Coming to Queenstown, New Zealand? Lived here for years? Chances are, that either way, you are (or will be) in awe of the incredible landscape that engulfs us every day. And, just like me, you’ll want to try and capture the magical scenery and share it with your friends back home or look back nostalgically in years to come.

This is my first blog and so I wanted to share with you my top 5 places where you can grab those ‘must get’ shots while you’re in town. I’ll be doing one place each week with some examples of photos that I took in that spot which I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did capturing the real thing!

Ok, here goes! The 1st, and perhaps simplest to get to, spot is Queenstown’s waterfront and gardens. Starting at Saint Omer Park you can snap an impressive view of the Remarkables poking their snowy heads up before moving around the beach to the Gardens for a collection of stunning trees, flowers and water features complete with an 18-hole Frisbee golf course for some fun along the way! Finally, you’ll end up at the end of the ‘peninsula’ where an unimpeded vista of the sun setting at the end of the lake awaits. Perfection!

For my photos, I started around 3pm and nabbed the shot of The Remarkables first, with a longer exposure (1.6s) and ND filter to give the lake a smooth texture and then headed around to the gardens to shoot the tree and the bridge. I ended up at the water’s edge at about 5pm just in time to see the last light leaving the top of Walter Peak which gave it that explosive touch. All in all a great afternoon with the camera!

Got a favourite place to photograph in and around Queenstown? Let me know and I’ll head out there and write about it! In the meantime, for more of my photographs, come by my Facebook page.