Photographing The World Behind The Scenes Episode 5 is here. In last weeks episode (episode 4) we spent our last day in Iceland, and our photography guide went on a rant about photographers that is so hilarious, his rant has more views than the entire episode. In episode 5 we leave Siggy behind and fly to the opposite side of the world, New Zealand.
Being that Iceland and New Zealand are in opposite hemispheres, they also have opposite seasons. It was an extremely cold winter in Iceland and we were thrilled to have beautiful summer temperatures in NZ.
The first thing that you will notice is that my beard is much longer than it was in last weeks episode. That's because we filmed this tutorial out of order. We actually filmed 2 tutorials over the course of 3 months. The first one, which is out now, is Photographing The World: Landcape Photography and Post Processing. The next tutorial, which will be available around the end of the year will be called, "Photographing The World: Cityscapes, Astro Photography, and Advanced Post Processing." When we release the second tutorial we will also release the "second season" of Photographing The World Behind The Scenes, but we are months away from completing that.
Everyone wants to visit New Zealand in the summer time, and prices for rental cars, RVs, and vans were at an all time high. Our van, which was particularly crappy, was over $3000 for a month rental. When we picked up the van they told us about a photography contest that could potentially reimburse our rental costs. We thought for sure that we would win, we ended up submitting something like 50 incredible images to their contest but we still lost. The "winner" ended up being some crappy iPhone snapshot. We assumed they didn't want to give up $3000 when they could have chosen a winner with a cheaper rental. Since the winner was chosen after we left NZ, that never ended up making the BTS series.
In this episode we have a run-in with one of the smartest animals in the world, New Zealand's famous Kea bird. We attempt to film a lesson on a beach while timing the tides and sunset and fail miserably. Finally at the end of the episode, we capture a great lesson at the world famous "pancake rocks." Elia teaches us how he uses his hand to combat lens flare, then takes 9 bracketed exposures and combines them into 1 hand made HDR image.
In case you've missed the other episodes you can easily find them below.
You can find the finished tutorial in the Fstoppers Store.