Climbing the Remarkables

My neighbor has llamas

Ever since I’ve lived here, my neighbor has these llamas that are always walking around his yard. It’s so strange, and I never get used to seeing it. They are such strange looking animals… like something from No Man’s Sky!

Daily Photo – Climbing the Remarkables

Here's what it looks like when you get to the top of the Remarkables and look back towards Queenstown. Beautiful, eh? It was almost impossible getting up here… I was so tired, and I had even taken a snowmobile most of the way up. Drudging up a mountain through knee deep snow much be one of the most taxing activities in the world!

Climbing the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-14 06:00:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Flying over Waiheke

New find on Spotify

I’ve gotten really into this guy “Max Cooper” β€” check him out! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

What a pretty island! I've heard about how pretty it is but really had no idea it was so “varied.” There are so many of these peninsulas and fingers out into the ocean… there must be over a hundred of them, and they all seem to have perfect little houses scattered here and there and everywhere.

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-27 09:42:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture14
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Looking back towards Queenstown

Instagram Fun

I’ve been going a bit Plotagraph crazy over on Instagram lately. Pop over there and have a lookie!

Daily Photo – Looking back towards Queenstown

Here's another shot from Social Media day from another perspective. This one is atop Mount Alfred looking back up the lake towards Queenstown. Maybe it gives some perspective of how huge this lake is. Another thing that you may notice is how pretty much no one lives along the lake! It shows how sparsely populated the south island of New Zealand actually is.

Looking back towards Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-15 23:28:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

On top of the World in New Zealand

Fun Social Media Day

This is one of the photos from “International Social Media Day” β€” which was an absolute blast! πŸ™‚ It started with the dog derby then ended down at a sheep station… great to meet so many people! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – On top of the World in New Zealand

There are so many incredible mountains here in the southern alps around Queenstown. I think this one is Mount Alfred and it's quite majestic! You can climb up it without too much trouble (well, there's no cliffs or anything), but that may take you 3-4 hours. In this case, we decided to fly up here with Over the Top Helicopters!

On top of the World in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 09:43:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

A Curtis for Scale and the Sling Bag!

The New Sling Bag Deep Dive!

Here’s the other bag that we launched alongside the geniuses at Peak Design. It’s the most inexpensive bag, and maybe the handiest if you’re not carrying a lot of stuff! I use this bag when I’m going out on minor photo missions… love it! See more on the Kickstarter page!

Where’s Waldo?

10 points to the first person to find Curtis in this photo! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Curtis for Scale

Here's an amazing new area up in Earnslaw Burn where I had never been before. The only way to get up here is via helicopter. It looked strange from the air and even stranger after we landed. That's a glacier up there on the left. Want to know how big this is? See if you can find Curtis standing in the photo.

A Curtis for Scale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:31:32
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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 Taken2016-06-30 03:28:31
  • 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 Taken2016-05-27 11:47:07
  • 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 Taken2014-08-12 15:54:39
  • 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

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