Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

A little behind-the-scenes

Here’s a fairly random video that we shot while on the Hobbiton Movie Set. We were doing a few videos for The Arcanum! It also shows some other random stuff during a little New Zealand adventure…

Daily Photo – Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

I know I post a lot of photos from Hobbiton, so you gotta give me a break! haha… It's so pretty there. On this particular night, we were out very late shooting… it turned out to be kind of a small photowalk! A few people from a tour spotted us and came over to say hello, so we invited them right along. Whenever I do shots like this, it makes me wonder why I don't go out every night!

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of New Zealand

A New Video!

A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness…

I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/landscape-and-travel-photography-tutorial-new-zealand/

Animation/Slideshow – more info at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/animoto — or see my review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/animoto-review/

Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at https://www.facebook.com/ArmaDelAmorNZ

A Colorful Frosty Morning

Dressing in the early morning

I’ve taken up what I think is a bit of a bad habit. I basically pile up my 4 or 5 favorite warm clothes right beside my bed. This means that when I wake up in the morning, I can basically just kind of roll over and just get dressed in the dark so I am nice and warm before I go outside to take photos. I think it’s a bad habit because it’s such a tremendous mess! Anyway, I’m very forgiving of the mess in the morning because I stay nice and warm!

Daily Photo – A Colorful Frosty Morning

We had a crazy-frosty morning very early after the sunrise. Often times, I am much to lazy and cozy-coze in my bed to get out and take photos. But on this particular morning, I did! I popped out of bed, jumped over a few fences, and found my way under this tree.

A Colorful Frosty Morning

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Back Home from Skipper’s Canyon

In the middle-zone

Now that I’ve lived here for about three years, I’m starting to notice what it is line when the temperature and altitude just vary a few degrees. I’m down in that valley you see below, but a little bit up on the hill. When it starts to rain, I can go outside and figure out how high up the snow (more or less) is going to accumulate. Down the road from us, it’s about 150 lower, so sometimes we accumulate snow and they do not. It’s so interesting living in a vertical climate! I’m sure many of you are used to this… but growing up in the plains of Texas makes this a totally new experience!

Daily Photo – Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

When my friends Cliff and Cher were here, I took them on a little jaunt over the mountain to Skipper's Canyon. A fresh snow had fallen, but it only fell up here on the top bit of it all. It was so lovely with the white above and the lushness down in the valley below, so I stopped to grab this photo.

Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Behind-the-Scenes with Air New Zealand Video hits tomorrow!

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The Behind-the-Scenes with Air New Zealand Video hits tomorrow!

Curtis tells me that tomorrow (Friday), we are releasing a special Behind-The-Scenes video with Air New Zealand. I spent a few days here at the Hobbiton Movie Set and we recorded the whole thing… it’s a really cool video and you can see how I set up all the shots, worked with the models, selected my composition, and helped to lay out the scenes.

Update: Released!

Here’s the video. If you wanna see the full 40-minute loooong version, just go sign up here StuckInCustoms.com/Hobbit (it’s free, and merged into our normal monthly newsletter).

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole in Bag End

Hobbiton in the Morning

Inside The Hobbit Hole Of Bilbo Baggins

Exploring the Hobbit Holes

The Clouds Of Hobbiton

Scarlett on the Path

Glenorchy Cafe

If you do ever head out to Glenorchy, be sure to eat at the rather generically named “Glenorchy Cafe” — it’s super tasty! We go there every time… and there is some very evil desserts there too that are not to be missed!

Daily Photo – Scarlett on the Path

Here's Scarlett posing (again!) on this amazing walkway in Glenorchy. We actually went out there as a family for Mother's Day, but when I take Scarlett's photo, she prefers to be by herself so that all the attention is right there on her! She's a non-stop posing machine… so funny… girls!

Scarlett on the Path

Scarlett on the Path

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Air New Zealand, Behind the Scenes

Want to see the Behind-the-Scenes video?

I did a fun photoshoot with Air New Zealand, and some of the photos are just now starting to come out. We also made a cool behind-the-scenes video there, which we will release for free to newsletter subscribers (which is also free!)


HDR Photo

Here’s one of the unofficial, behind-the-scenes photos I took in between scenes… That’s Rosanna there – I love the elf ears!

rosanna1

Daily Photo – The Seats on Air New Zealand

I set this shot up in New Zealand… it was pretty challenging to shoot, but you'll see more in the behind-the-scenes video! But I'm very happy with the way it turned out…

The Seats on Air New Zealand

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Reflections at Milford Sound

Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Five!

Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer!

Here’s some footage taken with Google Glass while recently in Japan. You can also see me shooting my friend Lindy Nsingo in the middle of the busiest intersection in the world. At the end, I have a little slideshow of my favorite shots from the area. You can see the full-screen versions of all these photos right here.

You can also see my friend Brian Matiash trying sushi for the first time… some craziness at a Marble Slab Creamery, some street photography in Harajuku, and other random things like me breaking into a maid cafe because I was too lazy (and embarrassed) to stand in line!

Tide App?

Does anyone know of or use a good app to keep track of tides near your location? I always forget to check when I am near beaches… and then I get there and wish there was a quick way to look! It would be even better if it could download the info and it was available offline since I often don’t have internet at remote locations!

Daily Photo – Reflections at Milford Sound

One of the coolest bits of visiting Milford Sound is all the little reflection pools that appear in low tide. It's usually hard to get a perfectly clear reflection of Mitre Peak off the waters of the fjords because of winds. Sometimes in the morning it is still, but usually not. But there are at least ten or so of these little reflective pools around and about. On this particular day, I was lucky to get that moon in position over the peak! What are the odds?!?! Not high I tell you!

Reflections at Milford Sound

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture13
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Dragon Teeth

Categories

Down below I mention that I have several shots from Milford Sound here on the blog. Don’t forget you can click on “Milford Sound” right under the title there to see all the photos!

Daily Photo – Dragon Teeth

You've now seen me post MANY shots from Milford Sound down here on the South Island of New Zealand. It's such an awesome place, and I enjoy trying to do “new” photographic things while down there. As you can imagine, there's nothing wrong with a straight-up shot, but I thought of this sort of idea on my most recent sojourn down there!

Dragon Teeth

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Walking on an Alien Surface

A great blog post

Here’s a very nice blog post about Being Brave from Marjorie McDonald. Thanks so much Marjorie! She’s one of the lucky Apprentices to get into The Arcanum and her Master is the great Ron Clifford!

New Post on the Flatbooks Blog

Did you know that we started a new blog over at Flatbooks? We’re posting articles full of tips & tricks from our authors over there. A new one just went up from Scott Wyden Kivowitz on neutral density filters.

We also have a new Facebook page as well – make sure you follow it to get all the latest!

Daily Photo – Walking on an Alien Surface

I don't know if I could ever find this place again! But wow, it was so cool!

I was about 25 minutes outside of Te Anau, and I pulled over to take a break. I walked over a little hillock and saw this massive sea of hot yellow sponge on the ground. It was amazing! It was SO SOFT to walk on… each footstep had me sink down about 2 inches! It then sprang back up, good as new. I even laid down on it for a while to watch the clouds soar overhead… oh New Zealand, you are full of surprises!

Walking on an Alien Surface

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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