Tree on Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake. Last year I was making the drive along it’s shores about once a month. Having seen photographs of this tree on Flickr and Instagram I was keen to find it. Unlike “That Wanaka Tree” it isn’t on Google Maps and I can understand why. It took me five or six stops and short walks along various parts of the shoreline to find it. It is practically in someone’s back garden. So like other photographers, I won’t be sharing this location publicly. The small island to the left of the tree is Motutaiko Island. This photograph was taken with one of my neutral density filters in front of the lens. This allows for a longer exposure time in the middle of the day. In this case 8 seconds long with an aperture setting of f/16. Giving the water this blurry appearance. Next time I’m in the area on a clear night, it would be interesting to try and get a star filled sky behind the silhouette of the tree.

Captured20/07/2021 at 8:29pm
CameraSony A7iii
LensSony 24-240mm at 42mm
Exposure8 seconds at f / 16
Exposure bias0 EV
Location-44.69855195321785, 169.11756962868037

One Reply to “Tree on Lake Taupo”

  1. Hello there!

    I hope you are doing well. I came across your photo of the Lake Taupo Tree and I can say it is stunning!

    Would you be able to share with me the location of that tree? Will be in Taupo in the next few days and we would love to have a visit on that tree. Thanks

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