Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

© Mike Hollman

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

Bernard B. Travers 12/11/2001 10:53:21 AM

Excellent job. What did you do Mike to get this masterpiece? Please tell me "just be there at the right time."

Bernie Travers
Everett, WA #2369

Mike Hollman 12/11/2001 3:13:39 PM

Thanks for the comments Bernie! Actually you're right. I took this just after sunset. I used a tripod mounted Pentax 6x7 and F22 to get maximum D.O.F...but being in the rihgt place at the right time is what really counts! #3769

Gregory M. Anzalone 1/3/2002 8:02:33 PM


Easy to see how this got the Grand Prize win. Congratulations on such a fantastic image!

Greg Anzalone #4409

Guy D. Biechele 1/3/2002 8:08:54 PM

Wonderfully captured scene, with astonishing color. I agree - A Masterpiece. Congratulations, Mike.
+Guy #4410

Julie M. Ferguson 1/5/2002 12:42:18 AM

Mike, beautiful colour, wonderful image. Are you a Kiwi, or were you just visiting? I live in Auckland, but have an Aunt and Uncle with a house on Lake Tarawera - it's such a gorgeous place to be! Think I better get down there and try and get some good shots.

Well done.
J. #4443

Mike Hollman 1/5/2002 2:35:05 PM

Thanks for the comments! Yes, I'm a local. I live in Auckland and have been taking photos of our beautiful landscape for the past 10 years. The Fuji Velvia really suits the New Zealand light. #4472

Rajesh C 1/16/2002 8:19:50 AM

Hi Mike, Congratulations on winning the prize. Its an excellent photograph...
I just wanted to ask, is there any digital touch to it? I felt like the wooden path is added digitally. I'm no expert and I had just this doubt, so I thought i'll clarify it. Please don't mind.
Rajesh G. #4767

Cheryl Meisel 1/16/2002 10:55:58 AM

Congrats, Great photo. #4780

Mike Hollman 1/16/2002 7:15:53 PM

Hi Rajesh,

No, the path is not digitally added. This is how the image looked when I took it.

Mike #4788

Damian P. Gadal 7/1/2002 12:14:31 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations and thanks for adding to my list of places I must visit!!! #9242

Rick G. Vincent 7/1/2002 2:04:11 PM

I know the dock(path) is real, but my first thouhgt was very similar to the previous. The dock looked surreal, pasted in. Even though I pretty much knew it wasn't. This is one of those amazing photos where strange things happen that are beyond our control..Very sharp, great color, well composed..a winner all around. #9247

Toni A. Martin 9/7/2003 9:53:42 AM

Lighting and composition are magnif! Color is wow! Your gallery is excellent and such a joy to go through, not to mention inspirational. Thanks for looking at mine, which lead me to yours! #190378

Keith L. Clayton 8/19/2004 4:27:32 PM

It just doesn't get much better than this. Everything works so well.
Really a spectacular image. Well done, well done!! #721671

Mike Hollman 8/20/2004 7:15:04 PM

Thanks for the comments Keith. #724709

Carolyn J. Connolly 12/2/2004 2:24:43 AM

Superb image, Mike - I love the gorgeous colours, clarity, and the lovely reflection of the clouds in the Lake! Many congratulations to you on taking out the Grand Prize with it back in 2001! My husband Phil and I live in Australia, very close to Lake Macquarie (just south of Newcastle), but I was actually born in Tauranga, New Zealand! Now - as Damian Gadal commented above - Lake Tarawera is on our 'must-see' list, when we next get a chance to visit New Zealand!

We have enjoyed browsing your gallery, Mike... So many wonderful images!! :) #949569

Mike Hollman 12/3/2004 9:41:24 PM

Hi Carolyn,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It's always great to receive such great feedback!
Best wishes,
Mike. #953158

Ellen L. Zaslaw 8/20/2007 10:36:24 AM

Pretty ! Like to go there someday. #4673855

C A 11/4/2007 7:24:27 AM

Great shot, Mike!! I was looking for new zealand photos. And I found your gallery. I added you to my favs. Great shot and colours. Velvia Rulezzzzzz haha. Just wonderful! Best wishes from holland, Corné #5026354

Songbird Cline 6/21/2008 10:16:44 PM

wow, stunning! amazing color! #6091872

Ann Coates 10/15/2008 12:44:05 PM

Have just come across this image of our beautiful country. Hello, fellow kiwi. You're the first one I've met. This image is fantastic and I'm looking forward to looking through your gallery. #6604215

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Taken with a Pentax 6x7 & Fuji Velvia.

Uploaded on 12/11/2001 3:56:34 AM Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner

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