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Fantastic tales and behind the scenes stories from Stephan Romer as he explores the South Island of New Zealand with his camera.

10 Years in the Making

When an immense storm rolled into Milford Sound, Stephan seized the opportunity to capture the perfect shot—something he had been waiting over a decade for.

Stories from behind the lens

New Zealand Art for Commercial Spaces

The perfect piece of art has the power to transform a commercial space or hotel foyer. With the right artwork on the wall, you can create an atmosphere, tell a story, and leave a lasting impression....

Queenstown’s art galleries: Discovering a vibrant local art scene

Queenstown is well-known for thrills, adrenaline, and immense natural landscapes, but not everything in this picturesque lakeside town is high-octane. ...

Shooting the Milky Way at Aoraki Mt Cook

When a client recently asked Stephan if he had ever photographed Aoraki Mt Cook at night with a sky full of stars, the answer was no. But immediately, Stephan accepted the challenge. The result was one of Stephan’s most dramatic pieces and a great story to tell about his expedition along the Hooker Valley Track at night. ...

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Stephan wins the title of New Zealand’s Landscape Photographer of 2021. The winning pictures are Bismarck Peaks, Mt Tutoko, Swamp Forest and Dart River.

Rangitata River coming soon.

First Snow on Key Summit

First light on Lake Wakatipu. Exhibiting now in the Queenstown Gallery.

Morning fog in Skippers Canyon

The Routeburn Track. Most of it is still closed thanks to the storms in January. I got dropped of by Helicopter.

When an immense storm rolled into Milford Sound, Stephan seized the opportunity to capture the perfect shot—something he had been waiting over a decade for.

New Zealand Art for Commercial Spaces

The perfect piece of art has the power to transform a commercial space or hotel foyer. With the right artwork on the wall, you can create an atmosphere, tell a story, and leave a lasting impression.

Queenstown’s art galleries: Discovering a vibrant local art scene

Queenstown is well-known for thrills, adrenaline, and immense natural landscapes, but not everything in this picturesque lakeside town is high-octane.

When a client recently asked Stephan if he had ever photographed Aoraki Mt Cook at night with a sky full of stars,

the answer was no. But immediately, Stephan accepted the challenge. The result was one of Stephan’s most dramatic pieces and a great story to tell about his expedition along the Hooker Valley Track at night.

Venturing a little further from home than usual, a recent photography expedition took Stephan to Banks Peninsula,

one of the South Island’s most picturesque locations. While you can always rely on the South Island to deliver breathtaking landscapes, you can’t always rely on perfect weather. Discover what a day out on location for a landscape photographer entails—from the perfect sunrise shot to gale-force winds and narrow windy roads.

A winter expedition into New Zealand’s most dramatic southern alpine region.

While most of us love nothing more than cosying up by the fire and staying warm on a chilly winter’s day, Stephan prefers to grab his camera gear and head for the hills. A few winters back, Stephan ventured into Mt Aspiring National Park by helicopter to capture the park’s impressive peaks at their snow-covered best. Here, he shares the incredible images from this expedition and a few technical tips on shooting mountains from a helicopter during winter.

A journey to Mavora Lakes and along the Von Road

into an area steeped in pioneering history. When the option to take the easy way or the road less travelled presents itself, Stephan will always take the long way around. For this is where the greatest rewards are found.

With its Jurassic-like vegetation,

high mountain peaks and dark, lush forests, Fiordland is one of the most remarkable wilderness areas on the planet. Every day, Fiordland is impressive, but on a recent expedition, Fiordland delivered something exceptional.

It’s not all alpine landscapes and wild, remote locations.

We take a look at a different style of photography in this month’s article. Welcome to the commercial side of my career as a professional photographer. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and see what it’s like to shoot one of the world’s most famous cars in some of the world’s most spectacular locations.

Glimpses of a gold mining past on the Mt Crichton Loop Track.

Many of my photography expeditions take me deep into Fiordland or high above the mountains by helicopter. But sometimes, I don’t have to travel far at all. Living in Queenstown, we have spectacular scenery on the doorstep. For my most recent photography expedition to the Mt Crichton Loop Track, I only had to take a short drive down the road.

Ask any Kiwi and they will tell you the West Coast is the place to find some of the most impressive scenery New Zealand has to offer. And within the West Coast, the Haast Pass stands out as a highlight. On a recent expedition to this dramatic part of New Zealand’s South Island, I took a detour off the main road, crossed a few rivers and found my way to a few spectacular locations.

 

Two unique geological formations are the focus of Stephan’s camera lens this month. Through the Maerewhenua Valley and the wild and windswept coastline of North Otago, Stephan finds himself at two of the region’s most famous landmarks—without another photographer in sight.

 

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