landscape photography Mackay - Cherish Artz

The Making of “Irishman Creek” by David Phillips

A very popular stop for many who are chasing landscape photography and tourist snap shots alike. Located in Canterbury, South Island of New Zealand, the area around the  Irishman Creek sign showcases the true expansive beauty and awe this region offers visitors. Embodying the openness and freedom of a life unhinged, the shot captures the area in the height of autumn, when brilliant greens and blues shift into subtle shades of gold and gray.

A little history of the area on the South Island of New Zealand it is an extremely famous Sheep Station, Irishman Creek brings well over 150 years of rich history to the region. At its prime, over 12,000 sheep were kept in this area – with over 8,000 still residing nearby.

The expansive plains and fields provide a perfect venue for the management of these large herds of animals. Even better, it allows for some of the most breathtaking photographic vistas available across New Zealand, especially the south island.

Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
  • Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Focal Length: 70.0mm
  • Aperture: f/9
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
  • Metering Mode:  Evaluative
  • Tripod Used: No
  • Flash Used: No

About the Experience

Travelling with the Photograph New Zealand tour, we took a trip out around the south island of New Zealand to experience the west coast and central spots. Upon the arrival of this most popular Irishman Creek Station sign amidst this beautiful plain in the heart of the autumn season, I found a shot that reflected the immense power and vastness of the area.

Despite being together with 12 other photographers and along a road with quite a bit of traffic, I managed to capture the station’s sign without a trace of anyone else in the frame. This opened up the area, adding to the breadth and scope of this uniquely beautiful area.

My Thoughts

I love capturing shots during periods such as autumn. Photographing an area like this in transition helps to highlight the subtle beauty of a region like this – all while showcasing the beauty it holds year-round.

For me, this photograph created a truly authentic sense of loneliness with the winds ushering in the cold and bitterness of late autumn and early winter. It also created a small sense of humour with the ‘Irishman Creek’ description – and no sign of water anyplace.

‘Irishman Creek’ Landscape Art Available Today

Do you enjoy ‘Irishman Creek’? If so, Cherish Artz has the print available for you to buy. We offer a variety of uniquely stylish wall art that you can hang up anywhere in your home, office or other place of business. That way, you can enjoy any of our photographic artistry any time you like.  Contact us today.