A Panorama of Boomrock

A Live Show

We could not do a live show at this location because it was too remote, but there was ANOTHER Boomrock we visited. Here’s that Live video here:

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Boomrock

Our amazing day at Boomrock ended here at sunset. We raced cars, shot skeet, then knocked golf balls off the edge of this cliff into the ocean. Awesome! This is also the spot of the ill-fated golf-shot were we took out one of our quadcopters. The battery shot out the other side and will probably never be found again. (We did recover the quad then our friend Jonatas somehow magically fixed it!)

A Panorama of Boomrock

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-17 12:36:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

More from the property

Here’s a live broadcast we did from this amazing venue on Facebook.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Wow we had an amazing time here! Curtis, Dave, and I were like kids in a candy store. There were so many beautiful sights and such incredible food. I can't wait to go back and spend even more time there.

At one point, I was sitting down for lunch and I felt this TREMENDOUS bite in my crotch area. I looked across the table and saw hollow-legged Richard (the proprietor) was sitting there, so that knocked him off the suspect list. I immediately went to the bathroom and took off all my clothes to figure out what bit me. And there was a BEE in my yoga pants! I couldn't believe it. I have no idea how that bee got in there, but it wasn't happy, and neither was I.

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-19 07:49:22
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Flying over Waiheke

Bonus Video – Phantom 4 Pro Footage

This is all footage from the Phantom 4 Pro that I shot here in New Zealand — all locations are less than an hour from my studio here in Queenstown (a little Queenstown plug there!). Music is “AMB – Set in Stone” — see the full DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

Here's another quad shot (two days in a row!). Again, I loved the shot from the ground-based angle. But when I got the quad up in the air, it was a totally different scene. At least carrying around the Mavic is now easier than carrying around the Phantom. I really dig this little device!

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 12:00:58
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/710
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Civilization VI

Just one more turn… just one more turn. We’ve been playing this a lot as a family lately — I recommend it. Fun for all ages! Well, maybe you need to be at least 11 or 12… or the young ones can team up with the older ones.

Daily Photo – High Above Lake Wakatipu

One of my very first Facebook Live videos was taken during this photo adventure. I didn't expect the live video to work all the way out here in the boonies, but it did! I had a great time out taking photos and exploring this area. What a treat! 🙂

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:45:17
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Crystal Mountain

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Daily Photo – Crystal Mountain

Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.

Crystal Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:23:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

My Favorite Party Speaker

I want to recommend the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker. It’s fantastic and I travel with it everywhere… Also be sure to get the firmware update to get the new light mode that has a rainbow equalizer. It’s so cool!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Each time I go to Hobbiton (I think I've been about five times now), I have this grand plan to take photos of each of the 44 Hobbit holes. And then I get out there and get completely distracted by the beauty and end up getting pulled in 10 different directions. I’m such a huge fan of this place… and I’ve been lucky to have “free reign” a few times, getting there early at sunrise before all the tourists arrive. It’s still awesome, even doing the tourist thing, but I was able to spend a bit more extra time to get some key shots I’ve wanted.

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:20:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Preparing for a Night Ski

Quad Fun

I could never quite get the angle I wanted from a ground-based photo so I got the Phantom up in the air to get this shot. I think the perspective is much more interesting!

Here’s a video I made just after moving here. you can see some of this night skiing in a quick time-lapse segment.

Daily Photo – Preparing for a Night Ski

This is the surreal scene I see in my back yard in the summer. We back onto Coronet Peak here in the southern alps. Every winter for a few nights a week they turn on all the lights for night skiing. It's such a strange sight at night to peer out the window and see an entire mountain lit up… it reminds me of jewels sparkling on the bottom of the ocean.

Preparing for a Night Ski

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 17:59:20
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO203
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.31

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Here are some quick aerial vignettes from this week out taking photos with our workshop of photo adventuring! We visited a ton of locations, but we only flew the quad in a few. Between taking photos, I set the quad into video mode. To see more about our workshops (everything is sold out this year, but maybe some secret ones coming up in Europe!) see our Workshop Page.

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Daily Photo – Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

One morning our NZ Workshop crew was lucky enough to see this amazing balloon alight over the morning mist. I go to this lake a lot for a run, but I've never seen a balloon do this. So awesome! I can only imagine the view from the balloon. This is on my list of things to try soon

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:55:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Fun with the Girls

I decided to test out the new Mevo camera and help my daughters record something for their YouTube channels! Scarlett’s channel (Husky Fun) and Isabella’s channel 🙂

Daily Photo – Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Be sure to check out our Workshops page for some hot upcoming stuff. Here's a place we usually always visit (weather dependant) on our photo walks. This is a beautiful area of the lake about an hour away from Queenstown. Every time I go there it's completely different and staggeringly beautiful!

Anyway, it was another GREAT workshop group. Thanks so much everyone for coming out. When people ask me how it went, I joke, “Well, no one asked for their money back!” hehe… but it's true that has never happened. Knock on wood! Or, “Touch Wood” as they say here in NZ.

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:46:06
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/680
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Details

Another Flight

Here’s a tiny (unpublished on YouTube video) that we took on a recent scouting trip to the burn. This was a really intense snow day. We expected to get a ton of water flow, but it was so cold that all the water was trapped into snow.

Daily Photo – Glacial Details

While in Earnslaw Burn, we made a variety of landings. Some were down in the valley, but one of them was very high near the glacier. On the upper landing, we were right by these very unusual rock formations. I've never seen anything quite like it, so I spent a lot of time taking little detailed photos like this one.

Glacial Details

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:32:43
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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