The Champagne Pools are one of the highlights of a visit to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, near Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island. I first saw them about eight years ago on my first visit to the park. I was struck by the striking colours of the green water juxtaposed to the orange and white earth along the shore. The Champagne Pools left such a strong impression that I knew I had to capture them on my most recent visit to Rotorua. I was fortunate to have arrived fairly early in the day, before the bulk of the tour buses. I headed straight for the pools to give myself time to experiment with different compositions. I only had to compete with a few other people, so it didn’t take long for me to find just the composition that I wanted, one where the edge of the pools lead the viewer right into the scene. I used a polariser to cut through the glare off of the water and to make the blue sky pop against the orange of the rocks along the edge of the pools. Vibration reduction allowed me to hand hold my camera while stopping down my aperture and still keeping my ISO relatively low. All I had to do was wait for a bit of a breeze to expose the edge of the pools beneath the steam.