Church of the Good Shepherd

The Church of the Good Shepherd sits on the shoreline of Lake Tekapo on New Zealands south island. It’s one of the most photographed churches in New Zealand and a brief search of Flickr or Google will show many images taken in different light, seasons and angles. Every different way you can think of.

Built in 1935, it was made closer to the lake shore when the hydroelectric damn (Built from 1938-1951) raised the lakes water level.  It is an interdenominational church that draws couples from around the world for christian wedding ceremonies.  An alter window frames a beautiful scene across Lake Tekapo to the mountain ranges beyond, making for some stunning wedding images.

Looking at the image now I would love to have taken a bracket of images (-2EV, 0EV, +2EV) of this scene and used HDR techniques.  The images has the bright light of the morning sun, as well as the deep shadows in the church doors and windows.  I plan to go back to New Zealand again, so I’ll be sure to spend some time in this location when I do.

You can find more information here on The Church of the Good Shepherd