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Mt. Ruapehu from Plane

Mt. Ruapehu from Plane
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Copyright: Steven Parata (superaudio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 86 N: 157] (4989)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-19
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-19 1:16
Viewed: 6550
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo this afternoon flying back from Palmerston North to Auckland, we flew across the beautiful and awesome Mt. Ruapheu. I'm pleased with result especially as it was taken through the double glazed window that was not that clean or clear. The weather was stunning. Yay I have finally reached 1000 points :-) (Thanks to all those who have viewed and given me feedback / points :-)

Ruapehu, New Zealand The Ruapehu district is located in the central North Island, midway between Auckland and Wellington. The Desert Road section of Highway 1 is the eastern boundary and scenic Highway 4 provides access to the centre of the region.

Ruapehu's main settlements are the ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, the army town of Waiouru and the rural service centre of Taumarunui, nestled on the banks of the Whanganui and Ongarue rivers. Local knowledge and expert guides make it easy to discover the region's famous hiking trails, fishing spots, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding and mountain biking experiences.

The Ruapehu region is home to the Tongariro National Park, the Whanganui National Park and the Whanganui River. It is a four hour drive from Auckland or Wellington and close to Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo.

Ruapehu Highlights

Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu
Photographer: Rob Suisted
(www.naturespic.com) The 80,000 hectares Tongariro National Park (a World Heritage Area) is the centre of attraction for this district. The active volcano Mount Ruapehu dominates the landscape, rising to 2,797 metres from the surrounding countryside. It has Mount Ngauruhoe (also active) and Mount Tongariro to keep it company. The three volcanoes are a spectacular sight on a clear day—in the colder months they are capped in snow.

Mount Ruapehu is the site of the North Island's premier ski fields—Whakapapa and Turoa. The mountain was recently chosen by movie director Peter Jackson to play Mt Doom in his 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. In summer the surrounding volcanic desert area is a wild and beautiful place for hiking, fishing and adventure activities.

To the west of the three volcanoes lies the deep green mystery of the Whanganui National Park, which is steeped in Maori and European colonial history. The Whanganui River is the main access route to the forest clad interior—jetboats and kayaks are popular modes of transport. The small townships on the riverbanks all have fascinating stories to tell. Jerusalem was once the home of James K. Baxter, one of New Zealand's most celebrated poets and an early 'alternative lifestyler'.

Notes from http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealand/about-new-zealand/regions/ruapehu/regional-information.html

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Stunning photo. This photo shows the immmense size of the mountain. I am surprised it has so much snow this close to summer. Well captured and TFS on TL. Good note too.


Hallo Steven..
Verry nice POV and...Picture

Wow, what a view!! this is stunning Steven! Congratulations on your 1000 points too!

Wow, what a wonderful panorama! Amazing! tfs


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  • linz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 77 W: 29 N: 161] (1742)
  • [2007-11-19 1:26]
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Hi Steven

I used to live at the base of this mountain when I was much younger, RNZIR. I remember her splendid beauty well and you have captured it magnificiently. TFS Lindsay

Nice one Steven. Great sharpness, especially for a shot taken through glass! Good composition too. I like the blue sky and the cloud patterns.
Cheers, John.

Hello Steven

Congratulation for your 1000 points!
This photo is wonderful, very well done; this view takes my breath away...

I wish you a wonderful day,

Top shot Steven, double window is not noticeable anyway.. top notch view/shot, well done


Hi Steven
Wow,splendid view
Pure white of the snow contrasting with blue.
and the sky's texture is great.

Maybe a bot of the sky could go but this is really a "wow" photo anyway !!!


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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-11-19 2:45]
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Hi Steven
veru beautiful view of the mountains.
Gr Jos

Superb photograph. I like the mountain in the foreground and the clouds covering the plains in the background. The blue tone is also nice.


What a magnificent mountain!The clouds accentuate the depth too!Thank's for sharing.

Hi Steven
Spectacular capture of this beautiful mountain, very nice composition as well. I'm guessing you were in a turboprop plane - it looks like lower altitude than a jet, with better light, sharpness and detail as a result.
Well captured

Great shot of the mountain Steven - these kind are not easy.
I am surprised how low you are
well done

Hi Steven
This a great view. Compliments
Thank you for sharing
bye Aga

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-11-19 18:05]
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Stunning photo, well done Steven, specially through the plane glass... Majestic sight isnt it.

All the best

Kia Ora,

I love your shot!


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  • cbcs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 115] (1139)
  • [2008-06-08 23:36]
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Majestic beyond words! I'm breathless.

Hi Steven
A capture so stunning that i kept on staring at it for about half an hour.
I bet you must be planning to get it framed and displayed in your lobby.
Superb composition.

This is amazing picture Steven. The exposure and composition are superb.



Beautiful picture Steven and your writeup on this area.

I don't have anything to add to getting a better picture-I think you have captured it well even through the window.

It looks like this mountain was a large volcanoe at one time. We also have volcanoes here in Oregon, USA. They are interesting to take pictures of them.

Hi Steven,
I won`t give you points, because I have them disabled but have my sincere congratulations for this achievement, especially considering the conditions the photo was taken in.
It seems that the windows were very clean:)

Dear Steven,
A wonderful picture vith excellent colours and graphism.TFS.
Superb work

Stunning shot Steven. Well composed, with good exposure. The clouds add a lot of interest.


Hi Steven. An excellent panarama of the who;e side of this conical active volcano. We went skiing here in high school days. Good balance between land and skies. TFS. Murray.

Amazing photo and a very nice perspective...
Nice composition, colors, Saturation...
Thanks for sharing


This is an incredible photo! I think we all know how hard it is to take photos out of plane windows, but you've captured this perfectly...I like the way you've got the mountain at the bottom, with the rolling hills and clouds carrying on into the distance - it really gives a sense of the majesty of our country! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful shot!


Hello Steven
I have yet to see this for my eyes but i looks like a superb place to see from the air. Clean crisp white with awesome cloud formations. Wonderful shot

And you manage to have a good PoV with all that...congrat!

This is beautiful, you have nailed the exposer perfect. I used to live in Greenland so I know how hard it is to get these shots right.

Ah... you mean this one Steven?
A real great view indeed and very well captured too, but I must say that I prefer the one from the ground though...
I just love mountain views, specially with a bit of snow, some blue sky and some other colors.... like flowers, grass and trees.


Good composition! Beautiful colours and contrast! Interesting place and view.
Best wishes,

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