Highlights of Doubtful Sound, a photographers dream

Until yesterday, the Keukenhof Gardens were the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I milked the tulip shots for a lot of posts, and I think  I will be doing the same with Doubtful Sound. When I don’t have a new photo, you’ll be seeing something from the collection!

The tour company, Real Journeys, did an extraordinary job. I thought we were done after the water sports part, a couple hours in on the first day, and the rest would be resting and relaxing on the ship, enjoying the  nice company of a lot of Australian tourists and a young American couple who are living in Queenstown. But they said there was a lot more to see, and they weren’t kidding.

One of the many great features of this tour was the nature guide. He was wonderful. I learned a lot and I have a lot of information to share with you along with a lot of photos. It’s a bit overwhelming, but one has to start somewhere, so I’m starting with my top four favorite photos. I have done nothing to alter these photos. I have done some creative modifications with some of the other photos, but I will tell you when I have made alterations. The reason I am calling attention to processing in this case is I want you to know the images, even the colors of the sunrise, show how it really was. I did have to adjust the horizon of one of them, though. It’s tough to stay straight on a ship, even with the horizontal guideline, which is one of my favorite features in my new camera.

Speaking of new cameras…I am hoping mine will be okay. It has had rain and fog on its lens and been dried with a lot of cotton shirts. Fingers crossed!! But even if it doesn’t last, the camera served very well on this epic journey.

Heading out to the Tasman Sea

Heading out to the Tasman Sea

Heading back to the sound (fiord) after a brief sail out the Tasman Sea

Heading back to the sound (fiord) after a brief sail on to the Tasman Sea

Sunrise over the fiord

Sunrise over the fiord

Reflections in the little bay where we stopped for a moment of silence. With all the engines and generators shut off and all passengers instructed to get into position and not take photos, we had utter silence on the boat, a quiet that soon filled with the voices of birds calling out to each other on the mountainside

Reflections in the little bay where we stopped for a moment of silence. With all the engines and generators shut off and all passengers instructed to get into position and not take photos, we had total silence on the boat, a quiet soon filled with the voices of birds calling out to each other on the mountainside

A look up the fiord in the early morning

A look up the fiord in the early morning

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9 thoughts on “Highlights of Doubtful Sound, a photographers dream

  1. Fabio

    Fantastic, Nia! Wow!!! NZ is quite a spot for nature lovers, bird lovers, photography lovers, and lovers! Amazing scenes – it is hard to put my reactions in words. I can tell you that I have a big smile! Thanks so much! Keep enjoying everything! You are right when you say that you are on an epic journey! Take care! Smiles!!! 🙂 Fabio

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  2. Real Journeys

    Kia Ora Nia

    What an awesome write up, and amazing photos. We’re delighted you had a great trip!

    Feel free to come back any time – there’s still plenty more to see 🙂

    Cheers

    RJs

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