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photovan does Ruapehu and orakei thermal park .

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by Desmond, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Last weekend I took my photovan https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=135396&highlight=photovan to Ruapehu with the idea of spending some time walking in the snow . I had thought of naming my van 'rattle and squeak' but after seeing how much oil it uses in relation to petrol I think "two stroke" is more appropriate, though it uses twice as much fuel as my pulsar it pays for itself in other ways , it cost me $15 a night to stay in the campsite compared to the $200 a night the motel would have cost .[ for the first time ever all pictures were taken in manual mode ]

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    The campsite was next to "The Chateaux'

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    There are quite a few pictures so I'll add one after each reply to speed things up a bit .
    [all images here http://s107.photobucket.com/albums/m300/dvdowns/skitour/
    First I made contact with a company that arranges transport for the Tongariro crossing http://www.tongarirocrossing.org.nz/?gclid=CI_j8a638ZUCFRGiiQodTk7xeA , 70000 people walk it each year but not in the snow which is my next goal . The company made plans to leave 7am sunday morning and I drove to "Turangi" early . The sun was just coming up .

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    After I arrived they phoned me to tell me not to bother driving over because the weather ''had advanced by 12 hours'' and the afternoon 'might' not be good weather - they have to take full responsibility for anything that happens so they were being safe . I decided to do something a bit more dangerous , I took my $1 skis up the mountain but first went for a walk to warm up ...

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    "mount doom" in the distance ....

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  2. There was cloud over the rest of the area

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    and the chair lifts fired up ...

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    So I went and got my skis and spent my third day in as many years skiing - the slope seemed steeper than last year in the morning but by the afternoon it was a bit lame but I decided to save the steeper slopes for another time . Anyway later on someone told me the antique skis I was using probably wouldn't release properly if I crashed .
     
  3. As my story progresses I'll add pictures from the thermal park ...

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    along whith the various growths on the trees and rocks

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    some slow exposures of the golden rapids ...

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    time exposures of the traffic at night

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    I want to edit this one , give the blades some rotation blur ...

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    add a few from the cave ...

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    my personal favourite the bubbling mud ...

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    and share the story of the Tama lakes walk past the falls .....

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  4. Bolts

    Bolts

    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Desmond: I can't stress this enough - You RULE!

    Love the van, love your countryside shots, love your attitude, love your ingenuity, and I could keep on going...

    Congratulations on shooting in 100% manual mode! That's always a challenge and certainly something we should all be doing much of the time. I'm currently shooting birds and sports in M mode, but I tend to draw a blank shooting people and landscapes on what the settings should be.

    Please, could you photograph a hobbit or ent for me?
     
  5. Bolts

    Bolts

    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Oh, and LOVE that McDonalds plane!
     
  6. I've been to Ruapehu, but only during autumn - thanks for posting these wintry shots!

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  7. MORE please....
     
  8. Thanks for the encouragement ! My first big step was moving from the green mode to "P" mode , then I got adventurous and tried "A" mode for a while and wondered how I could have trusted "P" mode for so long , now after shooting in manual for 2 months I wonder how I ever worked with the ''modes'' and constant exposure compensation . Occasionally when things speed up a bit I might switch to "P"-for-panic mode but am very happy with manual for now .
    I enjoyed it when the sun was going down ....

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  9. A lot of snow has meleted but the ski fields are still open now in spring due to the amount of snow left - it's pretty hard skiing on what's left [ well actually it's pretty hard for me to ski on anything !] , when I fell the second time on the same place it was almost like sliding on gravel .

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  10. I'm trying to add pictures slowly so there aren't too many on each page , this was a wide angle shot next to lake Taupo ....

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  11. Fantastic!

    Wow... What a great post - me need to visit your corner of paradise :biggrin:
     
  12. There's no shortage of things to photograph , whatever direction you go in . It was my first stop at this particualr thermal park ...

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    which included a cave for good measure this time .

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    the water was really warm but there was a "no swimming" sign .

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  13. On Monday I decided to walk to the Tama lakes , I had walked past the turnoff before but never visited them .

    First comes a walk through the trees which all have stuff growing on them ...

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    The marshlands are protected by boardwalks ....

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    I suppose this could be called a sign when you get to the lower Tama lake

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    The lower lake ...

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    the 'wind shelter ' at the upper lake which is another 20 minutes up the hill ...

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    "X" marks the spot , you are here !

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  14. There is a lot of colour even amongst the rocks .

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    and almost every tree has something else growing on it ....

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    The one called "old man's beard" is actually a bit of a pest and sometimes covers the entire tree ....

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  15. Coming back from the lakes I stopped off at the Taranaki falls ...

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    and had a look from the top as well .....

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