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!

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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 :)

A Car Trip in New Zealand

A fun weekend on the South Island

I jumped in the car with the family to take a little road trip down to Milford Sound. I took a bunch of photos, but wanted to go ahead and share three of them here with you. I know I usually just share one a day, but this is a little bonus I guess! :)

The road from Te Anau to Milford Sound is insanely beautiful. After a long drive through a meadow, you come to this small forest that leads deeper into the mountains.

A Fun Weekend on the South Island I jumped in the car with the family to take a little road trip down to Milford Sound. I took a bunch of photos, but wanted to go ahead and share three of them here with you. I know I usually just share one a day, but this is a little bonus I guess!The road from Te Anau to Milford Sound is insanely beautiful. After a long drive through a meadow, you come to this small forest that leads deeper into the mountains.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

Driving along the road through the mountains, you pass about 100 waterfalls. I’m not kidding! Many of them are buried in fresh green fauna, and you can’t see them unless you happen to be looking directly at them.

Waterfalls in New Zealand

Daily Photo – Navigating Across the Rivers of New Zealand in the Morning Mists

I woke up in the morning before everyone else to go on an extended scouting mission. I arrived around this river just as the morning mists were lifting enough to give me a view into the distance.

Milford Sound Road New Zealand Driving River Mountain

Navigating Across the Rivers of New Zealand in the Morning Mists

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A Reflective Morning in Milford Sound

Thanks for ordering the Prints!

I know many people have been ordering prints from SmugMug (there is a link below each photo), and I wanted to take a moment to thank you. I’ve been receiving emails and photos of “new walls” quite a bit, and I think it is exciting. Thanks again!

Daily Photo – A Reflective Morning in Milford Sound

After sleeping in my sleeping bag all night, a 6 AM wake up time was a little bit rough. The rough part was the cold that quickly cut through to my bones when I got out. Usually I get dressed inside the tent, but, being tentless, I had no other options. I guess I could have gotten dressed inside the sleeping bag, but that would have been a little bit strange and difficult. Plus, from the outside, I would have looked like I was going through some metamorphosis.

A Reflective Morning in Milford Sound

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Path to the Waterfall

Sandflies

I think I’ll have to find some kind of netting or something light to cover me when I take naps outside. I’ve taken to hiking and just stopping in random places to take naps. There are countless comfy spots in the grass by waterfalls and bubbling brooks, but sometimes the sandflies are around and they can be a bit annoying. I’m not exactly sure what I need… kind of a little mini-net-tent or something like this. I’ll have to poke around, but any suggestions are welcome!

Daily Photo – Path to the Waterfall

This waterfall at Milford is one of those amazing things that churns away all day. Waterfalls that generate a ton of water constantly impress me. It’s hard to get my head around all the water that is in movement all the time, and it’s even more impressive that so much fresh water can be generated without end…

Path to the Waterfall

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A Moving Sunset

Free 27 Minute How-To Video!

This comes from the full 4-video Art of Photography series that we recently launched for Beginner to Intermediate photographers. The live launch was a huge success (thanks everyone for the GREAT comments on that page!) and we have just released this first video for free. Sadly (but awesomely) you can go purchase the other 3 episodes if you find the first one to be helpful. I believe you will!

Many Days of New Zealand

I miss my new home in Queenstown, so I’m going to be posting a series of photos from NZ over the next few days. I hope that is okay. Normally I jump around and post places out of order, but I’ll make a departure from that for four or five days. Thanks for indulging me!

Daily Photo – A Moving Sunset

When the sun started going down in Milford Sound, I figured I was going to start using up a lot of memory cards. I’m still using those RAW Steel cards that are 16GB each. The D800 has been filling up my cards pretty quickly, so I’ve been thinking about upgrading to 32GB. But I already have a load of 16GB and swapping isn’t that much of a pain… maybe I should just wait until I need the 64GB some day… if ever.

A Moving Sunset

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Hiking Around Milford

Hiking Shoes and Pants

I’ve got a great pair of hiking shoes, but my pants are not so great. I’m looking for a certain pair, but I just don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. This is one of the reasons I am generally dissatisfied with my hiking pants selection and shopping. Any suggestions are welcome! They have to be warm, super comfy, not “wander downwards” when I squat for low photos, and not be tooooo dorky. That’s not too much to ask, is it? :)

Daily Photo – Hiking Around Milford

I went around a bend in Milford and was greeted with these strange lost-world type trees. You can see the famous Mitre Peak there on the right. There is a wide array of lush vegetation around here because of the constant moisture. There’s even a surplus of moisture here because of a huge waterfall that is right behind me, coating everything in a fine mist all day long.

Hiking Around Milford

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