Spending the Night on the North Island

The North Island of New Zealand

I need to spend more time in the North! I feel so New-Zealand-Lame! I spend SO much time in the South Island, exploring all the mountains and everything… so I am feeling like I am a little lost up there, you know? I gotta get my act together!

Daily Photo – Spending the Night on the North Island

I stayed for the night with my friend Stu Robertson at his amazing secret hidaway. It was awesome. We shot of fireworks and made all kinds of really bad decisions… at one point in the night, things were so lovely that I stopped for a moment to take this photo.

Spending the Night on the North Island

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 9, 2014 at 8:20pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Temple Rises and the new MacPhun Review!

New Macphun Review!

Check out the Macphun Review here on the site. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a nice piece of software… You can also pop right over to buy it at MacPhun Creative Kit!

Here’s a few sneak peaks of what it looks like… more inside the review!

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Daily Photo – The Temple Rises at ปราสาทสัจธรรม

I just visited this rather AMAZING temple here in Thailand. This is called Wang Boran. After I got down through the trees to explore more, I was completely shocked at this place. Wow… Maybe you can get a sense of it from the other pictures in the MacPhun review above… will write more about the story of it all soon! 

The Temple Rises at ปราสาทสัจธรรม

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 28, 2014 at 1:07am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Kayaking to the Deserted Island

Repeats of the Videos

Here’s two of the videos I made on Bora Bora – the main video then the Behind-the-Scenes! I have these on these also on the DJI Phantom Review page!

Flying the Quadcopter – behind the scenes

Sorry it starts out with some stuff about my Sony A7r, so you can just skip that bit if you wish! :)

Daily Photo – Kayaking to the Deserted Island

Here's a photo I took from the back of the kayak where my daughter was rowing in the front. She's only 8, but I was making her do all the work while I took this photo haha! We rowed over to that little island with the palm tree. After we got there, you can see some of the footage I got with the drone while there!

Kayaking to the Deserted Island

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 29, 2014 at 11:45am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The View from Tiananmen Square

John Oliver – Tiananmen Square

Here’s a funny video about what is happening in China now around the Tiananmen Square issue… (I could not embed it for some reason)

Daily Photo – The View from Tiananmen Square

Two military police stand guard in the square here, with the photo of Chairman Mao in the background.

What I find very amazing every time I go back to Beijing (I've been six times now) is how young people there are really into Chairman Mao, talking about how awesome he was. This most recent time, my hosts saddled me with this 28 year old Chinese female assistant. She was annoying in many ways (in fact, most ways) — all she did was talk about how important it was to get married and how happy she would be if that happened. It was non-stop. But, anyway, she kept talking about how wonderful Mao was. I said, “Uhhh, you know he's kind of in the big three, right, along with Stalin and Hitler?” She just waved her hand and started talking about how happy she will be once she gets married.

The View from Tiananmen Square

The View from Tiananmen Square

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 25, 2014 at 5:32pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains

Up in the air during the daily call to prayer

One of the coolest things about being in Marrakech was being up high when the mosques call their faithful to come pray many times per day. From the top of every mosque you hear all kinds of sounds and songs… I have no idea what they are saying, but it does sound kind of awesome.

Daily Photo – A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains

It was a long and windy drive from Aït Benhaddou to Marrakech, but it was totally stunning. There were about ten other places I wanted to stop in the mountains, but I didn't have the time. But maybe this one mosque was just enough. I was surprised there was still snow on the mountains, and it made for the perfect background.

A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains

A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 11, 2014 at 1:47am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Yoga in Hobbiton

A lot of Yoga!

Some of you may recognize Bel from today’s photo below… here she is doing some more in this How-To HDR video we made. This is from the “Complete HDR Tutorial” which I highly recommend! :)

Daily Photo – Yoga in Hobbiton

This is my friend Bel (from above) doing a bit of impromptu yoga on the Hobbiton Movie Set on the old stone bridge before the watermill.

We were there with Curtis and Pete while working on some new videos. She's our awesome videographer, but we could not shoot for about 30 minutes because some weedwackers were going crazy and the audio was a mess. She said, “How about if I do some yoga on that bridge?” It seemed like a random and good idea so I got in position for this shot and we went for it! This was early in the morning before Hobbiton officially opened, so some of the staff was watching quite nervously, hoping she didn't fall in!

Yoga in Hobbiton

Yoga in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 8, 2014 at 8:45am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Getting ready for the Wedding

Cheesy Wedding Photos

Do you know of any sites with crazy wedding photos? I’ve seen some crazy Russian ones… here, let me try to find it. Here’s a crazy one. Oh, and here’s another!

Daily Photo – Getting ready for the Wedding

We were on the outskirts of the Forbidden City then went into a temple area and there were about 20 couples taking their wedding photos. It was so funny to see everyone posing and all the photographers taking photos. They were all trying to find angles where they wouldn't see the other couples. The men wore the craziest tuxedos, but the girls mostly had on really pretty dresses. I took this one while she was moving from one position to the next.

Getting ready for the Wedding

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 25, 2014 at 6:38pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A fisherman from a thousand years ago

47 Ronin

Did any of you see 47 Ronin? Some of the scenes in that movie are just unbelievable… in fact, I think that scene when they go to the slaver ships is one of the coolest backgrounds I’ve ever seen in a movie! Here’s a still from it. It didn’t turn out to be the greatest movie ever made or anything… but some of the scenes in there are really beautiful!

Daily Photo – A fisherman from a thousand years ago

There are thousands of little rivers that flow through these huge karst mountains. Fisherman have been around here forever, and I like this idea that this scene could have happened almost any time in history. There are fewer fishermen nowadays, but they can still be seen. We were with some locals that knew some of the fisherman, so we were able to go out on another boat to find them… He looked so cool from a distance as we were approaching, so I tried to grab the photo in that style.

A fisherman from a thousand years ago

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 4, 2014 at 12:20am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A nice view of The Remarkables

The Burn

If you ever get up to this secret spot in Queenstown, be sure to visit “The Burn” where there is an amazing little lake with a smooth reflection for a clean shot of these mountains in the morning…

Daily Photo – High Atop Deerpark Heights – The Remarkables

This is one of the best views of the awesomely named Remarkables that I have ever seen… I was so happy to get to the top of Deer Park Heights — I hope they open it up to the photographic public soon and stop with all the family feuds… no one Really Likes Richard Dawson anyway. Is that is name? You know, the smarmy guy from Running Man?

High Atop Deerpark Heights - The Remarkables

High Atop Deerpark Heights – The Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 8, 2013 at 12:00pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Amazing PhotoWalk in Denver!

Winners Chosen, but Good News, 20% off for everyone else!

Thanks again for participating in the Trey’s Lightroom Presets giveaway yesterday! We put together a special discount code of 20% off ANY of the Presets on that page that will be good for just a few days. Just use the code “SPECIAL20” at checkout and you’ll be in good shape!

List o’ Winners!

Be sure to sign up for our free Newsletter to be informed of future contests! :) Anyway, here are the winners for yesterday’s giveaway on the blog (Luke will contact you shortly with download details: Sandeep Singh Thukral, Gary Waddell, Nadja K. Rutkowski, Krishna Gandikota, Michael Ng, Grace Reutzel, David Sheehan, Shae Baxter, Natasha Khalil, James McGowan, GlenGO, Jason Morton, Skyler Ratcliff, Beth Lindley Mears, Kyle Wilson, Steven Clyde, John Scherer, Barbara Penko, Tim Drummond, and Jay Dadlani

Upcoming PhotoWalks

More PhotoWalks are loosely being planned this year to include Burning Man, New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Berlin, and Cape Town! And maybe a few other surprise cities too…

Thanks again everyone!

I really had a great time in Denver at the amazing photowalk event there! It was great to meet everyone there. I hope you had a great time. Thanks again to Justin Balog for organizing the whole thing. Here’s a photo he took just as we got started!

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The Barn at Lake Hayes between Arrowtown and Queenstown

You’ve heard me mention my friend’s amazing cottage you can rent here on Lake Hayes. It’s called The Barn at Lake Hayes and you can actually see it in this photo over on the far right!

Daily Photo – The Amazing Mirror Lake

This lake is perfectly smooth maybe only one out of ten days. One day we were flying over it with Choppy from Over The Top Helicopters, and it was mirror-glass-smooth! So amazing! I asked her to take the chopper down nice and low so we could get a clean shot. I set the camera to manual mode and amped up the shutter speed to make sure I got a clean shot. Wow, what a view! I'm glad it came out as awesome in the final photo as it looked when I was there!

The Amazing Mirror Lake

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 3, 2014 at 2:26pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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