I took this photo with our group during the amazing photo adventure a few months ago. Be sure to check out our Photo Adventures page to see if there is anything coming up!
Daily Photo – Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes
This is the little path that runs in front of my friend’s little cottage you can rent along Lake Hayes. It’s about 10 minutes from my house and really awesome… be sure to look up “The Barn at Lake Hayes” and tell them Trey sent ya!
Thank you all AGAIN for helping us reach such a crazy level of support… holy moly! Here’s the Kickstarter page if you want to join in the fun!
Great Workshop Events!
Over on our workshop page, you can see what’s going on now and in the future. I believe this yoga one at Aro-Ha is sold out, but other offerings should be available soon!
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Daily Photo – Aro-Ha from the Trigger Point
There are countless hikes around Aro-Ha, and this is one of the easier ones, so I am sure the group that we bring there soon will be doing it. You can see the whole Aro-Ha retreat there on the left and the massiveness of Lake Wakatipu on the right. One of the best things about getting up here is not just the scenery, but it’s knowing you don’t have to go up any more!
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.
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!
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!
There are a bunch of great sponsors and prizes you’ll want to check out over on the Photo Walk Tour page!
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.
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.
And here’s his music on the amazing Comic-Con Reel:
And here’s the photo from that album cover…
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.
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!
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.”
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!