Central Otago from the Air

Paragliding versus Gliders

Currently, I think I prefer paragliding to gliders. Both are awesome, of course, but I kind of like the slower speed and the openness of a paraglider. I know that people that prefer gliders like them for the opposite reason — the speed! I’ve also heard a lot of paragliders get into gliders later in their life after their knees are shot from landings! So far my knees are good… so far so good!

Daily Photo – Central Otago

What a view from the glider! I have never taken photos from a glider before, so I was very happy to see they all turned out so nice. They were all taken with the Sony A7r and the 10-18mm NEX Lens.

It's hard to believe that the landscape below just goes on and on and on for hours and hours and hours. New Zealand looks so small on the map, but when you are here, it's like a Tardis-country!

Central Otago

Central Otago

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 4, 2014 at 5:23pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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A Flock of Cows

Pandora Radio

Any of you out there listen to Pandora? What are some of your favorite stations?

Daily Photo – A Flock of Cows

And here we have a small vortex of cows that I saw on a farm on the way to Lake Ohau. The day was a bit stormy and threatening on the horizon, but there was a bright and brilliant New Zealand summer sun just beating down on these fields. All these cows were quite young and they were walking in such a tight little bundle. I'm not sure I've ever seen that before. They reminded me of a tight little flock of sheep!

Cow Vortex

A Flock of Cows

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 5, 2014 at 1:23pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A One-Man Roadtrip

All About the New Stuck In Customs!

Here’s a quick video I made that talks about some of the new features around the site here. Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – A One-Man Roadtrip

I took a very nice photo road trip up to the north for a few days recently. I was lucky with the weather, except for the time I decided to sleep outside and got rained on at 3 in the morning. That's about the worst time to get rained on, btw. I was so confused!

Anyway, there was no rain here, as you can see. If you look into the far distance, however, you can see some moisture beginning to boil over the mountains and coming my direction…

A One-Man Roadtrip

A One-Man Roadtrip

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 5, 2014 at 2:35pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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All-New Stuck In Customs for you!

Free “Organize Your Photos!” Giveaway Event for local camera clubs!

I’m so excited about the re-design of this website that I wanted to do a big giveaway of a video+eBook for you all! You’ve been so supportive over the years, so I wanted to do something to give back! :)

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of local camera clubs that help encourage members to get better. I always do giveaways when I speak at them, so I came up with an idea that I thought would scale well! Sometimes in camera clubs, they have special giveaways, raffles, or prizes to give to members. If you belong to a local camera club and want to do one of those with “Organize Your Photos! The Three Level System” video and eBook — well, this is your chance! Even better, you’ll get a copy yourself that you can review before the giveaway so you can tell others about it!

To get a free copy of the video and eBook, just do this:

1) Post a comment below with the name / location of your photo club.
2) Email luke@stuckincustoms.com with their name and contact info.
After Luke sets you up, you’ll be able to use your account at store.StuckInCustoms.com to download the hour-long video and eBook! :)

I hope you have a great time with it! Give everyone in your camera club a high-five for me! :)

The ALL NEW Stuck In Customs!

Wow, well what has changed around here? So much! Here’s just five of my favorite new things!:

  • Totally responsive and mobile-friendly – scales to any phone and tablets in any orientation! The menus flex and change and everything
  • Randomised images on top of the homepage that auto-rotate and slide away upon scrolling
  • Mouse-rollever EXIF info. Awesome! You can also share from there.
  • Infinite scroll… scroll down forever and ever and ever! :) You can still click on categories if you want to pop to a certain location!
  • New, streamlined organization. See the menu at the top for all the goodies!

A BIG thanks to the whole team that made this happen! Let me know your thoughts — what you like or don’t like!

Daily Photo – The Clay Cliffs

If you come to the South Island of New Zealand, please don't fly from Christchurch to Queenstown — drive!

The drive is absolutely beautiful, and along the way, this is one of the stops. The Clay Cliffs take a little bit of a drive (30 mins out of the way from Omarama), but they are really worth it. There is just a short hike to get this view, and you can even get up in there and walk around inside. It's enchanting, and you may recognize these from a few scenes in LOTR.

When you take the little hike, you can bring a wide-angle lens and maybe something a little tighter, and you'll be set and ready to go!

The Grey Cliffs

The Clay Cliffs

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 5, 2012 at 4:39am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO71
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ever-Changing Mountains

Constantly Adding Back-End Functionality

Although this will not be terribly exciting from an outside-visual-standpoint, I am very happy that we are adding so much back-end functionality to The Arcanum! There are many moving parts to keep everything in working and growing order!

Daily Photo – The Ever-Changing Mountains

I usually think of mountains as these eternal things that might change a little here and there, but now I look at them in a new way. Maybe it was because I would just visit mountains on occasion, and then I just kind of generally categorized them as “mountain” — but now I am much more interested in how they change over the year and with the weather. Even since learning to paraglide, I’ve come to look at the clouds around them in a new way. It’s been kind of a nice mountain-rediscovery process. Plus, it gives me even more reasons to go out and take photos of them.

This was shot along the Lindis Pass on the South Island.

The Ever-Changing Mountains

The Ever-Changing Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 29, 2013 at 1:35am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Driving into the far snowy hills

Two Workshops for 2014 in New Zealand

I’m reminded because THIS photo below is the first one I edited doing the post-processing bit of the New Zealand Photography Workshop. There would be ample post-prcessing time after the sunrise shoot and before the afternoon/evening shoots. A lot of time in a sweet dark room with lots of post-processing and snacks! Yay what a perfect series of days!

We only did two last year, and we only have two planned for all of 2014, so be sure to sign up. Curtis told me there were some cancellations so you can swoop in there!

Daily Photo – Driving into the far snowy hills

I took this right before the recent workshop down here in Queenstown. I went on a mini-road trip with the guys up towards Mount Cook and stopped to see this on the way. There is this lovely road that connects the two places and so many opportunities to stop and shoot. This is one of those many that I did!

Driving into the far snowy hills

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 29, 2013 at 1:24am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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