Pig Island and Pigeon Island

A New Perspective

Believe it or not, the same islands from below are seen here, from ground level! It kind of reminds you of how completely mind-blowing things are from above!

Daily Photo – Pig Island and Pigeon Island

We flew with Choppy over these amazing tiny islands in the middle of Lake Wakatipu on the way to a really cool ranch. They say that these islands are so named because they look like those animals from above. Well, here I am, and I can't say that I see it! Can you? I'm not even sure which is which. I assume “pig” is the bigger one, but, well, it doesn't look so piggy.

Pig Island and Pigeon Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of New Zealand

A New Video!

A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness…

I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/landscape-and-travel-photography-tutorial-new-zealand/

Animation/Slideshow – more info at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/animoto — or see my review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/animoto-review/

Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at https://www.facebook.com/ArmaDelAmorNZ

Scarlett on the Path

Glenorchy Cafe

If you do ever head out to Glenorchy, be sure to eat at the rather generically named “Glenorchy Cafe” — it’s super tasty! We go there every time… and there is some very evil desserts there too that are not to be missed!

Daily Photo – Scarlett on the Path

Here's Scarlett posing (again!) on this amazing walkway in Glenorchy. We actually went out there as a family for Mother's Day, but when I take Scarlett's photo, she prefers to be by herself so that all the attention is right there on her! She's a non-stop posing machine… so funny… girls!

Scarlett on the Path

Scarlett on the Path

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Cows under the snowy mountain

Taking Coffee to my Studio

A quick tour of my studio near my home in Queenstown, New Zealand. Sort of a quick and dirty video… nothing too exciting here… move along… :)

Daily Photo – Cows under the snowy mountain

We were over near the Greenstone trail near Glenorchy and there was a big cattle drive going on. I usually don't see this many cows in New Zealand! I'm used to a lot of sheep, but this is the most cattle I had ever seen together. It reminded me of Texas except for the massive snowy mountains behind them. It was kind of surreal and awesome for me!

Cows under the snowy mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Give Sheep a Chance

We don’t all…

Here’s one of my favorite Farside cartoons about sheep!

Daily Photo – Give Sheep a Chance

We took a drive out past Glenorchy towards Paradise the other day. About 30% of the time, I come across a shepherd moving sheep from one farm to the next. They totally clog up the road and it is hilarious. I'll never get tired of seeing thousands of sheep all clogged up in the road like this. I'm sure the shepherds find it all quite banal, but I love it!

Give Sheep a Chance

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Earthmelting Truck

Grunge HDR

If you’ll notice, I haven’t been doing much grungy HDR stuff lately. I never did that much back in the day, but I did dabble in it. I could do more, I suppose, but I don’t really seek out all those abandoned kinda places. I don’t know why. I know some people really like that, and that’s cool. But I do find I end up going to pretty, beautiful places rather than rundown grungy places. I’ve never really thought about this until I wrote this paragraph, but it is an interesting thing I am noticing.

Daily Photo – The Earthmelting Truck

We recently found a new place thanks to a hot tip. This amazing truck that is being swallowed by the earth is about 30 minutes past Glenorchy on the way to Kerloch (I think I've spelled that wrong — my apologies). If you start looking along the side of the road for a dilapidated shack, then you’re on the right track. It’s just past a very tiny bridge. You can just park there and walk to the back side to get a view of this. The people that lived in that house didn't seem to mind that I was in their back yard.

The Earthmelting Truck

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ethan in Glenorchy

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Daily Photo – Ethan in Glenorchy

Here's a picture of my son walking through the wetlands of Glenorchy. We had a nice family hike there on Mother's Day, and I liked the way he stood out in these yellow grasses… he kind of looks like a human in the wild… a creature of New Zealand… his gait kind of reminds me of that old video footage of a sasquatch! :)

Ethan in Glenorchy

Ethan in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Through the Wetlands

A Top 10 Hike

If you come to the Queenstown area, be sure to hit this hike in Glenorchy. I need to make a list of the top 10 hikes around here… oh but if I had the time to make all the lists I wanted to make and do all the things I wanted to do!

Daily Photo – Through the Wetlands

We were here early one morning. The most amazing thing happened, although you can't see it in this photo. The sun came over the mountain and started hitting all the millions of ice crystals that covered the morning grasses. It created a myriad of rainbows – like a thousand glittering jewels – I'll never forget it. I took some more pictures of this… I will see if I can re-capture the mood. Until then, a study of the light and shapes and the path…

Through the Wetlands

Through the Wetlands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Denver PhotoWalk & Taking a break on the hike

Denver PhotoWalk!

I need a Denver Expert to help me plan a route and stuff! Any volunteers?

I’ve never done a PhotoWalk in Denver and I am excited! I’ll be there (by accident via a long international connection from Yellowstone to Bangkok) for about 10 hours, and I thought it would be fun to come see the city, take photos, and meet you all! Let’s do it…

For the LATEST EVENT INFO, check this Google+ Event page!

Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 6PM
Location: TBD
Route: TBD! :)
Cost: Free
What Levels are invited? All levels, from Beginner to Advanced, from Mobile Phones to DSLRs!
Prizes: Yes! I’ll give away a free copy of my latest Lightroom Presets to everyone who shows up! :)
Family Friendly? Yes, bring the kids!
Afterparty? Probably! TBD!

If you’ve never been to one of these, they are very fun! I’ll be setting up in various locations to take photos. I’ll talk through all my settings. I’ll talk about compositions or ideas… I also talk a lot about shots that I don’t take and why I don’t take them… anyway, I’m there for questions or, well, anything!

Fake Reflection Shots

I never fake my reflection shots, and here is a good way to tell. Now, even before telling you this, I suppose, naturally, it is possible to fake it the way I am telling you, but it is just a lot harder, I guess! Anyway, if you look at all the structures above the water, you’ll see that not all of them are in the reflection because of my angle. As just a little example, you can see all the mountains in the top, but not in the bottom. If you ever see EXACTLY the same thing, either it is faked, or the camera has to be like one inch above the water!

You can also see this effect in a previous photo I posted while over Lake Hayes. Just click on the “New Zealand” link above in the category to find that one! :)

Daily Photo – Taking a break on the hike

While at that amazing retreat called “Aro-Ha” here near Queenstown, we'd take amazing hikes every day… and had so much fun! Here, we stopped for a little break by this perfect little pond. It's amazing to me how many picture-perfect spots are all over the landscape here… I'll never get used to it!

Taking a break on the hike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Isabella on the Path and Pandacraft!

Speaking of Isabella – how to make rubber-band jewelry

Here’s a cute video my daughter made… and there’s a little surprise grammar lesson at the end by the panda on her left! :)

Daily Photo – Isabella on the Path

We had a great overnight camping trip out past Glenorchy by the Greenstone River. Well, it was not really pure full-on camping because there was an old house there that we slept inside. We headed out on a few little hikes here and there, and on the way, I stopped to take this photo of Isabella. I asked her to stand right in the middle, so while she was looking down to get herself in the middle, I snapped this one.

Isabella on the Path

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length47.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

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