The Frolic and the Fancy by Max Patte

Largest Photowalk in History?

Here’s an article on Petapixel about the upcoming event in San Francisco!

The official unveiling

I’ll be saying a few words at an unveiling of these new statues on Sunday, May 12, at The Hills here in Arrowtown. A few of you may be there! Sir Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop and Sir Michael Hill will be there for the official unveling of its newest work, ‘The Frolic and the Fancy’ by Max Patte. See more about Max here. Max liked this photo I took one day while I was out golfing, so it will be fun to be there for the official event! :)

Daily Photo – The Frolic and the Fancy by Max Patte

Here’s the first photo I took of these transcendant statues.

I’m surprised at people’s reaction to this photo online. So many people thought they were real! I suppose I did too the first time I saw them.

There is one other very unusual thing. I don’t know what they are made of, even though I was right beside them. Obviously, I know next to nothing about sculpture, but I have some basic knowledge of materials (I think!). Anyway, I absolutely am not sure how they are made… I’ll ask Max and report back to you!

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The Frolic and the Fancy by Max Patte

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 24, 2013 at 8:26am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Road to the Woolshed

True Origin of “Taken to the Woodshed?”

Well, this photo is a woolshed reminded me of that saying about being taken to the woodshed. I actually thought it was woolshed till I Googled it and felt dumb. Anyway, I started poking around to try to find the origin… I could not find it. I thought maybe it came from Dickens or Shakespeare, but I did not see anything definitive…. smart readers here can probably figure it out I bet! :)

Daily Photo – Road to the Woolshed

After shooting the sunset, the entire class and I walked down this road together to have dinner at the Wool Shed. It was a fun, catered event, and a great way to wrap up the week. We didn’t end up walking down the road at the same time. In fact, I’m surprised everyone found their way here. We were spread out all over creation (although I invited people to stay near me if they wished!). A few people stayed with me, but others went off to seek their fortune on other faraway hills around Bendemeer. I had trouble finding the spot, so maybe they did too!

Road to the Wool Shed

Road to the Woolshed

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 10, 2013 at 12:11pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Wild Horses in Queenstown by Max Patte

Video highlights from The Hills

Those of you that have been watching the new videos will have seen a lot of footage from The Hills golf course here between Arrowtown and Queenstown. It’s all at the end of the “Live action part 1.” You’ll also notice that the horses below are NOT in the video. That’s how new they are! They were just put up a few days after everyone left! Oh well, I’m not sure we could have handled more that morning… it was full-on and I think everyone was exhausted and ready for that hearty breakfast! :)

Daily Photo – Wild Horses in Queenstown

This is Max Patte’s latest creation. I saw them by accident while I was playing golf at The Hills here. I came over the hill to this little par 3 and I thought they were real! I was so shocked… it was a very strange reaction, actually. I’ll never forget it. It was surreal… and I love that feeling of not knowing if something is real or fantasy, and really getting lost, even if just for a moment.

Wild Horses in Queenstown

Wild Horses in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 30, 2013 at 9:30am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Easter Weekend in New Zealand

How about a few Family Photos?

I don’t share these very much… but I thought you might like to see a new batch! I took the family on a little road trip to visit some glaciers near Mount Cook, and then we came back home to Queenstown for a little Easter egg hunt!

By the way, these are all using some NEW Lightroom presets. I know a lot of you have already purchased the existing Lightroom Presets (thanks!). I’ll be sending these out with the new batch as a FREE update for you as a little thank-you gift. :)

I’ll put a little caption abve each one. :)

Scarlett reaches up to a huge iceberg that just flipped over, after breaking off the Tasman Glacier near Mount Cook.

 

Isabella gets ready to take our zodiac over to the next iceberg.

 

Scarlett begins the Easter Egg hunt in while the wolves chase her.

 

Isabella runs across the fairway on the 18th hole to try to find some eggs in the bunkers.

 

Scarlett walks along the path near the forest.

 

Isabella shows her sister a new stash of eggs

 

Scarlett takes a break to check how many eggs she has found.

 

Scarlett runs full speed to the next woods to get more eggs.

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Rowboat at the Still Lake

Exciting!

Thanks again for all the enthusiasm about the new video that you can sign up for now on the Landscape and Travel Photography Tutorial: New Zealand page! You can probably get the idea there that this thing is super-high quality. And, you’ll get to watch me do all kinds of hi-rez edits of many photos, including the one I am posting below today! :)

Daily Photo – Rowboat at the Still Lake

We walked around The Hills one morning, and we came to this place after the sun was beyond its “sunrise” phase. The sky was the peaceful morning infinite blue and the water was still as ice. There were many good angles to shoot across this peaceful scene, and most of us chose this view! :)

It was cool to do this and be with so many other nice photographers that were taking similar shots. I liked seeing their versions as well.

Anyway, if you end up getting the video series mentioned above, you’ll get to see me edit this photo from beginning to end! :)

The Hills

Rowboat at the Still Lake

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 7, 2013 at 10:59pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

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