I was excited to hear that New Zealand has its own Father’s Day in September! So, this means I get two of them… Anyway, I was kind of surprised to hear this… why wouldn’t there be one universal Father’s Day? This is confusing to me… how could something like this have come about…
Daily Photo – Mountains at Lake Wanaka
Now that I am getting a bit more settled in New Zealand, I’ve begun to make a few short road trips. We haven’t found a house for sure, but we are getting pretty serious in that hunt! It’s a fun process, and we have many good candidates to choose from. Once the whole family gets settled, it will make everything a bit easier with the photography!
A few days ago, we took a mini-road trip to Lake Wanaka. It’s only about 2 hours away, and the mountains are pretty crazy. This day was extremely windy, so it took all of my manly weight to hold down the tripod when I took a short mini-hike to get this shot…
Thanks again everyone who has been ordering prints! Whether you order from SmugMug or do a custom high-end signed piece on metal, I am appreciative!
I received an email recently from a gentleman who has been unemployed for a long time and is now selling off his possessions so he can pay his mortgage! A sad story… He emailed me, lamenting that he had to sell this print and he was heartbroken. This print is QUITE rare – it is numbered 1/50 in the series. These normally sell from $2,000 to well beyond. In fact, if you buy it, you’ll have the same print as +Mark Zuckerberg – only yours will be more valuable than Mark’s because his is higher in the series.
Daily Photo – Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM
The winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on my balcony, and this is our amazing view! I’m renting a Bach here called “The Nest” – and it has incredible views all day long… and all night long too, as you can see!
If you’re going for the iOS version, you’ll notice it is universal for iPhone and iPad. We’re going to convert it for use on the Apple TV as soon as it accepts apps, so it will be nice to get it full-screen up on your wall as well. That will be a free upgrade when it comes around.
The app is a great collection of my photos, the stories, and more. You even have the option to saving the photos as backgrounds / wallpapers for your devices. And yes, it’s all super-HD, retina, etc. etc.
You’ll get this photo and many more with the app. Enjoy!
Daily Photo – Isabella on a Miniature Pony
A few evenings ago, we went to go visit The Brackstones, family friends that live nearby in Gibbston. Kerry Brackstone has taken to raising miniature ponies, so this sounded like something my two girls should not miss! We went over there for and the girls had an absolute ball on the ride. After that, we sat down for a fabulous dinner. And no, we did not eat the miniature ponies.
I took a nice long flight on Air New Zealand (where we received MOST excellent service) and made our way down to Queenstown, New Zealand.
Wish us luck!
I’ll keep you informed here during our adventure. It was a big decision to move the family of five here, and we are all very excited! I hope my kids get little Kiwi accents… that would be one of the wonderful little side-effects.
So, what are we dealing with here? Well, it took about a year to officially get our NZ residence visas. It was an exhausting process, but that bit of logistics is over. And then we had to begin the move of all our Stuff. The moving trucks came about six weeks ago to empty out our house in Austin, and they put all our stuff in two containers that are now on a boat en route across the Pacific. They are on one of those big boats that you see Chinese exporters using. I’m a little jealous my stuff went through the Panama Canal without me!
Now we are here in Queenstown renting a flat for a few weeks while we do hardcore house-hunting.
I’d like to buy a place that is on the lake you see below. Or, barring that, I’d like to buy land on the lake and build a house along with my studio next door. We’ll see how all that works out. Or, maybe we will buy an existing house and modify it. Or, maybe we will rent a house for six months, move our stuff in there, then find a permanent house and move in there.
As you can see, things are in disarray with our housing situation! It’s kind of a big deal, you know, choosing this location in which to live. It was too scary to buy a house over the internet – like a pair of blue jeans.
Why am I moving here? Well THAT is a longer story… I get this question a lot… I will write a longer story/video about it soon, but most of the reason is because of YOU. Because YOU have told your friends about the website and helped it grow, we can now have a bit of a lifestyle change so that I can be in a location where I can take everything I am doing to the next level. As always, I am VERY VERY VERY thankful for YOU and your support of me and the website… you have really changed my life.
And another New Zealand photo…
And here is a wonderful little video… it was made for an area of Queenstown called Jack’s Point, but it does give you a good idea of the environs…
Do any of my NZ experts know if there is any zorbing on the south island anywhere? I know there is a lot around Rotorua and stuff… where there are green hills the multiply like rabbits… but surely there must be a few options in the south, yes?
Daily Photo – Cart Racing in Queenstown
This may be my son’s favorite thing about Queenstown! In the summer, they open up this area at the top of the mountain where you can luge all day long. He never gets tired of it – and neither do I! When we go back, we’ll have to see if we can get some kind of a season pass or something.
He gets a little rough, and he’s a little bit ruthless. But I have a good 100 pounds on him, which helps everywhere except for the curves. He spins around the corners like Yoshi, and I’m a little more like Bowser…
I still have yet to find the perfect situation for this. I’ve tried many different gloves with flip-up fingers so I can use the camera, but they are usually not that great. My fingers still get deathly cold after thirty minutes. I think mittens are better, generally, because the fingers keep one another warm. And I’ve tried some flip-up solutions for those, which aren’t great either. What do you use?
Daily Photo – The Deep Icy Lake
Lake Wakatipu, cut by glaciers 15,000 years ago, plummets to 399 meters in depth (almost a quarter-mile)! There is something creepy about very-deep lakes. I don’t know what it is. I mean, anything could be down there. Something cold, old, and terrible… slithering around through a slurry of icy mud and grit, just waiting to shoot to the surface for a snack…
My good friend (and designer of our Website) Fabien Barral has made some unique letterpress calenders for 2012. He only has a few left and has put them on sale. He asked me to pass this along to you!
I create a special coupon for you, if readers enter the stuckincustoms code, they will have a reduction of 7€… If you need pictures, you can found some at www.letterpress-calendar.com
Daily Photo – Orange Queenstown Sunset
I had a late night of decadent chocolate at a great local haunt there in Queenstown. I ended up staying later than I expected because of said decadence. This meant I arrived back over to my rental house in Kelvin Heights as the sun was finishing its descent. I ran down to the beach just in time to see this light. There was a mild panic, but it was pre-soothed by the chocolate.
Thanks again for all the recommendations! So many of you recommended that we visit Akaroa on our visit to New Zealand, and it was a great suggestion.
You can walk along and see most of the commercial part and the harbor in less than an hour. One end is a long dock where they launch a few ships per day. Just as I got out to the end, this sailboat was pulling away from the dock.
This photo came from a single RAW file. There was way too much movement to let me do a multiple exposure in this one.
I’ll put up photos in the next week or so… But, you know, we are moving…. MORE INFO on that move later!
It’s a five-bedroom house in the Jester area, so there is a little bit o’ info for you. Drop me a note at wildcard (at) stuckincustoms.com.
I know many people will want to know more info right now… but just wait wait wait… I’ll tell you everything soon
Daily Photo – The Remarkables
If these mountains don’t have the coolest name ever, then I don’t know what does!
The mountains border the lake in Queenstown, but right before they dip into the deep water, a gentle dollop of green hills present themselves. They are those soft kind of New Zealand hills – the kind that look like you could just take a giant thumb and mush them around into one shape or another.
This is Hangout #16 (an older one that just got uploaded — we are on Hangout #19 already!). This one is about the business of photography, and I invited various people that make money in photography in different ways. Enjoy!
People involved included Gordon Laing, James Brandon, Cliff Baise, Dave Veffer, Keith Barrett, RC Concepcion, Anna Rumiantseva, and Jacob Lucas.
Daily Photo – Gentle Hills and Summer Storm in New Zealand
While driving from Nelson to the south, we went through an area with many vineyards and pastoral scenes. I mean, it doesn’t get any more pastoral than this. In fact, it’s so pastoral, it’s almost a time-warp and everything is in slow motion.
I stopped the car and jumped over a fence to walk out into a field to frame this shot. I thought it might work from the road, and I was in a bit of a hurry to get this weather system before it moved along too far.