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Secret Retreat

Bennett’s Bluff is situated at Mt Creighton, where one can take in the magnificent views of the Humboldt Ranges, Mt Earnslaw and the top end of Lake Wakatipu.

My preference is always to arrive in good time for my desired shoot destination. It was my first photo shoot at Bennett’s Bluff. I was aware of a pull off point or lay by from the road that squeezes a couple of vehicles in close proximity, enabling humanity to soak in the view. 

It was dark when I arrived at Bennett’s Bluff. I gathered my tripod, camera and filters, and made my way towards the precipice. Whilst standing at the edge of a cliff, I had an appreciation of the sharp, drop that descended towards Lake Wakatipu. 

The valley was tree-lined with rich green foliage, which blended beautifully with the lake. As the stars were replaced with the softness of dawn, I was busy clicking my shutter release button and changing filters as the light in the sky became increasingly intriguing. Ever knowing that I had a slither of ground to secure my tripod on.

A soft breeze did not influence the effect on the surface of the water in the lake as it perfectly reflected the beauty in the sky. Warm pinks washed the sky, attracting one’s attention to the snow-capped mountain ranges which complemented the picture with their perfection.

From start to finish, the photo shoot was exceptional. At the end of the shoot, I removed my waders and packed away my photographic equipment and drove home. It is a moment I will remember for some time to come.