Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

© Mike Hollman

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

Uploaded: December 11, 2001


Taken with a Pentax 6x7 & Fuji Velvia.


Bernard B. Travers December 11, 2001

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 December 11, 2001

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 January 03, 2002


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

Greg Anzalone #4409

Guy D. Biechele level-classic January 03, 2002

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

January 05, 2002

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 January 05, 2002

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

January 16, 2002

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 January 16, 2002

Congrats, Great photo. #4780

Mike Hollman January 16, 2002

Hi Rajesh,

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

Mike #4788

Damian P. Gadal July 01, 2002

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

Rick G. Vincent July 01, 2002

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 September 07, 2003

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 August 19, 2004

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

Mike Hollman August 20, 2004

Thanks for the comments Keith. #724709

Carolyn J. Connolly December 02, 2004

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 December 03, 2004

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 August 20, 2007

Pretty ! Like to go there someday. #4673855

C A November 04, 2007

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 level-classic June 21, 2008

wow, stunning! amazing color! #6091872

Ann Coates level-classic October 15, 2008

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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