Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole and the Party Tree in the Shire

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Little did I know that one of my newsletter subscribers is also an HDR enthusiast and one of the guys at! How cool! He sent me a nice note before I came, offering to take my family and I on a private tour of the Shire. Anyway, I wanted to make sure to link back to his website, even though he did not ask me for any favors. Also, I should tell you that Ian Brodie made the official guidebook for the Lord of the Rings tour around New Zealand, and it shows where every scene was filmed… kind of a fun way to do a travel guide!

One of the coolest things about this is that the set is currently being rebuilt for the two-part move of The Hobbit! The landscaping crew is already there, moving around trees, shrubs, and they even have the stakes in the ground to rebuild the Green Dragon. I understand that tours of the Hobbiton Movie Set will still go on, even while they are getting ready to film The Hobbit.

Much of the original set has been destroyed from rain and storms and general wear-and-tear, but you can still see where many of the main Shire shots were taken. If you are a fan of Hobbits, then you simply have to go!

Behind-the-scenes Video

Want to see how I made this shot? Here is a behind-the-scenes video of me talking about the shot with Ian.

Daily Photo – Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole and the Party Tree in the Shire

I showed my 8-year-old son all the Lord of the Rings movies prior to our trip to NZ. He then re-watched the first one three times on the car trip… so he was just as excited as I when we arrived.

You might remember Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole and all the scenes with Frodo and Gandalf inside. That is it right there, on the right hand side at the top. The huge tree on the left is the “party tree”, which was the centerpiece for the big party for Bilbo’s birthday. It was the one of the main reasons that Peter Jackson chose this remote farm outside of Matamata on the North Island.

  • isaac

    Great shot, hope you are enjoying New Zealand

  • casusan

    Oh wow! cool shot Trey – know you had so much Fun there!

  • Excellent stuff Trey! It was our pleasure to have you as our special guest.

    Ian Brodie

  • Andre

    Awesome shot trey! I still have to go and do the Hobbiton tour. Hopefully soon!

  • Awesome! Lots of color. almost looks like you were hiding your camera/tripod shadow by using the tree shadow. But I’m probably wrong 😛
    Sweet stuff Trey!

  • Thanks!

    Brady – my shadow was just beneath that one! 🙂

  • Incredible! Definitely one of the places I want to visit.

  • Fantastic shot, the “party tree” is pretty amazing. Looking forward to any other images from your private tour! Have fun with the family in New Zealand.

  • Awesome photo Trey. You keep shooting subjects I can’t help but love, and the shots are superb. Keep them coming.

  • Wow, loved those movies, Trey. What a privilege to see the sight where they were filmed. Looking forward to more scenery in the future. Great job as always!!! Thanks for sharing your “New Zealand” trip with us!!!!
    P.S. Bet you kids enjoyed this trip a lot!!

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  • Great image Trey, lovely vibrant colours and a perfect sky! Looks like you had a great trip.

  • i love this shot, it’s like an evil tree is trying to sneak up on the main subject of the photo.

  • zav

    Ahhh, wish I was back in Rotarua. Just got the Nikon 200-400 a few weeks ago and ordered my D3x on Friday. How many months left ’till Africa?

  • Richard

    Wow.. thanks for passing this along Trey. I read the books 40 years ago and it still holds magic for me. And it’s a good thing it was you and not me who got this shot. I would have HDR’d it to death..LOL.

    On a more practical note, anyone have experience with Adjust v.3 proc error -1000? Just started popping up. And if it’s not cool to ask tech questions here, just let me know.

  • Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!….. This is one of your best again (My count 4 😉 )

  • Really nice shot! Incredible place Trey, isn’t it? So quiet and delighting…

    Here is mine :

  • If this ever goes to print — I am buying it!

  • I want to know the name of that tree??? and if there is a way I can buy the seeds of that beautiful tree, please if anyone has that information, let me know! [email protected]

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