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My Epic New Zealand Photo Adventure with Trey Ratcliff - Part 2

Along with learning a TON and working with some great teachers and an amazingly nice group, we stayed in 5 star accommodations at the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa with delicious gourmet food and snacks served all day.  This was definitely a luxury photo workshop/trip!  We went out every morning around 6:00 AM for sunrise to at least one amazing spot.  We edited our photos with Trey Ratcliff helping us in the middle of the day and  always went on another fun excursion at sunset.  I will be posting more photos of these amazing places Trey took us to over the next few weeks.  I don't want to overload you with photos - but this list is only a fraction of the places we visited.

In case you missed Part 1 of my account of this amazing experience:

When we arrived Trey gave us a very nice jade necklace as a welcome gift.  He was so grateful that we trusted and amired him enough to travel to New Zealand to work with him.


 Queenstown Park


 Minus 5 Icebar



The Hills Golf Course in Queenstown


Coronet Peak




Tour/hike in Arrowtown


Bendemeer Estates


 Ruins in Queenstown


 Bobs Cove

Dayafter-170Million Dollar View


Queenstown Beach


 PLEASE bear in mind that I am a very amateur or beginner photographer.  Although I learned a plethora of information on this photo adventure, I still have so much to learn and apply the skills I learned.  I just want to do this workshop justice.  For example, Einstein couldn't teach a first grade math student calculus in a week :)  Also if you don't like the photos I shared, I have many, many more that I will share in the coming weeks.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Please let me know if you have any questions remember that your email address will never be published if you leave a comment.  Take care my friends!






Visiting the Lone Tree of Wanaka in New Zealand

I will discuss my beyond fabulous photo workshop with Trey Ratcliff in Zealand in my next post.  For now, I thought that I would share some photos of the "Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka" and me wearing a dress at the beach.  As you will see, this seems to be an ongoing issue for me ;)

  During my recent trip to New Zealand, I spent several days at Lake Wanaka.  It's a very picturesque area and quaint small town which has a very well known tree known as the "Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka".  I visited it two times the first time was at sunset. Being a huge animal lover, I like the one with the ducks better:


 On my way to dinner wearing a dress, I decided to stop by the tree one more time because it's so beautiful and seems a little lonely despite probably being one of the most photographed trees in the world.  

At first I saw a cute little girl standing right next to the tree:


Then I saw her cute little dog who wanted to play fetch :)

Dayafter-140Of course I couldn't disappoint the poor puppy dog:



Last year in northern Maui, Hawaii my friend Kathy and I were meeting some friends in town for dinner and ended up at Paia Beach.  It was a little stormy and cool, but the waves were huge so we wanted to stop and take photos.  Click on the thumb nails if you want to see an enlarged photo of me not dressed appropriately for the beach at another time.

Memaui         Memaui2          Maui         Mauik

 Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.  Have a wonderful week my friends!







My New Zealand Photo Adventure With Trey Ratcliff

During my three week stay in New Zealand I made the very wise decision to participate in Trey Ratcliff's,  New Zealand Photo Adventure .  Trey Ratcliff pioneered the field of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.  Over the past year I've become very interested in HDR photography and trying to learn it myself.  There is so much I want to share rearding this experience I will write more than one post about it.

I read a lot about Trey Ratcliff's philosophys and watched many of his videos to make sure this was a teacher I could learn from.  Participating in this workshop was one of the best decisions I've ever made, some of the most fun I've ever had, and a great learning experience not to mention worth every penny and then some!  I really couldn't have hoped for more!  To learn more about these adventures please visit:

I must admit that I was very intimidated to join this photo workshop.  I travel a great deal and decided to explore the world of photography more to enhance my many adventures and it definitely has! I started using a DSLR camera less than a year ago and had no idea what how to use it at all until about 6 months ago so I was very worried that I might feel uncomfortable, I did NOT at all, AND I've always believed that one should:  

 "Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."

 ~Brian Tracy

The older I get, the more I realize that I am actually most comfortable out of my comfort zone!

 I am only going to share a few photos in this post.  The HDR process is very new to me, as is photography in general.  However, I do understand it now and will continue working on improving and enjoying it!  Here are just a few of my very first attempts at creating HDR photos so I'm hoping you will see improvement over time :)

Here is what's called the million dollar view.  I don't think I need to explain why!


 The following two photos were taken at a beautiful area called Bendemeer Estates at sunrise:


 Loved the balloons!Balloons12

Here is a photo taken in a lovely town named Arrowtown:


 The following two photos were taken at a very picturesque area called Bob's Cove:



Here are a couple of photos taken near Glenorchy:



 "I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk."

~Tony Robbins

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be writing more about this incredible experience soon!  Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.  Take care my friends!



Lord of the Rings Tour - Glenorchy, New Zealand


"I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be?"
Orlando Bloom

Lord-6The entirety of "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed over an 18 month period in New Zealand.  A lot of the filming was done near a very small town called Glenarchy on the south island of New Zealand.  There is a lot of farm land and not a lot of people in this area.

Lord-4Part of the reason this area was chosen for these movies was the mountain range you can see in some of these photos known as "The Remarkables".  It was easy foe me to understand why Peter Jackson picked this country to portray "Middle Earth".  The water truly is as aqua blue as it looks in my photos from the glacial feed.

Lord-9We stopped in the VERY green and dense forest for our morning tea and biscuits.  A little black bird joined us.  I think he's used to this ritual ;)  As you can see almost everything is heavily coated with moss.





We got to see a lot of beautiful farm land.  I've never seen this many sheep in one place!Lord-12

The very small town of Glenarchy is very picturesque and home to only ~400 peopleLord-15




The purple flower seen below is oregano.  I had no idea it was this color.Lord-24






 I will definitely be watching the third part of this movie very soon.  I saw the first two and loved them, but never got around to watching the third one.  I'm not sure why I never did go see the final movie...I told myself it was too long, but in truth I think I was worried that the character Gollum met a bad end :/

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Please let me know if you have any questions remember that your email address will never be published if you leave a comment.  Take care my friends.