Mystery Photo – What is it?

Vertical Monitors

I’ve taken to using my external monitor and flipping it up on it’s side so that it is vertical. It’s really cool, actually! I use my main Retina Macbook here to do my editing, but the big one on my right is used for surfing the web or doing other things. It’s handy to stack things up so high, and certain websites look really incredible in that format. It’s kind of the dimensions of a mobile phone, I guess… just a huge one!

I use a cool program for the Mac called SwitchResX to help make this possible, which I highly recommend! It’s also a cool program for doing other unique resolution-things… very handy!

Daily Photo – Mystery Photo – What is it?

I had a fun processing idea on this one. I actually goofed around with it live during a class so people could see and hear my thought process. It's now so delightfully strange that I decided to make it a Mystery Photo for you to guess! :)

mystery

Mystery Photo – What is it?

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 6, 2014 at 8:01am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Road Through The Hills

New Category Location

If you want to see more photos from a certain category — say today and “Arrowtown” for example, just click on the little link above, and you’ll see photos from just that category!

Daily Photo – Road Through The Hills

On Thursday nights they have a curry night here at The Hills in Arrowtown. Here in the middle of the summer, the sun doesn't actually go down until 9 or 10 PM, so there is plenty of light. I usually jump into a golf cart and roll around to try to find interesting shots! Around this time of the year, the grasses start to fold into every color from yellow to red. They wave in the breeze like a slow ocean.

Road Through The Hills

Road Through The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 2, 2014 at 6:31pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

Going Paragliding

I was invited to Paragliding tomorrow. I’ve never done this before… and sorry mom, I know you read the blog. If you see a blog entry the NEXT day, then you’ll know I made it!

I’ll be up in the air, sailing over the photo you see below.

Huge Live Show with Jeremy Cowart, Lisa Bettany, and Thomas Hawk

Join me for the huge G+ Hangout show #88 with Jeremy, Lisa, and Thomas. The topic is new photo apps and more… Check your time on the event page here or mark down Thursday, 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET. The video will be live here on the blog at that time!

We’ll start out the show with the HUGE giveaway of the $1200 Quadcopter with a 14 megapixel camera that we started last week — be sure to leave a comment at on the link above to enter.

Then, during the show, we’ll talk about Jeremy’s new app, OKDOTHIS, and other photo apps and that whole space in general. Since Lisa did Camera+, well she’s kind of an expert! We’ll also all catch up, share some new photos, and, well, just kinda hangout. And, as usual, we’ll be taking live questions! These are three great photographers, and it’s always fun just to sit around and talk about photography with people like this, so I’m mega excited.

The four of us are also starting The Arcanum together, so we may touch on that too… There are applications flying in from all over the world not only to be Apprentices, but also Masters. One guy that just applied to be a Master is Benjamin Von Wong ! He’s amazing and just one example. Perhaps during the show, his name will come up and we can show his amazing portfolio at http://www.vonwong.com/

See all event info and time here. And thanks again to Peter Giordano for being our awesome host and to Dave Veffer for being our awesome beardededed producer!

Daily Photo – A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

We headed out into the valley between the mountains of Arrowtown and Queenstown one morning. The air was crisp and clean. There was not even the slightest breeze to move the water around, so that made a countless array of perfect mirrors all over the estates. This was one of the final photos I got before a hasty exodus.

A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer Estates

A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 2, 2013 at 7:10pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

Stuck on Earth now on iPhone!

This has recently been released for the iPhone! Stuck On Earth – Yay!

What’s Cool about the App?

- It brings travel planning to Google Maps or iOS Maps (even though Google maps are way cooler hehe)
- Save your trips OFFLINE so that you can access everything when you don’t have Internet
- Photo spots are ranked based on how interesting they are
- Curated human trips by local experts like +Thomas Hawk
- Top 50 suggestions to get your mind flowing about places to visit like the best Castles on earth or the best Waterfalls
- An app that gets to know you over time based on your personality. For example, it will say different things to you the 9th time you open it if you are a “Photographer” personality type

And much much more! Now, if only those recalcitrant guys at Flickr would fix their API so we could “exclude” images with certain tags, then we could make it a lot better! We’d love to exclude geo-tagged photos that have words like “model, dog, cat, etc” so they don’t show up… those don’t help! :( But you should still see mostly good photos as long as you are zoomed into a landscape-architecture-interesting area!

Daily Photo – Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

We popped out of the bus after everyone had a delightful dinner at Amisfield to see Lake Hayes. When I say “we” — this was the group of us that came for the recent workshop. Typically, I tried to get people in the habit of taking a bunch of photos quickly, then jumping back in the vehicle to go hit another spot and chase the setting sun. It’s a bit like a sport… or speed golf! It’s a great challenge to see how many good shots from different locations you can squeeze into an afternoon and evening!

Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 31, 2013 at 5:42am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Storm Approaches the Home Through the Valley

The Next Two Workshops

I only did two in 2013, and there are only two planned for 2014. Here’s a little (WINDY!) thing we just recorded at the last one. You’re welcome to join us for one of the next two workshops here in New Zealand!

Daily Photo – Storm Approaches the Home Through the Valley

We took the whole class from the workshop out to Bendemeer Estates to get some photos. Since it is a fairly new development, it’s pretty much wide open with huge tracts of land photograph. Just towards the end, a big storm cell started to roll through the valley towards us. These are some of my favorite photography situations, mostly because they seem so unbelievable — this period when the bright sun is shining on the scene while an evil cloud, livid with storm, is making itself known for the immediate future

 Bendemeer Estates

Storm Approaches the Home Through the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 2, 2013 at 6:56pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Wine Barrels at Gibbston Valley Winery

A great Wine Tour!

If you’re looking for a good wine tour here in the south island of New Zealand, I recommend Appellation Central Wine Tours! Even though I live here, this was still a great way to do it. Philip showed us a bunch of great wineries with a stop for an incredible lunch. I took a ton of photos that day… here is one of them below!

Daily Photo – The Wine Barrels at Gibbston Valley Winery

This is a cave that was dug into 80 meters into the side of the mountain here in Gibbston valley. It keeps the wines at a constant 12-14°C (53.6-57.2°F) without the need for any other refrigeration. Even better, these kinds of places were made for photography! I got a few different angles… they are all interesting, but thought I would post this one first.

The Wine Barrels at Gibbston Valley Winery

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 7, 2013 at 10:58pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Coming around for a snack at The Hills

Doing a search on the New SmugMug

I’m really enjoying searching on the new SmugMug! You can see the search box I added there at the top of my portfolio. Here is a sample search from Arrowtown (for more like the photo below). Here is a sample search for mountain. And here is one for Iceland!

Daily Photo – Coming around for a snack at The Hills

Here’s one of the last holes I play sometimes before giving up on The Hills. Usually, by the time I get to this hole, I’ve realized that I’m just really having a bad day of golf and I should really just get back to the ranch instead. Admittedly, I don’t have the perseverance with golf that I do with a few other things like photography. It’s probably related to my extreme level of incompetence with golf and the very slow learning curve. I prefer things like photography, where there is a faster reward cycle in the learning curve. This is why I usually stopping playing on the golf course and then start taking photos of it for fun instead!

A day of golf at the hills

Coming around for a snack at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 14, 2013 at 11:23pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Crossing the Final Bridge

Coming Soon on YouTube!

You will soon be able to buy and watch all the New Zealand Photo Adventure right on YouTube – all four hours! Two hours of live action and another two of post-processing.

Daily Photo – Crossing the Final Bridge

Here is a wonderful little bridge in Bendemeer Estates. We went here on the final day of the last New Zealand photo adventure, and we’re going here again! :) I can’t promise the skies will be this good, but it will be interesting.

I’ve been meaning to come back to this little island and bring a little picnic lunch. I need to stop thinking about this and just do it! :)

Crossing the Final Bridge

Crossing the Final Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 10, 2013 at 11:39am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Barn on Lake Hayes from the Trail

Best Bach in the Queenstown Arrowtown Area

If you’re coming to this area where I live and don’t want to stay in a bigger hotel (like the Hilton, I recommend, btw if you want that big new hotel experience), then I recommend you stay at this amazing secret place on Lake Hayes. It’s called The Barn on Lake Hayes, and it’s absolutely awesome. If you’ve never been to this area (coming from out of the country), then this is very centrally located and you’re right in the middle of everything even though it is wonderfully secluded.

Daily Photo – The Barn on Lake Hayes from the Trail

Here is another photo of an awesome find on Lake Hayes here beside Arrowtown and Queenstown in New Zealand. I saw this the first time I went on a run around a lake, and you can imagine my surprise when I found out it is owned by my friend! Now I can kind of come and go as I please… unless there is a guest there, of course! :)

The Barn on Lake Hayes

The Barn on Lake Hayes from the Trail

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 14, 2013 at 10:41am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Through the Valleys of New Zealand in a Chopper

Over the Top

I’ve taken a few different helicopter rides, but this one below was with Choppy from Over the Top. She’s a super-cool lady and she jams serious music through the speakers while you are flying around. She even landed on top of another mountain and brought out golf balls for us to hit off the edge… fun!

Through The Valleys Of New Zealand In A Chopper

Daily Photo – Over the Top

I’ve taken a few different helicopter rides, but this one below was with Choppy from Over the Top. She’s a super-cool lady and she jams serious music through the speakers while you are flying around. She even landed on top of another mountain and brought out golf balls for us to hit off the edge… fun!

Over the Top

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 15, 2013 at 12:52am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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