A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rain in Milford Sound

The Last photo of the day

Here’s the video from Facebook where we drove down to get this photo!

A photo-quad road trip to Milford Sound in New ZealandJoin me and Curtis and Ruby as we take our DJI quadcopters and Osmo and Hasselblad on a drive down to Milford Sound on the south island of New Zealand! :) Fun fun! See the Phantom Review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/dji-phantom-review/ from DJI

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Monday, March 21, 2016

Daily Photo – Rain in Milford Sound

This is about the only photo we got from the Inspire One quadcopter before we had to bring it down. It was really raining quite hard! I was surprised it could even fly… probably pretty risky but we went for it anyway. The lens was getting wet, but those blades are so powerful that it just kind of blew it dry!

Rain in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Tree in the Clouds

Behind-the-Scenes Video

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes movie of the day I took this photo below! :)

Daily Photo – A Tree in the Clouds

Wow, I love this Hasselblad. This is one of the very first photos I took with it when we went out exploring around the South Island. As you can tell, I've done almost no retouching at all. These medium format cameras have a very interesting “look” don't they? The optics are just amazing.

A Tree in the Clouds

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Day trip to Milford Sound with the Hasselblad H5D-50c and DJI X5

Another Video!

Here’s a video from just a few days ago when part of our crew went on a road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. I’ve been testing out the Hasselblad H5D-50c and you can see some of my shots in this video! We also had the Inspire (see my DJI Inspire One Review here on the site) with the X5 camera. We had a lot of fun with both, as you’ll see. Anyway, enjoy the video! :)

Daily Photo – Tree in Wind

And here's one of the photos I nabbed on the way… I jumped over a fence and did a little jig through a field to get to this spot.

Tree in Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Periscope Up! Join me for Wine, Cheese, and Photo Questions Tonight!

Experimenting with Periscope

Time/Date:
– 9 PM Friday PT, 11 PM Friday CT, Midnight New York and EST!
– (5 PM New Zealand Time Saturday)

You guys know I’m an early-adopter of sorts. I had a GREAT experiment with this new app for iPhone/iPad called Periscope, which is connected to Twitter and allows me to broadcast live any time.

Download Periscope for Free here.

Basically, any time I choose, I can choose to broadcast live and share what I see, ask questions, or answer questions. I’m gonna experiment again tonight, so come join me and help me explore this! Right now, it’s only iOS, but I hear the Android version is coming soon. Either way, you can watch live on the web and still ask me questions through Twitter.

Quick Preview?

Here’s a Periscope I did last night on a whim. If you get the app, then you can just add me then scroll down and watch the “replay” — warning, it’s not high-production quality or anything… just raw and straight to me. Here is the link.

What happened in the live event? (look, this is really random and unplanned… sort of raw and whatever!

[Update: According to my friend Sara Haider at Periscope, the replay did not upload/save! So that is too bad… but here is what you missed!]

- I started answering questions about Sony cameras
– I opened a bottle of “Wrath”
– I had some cheese and crackers
– Old friends popped into the live broadcast and I said hello!
– I threw a toy to my dog, Blueberry
– I answered some more questions about Sony camera models and which you should get
– My 5-year-old daughter appeared and did a Maori dance
– I answered more questions and had wine and cheese and crackers
– My daughter stole one of the grown-up crackers
– My friend Tatorandtots from Ireland arrived and I gave her a toast from my wife and I.
– I got in trouble from my wife for not helping with our dinner party so I shut down the broadcast

there were three moons that day that cut the sky

Morning Light Hits Milford

Sunrise/Sunset in the Mountains

Now that I live in a mountainous area, this idea of sunrise and sunset times has a very strange meaning. You tend to actually SEE the sun 2 hours after it rises or vice-versa at night. But the sky goes crazy of course at the normal times…

Daily Photo – Morning Light Hits Milford

The hardest thing about getting up for the sunrise in Milford Sound is figuring out when the heck to get up. The sunrise varies so much here, and sometimes you get down there then realize there is no internet to look it up! And the place you sleep is so surrounded by trees that it's hard to tell when it is starting to get bright. So, you kind of blindly set your alarm and hope to walk out to the beach to see something like this!

Morning Light Hits Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length51.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Milky Way over Milford Sound

Low F-Stops on Star Shots

Veterans already know this, so you guys can just skip over this part! But if you’re just starting to get into star photography, one of the most important things is having a low f-stop on your lens. This means a LOT of light can get in over the exposure. For example, this was taken at f/1.4. The downside to this is that these lenses often tend to be much more expensive! But, then again, you can end up with shots like this one below! :)

Daily Photo – The Milky Way over Milford Sound

My friend Cliff and I stayed out late one night in Milford Sound to see the Milky Way. We were not disappointed! Sometimes it gets pretty cloudy over here, and there was just one night, so we were hoping that karma paid off, and it did!

The Milky Way over Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO16000
  • Focal Length
  • 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

Reflections at Milford Sound

Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Five!

Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer!

Here’s some footage taken with Google Glass while recently in Japan. You can also see me shooting my friend Lindy Nsingo in the middle of the busiest intersection in the world. At the end, I have a little slideshow of my favorite shots from the area. You can see the full-screen versions of all these photos right here.

You can also see my friend Brian Matiash trying sushi for the first time… some craziness at a Marble Slab Creamery, some street photography in Harajuku, and other random things like me breaking into a maid cafe because I was too lazy (and embarrassed) to stand in line!

Tide App?

Does anyone know of or use a good app to keep track of tides near your location? I always forget to check when I am near beaches… and then I get there and wish there was a quick way to look! It would be even better if it could download the info and it was available offline since I often don’t have internet at remote locations!

Daily Photo – Reflections at Milford Sound

One of the coolest bits of visiting Milford Sound is all the little reflection pools that appear in low tide. It's usually hard to get a perfectly clear reflection of Mitre Peak off the waters of the fjords because of winds. Sometimes in the morning it is still, but usually not. But there are at least ten or so of these little reflective pools around and about. On this particular day, I was lucky to get that moon in position over the peak! What are the odds?!?! Not high I tell you!

Reflections at Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture13
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Dragon Teeth

Categories

Down below I mention that I have several shots from Milford Sound here on the blog. Don’t forget you can click on “Milford Sound” right under the title there to see all the photos!

Daily Photo – Dragon Teeth

You've now seen me post MANY shots from Milford Sound down here on the South Island of New Zealand. It's such an awesome place, and I enjoy trying to do “new” photographic things while down there. As you can imagine, there's nothing wrong with a straight-up shot, but I thought of this sort of idea on my most recent sojourn down there!

Dragon Teeth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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