Three Trees in Wanaka, New Zealand

Want to see me process each of these photos?

The class starts July 31st! If you miss the live bit, you can download later. Be sure to register at The Art of Photography page!

In Class #4, I’m going to process each of the photos below. I’ll show you all kinds of new tricks that are newly-figured-out… in the past few weeks or so. I’m saving them for Class #4 so that we can build up to this together. I’m very excited for the class, and I know that those of you who have registered are also excited. See you soon!

The First Two Trees

And here are the previously published tree photos from along the lake in Wanaka.

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.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Lonely Tree in WanakaThis is one of three tree photos I will publish over the coming weeks. You may remember a previous one where the bottom of the trunk was on fire… that one DID have a bit of Photoshop… We’ll also go over that one in the class.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Third Tree

When you have three tree photos that you adore, how can you choose an order in which to publish them? I don’t know! I figured that if I love all of them, then random is a good an order as necessary. I go through various levels of this every night when I put together the daily post for the next day. The selection process is fairly mentally grueling! 🙂

The Third Tree

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  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:02:58
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  • Focal Length20mm (20mm in 35mm)
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  • Andy Adams

    the first line says “The class starts tonight! ” it’s tomorrow night Tuesday right? Is this a time zone mistake 😉

  • Good catch, we updated it!

  • susan ratcliff

    I love all these trees – am sure they each have their own ‘story’ – beautiful!

  • LikeTheOcean

    Hi Trey – Something seems to bother me in the first shots, may be it not balanced or something (just my opinion) with the shadows of the mountains and the brightly lit tree in the front. Love the next two shots !
    Just enrolled and looking forward the the sessions this week !

    – Sathya

  • Great photos. I like how all are similarly composed yet are all completely different photos with a completely different feel to them. Great example of how you can take similar scenes and make them look so different.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Looks all the same back ground but different trees at different angles,is that correct Trey ? All very nice.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! See you soon 🙂

  • Tom Anderson

    Now it says Aug 31st.. 🙂

  • Tom, we were trying to trick you into showing up on the wrong day. You’re too clever for us!

  • I loved all three trees!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Chris

    I spent a few weeks in Wanaka last year when I backpacked NZ and know right where these trees are. Such and amazing place and great pictures!

  • Keith Rogers

    For some reason these trees really make me think of John Corigliano’s choral setting of Dylan Thomas’ poem, Fern Hill. Almost as if they highlight the structural elements in the piece. Perhaps I’m reaching a bit. I highly suggest checking out that piece if you’re not familiar with it.

  • The yellow/orange one is by far my favourite! Love it!

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