14 March, 2011

Windy Overlook

tomorrow’s today

This is my first official post from the road. In other words, I shot and edited the following photo today. Well, (technically) tomorrow for you since I’m 18 hours ahead of EST.

Either way though, it’s a new experience for me. I usually post photos from previous trips from the comfort of my home. This time I’m armed with a snazzy new Macbook. The only drawback so far is using a Magic Mouse. There is absolutely nothing magic about it. Unless, you count how magically un-awesome it is, or how it magically pisses me off… Anyway, it’s taking a bit of getting used to.

Windy Overlook

This is a cool little overlook of Breaker Bay in Wellington, New Zealand. It’s really not a bad hike to the top here on a normal day. Today though, the wind was cranking at about 50mph with some seriously strong gusts. It was sort of that knock you down type of wind and It made for an interesting shooting day on top of these rocky hills. Come to find out, windy days are very common here, as the locals refer to it as “Wellington Wind.” — Good to know.

Aside from the wind, the other tricky bit was timing the sun. The clouds were dense and ripping by so fast that I only had little windows of opportunity. It was funny sitting there, with the wind trying to knock me off the cliff, holding my camera in an iron death grip, waiting for the sun, trying to spot holes in the heavy cloud cover until a spot of sunshine would pop through.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo:

– Nikon D700 – Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8@ 18mm f/5.6 Iso: 100
– 5 (handheld) Exposure Brackets (-2,-1,0,1,2)
HDR Photography Processing & Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro
– Post Processing & Color Correction in Photoshop
– Enhanced detail with Nik Software Sharpener Pro
– Did a rain dance. It got windy.

Daily Banana – Windy Overlook

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HDR Photo - Wellington, New Zealand, Breaker Bay - Windy Overlook[/beforeafter]
About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.