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Big Cities and Little 'uns
This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand. I'm afraid I've forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo! I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area.
As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called "compression," a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far. It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.
Audio Caption - "The Long Road to New Zealand"
I had a strange idea to take this photo after one glass of pinot noir. I clambered up to the upper level with my camera and tripod to frame things in a wonderfully confusing manner. The whole place with the glass and steel and wood and lines and the city alive and patterned and blue made everything a wonderful stir.
Audio Caption - "a quiet morning at the watermill"
It's hard to believe that the entire set from The Lord of The Rings is an actual place, at least as far as Hobbiton is concerned. They've lovingly created an actual, real place with 44 Hobbit holes and even this little mill with a water wheel out front. I had to kindly ask the little Hobbits to turn off the wheel for a spell so I could get a smooth reflection.
Mata Mata, New Zealand