Lonely Tree Aflame燃情孤木

Tim Pierce and Bel Jones in Wanaka

I’ve been working on a new secret project for you all, and I had to go over to Wanaka to borrow some equipment from Tim, since my stuff is still in a container crossing the ocean! Gordon Laing recommended Tim, so I made an afternoon drive to go visit him. When I walked inside, he and Bel (his girlfriend) were doing all sorts of artistic things. I got a little behind-the-scenes info and wanted to share it with you!

First, Tim is amazing videographer (and director, artist, and so many other things). Check out some of his work at his site Zeros And Ones. Be sure to watch that video there! And…. look at his amazing list of clients.

Second, Bel Jones was a-busy making a new drawing when I went in. I looked for it on her website, but it isn’t there yet… but maybe it will show up in the illustrations area soon 🙂 

Tim Pierce & Bel Jones在瓦纳卡(Wanaka)

为大家打造的秘密计划正在进行中,还得去瓦纳卡找Tim借些装备——我的家当还在飘洋过海中。Gordon Laing向我推荐了Tim,我找了个下午开车去见他。一进门,他和女友Bel 正在创作某种艺术品。我还拍了个小视频,跟大家分享!

首先, Tim是为位出色的摄像师(还身兼导演、艺术家等多重角色)。到他的网站“0与1”去瞅瞅吧。记得去看看视频!再看看他给力的客户名单

其次, Bel Jones正忙于创作新画作。我在她的网站上找了半天,不过新作还尚未登录……也许很快就会出现在插图区吧 🙂


跟Tim and Bel畅谈之后,我跟我的实习生Abe 来到了湖边,借着夜晚的光线重新造访了之前选的几处树景。我有了个主意,天色很暗,又蒙上了一层蓝色,如果制造出一种树木起火的效果会是怎样的感觉呢……我告诉Abe具体怎样做,就等我一个信号。


Daily Photo – Lonely Tree Aflame

After having a great flat white with Tim and Bel, Abe (my intern for the winter/summer) and I went down to the lake. I picked out some trees I wanted to re-visit in the evening light. As I was driving around, I got an idea… it was dark and blue and I thought about what it would look like if the tree was instantly on fire… so I gave Abe some specific instructions and a secret signal.

I set up for the shot with the 14-24mm, prepared the timer, then made the secret signal to Abe. We gave it a few different tries until I felt like we had it right before driving back home over the crown range in the dark.

Lonely Tree Aflame

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • wow!! Awesome – the tree looks suspended somehow! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    It must be that helicopter Trey bought thats holding the tree up hehe!! Nice shoot

  • Oh wow! This is fantastic! I’ve been to this location – but never quite saw this in this light.

  • interesting idea.. I am sure we will see a video of how…. soon….

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! It’s one of my new favorites too

  • Wow, how beautiful. Now I have a new desktop again. I love this photo!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing, Trey. Have a wonderful Monday! 🙂

  • really cool effect Trey. Neat shot. Man, I feel for you in your move. We just moved two cities over and it was a pain, I couldn’t imagine how much MORE of a pain it has gotta be to move continents. Hope that boat with all your stuff arrives soon and the house hunting goes well.

  • Nice shot! I guess there is more involved then just some light painting, isn’t there?

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    yes kinda kinda 🙂

  • Oh wow! I remember visiting this location, but that tree never looked anything like this!

  • Hey Trey, how did you get that orange fiery look on the tree?? PhotoShop?

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