tsambaproductions July 27, 2012
Casper July 27, 2012
Super nice capture & edit, wow, fav & award
Willsy July 27, 2012
Thanks very much for your feedback, it's much appreciated Casper =)
cilla8 July 27, 2012
Magnificent Capture!!!!!!
iceman2 July 27, 2012
Beautiful capture! Welcome toVB.
Venny July 27, 2012
Welcome to VB!!!
PSJPhotography July 27, 2012
Very nice, welcome to VB!
rkperry215 July 27, 2012
Beautiful shot! Welcome to VB!
avguzzi July 27, 2012
Willsy July 29, 2012
Thank you everyone for your feedback and praise, it is much appreciated =)
santosh532 July 29, 2012
jaw dropping :D never knew HDR could be this amazing !!
Willsy July 29, 2012
Thank you Santosh! Yea unfortunately HDR's are often stereotyped as ghastly over saturated images with lots of ghosting due to large amounts of poorly executed HDR's being uploaded to so many websites. What really makes a good HDR is a bit of tender love and care in Photoshop, it makes all the difference.
ArtGirl July 31, 2012
Superb !!!
Marian August 15, 2012
Amazing shot!!!
djensen August 22, 2012
Just beautiful....congrats!
PSJPhotography August 22, 2012
Lovely shot, congrats!
tsambaproductions August 22, 2012
kphall August 22, 2012
Just lovely! Congrats!
skeates August 22, 2012
Stunning capture! Congrats!
sahodder August 22, 2012
Great capture HDR makes it pop Congrats
kayacloud August 22, 2012
breathtaking !!!
Willsy August 22, 2012
Wow thank you Viewbug I'm honored to have received this accolade, and I thank all of you very much for your praise and feedback.
Amiqdadi August 22, 2012
congrats....very nice
disneymamom August 23, 2012
congrats on honorablemention!
marklthomas August 23, 2012
Fantastic shot ,,congrats (voted)
edazz August 23, 2012
Outstanding Capture, great lines, vivid color, contrast, composition,
detail, clarity, creativity, HDR edit, lighting, well done! Awarded for Absolute Masterpiece and favorite!

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Marian August 23, 2012
Incredible! Congrats!!
bobbynall August 23, 2012
AWesome !!!!!!
Jonocon August 23, 2012
Lovely Capture. Congrats
sktaylor August 23, 2012
Congrats, this is beautiful!
Duff August 23, 2012
WOW! Awesome use of HDR! Works Beautifully Here! Congratulations on Your Well Deserved Honorable Mention!!!
chipbhi August 23, 2012
cilla8 August 23, 2012
Congrats on Honorable Mention....it truly is a gorgeous capture!!!
glburghart August 23, 2012
Beautiful scenic view. congratulations....
lbernardin August 26, 2012
Congratulations! Well-deserved.
annthedane August 26, 2012
Congratulations! Well deserved, this is a stunning capture. Beautiful light and depth of field! Great colors too!
desertpagan August 26, 2012
A stunning image! Very nice! Congrats!!
mdriley00 August 29, 2012
Very pretty. Congratulations!
michael_travers_0423 August 29, 2012
Lovely image
laurenpeelerbrice August 30, 2012
Magnificent use of HDR. IMO you should have won.
Willsy August 31, 2012
Wow! Thank you very much for your uplifting comment, I'm honored to have received honorable mention but the real reward is receiving the feedback and praise such as yours and everyone else's here :) Thank you very much Lauren!
Dillboy August 30, 2012
Willsy August 31, 2012
Again, Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! They all mean so much!
Casper September 03, 2012
Congrats with your mention, I am not surprised!
MKJPhotography September 04, 2012
Congrats! Wonderful capture!
Serendipity1 September 13, 2012
ornani September 17, 2012
Carli September 19, 2012
nice shot, congrats :D
CC24 September 27, 2012
Tulips October 06, 2012
Great HDR photo! Congrats!
mturnau November 03, 2012
very dramatic - nice
johnpa53 November 24, 2012
beautiful image, voted
hallcr November 29, 2012
This is a great shot! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.
lindseysilva November 29, 2012
The lighting, great HDR work!
Wayne_Sr November 29, 2012
Well done! Congrats!
BrunoCote January 03, 2013
Simply Stunning
rmr731 January 04, 2013
Awesome capture! Congrats!
redwriter January 04, 2013
Beautiful work. Congrats on your award. - Jake
michael_travers_0423 January 05, 2013
Lovely landscape. Congrats on award.
tsambaproductions January 05, 2013
congrats again
debzee January 05, 2013
beautiful, congrats
bobbynall January 05, 2013
Nice shot
MariposaRosa January 05, 2013
Beautiful capture! Love the lighting and composition!
VivienneB January 05, 2013
I was from a long time I havent seen a shot like this. it's SUPER!
joebaxter January 05, 2013
AMAZING Scene and fantastic lighting.
jpblitz January 05, 2013
This one is pretty special!
dickysukarno January 07, 2013
my god,. this image is amazing
michaelbarnardo January 07, 2013
Nice work
NinaKling January 07, 2013
wow - awesome shot!
michaeldonovan January 08, 2013
What a perfect shot.
dominik_marciszewski_137 January 09, 2013
Carli January 09, 2013
nice shot! congrats :D
Bozzzzz January 12, 2013
Low light + soft colors = wonderful composition!
Tim_Haynes January 15, 2013
Very nice work
Thimbee January 15, 2013
Just beautiful. Congrats on your awards!
drakkardarkblade January 22, 2013
Awesome capture, congrats on award. Check out my pictures if you get a chance: http://www.viewbug.com/drakkardarkblade
estercastillo08 January 23, 2013
Congrats on your awards ! Very nice !
mikeronnebeck January 28, 2013
Awesome pic! Love the subtle use of HDR
senka February 23, 2013
beautiful photography and in my favorites now
mistyvkirsch February 28, 2013
Stunning View!!
davidgerhartz March 02, 2013
Great shot .
FMueller March 02, 2013
Awesome shot!
inmaculadarodriguez March 22, 2013
Great shot, beautiful scenery, congrats on awards, well deserved
mstahberg April 02, 2013
Very nice! :)
snowdon April 11, 2013
Absolutely exceptional image, so dramatic. Congratulations on your success in competitions
Hari_Subagio April 19, 2013
Well done . great image
sniderjohn May 06, 2013
just woww
SahibaKaur May 06, 2013
cmorisset May 06, 2013
Wow! jaw dropping for sure. Bravo!
RihoR May 06, 2013
So Amazing! Is this captured with Canon 550D?
robyn_king_52 May 07, 2013
beautifully done:))
NaturesEarth May 18, 2013
Lovely Shot!
carlotaandrade May 20, 2013
Kisha May 21, 2013
Just fabulous!!
mylene_ralph July 30, 2013
Stunning shot.
herman-anwar July 31, 2013
amazing landscape, love your editing...dramatic...
MissSandy July 31, 2013
Just stunning! ?
VictoriaKF July 31, 2013
Love this! New Zealand is on my bucket list of places to visit and explore! Beautiful shot. :)
aprilrena July 31, 2013
Absolutely Stunning!! Viewbug Judges will have such a hard time judging this contest for sure. I love the HDR. The perfect and quite magical lighting falling over the truly majestic mountains. The ominous clouds hovering.... even the valley and river below. Just gorgeous. The lighting on the trees in the front really adds to the photo. Good luck in the contest! I will not be surprised if you win. :)
Willsy August 22, 2013
Thank you very much! Sorry about my delayed response I have been away for a few weeks. You're good at predicting the future because I won! Was a big surprise! I really appreciate your kind comments and feedback it means a lot =D. I'm a big fan of HDR myself, this was one of those views only made possible by being in the right place at the right time and i'm glad I was. Cheers. Mark
dalepausinga August 01, 2013
I think April said it all
Willsy August 22, 2013
Thank you very much! Aprils comment really was incredibly kind and detailed, a very passionate photographer indeed and not to mention very telanted herself. You also have some lovely work, I really appreciate your kind words it means a lot =D. Cheers. Mark
mylene_ralph August 01, 2013
abrafloris August 05, 2013
great capture! voted.
Celtic August 05, 2013
absolutely great shot!!
GBloniarz August 19, 2013
mountainman70 August 19, 2013
congratulations on this win - there was some very stiff competition - excellent work
NikolajFloyd August 19, 2013
THAT...Is freaking awesome!
Willsy August 22, 2013
And your response.... IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! haha thanks mate, I appreciate your feedback it means a lot =D
jeffreygreenwood August 19, 2013
Wonderful photo and deserved contest winner. Great .
snowdon August 19, 2013
Congratulations on your win in 500 Mountains competition.
Grevandi August 19, 2013
very nice work...congratulations..
Deborah August 19, 2013
Congratulations, great shot!
danikelii August 19, 2013
jijieparan-forsythe August 19, 2013
wow!!! awesome work!
CrazyBradyLady August 19, 2013
Pure heaven! Congratulations!
DiabloNino August 19, 2013
Nailed it!
Wizzard August 19, 2013
jrhalphen August 19, 2013
Congratulations! You really captured a great shot. We have been to Queenstown and is truly a beautiful place--New Zealand not to be missed.
meshersmith August 19, 2013
Master shot, congrats. on your win!!
kelly.ashurst August 19, 2013
Wow! There are no words to describe the beauty that you have captured in this photo. This win is very well deserved. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your work with us at view bug.
TomK August 19, 2013
Congratulations. Very nice photo.
22Cara August 19, 2013
Congrats on winning!
mclaybaugh August 19, 2013
AndreaE August 19, 2013
Fantastic shot! cONGRAts on your win!
Chelle-s August 19, 2013
That is one GORGEOUS shot! Wish I'd been the one who took this. Very well done!
carlotaandrade August 19, 2013
Superb! O.O
MaryAnne306 August 19, 2013
Beautiful shot! Congratulations on your win. Well deserved.
pknight00 August 19, 2013
Congratulations! Very well deserved win. This image has a dream-like quality. Perfection.
rmr731 August 19, 2013
Stunning image! Congrats on your win!
MOLLYSP August 19, 2013
Congratulations on this super photo.
carolyn_anderson_860 August 19, 2013
Awesome capture, congrat's on your win!!!!
judith_krisch_2708 August 19, 2013
Stunning. Congrats!
Jeanne713 August 19, 2013
Beautiful shot, it almost looks like an oil painting. Congrats!!
Thimbee August 19, 2013
Beautifully done! Congrats
jvillainc August 19, 2013
Congratulations on your Walter Peak Station - I truly believe you were born to photograph! You have some awesome photos!
glennhart August 19, 2013
wonderful shot, well done...
WyoGalPhotography August 19, 2013
Beautiful photo!! Congrats!!
Rubenkings August 19, 2013
Very very nice picture !!
sharonrankin August 19, 2013
Extremely beautiful!!
beetlestone August 19, 2013
Congrats! Fantastic shot!
Storm-Sox August 19, 2013
Congrats on a wonderful Picture!
RoadKing1985 August 19, 2013
A-Mazing shot! Nice "Everything Composition" Capture! Thanks to YOU for sharing! Excellenteey!
andreaturno August 20, 2013
stunning ... very dramatic mood
Ising4Him August 20, 2013
Glorious sight! So tranquil. God inspired!
disneymamom August 20, 2013
wow.. congrats on win!
parthgupta August 20, 2013
This photo definitely deserved to win.
Hats off mate!
raegi August 20, 2013
wonderful.. Congrats!!
francoissteque August 20, 2013
Congratulations, very nice composition
WayneRoss August 20, 2013
This shot has just about everything!
Beautiful light!
maureenw19 August 20, 2013
congratulations beautiful shot
believeit2receiveit August 20, 2013
Congratulations on your win! Well deserved!
Farah August 20, 2013
one of the bestest pics on viewbug! so beautiful!
gopalakrishnan August 20, 2013
fantastic shot
skeates August 20, 2013
Stunning shot! Congrats!
Kielar August 20, 2013
Very romantic image. exellent
michael_travers_0423 August 20, 2013
Congrats. Just a beautiful image.
shimazakiisamu August 20, 2013
Really so wonderful!
anneschlueter August 20, 2013
nihilistmia August 20, 2013
stunning shot congrats on the win
michaelow August 20, 2013
Great shot...congratulations!
AnthonyQuirke August 20, 2013
Wow fantasttic capture and nice HRD edit, congrats:-)
photonutcase August 20, 2013
well good shot this,good dof and a pleasure to view,well done
phspanky August 20, 2013
pablocuesta August 20, 2013
Waooooooo great shot..perfect lighting...fantastic
anitania August 20, 2013
grats on winning
steveclayton August 20, 2013
Really nice shot, congrats on your win.
robjac85 August 20, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.
DaraDPhotography August 20, 2013
Beautiful work. Congratulations on your win! Well deserved.
Kraay August 20, 2013
Gorgeous shot! Congratulations!!!
josiem August 20, 2013
just awesome!
wolflady August 20, 2013
Super Shot!
wolflady August 20, 2013
bud82520 August 20, 2013
Outstanding capture!
Tripod August 20, 2013
brandonoldenburg August 20, 2013
Great shot, congrats on the win!
debcoimages August 20, 2013
Stunning image and well deserved win. Congrats!
Vani2u August 20, 2013
nancyb926 August 20, 2013
perfection....well deserved win!
bigtrocks August 20, 2013
Majestic! Congrats on the award!
VargaGabor August 21, 2013
Great pic! Congrats!
louisloizidesmitsu August 21, 2013
Congratulations !!!
nikki8 August 21, 2013
One word for this photo, WOW!!!
lulu2 August 21, 2013
that looks wonderful,congratulations xxx
pegnichols August 21, 2013
ArtQ August 21, 2013
lovelife August 21, 2013
awesome, congrats :-)
AddieStrozier August 21, 2013
Wow... just WOW!!
bsturgis2 August 21, 2013
Beautiful scene!!Congrats....
davidgerhartz August 21, 2013
Great Shot
Valzart August 22, 2013
Exquisite shot & congratz on your win :D
sarahvrdoljak August 22, 2013
WOW! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congratulations!
Marian August 22, 2013
Congrats beautiful SHot!!!
aderandle August 23, 2013
A great example of how to use HDR
aprilrena August 23, 2013
Congrats on your MUCH DESERVED award!! :D
aprilrena August 23, 2013
And... if this isn't for sale in your store... IT NEEDS TO BE!!!! :D
bluespanishsteel02 August 23, 2013
......this is what I'm talking about....what an image....!!! beautifully captured and well earned on your commendations......!!!.....Right On...!!!
mashuda August 24, 2013
leslie57 August 25, 2013
pitabt August 25, 2013
Beautiful photograph. Congratulations.
jmatthies August 26, 2013
Gorgeous! Congrats!
Rolenz August 27, 2013
Well done, with a shot like that you deserve to win. Show us some more-with lessons, lol.
elfiedwards August 27, 2013
congratulations!!!! great shot, nicely processed, super! EXCELLENT :-)) enjoy your new fame:-)
Saberofheart August 27, 2013
Just WOW!
PhilipCarnevale August 29, 2013
Fantastic Image! Great job
mmeylema August 29, 2013
Fantastic shot.
pedrosilvestre August 29, 2013
amazing, a peace of heaven
jjmcclear August 29, 2013
frederickwwalanda August 31, 2013
paulomarquesdasilva September 03, 2013
Realidade com mita técnica!!!
paulomarquesdasilva September 03, 2013
Realidade com muita técnica!!!
Willsy September 07, 2013
Forgive me my portuguese is rather rusty but obrigado!? :)
Krishna_Kumar September 03, 2013
awesome shot! congrats
SheilaDraper September 11, 2013
Beautiful capture! Voted :)
RanSen September 15, 2013
Extraordinary shot. Bravo
seagypsy1000 November 13, 2013

More from Willsy

Jul, 2012

Walter Peak Station

This shot was taken in Queenstown, New Zealand, a place not to miss for anyone traveling to our wonderful country. This was one of my first attempts at HDR photography. Thanks to Trey Ratcliff with all his great tips and tutorials on his travel blog.

Submitted to Photo Contests


Won Olympus camera & more!August, 2013
Won Judge FavoriteJanuary, 2013
Won Honorable Mention in HDR Photo ContestAugust, 2012


Peer Award

Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Jaw Dropping
Top Choice
Exceptional Contrast
Superior Skill
Outstanding Creativity
All Star
Magnificent Capture

Photo Trifecta TM

Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1

Behind The Lens

I took this photo atop Bobs Peak in Queenstown facing south west. From this vantage point I'm just high enough to avoid capturing the bustling Skyline tourist park directly below me.
The time this photo was taken was around 3:30pm in the afternoon.
The lighting was very glum and melancholy. The sun was only falling on the valley floor and parts of the mountain ranges which beautifully accentuated the rolls and ribs in the landscape almost silhouetting every ridge against the valleys. The most striking feature was the sunlight passing through the clouds which made for a stunning display of wispy white clouds being contrasted against the ominous dark background.
I used my Canon EOS 550D with 18-135mm IS zoom lens, I would normally use a tripod for these darker scenes but unfortunately I left it in my car 450 meters below me.
The dark sharp ridges cracking a divide between the mountains and the ominous sky was a major draw card but the sky was equally impressive like something straight out of a horror flick. There was so much angst spilling over the ridge-line to the West yet the sun soaked valley looked tranquil and inviting, it was an uncanny mix of emotions all represented in a single photo.
Yes much like I do with all of my photos I took 3 bracketed shots of the same scene each 1 stop apart. Each bracket allowed me to capture the details from all aspects of the scene and avoid loosing what would normally be over or under exposed areas. I later merged these exposures using Nik Tools HDR Efex Pro to produce a High Dynamic Range composite. I'm not a fan of raw untouched HDR's because they're usually full of ghosting, color imperfections and harsh details so I always take an HDR composite into Photoshop afterwards and manually merge the best parts of the HDR back with the original capture to achieve a realistic result more inline with what my eyes saw on the day. The nifty thing about HDR is it can often reveal subtle features that were otherwise unseen by the naked eye, in my case the moody looking mist in the valleys amidst the mountains became more apparent after post. This was a nice addition.
In my camera bag
I normally pack my bag according to my needs on the day but when I take everything my bag will contain my Canon EOS 550D and 18-135mm IS zoom lens, a bounce flash for those dimly lit areas, a remote shutter trigger for when I need the steadiest of shots, my very handy B-Grip belt, my tripod when/if I need it, a variable ND Grad filter and UV filter, lens cleaning kit, two spare batteries and a spare SD Card.
I am a big fan of Trey Ratcliff's work, he has an excellent ability to execute stunningly realistic High Dynamic Range photos. His photos inspire me to aim for similar results and I hope this is reflected through my images. Getting back to the question though; my advice is HDR can be a powerful tool, but controversial too. If you're going to give HDR a try you will enjoy the results but like any skill it takes practice, don't publish your earliest work because it will look like a kindergarten scribble! This is what makes HDR a very controversial subject, many people post their raw HDR's on the web for the world to see. Unfortunately raw HDR's are often over cooked and full of flaws and imperfections which is what gives the process a bad name. Two methods that have really helped my HDR processing for the better are 1 - merging the best features of raw HDR's back with their original counterparts, this brings the realism back whilst keeping some of the pop achieved by the HDR. 2 - Walk away from your display! Play with your kids, your dog... or your wife ;-) just leave the screen for a bit. I find that processing an Image is like wearing cologne, you wear the same cologne too often and you loose the scent, too much of the same thing dampens the senses. If I've been editing too long I find that If I leave the photo i'm working on and return a little later I see aspects I don't like and want to change, It gives me a more refreshed view of the photo.

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