Where to get the shot
Lake Pearson / Moana Rua is located adjacent to State Highway 73, approximately 113 km drive west of Christchurch. The best place to begin exploring is via the parking area at the western end of the lake.
Setting up the shot
Long exposures open up a whole new world of creative possibilities for landscape photography, turning static skies and water into smooth and dynamic creations. Ordinarily it’s not possible to get a long enough shutter speed in daylight conditions, but this is where a neutral density filter comes in. Available in various strengths, the filter is darkened glass which you place on the front of your lens. This dramatically reduces the amount of light hitting the sensor, which the camera compensates for by increasing the length of shutter speed.
The technical stuff
109 sec at f/16, ISO100, 10-stop neutral density filter.
Avalanche Creek Falls consist of three waterfalls and located in Arthur's Pass National Park. The waterfalls are easily accessible via a well-maintained DOC track.