Up High in Queenstown

On Top of the Mountains

Here’s a quick picture I took with my Android while I was taking some photos.

If you look close, you’ll notice that is my D3S and not my D800. The shot below was with the D800, which means I was… maybe using the D3S for a special project??? I will reveal it soon! :)

I sometimes post these things live to places like Google+ while I am out in the field…. that’s another place to watch if you just need the “latest” Trey-fix! hehe….

Daily Photo – Up High in Queenstown

We have finally moved into the new house here in Queenstown. I was in for less than 24 hours when I decided to get up to the top of this nearby mountain to shoot down on the whole scene. It was a perfect night – a bit cool maybe – but that can be perfect too.

After I took this photo, I went back down the mountain and picked up some Thai food to take home and eat while warming up by the fire! :)

Up High in Queenstown

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Lonely Tree in Wanaka

Preview of the Art of Photography Course

See the photo below? I’ll be editing it live to show how I did it on the last day of the Art of Photography course. You can do it all without Photoshop! I know that will make a lot of people happy that can’t get over the Photoshop-hump. For those people, we will also be talking about Photoshop in another segment to show you the hump doesn’t have to be so bad!

Daily Photo – Lonely Tree in Wanaka

This is one of three tree photos I will publish over the coming weeks. You may remember a previous one where the bottom of the trunk was on fire… that one DID have a bit of Photoshop… We’ll also go over that one in the class.

Lonely Tree in Wanaka

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The Solar Storm Hits Queenstown

Watch Live Tonight for How-To

Watch here on StuckInCustoms.com later today for the live feed for the show! It starts at 7 PM or Your World Time!

Now, I’m by no means an “expert” on processing Aurora photos, but I did pick up a few tricks I’m happy to share. As always, as I figure this stuff out from scratch, I’ll share my results with you :)

Daily Photo – The Solar Storm Hits Queenstown

I’ve been awake for two days.

It all started yesterday after I put the kids to bed. I got a Facebook message from Stefan Haworth. It turns out that he and Eden Brackstone were headed out for a little viewing of the big solar storm that was hitting the atmosphere. Down thisaway, it’s called the Aurora Australis. Since I’ve never before seen one (despite countless attempts in Iceland), I was ready to suit up!

And it turns out that one of the best places we saw them was right here in Queenstown! I had a decent view from the place I am staying here at The Commonage, but the clouds were pretty heavy. So, we drove down along Lake Wakatipu until we were just past Wye creek. I got out of the car, let my eyes adjust, then saw colored shafts of light shooting up through the edge of our snow-globe. It wasn’t like I expected! It’s…. hard to explain.

The Solar Storm Hits Queenstown

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My Kea Camper on the South Island

Are you an RV-kinda person?

I know some people are really into their RVs and it’s a major part of their lives. I guess they are like boats in that way. For whatever reason, I’ve never really been into that, although you would think my nomadic nature would make that option seem particularly attractive to me.

I remember when I rented this one in the photo below. It was the first one I ever drove, and I guess there was an extra layer of nervousness because I was driving on the other side of the road plus a standard shift (that you shifted with your left hand). It was all a little overwhelming while my family was flying around hanging on to whatever they could find! Well… the kids had a good time…. the crazier the drive, the better!

Daily Photo – My Kea Camper on the South Island

This was one of the prettiest parts of the drive to Milford Sound. You can’t miss it. You CAN miss a lot of things down there, but not if you are right along this main road. This is probably one of the most majestic valleys I’ve ever seen.

My Kea Camper on the South Island

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PhotoWalk Fun – New Event

New Events – Follow Along

I put up the event on Google+ here, and this is a cool new system where we can collect photographs from the entire event. It will be great fun to follow along even if you can’t make it.

Exact Location: Here in St. Omer’s Park.
Time: 5 PM
What to bring: Any kind of camera will do, even a mobile phone!
Who to bring: Family-friendly! :)

Queenstown PhotoWalk

Come join me for a free and fun PhotoWalk on Saturday, June 30th!

We’ll start at 5 PM, but I’ll be there early goofing around if you want to hang out. I’ll have the Genie from SYRP with me as well, and I’ll try not to drop it in the lake.

We can meet in St. Omer’s Park, probably over by the bench (near the roundabout). After the event, we can go grab some chocolates or a snack or something.

See you soon!

HDR Photo

The Rocks Near and Far

New eBook

This one, “Goals – The Philosophy and Science of Achieving Your Dreams“, by Christa Laser, is a bit different than the typical fare over at Flatbooks.com. It’s getting great reviews, and might be just the kind of thing you are looking for. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Rocks Near and Far

A few nights ago I went for a walk along the water’s edge here in Queenstown. About one out of ten nights (or, as far as I have measured), there is a clear night with a bright pink light that shoots up from behind those mountains. It’s really quite a sight.

I went down to the edge of the lake and buried my tripod legs in the frigid, icy-clear water. Even though the color of the light was so nice, in the end it was not as interesting as the light itself.

The Rocks Near and Far

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The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

New Zealand Newspaper Article

A new article came out today in the Otago Daily Times about my recent move to New Zealand. I met the reporter, Christine McDonald, down at Motogrill where I pigged out during the interview. I asked her if it was okay if I ate while we talked. She said yes, so I really pushed that to the limits…

Daily Photo – The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

See that area down there? We’re in the middle of an epic house-hunting adventure right in the middle of it all.

I took this photo a few days ago on a drive to Wanaka. It was so pretty, I just had to pull over to take it! In fact, maybe I need to make this drive more often!

In the far distance is Queenstown, which is only about 15-20 mins from this spot. Down to the right, just beyond the edge, is nearby Arrowtown. I think there are about 1 million photographs somewhere in between.

The Valley Between Queenstown and Arrowtown

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Lonely Tree Aflame

Tim Pierce and Bel Jones in Wanaka

I’ve been working on a new secret project for you all, and I had to go over to Wanaka to borrow some equipment from Tim, since my stuff is still in a container crossing the ocean! Gordon Laing recommended Tim, so I made an afternoon drive to go visit him. When I walked inside, he and Bel (his girlfriend) were doing all sorts of artistic things. I got a little behind-the-scenes info and wanted to share it with you!

First, Tim is amazing videographer (and director, artist, and so many other things). Check out some of his work at his site Zeros And Ones. Be sure to watch that video there! And…. look at his amazing list of clients.

Second, Bel Jones was a-busy making a new drawing when I went in. I looked for it on her website, but it isn’t there yet… but maybe it will show up in the illustrations area soon :)

Daily Photo – Lonely Tree Aflame

After having a great flat white with Tim and Bel, Abe (my intern for the winter/summer) and I went down to the lake. I picked out some trees I wanted to re-visit in the evening light. As I was driving around, I got an idea… it was dark and blue and I thought about what it would look like if the tree was instantly on fire… so I gave Abe some specific instructions and a secret signal.

I set up for the shot with the 14-24mm, prepared the timer, then made the secret signal to Abe. We gave it a few different tries until I felt like we had it right before driving back home over the crown range in the dark.

Lonely Tree Aflame

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Mountains at Lake Wanaka

Two Father’s Days

I was excited to hear that New Zealand has its own Father’s Day in September! So, this means I get two of them… Anyway, I was kind of surprised to hear this… why wouldn’t there be one universal Father’s Day? This is confusing to me… how could something like this have come about…

Daily Photo – Mountains at Lake Wanaka

Now that I am getting a bit more settled in New Zealand, I’ve begun to make a few short road trips. We haven’t found a house for sure, but we are getting pretty serious in that hunt! It’s a fun process, and we have many good candidates to choose from. Once the whole family gets settled, it will make everything a bit easier with the photography!

A few days ago, we took a mini-road trip to Lake Wanaka. It’s only about 2 hours away, and the mountains are pretty crazy. This day was extremely windy, so it took all of my manly weight to hold down the tripod when I took a short mini-hike to get this shot…

Mountains at Lake Wanaka

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Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM!

Bid on a Rare Print

Thanks again everyone who has been ordering prints! Whether you order from SmugMug or do a custom high-end signed piece on metal, I am appreciative!

I received an email recently from a gentleman who has been unemployed for a long time and is now selling off his possessions so he can pay his mortgage! A sad story… He emailed me, lamenting that he had to sell this print and he was heartbroken. This print is QUITE rare – it is numbered 1/50 in the series. These normally sell from $2,000 to well beyond. In fact, if you buy it, you’ll have the same print as +Mark Zuckerberg – only yours will be more valuable than Mark’s because his is higher in the series.

To bid on his print, visit the eBay link here.

New Zealand from Space

I was on Google+ and I saw Liz Quilty put of This NASA photo of New Zealand (Here it is in ultra hi-rez). Isn’t that cool? There is a satellite there that takes a new image every day. So I ended up bookmarking this site where I can go see the cloud cover, and even import it into Google Earth. Awesome dot com!

Daily Photo – Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

The winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on my balcony, and this is our amazing view! I’m renting a Bach here called “The Nest” – and it has incredible views all day long… and all night long too, as you can see! :)

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

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