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

Sorry, this entry is only available in 中文.

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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