The Remarkable Mood

New Video – What’s in Trey’s Camera Bag?

I put this video on a special Camera Bag page here on the site — and included the link in the recent newsletter that went out a few days ago. It has a few comments on there with model numbers and the like, if you are interested!

Cali Lewis and John P met me for lunch one day in Texas, and John had his handy-dandy video camera. I was just about to leave for a long photo-adventure, and we decided to use the opportunity to document what is in my bag. I know many people are interested in this, so here we go!

Cali can be seen on and is the host of Geekbrief.TV. You can find John P at Thanks again – and I hope you guys enjoy seeing what is on the inside.

I mention some Photography Gadgets there in the video — and if you want more information on any of the things inside, see my “Reviews” area of the website.

Daily Photo – The Remarkable Mood

Oh wow do I love New Zealand!  Every city I have been to is remarkable in its own way, and I was particularly struck by the environs around Queenstown. It’s just an amazing place. I’ve been completely swamped with photo activities, but I stayed up till 4 AM in my “HomeCar” (as my daughter calls it) to process this photo. It’s all a perfectly magical place, as you can plainly see here. This was the beginning of a three-hour sunset drive that went around this same lake… every stop was more moody than the next.

That mountain range? It’s called “The Remarkables”. What a cool name.

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  • Luke

    The locals also call them the “Extendables” because Peter Jackson used them in Lord of the Rings, but they were digitally extended to be twice the length!

  • steve may

    I told you the south island or otherwise known as the main land was the best, but I have to tell you this shot is not the remarkables, not unless the lake has risen so much, in which case i better contact my insrance agent as my house is probable under water.

  • beautox

    Getting scenery overload yet Trey? Did you also find that the south island is like an HDR version of the north?

  • Brian Hoffsis

    Great behind the scenes vid. But you really should be prosecuted for carrying so much on planes :)

  • casusan

    Oh wow! This is beautiful – wonderful clouds!! Cool video too Trey!

  • Fatima Neves

    Once in a while I put one of your pictures on my desktop. This will be a candidate! Nice video too. :-)

  • Ed

    This is a fantastic photo Trey. I love the fact that it’s mostly blue, green, yellow presented. It works really well. And of course, with the breathtaking scenery I really need to get down to NZ.

  • Gail in Montana

    What a beautiful place to be, Trey!! Changing from the ice cave photo to this one on my desktop. Thanks for sharing your time in NZ with us!!!! What a beautiful part of the world!!!!!! Take care and stay safe, well, and warm.

  • John

    awesome stuff, the mountain in your shot is called Walter Peak, the remarkables are to the left on the other side of the lake. cheers

  • Cliff Baise

    Those yellow trees are gorgeous! And wow, look at the size of those pine tree trunks. Holy crap they’re huge! Thanks for letting us tag along through your pics, Trey.

  • Chad Delany

    Great video and awesome picture. Who makes your laptop bag? Have any problems driving on the wrong side of the road? I guess you would probably be used to it. It always throws me. Thanks for the great picture.

  • Jason Cook

    Wonderful colours in this composition. When I visit NZ again i’ll definitely pass thru here!

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all

    Chad – it is a “Crumpler” bag – they have many kinds… I have not had any trouble driving on that side of the road yet… the 6-gear camper on hills has been a small problem, however!

  • Ron

    Great Image, but then that part of New Zealand has a lot to offer.

    Trey did you get a chance to have a ride on the Shotover boats?

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks – Ron – I did not get to experience the shotover boats – maybe next time – I think we will be back!

  • Rodrigo P Pedrosa

    T?n? koe Trey. The mountains shown on the photo are: Cecil Peak (just a little bit of it) and then Walter Peak. The lake is called Wakatipu. I am glad you liked New Zealand. I used to live in Queenstown for 3 years. Now I am living in Auckland (north island) and missing a lot the south island. I love Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown. Its a lovely country. I hope you enjoy your stay.

  • Rodrigo P Pedrosa

    correcting text above (im sorry)
    Tena koe Trey… hehe.. meaning “Hello” in Maori language (you have probably listened a lot people saying “Kia ora”, which is pretty commom, meaning “Hi” (or thanks, etc.).

  • Scotty Graham

    Hey Trey….I also loved Queenstown when I was there a few years ago…I loved it so much, I bought a house there…Don’t miss out on the shotover boats as Ron suggested….it is a ride you will not soon forget…


  • lucky henry

    Trey here’s a link to a site that is using a lot of your photoss without credit or linking to you:

  • Stuck In Customs


    Rodrigo – thanks for the info! Interesting that you used to live there in Queenstown – why did you move away?

  • Stewart Baird

    Awesome, Trey. We Kiwi’s want you guys to stay here! Great place to raise kids, plus loads of photo opps. Plus only 1 plane flight away from the West Coast… ok it might 13 hours :-)

  • Richard

    Cool shot, Trey. “The Remarkables”.. hmm.. Didn’t Pixar make a movie about them? :0 Just kidding.

    Anyway.. burning question. Well two actually. Do you use sRGB on your camera and in photoshop? Or do you use AdobeRGB? Hope that isn’t a silly question. I just want to make sure I’m not doing anything stupid.

    And what, if anything, do you use for personal protection when traversing the urban landscape by dusk? I live in L.A. and there’s some great stuff to shoot here, but you have to keep your eyes open if you know what I mean? Anything besides the tripod? If you’ve already discussed this somewhere can anyone point me to a link?

  • Stuck In Customs

    Richard – yes I shoot sRGB — as for protection – nothing but my wits, my spidey sense, and my tripod !

  • Richard

    Trey, thanks for the feedback. Very helpful.

  • Deyson

    Great Video!
    What is the brand and model of the large back pack you showed in the video?

    Thank you.

  • Deyson

    My apologies,I see that my question was already answered here:

  • Rodrigo P Pedrosa

    Trey, I had to move away because of the “global recession”. The company I was working for had to close the doors, everyone lost their jobs, including the boss. I spent now more than one year trying to find a job in the same field (architectural drafting, 3d modeling). My girlfriend lives in Auckland and she offered me a place to stay while I couldnt find a job, etc etc etc. Guess what, I got a job exactly yesterday, finally!!!!!! yaaaay!! I am glad I got a job, but at the same time I am bloody sad that I am living in Auckland now. It’s a big city, too many cars, too much trafic. I love queenstown, the winter, the autumn, the colours, the lake, mountains, etc. You have been there, u have the idea of what I am saying. Queenstown will always be my lovely hometown. I dont like Auckland, but it’s where I got a job, so I have to stay here until my life changes again, if some1 offers me something better and if my girlfriend and I split out… hehe. sunds compkicated ae?… I miss Queenstown, a lot!

  • Stuck In Customs

    aha – – thanks rodrigo for the info – congrats on the new job!

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