The Dock to Forever

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There is a new print release from Yellowstone: The Atomic Explosion and Mushroom Fallout at Sunset. Getting this shot was quite difficult because earlier in the day I forgot my tripod! I left it at a ranch where I was staying, and then rode a horse for 3 hours… and forgot I left it back at the ranch! That would have meant another 6 hours of horse-related-activity, and I was not up for that!

Luckily, I had gotten to be friends with the head park ranger for Yellowstone, named “Ranger Rick”.  That’s his real name! How cool.  Anyway, I had stopped at his place where I talked with Rick and his wife before he filled me up with all kinds of powerbars, snacks, and other goodies (he is so nice!) — AND he let me borrow his tripod!  So, that was a real life saver.  I spent another few hours out shooting until dark, then stopped back by his place after I took this shot, and left the tripod on his doorstep, not wanting to wake him up.

The Atomic Explosion and Mushroom Fallout at Sunset

Daily Photo – The Dock to Forever

One of the advantages of going down all the side roads is that you get to find cool places! After leaving Nelson on the South Island, we found a little lake on the map that looked about perfect. After a few hours of meandering, we discovered this place was almost completely empty (just like every place else on the South Island!). Even better, there was a perfect little dock jutting out into the lake.

I first took a bunch of shots with my 14-24mm lens… but it was not really getting the dock with the distant valley in the right way. So, I put on my 70-200mm, zoomed in almost all the way, then backed up quite a bit to get the compression effect of the valley. Remind me to post the other version someday so you can see the comparison! I haven’t processed it yet — but it is in my “Pile to Process” — which is now 22,000 strong.

  • The Atomic Explosion and Mushroom Fallout at Sunset

    I read (somewhere) that you suggest a tripod can be used as a weapon against animals or people…and you weren’t kidding. Is this the episode you were referring to, or do you find yourself in a lot of potentially hostile situations?

  • Lake Rotoroa? Lake Rotoiti?

    (not sure – it’s in the Nelson Lakes, but from this pic the pier looks a little different, so I’m going with Rotoiti

    BTW, did you make it to Lake Waikaremoana (in the north island, south-east of rotorua) in the end?

  • Bother, that last flickr link needed the ) removed at the end:

  • Oh man, here goes again. Great photos, Trey. Posting them both in album 2 on facebook. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. All the best as you travel around our world bringing us such wonderful treasures. 🙂

  • Whew, it worked that time. Still keeping the photo with the rainbow on my monitor, we need rain and this reminds me to pray for rain/snow!!! Thanks so much for all the beauty you share!!

  • gmencimer

    The “head park ranger” at Yellowstone National Park, or more properly Park Superintendent, is Suzanne Lewis (the first woman to ever hold such a title).

  • Thanks!

    J Reyes – hehe – sometimes yes in 3rd world countries… I don’t think a tripod would help against a bear in Yellowstone though!

    Nic – I need to look up the exact name of the lake to be sure – it was not Rotorua for sure

    Gmencimer – When I was there, it was Rick Obernesser, who was promoted and now in DC I believe.

  • Trey:

    rotoRUA and rotoROA are both lakes in New Zealand

    Rotorua is the smelly one with the mud in the north island.

    Rotoroa is the one near the top of the south island, in the Nelson Lakes area, which looks VERY much like your shot. The town there is called St Arnaud. Rotoiti is right next to it, which is where my shot (well, my wife’s), which I linked to, was taken. Don’t worry, I was born and lived in NZ for 30-odd years, and I still get confused by the names if I’m not careful!,-4.064941&sspn=20.929552,50.449219&ie=UTF8&hq=lake+rotoroa&radius=15000.000000&split=1&hnear=&ll=-41.832479,172.742157&spn=0.205415,0.394135&z=12

    I prefer the latter – the former is bit too commercial (touristy) for me.

    I think you have captured the majesty of the mountains and colours really well – the darkness of the clouds and the colour of the water is exactly how I remember, standing on that pier, at about the same time of year.

    Given that I usually find your style at times a bit…. how can I put this…. neon? for my liking, for me, this photo is about as close to _my_ ideal of an HDR – using tech to make a photo look as close to what my eye sees as possible. Nice one – thank you 🙂

    Someone remind me why I’m still living in London, and haven’t moved back to NZ….

  • This is a real nice HDR of course. Never cease to amaze me with more than just your HDR work

  • casusan

    Oh lovely shot Trey – ideal place just to sit on that dock and contemplate away! Super!

  • love the dock pic. Makes me want to climb the farthest mountain

  • these images make me yearn for home. thank you for capturing all that it is. fortunate I feel.

  • Trey,

    I rather think we have similar travelling habits:

    What a truly fabulous place.

  • Hey Trey, could this be the same place? Nelson Lakes NP? I have been biking in New Zealand in 2006 and this looks like the dock where I took a pic that was used for an article I wrote about our bike adventure. Check out the pic here:
    When we arrived there it was raining so hard – and the next day it was sunny and no clouds. We even had to dry our money on the line – everything got so wet the other day.

  • Steve Perry

    Re: The Dock to Forever. Very impressed with your great use of infinite depth of field even zoomed in to 200mm.

  • Thanks everyone very much

    Birgit – I need to get on Google Earth and remember this lake!

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