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!
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.
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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!
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.
I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.
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Outdoor Pizza Ovens
This is not mine, but it made me want to get one! This one is so epic… looks steampunky, like it’s almost right out of the industrial revolution. I want!
Daily Photo – Making Pizza with Friends
I had an amazing night here with some friends in Queenstown making pizza, drinking wine, and watching movies outside until we all fell asleep. Honestly, we made TWELVE pizzas and ate them all. It was ridiculous. Here’s a photo my friend Rene got of Curtis and I preparing 1/12.
As far as I know, the best one is the badly-named “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”— and I just noticed on their website they have a desktop version — cool!
Daily Photo – Moonset in Queenstown
I get to see this almost every morning from my studio when the moon sets. Of course, it’s not always at this time of day, but sometimes it is! I’m not one of those hardcore moon guys who knows where the moon is gonna be and stuff. Occasionally though, I have friends around me that know this stuff, and that helps tremendously!