushed here.

I can only guess that the combination of the trees surrounding the water, which cuts the wind down, and the sunlight falling from behind makes a great combination for the mirror effect. Even though in this image there are some ripples on the water, as well as some scum in the foreground. Personally I like the extra sharpness and texture that the scum provides on the water. Then again scum usually gives perspective with many things in life.

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I originally processed this image shortly after taking it, but I never liked how it turned out. Since then I have been doing a few more techniques. So I decided to reprocess from the start. I am much happier about this version than the last version. I used Aurora HDR Pro, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Not much new there as I use those on almost every single image I process. I tried to really amp up the contrast in this image without totally oversaturating it. I did not add any extra sharpening in Lightroom, nor did I increase the clarity. Its just a really sharp image from the start.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com