James Vedder Imaging

See deeply in order to better photograph; photograph in order to see more deeply. -JNV dates are upload dates

Photographers in and around Wanaka Lake at dawn. Why?

The Wanaka tree!

Famed Wanaka Tree

A Quotation from: www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news... : "The tree started life as a fence post at least 77 years ago.

Wanaka artist and writer Gwenda Rowlands, 85, is a keeper of local history and remembers the fence line from 1939, when she first visited it in a little dinghy her father built for her and her older brother.

She has watched it evolve from a "hacked off branch from nearby willows" to a symbol of determination.

"It was 1939 I remember it growing there and that is not yesterday."

Crop of blow-up

Light on forest path... light light light

Backlit surf at sunset

Waterfall Sculpture #11


The symmetry of a former gold mine.

Window in ghost town building


Waterfall Sculpture #10

At 1/500, the flowing waterfall was stopped and transformed into a gossamer sculpture. Photography again permitted us to view at leisure what we could not really capture with "live" viewing!

Path through rain forest #1, New Zealand

You're in another world. This shows that the photographer, in the end, captures light. [And, that light is constantly changing

New Zealand Summary: pastureland, mountains, water, and... sheep


At sunrise, above the clouds!

A Yellowhammer (I think)

Waiting to uncurl

Designer Fern

Flower 9

Flower 8

Flower 7

A path in a rain forest

Nature gave us little spotlights, which highlighted different features every few minutes. Nice of her... IF we notice!

Hey, what are you doing with those cameras?

Fox Glacier

New Zealand's Southern Alps 2

Michael Melford, famed National Geographic photographer, was the lead photographer in our group. He advised me on camera settings for the helicopter shots (and we were not allowed to change lenses as it was "no doors" seating! the entire side wa missing!) Every one of my glacier and mountain shots was exposed perfectly and was sharp!

New Zealand's Southern Alps

Spot the cabin?

Remote Cabin

Can you see the sign? For Sale. Small yard, but has deck with view. [Only kidding]

The mountain cabin @ f/14, 1/3200, 56mm

Same photo as the 'long shot' but cropped to about 1/9 the area and enlarged.


Same photo as the 'long shot' but cropped and enlarged.

This is the same shotut cropped and enlarged. Not bad from a moving 'copter, right?

Same photo as the 'long shot' but cropped to 1/4 of 1% of the area (!) and enlarged; 1/3200 sec shutter speed. Nikon D750 with Nikon 20-300 lens at 56mm.

Looking down at a glacier

An open-door, 4 person helicopter, over Fox Glacier; temperature a balmy 0 C

Ferns showing off.

Beauty, beauty, beauty...

All New Zealand photos on this website were taken on South Island in October of 2017.

Between Haast and Wanaka

Hard to find a more beautiful place than New Zealand... and it never stops!

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Endangered difficult to find. Photographed from a boat using medium telephoto

Driving South on South Island

Islands in the sea

Hooker's Sea Lion?, Juan-Fernandez-fur-seal?

Not sure of my identification - will do more research; see also Hooker's site koken/admin/#/library/content/ And see www.arkive.org/juan-fernand...

Two on one

Watch it Tide is rising

Is there a place more beautiful? No.

Pastureland 1

Dates shown are dates that the files were uploaded, not the date they were taken.

Constant pounding over the centuries

A chilly surf on a new day

Surf vs Rock

Just look at what Nature gifts us

Gnarly Figure

"Bones" of a tree - a 'beach tree'

Surf backlit by setting sun

Lord of the Rings?

Late dawn October 20th


Good spot for a homestead

Find the bird

Misty for You

Stunning beauty everywhere

Mood Indigo

Sky mixed in water

Dawn October 24

Triangle Falls

A hike to get there...for these old legs

Small pond in the wood

Light delivers a glancing blow


Head in the clouds

A Frosty dawn on high

Patagonia, Torres del Paine

"Torres del Paine" in Spanish is the name of the National Park and also of mountain towers within this range of the Andes.


Arctic photos from Svalbard, Norway and north to 82 degrees, Aug-Sep 2018

Images for Essays

images, slides to insert into essays

Fine Art, Doges Palace, Venice

I arose early on a November morning to be first in line; I wanted the forms and textures of he arches and columns without tourists in the frame. Doges were nominated by the City Council to govern Venice.

Artwork by Hand Helps us See

A few sketches, drawings, paintings to help us see for photography


Selected photos from Philippines, Thailand, Japan, etc.


Mostly flowers and small animals


Light and Lighting

Guest Artists

The woman’s eyes blend into the dark around her. The artist is “photographer Sebastion Unrau,... Deutschland.” He started in 2015! Nicole S is a young woman not afraid to experimebnt and

Black and White

Images that emphasize texture, form etc.


Images of Africa, Asia, and Europe


The Shared Beauty of Nature


Images from Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia and other African countries.