Gliding Over the South Island

BTS Video

Here’s a quick video I made with Google Glass while creating this photo!

Daily Photo – Gliding Over the South Island

I had a wonderful time out in a glider over the middle part (the Canterbury area) of the South Island of New Zealand. I had been learning more and more about currents of air and clouds from my paragliding training, and I learned a lot more on this day. Right under those clouds there is often a vertical shaft of air that is handy if you need some altitude. It’s kind of a revelation to me, really. I guess I thought 99% of wind went north/south/east/west, but there’s just as much that goes up and down… you just don’t feel that bit on the ground.

Gliding Over the South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Sweet FVJ

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Daily Photo – Sweet FVJ

I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.

Sweet FVJ

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Making Pizza with Friends

Glad you guys are enjoying the new Presets

What? You forgot we released new Lightroom Presets for June? Fear not! Pop over and collect ‘em all now! :)

Outdoor Pizza Ovens

This is not mine, but it made me want to get one! This one is so epic… looks steampunky, like it’s almost right out of the industrial revolution. I want!

Daily Photo – Making Pizza with Friends

I had an amazing night here with some friends in Queenstown making pizza, drinking wine, and watching movies outside until we all fell asleep. Honestly, we made TWELVE pizzas and ate them all. It was ridiculous. Here’s a photo my friend Rene got of Curtis and I preparing 1/12.

Making Pizza with Friends

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Moonset in Queenstown

Best App for Moon/Sun Activity?

As far as I know, the best one is the badly-named “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”— and I just noticed on their website they have a desktop version — cool!

Daily Photo – Moonset in Queenstown

I get to see this almost every morning from my studio when the moon sets. Of course, it’s not always at this time of day, but sometimes it is! I’m not one of those hardcore moon guys who knows where the moon is gonna be and stuff. Occasionally though, I have friends around me that know this stuff, and that helps tremendously!

Moonset in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

During the Autumn workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand

Future Workshops

Be sure to pop over to our workshops page to find out what is coming next. There are actually many on there not even announced, so watch out for the newsletter to ensure you find out first about future offerings in New Zealand or other places, far and wide!

Daily Photo – During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Here’s one of many stops we made during our amazing week together on the New Zealand Photo Adventure. It’s always an amazing week, and this year the colors seemed better than ever. But I say that every year. I think I forget, you know, how beautiful this place is here in Arrowtown, which is only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. It seems SO FAR for us locals, but it’s really just a rounding error, isn’t it?

During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

How did the art director feel about me using a mirrorless camera? What kind of problems did I have on set with costuming? What happened when one of the hobbit-kids freaked out because of the prosthetic feet? What were the challenges in the post-processing?

Join me on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand as I do a photo shoot campaign for Air New Zealand. I almost never do client work, but since NZ is my new home, I made an exception. Besides, I like Air New Zealand!

Daily Photo – Inside the Greatest Temple

You may remember a post from a few weeks ago where I showed the outside of what I consider one of the most amazing temples in the world. It was from Pattaya, Thailand, and one of the most remarkable things is how new it is. Can you believe all this has been built just in the last 20 or 30 years? It’s very Burning-Manish too inside, which is always a plus with me!

Inside the Greatest Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Recap: SPEAKING AT TEDX

There’s a grouping of questions about me that come up pretty often. How did I become a photographer? What’s the backstory? What are some of the counter-intuitive things that I figured out along the way via series of embarrassing stories? Well, here’s all that and more!

Daily Photo – My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

I loved this bit at the end when my son Ethan came up on stage with me. He’s getting big, eh? I’m very proud of him… made me cry more than just a little up there!

Thank you Dan Childs for taking this photo!

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraEOS 5D Mark II
  • Camera MakeCanon
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length115.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

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