The Coastal Boulders

Reminder- A Million Free Photo Locations in Stuck On Earth

Stuck On Earth is still getting downloaded and used like the dickens! It’s still free to download and the community is growing and growing. Remember if you are planning a trip and want to Find Awesome Places To Stand To Take Photos, this is the app for you! :)

Here’s a little video that shows some of the features… note that even more have been added since we made this! :)

Daily Photo – The coastal boulders

These boulders in Moeraki are beautiful any time of the day, but morning is the best time to get this kind of light. Since it faces the ocean to the east, that morning sun comes blasting out right behind them. But no worries, if you can’t master-plan your visit to that degree, this area is beautiful any time of the day.

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The coastal boulders

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The Milford Sound Spray

Sony NEX-7 Review

As you may or may not know, Sony doesn’t give me free cameras or pay me to talk about their stuff. If this changes in the future, I’ll be sure to let you know! (Same with Nikon, BTW!). Anyway, I’ve just bought the new wide-angle lens for my NEX-7, and I’m in the middle of testing it… I’ll report back soon!

To find out more in the meantime, see the Sony NEX-7 Review!

Daily Photo – The Milford Sound Spray

People are sometimes disappointed when they come to Milford Sound and it is raining, but that is really one of the best times! The waterfalls go absolutely crazy, and there are, in my opinion, more interesting photos to be taken than in the sunshine. Of course, it’s a very different kind of photo, but you really can’t go wrong.

There are a few boat cruises that go out into the sound and the ocean as well… those are all highly recommended. If you see Eric Lim from Southern Discoveries, be sure to tell him hello from Trey!

Milford Sound Spray

The Milford Sound Spray

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Summer Storm on the Remarkables

Snow on Christmas?

Even though it is the middle of summer here in the southern hemisphere, I’ve heard there has been snow here on Christmas… usually it’s in the 60’s and 70’s (18-22 Celsius) in the summer, but every now and then these storms come through and dump a bit of snow!

Quick Timelapse

For today, I’m did a very quick timelapse of two days in a row in Queenstown, looking out into my back yard. As you can see Day 1 was super cloudy while it was preparing to snow. Day 2 you can see the fresh snow on the mountains.

Happy New Year – First Fireworks of the 2013!

Happy New Year!

Let’s have a great one together! :)

Fireworks Shooting Tips

What ya need:

– Super-stable surface
– Go into scary Manual mode
– Set your F stop to as LOW a number as possible
– Set your shutter to 15 seconds (but wait till the last bullet point!!)
– Set your ISO to, hmmm… well depends on your camera sensor… but let’s say 800.

Execution:

(also, play with your ISO and Shutter speed till you like what you see):

1) When you take the photo, you probably won’t have the camera on for a full 15 seconds. After you see a nice explosion, TURN OFF the camera. This will close the shutter. Most of my best shots are only 3-9 seconds… but leaving the 15 seconds there is like a buffer where you can decide based on the shapes in the air.

2) If you have a big-sensor DSLR, then ISO 200 may be okay. If you have a smaller sensor, keep trying 400, 800, 1600, etc until the light levels look good for your time of exposure.

3) Don’t forget to shoot in RAW so you can bring out all the final colors later! :)

Daily Photo – 2013 Fireworks in Queenstown

I decided to re-crop this photo at the last minute! If you dig around on Google+, you’ll see my first version. It was okay, but I think I like this square one better. Actually, I just can’t make up my mind. I feel like a woman trying on clothes, or, at least, what I think that would feel like.

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2013 Fireworks in Queenstown

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Driving Home…

Get a new Camera for Christmas?

Here’s a little interview I did on Fox News with Clayton Morris. It might help answer a few questions about your new camera!

Daily Photo – Driving Home…

As you approach Lake Tekapo from the East, you pass through an interesting set of geology. The mountains are rolling one second and ragged the next. I’ve noticed that some days also feature very strange light patterns, with heavy clouds overhead while shafts of evening light slice through and light up parts of the hills. I was able to capture this little scene, which only lasted about sixty seconds.

Mountains Lake Tekapo

Driving Home…

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Sheepstorm

Many New Books on Flatbooks.com

I know many of you go to www.FlatBooks.com to have a regular look at the latest offerings, but let me go ahead and give you these three in case you missed them!

from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com

Daily Photo – Sheepstorm

On the drive down to Te Anau from Queenstown, you pass countless fields of sheep with dramatic mountain backdrops. I think sheep in fields are already pleasant enough to look at, but it gets even better when there is drama in the mountains and drama in the skies!

I’m not exactly the Sheep Whisperer yet, but I have noticed that you have to be quiet as a mouse when approaching a fence to take a photo. If just ONE of them gets scared and runs, they ALL get scared and run.

Sheep in New Zealand

Sheepstorm

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Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

Review on Adorama TV

Thanks to that Instagram stumble, sales have been going crazy… we now have over 1 million downloads of 100 Cameras in 1 for iPhone and iPad (iTunes link)! Here’s a cool video from Adorama about the app.

Daily Photo – Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

Yes, these blues are real!

I’ve gotten tens of thousands of messages from people that say that New Zealand is in their plans to visit in the near future, and when you visit this area, you’ll see how crazy the colors really are. It’s like The Sound of Music To The Next Order of Magnitude… everywhere.

I’ve been adding this location and hundreds more to the free Stuck On Earth app — it should help you easily find these places when you eventually make it here! :)

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

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HDRSpotting 2.0 Now Live!

Come see the new HDRSpotting 2.0!

The team has been working very hard on the amazing new release of HDRSpotting 2.0! There are so many new features! Here are a few of them:

- Immediate approval of uploaded images
– Tools used! You can list out what software tools were used in the creation
– Infinite Scroll for that “Pinterest” feel
– Customizable square thumbnail crop
– Newly Popular algorithm keeps the front page filled with some pretty and inspirational HDRs
– New black background for full-screen viewing
– Search by lens, camera, and much much more!

Video about HDRSpotting

We used the first 15 minutes of the live show yesterday to show off some of the new stuff about HDRSpotting!

(and if you zoom ahead till 52:55, you’ll get to see a surprise visit from one of my daughters…hehe

http://www.youtube.com/stuckincustoms

Daily Photo – The Secret Pond in New Zealand

This amazing little place is right by my house! It’s less than a five minute drive. I put the location in HDRSpotting above… so if you click through, you can also visit this secret spot when you come here some day!

Pond Lake Queenstown New Zealand

The Secret Pond in New Zealand

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The Walking Path in Glenorchy

New Zealand Photo Adventure Sold Out!

Thanks again for all the interest in the New Zealand Photo Adventure! We will have more events in different parts of the world. If I spent 100% of the year teaching, then I’m sure that I could satisfy more people… so, my apologies. As it is, I spend about 10% of the year doing either in-person stuff or online teaching… but, anyway, I’m very excited for this event.

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Daily Photo – The Walking Path in Glenorchy

This is a new walking path that has just been built through the woods and wetlands of Glonorchy. As far as I know, it is pretty rare to have wetlands so close to towering mountains, isn’t it? I suppose I always think of the wetlands in flat areas, like Louisiana and places like this.

There are a few different routes to take. Some take just an hour, and others take a few. I want to go back to this area with some more time!

The Walking Path in Glenorchy hiking

The Walking Path in Glenorchy

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The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

Stuck In Customs Community

Most of you don’t fit into the one below, but all of you can come join in the action in the Stuck In Customs Community. Thank you all for posting so many photos there and having a good time! I’ve asked the moderators to please help out and keep “approving” photos. Many are getting marked as spam by the algorithms! But I think after we approve a few of your shots, they will automatically work in the future…

New Zealand Photo Community

Speaking of New Zealand, I started up a little New Zealand Photographers community on Google+. Here’s a little sample of what it looks like, featuring a photo of Wayne Lorimer!

Daily Photo – The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

I stopped at Lake Tekapo on the way to Christchurch for the great event there. Jason Law had told me all about the lupins here, so I was keen to see for myself! It was good to meet Jason and his crew there for a bit of shooting at sunset!

I enjoyed this spot so much that I came back on my drive home from Christchurch. And, if I were to speculate, I think I’ll visit this place about 1,000 more times! :)

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

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