The Rocks Near and Far

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Daily Photo – The Rocks Near and Far

A few nights ago I went for a walk along the water’s edge here in Queenstown. About one out of ten nights (or, as far as I have measured), there is a clear night with a bright pink light that shoots up from behind those mountains. It’s really quite a sight.

I went down to the edge of the lake and buried my tripod legs in the frigid, icy-clear water. Even though the color of the light was so nice, in the end it was not as interesting as the light itself.

The Rocks Near and Far

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-05 17:03:55
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length23mm (23mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Wow! This is beautiful – so crystal clear!

  • could that pink light you refer to, be the southern aurora? Apparently, there was one a few days ago. Awesome shot.

  • pmw

    So nice I just visited your post this will go nice with this mornings feelings xo happy sunday, btw love all new sharing features makes it so much easier for everyone to love your pictures 🙂

    When I meant so nice I meant the story every time I think of black n white images sometimes they make you feel empty or I always refer to Harrods foto, if there were no more trx colouful fotos in the world, it would be so dark, it would empty, no light…

  • oldhickory49

    I must have missed the memo, but when I click the image, I go to the smug mug portfolio but I don’t see photo info there anymore. That’s always interesting to look at, at least I think so. Is that not available now? Or is this pilot error on my part??

  • The foreground underwater rocks look so awesome. I like the horizon trees, too. They’re as black as hate.

  • Its still there. Right now the photo opens in a light box on top of the portfolio. If you close the window by clicking the ‘X’ in the top right corner you will go to the portfolio. Under this photo, on the right hand side, there should be a little ‘i’ button. Clicking on it will bring up some info. This is what I see with my browser at least.

  • oldhickory49

    Thanks, Zach… 🙂

  • Jim Denham

    Really like the black and white Trey! Gorgeous place you got there!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Rich McPeek

    Gorgeous shot Trey! Love the B&W here!

  • Not to take anything away from your skill, but I do believe that it takes some serious effort to take a bad photo on the South Island of New Zealand.
    I really like the black and white treatment of this image. (I am however, curious to see what the colour version might have looked like).

  • I really love the way you retouch the shots. Thinking to buy some tutorials from you Trey !

  • Really dig this shot, the light — the details… I also love these sorts of posts of yours. The posts where you talk about the night you made the shot and the ancillary details about what it was like to “be there.” No muss, no fuss, no drama about the industry, the blogosphere or some douchey commenter. Just a day in the life of my favorite photo blogger.
    Posts like this are really what makes this site great – At least for me. It takes those of us who share the passion for photography and have a genuine curiosity about “what it was like” when you took the shot.. What you were thinking or the details that stood out in memory. This is the kind of thing that makes your work so relatable to so many of us and your laid-back and full – access openness is what makes you relatable to so many. Great work as always, Trey.

  • Ben Fewtrell

    Stop thinking and just buy the tutorial… it is the best $97 I have ever spent on my photography…

  • Catherine Martin

    Love this so much.

  • Yep it’s just so hard living in a place like this. I feel your pain trey. Is it getting a little whiter over the hill there yet? I live the other side in Alexandra.

    Try to catch the steamer ship crossing in front of the remarks on a good day. Take a trip up the road towards glenorchy and look back across wakatipu on a still day with nothing but the steamer on the lake.

    Also whilst you are up that way pay a visit to lake moke.

    I still have a todo list as long as my arm…

  • Nice shot Trey!

  • So tempted to move to NZ after seeing all your shots! Perfect use of monochrome.

  • Vincent Randal

    I love this black and white photo. I’m just learning about depth of field. The rocks near and far are indeed marvelously focused. I looked at the original on Smug Mug and it is excellent. Anyone who orders this print will not be disappointed. Masterful work Trey!

  • It shows off exactly where Brewster’s angle is. As a math/physics geek myself I love that aspect of the picture.

  • Can i just ask what you did to the sky? It goes from one extreme to another, i.e. N.D. filters, or photoshop..cheers for your time…G

  • Thanks for the suggestion

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