Guest Article Written by Geoff Steven
Recently I was invited to join a group of international journalists
and editors in picturesque Queenstown. Situated on the shores of
Lake Wakatipu the town is just a relatively short distance to the
Te Wahipounamu, New
Zealand World Heritage site.
|We were in this spectacular outdoor region to launch two new Panasonic LUMIX
digital cameras - the High Zoom TZ20, and all weather,
toughened FT3. Both cameras also shoot AVCHD - a growing necessity
for the keen travel photographer.
The great contrasts of river and alpine environments were ideal
locations to test the cameras on a real World Heritage site.
The small and compact FT3 was put to the test when we travelled by
jet boat 30 kilometres up the dramatic Dart River and reached an
area of stunningly clear water where the cameras could be dunked
underwater and interesting angles of the surrounding mountains
Photo taken with Lumix FT3
|Photo taken with Lumix FT3
I particularly like these two shots above - one which focuses on
the distant hills and records thecrystal clear water in the
foreground and the other which shows a glimpse of the underwater
river bottom while still showing the distant hilly landscape. The
great thing about having an FT3 as part of your general travel kit
is that no matter what the weather or the situation you can bring
back a photographic record of your experiences.
After the wet and wild river jet boat trip we travelled by
helicopter up into a completely different environment - the high
altitude Lake Erskine - sitting at over 1400 metres up in the World
This was an ideal location to trial the TZ20 with its impressive
16x optical zoom.
|The light weight of the camera and its 24mm (35mm equivalent)
wide-angle lens is also useful for grabbing on the run
Lake Erskine must be one of the most spectacular and photographic
natural locations on the World Heritage list and having the
privilege of spending some time there with a camera was a highlight
of the trip. The light was very bright and with no haze of
pollution in the air, the photographs captured on the TZ20 give
true justice to the location. The high contrast ratio of the scene
was also easily held by the camera's sensor and I was pleased that
the colour was so accurately recorded.
Travel photographs become our main mementoes of the special places
that we visit, and we want an accurate record to take back with us
to share with others.
Taking photos in remote and difficult locations also requires
taking light [and of course reliable] equipment with you and this
assignment was a good test for the two LUMIX travel cameras.
With one or the other of the two cameras in your travel kit, [or
ideally BOTH!] a keen photographer should be able to handle any
challenges nature can put before you - from river valleys to
Geoff Steven - CEO /Editorial Director;
Our Place World