Facts about the image, Looking Upstream Waimakariri River
Anyone driving between Hokitika and Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island will go through Arthur’s Pass and follow the Waimakariri River along their journey. This image looking entitled Upstream Waimakariri shows the view looking upstream.
Shot facing upstream and into a strong wind with a cloud of dust blowing along the opposite river bank this image with its intensely moody sky and distant snow covered mountains perfectly captures the drama of the place. The almost black and white look of the image except the foreground area is caused by the heavy storm clouds and is not in any way related to how the image has been processed. With the lens pointing into a dust storm which can be clearly seen blowing along the opposite river bank this image was a concern for damage to equipment as well as a challenge to hold the camera still, even on a tripod.
The range of mountains in the image, known as the Southern Alps are much less high then their namesakes in Europe but are located in the roaring forties, an area of the southern hemisphere in the 40-50 degrees southerly latitude that are known for their strong winds.