Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Over $500,000 on Day 1!

Wow! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped into the Kickstarter on Day 1! We’re busting apart all kinds of records… thanks so much and I’m glad you’re excited about the bag!

HDR Photo

Karen Hutton

You might remember a Very Similar Photo I posted of KHut on the blog… Click here for a trip down memory lane!

Daily Photo – Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Even though I absolutely love these kind of clouds, what I also really dig is the color of these long grasses. You only get this color at this time of year, and only when you have direct sunlight. It’s amazing how much direct sunlight affects the colors… making them all glow like translucent jewels.

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over The South Island

Want to win a $8500 week-long all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand to join me on a photo adventure?

We JUST announced this new photo contest on Viewbug – Awesome! Join in the fun! This worldwide contest will be going on during my Photo Walk Across the USA so that everyone can join in the fun!

Speaking of Helicopters

Here’s my friend Choppy leaving the scene with our friend Frederick Van Johnson on board… after a day out shooting, she flew him straight to the airport so he could fly home to San Francisco.

Daily Photo – Over The South Island

This is one of the many beautiful things you see while looking down on a chopper flight from Queenstown down towards Paradise. I love the way these steep mountains jut into the water like angry teeth. And the colors and the way everything folds together — I can’t ever get enough of it!

Over The South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture10
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Set Design

I don’t know how these guys come up with the idea and the know-how to actually build this stuff. It’s very impressive! You can see a little bit of that know-how at work in this video, especially with all the gardeners and everyone working to make things look perfect!

Daily Photo – The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Remember this little road from the beginning of the first LOTR when Gandalf was on the cart along with Frodo? What a great scene… it brought back all the memories while walking around here. I can’t believe these places are real!

The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

New Sponsors and Prizes for the Photo Walks!

There are a bunch of great sponsors and prizes you’ll want to check out over on the Photo Walk Tour page!

Chromecast

I was wandering around here taking photos and a couple was also there. Turns out they were about to be married inside of here and they were checking it out. They asked my name, and I said, “Trey Ratcliff.” They said, “WAIT THE TREY FROM CHROMECAST!” haha I was laughing… “Yes, I suppose,” I said! :)

Daily Photo – Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

This last autumn here in Queenstown, we got quite a few surprise snowfalls. They change everything, and I try to do everything I can to get out and shoot. This place is very close to my home, so I try to get here on occasion.

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture20
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Hans Mast in New Zealand

People in Photos

Remember what I said yesterday about people in photos? Here’s a good example of how interesting it is… you can imagine him not in the photo too… maybe it doesn’t make it better or worse, just interesting in a different way.

Daily Photo – Hans Mast in New Zealand

We all came out on the final morning of the New Zealand workshop to go up Coronet Peak to watch the sunrise. Once again, it was totally epic, and we all felt lucky to be there. The weather is great around this time too. It might be a little cold, but it’s fun to dress up in a bunch of different layers, slowly shedding them as the sun rises.

Hans Mast in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hiking Across New Zealand

Philip Sheppard + JJ Abrams + Star Wars = Awesome!

I’m honored my friend Philip has used my imagery for his new Star Wars related album he’s just released right here.

And here’s his music on the amazing Comic-Con Reel:

And here’s the photo from that album cover…

Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

The Great Walks

Did you know New Zealand has 9 official “Great Walks”? I think there’s like 5 on the North Island and 4 on the South Island. How many have I personally been on? ZERO! Can you believe it? I can’t…. I gotta fix that… I’m a bit upset with myself really that I haven’t made that happen yet… but I will!

Daily Photo – Hiking Across New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to hike, and this is from a place pretty close to my home in Queenstown. I think one reason it’s great for hiking is because there are so many trails, and most are pretty easy or moderate. I’m actually not into all the hardcore hiking… not for me! But it’s so easy to walkabout and see so much cool stuff.

Hiking Across New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length130.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Self-Auditory-injury Question

Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions?

See the Landscape Tutorial

Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography Tutorial here in the store. We shoot a whole segment from here at this North Korean Prison!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

It’s remarkable how big Deer Park Heights is in Queenstown. Most “hills” around New Zealand look like nothing, but each one can be a huge mountain in its own right. I think it’s because you often see these “hills” in the context of the giant mountains of the Southern Alps, so everything is both in-context and beyond-context. This old North Korean prison was a movie set for a rather horrible Disney movie from the 80’s. I’m a movie fan, and I just can’t recommend it!

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

July First, Time for New Presets!

Ready for the New Presets

This is my Birth Month, July 1971, so you know I’m gonna pull out all the stops this month! Pop over to our Trey’s Lightroom Presets to grab the amazing presets for this month. Remember, on Day 1 of every month, we offer them half-price. It’s a heck of a deal, and something I’m happy to offer the most HARD CORE of you that come back month after month for the goodies!

Here’s one of the before/afters for ya. Naturally, every preset totally depends on each photo… but this one is called “Daytwister.”

After:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1

Before:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1-2

Daily Photo – A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

How perfect is this water mill? It would sit there all day, gently turning the water over itself. I don’t have to tell you the wish-wash sound it made, because you already know and can imagine it without effort. If that is you, then I took this photo just for you.

This is one of the photos that I processed in our HDR Video Tutorial. I hope you like the final result!

A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Processing

I processed this one with MacPhun Intensify. It really did a great job with the sharpness and color tones, I think!

Daily Photo – My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Here’s the studio I walk to every day from the main house. Every now and then in the autumn and winter there is a wonderful snow that falls and gives everything a parallel-universe feeling. I find I have to take these photos early in the morning because in late afternoon, all the white snow starts to melt off the trees and you lose that nice reverse-contrast feeling.

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Gliding Over the South Island

BTS Video

Here’s a quick video I made with Google Glass while creating this photo!

Daily Photo – Gliding Over the South Island

I had a wonderful time out in a glider over the middle part (the Canterbury area) of the South Island of New Zealand. I had been learning more and more about currents of air and clouds from my paragliding training, and I learned a lot more on this day. Right under those clouds there is often a vertical shaft of air that is handy if you need some altitude. It’s kind of a revelation to me, really. I guess I thought 99% of wind went north/south/east/west, but there’s just as much that goes up and down… you just don’t feel that bit on the ground.

Gliding Over the South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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