Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Favorite Timelapse

Timelapses are SO time consuming. I guess that is inherent in the name itself, but I really get so busy I don’t have time to do these too much. But I thought I’d share with you my favorite timelapse… I made this after my first 30 days living in Queenstown… I decided to make a time lapse every day!

Failed Time-lapse Story!

So I thought I’d talk about a little failure… maybe it will save you time in case you’ve had a similar idea!

When you watch this video below, you’ll see a rather failed attempt at a timelapse. I had this bright idea to try hovering the quadcopter (DJI Phantom 4 Pro) in the air for about ten minutes and then have it automatically take a photo every 3 seconds. This is one of the many photo options. Anyway, I did it, but I could tell the quad was moving a bit in the wind (up, down, right, left, forward and back). It was basically like the worst tripod in the world.

Now, the quad will TRY to stay as still as possible. It uses a lot of tech to do this, including over 15 GPS satellites to try to keep it still.

So, I copied all the pictures to a directory then used LRTimelapse to do a bit of tweaking before rendering it. Then, it looked like this:

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Then I figured I needed to stabilize it. I found two ways to do it. One would be to auto-align all the images in Photoshop (put them in layers then run a script to export each layer). But that was kind of a Rambo mission for 468 photos. The other way to do it was to use After Effects and “Warp Stabilizer VFX.”

As you can see in the 2nd video below, it still looks pretty ropey. Unusable for me. It’s kind of a cool effect but to me. it just doesn’t feel quite right. Anyway, that’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back… but thought you might enjoy the failed journey anyway! πŸ™‚

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

I took this around the same time I made the 30 Days and 30 Nights time-lapse above. 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 the balcony, and this was our amazing view!

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:29:59
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Yoga Shirts

On a lot of my live broadcasts, I get comments about these crazy shirts I wear. I’ve taken a few of my favorite yoga shirts and put them into my Kit of Trey’s Favorite Things β€” hope you find something you like! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Beach Fun in Glenorchy

There are so many lakes here on the South Island β€” but the one thing that bums out my kids is there is no sand. Kids like sandy beaches, yes? Well I guess everyone does. It's hard to make sand castles out of rocks. On the other hand, there are some amazing skipping stones!

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 08:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

Editing Glenorchy shots in my studio

And here’s the screencast of me editing three different photos from the behind-the-scenes you saw yesterday. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here's another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It's a good tip β€” always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It's a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

Behind the Scenes at the Glenorchy Dock

Here’s some video footage of when I was on the famous dock in Glenorchy. Tomorrow, I’ll be editing a pile of photos I took while in this very spot. Here’s a challenge for you! First, my photos and try to edit them yourself. See how they turn out… and then, tomorrow, brave Passport holder, you can see how I edited them! It’ll be a fun exercise. Again, there is no right or wrong way to edit, just different interpretations of the light and scene.

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I'll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It's more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

And if you're not a Passport member yet, please join! You'll get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff like this as well as the brand new HDR Tutorial that was released just a few weeks ago!

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Dalefield from Above

The Video

Here’s all Phantom 4 Pro footage! See more in the Phantom 4 Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Dalefield from Above

You'll definitely notice this spot from the video above! This is my favorite spot to fly because it's the easiest, being right here at my home. Whenever I see a good sunset or sunrise appear, I'm usually too late to drive anywhere, so I get the quad up quickly for a good clean shot of the Remarkables. I get a good shot from the ground-level too, but there's a few trees and stuff we need to chop down so I get a clear view!

Dalefield from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-18 20:51:31
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO130
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

On the Way to the Burn

A Special Video Day!

Hey for you Passport Members I have a special video today… probably one of the coolest behind-the-scenes videos I’ve ever made! It was quite a struggle, I’ll tell ya… I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. We choppered in and there was a Bit More Drama than I would have liked! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video… and if you haven’t signed up yet, just give yourself a slightly late holiday present! πŸ™‚

24 Hours in Earnslaw Burn

This is a good video! I think you’re really gonna like it… you can see some of what went on when I was getting some special photos for a patron. You can also see a nearly tragic mistake I made! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – On the Way to the Burn

Here's a photo I took during one of my many helicopter rides to Earnslaw Burn on a particularly still day. This is Lake Wakatipu below over near Glenorchy. It's probably only THIS still a few times a year, so I felt lucky to see it's mirror-like surface. Note this was a MUCH less windy day than when I had to camp out overnight without a tent. AHEM….

On the Way to the Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 06:06:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More Drone Love

Phantom 4 Pro Review

I’ve recently updated the Phantom 4 Pro Review β€” enjoy!

Daily Photo – More Drone Love

Sometimes you have one of those days where you just can't take a bad photo. This was one of those days. When the weather is cooperating and you're in a magical place, there's just no going wrong. These days stand out to me because they so rarely happen! This day in Glenorchy was definitely one of these days… I was getting great photos on the ground, but then I launched the drone and the photos got even better!

More Drone Love

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:40:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/675
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Misty Mountains

Facebook Live Broadcast

Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes Facebook Live broadcast I did from this very location. Enjoy!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 4 of 4

And for you, today is a video of me editing this photo. Enjoy, and I hope you pick up a pointer or ten! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – The Misty Mountains

This is the final photo I got when driving back home on this loooong day of photography. It had its ups and downs, but finally ended on this huge up. I do have one regret here β€” I forgot to zoom in and take some more detailed photos of the mist. Oh well, I can't think of everything! I did get a nice big panorama as well which I have not edited yet. Let me know if you'd like me to edit that one on video!

The Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 11:22:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Netflix Ideas?

What are your favorite Netflix shows you’re addicted to? One of my top recommendations is House of Cards β€” be sure to watch that, especially if you’re a Kevin Spacey fan!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 3 of 4

Here’s my video where you can see a few different interpretations of how to edit this photo. I decided to just go with the Lightroom version and not do the HDR version. You’ll see more below!

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Daily Photo – The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

This was the point when my day started turning around. It was raining here and I was about five hours into my largely unfruitful shooting day! I was now over an hour from home, but I decided to soldier on further into Glenorchy to see what I could find. I'm glad I kept on going… and I'm also kind of proud of myself for going out in the rain to get this moody shot!

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:32:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Road Home

Osmo Fun

Here’s a hot tip I figured out recently. I got this Osmo to hold the iPhone steady, but for some reason, I thought it was only for the iPhone. Now I see that it can stabilize most any phone, as long as it is not too huge. It could not hold an iPad mini or anything like that, but I was impressed when it effortlessly stabilized my huge Nexus android phone!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 2 of 4

Remember when I stopped here in the beginning of the video yesterday? Well, I got a shot then, but I didn’t like it. On the way back home, about 3 hours later, I stopped again to get the daily photo below, which I like a bit better.

Just to prove how bright and vibrant everything was, here is an unedited (no color adjustment) video from the Phantom 4 that same day.

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And here’s is a video of me editing the photos together.

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Daily Photo – The Road Home

And here's the final photo I got after a lot of trial and tribulation and a bit of worry! I don't know what I was worried about… it turned out just fine. I probably have five different photos of this place, and I can't figure out which one I like the most!

The Road Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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