New Plotagraph

TV ONE News Segment

Thanks to the team at TV ONE and Mark Hathaway for converting this from a hit-piece to a puff-piece! πŸ™‚

DAILY PHOTO – New Plotagraph

Here’s a Plotagraph I took from the quadcopter during the live filming of the show. It was nerve-wracking to be interviewed while trying to take photos and do so many things at once! πŸ™‚

The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

Guess what? Aurora HDR 2017 is announced!

See the new stuff here!

Pre-orders begin on Sep 15th with full release two weeks after that.

What’s New? Over 20 new features… I’ve been playing with all of them and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome! πŸ™‚

– Tone mapping rebuilt from the ground up and starts from a very realistic result and of course can be pushed to more extreme realms
– Batch processing! πŸ™‚
– Polarize filter
– All new presets included
– Radial Masking tool
– And a bunch more stuff our partners over at Macphun won’t let me say yet… secrets secrets! Well, I guess I can tell you the new UI is really incredible too.

Pricing? Current owners of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade for $49. First timers can get it for $89.

Live video from the top

When the sun started to come up, we launched another live Facebook video from up here. There is a small event in this video that involves falling.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

One morning we headed up to the top of the Remarkables here in Queenstown for a fun morning of photography. We rode on a ski cat (is that what they are called – you know the grooming machine?) to the top of some runs and then ran around and took photos. We also froze our asses off… good thing we had on lots of layers and good gloves! Oh, btw, I found a great glove company called “The Heat Company” β€” best gloves I've ever found.

The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Dunedin Sunrise Plotagraph

More about Plotagraphs

Check out the page here on the site for more info.

New Plotagraph Tutorial!

I made a much better version of the Plotagraph Tutorial. This one shows full end-to-end and has more samples. I also talk a bit about the price as well as how to share on various social media.

Daily Photo – The Dunedin Sunrise Plotagraph

Remember, this was made out of a single JPG – how cool! I made this animation be a bit faster than most to add to the drama. But, of course, you can choose whatever speed you like. Actually, this one has two different speeds for the sky and the water (the water is barely moving).


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White Church from Above

New Deep Dive Video

I’ve had a blast designing and building these bags with Peak Design. Here’s a new update from the team:

Two million dollars! We hit that milestone on Sunday afternoon and we couldn’t be more stoked. Over the past week the campaign has really picked up some steam…we’re now seeing nearly three times as many new backers every day as we did 2 weeks ago. You guys must be telling your friends or something. Absolutely incredible. Thank you, backers, for your continued support and sharing.

Sit down with Peak Design founder Peter Dering and head designer Art Viger as they take you through an up-close, personal, dare we say sensual journey in and around the Everyday Backpack:

On a personal note, I want you to notice how smooth Art Viger’s skin is in this video. It’s incredible. Smooth Dolphin in the Water!

Daily Photo – White Church from Above

When we were on Waiheke Island, we took a fun Heletranz chopper ride over to visit the Man o' War winery. This is the cute little church we saw upon landing. After we landed, we got out the quadcopter and then started seeing everything again from the air!

White Church from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking through the Hills

Textures Tutorial 2.0

If you don’t have that Tutorial yet, I highly recommend it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Walking through the Hills

I'm a big fan of using textures in my photos. I should do it more! I'm rarely disappointed and something interesting often comes out of the process. I took this photo on a moody day at The Hills golf course not too far from where I live.

Walking through the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

A dreamy day in Glenorchy

More from Glenorchy

Try clicking the “Glenorchy” link above to see all the shots from this amazing place. It’s only an hour from Queenstown and I recommend a visit!

Daily Photo – A dreamy day in Glenorchy

I've been to this amazing pathway a few times and each time it's quite magical. This is from my most recent trip down there with my friend Mark. He's been great because things have been so busy lately, I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot so much! This is a shame… lots of things pulling my time in different directions, so it's been great to have a day of shooting out with Mark!

A dreamy day in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.7

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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