The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

EXIF Info

For you camera nerds (Like me!) here is the EXIF: ISO 5000, 16mm (prime fisheye), Nikon D800, f/2.8, 25 second exposure. Remember that you can always see this EXIF info yourself by clicking through on SmugMug then clicking the little “i” to see more.

I don’t do HDR with night shots like this… there is too much star movement… and I’m not sure it would add too much. You can still get a ton of light and color (especially in a place like this) with just the RAW file.

Daily Photo – The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

This is one of The Darkest Skies in the World. You may find this snippet interesting: “A delegation from the country has successfully petitioned UNESCO for the protection of ‘sky-scapes’ as well as landscapes under their World Heritage system, in order to see the status granted to the air above Tekapo and Aoraki Mount Cook.”

If you ever get to this place, you’ll be so shocked that you can see this with the naked eye! It’s certainly worth a visit…

The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO5000
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programmanual
  • Exposure Bias

Driving Home…

Get a new Camera for Christmas?

Here’s a little interview I did on Fox News with Clayton Morris. It might help answer a few questions about your new camera!

Daily Photo – Driving Home…

As you approach Lake Tekapo from the East, you pass through an interesting set of geology. The mountains are rolling one second and ragged the next. I’ve noticed that some days also feature very strange light patterns, with heavy clouds overhead while shafts of evening light slice through and light up parts of the hills. I was able to capture this little scene, which only lasted about sixty seconds.

Mountains Lake Tekapo

Driving Home…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
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  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length98mm (98mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

Review on Adorama TV

Thanks to that Instagram stumble, sales have been going crazy… we now have over 1 million downloads of 100 Cameras in 1 for iPhone and iPad (iTunes link)! Here’s a cool video from Adorama about the app.

Daily Photo – Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

Yes, these blues are real!

I’ve gotten tens of thousands of messages from people that say that New Zealand is in their plans to visit in the near future, and when you visit this area, you’ll see how crazy the colors really are. It’s like The Sound of Music To The Next Order of Magnitude… everywhere.

I’ve been adding this location and hundreds more to the free Stuck On Earth app — it should help you easily find these places when you eventually make it here! :)

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

Stuck In Customs Community

Most of you don’t fit into the one below, but all of you can come join in the action in the Stuck In Customs Community. Thank you all for posting so many photos there and having a good time! I’ve asked the moderators to please help out and keep “approving” photos. Many are getting marked as spam by the algorithms! But I think after we approve a few of your shots, they will automatically work in the future…

New Zealand Photo Community

Speaking of New Zealand, I started up a little New Zealand Photographers community on Google+. Here’s a little sample of what it looks like, featuring a photo of Wayne Lorimer!

Daily Photo – The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

I stopped at Lake Tekapo on the way to Christchurch for the great event there. Jason Law had told me all about the lupins here, so I was keen to see for myself! It was good to meet Jason and his crew there for a bit of shooting at sunset!

I enjoyed this spot so much that I came back on my drive home from Christchurch. And, if I were to speculate, I think I’ll visit this place about 1,000 more times! :)

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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