The Green Pool of New Zealand

New Video!

When I took this photo, I also made another little behind-the-scenes video. Here it is below!

Daily Photo – The Green Pool

The northern island of New Zealand has a geothermal area in Rotorua called Wai-o-tapu that is filled with these strange places. One of the best things about these are the names… Various mysterious pits have names like the Devil’s Throat, Hell’s Gate, and Devil’s Cauldron. You don’t want to drop your cell phone in any of these.

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey – the video is hilarious – love your written comments during – and the music at the finish makes it! Super more interesting with the video!

  • Cool. I hope to be there the beginning of next year!

  • Mark Herring

    Cool shot and a great video. I hope your enjoying NZ .

  • i really enjoy your videos. and having been to rotorua, i really can relate to what you’re saying…too bad my shots weren’t as good. learning something every day πŸ™‚

  • Damen Stephens

    Pity there’s no such thing as “smell-o-vision” yet !!

  • Dan Henderson

    Great shot, and love the videos. How did you cope being so close to tourists???

  • I love these out-there milky colours created in the water by geothermal activity. I’ll need to read about it to see how it is made – another interesting find πŸ™‚

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great shot! Very nice to see how you compose the shots.

  • Simon Morris

    Great photo & video… good to see the master in action, certainly learnt a thing or two.

    I reckon this one must be called ‘The Witches Cauldron’… amazing colours!

    I remember this area only too well during our 2008 ‘recce’… the smell of rotten eggs lingered in the hire vehicle for days on end… it must have been Wellington by the time we smelt fresh air again πŸ˜‰

  • Michele

    Love the L&S theme song at the end!

  • hey trey, really interesting to watch the video of you in action! and similarly to many other people on here, love the song at the end of the video! πŸ™‚

  • It looks like a pit of TV slime. Love the clouds.

  • I don’t think the setting is a great place for HDR, especially since the lake’s color is a muddy kind of green…the light range just doesn’t seem wide enough (or you couldn’t capture the wide light range, what I highly doubt though, since you are THE HDR master).
    So the picture is alright, but not a great example of how HDR can enhance photography.

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo, Trey. Slowly watching the video, I don’t know why it takes so long, I have wireless service. Amazing colors in those pools. Looks pretty yucky to me!! Hope all is well in New Zealand. Keep on taking us to those marvelous places around the world. Thanks for sharing. Waiting for the song at the end everyone seems to like, lol. πŸ™‚

  • I just watched the video. Great idea, it was very interesting seeing how you composed each shot. I really liked the last image (with the credits) it really popped!

  • Glad to see a HDR video. These are always little treats on the site.

  • Love the video. Hopeing you would do this more often.

  • Great pictures. I love them, and interesting to see behind the scenes:-)

  • Great shot! Where I live we a small lake called Green Lake and I used to think it was a green. This doesn’t even hold a candle to what we have here!

    Great job on the video too. I’m jealous my camera hold shoots 3 bracketed frames. πŸ™

  • Thanks all – yes I will try to do more videos… it is my goal for 2011

  • I liked the image while the credits ran on the video best (piques my imagination with more mystery) and I’ll also chime in say please do make more of these video’s. Those of us of have not been able to be there for a photo walk really appreciate the play by play in the videos.

    Now I am also going to blame you for my newest obsession, acquiring a high-end Nikon, which aside from the full frame sensor and greater memory, apparently also sports better bracketing options. Next stop, the Nikon web site.

  • my.

    Awesome. I’m reading this post as I’m eating a matcha sponge cake. In case you don’t know, matcha is Japanese green tea powder that is used for brewing tea. The color of the brewed tea looks exactly like that! I’m calling this Matcha Lake (much cuter name than Devil’s Throat & Hell’s Gate)!!

    Thanks for sharing. I expect your video camera work to improve over time. πŸ™‚

  • Very cool stuff Trey, I am actually heading East to New Zealand in January for two weeks and am looking forward to taking as many photo’s as humanly possibly, will be my first time over there since 1981, oops, am I showing my age now. Thanks for sharing the video and your technique, love the RRS head, gotta et one of them.

  • Thanks for the video! Nice Hindi song at 5:05 πŸ™‚

  • Sweet little video, Trey. Good to see you shooting some shots in the North Island πŸ™‚ I told you we’ve got good stuff up here!

  • I really enjoyed the video because of the fact that you were showing the pool color at teh same time. I know what you mean when you say that people wouldn’t believe you. I’m going to have to look into these pools because they are really fascinating me! The colors and names are awesome.

    I’m loving the travel aspect of your site more than anything these days πŸ™‚

  • Simon Morris

    Trey, I’ve searched your website to find details of the tripod and head you use, but had no joy… please could you pass on the names and ref. numbers, thanks.

  • Simon Morris

    D’oh… just noticed on the video that you’ve upgraded to RRS, if you could kindly pass on the model number of the tripod that’ll be great, thanks.

  • Thanks all…

    SImon – I use the BH 55 (think that is it)… and then the top-of-the-line RRS tripod. Actually, they may only offer one full-sized tripod!

  • Guy

    Troy, you have given a lot and continue to do so, I want to thank you for that. I would like to suggest investing time in a stabilizer for the video. I found the shake and the lack of time on one subject to be hard to view. Thanks for your work, keep going.

  • Simon Morris

    Thanks for the info Trey πŸ˜‰


    I haven’t watched the video – but, from our experience in Yellowstone this summer – I assume your camera didn’t catch the sulfur aroma that was in abundance!!! ??

  • Love the video’s captions, Trey. You are funny guy. We kill you last. πŸ˜‰

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  • Ron

    Thanks, Trey!

    One suggestion: It looks like you have the rolling shutter effect on your videos. If you use iMovie ’11, you can removing the waviness of the videos from the iPhone 4.

  • Aha- good suggestion… this was shot with a flip mino I think – but it may work for that too

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