The body of water here is actually a river, although this is right on the shoreline! Taken late afternoon with the sun going down. This beach is part Abel Tasman National Park, on the northern coast of New Zealand's South Island. It can only be reached via a narrow and twisty gravel road - which clearly explains why I met an RV driving in the opposite direction ;-)
The park is named after the explorer Abel Tasman, who ironically never set foot here - his crew were repelled from the area by the fierce fighting of the local Maori people. He was also the first European to sight Tasmania, which also bears his name.
The national park was opened in 1942, three hundred years after his visit. Abel Tasman NP is the smallest of the New Zealand national parks, measuring "just" 22530 hectares :)
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evilren (1395) 2003-07-28 1:10
how do u manage to get this quality every time? light,texture,colour of the sky,even the clouds are in the right place.
how do u scan u'r pictures to the computer?
forlife (892) 2003-07-28 1:42
this is just superb Adrian!
lemon_logix (1054) 2003-07-28 2:09
beauty! i like the colors
bmckenzie (517) 2003-07-28 2:13
Nice capture of the Golden Sands, low perspective, great DOF (pin-sharp in the foreground and at the tree line).
Aegean (2571) 2003-07-28 2:59
Super wide zoom lens at its best use Adrian...Dynamic perspection and excellent composition...Very well done!
rem24k (5) 2003-07-28 3:24
Superb. Man, this is a 17-35 zoom work of art. plus texture, deep blue against earth orange... cool, as in, cool dude!
greg (2835) 2003-07-28 3:46
Very nice, Adrian! Dramatic perpective.
osado (134) 2003-07-28 3:47
A brilliant photo!! Really amazing!
Nice colours and superb perspective!
Even if you only look on the bottom part of the photo it looks like a photo from some mountains taken from a plane.
**added to my favourites** ;)
Redbishop (13) 2003-07-28 3:55
Very nice quality shot.
I wanna do a poster of that :)
Edwin (188) 2003-07-28 4:04
Superb wide-angle shot. Taken with a 17mm lens perhaps? Very attractive colours, perfectly in focus, good use of the polaroid filter, technically a perfect shot. My 6 out of 5 Adrian!
Motrem (2392) 2003-07-28 4:28
Les couleurs sont magnifiques, la composition excellente.
PiotrS (443) 2003-07-28 5:35
I am truly amazed Adrian, a fantastic shot. Wide angle is perfect for NZ scenery, it's the feeling of space that I love there and here on this pic.
The colours are stunning here, the saturation is incredible. Maybe this is the only point here, that the way I remember Abel Tasman beaches, the colours were a bit less vivid, but I can't really hold that against this picture, because I love it!
Abocc (3300) 2003-07-28 6:32
Fantastic perspective and colours.
A great composition for a great picture
sita4ram (814) 2003-07-28 8:05
if thats what life is like, then Im in for it.
beautifully captured, and wonderful patterns on the sand/soil.
colors are a bit oversaturated in my opinion. still its an excellent shot. simply beautiful
ronners (10) 2003-07-28 11:25
This is a nice shot, but I think that the polariser has led to a loss in contrast in the top part of the sky (ironically). Experience has recently taught me that a polariser can in fact be bad with a wide angle lens.
Maybe some day someone will come up with a way to perform selective polarization. The foreground here is great though.
Curioso (9271) 2003-07-28 16:07
Really incredible this angle of shot ! The colors too are great with a strong perspective and contrast effect.
I love this one !
Guzman (577) 2003-07-28 16:48
Adrian this is 1st class work , for me there are two pictures to be seen in this with almost a horizontal split between the two, am tempted to post in workshop but 2nd thougths why deface such beauty and work ,just a 5 mm crop to the right hand side , for the tree on the hillside.
ninadev (5377) 2003-07-28 17:10
Superb! The colors are fantastic and the perspective Wow.. Nothing I can add on all this technical stuff, I don't know enough to discuss this aspect. The sand and sky stand out so much that again by scrolling the image on my screen just below the trees (which are not as outstanding as the two other features) I saw that the beach alone would make a great shot also.
Luko (14000) 2003-07-28 17:42
Wow, very impressive, you've set up the whole for maximum effect, didn't you...Actually this shot tends to demonstrate that the earth is round.
The foreground patterns are very interesting, it should also work very nicely in BW with all that contrast, though i know you're not very keen on BW. It really looks like JL Sieff's desert landscapes, a photographer who used to shoot with a 21mm and added his own twist with very dark, burnt and contrasted skies, known as Sieff's skies.
Excellent job as usual.
dominique (11414) 2003-07-28 18:43
Really perfect, pretty sight and super colors I like the size of the ground and with the end the mountain , the sky .
Skorj (581) 2003-07-30 9:22
Colors, composition, subject, framing, polarizer, presentation - all excellent!
(I would clone out the people or sheep from the shoreline though.)
Nina (5003) 2003-07-31 2:46
Hasn't New Zealand got some stunning scenery? Your shot brings back memories of that amazing place. I like the angle you chose and the portrait format, but find the saturation a little on the heavy side.
smael (2878) 2003-08-05 5:04
I liked this one, and the perspective really sucks you in to the picture. What I don't like is the color of the sky. Sonners & nina is touching the same issue also, and to me the sky is bit too dark. To me a wideangle, provia togheter with a polarizer seem a bit overkill. I have a 20-35, and it gives a nice boost in the colors compared to more tele-lendes. I don't know if it's my lens or if it is a quality of the wide-angle.....
Anyway I think you should've dropped the polarizer for this shot, and maybe increased the saturation in the post-processing on the foreground (wich is great)!
Just a point of view......
roconnell (327) 2003-08-09 17:10
Stunning! Gorgeous composition, colors and a great wide angle.
kooki (556) 2003-08-13 8:51
Quoi rajouter quand on arrive en 27 positions???
Ha... Si quelle est trop belle!!!
touristdidi (8583) 2003-08-21 11:59
Beautiful picture, everything is great!!!!!
I finally get big photos on following your directions!
dsidwell (9783) 2003-08-28 14:37
Colors and clarity are amazing!
tworivers (573) 2003-11-06 19:36
superb image. so much detail and wonderful composition. great attention paid to the foreground, midground and background to add lots of interest. great composition and light. very nice image.
marcmec (77) 2003-11-14 12:12
The pattern in the foreground leads the eyes into the picture. The combination of warm and cold colors is nice, and DOF is plentiful. Good job.
Cris (131) 2003-11-28 18:36
Just amazing.... The composition is fantastic. Excellent shot!
mitternacht (1839) 2003-11-28 19:43
Beautiful shot, really nice colors and light. I guess the others have said everything there is to say. I added a note on polarisers.
scalerman (26900) 2004-01-18 21:01
I recognized this beach before I opened the thumbnail. I was nice memory for me. I'll try to scan some of my NZ shots later this month...
wenjong (12) 2004-01-26 19:14
Beautifull colours. Nice composition. The picture also has something mysterious. The beginning of time or something like that.
CoolDan (2516) 2004-02-01 20:30
Magnifique composition Adrian. Les couleurs, la texture le cadrage tout est réussi à perfection. Thanks.
capa (743) 2004-02-07 18:16
excellent photo, color, texture, perspective it's all 5*
Riz (0) 2004-02-20 12:02
excellent wide angle here Adrian-
the rock-sand I must say I've never seen a beach like this. I also think that the dark sky shows good separtion in the brownish sandy tan color of the earth. excellent all around.
ps ---glad i made your day.
alma (70) 2004-03-07 6:35
Beautifull photo. Sandy coulors are my favorite, speacialy when the sun going down.
volunteer123 (244) 2004-03-17 7:47
very nice colors and sharp
the structure of the sand is making this very artistic
like a painting
thanks for taking it and sharing :)
Gaelle (753) 2004-03-22 9:39
That's an amazing picture ! I like the perspective, the colors ! Of course the polarizer effect is very strong in your picture, but I like that in this picture !
MissyMissile (0) 2004-03-25 16:53
Amazing shot, Adrian! The whole composition is great, then also the perfect time of day and of course, Abel Tasman National Park is to die for!
desman (2222) 2004-04-02 15:47
j'adore cette étirement du sable ! Polarisation un peu trop forte à mon gout
nbournas (3229) 2004-04-06 13:31
A great shot. Great wide angle and great use of the polarizer.
gg01 (355) 2004-04-11 11:13
Très belle perspective, et les couleurs sont magnifiques.
gaogo (21) 2004-04-11 11:30
dramatic foreground with loads -still - to breath in the background. lovely job!
morganommer (765) 2004-04-16 2:59
beautiful light and composition. well done!
edji (1368) 2004-04-17 18:42
Another great one! Very nice rich color and a beautiful sky. Well done.
Marcie (345) 2004-04-22 3:40
brownish yellow and the dark blue of the sky are very nice together. I like the perspective as well. The relation in patterns of the ground and the clouds is also intresting.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-05-05 17:24
Wonderful colour and ligth you captured here Adrian. The real scope must be the texture and structure of the sanddunes - Great work indeed.
longpt (947) 2004-06-12 12:06
great detail, The texture is perfect
Blue_Beard (237) 2004-06-17 15:04
centurion (0) 2004-07-19 10:36
Brilliant ! Colours, exposure, contrast and composition. All excellent.
Elza (0) 2004-07-21 20:18
Isaperez (355) 2004-08-03 16:58
Very beautiful shot!I love the effect of the wide angle lens and the texture of the sand.
charmante (1090) 2004-08-31 10:49
Ohmigod!!! That's just PERFECT!!! you've made a miracle by this shot!!
Oldtree (2457) 2004-09-03 6:12
I just can agree with all the other people here. Wonderful photo. All other things probably has been said already. :-)
naxius (16685) 2004-09-25 4:55
I now understand why this contribution has more than an hundred points...This is great! I am astonished with the colors you have, the light is also really nice.
This is perfect.
Red (7) 2004-10-16 0:55
manu_itu (305) 2004-12-07 2:40
Adrian, this is just so perfect! Out of words here. Mountin on extreme right gone too dark but hey....it's shamefull I'm saying this. Just too good!
Janice (4403) 2004-12-07 3:04
Wow, excellent. Superb.
jiekuan (332) 2005-01-20 11:35
Amazing picture. very nice color and good saturation.
the POV is great too.
C41 (20) 2005-02-05 4:46
Wicked Wicked shot, Some of the better shots ive seen latley are all from Slde Film, and this is one of them. Well done.
Maru (0) 2005-03-15 7:49
It's a fantastic landscape, Adrian!
Impressive perspective you chose here. The composition is superb, very professional with excellent textures, shapes and a very well ballanced contrast.
coco (30439) 2005-05-25 8:15
Excellent composition with wonderful colours. Is very attractive.
cocami (27) 2005-05-25 8:46
Wonderful!! You are great!
sylvie (1183) 2005-05-25 9:06
Beautiful shoot Warren, superb photo with a magic light which give a brillant contrast between rocks and sky. Very good angle. Thanks to give us such beauty.
DLM (6479) 2005-06-02 14:07
Very beautiful shot indeed.Great colours and DOF.Very well taken.Regards Dave.
baudinm (349) 2005-06-13 12:34
This is a great landscape. The colors are impressive and vivid.
The orange sand is a beautiful foreground and the sky is perfect.
The composition is very good and the vertical frame is well chosen for this landscape.
The distortion created by the lens is increasing the impression of depth and beauty.
I like these shapes in the sand.
peter1892 (1681) 2005-08-11 18:14
Superb image, the colours are very good here & the composition is also excellent.
keribar (43841) 2005-08-31 1:16
Very good rendering of the place with a vertical wide-angle shot. You chose a moment with the best possible light. Many thanks - Izzet
partha (14023) 2005-10-03 14:06
Your work make me spellbound.
klyee75 (778) 2005-11-30 0:32
This is perfect...very good piece. The golden rich is really attractive, the clouds also very interesting and most importantly the shore is the most attractive part...very natura....Truly amazing shot. Good foreground.
krakowiak (4762) 2006-02-01 17:32
It's just excellent composition. And Your photo has a great colour tones, fantastic quality and a very good perespective! Foreground texture is perfect :)
jammer79 (2722) 2006-03-13 9:05
excellent POV, like the composition as well. The light is just incredible.
Well done, Radim.
kurtyang04 (478) 2006-04-19 18:05
Adrian, one of the best work in your folder. Excellent composition with ideal lighting. The depth and the detail are super.
Jeronimo (1382) 2006-05-31 10:47
Splendide photo, le grand angle, le soleil raz, le contraste poussé et la saturation sont parfaites. Good POV.
vhemmati (616) 2006-08-17 0:35
It is really nice to see that you put the emphesis on the beach sands abd gave the sky a much smaller share on the frame. I also like the effect of the CP filter in this shot.
picus (914) 2006-09-08 14:09
Very nice picture, indeed. The structures of the sand are subject to become pictures by their own. If you have a look at my gallery, you'll see that I did a very similar shot, but zoomed tight on the sand, which looks then like a tree. Bith results are beautiful, I think!
corsicastorm (3236) 2006-10-12 5:26
Une vue et des contrastes magnifiques et puissants!! bravo
dkeus31 (27735) 2006-10-12 6:02
Well a little bit late on this one, but I saw it on the introduction page of TE today.
The composition with the foreground sand is really superb!
adalfons (281) 2006-10-12 6:25
wonderfull colours and contrast, great sharpness. One of the great things here is how you created a sense of depth only using as a reference point the effects made by water in the sand. Very inteligent photo.
femkevdh (2633) 2007-01-22 9:24
This looks familiar! Getting up really early in the morning to beat the rising tide. The park is just amazing, so is this photo. You captured the beauty of this extraordinairy place very, very well!
Clickable (24) 2007-02-03 17:35
After reading your kind words and useful advise, I visited your website. What awesome pictures you shoot Adrian.. if ever you need an assistant.. would you please consider me? Although a complete novice in photography, I thoroughly love your style!
Piwowarski (171) 2007-07-11 2:47
Wonderful shot, beautiful place and light. Well chosen pov and warm colours.
livermore (1631) 2009-04-09 12:43
Superbe photo, couleur, perspective.
- Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) (2274)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-04-02
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS30/Elan7E, Sigma 17-35 EX HSM, Fuji Provia 100F, Circular Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Beyond Magic [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-07-28 0:58
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