aperture stacking, bed bugs, Canon FD 35, landscape photography, Leica elmarit-m 90mm, Mount Ruapehu, Sky HDR app, Smooth reflections app, Sony A7RII, Sony apps, Tongariro National Park, Voigtlander Ultron 21mm, Whakapapaiti Hut, Whakapapaiti Stream
With the Auckland Anniversary weekend giving me a Monday off, the invitation from a couple of friends to join them for a photographic foray at Tongariro National Park was very tempting. They would not have the Monday off, but we could explore a tempting looking valley on the west side of Ruapehu on the Saturday and Sunday, and I would stay on for the Sunday night and return on the Monday.
This would provide me with an opportunity to test out the new and curiously named “Sky HDR” and “Smooth reflection” apps that I had downloaded onto my Sony A7RII from the Sony store. I also wanted to try a promising new idea I’d come across on the internet – aperture stacking – combining images shot on a tripod using different apertures. With an improving weather forecast, I quickly pulled together my gear and after a leisurely start to the day, headed off on the 3 hour drive to National Park. This had the prospect of being a great trip – although, subsequent events meant that it didn’t quite turn out that way! Continue reading