Hobbiton From Above

Trey’s Bag

I’ve recently updated and basically replaced my Camera Bag page here on the site. It lists my three most used bags for different situations!

Daily Photo – Hobbiton From Above

Another perspective on the flour mill in Hobbiton. Everything works on this mill on the outside, but I think the inside is fake. That's okay, eh? I can suspend belief for a bit! But it is nice to watch that little water wheel spin around and around and around. It makes me think I want a mill someday, which is a bizarre thing to want since I don't really like making my own bread.

Hobbiton From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

The drive to Glenorchy

It really is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. If you visit, try to plan to drive it twice, in different parts of the day. The light, clouds and weather will all be different… and you can stop and re-shoot the same magical spots over and over with differing results.

Daily Photo – Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

One day I went out on a little photo reccy with my friend Mark. We drove down to Glenorchy, but on the way there, we were treated with this extra-terrestrial treat! We get these clouds from time to time in Queenstown, but rarely do we see them swirl into this kind of a vortex. This was a long day for me, as I had just woken up at 5 AM to climb that same mountain you see there for some sunrise shots!

Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Study

More Abstract Work

I’ll start posting more of my abstract work in our Facebook Group at Becoming an Artist Facebook Group. Be sure to join that group and share your art too! :)

Daily Photo – A Study

Here's a photo I almost didn't publish. I actually take a ton of photos like this. Little studies in light and texture with some surprises here and there. It's quite abstract, and I don't publish a lot of that. This is part of a unique winery on Waiheke Island.

A Study

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Over the pond in Hobbiton

Trey’s Creative Survival Kit

For those of you coming to our various workshops around the world, I hope you’re enjoying Trey’s Creative Survival Kit. It’s one of the goodies that are included. Be sure to check out our Workshop page to see if we’re coming to a city near you :)

Daily Photo – Over the pond in Hobbiton

Here's another drone photo I got while in Hobbiton. I arrived early in the morning and had to get special clearance so I could do some flying. It was worth every second. I've been to Hobbiton about five times and was looking for a new perspective.

Over the pond in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Exploring the High Mountains

Quadcopter 101

I gave my friend an old quadcopter and taught him how to use it. I decided to record the whole thing on FB Live in case it might be helpful to others as well :)

Daily Photo – Exploring the High Mountains

A few weeks ago was World Social Media Day, which is strangely a new thing even though I'm involved with social media! :) Anyway, I got on an Over the Top Helicopter (owned by my friend Choppy) and we flew up here to Mount Alton with Jason Charless Hill, Hello Emelie, and Kyle, the Bare Kiwi! We had a fun time up here taking photos of the scenery and one another.

Exploring the High Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Spotify Fun

I am always updating my various Spotify playlists! Feel free to follow me there and have a listen!

Daily Photo – A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

On my first day on Waiheke, I was lucky enough to see a double-rainbow. This whole island was just amazing… and I definitely get a bit of a Teletubbies feeling while there. I got a ton of photos while there… and they all more or less look like this one! We had great weather the whole time too… Although from what I hear, that place almost always has great weather. I want to go back soon! :)

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Panoramas and Boundry Warping

If you have the new Lightroom, be sure to try out one of the new features when making a panorama. It’s called the “Boundry Warp” and it’s a new option when you fist start making your pano. What it does is basically it gets rid of all the “dead” white bits of your pano and lets you warp it around so you get edge-to-edge photo action!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

So, I both like this photo and I don't like it. I can't decide!

It's a panorama made out of about 20 different photos from my Hasselblad. I think the thing I don't like about it is the flat lighting. The only way to get good lighting in this hard-to-get-to area of New Zealand is to be there in the late Spring or Summer. Anyway, I'll go back and do this shot again, much better next time, with better light! Oh, and in Spring the water flow will be much better so it should be waterfall-city!

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Back to Hobbiton

Air New Zealand Video

Here’s a behind-the-scenes from Hobbiton! :)

Daily Photo – Back to Hobbiton

What an amazing place to return to again and again. Over the years, I've gotten to be pretty good friends with the management there after my first day-long session with Air New Zealand and the owner, Russell. That guy is amazing and his kid could not be more cute, as you can see in the video above. He's the little Hobbit-boy!

Back to Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Hills in the Autumn

Best place to see Fall Colors?

If you had to pick one location in the US in the northeast to see the seasons change, where would you choose?

Daily Photo – The Hills in the Autumn

I'll never get tired of the amazing colors here in the Autumn. I've still never made it up to the northeast in the autumn (around Maine), and that is still on my bucket list. But this is the best I have seen so far. I think that growing up in Texas made me kind of blind to all the colors that Autumn can really bring. I remember these “shoulder seasons” in Texas being very short, going right from a cold winter to a burning summer, you know? Here, each season gets its proper three months.

The Hills in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On top of the Remarkables

Happy Birthday to Me

Hey, I made it around the sun another year! This one was a tough one for sure… All kinds of crazy shit goin’ on! I haven’t shared much because it’s in the middle of it all… will share everything at the right time! :) No worries, though… I’m the ultimate trooper :)

Daily Photo – On top of the Remarkables

My good friend Curtis took this photo of me. I don't post a lot of photos of myself… just not really that sort of dude. Those sorts of dudes and dudettes are fine, btw. But I also know sometimes people like to see photos of me! Anyway, we were up in the Remarkables Ski Fields and went up to the very tip of the Remarkables. While up there, I took some photos (of course!) and Curtis got this one of me in the middle of it all.

On top of the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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