Forest on the road to Paradise

Comments while on the road

This week, I’m at SXSW in Austin, so it’s a bit harder for me to respond to comments on the blog. But, I still read THEM ALL. So, have no fear… when it comes to feedback and reading what you have to say, the blog is always my first stop! :) And yes, I will always try to respond as much as humanly possible… thanks! :)

Daily Photo – Forest on the road to Paradise

When you leave Glenorchy and start driving on the dirt road to Paradise, there are a few little wet forested areas that you’ll pass through. It’s worth pulling over your car and just going on a random walk. I recommend following a stream or river so you can always find your way back. Because if you get more than 100 meters from your car and you lose your way, you’ll never find your way again! The heaviness and thickness of the forest is totally confusing, and you’ll be hopelessly confused… but following a little stream is usually a good ticket to find your way back.

Forest on the road to Paradise

Forest on the road to Paradise

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The Dirt Road to Paradise

More from New Zealand – Forgive me!

Normally I jump around the world and post photos from many countries out of order. But, I’ve been processing SO MANY New Zealand photos that I’ve got a giant backlog that is New Zealand-heavy! So, you’ll have to give me a few weeks to post a bunch of new work from NZ… I apologize for that because I know you are used to seeing more variety. But, there are some Really Pretty Images coming up from NZ that I am so excited to publish and share with you…. like the one below today! :)

Daily Photo – The Dirt Road to Paradise

After you pass Glenorchy, the paved road continues for a while as you approach Paradise. The paved road then turns into a dirt road. At this point, many visitors turn around, which is a shame! You can keep on rolling down this road in your rental car for quite a way. There’s even a few river crossings you can make, like Arwen on horseback. You can do it! Probably. I even see giant campervans going through here… anyway, the dirt road is in pretty good condition, so don’t let that turn you back!

Paradise New Zealand

The Dirt Road to Paradise

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The Walking Path in Glenorchy

New Zealand Photo Adventure Sold Out!

Thanks again for all the interest in the New Zealand Photo Adventure! We will have more events in different parts of the world. If I spent 100% of the year teaching, then I’m sure that I could satisfy more people… so, my apologies. As it is, I spend about 10% of the year doing either in-person stuff or online teaching… but, anyway, I’m very excited for this event.

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Daily Photo – The Walking Path in Glenorchy

This is a new walking path that has just been built through the woods and wetlands of Glonorchy. As far as I know, it is pretty rare to have wetlands so close to towering mountains, isn’t it? I suppose I always think of the wetlands in flat areas, like Louisiana and places like this.

There are a few different routes to take. Some take just an hour, and others take a few. I want to go back to this area with some more time!

The Walking Path in Glenorchy hiking

The Walking Path in Glenorchy

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Moving to New Zealand

Why Did I Move to New Zealand?

There’s a long story to it all… but I think you can see a lot of the reasons in the video below.

By the way, if you are looking to buy a house here and need a recommendation, contact me via support@stuckincustoms.com and the team will get you to me. I can make an excellent recommendation for you!

This video was made with Animoto!

I used a cool online thing called Animoto to make this video. I also wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

New Video – Turning to Peace in New Zealand

It’s a hi-rez video… I recommend listening with earphones or good speakers too – enjoy :)

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The Icy Blue Lake

Viewbug Photo Contest with cool prizes

There’s a Viewbug Photo Contest in which you might have an interest! Just click that link to find out more :)

Daily Photo – The Icy Blue Lake

Is that water cold? Yes, yes it is.

I know the surface is cold – the kind of cold that makes every human survival instinct go haywire. But I wonder what it is like down at one mile in depth. It must be so strange and eerie down there. If anyone has ever seen any footage or images of what it looks like in those frigid depths, be sure to share!

Queenstown to Glenorchy

The Icy Blue Lake

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An Old Dock in the Lake

From Trey’s Presets

I used one of Trey’s Lightroom Presets on the photo below. Thanks again for all the good feedback on those – I am glad everyone is enjoying them!

Daily Photo – An Old Dock in the Lake

A bit further down the road to Glenorchy is an old dock that has fallen into the lake over the years. You can pull off the road just about anywhere and take a very short little walk to see a bunch of things you can’t see otherwise. I sometimes force myself to pull over and just go for little jaunt off in one direction or another. I’m pretty good at visualizing what it might be like from the road, but there’s often hidden information back there…

An Old Dock in the Lake

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Rounding the Bend to Glenorchy

The How-To -Video

This how-to video is taking a very long time… I’ll get it done, but it will take a while longer…

If you click through to the YouTube page, you’ll see a list of all the tools I used… and that will give you some info in the meantime.

A few of the shots in the video are from this area around Glenorchy below.

Daily Photo – Rounding the Bend to Glenorchy

Each time I go around the bend from Queenstown to Glenorchy, I see something spectacular. I know there are a few people that live in Glenorchy and work in Queenstown, so that means they get to make this drive every day. I wonder if any of them like to take photos… if so, the commute must take an extra thirty minutes!

Rounding the Bend to Glenorchy

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The Golden Valleys

PhotoWalk in New York City

I think I’m coming the NYC soon…. who is up for a PhotoWalk? I think I’ll have to get serious about planning something…

Daily Photo – The Golden Valleys

I’ve taken to going out on random drives around New Zealand. I put on music and just follow the sun around. It ducks behind and beyond mountains and valleys, so I turn this way and that, and often get out to hike around inaccessible areas. It’s the middle of the winter here, so the sun is always quite low, so we get nice, extended sunrises and sunsets. Every now and then, the sun gets into a certain angle and everything is bathed in gold…

The Golden Valleys

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Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

 

Enjoyed the Live NASA Hangout!

The launch was incredible, and I enjoyed the live part beforehand. I’ll try to do more of these in the future… the problem is always getting a good connection while I am out and about, but that should get easier over time… it’s sort of like a virtual photowalk! :)

Daily Photo – Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

I’ve driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can’t wait to do 100x that!

They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.

Mountains on the way to GlenorchyI've driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can't wait to do 100x that!  They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

Recent Article You May Have Missed

According to the stats, most people come every day, but some people come every other day or perhaps once a week. That means sometimes things may slip through the cracks!

I recently wrote a long-form article called “Nine Things For Your Photo-Brain To Consider” that you may enjoy. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

Just beyond Glenorchy, which is just a shade beyond Queenstown, lies a little place called Paradise. The road gets tinier and tinier as you get closer. A few miles before the road becomes all dirt, I pulled over to these soft rolling hills. They were covered with little sheep families, walking to and fro.

One the rare occasion when I am in the field with students, I have them notice a bunch of things. I’ve touched on this before, and this is another good example. It has to do with the location of the sunlight. There are three elements that can be lit here – the hills and/or the mountains and/or the clouds. Every combination looks dramatically different in the final shot. When you are there on the scene, the light changes so gradually, you don’t notice. So you have to teach yourself to be mindful of the untimely flow of light.

High Dynamic Range Photography

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