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Lake Pukaki
Lake Pukaki

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Challenge: Hidden Gem: Break Time (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand
Date: Jan 20, 2010
Aperture: 14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Seascapes
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2010

This shot is pretty much straight out of the camera :)

An absolutely awesome sight as we drove to it and completely unbelievable that this is the exact colour of the water...really amazing! For anyone visiting the South Island this is a MUST!

Wikipedia has attempted to explain why the water is the colour it is:

The glacial feed to the lakes gives them a distinctive blue colour, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Lake Pukaki covers an area of 178.7 kmē, and the surface elevation of the lake normally ranges from 518.2 to 532 metres above sea level.

The lake is fed at its northern end by the braided Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers, close to Aoraki/Mount Cook. Good views of the mountain, 70 kilometres to the north, can be had from the southern shore of the lake.

And below is an aerial view of the lake :)

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05/19/2010 01:54:56 AM
Wow, this is a beautiful scene :-) love it :-) Also can't believe I beat you in a challenge, hehe. That won't happen often! lol
Take care Nat, x
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05/19/2010 01:40:18 AM
Heavenly vision T. I'm sorry this didn't fetch a better score. I can't understand it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2010 08:25:14 PM
Ooooh, I love this. If it weren't for the rocks, you almost wouldn't be able to tell if you were looking at water or clouds. Beautiful.
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05/14/2010 09:59:26 AM
Oh lovely! So calm and perfect somehow! I really like the gradient of the blues and how fluffy the clouds look.
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05/13/2010 02:03:46 PM
So calm. Great shot.
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05/12/2010 04:22:07 AM
Stunning, nice use of dead space in middle.
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05/12/2010 04:21:08 AM
wow,,,, beautiful picture,,,,,,,,,,
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05/12/2010 03:22:37 AM
The balance between the craggy, sharp rocks, and the ephemeral water and sky is perfect. Gorgeous.
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05/12/2010 12:42:34 AM
Interesting composition, but could use more contrast.
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