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New Zealand Panorama-rama : Giving the Fuji X-Pro1 a Landscape Workout

New Zealand Panorama - South Island Mountains

New Zealand Panorama-rama! One feature of many current-model travel camera’s is the ability to easily capture panoramic images. In a country like New Zealand, I finally realised the benefit of such an easy to use feature. There’s an obvious reason so many films are shot in New Zealand – three-hundred-and-sixty degrees of mind blowing scenery, almost anywhere you stand. A landscape built for panoramic photos.

At first, I considered writing an article titled “the entire country of New Zealand in 500 words or less”. But then I thought, why not collect some of the panoramic photos I have taken in Aotearoa, and present them in one article? If this New Zealand panorama-rama doesn’t make you want to travel to the land of the long white cloud, nothing will. I’m pretty certain it will.

Panorama New Zealand - Do You Want to Visit?

Another New Zealand panoramic photo - taken with the Fuji X-Pro1

South Island lake panorama - New Zealand

In New Zealand, I lived inside a twenty-year old RV (motor home) for about three weeks straight, and travelled all over the South Island. I should mention, I’ve got a bit of a thing for budget accommodation. Sure, when I last visited UK, I stayed in a 4 star luxury hotel in London. But this certainly wasn’t London. It’s New Zealand, and for almost a month I traded posh hotels for cosy RV’s, and grimey streets for stunning landscapes. I gave up the urban jungle, and got back to nature.

Much like my lack of London knowledge (as tactfully pointed out in the comments here), I’m a bit of a novice at landscape photography. But really, how can you go wrong in New Zealand? As with many newer travel cameras, the Fuji X-Pro1 has a really simple-to-use panoramic function. Just stand in one place, hold the shutter down, slowly sweep from left to right, and if you’re in New Zealand, you’ve got yourself one heck of a panoramic photo. Choice, bro.

Panoramic New Zealand - yet another mirror lake

Glacier panorama - New Zealand

Panotrama of the highest road in New Zealand

There is just a little bit of camera manual-ness required to get your own pics like these – you don’t want a shutter speed too slow, or it will be blurry. You don’t want an aperture too large, shallow depth of field makes it more difficult to get a cleanly stitched panorama. Have I lost you? Read the PS below, and all shall become clear.

What more can I say about New Zealand? Nothing. These pictures tell you all you need to know. New Zealand is simply incredible, and I really think travelling the South Island was a “journey of a lifetime”. But, this week, I’m in London, my favourite city. Only joking! I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I’ve been using my time in Kuala Lumpur to eat ridiculous meals, and to set up for a journey I am incredibly exited about…

lake reflection panorama - New Zealand

Not so scary - New Zealand Panoramic Photo

Not a Juicy Van - New Zealand

New Zealand Panorama-rama, to Iran-o-rama? What does it mean?

Next week, I will be heading to the mysterious destination of Iran. A nation known for its proud ancient history, as much as its sometimes controversial and recent history. I’m still sorting a few last minute details I don’t have any hotel bookings yet, for one. However, if I can blog “live” in Iran, I will. There’s some pretty extensive banning of websites going on in Iran, but at the moment, I’m pretty certain yomadic.com has escaped the government censors.

The Fuji will definitely be getting a huge workout in Iran. From the streets of the largest cities, to the remote desert towns, and everything in between.

I hope you can stick around, for my second “trip of a lifetime” this year.


PS – these photos really are easy to take, with just about any new camera, and just a little bit of knowledge. Travel photography is about getting out of auto – and learning how to use what you have. This is the easy to follow ebook that hundreds of my readers have – and there’s a 100% happiness rate. I personally recommend “Getting Out of Auto” its helped my travel photography immensely. Oh, and its less than ten bucks.

16 Responses to New Zealand Panorama-rama : Giving the Fuji X-Pro1 a Landscape Workout

  1. Emma Sep 28, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Wow. Wow. WOW! Gorgeous :)

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      Emma. Emma. Emma, you always say the nicest things! (…keep it up ;)

  2. Arnab Sep 28, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Fantastic Captures Nate! You really know how to get the best from your workhorse, the FUJI X Pro1.
    Looking forward to your stories from the mystic Iran, my dream destination!

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:37 am #

      Thanks Arnab…I really appreciate it. I’m off to Iran today…so, as long as I get into the country, I will have some photos and stories on here soon.

  3. Eugene Sep 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Those shots are mental! How is it possible to take so many panoramic shots in New Zealand without getting a single sheep in frame? Looks like New Zealand has to go on the list. How much was the rental of the RV per day?

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:38 am #

      I had to edit the sheep out ;) haha, but seriously, maybe it’s too cold in the South Island for sheep? It’s a good point you make! I did see sheep all over NZ, I’m amazed they’re not littering my panoramic photos. The RV was free, loaned to me. SCORE!

  4. Funkigreendog Sep 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Stunning photos, the lot of them. Especially love the one with the rv or bus in the image. Have no idea why Olympus failed to include an auto panorama mode in the OMD – hopefully it can be added down the track as a firmware update.

    Looking forward to seeing Iran.

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:40 am #

      Thanks FGD… and I didn’t know about the lack of Panoramic mode in the OMD. It’s not a deal breaker, but it is a *really* nice feature to have – especially how easy it is to use with the Fuji.

      I look forward to seeing Iran as well! Today is the day!

  5. TravelinBri Sep 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Great photos, really great to see the X-trans get some landscape time… did you run into any issues with foliage (watercolor effect)?
    Enjoy Iran! I am just next door (work at an NGO in Afghanistan)

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      Hey TBri – Afghanistan – wow – that must be interesting (to say the least!). I have had no probs with a “water color” effect, the shots above are pretty much straight out of the camera. I did have one where the stitching was off a bit, but apart from that, it’s a very good panorama implementation.

      Enjoy your time in Afghanistan!

  6. Antoinette | love.antoinette Sep 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Hands down, some of the best shots of New Zealand I’ve come across! Have fun in Iran! Hoping to make it there one of these days!

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:44 am #

      Cheers Antoinette – it’s hard not to take a good shot in NZ!

  7. Kurt Oct 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    I’ll add my praise with everyone else’s. These are some terrific panoramas.

    • Nate Oct 4, 2012 at 12:44 am #

      Thanks Kurt! I’m happy with how they came out.


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