Having a drink at Northburn Station

HDR for the Skies

If you look at the sky here in this daytime photo, you might notice that there are a few wafting icy clouds way up there in the atmosphere. This is probably one of my favorite things about HDR Photography — is it helps to bring those out a bit! I’m not a huge fan of plain blue skies, so anything I can do to get a few painted-cloud-brush-strokes is okay in my book. For those of you new to the site, I use a program called program you can read more about in the Photomatix Pro Review.

Daily Photo – Having a drink at Northburn Station

This is another great place to have lunch if you're in the wine country area of the south island of New Zealand. It's called Northburn Station, and the view is incredible. There is a little brook that rumbles along by the restaurant and the food is outstanding. This is another place that we came on our little Appellation Wine Tour… a great day all around. Actually, looking at this photo now, I wonder why I haven't been back!

Having a drink at Northburn Station

Having a drink at Northburn Station

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2013 at 2:34am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Taking out the rowboat at Northburn Station

Happy New Year Everyone!

This will be a great 2014! :)

Advised them to get on Google+

While we were riding around on the wine tour below, I convinced Philip Green (who runs Appellation Wine Tours) to get onto Google+ and make a page for his company. He was of course first only interested in Facebook likes, Tweets, etc etc. But one thing he didn’t think about (most people don’t) — is that no one actually searches for anything worthwhile on FB or Twitter. People use Google to search for stuff, and if your local business has a robust Google+ page with some good reviews and photos, it completely changes the way search results look and work. Here’s a little screenshot I to the right of what things look like now that he has done it.

Daily Photo – Taking out the rowboat at Northburn Station

This is one of the places we stopped on our little wine tour a few weeks ago. It was a great lunch that we had with a little bit of time left over for photos. Well, naturally, we made sure there WAS extra time left over for photos! Whenever there is a group of photographers around, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to hit some of the most scenic bits of these wineries!

Taking out the rowboat at Northburn Station

Taking out the rowboat at Northburn Station

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2013 at 2:38am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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