Forever Light Over The Remarkables

Last Chance to Register for the Quadcopter!

We’ll announce the winner in the live show later today! So don’t forget to go leave a comment to win the $1200 Quadcopter with a 14 megapixel camera β€” so cool

Daily Photo – Forever Light Over The Remarkables

One morning during one of the events here, we all gathered out on the shore. You can imagine our surprise when the sun came out to play in this rather spectacular fashion! The sun always comes up in this direction (of course), but it so rarely makes these shapes in the sky. We were all in awe and barely managed to find time to take photos of the phenomenon!

Forever Light Over The Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-06 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Sydney from Above

Queenstown from Above

I did it! My first solo flight in a paraglider was successful! I also got a video of the thing I will share soon, but here is a quick shot I just took from the air over Queenstown with Google Glass:

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Sydney from Above

I love these models of cities! I should make it a point to visit models of cities whenever I am in the city itself. It’s often impressive and gives you a very nice feel for the organism of the whole city. This one was in Sydney, and it was Alexia Sinclair who first showed me this awesome place! She had an exhibit here about a year prior, and it was a spectacular venue for it!

Sydney from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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.

The Lodge at Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-11-09 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

Going Paragliding

I was invited to Paragliding tomorrow. I’ve never done this before… and sorry mom, I know you read the blog. If you see a blog entry the NEXT day, then you’ll know I made it!

I’ll be up in the air, sailing over the photo you see below.

Huge Live Show with Jeremy Cowart, Lisa Bettany, and Thomas Hawk

Join me for the huge G+ Hangout show #88 with Jeremy, Lisa, and Thomas. The topic is new photo apps and more… Check your time on the event page here or mark down Thursday, 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET. The video will be live here on the blog at that time!

We’ll start out the show with the HUGE giveaway of the $1200 Quadcopter with a 14 megapixel camera that we started last week β€” be sure to leave a comment at on the link above to enter.

Then, during the show, we’ll talk about Jeremy’s new app, OKDOTHIS, and other photo apps and that whole space in general. Since Lisa did Camera+, well she’s kind of an expert! We’ll also all catch up, share some new photos, and, well, just kinda hangout. And, as usual, we’ll be taking live questions! These are three great photographers, and it’s always fun just to sit around and talk about photography with people like this, so I’m mega excited.

The four of us are also starting The Arcanum together, so we may touch on that too… There are applications flying in from all over the world not only to be Apprentices, but also Masters. One guy that just applied to be a Master is Benjamin Von Wong ! He’s amazing and just one example. Perhaps during the show, his name will come up and we can show his amazing portfolio at http://www.vonwong.com/

See all event info and time here. And thanks again to Peter Giordano for being our awesome host and to Dave Veffer for being our awesome beardededed producer!

Daily Photo – A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

We headed out into the valley between the mountains of Arrowtown and Queenstown one morning. The air was crisp and clean. There was not even the slightest breeze to move the water around, so that made a countless array of perfect mirrors all over the estates. This was one of the final photos I got before a hasty exodus.

A Peaceful morning in Bendemeer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-11-02 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Conical Mountain and some minor controversy!

Controversy over on the Petapixel article

We’ve had to go in and defend the good honor of Gordon Laing over in this article on PetaPixel! There is also a bit of acrimony and nonsense over there with people comparing this to schools or existing models. They don’t understand; this is a new model that will make that other one obsolete. All of us on the inside already get it, and this beta period is so exciting.

Anyway, Gordon is one of the new Masters over in The Arcanum. We’re lucky to have him as well as all the other amazing Masters that are going into this beta phase with us. We’ve been getting in an absolute ton of applications. I’m so excited about that; and there are even a ton of Masters applying. We’re starting slow of course in sort of a beta-phase so we can iterate and improve the flow when things really scale up. And they’ll scale up like crazy if the Applications are any indication.

Here’s just a taste of some of the places around the world where people have filled out applications: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and of course the alphabetically last United States!

BTW, over there on the right are two people different people. On the top is Lucy Gain, who runs a totally amazing local hotel here in Queenstown called The Spire. Below her is one of our Masters, Hannah Lord, who will be taking on 20 Apprentices to teach about whimsical art photography and more!

Pizza with an Icon

I got a cool note in my email from a team working with Hans about a new effort they are doing!

Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer has created an exciting new series, Pizza With An Icon, that invites a group of curious, inspired teens to have pizza and a conversation with iconic individuals who are making a difference in the world. Check out Episode 1 featuring John Prendergast, human rights activist and co-founder of the Enough Project! He is joined by Quinto Okello of Invisible Children. http://pizzawithanicon.com

Daily Photo – The Conical Mountain

Here’s a shot that was taken out the window of Choopy’s chopper as Tom and I were flying around back behind Lake Wakatipu. I love seeing the crazy shapes of all these mountains. I used to have that double-major in Geophysics, so I took a ton of Geology classes. But I don’t remember everything… so, I see cool shapes like this, and I only know about 75% of how they were formed… this is a little frustrating, but I kind of like using that mysterious 25% bit to wonder a little.

The Conical Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-15 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Blues of Lake Tekapo and upcoming Live interview about The Arcanum

Blowing up around the world! Live interview soon!

Join us Live early next week in a G+ Hangout!. We just opened the doors less than two days ago, and we already have applications from so many countries around the world for The Arcanum. I am shocked! Here’s just part of the list: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the US. Crazy! Even more crazy is how many we actually got from Afghanistan — that really surprised us!

I’ll be going on live with Frederick Van Johnson and Peter Giordano to answer questions. I am glad so many other people also love the idea of an artistic Master & Apprentice system that creates cells and self-replicates in a fun environment.

If YOU have questions, click on the event link below and let Frederick Van Johnson know on the event page! You can also click on that link to see the local day and time when it will be live.

Behind the Scenes at Lake Tekapo

Today’s photo below was taken here in New Zealand at this awesome place called Lake Tekapo. I took a few versions of this photo, and here is the latest one. If you want to see what it was like to take the photo, change lenses, etc etc, here’s a little video!

Daily Photo – The Blues of Lake Tekapo

I wished I lived closer to this lake so I could go out there more often to see all the pretty sunsets across the glacier-fed blue water. Whenever I do drive back and forth to Christchurch, though, I usually stop here for a bit! It’s actually one of the reasons I prefer the 4 hour drive to Christchurch from Queenstown rather than the 30 minute flight… there are so many places to stop and take photos!

The Blues of Lake Tekapo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-12-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Path near Diamond Lake

Something Big And Exciting Is Coming This Week

I have a Rather Major Thing we are launching this week… stay tuned !!

For a sneak peek, watch LIVE for tomorrow’s show which is all about Drone Photography. We’ll do a special announcement before the show. For your local time for the show, visit the Event Page!

Panel on Social Media

I was on a panel at the Better By Design CEO Summit in Auckland, New Zealand recently. This is a gathering of about 500 of the top CEOs/business leaders in NZ and was put on by Icebreaker Merino and Jeremy Moon. This panel discussion was all about Social Media and where things are at…

Here’s the people on the panel: Ken Hong, Head of Marketing Strategy for the Chinese micro-blogging Sina Weibo, Derek Handley, Founding CEO at The B Team, Aura Oslapas, former Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer at Best Buy and (me) share their social media insights. Panel facilitated by Keith Yamashita, Partner at consultancy and product-creation engine SY.

Daily Photo – A Path near Diamond Lake

We were out shooting the new secret video for something you will see very soon (stay tuned!), and we walked along this path on the way back. It was so pretty both directions, but I’m often reminded that when I walk back the other direction that it looks totally different. I’d like to think I’m pretty “aware” of what landscapes look like from every direction, but on long walks, sometimes you forget to look behind you.

A Path near Diamond Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-11-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Air Force Museum in Christchurch

Flying from China to Sydney

Here’s a little video I made that shows the view out the window while landing in Sydney and then a slideshow from some photos from China. The looking-out-the-window bit is kinda boring for some people I guess… but I always stare out the window like a little kid whenever I land anywhere! πŸ™‚

Loon Recap

This photo below from the Air Force Museum was taken during my Google Loon Balloon adventure. The big unveiling was here in a huge theater. While everyone was getting set up, I was walking around taking a few photos. Anyway, in case you missed that Loon Balloon thing, here is a video below that shows a bit about it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Air Force Museum in Christchurch

This is only the second airplane museum I have been to other than the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. It reminds me that I should go more often, because they are always awesome. This one had particularly cool lighting, which I’m always a sucker for! There’s also something very cool about seeing airplanes indoors — I’m not sure why that is other than just the pure novelty of it!

The Air Force Museum in Christchurch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-14 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

Stuck on Earth now on iPhone!

This has recently been released for the iPhone! Stuck On Earth – Yay!

What’s Cool about the App?

– It brings travel planning to Google Maps or iOS Maps (even though Google maps are way cooler hehe)
– Save your trips OFFLINE so that you can access everything when you don’t have Internet
– Photo spots are ranked based on how interesting they are
– Curated human trips by local experts like +Thomas Hawk
– Top 50 suggestions to get your mind flowing about places to visit like the best Castles on earth or the best Waterfalls
– An app that gets to know you over time based on your personality. For example, it will say different things to you the 9th time you open it if you are a “Photographer” personality type

And much much more! Now, if only those recalcitrant guys at Flickr would fix their API so we could “exclude” images with certain tags, then we could make it a lot better! We’d love to exclude geo-tagged photos that have words like “model, dog, cat, etc” so they don’t show up… those don’t help! πŸ™ But you should still see mostly good photos as long as you are zoomed into a landscape-architecture-interesting area!

Daily Photo – Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

We popped out of the bus after everyone had a delightful dinner at Amisfield to see Lake Hayes. When I say “we” — this was the group of us that came for the recent workshop. Typically, I tried to get people in the habit of taking a bunch of photos quickly, then jumping back in the vehicle to go hit another spot and chase the setting sun. It’s a bit like a sport… or speed golf! It’s a great challenge to see how many good shots from different locations you can squeeze into an afternoon and evening!

Walking Along Arrowtown Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-10-31 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Flying through the Highlands

Photomatix Upgrade Policy

I know I mentioned the new Photomatix just two days ago, but I’ve been informed I was mistaken about the upgrade policy. Sorry about that! But, here, straight from them, is the latest upgrade policy:

“The upgrade to Photomatix Pro version 5 will be free of charge for customers who purchased a license of Photomatix Pro version 4.0 or higher through our website or authorised resellers (Photomatix Pro 4.0 was released on October 2010).”

The final Photomatix 5 should be out very very very soon — I am excited! I used it on the image below… and, well, most images you see on the site here!

Do you primarily use a Mac to edit your photos? If so, then check out Aurora HDR Pro! I worked with Macphun for over a year to build the ultimate HDR software!

Daily Photo – Flying through the Highlands

This is one of the first landings we made with Choppy on our latest helicopter tour. I swear — they are the most awesome things. I decided to reward myself with a few of these per year… the views you get are just amazing and I spend half the time being in awe and the other half recovering from the awe. Of course, I’m taking photos all the while!

Flying through the Highlands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-11-05 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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