what you implying......there were sort of deeper pools here and there...tbh....ive not even bothered....most of its aluminium and i dont see any rust anywhere.....its on its last legs anyway ....whats your tripod of choice Andy?...
I'm not implying anything mate....just that I thought the "I was up to my waist in water" may...just may, have been a slight exageration to impress your lady watchers with your rugged "I'll do anything to get the shot" attitude.
It's not so much the rust, more the fact that all the clasps start to get really stiff, and the legs get stickier. I'm using a manfrotto 190XPro B at the moment, but I reckon I'm going to upgrade to a Gitzo 1540 Mountaineer. I'll keep the Manfrotto for when I need to plonk it down in the waves.
You want to get yourself to the south island but I'm sure you could find some nice spots in the north. I'm in Auckland, top 1/4 of the north island and the biggest city here even though it isn't the capital. I will be off down south in 2 months and just bought myself a graduated ND filter to get some practice in before I go, will hopefully get some shots that will persuade you to come over.
I love how the clouds and the rocks almost mirror each other in this photograph. The soft pastels really contrast with those rough browns of the rocks....just like the texture of the rocks vs the clouds. beautiful!