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Daily Photo – A Day of Photography

And speaking of the subject matter at large – I decided to spend one day out of my birthday weekend out on a little photo adventure. I jumped in the car and drive towards Pyramid Lake just past Glenorchy.

I was probably out for 10 hours, and I came back with 3 photos I really liked. That seems like a lot of time for just 3 photos… and, on the other side, I’m glad I came back with 3 photos! 🙂

All in all, I took about 70 photos (many were brackets of 9 because I was out in the snowy conditions at one point. There is one more set still unprocessed… I have my fingers crossed that it will come out okay!

A Day of Photography

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-05 05:12:57
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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36mm (36mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • This one is absolutely stunning, Trey!

  • Martin Tyler

    Hi Trey.. great shot. Would love to know exactly where it is.. just before Glenorchy? is that Pigeon or Pig Island? I only went as far as Bennetts Bluff on my last visit – spent so long at that lookout with the sun going down that we had to head back to Queenstown 🙂

  • Thats Pigeon Island… Pig Island is surprisingly smaller and very flat, almost barren given the lack of vegetation also. Both are really nice places to visit!,168.401522&z=13

  • Hey Trey, I have a question, but unfortunately unrelated to your new video (which I am excited about getting my hands on, although it will have to be post live as I am heading to the states during the first few days). My question is this..

    The recent photographs that you have posted online seem to be a lot sharper/clearer/crisper than usual. Is this a result of your new D800? Or is it a result of a change in post processing?

    I struggle with the sharpnessof my images, even with a little touch up with Topaz.. Any info greatly appreciated.

    A few of my latest (for those who are interested)

  • Hi, Martin… Pictured here is Pigeon Island. Pig Island is just to the south and smaller in area:,168.401522&z=13

    Bennetts Bluff is a great lookout point, albeit a little over-photographed. Another great one off the same road is Ratt Point, as photographed in this recent post I made:

  • Great shot, mate. I see both you and Jo were out on the same day… And by the looks of her shot in almost exactly the same spot separated only by an hour or so – great minds think alike 😉

    Happy Birthday to you also!

  • susan ratcliff

    Awesome shot!! Sooo beautiful – we all envy you!

  • Holy epic reflection batman, this is a cool shot.

  • Martin Tyler

    Thanks Eden. That’s a great map, most maps don’t have a lot of those names on them.

    Here’s one of my shots from Bennetts Bluff – next time i’m over i’ll definitely venture further along the road 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Well – the D800 helps a bit – but probably it’s just a few more post-processing steps that I am learning…. my favorite plugin for sharpness is still Topaz Adjust.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Eden! 🙂

  • Hi Trey

    I am struggling for sharpness on all my snaps, on the LCD they look sharp but on the PC they look little soft. I am hoping you will cover this in your class. If you can let me know few tricks on the same that will be great

  • Trey i have enrolled in your class and looking forward to it. My question is how to increase the sharpness in the camera. My pictures look a little soft. I am using D700 with 14-24 and 24-70mm 2.8

  • Trey, could you pls share how to care for the camera while shooting on the snowy area?

  • MaryBeth Farrell

    Great question Rony ! Trey do you have future plans for teaching a live, in person, snow, photography class adventure

  • Scott Davison

    First of all, thank you for all of your efforts in the educational aspects of beginning photography. What I would like to ask is if all of your photography is composed from bracketed shots, or do you ever use compositing to combine aspects from different pictures?

  • Trey
    This piece is one of your best in recent memory. While I like the HDR rendition to a lot of the places you depict, this particular one appears (as you’ve mentioned in your post) to be mostly untouched – and it is this aspect that perhaps makes it so appealing. For the record, I whole-heartedly support post-processing images in the digital darkroom… the hardest part of taking good landscape shots is getting up early in the morning! 😉

  • Bob Prangnell

    I just saw a pic of yours being used in an article without attribution

  • Love this one Trey!! One of my favourites for sure.

  • Hi Trey.

    I think you meant Diamond Lake rather than Pyramid Lake (no such lake that I’ve heard of out that way).



  • Peter Grew

    Excellent capture Trey. Serenity! The details of the mountain range, against the clear blue sky… (I’m looking forward to the other two!)

  • i use topaz adjust also but i’m not sure i follow. I use topaz adjust bring life to the hdr image either a preset or sliding the rulers but i dont see anywhere on there “sharpness” if i want sharpness in an image i use lightrrom develop to boost clarity and if i need to rduce noise i use luminance slider but i fail to see how you sharpen images in topaz adjust unless you generalize meaning you are using topaz adjust use a preset or manually adjust the sliders. i think i have TA 4.0 maybe your newer version has a sharpness feature to it.

  • Jon M

    *Sigh*….I’m so in love with New Zealand landscapes! I do need to get there some day. It’s a goal of mine 🙂

  • Brett Young

    Try turning off vr if your shooting from a tripod. I did this and seen a big improvement in my sharpness from my d5000.

  • Wouldn’t Topaz InFocus or Detail be better sharpness plugins than Adjust?

  • Leroy

    This photo,A Day of Photography, is amazing! What post processing did you use to create the 3-dimensional appearance?

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