I’ve said it before, New Zealand landscapes can be mind bendingly, brilliantly, surreally, ridiculously beautiful. So so so pretty that they typically are impossible to photograph and even begin to approach doing them justice.
My solution: don’t try to do it with ‘straight’ photography.
That’s what follows from an excursion yesterday to Tawanui, in the Catlins region of the south east coast of the South Island.
The first one is ‘straight’ and shows how difficult it is to photograph, looking lack lustre and just too busy and plain, despite the fact that the reason I took this photo was that the view was simply splendid in its lush, glorious, idyllic greenery (all the native birdsong helped too no doubt).
The photos that follow it however, benefit from the surreal touches added by the Fujifilm X-Series Toy Filter mode (and the 1:1 ratio). All are with minimal post processing – white and black points set, maybe a slight increase in exposure and / or a little more vignetting for a couple of them.