Abandoned Ruins in Dalefield

Sony NEX-7

You’ll recognize the photo below from the Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site! This is one of the new photos I took with the 10-18mm lens. I love that thing!

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ruins in Dalefield

This is the turn-around-point for my jogging route! I run around this area between Queenstown and Arrowtown and end up at this place. Sometimes if I am feeling more full-of-energy (rare), I’ll go a bit longer, but usually not. This is a beautiful place to loop around and begin my return-journey.

I don’t know much about this place, other than it is a bit hidden from the road. If you look for it off Speargrass Flats, then you can see it, but you’ll never notice it if you’re just driving down the road like a normal person. I’ve heard they have plays here and have had a few film crews show up. Either way, it’s cool!

THe Farmhouse in Dalefield

Abandoned Ruins in Dalefield

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  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Walking Path in Glenorchy

New Zealand Photo Adventure Sold Out!

Thanks again for all the interest in the New Zealand Photo Adventure! We will have more events in different parts of the world. If I spent 100% of the year teaching, then I’m sure that I could satisfy more people… so, my apologies. As it is, I spend about 10% of the year doing either in-person stuff or online teaching… but, anyway, I’m very excited for this event.

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Daily Photo – The Walking Path in Glenorchy

This is a new walking path that has just been built through the woods and wetlands of Glonorchy. As far as I know, it is pretty rare to have wetlands so close to towering mountains, isn’t it? I suppose I always think of the wetlands in flat areas, like Louisiana and places like this.

There are a few different routes to take. Some take just an hour, and others take a few. I want to go back to this area with some more time!

The Walking Path in Glenorchy hiking

The Walking Path in Glenorchy

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length41mm (61mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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Lake Hayes and Arrowtown

New Category Today – Arrowtown

Every so often I add a new category to the LONG LIST of locations on the right. That long list is starting to feel a little silly! I wonder if there is a better way to do it… I’m open to ideas! :)

Daily Photo – Lake Hayes and Arrowtown

I’m still getting to know my new area here in New Zealand, but I feel like I’m ignoring this side! Looking the other way (away from Queenstown) is nearby Arrowtown and Lake Hayes. If you plan on coming down to Queenstown, don’t forget to set aside a day to explore this area as well.

I’ve marked this place in Stuck On Earth if you want to go see exactly where to go to see this view.

Lake Hayes and Arrowtown

Lake Hayes and Arrowtown

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  • Camera Make
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  • Aperturef/7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42mm (63mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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More from the New Zealand Car Trip

The Car Trip

A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot! :)

On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!

The Car Trip A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot!On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

I woke up early in the morning to visit the sound to see what was happening. Everything seemed in slow motion while the fog slowly wafted across the water…

 

Daily Photo – Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

The car trip started here in Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. It was a perfect spring day, and there was a lone sailboat down on the lake. Everything is on such a big scale here, maybe you can get a sense of the overall size of the lake from the tiny sailboat on there… it looks like a toy!

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown Boat sailboat

Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45mm (67mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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Moving to New Zealand

Why Did I Move to New Zealand?

There’s a long story to it all… but I think you can see a lot of the reasons in the video below.

By the way, if you are looking to buy a house here and need a recommendation, contact me via [email protected] and the team will get you to me. I can make an excellent recommendation for you!

This video was made with Animoto!

I used a cool online thing called Animoto to make this video. I also wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

New Video – Turning to Peace in New Zealand

It’s a hi-rez video… I recommend listening with earphones or good speakers too – enjoy :)

A Fun Day At Pinterest

Pinteresting!

A few days ago I went to Pinterest to give a talk about The Future of Photography (and various other things), and I hung around after the event to snap a few photos. You can see me there (Trey Ratcliff on Pinterest). I had a great time getting to know people around there. I took a ton of photos and I only put a few below. To see all of them, see my Pinterest Board on Pinterest.

Why Photographers Should Stop Complaining and Embrace…

If you missed the article I wrote a few months ago about Pinterest and Copyright and Photographers, click that link and hold on!

Photos of Pinterest

Here are just a few of the photos. You can see all of them on my Pinterest Board on Pinterest.

This is what you see upon entrance to the Pinterest offices in the trendy SOMA area of San Francisco.

This is what you see upon entrance to the Pinterest offices in the trendy SOMA area of San Francisco.

 

Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest, is just as nice of a guy as that smile would indicate…

 

One of the Pinterest employees works away, after seemingly emerging from a shampoo commercial. She is a person of Pinterest.

 

Corner Room with a View… this is next door in the area for future expansion…

Corner Room with a View… this is next door in the area for future expansion…

The Lupines at Sunset

Big News Coming Soon!

We have a secret new announcement coming to the blog about a big event within the week. So, get ready for something that is both undefined and unknowable.

Which is your dominant eye?

I ran a poll over on Google+ about which eye is your dominant one — interesting results! Go over and vote. Gooooooo left eye!

Daily Photo – The Lupines at Sunset

So here is a cool thing about this photo that one might not guess. This was taken with a Sony NEX-7 and the kit lens! Yes, the kit lens.

This was shot on Baker Beach in San Francisco one evening when I was exploring…. I was double-fisting it with two cameras… and I saw this quick scene so I went for this experimental shot.

The Lupines at Sunset

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length29mm (43mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programnormal program
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Kids in “The Baths”

Toad Hall – Virgin Gorda

A few days ago, I posted a video that I did while at Toad Hall. I received a few questions in email, and wanted to remind you there is a detail page for Toad Hall with a bunch of photos there so you can see what it’s like. I wanted to post this photo below of what it was like in the nearby Baths, which is just a short walk from this house.

Daily Photo – Kids in the Baths

This is my oldest son, Ethan, holding my youngest daughter, Scarlett.

I took the NEX-7 (see my ever-updating Sony NEX-7 Review) into the amazing waters of The Baths in Virgin Gorda. I feel more comfy taking my NEX-7 into “risky” situations because it is so small and light. It’s still fairly expensive, so that is a worry (!!), but I do find myself getting “more” shots with this camera in certain situations like this.

Kids in the Baths

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  • ISO400
  • Focal Length18mm (27mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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New App! Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff – Planning for Apple TV too!

Available Now – Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff

Grab it in the iTunes store or for Android now! :)

If you’re going for the iOS version, you’ll notice it is universal for iPhone and iPad. We’re going to convert it for use on the Apple TV as soon as it accepts apps, so it will be nice to get it full-screen up on your wall as well. That will be a free upgrade when it comes around.

The app is a great collection of my photos, the stories, and more. You even have the option to saving the photos as backgrounds / wallpapers for your devices. And yes, it’s all super-HD, retina, etc. etc.

Sleeping In Driving from Reykjavik to Isafjordur is just about one of the longest possible drives you can make in Iceland in a day if you have a reasonable level of sanity.  There comes a point when you feel like you're getting close, when you start weaving in and out of fjords.  They are huge and each one seems to take over half an hour to drive around.In the midst of one of these, I espied an old house up the side of one of the valleys.  It was partially obscured by a hand-built stone wall.  I stopped the car and started hiking up the side of the valley to investigate.  Once I got up there, I began to think that maybe this place was actually occupied!  There were new lace curtains hanging in the windows and everything seemed to be in pretty good repair.So then, I felt like I was intruding, and not just exploring an old ruin.  But, it was 3 AM in the morning, and I figured if anyone was indeed inside, they must be fast asleep.  So I set up for a shot and then made a hasty elf-like egress.Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

You’ll get this photo and many more with the app. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Isabella on a Miniature Pony

A few evenings ago, we went to go visit The Brackstones, family friends that live nearby in Gibbston. Kerry Brackstone has taken to raising miniature ponies, so this sounded like something my two girls should not miss! We went over there for and the girls had an absolute ball on the ride. After that, we sat down for a fabulous dinner. And no, we did not eat the miniature ponies.

Isabella on a Miniature Pony

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programnormal program
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What’s in Trey’s Bag

Live Show Tonight – Bag Tours!

Join me live tonight for Trey’s Variety Hour where we’ll have on several guests that will give tours of their bags. I’ll be available for Q&A, so if you have questions, please write them below and I’m happy to answer! :)

Time: 7 PM CST (Your World Time)
Location: My Google+ Stream or my YouTube Live page (go there and click on “Live”)

What’s in my photo bag (updated)?

Over the past year I’ve been doing something secret: designing the ultimate camera bag (and everything bag!) with Peak Design, and now you can find out all about it and get one on the just released Kickstarter page! Here’s a video where I’m showing stuff…

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