The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

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Daily Photo – The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

Just beyond Glenorchy, which is just a shade beyond Queenstown, lies a little place called Paradise. The road gets tinier and tinier as you get closer. A few miles before the road becomes all dirt, I pulled over to these soft rolling hills. They were covered with little sheep families, walking to and fro.

One the rare occasion when I am in the field with students, I have them notice a bunch of things. I’ve touched on this before, and this is another good example. It has to do with the location of the sunlight. There are three elements that can be lit here – the hills and/or the mountains and/or the clouds. Every combination looks dramatically different in the final shot. When you are there on the scene, the light changes so gradually, you don’t notice. So you have to teach yourself to be mindful of the untimely flow of light.

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  • http://jamesclear.com James Clear

    Wow. This is awesome Trey.

    Great job of not overdoing the yellows in the grass and excellent composition.

  • Susan

    Lovely peaceful looking place in NZ Trey – I like that term – sheep families!

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

    “mindful of the untimely flow of light…”. Yeah. That’s a keeper, Trey! Beautiful image (if not more beautiful imagery).

  • Simon Morris

    Wonderful shot Trey – I really like the greens and subtle tones with this one! It could almost be mistaken for 2 separate images the way the light is being cast across the foreground and background. That’s really sound advice too about the light – such a key and important aspect with photography… thanks!

  • http://www.stewartbaird.com Stewart Baird

    Super shot, Trey and we know that the grass is really that green :-)

  • Simon Morris

    Oops, forgot to mention – I’m hoping to visit Glenorchy in mid April whilst meeting up with Eden in Queenstown… can’t wait to capture that autumn glow throughout the areas of Wanaka, Arrowtown and more! :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5541452886/ Andy Bird

    Interesting shot today – coming from a place with an unpredictable climate like Scotland I totally get the shift in lighting. One minute we could have thundery looking clouds and the next it could be like a summer’s day – if you ever visit here be sure to carry clothing for all weather conditions, all the time. I get the impression that NZ can be like that too. Oh sheep families are cool!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great natural looking shot, Trey! Dramatic clouds.

    I posted a new one yesterday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pahles/5559024467/

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com/ Keith Moyer

    Great comment about the light movement. You explain it so well. Awesome picture and vibrant color! If you have time, check out my latest http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com thanks!

  • http://www.bestlandscapephotography.com Matthew

    I know exactly where you were. GREAT place! Nice shot.

  • Louis

    epic picture is epic

  • http://jawcl.tumblr.com Jacob Wilson

    Simply amazing.

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan

    Astonishing shot Trey :) Loving the greens so vibrant but not that horrible ‘over done’ look. I find allot of people tend to get carried away with bright colours and end up over doing it abit, but you nailed this one :).

    I spotted this shot in your SmugMug album before you posted it so I had a feeling it would be the next picture :P.

    Hope all is well.
    Thanks
    Dan

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Wow, is it really so green? So wonderful, so peaceful! Do you already know when you’ll visit Switzerland? Maybe I’ll visit Zermatt in July/August so I hope I’ll see you there! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Dan: Yeah, me too…Kuala Lumpur shot tomorrow?

  • http://flickr.com/edenbrackstone Eden Brackstone

    Paradise is a really awesome place, that whole rural area just beyond Glenorchy really is magical…
    Simon – Yes! I’m looking forward to that catchup :-)

  • Randy D

    Nice pic. All that green… all those sheep. One can only imagine how much fun “my boy” would have if we were there!
    http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w113/RandyWayneD/Pets/MG_0164T.jpg

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

    Filip – Yes maybe switzerland at the same time – you never know! :)

    Dan / Filip – shhhh… you’re not supposed to look ahead! hehe

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan

    Hahaha Trey sorry! I’ll stop myself from looking! It’ll be more of a surprise that way.

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan

    And Randy, I like the shot of the dog :). I got a nice one of our cat the other day.
    http://danroads.com/photography2/portfolio/animalsnature/ (7th one in) :D

  • Gail in Montana

    Beautiful photo, Trey!! Thanks for sharing. Hope your Saturday is going well! :-)

  • http://www.highlux.co.nz/blog mark watson

    So NZ! Nice work.

  • http://edatassol.com/ frank

    wow! really splendid

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