Walking down to the Lake

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I took a bunch of photos here in New Zealand – 1000 in fact! These are my favorite 36 from that grouping, and I talk through them a little bit… you’ll notice the field below in one of them! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Walking down to the Lake

The fields around Queenstown and Arrowtown become multicolored between any shade of yellow and green. There are even orange and red… so strange and interesting that the grass itself becomes as colorful as wildflowers.

Walking down to the Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-10 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fog Across Central Otago

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition

I recently bought this phone and I really love it. Whenever people get an Android phone, I always recommend the pure Google edition because it is generally better. It gets updates right away to the software and it doesn’t have the strange UI skin that so many manufacturers annoyingly put on top of Android.

Daily Photo – Across Central Otago

One evening I was in Tekapo and considering waiting on the sunset there. I decided to drive to Pukaki to check it out, but I stopped halfway when I saw this aqua fog roll in across the fields. I ended up spending my time in this field all the way through the darkness. The fog was very deceptive because it seemed like it was moving slowly, but it did change form and shape quite a bit.

Across Central Otago

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-12 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length120.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Across and Through Milford

Camping in Milford

I remember sleeping outside one night in Milford. I was pretty cold, but I had a great sleeping bag. There was a tiny little hold in the top of my sleeping bag, and around 3 AM, a possum came and stuck his face and mouth into the hole! It scared the living Jesus out of me… man, I’ll never forget that one.

Daily Photo – Across and Through Milford

I love sailing through the fjords of Milford! I’ve done this a few times now, and there is always something new and a different kind of light.

I think a lot of people are disappointed if they get to Milford Sound and it is raining. I would not feel that way if I were you because things can perhaps be at their most dramatic! There can be a ton of little waterfalls and crazy clouds even in the middle of the rain. So don’t let the rain dissuade you from taking the boat out and about!

Across and Through Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-09 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

The Painted Landscape

More about Deer Park Heights

There are a lot of people that want to get up to this spot to take photos, but it’s all closed off. You can indeed sneak up here, but it’s not all that easy. For one thing, I saw a buffalo on the way up, and you don’t want to run around those guys… no telling what they will do.

Just a few years ago, you used to be able to drive up here and take food to feed all the animals that run around these hills, but sadly all that has been closed down.

Daily Photo – The Painted Landscape

Here’s another photo that was taken atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown. It’s virtually inaccessible since they closed it off because of family fighting. I just want to go up there more for artistic purposes… quite innocent… I’m not interested in the family squabbles — there is art to be made!

The Painted Landscape

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-12 05:58:10
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17mm (17mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Blue

Paths in photos

I have a pretty good theory about paths in photographs! Here it is. I don’t know if it is right or not… but, well, probably.

So, when a human looks at a photo of a landscape, I think part of their brains imagines themselves walking or moving from one part of the landscape to the next. They try to get a sense of the 3D-ness of the photo and wonder how long it will take to walk to some distant object, tree, mountain, etc. The more hints you can give as to the distance of objects, the better. But, one thing that people always seem to enjoy seeing is some kind of a path (or, as in the photo below, a road). This is satisfying to see because their brain likes knowing there is an easy way to get from point A to point B. It’s not something that’s on the surface of the mind, but it is deep down… and I think paths generally make a photo more interesting to the brain.

Daily Photo – The Blue

What’s the best thing about the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy in New Zealand? This view! Well, honestly, there are about 1000 places to stop, each of which is idyllic for a wonderful landscape photo, but this ONE spot is a stop I always make. It is right by the road, so it is super-convenient. It’s one of those shots that is a “lay-up” as my friend Tom likes to say! πŸ™‚

The Blue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-17 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Tripods in all the wrong places

There was a 7-foot fence all around the tower. So, it was kind of fun to take tripod, open it up, and then use IT to straddle the fence rather than myself. Also, thanks to the articulating screen, I was able to aim it downwards so I could actually see what was going on. I think this is the only time I’ve ever aimed that screen downwards! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Walking around the streets of Christchurch at night was so creepy! It was cool, because I felt totally safe, but still…so strange. There are ruined buildings everywhere and hardly anyone is around. You do absolutely feel like you are on the set of a zombie movie!

I look forward to going back and getting more photos. There’s still plenty of life in the city — many pockets of lively and interesting activity, made even more lively by the weirdness of the whole scene.

Another Ruined Church in Christchurch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-14 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Barn at Lake Hayes

Great Rental Property between Arrowtown and Queenstown

It turns out that my friend (and neighbor!) here in New Zealand inherited this amazing place and has recently converted it into an amazing rental property. You can see more at The Barn at Lake Hayes website.

I offered to go take photos of the inside and outside for him so he’d have some pretty shots for the website. I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out… maybe I’ll go over there for some more parties and get a chance to get more photos at sunset before things get too crazy…hehe. The last party we had over there was catered by an amazing sushi chef here in town… I’ve never seen people actually drink one of those huge bottles of sake — I thought they were For Display Purposes Only.

In case you don’t know (most people not from here do not know) — Queenstown and Arrowtown are only about 20 minutes apart. In between them is this beautiful lake called Lake Hayes. So, if you’re looking for a unique, secret little spot nestled away, then this is a great one for you! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Barn at Lake Hayes

I had jogged by this place many times before I figured out that my friend actually owns it! Whenever I run in a new place, I’m also kind of scouting for future photo-shoots… looking for locations and cool scenes and whatnot. This one certainly leapt out at me, so I was pleased to find out that taking a photo of it would be in my immediate future!

The Barn at Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-14 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture10
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bel in the Field

Her Handiwork

See Bel in the field in today’s photo? Here’s some of her handiwork… she made this whole video! If you want to know more, see the Landscape Tutorial Series page! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Bel in the Field

Here is Bel Jones, caught in the middle of filming the New Zealand photo adventure a few months ago. We stopped in a field on the way to Milford Sound to do some shooting… She got low in the grass like an African predator to get her shots… so turned the camera back at her for a moment while she was getting some b-roll!

Bel in the Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-09 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length116.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone on 18

Speaking of golf…

Someone told me a stat that only 20% of people can break 100 if you are honestly keeping score. Do you think that is true? I’ve been poking around for that stat… maybe you know the one I am talking about… or know where that statistical analysis is.

Daily Photo – Alone on 18

I always have weird and surreal experiences on this golf course. Firstly, of course I take my camera ll over the place along with my clubs. There is rarely anyone else on the course. Some days they have tournaments and it fills up… but it’s mostly just empty and surreal. I also listen to strange music while I roll around, taking photos, and the stopping occasionally for some golf. When I finished here on 18 one evening, I was actually the last person even around… even that awesome clubhouse there in the distance was empty…

Alone on 18

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-03-24 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Little Stream Through The Hills

Running out of days for Spring (In New Zealand!) discount

This is the early warning on final spots at a cheaper price on the upcoming October photography workshop here in New Zealand. That link will take you to a page with a lot more information and a video that shows more about the event. And if you already registered, well then I look forward to spending a lot of time with you here in my backyard! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Little Stream Through The Hills

This lovely little stream curves a hundred different ways through a thousand different compositions here between Queenstown and Arrowtown. I’ve walked along only a small part of it, and I look forward to doing it a lot more. It’s here on The Hills golf course, and I’ve lost a total of two golfballs in here so far. More soon to come.

Little Stream Through The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-14 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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