Motukiekie Beach

Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Motukiekie Beach would have to be my favourite location on the South Island, l know thats a big call but Motukiekie has everything l could ask for, rugged coastline, giant rock stacks, moody weather and starfish, yes thats right-thousands of bright orange starfish.

A Seascape photographers delight but not without extremely dangerous and treacherous tidal conditions. The starfish colonies  are only accessible during the low tide, so plan your trip to coincide with the low tide and play it safe, the tide turns very quickly and you must have your wits about.

Plan to arrive during the day and get familiar with the surrounding areas, the more confident and familiar you are the more you can focus on photographing when the time is right.

Get there when low tide is coming in at sunrise and sunset if possible, don’t leave without getting some shots of the starfish.  Move in close and use long shutter speeds to convey a sense of motion, but watch your camera gear and footing with the dangerous tide swing.

 

Motukiekie Beach is situated about 15kms out of Greymouth.

 

Darren J.

 

out with stars, motukiekie beach, west coast, south island, new zealand

stars come out, to play, motukiekie beach, west coast, south island, new zealand

time to reflect, motukiekie beach, west coast, south island, new zealand

wicked ways, motukiekie beach, west coast, south island, new zealand

Lake Tasman, Mount Cook

Focus on the vision – Train you Technique
Vision without technique is blind.
When nature opens her window of opportunity, put yourself in the place of most potential.
Be there with your vision and technique and be open to the possibilities
What will you be given today? be open enough to ‘see it’

Darren J.

gin and tonic, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

blazing tasman, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

Milford Sound

Milford Sound has it’s own Lochness Monster. Here it is heading back to the darkness of the sound.
Fare thee well Rainbow Serpent.

 

Seriously though, Milford Sound would have to be one of the best places to visit. l would recommend travelling there between the months of May and August, you may get lots of rain, but when the clouds open up and something magic happens, there is no better place to be.

Milford Sound should be experienced when moody and dark.
Darren J.

rainbow serpent, milford sound, fiordland, south island, new zealand

Best Of New Zealand 2013

l am excited to announce the opening of a new gallery on my website.

The Best Of New Zealand 2013.

A collection of my best images from the South Island of New Zealand. l will continue to update the Gallery as time goes by.

Please take the time to enjoy the images.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/gallery/best-of-new-zealand-2013/

Darren J.

golden wanaka, south island, new zealand, lake wanaka

Gibson Steps

This image was taken at Gibson Steps in Port Campbell last weekend. l am preparing for the upcoming workshop in December, this will be one of the locations included in the workshop.https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/product/workshops/

A fantastic opportunity to sharpen your skills or learn new ones in this 2 day workshop.
You can book through my website or contact me through email for any enquiries.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/

Darren J.

Gibson Beach

New dates for upcoming workshop

Hi all,

Due to an oversight on my behalf, the dates for the upcoming Port Campbell, 12 Apostles Workshop will have to be changed.
The new dates will be the 14th and 15th of December.

ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT, SO GET IN QUICKLY..

 

Darren J.

New Workshops Announced

*****New Workshops Announced*****

12 Apostles, Port Campbell, Nov 30-Dec1 2013

Come along and learn how to photograph stunning Seascapes along the Great Ocean Road.

Darren J Bennett is one of Australia’s Finest Seascape photographers, with many national and international awards to his name.

2013 AIPP Victorian Travel Photographer of the year.
2012/2013 AIPP Runner up Victorian Landscape Photographer of the year.

Darren J Bennett will be joined by fellow Photographer Rob Featonby who specialises in shooting star trails and knows his craft back to front.

The workshops are ‘hands on’, that means getting in knee deep and feeling the excitement of shooting seascapes.

Be sure to book in early. Follow the link below.

Darren J.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/product/workshops/

Photography Workshops for 2013 : Darren J Bennett Photography
www.darrenjbennett.com
Photography by Darren J Bennett and Rob Featonby

New Workshops Announced

*****New Workshops Announced*****

Aireys Inlet Seascapes, November 17-18 2013

Come along and learn how to photograph stunning Seascapes along the great ocean Road.

Darren J Bennett is one of Australia’s Finest Seascape photographers, with many national and international awards to his name.

2013 AIPP Victorian Travel Photographer of the year.
2012/2013 AIPP Runner up Victorian Landscape Photographer of the year.

Darren J Bennett will be joined by Rob Featonby who specialises in shooting star trails and knows his craft back to front.

The workshops are ‘hands on’, that means getting in knee deep and feeling the excitement of shooting seascapes.

Be sure to book in early. Follow the link below.

Darren J.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/product/workshops/workshopnov