Interesting Photo of the Day: Hobbiton in the Morning

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Don’t you wish you were here? Photographer Trey Ratcliff captured this beautiful morning in Hobbiton, in the Shire…okay, it’s actually on the set location of the Lord of the Rings film series, in Matamata, New Zealand. Whether in New Zealand or Tolkien’s Middle Earth, this HDR image is simply stunning:

Hobbiton in the Morning

“Hobbiton in the Morning” by Trey Ratcliff. (Via Smugmug. Click image to see full size.)

Ratcliff was invited to tour Hobbiton by Ian Brodie, a fellow HDR enthusiast who leads tours of the region for Hobbiton Movie Set Tours. He gives a short demonstration of his process in shooting HDR at the Party Tree in the Shire in the following video:

Ratcliff is well-known for his HDR photography, and one of his photographs was the first HDR image to hang in the Smithsonian.

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