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Sleeping giant...

Waikuku Beach in the district of Waimakariri, North Canterbury - a nearby favourite location of mine, approximately 30km north of Christchurch.

This stretch of coastline is wonderful for capturing numerous washed up objects, especially during sunrise before any footprints 'intrude' on the frame... I love this time of day - bliss!

It was the large piece of driftwood buried in the sand that caught my attention, along with the rising sun which was casting some beautiful subtle light across both the mid and foreground area... camera and filter at the ready, I snapped away before the moment passed!

To view the same piece of driftwood - yet captured in a completely different light, please click here:

Camera Model: Nikon D700; Lens: Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G; Focal length: 20mm; Aperture: f/22; Exposure time: 1/4s; ISO: 200

Filter: Formatt Hitech; Neutral Density Graduated (ND 0.9 Hard Edge)

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+Trey Ratcliff - when you've moved and settled on the South Island, I look forward to showing you around this part of North Canterbury... enjoy, mate!
Brilliant! Love the gradient styled skies.. and the details in the sand works well with with the picture.. just superb
Andy Q.
Stunning view mate. Wish I was there.;)
Thanks +Andy Q. - you'll have to book a flight at sometime or other... you'd love it, mate!
Andy Q.
I´m sure I´d love it.;) Well, one day...
It does look like bliss. I do like the one on the blog a bit better as the piece of driftwood anchors the photo for me better.

How are you liking the 16-35 f/4? It's next on my lens purchase list.
HI Simon, glad to see you're on the G+ thing as I'm quite new to it. Are you still using those Nikon settings I sent you (about a year ago - you'll probably not remember!)?