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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 30, 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 truly is a gorgeous capture!!!
glburghart (August 23, 2012)
Beautiful scenic view. congratulations....
deadnoralive (August 23, 2012)
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!
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY (September 13, 2012)
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:
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 12, 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)
aeverhard (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 20, 2013)
Congrats on a wonderful Picture!
RoadKing1985 (August 20, 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 21, 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)


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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.
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Uploaded: July, 2012

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Won Olympus camera & more! on August, 2013
Won Judge Favorite on January, 2013
Won Honorable Mention in HDR Photo Contest on August, 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
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Top 10 class week 1
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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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