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Offline Rob

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So I spent a lot of time over the last few months finally processing all the photos I took in New Zealand back in May - and since pretty much just my family and co-workers were seeing them, I thought I'd share them here too.

My hope is that this can become sort of a Jedi Defender photography thread where everyone can share their photography and we can all pat eachother on the back.  If that never materializes, at least I'm sharing mine. :)

So anyway, here are most of them more or less in chronological order.  They get better as they go along.  There are lots of images here, so you'll have to forgive me for the load time. 

Additionally, the images from 'the farm' can't be posted now because they may be published at some point in the next year or three - but they're some of the best pictures I've ever taken... 

If you make it down to where the snow-covered mountain (volcano) images are, that's where they shot a bunch of the Mordor stuff for LOTR.

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Thanks for looking!
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006, 05:05 PM »
Great pics!

It's amazing how much variety there is in New Zealand's terrain. You have areas that resemble Northern Europe, Central America, Africa, the American Rockies and Pacific Northwest, and frankly some things that look like they're from outer space. Really quite astounding for such a small country.
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2006, 05:08 PM »
Wow.  :o

There are some really great pictures in there Rob. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand, and these pictures have just made me insanely jealous.

Just looking at all the pictures you can see why they chose New Zealand to shoot LOTR. It looks like earth, but there is definitely an almost unworldly feel to it. All those colors in the various springs and pools are absolutely gorgeous. That sprial looking plant is really cool looking. I really would think it came from another planet. Those mud pits are pretty neat too. There are quite a few pictures in there that could be in National Geographic.

You guys sure seemed to get around and saw a bit of everything. Fastastic work on those pictures Rob, and did I mention how jealous I am? :P
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2006, 05:22 PM »
What a beautiful country. Some of the shots of the water made it look so refreshing and *gasp* blue. I'd love to visit someday.

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2006, 09:09 PM »
Excellent pics, Rob.

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2006, 09:15 PM »
Excellent pics, Rob.

One question, what the hell is that hairless thing with the buck teeth?
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Looks wonderful Rob, my 10 year anniv is coming soon, I was thinking of us going to NZ or Australia, might just have to do that now.  There is a lot of cool stuff there

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2006, 09:25 PM »
Wow Rob, those are some fantastic pics!

Thanks for sharing - like others have said, they sure make a person want to check out NZ.  :)
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 10:53 AM »
Thanks everyone!



One question, what the hell is that hairless thing with the buck teeth?

No idea - I'm 99% sure it's fictional, but damn it's freaky.  Some kind of bat-like monstrosity?

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2006, 11:21 AM »
Thanks for sharing the pics Rob, those really look great.  New Zealand is one of those places that the Mrs. and I call "if we could travel anywhere someday..." type of vacation.  I really hope that we can do that someday, those pictures of yours remind me why - it looks like a beautiful and interesting place to go.

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2006, 11:29 AM »
I love the "Anger" sign.

And the graffiti on the beach is kind of funny too: They even have jerks in New Zealand.
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2006, 11:37 AM »
I love the "Anger" sign.

And the graffiti on the beach is kind of funny too: They even have jerks in New Zealand.

Yep - but not many.  The entire country is pretty much clean as hell.  Everyone thows their trash away, everyone recycles, for the most part, everyone really takes care of all that natural beauty they've got going on.

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 11:50 AM »
Wow! I'm envious at both the trip and your ability to take such beautiful pictures.

What kind of Camera do you use?
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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2006, 12:43 PM »
I shot those on a Digital Rebel XT - but probably half of the vibrancy and sharpness is due to extensive time color correcting and adjusting the levels in photoshop. 

I'll throw together a quick before/after thing and post it in a little while.

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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2006, 03:55 PM »
Before and After:



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Re: My trip to New Zealand - Pictures!
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2006, 05:34 PM »
Simply fantastic Rob.  I really like the black edge you add to the pictures, it gives them a real 'finished' look.

After seeing you pictures, it sure makes me want to upgrade my camera and learn a lot more about Photoshop.