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So the NZ Winter of 2012 has been an interesting beast to tame…

  • Lake Ruataniwha moments before the inversion cracked to give a tinsy glimpse of the sunrise. Lake Ruataniwha moments before the inversion cracked to give a tinsy glimpse of the sunrise.

Words and photos by Camilla Stoddart - Adventure Photographer

I won't dribble on with excuses about my lack of blog-age but beg for your forgiveness with this wee post of wintery images. Winter started off with ‘Dry July' leaving many of my photography commissions ‘pending' due to lack of snow. I was able to get bits and bobs done, I took myself out and about in some of the coldest weather we have had in this part of the world for many years. 2 weeks of inversion cloud and negative temperatures gave us photogs a cool opportunity to snap some winter images. I will break you in gently with some airy fairy artsy fartsy snaps of inversion and hoar frost.

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  • Lake Ruataniwha basks in moments of sunshine struggling to de-frost. Lake Ruataniwha basks in moments of sunshine struggling to de-frost.
  • Swanning around Swanning around
  • Tim Burn – Willows line the Lindis River dusted with a spiky hoar frost Tim Burn – Willows line the Lindis River dusted with a spiky hoar frost
  • First light on Mt Cook First light on Mt Cook

Shortly after the 2 weeks of freezing temperatures and high pressure a low came through with the promise of snow. Alas, the damn Nor' Wester brought us rain on the lower mountains, and some interesting snow up high. Jobs still pending. At least the sun came out for a few days!

ATOMIC SKIS

August. August brought with it colder storms and my 3 week photoshoot for Atomic Skis shooting their 2012/2013 catalogue. The shoot plan was being decided being day by day due to weather and snow, so it kept me on my toes and left for an interesting few weeks. The shoot was amazing fun, extremely hard work and very rewarding. It was wonderful to work along side photog great Christian Pondella (who I hold in very high regard!) and shoot with skiers Chris Benchetler, Sage Cattabrigga-Alosa, Dana Flahr, Daron Rahlves, Molly Baker, Todd Ligare and Byron Wells. With a lot of hiking and ski touring to sniff out the best snow in the area we got it done. I can't show you any photos as they are all very hush hush... But here are some pretty mountains to keep you happy.

  • Aaah Ohau Ski Field, being kept watch over by Aoraki, Mt Cook. Aaah Ohau Ski Field, being kept watch over by Aoraki, Mt Cook.

  • Ohau day lodge – Molly enjoys a traditional kiwi ‘Mutton Pie’ after a big day of hiking to find the ‘pow’ stashes… Ohau day lodge – Molly enjoys a traditional kiwi ‘Mutton Pie’ after a big day of hiking to find the ‘pow’ stashes…

Me and Molly Baker had a few days to shoot together after the rest of the team had departed, so we took the chance and escaped to Ohau Ski Field for a couple of days with Neil Kerr of NZ Skier magazine guiding our trip. Ohau is a true gem hidden deep in the Mckenzie country lying under the watchful eye of Mt Cook.

  • Lake Ohau from the access road to Ohau Ski field. Such a stunner of a spot Lake Ohau from the access road to Ohau Ski field. Such a stunner of a spot

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  • Neil Kerr of NZ Skier Magazine ripping Neil Kerr of NZ Skier Magazine ripping

I still have one more shoot for Atomic, this time in the park. After this I am departing on a 8 day photo shoot with none other than awesome journalist Rachael Oaks Ash. We will be shooting Chris Booth and Anna Segal and visiting some really cool places round the country... Ill keep you posted on how the trip goes! Bring it September!

Words and photos by Camilla Stoddart - Adventure Photographer

Visit www.camillastoddartphotography.com for more images, blog posts and videos.

 

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