March 1 – The First-of-the-Month Lightroom Preset party continues!

March 1, a Fresh Pack!

For 24 hours on the first day of each month, I release a new Lightroom Pack at half price ($2.50). It went great for Jan and Feb so let’s keep the party going! See more on the Lightroom Presets page!

Today’s photo below was made with one of the presets. Each pack always includes a Black & White preset, and this is one of them.

Daily Photo – Super Hef Comes to the Rescue!

We were camping out in a valley near a glacier on the main continent of Antarctica. We were only supposed to be there for three nights, but bad weather came in. It was not quite a blizzard, but too intense nonetheless. That delayed us for another night. We started to get a bit worried about rations and everything, but everything turned out okay because Hef came to grab us in his chopper the next day. Here's a photo I got as he was landing, with snow whirling about…

Super Hef Comes to the Rescue!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

London PhotoWalk Recap!

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Not your last chance to win a DJI Inspire Quadcopter!

Even if you were not the Grand Prize winner in London, you can still win by dropping a comment on the YouTube video below. It’s a crazy one where I dressed up like a pilot with Kai in Hong Kong… what a fun guy and fun video!

PhotoWalk Recap!

Here’s a great photo of the crowd before the London photowalk. It’s hard to see me, but do you see that statue of the Holy Crusader holding the Crucifix Sword with +2 to Holy Damage? I’m the little guy just to the left of that standing up on the 2nd level. Thanks Naf Selmani for taking this cool photo before the event!

The Winners!

Thanks again to EVERYONE that came along and entered. I really enjoyed looking at all the photos. I scanned the hashtag everywhere from FB to G+ to Flickr to Instagram to Twitter to Pinterest — you name it! Anyway, here are the winners, and thanks again! If you won, please contact luke@stuckincustom.com to find out how to get your goodies!

Grand Prize winner of the DJI Inspire! Carl Crosby for this amazing shot of the PhotoWalkers on the way to the London eye.

And the following 5 get an unlimited shopping spree of all downloadable products in the Stuck in Customs Store!

More London PhotoWalk goodies

Daily Photo – Tower Bridge

I didn't take this during the PhotoWalk, but I took it the next evening. If you want to see all the photos I turn during the walk, just check the photos above.

As for this one, I had just seen a Very Strange play by myself called The Nether. Whoa that was some weird stuff… Anyway, it put me in a strange mood, and I think it helped me capture this scene!

Tower Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

An Infinity of Lupins

Any Good Yoga YouTube Channels?

If you know of any good channels that have good yoga stuff, let me know! I’m always looking for good new routines… I like a bit of variety sometimes!

Daily Photo – An Infinity of Lupins

Yay, my favorite flowers were blooming here just before I went through the Lindis Pass. There are a series of meadows and forests as you approach the pass, and it's one of the best areas in New Zealand to see these flowers. They go on for miles and miles and beyond. The Lindis Pass is the place you cross the Southern Alps as you drive from Central Otago up to Christchurch… It's one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

As for this spot, it was about a 5 minute walk away from the roadside.

An Infinity of Lupins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Hacking through the Ice

While taking this photo…

He noticed me taking photos of him from the shore… and he said, “I hope this turns out to be a good photo, because it might be the last time anyone ever sees me!”

Daily Photo – Hacking through the Ice

We went to go visit Captain Scott's second hut, the Terra Nova, with a few geologists. They were charting the progress of the sea ice up on the edge of the hut. When not taking photos inside the hut, I would go outside to watch these guys hacking around the sea ice… it looked so crazy and awesome to me!

Hacking through the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Special Lightroom Tutorial Sale!

Special deal for 3 days!

Until Feb 28, you can get 30% off Trey’s Lightroom Tutorial for Beginners and Beyond. The price is already discounted on there… no coupon code or anything – enjoy! :)

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Over on Pinterest

Don’t forget to join me Over On Pinterest if you want to see some of my favorite shots re-cropped for that format. I get quite a kick out of doing it! :)

Daily Photo – Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

I got in the habit of taking morning photowalks around the property here at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. With these over-water bungalows, there is almost no bad angle! It's so nice to be able to fall out of bed and kind of stumble/amble around, half awake, and see things like this. I was often so morning-groggy that I barely had the wherewithal to actually take a photo! But when I saw this nice rainbow in the distance, I mustered all my focus to try to take a decent shot!

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Tongue of the Glacier

Awesome Geology

I’ve always been interested in Geology, but I think Antarctica has re-ignited my interest in it all. I did not expect to see so many glaciers and so much interesting geological activity. Plus, I was surrounded by geologists while there, so I was able to ask a lot of questions. It was like walking around with human versions of wikipedia!

Daily Photo – The Tongue of the Glacier

Here's one of the countless glaciers hitting the sea ice. This was taken from the front seat of a helicopter. We ended up flying along the face of this undulating glacier for about half an hour on the way home… so amazing!

The Tongue of the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length113.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Going to Skipper’s Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Any cool Meditation Apps?

I don’t know if any of you all are into meditation or not, but I found a few interesting apps around these topics. One is called “Calm” and the other is called “Buddhify” — both pretty interesting, but I thought you might know of some too! :)

Daily Photo – Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

My friends Cliff and Cher came over to visit us in Queenstown for several weeks recently. We had a great time! There were a lot of photos and a lot of good times! One day, I took them over the mountain here towards Skipper's Canyon. While, hiking, I stopped along the way to see Cliff taking this photo… I think they look pretty awesome and heroic!

Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture18
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Isabella in Mid-air

Trampoline Places

I know these things are popping up in cities all over the place. They are a great idea — I wish I had them when I was a kid! This is kind of a cool concept – this idea that people take warehouses and turn them into inside-playgrounds for kids. It’s kind of weird, actually, but it really works!

Daily Photo – Isabella in Mid-air

For Isabella's 8th birthday, we went to this place here in Queenstown called Site. It's full of trampolines and 100 different ways for kids and their parents to get hurt. But no one did! I don't really know how I survived it, me not being a trampoline-kinda-guy. Since there is a lot of snowboarding activity around here, people use these little boards for practice and trying out tricks. Here's one of Isabella up in the air trying some stunts! BTW, I used one of the January 2015 Lightroom presets for this effect!

Isabella in Mid-air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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