Give Sheep a Chance

We don’t all…

Here’s one of my favorite Farside cartoons about sheep!

Daily Photo – Give Sheep a Chance

We took a drive out past Glenorchy towards Paradise the other day. About 30% of the time, I come across a shepherd moving sheep from one farm to the next. They totally clog up the road and it is hilarious. I'll never get tired of seeing thousands of sheep all clogged up in the road like this. I'm sure the shepherds find it all quite banal, but I love it!

Give Sheep a Chance

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Willows and Scarlett

Getting kids to pose

If you have any great tips for getting recalcitrant kids to pose for photos, let me know. Most of the time, my kids are good to go… but sometimes I have to be a bit tricky… always looking for new tricks!

Daily Photo – The Willows and Scarlett

Here is my youngest girl, swinging free under the willow trees in front of our house in New Zealand. I love the colors of these things in the 3 living seasons of the year. They change quite a bit, and I thought they looked good with Scarlett's blonde hair. She never gives up a chance to model for me! :)

This was shot at F/1.4 btw. When you scroll over the photo, if you see no EXIF, chances are it was taken with my manual Leica lens!

The Willows and Scarlett

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Across the Water Hazard

The Artist

This artist that made that statue across the water is Max Patte. Be sure to check out some of his other work too! I believe he’s also the guy that designed the new suit for Batman, among other things!

Daily Photo – Across the Water Hazard

The Hills golfcourse near my home has some absolutely beautiful water hazards! How can something be so pretty and scary at the same time? Honestly, I don't play a lot of golf because I kinda suck. So I usually prefer to take my camera around the course rather than my sticks!

Across the Water Hazard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Bend at The Hills

Getting that “Sunburst”

Don’t forget that you can get this kind of a sunburst if you set your camera to f/16 or higher. I find f/16 is usually good enough. You can go higher, but then you risk seeing more of the dust and junk on your sensor, which I always find annoying to fix in post.

Daily Photo – The Bend at The Hills

The Hills golf course near Arrowtown has a bunch of these quaint irrigation streams that flow around the golf course. I've never seen any other golf course with this kind of situation. The way they all bend and weave around the course are quite picturesque! It's also super-easy to take photos there too. I pretty much just walked along this thing for an hour getting a ton of different interesting photos.

The Bend at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Low Mist in Mackenzie Country

Coming to New Zealand?

As you know, we have one or two workshops a year here in New Zealand (click on the store up there at the top), but if you are coming on your own and have never been before, here is some advice. New Zealand is big. Way bigger than you think. Many people come for 3 weeks and really spend quite a bit of time driving if they are trying to visit both the north and south island. My advice is just to stick to the south island. That is where I live, and if you are into dramatic landscapes, it honestly doesn’t get any better.

Daily Photo – Low Mist in Mackenzie Country

While I was working with the Google team, taking photos of the Loon project, I went out one evening to see this. It is very close to Tekapo, where all the Google Loon Balloons were launching from. Sometimes right before dusk there is a nice inversion layer that makes everything extra-dreamy.

Low Mist in Mackenzie Country

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length95.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Frozen Grasses

Strange Visual Phenomenon?

What is the strangest visual thing you’ve ever seen? This little scene I describe below is one of them.

Daily Photo – The Frozen Grasses

About five seconds after I took this photo below, the sun came up over a mountain and made everything start to crystallize. The sun gave every little bit a different color of the rainbow. What was even more fascinating was while walking along the path with the sun, there was a moving set of rainbow drops everywhere. It looked like a thousand sparkling diamonds… never seen anything like it!

I tried to take a photo of it, but it just didn't work out right… You kinda had to be there! That’s a terrible thing to say, I know… but maybe I’ll get better and can figure out a way to capture it next time!

The Frozen Grasses

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Surprise Lake on Hole 1

Speaking of Portal

Any of you fans of that game Portal? Are they going to make a new one sometime soon I hope?

Daily Photo – The Surprise Lake on Hole 1

A few weeks ago we had an amazing amount of rain in Central Otago. The day it cleared up, I went over to The Hills to take photos with my friends Maura and Cliff. We walked around all over the place and I was surprised to see these lakes that formed all over the place. I’m always a sucker for a clean reflection. It reminds me of a secret portal to the mirror-world.

The Surprise Lake on Hole 1

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

The Earthmelting Truck

Grunge HDR

If you’ll notice, I haven’t been doing much grungy HDR stuff lately. I never did that much back in the day, but I did dabble in it. I could do more, I suppose, but I don’t really seek out all those abandoned kinda places. I don’t know why. I know some people really like that, and that’s cool. But I do find I end up going to pretty, beautiful places rather than rundown grungy places. I’ve never really thought about this until I wrote this paragraph, but it is an interesting thing I am noticing.

Daily Photo – The Earthmelting Truck

We recently found a new place thanks to a hot tip. This amazing truck that is being swallowed by the earth is about 30 minutes past Glenorchy on the way to Kerloch (I think I've spelled that wrong — my apologies). If you start looking along the side of the road for a dilapidated shack, then you’re on the right track. It’s just past a very tiny bridge. You can just park there and walk to the back side to get a view of this. The people that lived in that house didn't seem to mind that I was in their back yard.

The Earthmelting Truck

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Late Morning at Mitre Peak

Edited with Macphun

This photo below is one of many I have done lately with Macphun software. See more in my .

Daily Photo – Late Morning at Mitre Peak

If visiting Milford Sound, one great piece of advice is not to go all the way to the water’s edge at low tide. Some of the best shots are from the still reflection shots of the puddles that form from the retreating water. There are hundreds of these little pools. Some are clear without rocks and others have rocks. I decided to move around until I found a nice sequence of them.

Late Morning at Mitre Peak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture18
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Another Amazing Sunset at Bendemeer

Burning Man

Here’s a new video I made from Burning Man. How did I make the animations? Check out the Animoto Review here on the site.

Seeing Nature for What it Is

Sometimes while I’m taking peaceful sunset photos like this, I feel like I can see the matrix for what it is. It’s quite meditative and creative. I think more and more people are discovering some of these secrets of the Earth through photography. Maybe you know what I mean.

Daily Photo – Another Amazing Sunset at Bendemeer

This is a new housing development area near Arrowtown and Queenstown. They have huge tracks of land (to use a Monty Python reference from yesterday) and there are hardly any houses built there yet. That makes it kind of awesome and perfect for photography. When the grasses get long in the late summer, they blow in the wind. It’s almost like you can see the wind itself while standing there.

Another Amazing Sunset at Bendemeer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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