This how-to video is taking a very long time… I’ll get it done, but it will take a while longer…
If you click through to the YouTube page, you’ll see a list of all the tools I used… and that will give you some info in the meantime.
A few of the shots in the video are from this area around Glenorchy below.
Daily Photo – Rounding the Bend to Glenorchy
Each time I go around the bend from Queenstown to Glenorchy, I see something spectacular. I know there are a few people that live in Glenorchy and work in Queenstown, so that means they get to make this drive every day. I wonder if any of them like to take photos… if so, the commute must take an extra thirty minutes!
This comes from the full 4-video Art of Photography series that we recently launched for Beginner to Intermediate photographers. The live launch was a huge success (thanks everyone for the GREAT comments on that page!) and we have just released this first video for free. Sadly (but awesomely) you can go purchase the other 3 episodes if you find the first one to be helpful. I believe you will!
Many Days of New Zealand
I miss my new home in Queenstown, so I’m going to be posting a series of photos from NZ over the next few days. I hope that is okay. Normally I jump around and post places out of order, but I’ll make a departure from that for four or five days. Thanks for indulging me!
Daily Photo – A Moving Sunset
When the sun started going down in Milford Sound, I figured I was going to start using up a lot of memory cards. I’m still using those RAW Steel cards that are 16GB each. The D800 has been filling up my cards pretty quickly, so I’ve been thinking about upgrading to 32GB. But I already have a load of 16GB and swapping isn’t that much of a pain… maybe I should just wait until I need the 64GB some day… if ever.
I’ve got a great pair of hiking shoes, but my pants are not so great. I’m looking for a certain pair, but I just don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. This is one of the reasons I am generally dissatisfied with my hiking pants selection and shopping. Any suggestions are welcome! They have to be warm, super comfy, not “wander downwards” when I squat for low photos, and not be tooooo dorky. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
Daily Photo – Hiking Around Milford
I went around a bend in Milford and was greeted with these strange lost-world type trees. You can see the famous Mitre Peak there on the right. There is a wide array of lush vegetation around here because of the constant moisture. There’s even a surplus of moisture here because of a huge waterfall that is right behind me, coating everything in a fine mist all day long.
If you’re in the Petaluma area on Sunday, stop by and say hi! I’ll be on This Week in Tech with Leo at the TWIT studios. The show starts at 3 PM PT… hope to see you there!
Here’s a video from one of the previous times I was at the TWIT studios.
My NZ friends all assumed that I must have seen many auroras in the northern hemisphere, but I never have. I went out several times in Iceland and other places in the far north in the winter and never saw a thing. So I was very thrilled to have it happen just a few weeks after I arrived in NZ!
Daily Photo – The Comet in Queenstown
On the night of the Aurora Australis, I was about to pack up and head back to the car when I saw this amazing aurora right over the top of my head. It made this long triangle across the ceiling of the sky, so I had to do that thing where I get my camera in that strange position on the tripod of pointing up. There is always a tough yoga move you gotta perfect to get the camera situated at the right angle. Also, frankly, there’s a little bit of guesswork that comes into play too!
I leave today for a series of long flights that will end with me arriving at the PhotoWalk. I start in Queenstown (airport code ZQN – I think they were running out) and then go to Auckland then Los Angeles then New York City. I don’t know how many hours or miles it will be, and I don’t think I wanna know!
Daily Photo – Sunset in Milford Sound
I slept in my sleeping bag under the stars this night. It was very peaceful after seeing the pink milky sound under Mitre Peak.
I took this right before I left New Zealand down in Milford Sound. I was in a bit of a hurry (you know how things get rushed before a trip), and I left the house without my tent. All I had was a sleeping bag, but it’s a good one.
I slept under some trees that were tall and seemed to be leaning inwards while I looked up. Not long after that, I fell asleep…
I’m working on a how-to video that I will release to everyone soon. It shows how I did the photography, post-processing, editing and mixing, etc of this, along with all the tools. I do list out my equipment on the Stuff You Need page here on the site if you simply can’t wait.
30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown
(watch this 4K video in Full Screen in HD with good speakers/earphones! )
I’ve just moved to New Zealand, and my first 30 days and 30 nights here made a powerful impression on me. I’ve never done anything quite like this before, so I thought I would share what I felt with you.
(In Germany or can’t see the YouTube video? Here is the Vimeo Version.)
The music is from my friend… one of the few people on earth that makes my heart beat a little faster than normal… Hans Zimmer. Just go ahead and buy all of Hans Zimmer’s work… let it be the soundtrack of your life.
Over 300 hours of work went into the film’s creation. The Full How-To Video is coming soon, but I did everything myself… the shooting, the post-processing, the editing and sync, etc etc… I used a violent mixture of many tools: Photomatix Pro (Photomatix Review), Magic Bullet Looks (Magic Bullet Looks Review) , Topaz Adjust (Topaz Adjust Review), Nik Software (Nik Software Review), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, LRTimelapse, Twixtor Pro, Final Cut X. Also thank you for logistical help to my assistant Abraham Stephenson.
I created the entire piece myself here in Queenstown, New Zealand. All of the shots are from this little fertile crescent. I get many questions about that interior shot, and that is from the Commonage Villas. I stayed there for about a month while house-shopping, and I think it has some of the best views in Queenstown! Besides that location, every shot was less than a fifteen minute drive from my home.
I really privately announced the Trey’s Lightroom Presets last week, but they are leaking out there in every direction, so it seems strange to keep it a secret here on the blog any more! This is the first time I’ve ever released any Lightroom Presets, and I think you’ll be very happy.
I notice that some people are posting thumbnails of their own creations on the presets page in the comments. Others are +@mentioning me on various social networks so i can have a look at their creations. I’ve run these through a ton of my own photos, so it’s great to see how they interact with other people’s photos too.
Before and After Image using Trey’s HDR Lightroom Preset
The “after” image was made with just one click of Trey’s HDR Lightroom Presets. What a dramatic difference!
Daily Photo – Our Galaxy over Queenstown
I took this photo on the evening of the Aurora Australis a few weeks ago. I came up with (BY ACCIDENT!) a new way of orienting the Milky Way so it goes straight up and down. Really, in the sky, it is a little bit tilted to the right. Anyway, here’s the trick.
When you take the photo, have your camera tilted to the left a bit. Then, when you crop later in Photoshop, turn on the “Perspective” checkbox and drag over the upper left corner until it is parallel with the Milky Way. Only people that are good at visualizing photoshop can understand what I am saying here… but I hope it helps!
Next time, I will do this trick by taking the tilted-photo on purpose!
I think I’m coming the NYC soon…. who is up for a PhotoWalk? I think I’ll have to get serious about planning something…
Daily Photo – The Golden Valleys
I’ve taken to going out on random drives around New Zealand. I put on music and just follow the sun around. It ducks behind and beyond mountains and valleys, so I turn this way and that, and often get out to hike around inaccessible areas. It’s the middle of the winter here, so the sun is always quite low, so we get nice, extended sunrises and sunsets. Every now and then, the sun gets into a certain angle and everything is bathed in gold…
The class starts July 31st! If you miss the live bit, you can download later. Be sure to register at The Art of Photography page!
In Class #4, I’m going to process each of the photos below. I’ll show you all kinds of new tricks that are newly-figured-out… in the past few weeks or so. I’m saving them for Class #4 so that we can build up to this together. I’m very excited for the class, and I know that those of you who have registered are also excited. See you soon!
The First Two Trees
And here are the previously published tree photos from along the lake in Wanaka.
Daily Photo – The Third Tree
When you have three tree photos that you adore, how can you choose an order in which to publish them? I don’t know! I figured that if I love all of them, then random is a good an order as necessary. I go through various levels of this every night when I put together the daily post for the next day. The selection process is fairly mentally grueling!
So, while waiting to buy a house in the area, I spent a massive amount of time here at the Commonage Villas. My family rented two different villas over an extended period of time, and we were completely blown away. As you can imagine, a good view and convenience is very important to me, and this is The Best!
The villas are 3+ stories tall, so there are great views from all the levels (especially the top). I took a ton of photos at various times of the day… other times, I would just sit and stare out the window with a cup of tea. About once a day, I would walk down to Queenstown (it’s a short walk) to get coffee or a meal… quite idyllic, really! Anyway, if you are going to Queenstown and looking for a place to stay, I definitely recommend these villas.
These villas are also for sale. I met the guy that works there and said I would pass along his info if you want to find out more – contact Ross Marett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Daily Photo – The View
And here is one of the thousands of photos I took from the balcony at sunset one evening. The whole family was just getting into the car to drive down to The Cow for dinner, and then this sunset started to happen! So, it was one of those elongated, “Oh just wait five more minutes!” while I kept extending it another five minutes as the sky got better and better! We ended up being delayed about half an hour to dinner, as you would expect. But once the kids had their giant loaf of garlic bread, everything was good again!