30 January, 2013

Tip Of The World | New Zealand

Along the paved walk to the Nugget Point lighthouse in New Zealand (you can see it on the left), there are several good viewpoints, great for the conservative traveler. But if you look a little harder and steer away from the paved path, you can traverse the ridge and climb up the mountain, finding a higher and more astounding view near the top. I wouldn’t recommend bringing your grandmother up here or anything but in my opinion, the view makes it well worth the effort. So much so, that I climbed up here three times to wait for the right sky and the golden light – with a flashlight in tow for the dark climb down.

Upcoming Post-processing Workshops

In my upcoming workshops, I’ll be sharing my complete digital workflow from start to finish, focusing on manual blending techniques and how to maintain complete control over your images. From color correction to complex masking, if you’re curious how I carefully craft my photography, this is your chance to find out.

February 10th – Sydney, Australia
March 23rd – San Diego, California

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8 (Shot at 30 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/11
3 Exposure Brackets (-1, 0, +1)

Location: Shot in Nugget Point, New Zealand – December 2012, and post-processed in Bagan, Myanmar – January 2013 (with frequent power outages).

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Color Efex Pro 4

Technique and Details: Digital Blending and Luminance Masking

All 3 exposures were blended together using luminance masking techniques in Photoshop. After that, simple color, contrast, and texture adjustments were applied.

Espresso: Lavazza Rossa

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.