Deep in the South of New Zealand

HDR Spotting Doing Well! was started late last year as a spin-off of this site. We started it because we wanted to drive more traffic to and get more attention to other interesting HDR photographers and artists around the world. I knew that existing engines were not really doing a great job of spreading around and “creating” attention.  So, in essence, we have created what I call an “attention generation engine”.

I knew that my photos were above average — and I had over 20 million views on Flickr. But then I would look at some of by friends’ photos (and even the photos of strangers), and I saw they only had a few hundred or a few thousand — and their photos were just as good if not better! Anyway, I thought it was high time to make a new site, designed to generate more traffic and attention to other photographers out there, and that was the origin of HDR Spotting.

Since then, whenever I have a speaking engagement or photowalk, I always have nice people come up to me and tell me how much more traffic they are getting. Often times, their views have gone from maybe a few dozen into the thousands. That’s great! And I think it will only get better from here.

Note that HDR Spotting is still in beta and is invite only. I do not hand out codes. You’ll have to get a code from an existing member, but I understand they are sometimes handed out in the HDR Group on Flickr or on Facebook. Anyway, this concludes the little HDR Spotting update. Be sure to check out the HDR Spotting Front Page too — new photos roll in there on a constant basis.

Daily Photo – Deep in the South of New Zealand

I drove over 4,200 kilometers while there — it was just a wonderful experience. Towards the end of the journey, we started making deeper and deeper into the southern island, where things seemed to get more wonderful and wild every kilometer.

The weather was crazy the whole time!  It would go from sunny to violent little storms to random winds to perfect calm.  During one of those transition periods, I was halfway to Milford Sound by this beautiful little lake when this rainbow peeked out. I quickly got into position to capture it, but then realized I had on the wrong lens!  The 12-24mm was okay, but this really called for the 24-70.  Despite worries of rain getting into the chamber, I switched out lenses, doing my best to keep all the elements at bay.

  • Very nice! Rainbow looks like its running up the mountain side!

  • Can

    Oh my god, you captured a rainbow! You are my hero Trey, absolutely awesome job there man.

  • Just beautiful, Trey!!! I have a new desktop wallpaper!!!!! Love the way the rainbow is reflected in the water, as it seems to run up the canyon. Then the purple mountain top behind it, and the colorful sky. A gorgeous photo. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing, once again 🙂

  • Fantastic capture, Trey! I remember my drive to Milford Sound. We saw 14 separate rainbows that day. That country is truly magical, and I can’t wait to get back! Until now, I get to live vicariously through your photos. 🙂

  • PS – Is this at Mirror Lake/Lake Matheson? It looks somewhat familiar.

  • Nice ! Rainbows are quite difficult to render in HDR.

  • casusan

    Oh wow! So beautiful Trey! NZ photos are fantastic – I can tell you enjoyed it!

  • Outstanding. Again,your timing is perfect.

  • Beautiful… as always! I think what you are doing for HDR and photography is fantastic. This site and the HDR Spotting sites are my two favorites, with nothing else coming close. I am a contributor – my picture of the Napali Coast is now #1 on the Popular page. The viewings of my Smugmug site shot up with the traffic from HDR Spotting! There were less than 100 before to over 5000 now. Many, many thanks!

  • Thanks all.

    Jess – this is indeed Mirror lake – good eye!

  • A little further up the road from there is another lake, Lake Gunn (

    I remember being up there during winter, in a camper van, and camping on the shore of the lake. It was a totally clear, silent night, except for the cracking and crashing from the glaciers in the mountains. Fantastic spot. So glad you made it there 🙂

  • PJ


    You’re the only person i know who can find the end of the rainbow. Nice job.

  • Wow what an amazing capturing moment.Its brilliant!!!

  • Rainbow in High Dynamic Range photography..nice..there is a tale at my place..someone meet the rainbow going to the lake like this and he saw the rainbow is sucking the water…after that that man eye start to blur and he wearing glasses now..

  • Trey, thanks for the HDRspotting website. I’ve recieved 6 editors picks awards, and my flickr page was at 500 views before HDRspotting and now is almost at 13,000 views!!

    Keep up the good work. Haven’t been to your blog in a while. Always nice to look at your work and to see how many photographers you’ve made a positive impact on.

  • Nice work Trey.

    I’ve got bunch of HDRspotting invite codes if anyone’s interested. Click through to my NZinHDR blog (on my name above) and you’ll find my email on there.

  • Beautiful shot! What a rainbow!

  • B E A U T I F U L !

  • Fantastic. I have a friend who did biking trips down there, and she’ll enjoy this! We have free desktop wallpaper at our site: nature photos (nothing like yours), Hawaii pictures, and even abstract photography. But this shot makes me want to get out there and keep trying to capture what you have!

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