Over the pond in Hobbiton霍比顿:湖畔


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 🙂

老崔创意求生箱

希望各位来参加我们工作坊的朋友能喜欢“Trey’s Creative Survival Kit”。这可是众多好东东之一啊。登陆工作坊主页,了解我们接下来的行程,也许离你很近呢:)

每日一瞥——霍比顿:湖畔

霍比顿无人机作品。我一大早赶到,因为得申请特殊许可才能飞——值了!来了霍比顿五六次了,每次都有新感觉。

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

Winter is Coming in The Remarkables


Happy July!

We’re halfway through the year team! Let’s make the 2nd half even better than the first half! We have all kinds of fun stuff planned and hope you’ll be with us all the way! 🙂

Daily Photo – Winter is Coming in The Remarkables

I have a secret Queenstown shame! I’ve lived here with my family for four years, and I’ve never been up into The Remarkables ski area! This is probably because I live closer to Coronet and it’s more convenient. But this is a silly reason because I came from Austin, Texas, where you have to drive at least one hour to go almost anywhere. Anyway, an extra few minutes in the car got us up into this snow filled and beautiful panacea. Being a landscape photographer, I’ve always been attracted to rugged and epic scenes, so pretty much everywhere I looked delivered a cinematic scene.

At one point, we took the snowmobiles as high as we could go then proceeded to hike up to Lookout Point. It was a hard hike through the thick snow. My fitbit said I climbed 70 floors, but I think I only really did 50 floors because I fell down about 20 of them. Anyway, once I finally got myself and all my equipment up the mountain, I got this panorama. The full rez version is quite huge — 3.5 meters across.

Winter is Coming in The Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Dart River Delta


Fitbit Add Me

Wanna be Fitbit friends? Why not! 🙂 Let’s do it… just add me via FB! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Dart River Delta

On another helicopter flight, we flew out over where the Dart River empties into the Wakatipu lake in Glenorchy. I don't know about you, but I'm mesmerized by the patterns these deltas make. I'd love to see a time-lapse over the past 50,000 years of how it has changed. I wonder if there is a computer simulation out there that shows it.

The Dart River Delta

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Golden Waterfall


Best Ball for Playing Fetch with Labradoodles?

Our dog Blueberry goes through a TON of toys… just tears them apart… but she loves playing fetch. Any suggestions for the best toys for long-distance throws and that is also durable?

Daily Photo – Golden Waterfall

This was a very difficult photo! We arrived in the Earnslaw Burn by helicopter fairly late in the day, so the light was getting low. There are about 100 waterfalls there, and we happened to find one that was backlit by the setting sun. I had to direct the pilot exactly where to go so I could get the shot without the sun lighting me up and reflecting myself onto the window. Almost everything we tried did not work until we found one spot where the heli was in the shadow but the waterfall was still illuminated.

Golden Waterfall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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