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

Late Morning at Mitre Peak

Edited with Macphun

This photo below is one of many I have done lately with Macphun software. See more in my .

Daily Photo – Late Morning at Mitre Peak

If visiting Milford Sound, one great piece of advice is not to go all the way to the water’s edge at low tide. Some of the best shots are from the still reflection shots of the puddles that form from the retreating water. There are hundreds of these little pools. Some are clear without rocks and others have rocks. I decided to move around until I found a nice sequence of them.

Late Morning at Mitre Peak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture18
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

An Amazing Night in Milford and a New eBook on Flatbooks

New eBook – Photographing Children Naturally

We recently published a new book over on Flatbooks called Photographing Children Naturally. Portraiture can be challenging itself, and sometimes even more difficult when working with children. This new eBook by Cheryl Machat Dorskind helps you sort everything out, from selecting your gear to setting it up to keeping track of your client work. She’ll also be interviewed on This Week in Photo next Tuesday, so make sure you tune in!.

We’ve also pulled together a list of a few other books focusing on portraiture that you can check out at this page.

Another Night at Milford

Here’s a little B-roll (with no commentary) from another evening at this same place!

Daily Photo – An Amazing Night in Milford

I just spent three days in Milford Sound, New Zealand. This is about a four hour drive from my house. The bad news was there were no clouds for sunset. The good news was there were no clouds for star shots that night! Cliff and I stayed out there quite late to make sure we got all the shots we wanted! For this one, I tried attaching the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 prime via an adapter to my Sony A7r — it was very easy and worked like a charm! :)

An Amazing Night in Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Happy New Years Eve!

Thanks for 2013!

Thanks for hanging out around here in 2013! There will be a lot more photos, experimentation, and fun stuff happening in 2014 — I’m all ready for it! :)

Daily Photo – Reflections in Milford Sound

Here’s one of my favorite images from Milford this last year. Right after the big New Zealand Workshop, I took the team down to Milford Sound for the evening. The night was kind of moody in the lighting, but the next morning made for some great shots! Oftentimes, the best reflections are not in the sound itself, but in the huge puddles that are left behind at low tide, like this one.

We didn’t bring the whole workshop down here because the weather is just so dang unpredictable! We got lucky the first time, but did not want to press our luck. But for those of you that signed up for the workshop in 2014, we highly encourage you to take a side-trip down here! It’s only 4 hours from Queenstown, and certainly worth the drive!

Milford Sound

Reflections in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

The Lodge at Milford Sound

Paragliding Update

Yesterday was a good day of learning to Paraglide. Tomorrow, I do a SOLO JUMP from the top of Coronet Peak. If this is my last blog entry, well then, I was honored and happy to spend so many years with you. Truly.

Daily Photo – The Lodge at Milford Sound

The breakfast here is incredible, but I took this photo way before breakfast! I was down there just recently to do some shooting, and I woke up early to go get photos of the sunrise in Milford Sound. That is the time that the water is the calmest because of the lack of wind. So, I woke up extra early and headed out to the truck. I was there with part of our team from Stuck In Customs, but I think the only people that actually woke up was Curtis, Pete, and me! Anyway, as soon as I came out of the lodge that morning, I saw this scene.

Milford Sound Lodge

The Lodge at Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Google Science Fair highlight

Short snippet on perceptive radius

Here’s one of the questions answered from the Google Science Fair. The full video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t222tH_28M4

Daily Photo – Waterfall over the grave in Milford

This is Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, and right at the bottom is a very old grave that you can hike to. It’s not an easy hike, but you can get there if you are crafty. It’s the grave of William Ward Rathbun, and there is an old iron fence that is falling apart around it. It’s all very scenic and grave-y.

Waterfall over the grave in Milford

Waterfall over the grave in Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Across and Through Milford

Camping in Milford

I remember sleeping outside one night in Milford. I was pretty cold, but I had a great sleeping bag. There was a tiny little hold in the top of my sleeping bag, and around 3 AM, a possum came and stuck his face and mouth into the hole! It scared the living Jesus out of me… man, I’ll never forget that one.

Daily Photo – Across and Through Milford

I love sailing through the fjords of Milford! I’ve done this a few times now, and there is always something new and a different kind of light.

I think a lot of people are disappointed if they get to Milford Sound and it is raining. I would not feel that way if I were you because things can perhaps be at their most dramatic! There can be a ton of little waterfalls and crazy clouds even in the middle of the rain. So don’t let the rain dissuade you from taking the boat out and about!

Across and Through Milford

Across and Through Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Bel in the Field

Her Handiwork

See Bel in the field in today’s photo? Here’s some of her handiwork… she made this whole video! If you want to know more, see the Landscape Tutorial Series page! :)

Daily Photo – Bel in the Field

Here is Bel Jones, caught in the middle of filming the New Zealand photo adventure a few months ago. We stopped in a field on the way to Milford Sound to do some shooting… She got low in the grass like an African predator to get her shots… so turned the camera back at her for a moment while she was getting some b-roll!

Bel Jones

Bel in the Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length116.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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