New Zealand – Photo Tip

How Plan B will make you a better photographer

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large, spherical boulders scattered along Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast. Māori legend says they are the remains of baskets washed ashore from the wreck of a large sailing canoe.

Photo by Frans Lemmens

New Zealand – Photo Tip

How Plan B will make you a better photographer

On a photography trip to New Zealand’s South Island, I rented a small camper to drive around the island and to see as many highlights as possible. I found out time is always too short in New Zealand.

Frans Lemmens
Frans Lemmens Travel Photographer

The Moeraki Boulders – being a special geographical phenomenon and a great photo opportunity – were on my itinerary too. I arrived in the afternoon but the light was dull and grey, not great for photography. I decided to wait until dusk to see what that would bring, but the light remained flat. That’s when plan B kicked in.

I set up my tripod and made seven exposures. During each exposure I took out my flash and illuminated one of the boulders, balancing the flashlight against the evening sky. That evening I opened the exposures on my MacBook and blended them into one single image. I was pleased with the result (above).

The next morning I woke up early to see the sunrise (below). It wasn’t much and I had to get going, but I wasn’t sad, knowing that Plan B had worked.

Take me to South Island!

New Zealand, South Island, north of Dunedin, Moeraki Boulders. Sunrise.

New Zealand, South Island, north of Dunedin, Moeraki Boulders. Sunrise. Photo by Frans Lemmens

Frans Lemmens

Frans Lemmens

New Zealand, South Island, north of Dunedin, Moeraki Boulders. Sunrise.