Lonely Tree Aflame

Tim Pierce and Bel Jones in Wanaka

I’ve been working on a new secret project for you all, and I had to go over to Wanaka to borrow some equipment from Tim, since my stuff is still in a container crossing the ocean! Gordon Laing recommended Tim, so I made an afternoon drive to go visit him. When I walked inside, he and Bel (his girlfriend) were doing all sorts of artistic things. I got a little behind-the-scenes info and wanted to share it with you!

First, Tim is amazing videographer (and director, artist, and so many other things). Check out some of his work at his site Zeros And Ones. Be sure to watch that video there! And…. look at his amazing list of clients.

Second, Bel Jones was a-busy making a new drawing when I went in. I looked for it on her website, but it isn’t there yet… but maybe it will show up in the illustrations area soon 🙂

Daily Photo – Lonely Tree Aflame

After having a great flat white with Tim and Bel, Abe (my intern for the winter/summer) and I went down to the lake. I picked out some trees I wanted to re-visit in the evening light. As I was driving around, I got an idea… it was dark and blue and I thought about what it would look like if the tree was instantly on fire… so I gave Abe some specific instructions and a secret signal.

I set up for the shot with the 14-24mm, prepared the timer, then made the secret signal to Abe. We gave it a few different tries until I felt like we had it right before driving back home over the crown range in the dark.

Lonely Tree Aflame

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-05 17:03:56
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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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  • wow!! Awesome – the tree looks suspended somehow! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    It must be that helicopter Trey bought thats holding the tree up hehe!! Nice shoot

  • Oh wow! This is fantastic! I’ve been to this location – but never quite saw this in this light.

  • interesting idea.. I am sure we will see a video of how…. soon….

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! It’s one of my new favorites too

  • Wow, how beautiful. Now I have a new desktop again. I love this photo!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing, Trey. Have a wonderful Monday! 🙂

  • really cool effect Trey. Neat shot. Man, I feel for you in your move. We just moved two cities over and it was a pain, I couldn’t imagine how much MORE of a pain it has gotta be to move continents. Hope that boat with all your stuff arrives soon and the house hunting goes well.

  • Nice shot! I guess there is more involved then just some light painting, isn’t there?

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    yes kinda kinda 🙂

  • Oh wow! I remember visiting this location, but that tree never looked anything like this!

  • Hey Trey, how did you get that orange fiery look on the tree?? PhotoShop?

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