Clayton Morris from Fox News Balances

A few days left for the special pre-sale event!

You can go buy it now and save money. This savings (and bonus!) only lasts a few more days. I wanted to do something special because I’m so excited about these new tutorial videos!

It’s $20 cheaper if you get it now, and you’ll get access to a special live event!

You’ll notice this photo of Clayton below in the little promo video on the site! :)

See you in Australia for the big Problogger Conference!

I was honored when Darren invited me to do this. You can find out more on the Problogger site! :)

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Daily Photo – Clayton Morris from Fox News Balances

The water was slowly, slowly, slowly rising one morning in Milford Sound when we were all there together. We made a desperate retreat just as things were getting a bit too late. The last one to cross was Clayton, so I spun around quickly to get this shot while he was being all Cirque de Soliel with his tripod. And no, he did not fall into the water! :)

Clayton Morris Fox News

Clayton Morris from Fox News Balances

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  • Date TakenFebruary 9, 2013 at 10:59pm
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NPS Australia is Absolutely Awesome

NPS Australia is a model for the other NPS branches

Nikon is a confusing company. The way the NPS (Nikon Professional Services) territories have been separated by the Japanese-corporate-groupthink causes a lot of confusion. I know it’s “just the way they do things,” but that is a sorry excuse from an old-style company that refuses to change and be more like, well, Apple. The way products are sold with distributors and middlemen that create this “grey-market” is absolutely perplexing to the well-meaning customer. I never get a “grey-market” iPad. Wherever I buy an MacBook, for example, I can take it into any Apple store around the world and get it fixed.

A few months ago I wrote a blog entry called “Bad Experiernce with Nikon Professional Services“. I’ve now put an update at the top of that blog entry with this sweet “exception” about NPS Australia!

If NPS does decide to change things up, they should put the team from NPS Australia in charge of the whole shootin’-match. These guys are awesome.

Thanks to my friend Alexia Sinclair and her new husband James, they hooked me up with NPS Australia while I was there with Tom. I had a problem with my 14-24mm lens. It would not reset the aperture between shots. The NPS Australia team got the lens, fixed it, and cheerfully delivered it to me in Melbourne a few days later. This is of course exactly what I would expect from a Professional Services organization. Compare this to dozens of multi-paragraph emails and countless confusing phone calls with other NPS branches, and, well, you get the picture.

(and thanks to all the other Big Camera Companies that contacted me during this dark period in my life… but I’m still staying with Nikon for now… your Australian outfit saved the day!)

Daily Photo – Through The Mists of Milford Sound

The mornings are the best in Milford Sound, I think. I’ve been here about seven times now. Even though I had one amazing sunset, I think that the mornings tend to have better luck for photos. Note this is all anecdotal, and I’ll be more sure after I visit 100 times, which I plan to do, by the way! It’s only a few hours from my home… I really have no excuse, do I?

Through The Mists of Milford Sound New Zealand

Through The Mists of Milford Sound

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Two Dolphins in Love in Milford Sound

Back to Normally Scheduled Broadcasting

Now that the crazy two weeks has ended, we will begin regular broadcasts of the Trey’s Variety Hour. They appear here live on the blog every Monday night at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET. And they’re all available to watch afterwards on YouTube.com/StuckInCustoms!

Daily Photo – Two Dolphins in Love in Milford Sound

While we took the boat out of Milford towards the Tasman Sea, a pod of bottle-nose dolphins came to visit. They turned and jumped and spiraled in a double helix, twisting endlessly like a playful cyclone.

Two Dolphins in Love in Milford Sound

Two Dolphins in Love in Milford Sound

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Poems in the Moonlight in Milford Sound

The Pilgrimage begins!

The event is sold out, and we have about 20 people descending on New Zealand from all around the world. I’m so excited… We have the Photography Workshops listed on that page, and you can see we don’t have any more in the works. You can always keep an eye on that page… but if you’d like to get a video of the event, sign up below to find out first!

If you want to hear about future workshops before they’re listed here and made known to the public then sign-up for our Newsletter. It’s free and pretty, and we promise not to spam you!


Scott Kublin, Karen Hutton, and Curtis Simmons are arriving here ahead of time so we can start preparing for all the festivities! I’m mega-excited! :)

Daily Photo – Poems in the Moonlight in Milford Sound

I stayed out late… way after the sun went down. The moon was out in full force, so I was getting all sorts of interesting shots. For the briefest of moments, the moon shot through one of the clouds towards one of the mountains that holds a glacier. I grabbed it as quick as I could!

Milford Sound under moonlight

Poems in the Moonlight in Milford Sound

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The Foggy Road Through The Waterfalls to Milford

Always new books over at Flatbooks.com

Thanks again for trying out so many books over at Flatbooks.com! As you know, if you ever don’t like one… you can have 100% of your money back! I think this is the best way to do it… then maybe you can try another book… and just keep going till you find one you like! :) Really, it’s no problem at all to get you a refund…we have Real Humans waiting to help you out, so there is no risk.

Daily Photo – The Foggy Road Through The Waterfalls to Milford

There is a long tunnel through a mountain upon final approach to Milford Sound. The tunnel itself is unnerving because it is downhill. I’m not used to long tunnels going downhill. Anyway, after you get out, something new always awaits you. I’ve been through the tunnel 10 times now. 3 times there were clouds, and this was one of them. The good news is that the clouds mean rain, and the rain means waterfalls!

The Foggy Road Through The Waterfalls to Milford

The Foggy Road Through The Waterfalls to Milford

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The Milford Sound Spray

Sony NEX-7 Review

As you may or may not know, Sony doesn’t give me free cameras or pay me to talk about their stuff. If this changes in the future, I’ll be sure to let you know! (Same with Nikon, BTW!). Anyway, I’ve just bought the new wide-angle lens for my NEX-7, and I’m in the middle of testing it… I’ll report back soon!

To find out more in the meantime, see the Sony NEX-7 Review!

Daily Photo – The Milford Sound Spray

People are sometimes disappointed when they come to Milford Sound and it is raining, but that is really one of the best times! The waterfalls go absolutely crazy, and there are, in my opinion, more interesting photos to be taken than in the sunshine. Of course, it’s a very different kind of photo, but you really can’t go wrong.

There are a few boat cruises that go out into the sound and the ocean as well… those are all highly recommended. If you see Eric Lim from Southern Discoveries, be sure to tell him hello from Trey!

Milford Sound Spray

The Milford Sound Spray

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New Zealand Events – Get Ready!

New Zealand Workshop – 5 Days

This one is going to be great – I’ve never done anything quite like it! If you’re not doing anything in February of 2013, why not come do some intense photography with me? Now, after that very successful and fun event in Paris, I’m even MORE excited about this one.

Come read more about the New Zealand Photo Adventure on the dedicated page. Email Curtis Simmons for pricing and additional details.

I’ll be showing you amazing spots all around the South Island, and we’ll be taking some awesome road trips together. Just like with the Paris event, we’re doing everything in style with great hotels, food, the works! I want you to have the most amazing experience ever, and I’m sure you’ll come away with incredible photos and a whole new bag of tricks!

New Zealand Workshop – Special One Day Event in Christchurch

This one is really aimed at all my new neighbors (and future friends!) in New Zealand. It’s very very soon, so check out the Christchurch Workshop page for details. I wanted to put together something special here, and the NZIPP crew has been very helpful in getting this together (thus the special discount). I hope to see many of you soon in Christchurch! :)

Daily Photo – Bowen Falls in Milford Sound

This is one of many sights we’ll be seeing together if you come down here to New Zealand. This place is quite the turkey shoot! There’s beautiful bits all around.

The best way to get to this particular spot is to get off the walking path and work your way across the rocks. I prefer the view where you are looking across the water… The conditions change quite violently depending on the light and the amount of rain. Sometimes, after a fresh rain, that waterfall is absolutely insane! In this photo, it’s still pretty crazy, but only of average sanity.

Milford Sound New Zealand Bowen Falls

Bowen Falls in Milford Sound

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Crossing Monkey Creek

$250 Contest from Adorama

It continues! Check out some of the latest #TreysLightroomPresets entries here.

For the month of November we are running a photo contest to see all of the creative ways you use Trey’s Lightroom Presets. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from Adorama!

To enter, simply post your photo to Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and add the tag #TreysLightroomPresets along with the name of the preset you used to the photo’s description. You can post as many photos as you want during the month of November. On December 1, 2012 we’ll pick a random winner from the entries. Good luck and have fun!

Daily Photo – Crossing Monkey Creek

As you drive into Milford Sound, you may well decide that the drive itself is better than the destination. And that’s saying a lot, believe me!

I think one of the best unofficial hikes is right around Monkey Creek here. It’s certainly worth parking your car and spending a few hours walking around the area. Even without your camera, it’s still a feast for the eyes.

Monkey Creek Milford Sound New Zealand

Crossing Monkey Creek

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More from the New Zealand Car Trip

The Car Trip

A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot! :)

On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!

The Car Trip A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot!On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

I woke up early in the morning to visit the sound to see what was happening. Everything seemed in slow motion while the fog slowly wafted across the water…

 

Daily Photo – Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

The car trip started here in Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. It was a perfect spring day, and there was a lone sailboat down on the lake. Everything is on such a big scale here, maybe you can get a sense of the overall size of the lake from the tiny sailboat on there… it looks like a toy!

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown Boat sailboat

Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

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Moving to New Zealand

Why Did I Move to New Zealand?

There’s a long story to it all… but I think you can see a lot of the reasons in the video below.

By the way, if you are looking to buy a house here and need a recommendation, contact me via support@stuckincustoms.com and the team will get you to me. I can make an excellent recommendation for you!

This video was made with Animoto!

I used a cool online thing called Animoto to make this video. I also wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

New Video – Turning to Peace in New Zealand

It’s a hi-rez video… I recommend listening with earphones or good speakers too – enjoy :)

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