The Gentle Grasses of New Zealand

The Gentle Grasses of New Zealand
website promotion tutorial

Image by Stuck in Customs
Daily Photo – The Gentle Grasses of New Zealand
As we moved from the North to the South Island (by grinding our Kea Camper onto a moaning ferry), we expected the terrain to change dramatically. Everyone in the north told us how different things were in the south!

But right after we arrived in Picton and started making our way to Nelson, the terrain still had the soft hills and flowing greens of the north. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you. But, for a while (until we made it further south), I thought that the whole North Island was playing a huge practical joke on me, and the South Island was actually a perfect replica of the north. After ravenously consuming the comedy stylings of The Flight of the Conchords, I thought I would be able to scry every type of Kiwi humor. While driving through this bit, I thought perhaps I had fallen prey to old Country-Wide-Giant-Practical-Joke.
New Textures Tips From Vanelli
Back when I moved my portfolio to Smugmug (See my Smugmug Review), we did a little promotion where a winner got to go on a Vacation with Vanelli. Remember that guy? Well, here comes Vanelli blowing back onto the scene with something new – a video. He has made a cool variation of techniques with my textures, and he wanted to share this "grouping" trick with everyone.

See Vanelli’s New Texture Video there on his site. You will be able to tell very quickly that Vanelli really gets a kick out of all this stuff, and he loves teaching people. You might want to surf around his site a bit more for even more goodies.
New Zealand Images Groweth!
By now, we have posted 17 images of New Zealand! Cool. It’s a beautiful place, and surely you can see why I plan on moving the family (and there. In fact, today I got a little email from Roy Furgeson, New Zealand Ambassador to the US (and former ambassador to North Korea)! I was so excited. In HUGE red letters on it, the email said, "UNCLASSIFIED", which I suppose means that I can mention it without any untoward Kiwi repercussions.

I went to the official New Zealand website for these sorts of diplomatic matters to see what else has been happening of late. This week, besides the historic occasion of emailing me, the Ambassador has been quite busy. A Kiwi bird was born, and Mr. Ferguson had the honor of naming it "Hiri". Hiri is a Maori word that means, "Kiwi Egg Was Not Eaten By A Dirty Drunken Aussie Possum".

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44 Responses to The Gentle Grasses of New Zealand

  1. ~Buffalonian~ says:

    VERY nicely done HDR. The control is amazing, Trey

  2. Lord V.™ says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called outstanding!, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  3. Ben Amodu says:

    Wow, this is crazy good.

  4. Wilfried.B says:

    Amazing light and processing, very nice work.

  5. *vlad* says:

    such an awesome place NZ, almost as nice as Australia :)

  6. CJ Kern says:


    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  7. Michael Connell says:

    Great color!

  8. kth_friend says:

    lovely light and colours here.. very nice

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  9. Apogee Photography says:

    Really pretty! I love the details of the grasses!!

  10. Jamakinthunda says:

    You are my hero….

  11. Scott.Webb says:

    and imagine there are people that say hdr is garbage. this is amazing and this stuff is why I keep shooting too.


  12. Weaselmcfee says:

    Ahh.. what a lovely place. I would camp here overnight :D Lovely photography and story :D

  13. susan_r4 says:

    Oh wow – sooo beautiful Trey! Can see why you want to live there!

  14. Lollygagging says:

    so incredible and rich… really lovely Trey.

  15. Photography Sajjad Tufail ( in KL ) says:

    Superb! awesome colors…

  16. nzcjs says:

    Lovely shot Trey. Great to hear you’ll be coming over to NZ.

  17. Ray Flores says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  18. Dave DiCello says:

    Wonderful colors

  19. archhale2008 says:

    great job!

  20. Jeanette Runyon says:


  21. Metin Canbalaban says:

    Very nice shot my friend.
    I wsih you a great time.:))

  22. Eye on World (.) says:

    Beautiful shot, …

  23. Beta-o-rama says:


  24. josechino2424 says:


  25. Pete Marsden says:

    Outstanding image, and love the rich colours and contrasts!

  26. A.Alwosaibie says:

    Awesome shot!!

  27. JL-CA says:

    Une superbe composition avec des couleurs magnifiques

  28. Beppe's says:


  29. Goldenboi24k says:

    awesome tonemapping

  30. Sam0123 says:


  31. iamguava - ไอแอมฝรั่ง says:

    Great colours!

  32. stevej_1960 says:

    Beautiful landsape, great color.

  33. Pete.... says:

    This ones fantastic. Great colours. I can never keep my skies looking so natural when I do HDR.

  34. Fotourbana says:

    Espléndida !!!

  35. Raymond Larose says:

    Love the point of view in this one. Feel like I am riding on a tractor!

  36. artistpraveennair says:

    very good work….

    nice study…



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  37. figalandia says:

    we missed these landscapes.
    ps: i suggest all sizes

  38. Iggy Belan says:

    WOW, what a processing,.,. pretty cool.

  39. ++NiklasPhotography++ says:

    Wow, New Zealand, an amazing country!

  40. tara moayed says:

    Beautiful shot. Love the colours!

  41. DagsDownunder says:

    "Kiwi Egg Was Not Eaten By A Dirty Drunken Aussie Possum".
    Mate we may have exported the Possum to New Zealand but they got even by sending half of their population over here lol.

  42. VinothChandar says:

    so beautiful!

  43. Desert.Sage {:::Ecliptic!!:::} says:

    Fabulous! Love the richness.

  44. Serge Babineau says:

    What an amazing view!!

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