Spirit Of Place

Ben Lomond Queenstwon New Zealand

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…
~Lawrence Durrell

Photo details (Location: Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown, New Zealand):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 500, F20, 1/100 sec., no camera filter, no flash.

I found it tough, if not impossible, to capture the value of this Queenstown scenery in a single photo; so I took my time for two more panoramas (please click on all images for a bigger version). Do you take your time when travelling to soak up the spirit and beauty of a place, or do you rush on to see as many things as possible?

Ben Lomond Walk Queenstown New Zealand

Photo details (180° panorama of Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 200, F8, 1/250 sec., no camera filter, no flash.
Stitched out of 5 single frames.

Ben Lomond Walk Queenstown New Zealand

Photo details (360° panorama of Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 200, F9, 1/250 sec., no camera filter, no flash.
Stitched out of 17 single frames.

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2 thoughts on “Spirit Of Place

  1. Do you take your time when travelling to soak up the spirit and beauty of a place, or do you rush on to see as many things as possible?

    Well i guess i tend to do both. Sometimes when i’m too absorbed in photographing, i forget to just be and enjoy the beautiful surroundings i’m in. But lately ive opened up to another level, an old and famliar way of being one in and with nature :) So i prefer to just be in nature and really connect with it, but sometimes i forget to the take the necessary time for it lol

    And btw… that first panorama is awesome! Makes me want to come back to NZ again! I guess i could live there easily, if not for the distance (11.000k) from home where my family and friends are.. :)

    Great shots!

    Cheers
    Pieter

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    • Thanks for your comment Pieter! I know exactly what you mean. I too can get so absorbed by taking another shot, from another angle, with a differnet setting, that I forget to just enjoy. Luckily, my boyfriend is the complete opposite; rarely taking a pic. So when I’m on the road with him I have a regular reminder to lean back and listen, watch, enjoy :)

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