Periscope Up! Join me for Wine, Cheese, and Photo Questions Tonight!

Experimenting with Periscope

Time/Date:
– 9 PM Friday PT, 11 PM Friday CT, Midnight New York and EST!
– (5 PM New Zealand Time Saturday)

You guys know I’m an early-adopter of sorts. I had a GREAT experiment with this new app for iPhone/iPad called Periscope, which is connected to Twitter and allows me to broadcast live any time.

Download Periscope for Free here.

Basically, any time I choose, I can choose to broadcast live and share what I see, ask questions, or answer questions. I’m gonna experiment again tonight, so come join me and help me explore this! Right now, it’s only iOS, but I hear the Android version is coming soon. Either way, you can watch live on the web and still ask me questions through Twitter.

Quick Preview?

Here’s a Periscope I did last night on a whim. If you get the app, then you can just add me then scroll down and watch the “replay” — warning, it’s not high-production quality or anything… just raw and straight to me. Here is the link.

What happened in the live event? (look, this is really random and unplanned… sort of raw and whatever!

[Update: According to my friend Sara Haider at Periscope, the replay did not upload/save! So that is too bad… but here is what you missed!]

- I started answering questions about Sony cameras
– I opened a bottle of “Wrath”
– I had some cheese and crackers
– Old friends popped into the live broadcast and I said hello!
– I threw a toy to my dog, Blueberry
– I answered some more questions about Sony camera models and which you should get
– My 5-year-old daughter appeared and did a Maori dance
– I answered more questions and had wine and cheese and crackers
– My daughter stole one of the grown-up crackers
– My friend Tatorandtots from Ireland arrived and I gave her a toast from my wife and I.
– I got in trouble from my wife for not helping with our dinner party so I shut down the broadcast

there were three moons that day that cut the sky

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Getting a little higher

I know that title sounds like a little recreational drug use, and maybe it does, but really it’s talking about this quadcopter shot! I got this one with the DJI Inspire, and I pretty much went straight up, maybe about 100 meters or so. But I find the perspective to be maybe just a bit more interesting than the ground-based shot.

Daily Photo – Flying over the Lindis Pass

This is the place most people cross the Southern Alps when getting from one side of the South Island of New Zealand to the other. It's fairly mountainous, but not as rocky and impenetrable as the rest. But in this strange transition zone, all the landscape scenes are just strange and different. I think it is because of the strange weather and erosion patterns… never seen a situation quite like this anywhere else in the world.

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Yesterday’s and Today’s Image

I don’t know if you noticed yesterday’s and today’s image or not, but I’ve been doing something a little different with sharpness passes and filters. More and more I’m using MacPhun Intensify and Tonality — definitely some of my favorite filters!

Lightroom Presets

Today’s photo was made with one of the presets from the January 2015 Pack of the Lightroom Presets. I’m glad people are enjoying them so much. It’s very fun for me to experiment a LOT more and create 10 fresh ones per month. It’s a bit of a challenge to always try new looks and experiment, but I am glad you are all experimenting with me! :)

Daily Photo – A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Isn't this a wonderfully strange photo?!?

We went with our friends Mark and Sonia down to the beach in Wanaka to spend the day recently. It was so sunny and awesome to spend the day with everyone. I know it's opposite-land down here, our summer is the Northern hemisphere's winter, so seeing recent off-season photos can be confusing!

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

Cloud Types

Anyone know what kind of clouds these are?

Daily Photo – Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

I don't actually go to downtown Queenstown more than once a week, but on this particular day I brought my camera… and boy was I glad. I so rarely see clouds like this here. The phenomenon did not last very long, so I got busy and made hay while the sun was not shining!

Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

No time for Reviews

I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing many reviews for you lately. I’ve been running around working on too many projects and taking a ton of photos. One of the first things that slips off the list is New Reviews. I’ve got all kinds of new fun stuff I’m testing, but I just don’t have enough time. You know how it goes. I don’t want to hire someone to write the reviews either… I kind of like everything here being in my own voice, you know? Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am behind… sorry about that!

Daily Photo – The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

This is one of my favorite new photos I think! I had a lucky sighting out the left side of my truck while I was driving with some friends around the south island. It required a little jump over a barbed-wire fence to get to this exact spot, and whenever I can do this and not slice open my leg, I consider it a real success! This is a pretty good example too of what you can get out of the new Sony 16-35mm lens on the A7r. I do wish that I had a slightly larger range though… that 14mm is so nice!

The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

An Infinity of Lupins

Any Good Yoga YouTube Channels?

If you know of any good channels that have good yoga stuff, let me know! I’m always looking for good new routines… I like a bit of variety sometimes!

Daily Photo – An Infinity of Lupins

Yay, my favorite flowers were blooming here just before I went through the Lindis Pass. There are a series of meadows and forests as you approach the pass, and it's one of the best areas in New Zealand to see these flowers. They go on for miles and miles and beyond. The Lindis Pass is the place you cross the Southern Alps as you drive from Central Otago up to Christchurch… It's one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

As for this spot, it was about a 5 minute walk away from the roadside.

An Infinity of Lupins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Going to Skipper’s Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Any cool Meditation Apps?

I don’t know if any of you all are into meditation or not, but I found a few interesting apps around these topics. One is called “Calm” and the other is called “Buddhify” — both pretty interesting, but I thought you might know of some too! :)

Daily Photo – Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

My friends Cliff and Cher came over to visit us in Queenstown for several weeks recently. We had a great time! There were a lot of photos and a lot of good times! One day, I took them over the mountain here towards Skipper's Canyon. While, hiking, I stopped along the way to see Cliff taking this photo… I think they look pretty awesome and heroic!

Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture18
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Isabella in Mid-air

Trampoline Places

I know these things are popping up in cities all over the place. They are a great idea — I wish I had them when I was a kid! This is kind of a cool concept – this idea that people take warehouses and turn them into inside-playgrounds for kids. It’s kind of weird, actually, but it really works!

Daily Photo – Isabella in Mid-air

For Isabella's 8th birthday, we went to this place here in Queenstown called Site. It's full of trampolines and 100 different ways for kids and their parents to get hurt. But no one did! I don't really know how I survived it, me not being a trampoline-kinda-guy. Since there is a lot of snowboarding activity around here, people use these little boards for practice and trying out tricks. Here's one of Isabella up in the air trying some stunts! BTW, I used one of the January 2015 Lightroom presets for this effect!

Isabella in Mid-air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Exploring Invercargill

Speaking of Camera Clubs

If you are with a local camera club and would like to do some fun giveaways at your local chapter, just contact luke@stuckincustoms.com and he’ll get you a free download code to one of our products. They are fun giveaways for contests, raffles, critique-winners, and these sorts of things!

Daily Photo – Exploring Invercargill

I went down to Invercargill a few months ago for a speaking engagement and photowalk. During the event, we stopped here to take a photo. What a beautiful place and great group of people. I really enjoyed talking to everyone there and getting to know that city a little better. And those gardens? Wow — totally exceeded expectations!

Exploring Invercargill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Another great pub

My favorite one is very near my home in Arrowtown, New Zealand. If you ever go there, be sure to find and enter the “Blue Door.” There’s no sign or anything. You may have to ask around. It’s in a tiny alleyway, and you’ll see, well, a Blue Door.

Daily Photo – Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

After a long day of photography, what could be better than a walk across this bridge here in Hobbiton to visit the Green Dragon for a pint of ale? Not much! And it's all real. There are actual giant taps on the wall that pour actual stuff! Even better was having full run of the place while we took photos. But it's actually something anyone can do. It's part of the standard tour and they all end here for Hobbit-drinks and Hobbit-snacks.

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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