Franz Josef Glacier is in the Southern Alps on the South Island's west Coast. I took a scenic flight up there, & the plane skis uphill to land, alowing gravity to brake forward movement. Yes it was cold, but not unbearably so.
It's about 180 kilometres from Greymouth to the Franz Josef Glacier, first explored by German / Austrian Julius von-Haast, in 1865, in the Westland national park of New Zealand. Haast named the glacier after the Austrian emperor, Franz Joseph I. Haast Pass connects the west coast to Wanaka & on to Queenstown.
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Cool-ice (5289) 2004-10-27 4:36
From sunny beaches to snowy glaciers, Chris ;o)
Classic but well done, it's always difficult to expose snow correctly and you made it here.
Good composition too.
piozac (2065) 2004-10-27 4:37
Snow... it's a rare view in your images Chris.
Great shot. I like the composition.
coasties (0) 2004-10-27 4:45
Hi Chris. What a great composition. You have captured this very well. No reflection of the snow. Well done!
PixelTerror (0) 2004-10-27 4:51
Hi Chris, looks like everybody is excavating the old negs and slides these days (Alain, Brigitte, me...), like the good wine they get better with time as they bring back nice memories. It must have been great for you to land there, the place is splendid and your capture shows well the majesty of the glacier. Many details appear, the white is fine, the contrast too and the scan output reworked in a superb way.
aznegrao (10316) 2004-10-27 5:42
Excelente captura Chris. Lindo enquadramento e contraste da rocha com os tons suaves e a textura delicada da neve com os interessantes detalhes das fissuras nos glaciares. Otima fotometria para essas condições. Saudações.
supereira (9576) 2004-10-27 5:55
Great shot.Great composition and framing.Very good colors and good contrast between them.Good sky,I like a lot the clouds.Well done!
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-10-27 6:35
Hi Chris , started reading your note, and I got confused, thought I was in Austria with that 'Franz Joseph Glacier';-)
This is a baeutiful picture of that glaer, and the snow is very nice. Hard to take good photo's of snow, right?
carper (96) 2004-10-27 6:46
Another nice one from you. And that just with a few colours. I don't know if you cropped it, but if you did, you did a good job I like the photo a lot. great job
jhm (145180) 2004-10-27 7:30
A very great different by yesterday Chris, the summer and now the winter, the brown tops of the mountains together with the white snow is fantastic. Excellent composition.
RAP (1053) 2004-10-27 7:32
De la playa a la nieve... tan rápidamente como la imaginación lo permite.
Gran captura con excelente composicion y bellos detalles de este colosal glaciar.
Muy bello contraste entre el níveo blanco y el color tan fuerte de la montaña, realzada por esas nubes plomizas.
Puedes decirme Chris cuantas miles de fotos tienes almacenadas?
Of the beach to the snow... as quickly as the imagination it allows it.
Great capture with excellent composition and beautiful details of this colossal glacier.
Very beautiful contrast between the lily white and the color so hard of the mountain, heightened by those plumbeous clouds.
Can you say to me to Chris whichever thousands of photos you have stored?
sn00zie (2384) 2004-10-27 11:10
this is beautiful. how cold was it up here?
Spoony (3539) 2004-10-27 11:41
Nice snow image... I really like this kind of shots. Great overall view.
Well done Chris.
DonQ (2625) 2004-10-27 11:43
Very cool shot. I like it white-gray tones of the snow-sky against dark brown colour of those peaks.
burdallet (0) 2004-10-27 13:17
23 Years after ..and with the global warming .. ( like use of 4WD , SUV)
I'm not sure now the level of deeph of the glacier is so high now
nwoehnl (122) 2004-10-27 14:15
Well, that's quite a cool down from the beach you previously posted, Chris. Nice catch of the rugged peak "emerging" from the glacial surroundings. Good job exposing this one to retain the texture of the snow without burning the whites. Well done.
papagolf21 (91440) 2004-10-27 14:48
Il faut mettre des lunettes de soleil pour pouvoir admirer ce magnifique spectacle. ;-))
Excellente maîtrise photographique, et particulièrement celles des blancs.
Une photo de 1981 prouve que l'argentique possède encore de très nombreuses qualités.
Très bien fait Chris.
bpelvan (3798) 2004-10-27 17:53
Well the season is gradually changing now and it's time to post snow pics. And this one is the best one I think. The texture of the snow and the hill are amazing. Very sharp picture.
Good job. Thanks for sharing...
ma-tibou (4568) 2004-10-28 5:43
Bonjour Chris on passe de la plage au glacier, belle réalisation en haute montagne.
elihesamian (26149) 2004-10-28 10:13
Amazing,Suberb view,with a nice contrast,and very powerful,well composed,I like it,good note,Chris.
oochappan (16582) 2004-10-28 23:16
Very fine view never overexposed having a lot of soft shading in the snow as a nice contrast to the dark red mountain popping out the snow. Very well done Chris.
retesh_gondal (173) 2004-11-04 11:06
cool,adventerous and very nice shot ...!!
banyanman (7789) 2007-07-28 7:02
God control of the light, Chris. Getting the exposure right on snow is often not easy, but it's perfect here. That ski-plane flight is a most exhilarating one. I did it once many years ago. My only disappointment is they didn't give us very much time on the ground at the top. Cheers . . . David