Bee Harvest Family Time!

Thanks again Jim Pollard!

Thank you, my friend Jim, for taking these photos. Everyone be sure to go out and check JimPollardGoesClick.com to see more of what he does! He says he never really takes family photos like he did with us for the day (his wife Vicky does though). He does weddings, and he’s amazing at them!

Bee Harvest Day with the Ratcliffs

Here we are on one of the harvest days… I don’t share a lot of family photos, but thought you might like to see! :)

All in all, I think we got about 100 jars of honey! Thanks little bee friends! :)

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Exploring Hobbiton at Night

A Trip to the North Island

Are you coming to New Zealand some day? People always ask me where to go! I should put together some kind of guide or something… but who has the time? Anyway, if you’re only gonna be here for less than 2 weeks, I advise spending the whole time on the South Island. If you’re here longer, definitely pop up to the North Island to check out places like Hobbiton in Mata Mata below!

Daily Photo – Exploring Hobbiton at Night

I want to walk around this place every night and take photos! I don’t think I’d ever get tired of it… how awesome would it be to live inside that Hobbit hole and have all your friends and family in all the other holes all around you. It would be a mega photo party every night I think!

Exploring Hobbiton at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Reflections on Reflections

Reflection Shots

One good idea for reflection shots is to make sure there is some kind of randomness or lack of symmetry in the bottom half of the photo. Otherwise, it will look like a straight up Photoshop fake-reflection!

Daily Photo – Reflections on Reflections

This place near Mount Cook looks like the perfect idyllic clean lake, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t! A bit more artifice here I suppose… but Stu and I spent the night in our truck right by the waste-water treatment facility! The water was actually quite disgusting, but it was a small enough waste-pond so that the water was nice and still. And, luckily, there was no wind!

Reflections on Reflections

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Pausing for the Reflection

Some of the creation process

I went out to go get a bunch of reflection shots and made a few videos! I did a fun deal with WD to help promote it too, which was a pretty fun thing… anyway, you can see more below!

Daily Photo – Pausing for the Reflection

Here's one of the many reflection shots I got that day… that was fun! It's not like I need an excuse to run around and shoot, but I thought putting together some tips on getting a reflection shot would be a good idea and mission!

Pausing for the Reflection

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture13
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

More from Lake Tekapo

See this church below? Here’s another video that I shot in this area a few years ago when I was using the Sony NEX system… of course, now I’ve moved to the Sony A7 system! You can read more about these and more on the Reviews page here on the site.

Daily Photo – Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

Stu and I had a really fun road trip on the way to Christchurch, where we took a flight down to Antarctica. Along the way, we had a fun night here in Tekapo. There's actually an AMAZING sushi restaurant right by here… we stayed there a LONG time and ate a lot of sushi and had a lot of sake, then stumbled over to take this photo during an amazing sunset!

Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photography and Neuroscience

Here’s a very cool article called When Photographers Are Neuroscientists from Nautilus.

Outdoor pizza oven

I’ve never wanted an outdoor pizza oven so bad! This bad boy made a pizza in, and I am not kidding, 1.5 minutes!

Daily Photo – Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

This is one of the best pizza nights of my life! We had a mini-get-together with me, Curtis, Rene, and Stu and made about 9 pizzas in this pizza oven right there… we ate pizza out under the stars and watched movies projected on the side of a wall. We had blankets and were cozy and everything. It sounds like the perfect date night, except it was just 4 dudes! haha… anyway, we were all so bloated and moaning from pizza pain… it was a weird scene but mega awesome!

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Running Through Glenorchy

Best app for finding hiking trails?

Does anyone know a good app for this? I’ve mostly been using Google Maps, but I know there are a lot of hardcore hikers out there, so I thought maybe someone has made the “ultimate” app.

Daily Photo – Running Through Glenorchy

One day we went out for a little family walk through Glenorchy. As usual, my two little girls ran around everywhere like wild animals… and, as usual, I had my camera. It was a good day… one of those that starts out a bit cold but everything warms up as you start walking around!

If you come out this way, be sure to go on this walk in Glenorchy… everyone knows about it… a super small one-horse town and the walk is easy to find… just ask anyone you see wandering the streets!

Running Through Glenorchy

Photo Information

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

Periscope Up! Join me for Wine, Cheese, and Photo Questions Tonight!

Experimenting with Periscope

Time/Date:
– 9 PM Friday PT, 11 PM Friday CT, Midnight New York and EST!
– (5 PM New Zealand Time Saturday)

You guys know I’m an early-adopter of sorts. I had a GREAT experiment with this new app for iPhone/iPad called Periscope, which is connected to Twitter and allows me to broadcast live any time.

Download Periscope for Free here.

Basically, any time I choose, I can choose to broadcast live and share what I see, ask questions, or answer questions. I’m gonna experiment again tonight, so come join me and help me explore this! Right now, it’s only iOS, but I hear the Android version is coming soon. Either way, you can watch live on the web and still ask me questions through Twitter.

Quick Preview?

Here’s a Periscope I did last night on a whim. If you get the app, then you can just add me then scroll down and watch the “replay” — warning, it’s not high-production quality or anything… just raw and straight to me. Here is the link.

What happened in the live event? (look, this is really random and unplanned… sort of raw and whatever!

[Update: According to my friend Sara Haider at Periscope, the replay did not upload/save! So that is too bad… but here is what you missed!]

- I started answering questions about Sony cameras
– I opened a bottle of “Wrath”
– I had some cheese and crackers
– Old friends popped into the live broadcast and I said hello!
– I threw a toy to my dog, Blueberry
– I answered some more questions about Sony camera models and which you should get
– My 5-year-old daughter appeared and did a Maori dance
– I answered more questions and had wine and cheese and crackers
– My daughter stole one of the grown-up crackers
– My friend Tatorandtots from Ireland arrived and I gave her a toast from my wife and I.
– I got in trouble from my wife for not helping with our dinner party so I shut down the broadcast

there were three moons that day that cut the sky

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Getting a little higher

I know that title sounds like a little recreational drug use, and maybe it does, but really it’s talking about this quadcopter shot! I got this one with the DJI Inspire, and I pretty much went straight up, maybe about 100 meters or so. But I find the perspective to be maybe just a bit more interesting than the ground-based shot.

Daily Photo – Flying over the Lindis Pass

This is the place most people cross the Southern Alps when getting from one side of the South Island of New Zealand to the other. It's fairly mountainous, but not as rocky and impenetrable as the rest. But in this strange transition zone, all the landscape scenes are just strange and different. I think it is because of the strange weather and erosion patterns… never seen a situation quite like this anywhere else in the world.

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Yesterday’s and Today’s Image

I don’t know if you noticed yesterday’s and today’s image or not, but I’ve been doing something a little different with sharpness passes and filters. More and more I’m using MacPhun Intensify and Tonality — definitely some of my favorite filters!

Lightroom Presets

Today’s photo was made with one of the presets from the January 2015 Pack of the Lightroom Presets. I’m glad people are enjoying them so much. It’s very fun for me to experiment a LOT more and create 10 fresh ones per month. It’s a bit of a challenge to always try new looks and experiment, but I am glad you are all experimenting with me! :)

Daily Photo – A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Isn't this a wonderfully strange photo?!?

We went with our friends Mark and Sonia down to the beach in Wanaka to spend the day recently. It was so sunny and awesome to spend the day with everyone. I know it's opposite-land down here, our summer is the Northern hemisphere's winter, so seeing recent off-season photos can be confusing!

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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