First Photo from New Zealand – The Glowing Icy Cave at the Glacier

New Version of Topaz Adjust out today!

Topaz Adjust 4 is out today on the Topaz Website. You may have already seen my Topaz Adjust Review in the recent past, and you’ll be happy to know the new one is a free upgrade if you have the previous one! I got a sneak peak at the new one, and I posted an image below from the slick new interface. If you haven’t already got it, then I recommend it totally. I use it quite a bit to sharpen things up and give images some pop.

Screenie from the new Topaz Adjust 4 – Nice looking interface, eh?

Daily Photo – The Icy Cave at the Franz Josef Glacier

I’ve had an amazing time so far in New Zealand. I’m here for about a month with my family. On a recent evening, my 8-year-old son and I went on a decent hike to the base of the Franz Josef Glacier on towards the west coast of the southern island. Once we got close to it, we could see the icy blue cave where a glacial-white river emerged. Awesome! My son looked at me and said, “Wow. I feel like we just discovered Atlantis!”

In truth, we stayed way too late. This was a good 1.5 km from the car, and it was pretty dark. By the time we got back, it was totally dark except for the moonlight that helped guide us home. I had a flashlight hanging off my camera “just in case”, but, as case would have it, the flashlight fell off into the glacial river!

  • Edouard

    Wow – great shot. You’ve captured the blue glow it has beautifully.

    It’s a very pretty glacier, but it looks quite different now than it did a few years ago (which I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by). I love the tunnel with the river flowing through!

  • Wow, great shot! I didn’t hike all the way to the face of Franz Josef, but I did get a helicopter up and hiked on Fox glacier. It was amazing and I really recommend it to anyone! I put a few photos up at

  • Viv

    Wow – the glacier has lost so much. I visited the same glacier 2 years ago almost to the day, and the cave was a lot curvier and judging by the look, it has retreated quite a bit. I say go there before it all disappear because of climate change.

    And well done on finding your way back in the dark. That must have been a mission.

  • Brad

    Never been there but I loved the shot! Keep the inspiration coming! What time is sunset there?

  • Yes I was there back in 2006 and note that the glacier has sadly receded. We did the full one day treck on the glacier using crampons .. it was a lousy rainy day making photography difficult but the glacier walk was spectacular and the blueness of the ice fabulous. The next day we did the helicopter trip up over the glacier to the back of Mount Cook. I must go back through my images from this trip and post them on my blog to compare with your shot. Enjoy the rest of your trip and I look forward to seeing some more of your New Zealand shots.

  • Thanks all

    Luke – thanks for the link to your stuff – keep the links coming!

    Brad – it starts around 7:45 (colors change) and then the darkest bit starts around 1.5 hours later… not a bad length !

  • wow ๐Ÿ™‚ i guess you must have waited a long time for photos like yours ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like your photos but I personally think that the sky is a little humble as compared to the glacier ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway it’s a awesome photo still, and I don’t think I am in any position to comment on your photos.

    Anyway, if you would like to view some of my ‘not as good’ HDR attempts, please comment and visit :

  • Great work Trey!
    Be aware of your own safety mate. People have been lost in the dark there before & not had a happy ending!
    Are you going to be visiting Australia whilst you are in that part of the World? being stuck here in the cold U.K. & missing my homeland, I would love to see some shot from there from you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Well, needless to say, the first thing I did was make this my desktop wallpaper for a few days. I was going to use one of my March calendar wallpapers I downloaded from crosscards, but I think I’ll wait a while. Lots of days in March. I love the colors in this photo!! What a neat place to visit. Glad you and your son made it back home OK!! You sure have your adventures, lol. To bad about the flashlight!! But glad it wasn’t the camera ;-). I’m sure you have that very secured. I hate to mention what our high temp is going to be today as the rest of the country is having such a time in places. We are going to reach 60 degrees F + !!!! Our March is coming in like a lamb. Does that mean it’s going to be awful as we approach Easter :-0 . Anyway, this is definately one of my favorite photos ever, great job Trey. Enjoy the rest of your stay in New Zealand!!!

  • WOW this is probably my fave picture that you have posted. Looks like it could be the secret entrance to NIFLHEIM, the underground world of ice from norse mythology.

  • Brad Truxell

    This photo is excellent. I love the glow from the glacier. I have always wanted to travel to New Zealand. Question for ya: Is that the entrance to Gollum’s cave deep within the Misty Mountains haha? Excellent job on the photo!

  • What is most amazing is that when I copy the image and then zoom in using my paint program the detail is absolutely incredible. How you always manage to get not just the perfect picture but the perfect sky to go with it blows me away.

  • fabulous shot Trey, well done!

  • Sweeeet, love Topaz Adjust!

  • casusan

    Wow!! Love this Trey soooo much! Awesome capture!!

  • Great shot! Wow, I’m finally getting the hang of HDR – last one was Homestretch Sunset in Las Vegas now in my SmugMug Gallery. Thanks again for all the info – keep those great shots coming.

  • Dorothyann Strange

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    Your son could have climbed Fran Josef, at least better than this fifty+ year old and my 60+ year old husband, but so obviously worth it!. How devastating if we lose these glaciers. Some parts of the world rely solely on glacial melt for their water. Wonderful documentation of the glacier, but sad if we are truly losing it as some have commented.

  • This glacier has been advancing and retreating since it’s been known, and it’s got little to do with global warming, more to do with the amount of precipitation on the mountain.

  • Stunning shot!

  • I just went to the topaz labs site, to upgrade my 3 to 4….don’t see anything anywhere for that….only upgrade 2 to 3…..Do you know something we don’t????

  • Cancel request above…found it, got it, love it!!!

  • Richard

    I kinda like Adjust v.3 better so far. I prefer the exposure, details adjustments in the horizontal row of tabs, rather than having to drag a slider down the side of the screen. But that’s just me. It’s a great product no matter how you slice it.

  • Thanks! Glad you like it…

    Richard – interesting feedback – I like the new UI a little better for some reason – but I do see your points!

  • Kate

    Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand. I was excited to read that you were coming here and you’re going to have some fantastic photos! This first one is a stunner.

  • Interesting shot. We didn’t make it Franz, but we did go to Fox Glacier and what a sight these things are! I have to say I find the photo above a bit over processed for my taste. I think you might have overdone the HDR effect to the point where it starts to look too fake. Saying that, it’s technically a very interesting image.

  • RAWimages

    I got Topaz Adjust 4 today and I can’t say I’m ovely impressed. The image processing time has dramatically increased. Adjust 3 had almost instant processing time, now in Adjust 4, it takes 3 – 5 secs. It may not seem like much, but when you’re going through different effects and changing alot of variables, it does mount up.

    PS; Nice shot there, bud.

  • Awesome colors…what a great shot! Exploring Franz glacier was one of the many highlights for us when we tramped around NZ six years ago…the best hiking in the world! My only disappointment was our heli-hike got canceled due to the weather, and we didn’t get to see an ice cave like I’d hoped. Not that there was any guarantee of seeing an ice cave, as you never know what nature will create.

    But lucky for us, nature created a magnificent one in Norway last winter. It took some effort to ski there, but was it ever worth it! If you want to see a pic of this ice cave you can see it on our blog ( Nature’s art rocks!

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