Driving to Akaroa

Recap – Twitter and Human Evolution

I thought it time to resurrect my “Twitter and Human Evolution” article for people that are new to the site in the last year or so!

I’m back at an amazing conference in Yellowstone. Actually, it’s not really a conference… it’s an eclectic gathering of a few dozen scientists, economists, artists, and all sorts of other people. It’s at a private ranch that you have to hike 11 miles to reach. Days are filled with exploration, horse-riding, fishing, photography, art, discussions, etc. Nights are filled with a fabulous dinner with servants followed by several TED-like talks in the Great Room.

Matt Ridley is here and recently gave a talk about his new book “The Rational Optimist”. I have it up on “Trey’s Book List“, in case you are interested in something entirely different to read.

New eBook on HDR Mistakes Tomorrow

I plan on releasing this within the next 24 hours, if all goes according to plan. I’ll have it up on the eBook page, so get ready… I know you’ll love it!

That little preview page there on the right is somewhat of a table of contents, I suppose! I have used one of my worst photos ever to show off many of mistakes & solutions presented in the book!

As for the eBook Giveaway Contest, the random winners are commenter #40 Nora, #61 Gordon Brown, and #407 Lauren Blackwell! Congrats!

Daily Photo – Driving to Akaroa

Akaroa is a little French town on the coast of the south island of New Zealand. While in Christchurch, this was the #1 spot people told me I had to visit! It’s not a long drive at all, and it was a great destination for sure.

Along the way, we passed these perfect little hills and water inlets. Many people told me that the middle of the summer is not really the best time for this area because the grass is not green. But that’s okay with me… I think the golden hues of the grass and the green of the trees go nicely together.

Also, I got a nice email from Robert Peper, who wanted to inform people here of a New Zealand photography newsletter. You can sign up there on the bottom of that linked page.


  • GW (Bill) Dauphinais

    This looks “over cooked.”

  • This one looks a bit 3D. Need a pair of 3D eyeglasses…:D

  • Okocha1337

    Awesome shot!Fantastic view

    Your are great!!!

  • casusan

    Love this shot – and the clouds – looks like a pretty place to live!

  • Wow. This one really hit me in the gut. Just, wow. Thank you.

  • This is one of the most beautiful photos yet, Trey. I love it!!!! It doesn’t top the Yellowstone photos, but close. Thanks for sharing your adventures. BTW, no fed burner error anymore, they must have fixed something!!

  • Thanks!

  • I never get over how diverse the landscape in New Zealand is.

    That ranch sounds amazing. And classy. How many forks do you have when you eat dinner? If the answer is three or greater I would feel out of place.

  • Great shot buddy.

  • Nice presentation of a “realistic” approach to the view…I completely disagree with the “overcooked” comment. The colors are not oversaturated and I did not see the originals, but I’ve done enough cloud/sky to know that you probably held back on that area.

  • Because of your preview page, I might be buying that book after all. You just saved me from posting a photo that repeated some of the same mistakes you point out – this book is a great idea!

  • Nice work!

    On a not related note, you might want someone to check your links. Your “10 HDR processing mistakes” is linked to “Prints.”

  • wow man you captured NZ wonderfully! At the moment this trip would look alot different, landslides and massive floods!

  • Such a peaceful countryside. Ah… another place to visit someday.

  • Thanks!

    Jim – It’s about 22 at dinner !

  • fab

    I really like this shot, thanks for sharing!

  • Beautiful! So peaceful.

  • Stunning and colorful view, Tray. It looks so endless, I feel almost lost in space, seeing the landscape.

  • I can tell you it’s not overcooked, that’s PJ. Sorry I missed your walk Trey, maybe next time.

  • That is so beautiful and magical looking, you just want to stroll down there and stay for a few days, or years. 😉

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  • Simon

    Great shot! Thought it looked familiar, sorted through my photos from a trip to NZ, long, long ago, and found this:
    Point-and-shoot, no post-processing, no knowledge of what I was doing – Trey’s is a bit better, to say the least!
    However, I feel quite proud to have picked the same spot as Trey as a good photo op!
    You’re standing on the rim of an anciaent volcano, and the island is the centre of the crater…
    This trip really turned me on to photography – there’s just so much inspiring stuff to shoot!

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  • Hey Trey, truly an awesome photo. I am from Akaroa although I currently live in Noosa, Australia. Most people think winter is the best time to see New Zealand because EVERYONE likes to photograph the snow. The truth is, NZ has the most amazing colours in the spring and autumn. Truly awesome photo…makes me want to go back! By the way, you would LOVE Noosa, we have a spare room lol.

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