New Zealand – Day 4

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HOBBITON
We got up early, ate breakfast in the room (banana, yogurt, nuts, oatmeal), and headed south to the farming community of Matamata and Hobbiton!  We had been warned to allow extra travel time on all roads but our 30 minute buffer turned out to not be enough.  With all the road construction, we just missed the first-of-the-day tour we had reserved but luckily they had space on the next one.  Just after lunchtime, when we left, the place was completely filled up.  This place is super cool and popular.  If you are planning to visit, I highly recommend booking ahead.

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Self Portrait: The Stinging

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***UPDATE***  I thought by adding a small radial (really zoom) blur it might help and it did.  I’ve replaced the image.  I think the rock looks cooler and I like how the trees now point to the sword subtly.  This image is ok considering the original was so crappy.

I had the privilege of visiting the actual film location outside of the troll cave where Bilbo unsheathes Sting for the first time.  They even had a toy Sting sword so you could recreate the movie still.

Technically it’s a portrait rather than a self portrait, but I think it counts since I helped set up all aspects of the shot and I’m the subject.  Unfortunately my photographer missed the focus pretty badly in all of these pictures so I combine a couple exposures to try and emphasize the magical quality of the moment by making everything look shaky, soft, and glowy.