This is one of my favorite new photos from Venice! I know I keep saying that over and over and over again, but it's nice to re-visit these places through photos. Even though I have a decent memory, I find these photos in my Lightroom to process and I think, “Oh! I almost forgot about that one!”
There's one of my girls, running off into the picture when I told her not to! But then, I realized it was actually a better picture with her in it! Seeing this reminds me we gotta get the kids to more beachy places. They never get tired of playing on the beach… those kiddos! It's especially nice to think about now because it's the middle of a cold winter in New Zealand! This photo was taken at Phulay Bay in Thailand.
At first, I didn’t think I’d like it so much… just seemed too big. But now that I have it, I really dig the thing. Photos look absolutely incredible on it, and it’s also great for games. I even love reading on the thing… it’s so big I don’t even have to turn the pages that often. I feel it’s like reading one of those old giant encyclopedias.
Daily Photo – Drama Church!
I was walking on the beach one night in Bali here at the Ritz-Carlton. I don't remember ever seeing a church or any kind of religious thing at any hotels before… so this one really stands out because of its architectural impact. I knew there was a storm coming, so I went out here on the beach to watch it for about half an hour, trying my best to capture some lightning, and then I did it! As fast as lightning, they say.
There are a ton of great places to eat all around Queenstown, but this one is a must-visit I think. Not a lot of people go because it’s about a 40-minute drive towards Cromwell… but the food is really amazing. They actually have converted old wine barrels into grills. Very cool!
Daily Photo – Wild Earth Winery at Night
This was a hard photo to take! I took it during one of our workshop events after we had just had an amazing dinner. It wasn't hard to take because I had too much wine — it was hard to take because it was on a swinging bridge. So I got to the very very edge of the bridge right by where it connected to the ground to minimize the swing. It was still a very long exposure and I was holding my breath. I really like the way it turned out!
Episode 11 of Season 1 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below.
As for Episode 11, join me in “What Burning Man Taught Me about People Photography” In this episode, I talk about getting outside of my comfort zone and how I’ve learned to take photos of people in a unique way. I also explore images of the people that I’ve captured from around the world.
Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…
“What is it like to become an artist?”
“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”
and for the practitioner: “How does he take and post-process his photos?”
Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.
Yes, the resort below is hard to say for sure. I have my own system for how to pronounce it (I always have trouble with Maori words). So I say it (kinda): “Forry ko ho.” I’m getting better! haha
Daily Photo – An Idyllic Weekend at Wharekauhau
What a treat to spend a few days here. It was soooo relaxing and beautiful. There was a really nice vibration to the place and I always felt at home there. Dave, Curtis, Olivia, and I drove here from Wellington through some beautiful rolling hills. As you can tell just by looking at it, this estate is massive. Those white buildings there are individual cottages where the guests stay. I was in that one on the left. In a future blog post, I'll show you the main lodge where we would all hang out and eat together during the days and evenings.
This property actually touches on James Cameron's plot, where they'll be filming Avatar 2!
I can’t believe it took me four years in New Zealand to get to this spot! I got a ton of photos, though, and I’ll be sharing them all here on the blog soon!
Daily Photo – An Art Stay with Gabriella Lewenz
Now here's an amazing idea. When I was on Waiheke Island, I went to go visit the home of Claude and Gabriella Lewenz. He designs villages and she's a fine art painter. This is a picture of part of their amazing home there. Anyway, they've just launched this new concept of an “Art Stay” where you can go stay with them for a few days. While there, you commission an art piece from Gabriella and she begins making it while you are there. What a fun idea…you'll love it! I wanna go! See more at http://artstay.com/
Photo Walk Details: Facebook Event Link
When: Saturday 18th June, 3:30 PM (I’ll get there maybe 30 mins early if you wanna say hi!)
Where: Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park
How Long? About 2 hours
Who is welcome: Everyone! It’s a family friendly event
What to bring: An camera will do from a big clunky DSLR to your mobile phone!
What is a Photo Walk? It’s a fun event when we all walk around the city together taking photos and sharing. I stop a few places along the way to give photography tips and tricks & more! They are always fun events and a great way to make new friends.
Over the past year or so, I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a rather unique vacation offering for people that enjoy unique travel experiences. Places like the Huka Lodge below, for example… wonderful spots that locals know but are hard to find from the outside. A whole customized trip, just for you, friends, or family. Anyway, we’ve got some good ideas here and will get back to you.
Daily Photo – Deep in the 5,000 Bottle Wine Cellar of Huka Lodge
A few nights ago in the wine cellar of Huka Lodge, we had a gin tasting with a master sommelier. What a cool guy and what a unique experience!
He kept all the gins a secret until the end and made us guess. We missed every single one and there were many exotic ones, but the only one I recognized what Lighthouse. He had all kinds of opinions on the right way to have it and what kind of tonic water to use. I told him I thought all tonic water tasted the same and he politely guffawed. He also refuses to put ice in his G&T saying it waters it down. “Do you put ice in your wine good man?” No, he had me there. But my friend Scott Kublin put sugar cubes in his zinfandel.
This is a photo I took right before the tasting… this is just part of the 5,000 bottle wine cellar. So awesome!
We did a few FB Live shows from here too – you can see them if you check out the “videos” area of FB. Here's the one when we flew the quadcopter over Huka Falls… that was scary!
Here’s one of my favorite new videos… all about Venice!
Daily Photo – Colors and Lines in Venice
I love mixing together different levels of detail and smoothness in a photo. I think it's important to have a series of transitions. This one has many transitions, jumping from smooth dull colors to riotous textured colors to bright smooth areas to dull-colored highly textured areas. It's a fun way to process a photo because it comes out a little different every time, and I'm not ever sure I could re-create this.