Amazing Auckland

For the Scholarship

I edited this photo live during the New Zealand Institute of Photographers (sounds important, doesn’t it? hehe) masterclass. I actually wanted to do the class for free, but I was told that was not good because it would make the other masters upset. Well… I thought that sounded like a silly reason, so I changed it up so that all the money raised would go to support a scholarship for students who want to join but can’t afford it.

Upcoming Events

I may have another upcoming event down on the South Island for locals… a free event. Perhaps down in Invercargill. I’ll update the blog when that happens! :)

Daily Photo – Amazing Auckland

Wow I had a great time in Auckland! I did not have a car and was booked pretty much solid with meetings or speaking engagements, so I did not get to shoot as much as I wanted. But, I did get a chance to take this photo one evening during one of the NZIPP parties. I excused myself (I was the only one at the party carrying a tripod and huge camera!) — so then I went out to get the shot… listen to music… then dropped off my camera then came back!

Amazing Auckland

Amazing Auckland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18mm (27mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Using the NEX-7 Handheld

After using the NEX-7 during the daytime countless times off the edge of the boat, I’m now less tripod-centric for daytime shots. I don’t shoot a lot during the day, but now when I do, I’m going to not worry so much about whether or not I have a tripod. Auto-align is so good now in Photomatix… it makes me so happy. I still use a tripod a lot in low-light conditions, but it was great to shoot a bunch from the ship so I could become more comfortable with this camera in these conditions.

Daily Photo – Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

I stood on the edge of the ship as we weaved in and out of the great Alaskan fjords. This is my first time ever sailing through fjords like this (other than just one fjord in New Zealand), so it was really cool to see not only the landscape, but how the steep mountains moved and pulled the clouds into different shapes.

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fog Across Central Otago

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition

I recently bought this phone and I really love it. Whenever people get an Android phone, I always recommend the pure Google edition because it is generally better. It gets updates right away to the software and it doesn’t have the strange UI skin that so many manufacturers annoyingly put on top of Android.

Daily Photo – Across Central Otago

One evening I was in Tekapo and considering waiting on the sunset there. I decided to drive to Pukaki to check it out, but I stopped halfway when I saw this aqua fog roll in across the fields. I ended up spending my time in this field all the way through the darkness. The fog was very deceptive because it seemed like it was moving slowly, but it did change form and shape quite a bit.

Across Central Otago

Across Central Otago

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length120.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The City Blocks

YouTube Playlists

I was wondering if you use YouTube Playlists in your own life? I mean, even if you don’t make videos yourself, do you use it to keep track of funny or helpful videos? I have a few playlists on YouTube. Some are of my own stuff, but most are things from other people… funny videos and whatnot that you might enjoy. :)

Daily Photo – The City Blocks

While I was up on top of the few buildings in Beijing, I made special care to use my zoom lenses as well. It turned out the be a lot of fun to zoom in and find cool things that were getting lost in the wide angle. This building you see here is part of the strange overhang part — this place is known as the infamous “metal underpants.”

The City Blocks

The City Blocks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length177.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In the Backstreets

HDR Spotting

I’m glad so many people are enjoying HDR Spotting — it’s been a labor of love for the team, so I am honored you are choosing to share some of your images on there. It’s free to join of course… and if you choose to get the “Pro” option on there, well then you’ll be able to do some other cool things! :)

Daily Photo – In the Backstreets

I like how in the backstreets of Beijing people just kinda hang out and sit around, relaxing and thinking. I guess you don’t see that too much more nowadays. They all make for good photo subjects too. No one seems to mind, even though they may be a bit confused as to why you are taking a photo! I usually resolve the confusion by walking over to them after and showing them the photo… it makes them happy and we have a nice little interchange! :)

In the backstreets

In the Backstreets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-5R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length136.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Tripods in all the wrong places

There was a 7-foot fence all around the tower. So, it was kind of fun to take tripod, open it up, and then use IT to straddle the fence rather than myself. Also, thanks to the articulating screen, I was able to aim it downwards so I could actually see what was going on. I think this is the only time I’ve ever aimed that screen downwards! :)

Daily Photo – Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Walking around the streets of Christchurch at night was so creepy! It was cool, because I felt totally safe, but still…so strange. There are ruined buildings everywhere and hardly anyone is around. You do absolutely feel like you are on the set of a zombie movie!

I look forward to going back and getting more photos. There’s still plenty of life in the city — many pockets of lively and interesting activity, made even more lively by the weirdness of the whole scene.

Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The prismbleed sunset

Tablets… Your thoughts?

I’m seeing a lot of reports of the Google-Android tablets really becoming a lot more popular. I do have one of the new Nexus 7’s — they are truly great. But the rest of the family still has iPads… so I am kind of on the fence right now. If you use a lot of google services and use the major apps, then the Nexus is the way to go. One thing I still like about the iPads is for the kids… there seem to be more/better apps on the iPad, but I think that advantage won’t last long. What do you think?

Daily Photo – The prismbleed sunset

Wow we got some great sunsets during those late Alaskan nights! When I looked out across the sea, there were so many kinds and temperatures of moisture, so that must have contributed… there was the cold ocean, warm mists, rolling fogs, low and high clouds, plus a mixture of a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. All together, it made for a great cocktail of prisms for the light.

Colorful Sunset

The prismbleed sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length117.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cruising through Tracy Arm

Time Lapse

I met a guy on the front of the boat that had his tripod set up and he was taking a cool time lapse as we turned this way and that through the fjords. I can’t seem to find it online… maybe he hasn’t published it yet, but I’ll share it when I can find it.

Daily Photo – Cruising through Tracy Arm

We had a nice unexpected treat when we entered the Tracy Arm fjords during the Alaskan cruise. A woman came to our table one night and invited us to the the front of the ship, which turned out to be the perfect spot to take photos! I spent most of my time hanging off the edge of the boat in dangerous ways… but I did turn around at one point to take this photo… you can kind of see the setup.

The Front of the Boat

Cruising through Tracy Arm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Nighttime swim at the Four Seasons Vancouver

Lunch at Yew and Playing Space Team

This is kind of just a fun video… you can watch my family sitting around playing a fun iPad game called Space Team. :)

Daily Photo – Nighttime swim at the Four Seasons Vancouver

Once my kids discovered the hotel had a pool, that was the end of any more time in the room… I did manage to take a break to get this photo though so I can share the scene with you all! :)

Four Seasons Pool

Nighttime swim at the Four Seasons Vancouver

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Earthly Lines

Marketing for Photographers

This my #2 request! I don’t sell get-rich-in-photography guides or business-y videos or anything like that… BUT, +Frederick Van Johnson does! (he’s the famous host of This Week in Photography!) I always point people to Fred’s “Essential Web Marketing” videos… he passed along a discount code to you interested folks of STUCKINCUSTOMS to save 25% on his website. Keep going Fred – happy to send people your way! I hope people love your videos and get a lot out of them… and enjoy this little interview below in the meantime. :)

Daily Photo – The Earthly Lines

The waters went suddenly calm all around the ship and the sky stretched out forever. I had just seen a pod of whales and we were weaving around new areas of the fjords. I knew I was in Alaska then!

The Earthly Lines

The Earthly Lines

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15mm (22mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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