Another one was taken from Bennets Blough Lookout on the road to Glenorchy. 

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 2Cloud Reflections (ISO 100 f/9 1/125sec) 

Taken from just after the Bennetts Blough Lookout on the road to Glenorchy. Growing up a kiwi, I never quite understood the Maori name for New Zealand “Aoeteoroa”. The English translation is “Land of the Long White Cloud”. I moved to Queenstown and regularly saw the clouds line Lake Wakatipu for what seems like miles like, in this shot, this made me understand the name.  

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 3Cecil Peak Ponderer (ISO 200 f/8 1/60sec)

Taken from the lookout at the top of Fernhill. I was on a solo photo mission so was stoked to come upon this human. So not actually sure who this guy is…if you see this - cheers for the shot!

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 4 Lake Hayes Campers (f /5.6 ISO 100)

Found these cheeky freedom campers less than 50m from a State Highway by Lake Hakes. Left them to it, but they missed a misty sunrise.

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 5Jetty Glenorchy Road (ISO 100 f/8 1/200sec)

A desolate jetty on the road towards Glenorchy.

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 6Lake Hayes Relection (ISO 200 f/10 1/400sec)

Loved the framing of the bare trees on each side.

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 7Mountains Close Up (f/8 ISO 200)

I’m lucky that this view of Ben Lomond is from one of the lookouts on the ATV Tour’s I guide. 

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 8Icy Waterfall (f/24 ISO 100)

This was my first ever attempt at a long-exposure shot. It was a partially frozen fall we found in Skippers Canyon. 

43rd photography rachael tapper snapshot queenstown photo blog 9Aurora Australis (ISO 3200 f/3.5 30sec)

Another first. A stunning show in May. My first time seeing the Aurora lights properly dancing behind the Remarkables. We went on a mission up Tobins Track to avoid the crowds going up Coronet Peak – it looked like a highway on this night!

I have lived in Queenstown for the most part of the last 4 years. I work as a Tour Guide so I am fortunate to spend my days in the outdoors where I am my most content self. I hail from the North Island but at 24 I have been lucky to have travelled both islands extensively. I am itching to explore the world but my circumstances have resulted in discovering my own backyard first and I couldn’t be more grateful.  However, Queenstown always brings the shots I love the most. It is home for now and hopefully for a long time to come.

I am still relatively new to photography, despite a lifelong interest. I was gifted a third-hand Nikon D80 in January this year so I’m only in my sixth month of learning. The camera itself has had a bit of a hard life, the auto-focus is broken so I use manual focus for everything. I use a second-hand entry level tripod and currently don’t own any filters. Working towards upgrading but for now, I just use the Nikon D80 with the kit lens.

Photography is a hobby for me. I am always going on adventures, constantly seeking beautiful places so now I just take my camera with me. This has developed into a passion for Landscape Photography. My intent is purely to document and share the beautiful spots of New Zealand and the world that I am lucky to visit.

Instagram: @rachtapper_outdoors