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Paparoa Range

Paparoa Range
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 f3.5-5.6 DC, Digital ISO-400, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 14:10
Viewed: 6236
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Driving north from Greymouth we rounded a bend just past Charlestown and greeted by this stunning vista. So I just had to stop and get some shots. There can’t be too many places in the world where you can have lowland coastal rainforest in front of you and peaks that are snow-capped in winter only a short distance away.
This Paparoa Range is a mountain range in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The highest peak is Mount Uriah at 1,501.14m (4,925 ft), and a number of other peaks are higher than 1,200m. The range is located along the west coast between the Buller and Grey Rivers, with the Inangahua River to the east. Some of the range is protected as the Paparoa National Park.
Glacial action in the past has produced sharp ridges, steep cliffs, and cirques, and many of the deeply incised rivers and streams have glaciated forms. With an annual rainfall of 4 to 5 metres, the range is clothed in thick podocarp forest up to about 1,100 m, a thin narrow belt of subalpine scrub giving way to mountain grasses on the tops. On poor soils these grassed areas can be as low as 350m. The range is part of a complex, faulted anti-clinorium from which the softer Tertiary and Mesozoic sediments have been mainly stripped, exposing a core of granite and pre-Cambrian greywacke, argillite, and gneiss. Significant coal deposits have been found in the Paparoa Range and gold has been extracted from the area in the past.

Info from from: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 18-Sep-2007
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/1966/P/PaparoaRange/en

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Hi Chris,

Very beautiful landscape with great composition and colours.




What an amazing landscape! Your picture is ready for a calendar or a travel magazine! The color combination, lighting and POV are amazing. Very nicely done. TFS.

Best Regards,


Well done, Chris...
Stunning vista indeed.
Weather was okay apparently.

Hello Chris
wonderful scene of New Zealand's beautiful nature. Green and blue are superb colors together. Mountains and sky very nice in back side. Nicely composed and presented. TFS, well done

Hello Chris,
Great perspective in this beautiful south island landscape!
perfect pov with the rain forest in the fg and the beautiful Pararoa Range at the far horizon, just brilliant!
the image is sharp with natural colouration and so much details in the rain forest to view and enjoy
well done and appreciated for the sharing
best regards
across the Tasman, Tony

Beautiful capture of the Paparoas in their summer coat. It was well worth making the photo stop.
You'll have to come back one day and photograph thenm in their winter coat.
Very nice work again.

Hello Chris,
a wonderful scenery of lush subtropical splendour.
Beautiful rich colours in pleasantly warm light.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Chris,
What a stunning vista, well captured, excellent composition with very good DOF
Seeing your photos from New Zealand gives me ideas for a next trip !!!
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-21 4:36]

Hi Chris,
What a beautiful view... DOF, POV, composition, natural colors and light are very nice. It feels good to look at the rich vegetation. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Chris,
My Friend, this is fantastic. I'm amazed by the contrast of the subtropical flora in the fore- and the high, sometimes empty mountains in the background. Wonderful, eye-catching masterwork. My compliments - this is how a landscape must be done. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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