Upcoming Events and Queenstown from Above

Upcoming Events for You

Adobe Talk

Cost: Free
Time: Feb 24th at 1 PM
Location: Park Auditorium at 345 Park Ave, San Jose

I’ll be talking about the future-present of photography, post-processing, and coming trends. See more on the Adobe Distinguished Lecture Series page.

SXSW PhotoWalk

Cost: Free
Time: March 13 at 6:30 PM
Location: The Driskill Hotel, Austin

All skill levels welcome! Get more details and join us on the Plancast event page.

EG Conference

Cost: $4000 (Register)
Time: April 7
Location: Monterey, CA

It looks to be an amazing time there in Monterey, and I put some more info below. I think I’ll plan a photowalk while there too (that will be free).

The EG Conference

EG ConferenceThere is more info on the EG Conference website, and I think there is a pretty good chance they will be recording a video that I can share here after the event.

I’m excited about this thing – it should be a blast! See that Freeman Dyson is going to be there?  I’ve got a whole list of questions for him… like, in that episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, you know, the one with the Dyson sphere (“Relics” – Star Trek wiki), well, like, how did Scotty survive all that time in the transporter loop, and like, wouldn’t he lose some weight?  And well, yes, I guess you wouldn’t know that, but, why would any species capable of building a Dyson sphere build it around an unstable star?  I mean, that seems kinda dumb, right Dyson?  Right?

But seriously, I will also have a free photowalk one evening there in the Monterey area.  I’m not sure where exactly… maybe even over in Carmel, but I will announce that soon.

Daily Photo – Queenstown From Above

Ack! I miss Queenstown. When can I get back there? I need to make this happen.

My friend Gordon from Camera Labs (be sure to visit his site) goes up here to test a lot of his cameras and lenses. There’s a mountain here that you can reach by gondola, and the view is, well, as you can see, quite perfect! In this case, I used my new 28-300 lens, which worked out pretty well.

I’ve gotten to know the little town there pretty well. It’s fun looking down and knowing where I can get the best burger, the best chocolate, and five places that all serve great coffee. Jeez… just writing about it makes me want to go back even more!

High Dynamic Range Photo

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  • “The” Gino

    Fascinating town. My favorite parts of the picture are the ueber-cool trailer park and the putt-putt course right next to the cemetery. (Goth chic at it’s finest) I will probably never get there but that really does look like an awesome spot. *sigh*

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith

    Stunningly beautiful! I love the glow from below. Here are some of my latest: http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Let me know what you think!

  • casusan

    Oh wow – what a drop dead gorgeous shot – the mountains and the water and the tiny town – at least it looks tiny here! Beautiful colors and somehow a warm glow – yes, can tell you love it there!

  • http://www.myhdrworld.com Ken Liu

    ooooh a night pic from up above.

    and ferrrrrg burger was awesome. do you love it or what?

  • Mark Herring

    Nice shot Trey and I agree Queenstown is a really cool place.

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  • http://www.iovanalex.ro Alexandru IOVANOVICI

    hello,
    as usual you gave us beautiful image and we all thank you :)

    myself and a colleague of mine we would like to translate your HDR tutorial in Romanian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_language);
    what’s the procedure ? do you have all the tutorial in a single file or we use the “official” version from the site ?
    you have my email associated with this post if you need to send some files;

    thanks,

    alex.

  • Tom Nicholas

    Please tell me you had Fergburger!!!!!! Winnies is also a great pizza place!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5449260175/ Eden Brackstone.

    Ah yes, good old Skyline! Anyone visiting must get up there as the views are stunning… I guess its kinda pointless me saying that given the imagery above, haha. Great to hear your eager to come back Trey, we are all eager to see you guys again too!
    For those interested, I have a few HDR shots of Queenstown on my Flickr here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/sets/72157626065095562/

    Tom — Yes Trey had Fergburger… That was one of the first things I asked him when he was here, haha. I’ve had it twice this week, both times while out shooting the night sky ;-)

    Speaking of which, I was up late shooting star-trails last night and while I was at it caught this nice HDR from atop a mountain at Bobs Cove:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5449260175/

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    Beautiful image, Trey. I love the lights from below… and in Monterey, you might consider Cannery Row for the photo walk, although I haven’t been in years and it might be all cleaned up, it has such history and used to have some grimy corners :). Or Pebble Beach, although the golf course might frown on that (heehee).

  • Simon Morris

    I also highly rate Camera Labs for it’s reviews from Gordon Laing… always well presented and informative, excellent!
    Wonderful shot Trey… I like the subtle glow from the town lights, excellent! As for The Remarkables, well they look great all year round… gorgeous!
    I see the launch area for the bungee jump (below right) is closed for the night… did you and the family have fun on the luge ride? Our little one just loved it, amazing views too :-)
    We plan on visiting Queenstown again this Autumn, hiring a Bach for a few days and snapping the Autumn glow… my favourite season, bliss! :-)

  • http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/ Matt Shalvatis

    Like this a lot, although the sky looks a bit too blue. Maybe it’s because of all the water?

    Or maybe I need to get around a bit more. Currently spending all my time in East Europe and some Middle East. My camera needs to see new things! :-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Trey, great write up about you on the EG Conference website. How did I miss seeing you on all those TV channels :-( Congratulations on being invited, wish I could be there. Hope to see a video of it someday!!! Today’s photo is very pretty, you know I like the photos with any kind of water in them. This one is now on my desktop!! Love the lights of Queenstown, the bay, the mountains, the sky, outlay of the land, etc. Just breathtaking!!!! Thanks for sharing all your information and photo today, WTG!!!! :-)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all!

    Tom – Fergburger for sure ! They are messy and awesome !

  • Axeman in Monterey

    I’ll see you in Monterey. Looking forward to it!

  • http://susancarrollseger.blogspot.com Susan Carroll-Seger

    Great coffee and a great view! Does it get any better than that!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/ Andy Bird

    Great shot as always – all this burger talk is making me hungry…..

  • Andrew White

    Hey Trey! Shhhhhhsh… You’re giving away the worlds best kept secret there mate! Im a Kiwi, now living in DFW TX. Been here for 3.5 years now – (obviously way too long cause I almost said y’all the other day). I was back in NZ for a vacation a year ago and in Queenstown, to this very day in-fact. Your NZ shots make me sooo homesick, great work. I’ve marked out my calendar for the photo walk in Austin, will be nice to see you in 3D for a change. Cheers mate. A.

  • Andrea Boyle

    Wow, beautiful shot! I’m still hoping to make it to New Zealand one of these days. For now, I’ll just have to be satified with your pictures. I’m thinking of travelling 6 hours south to your photo walk in Monterey. Let us know when it happpens and if we need to “RSVP”. I’d love to meet you!

  • David Brown

    Another beautiful shot. If you haven’t already been, Hobart Australia from Mt. Wellington is another similiar shot. Cradle Mountain is another great destination down there.

  • Dylan

    Curious if you have planned a photowalk after the 2/24 Adobe Talk in SJ?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    No – afraid not – the Adobe team has me filled up with activities for the rest of the day.

  • David Ingram

    Great photo! That is amazing company you are keeping at the EG Conference. Well deserved recognition!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tai.wardholmes Tai Ward-Holmes

    Kia Ora! Was sent a link!  I’m an artist in Queenstown New Zealand and I post a number of Queenstown images on Facebook…(Tai Ward-Holmes) ..check my photos …I also post a new painting in TGIF Art Exhib…each Friday!    Cheers

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