Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Self-Auditory-injury Question

Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions?

See the Landscape Tutorial

Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography Tutorial here in the store. We shoot a whole segment from here at this North Korean Prison!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

It’s remarkable how big Deer Park Heights is in Queenstown. Most “hills” around New Zealand look like nothing, but each one can be a huge mountain in its own right. I think it’s because you often see these “hills” in the context of the giant mountains of the Southern Alps, so everything is both in-context and beyond-context. This old North Korean prison was a movie set for a rather horrible Disney movie from the 80’s. I’m a movie fan, and I just can’t recommend it!

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Processing

I processed this one with MacPhun Intensify. It really did a great job with the sharpness and color tones, I think!

Daily Photo – My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Here’s the studio I walk to every day from the main house. Every now and then in the autumn and winter there is a wonderful snow that falls and gives everything a parallel-universe feeling. I find I have to take these photos early in the morning because in late afternoon, all the white snow starts to melt off the trees and you lose that nice reverse-contrast feeling.

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Sweet FVJ

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Daily Photo – Sweet FVJ

I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.

Sweet FVJ

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Making Pizza with Friends

Glad you guys are enjoying the new Presets

What? You forgot we released new Lightroom Presets for June? Fear not! Pop over and collect ‘em all now! :)

Outdoor Pizza Ovens

This is not mine, but it made me want to get one! This one is so epic… looks steampunky, like it’s almost right out of the industrial revolution. I want!

Daily Photo – Making Pizza with Friends

I had an amazing night here with some friends in Queenstown making pizza, drinking wine, and watching movies outside until we all fell asleep. Honestly, we made TWELVE pizzas and ate them all. It was ridiculous. Here’s a photo my friend Rene got of Curtis and I preparing 1/12.

Making Pizza with Friends

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Moonset in Queenstown

Best App for Moon/Sun Activity?

As far as I know, the best one is the badly-named “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”— and I just noticed on their website they have a desktop version — cool!

Daily Photo – Moonset in Queenstown

I get to see this almost every morning from my studio when the moon sets. Of course, it’s not always at this time of day, but sometimes it is! I’m not one of those hardcore moon guys who knows where the moon is gonna be and stuff. Occasionally though, I have friends around me that know this stuff, and that helps tremendously!

Moonset in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Recap: SPEAKING AT TEDX

There’s a grouping of questions about me that come up pretty often. How did I become a photographer? What’s the backstory? What are some of the counter-intuitive things that I figured out along the way via series of embarrassing stories? Well, here’s all that and more!

Daily Photo – My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

I loved this bit at the end when my son Ethan came up on stage with me. He’s getting big, eh? I’m very proud of him… made me cry more than just a little up there!

Thank you Dan Childs for taking this photo!

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraEOS 5D Mark II
  • Camera MakeCanon
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length115.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bee Harvest Family Time!

Thanks again Jim Pollard!

Thank you, my friend Jim, for taking these photos. Everyone be sure to go out and check JimPollardGoesClick.com to see more of what he does! He says he never really takes family photos like he did with us for the day (his wife Vicky does though). He does weddings, and he’s amazing at them!

Bee Harvest Day with the Ratcliffs

Here we are on one of the harvest days… I don’t share a lot of family photos, but thought you might like to see! :)

All in all, I think we got about 100 jars of honey! Thanks little bee friends! :)

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Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photography and Neuroscience

Here’s a very cool article called When Photographers Are Neuroscientists from Nautilus.

Outdoor pizza oven

I’ve never wanted an outdoor pizza oven so bad! This bad boy made a pizza in, and I am not kidding, 1.5 minutes!

Daily Photo – Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

This is one of the best pizza nights of my life! We had a mini-get-together with me, Curtis, Rene, and Stu and made about 9 pizzas in this pizza oven right there… we ate pizza out under the stars and watched movies projected on the side of a wall. We had blankets and were cozy and everything. It sounds like the perfect date night, except it was just 4 dudes! haha… anyway, we were all so bloated and moaning from pizza pain… it was a weird scene but mega awesome!

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

Cloud Types

Anyone know what kind of clouds these are?

Daily Photo – Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

I don't actually go to downtown Queenstown more than once a week, but on this particular day I brought my camera… and boy was I glad. I so rarely see clouds like this here. The phenomenon did not last very long, so I got busy and made hay while the sun was not shining!

Amazing Clouds over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Going to Skipper’s Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Any cool Meditation Apps?

I don’t know if any of you all are into meditation or not, but I found a few interesting apps around these topics. One is called “Calm” and the other is called “Buddhify” — both pretty interesting, but I thought you might know of some too! :)

Daily Photo – Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

My friends Cliff and Cher came over to visit us in Queenstown for several weeks recently. We had a great time! There were a lot of photos and a lot of good times! One day, I took them over the mountain here towards Skipper's Canyon. While, hiking, I stopped along the way to see Cliff taking this photo… I think they look pretty awesome and heroic!

Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture18
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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