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 TakenNovember 9, 2013 at 9:21pm
  • 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

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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 TakenNovember 9, 2013 at 5:06pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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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 TakenOctober 27, 2012 at 3:36am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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 TakenFebruary 9, 2013 at 11:58pm
  • 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

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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 TakenFebruary 9, 2013 at 6:26am
  • 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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