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Lake Matheson Morning Fog, New Zealand by John Freeman

Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. This Glorious morning at around 7:45 on January 8th 2019, the water was nearly glass smooth and a "Sea Smoke" fog drifted across it's surface. The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The color is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake. Lake Matheson was formed when the Fox Glacier retreated from its last major advance towards the sea and left a depression which later filled with water.

It is made up of 68 HDR images, 4 rows x 17 columns approximately 33% overlap in portrait orientation.


Camera Canon 5DSR
Lens Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
Aperture f/11
S/S 1/25, 1/80, 1/8sec
ISO 100
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John Freeman

I am a Fine Art Landscape Photographer that specializes in Ultra Large - Ultra High Resolution Photography. Our images are shot with special methods that allow them to be printed extremely large as Wall Murals, TV & Movie Set backgrounds. Large prints derived from my photos make excellent decor for corporate offices, hotels and restaurants, doctor & dentists offices. Anywhere where large photos enhance the decor.

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