San Yuan  

The Last Light on Wanaka by San Yuan

February 2021 - The Last Light on Wanaka

February 2021 - San Yuan


About the Image(s)

This is the famous lone willow tree on Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. The tree was a popular Instagram shot and as such when we visited there last year, there were lots of tourists crowded along the water's edge trying taking selfies with different angles of the submerged tree. The first image was captured at sunset when lots of people were there. The featured image was captured on the subsequent day when there were thunder showers followed by a brief showing of the setting sun. Our tour group just finished dining at a downtown restaurant, when I noticed that stormy weather was all around us. There was a big bright rainbow when we walked down the street. Wondering what would be a nice setting for this lone willow to be captured, I ran the 1.5 mile towards this tree racing against the setting sun and rapidly changing light. When I got there, there was not a soul in sight and I quickly took a handheld grab shot right before the sun setting behind the mountains. This turned out to be one of my favorite images that I captured during that trip. Again this goes to show that luck is when opportunity meets preparedness.
I was very lucky that day.
Technical data: Canon EOS R body, RF 24-105 lens at 79mm, F6.7. 1/60 sec, Iso 400. with simple processing via LR.”

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
This is so beautiful and calm. I really like the colors and the composition.
Great job San!   Posted: 02/18/2021 22:26:06

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
The pattern and movement of the tree branches creates a rhythmical and lyrical aesthetic to this image of a lake at the foothills of grand mountains. It's balanced with form and texture, light, color and shape that creates a most beautiful scene. Love the atmosphere and mood and so glad you were "prepared."! Well done.   Posted: 02/22/2021 10:34:03

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The atmospheric glow is sublime! An image of paradise that nears perfection! Congrats - your running paid off handsomely.   Posted: 02/23/2021 08:08:45

Kathryn Engle
What a difference timing can make. The final photo is just gorgeous. The composition, the lighting and the mood is just perfect. It was well worth the 1.5 mile run.   Posted: 02/23/2021 10:28:14

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I agree with all of our friends comments here. What I like so much is the mood. The ambience and balance of the whole scene. Excellent shot San!   Posted: 02/24/2021 19:47:22

San Yuan   San Yuan
Thank you for all your kind remarks. This image will be one of my favorites.   Posted: 02/26/2021 15:40:28

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot

Wow.... simply WOW.....
I love it. The central trees are so crisp and everything else gives a dreamy feeling. Nice use of a relatively low f/stop.
I am so jealous! I really can wait to be able to travel again....
Wonderful.   Posted: 02/26/2021 16:26:12