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!

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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 Taken2017-01-09 22:54:55
  • 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

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

Flying over Lake Wakatipu

Same Lake, Different Day

This one I shot from the helicopter, but it’s the same lake as below. It was the glassiest I’ve ever seen it…

Pig Island And Pigeon Island

And here’s another glassy example of the same lake!

painting on the water with other water

Daily Photo – Flying over Lake Wakatipu

Here's another shot that was taken with the Phantom 4 Pro on my favorite road to Glenorchy. You must be getting tired of seeing this road eh? Or maybe not! I never get tired of seeing it… I've probably been here about 20 times now… I'm still waiting for the moment when I have the perfect glassy water but shot from this perspective.

Flying over Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 15:58:09
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Civilization VI

Just one more turn… just one more turn. We’ve been playing this a lot as a family lately — I recommend it. Fun for all ages! Well, maybe you need to be at least 11 or 12… or the young ones can team up with the older ones.

Daily Photo – High Above Lake Wakatipu

One of my very first Facebook Live videos was taken during this photo adventure. I didn't expect the live video to work all the way out here in the boonies, but it did! I had a great time out taking photos and exploring this area. What a treat! 🙂

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:45:17
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Crystal Mountain

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Daily Photo – Crystal Mountain

Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.

Crystal Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:23:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Preparing for a Night Ski

Quad Fun

I could never quite get the angle I wanted from a ground-based photo so I got the Phantom up in the air to get this shot. I think the perspective is much more interesting!

Here’s a video I made just after moving here. you can see some of this night skiing in a quick time-lapse segment.

Daily Photo – Preparing for a Night Ski

This is the surreal scene I see in my back yard in the summer. We back onto Coronet Peak here in the southern alps. Every winter for a few nights a week they turn on all the lights for night skiing. It's such a strange sight at night to peer out the window and see an entire mountain lit up… it reminds me of jewels sparkling on the bottom of the ocean.

Preparing for a Night Ski

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 17:59:20
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO203
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.31

Coronet at Sunset

Night Skiing

I’ve lived here for almost five years and never gone night skiing! Shame on me… I suck. I gotta get out more! 🙂

Daily Photo – Coronet at Sunset

This photo got mixed reactions when I put it online. Some people really hated it! Hey, that's okay. I like it and think it's kinda cool. I think it's just such an unusual situation with artificially lit snow at sunrise. Not really a common scene!

Coronet at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 18:02:45
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO186
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Afternoon at The Hills

The Art Tour!

Here’s Part 2 of the Facebook Live art tour around Sir Michael’s home. He has one of my pieces hanging in the kitchen… that was from Part 1!



Daily Photo – Afternoon at The Hills

We took our workshop group out The Hills golf course in Arrowtown to take photos in the afternoon and sunset. Towards the end, we meandered over towards Sir Michael Hill's house (The Lodge). Right before going inside for an art tour, we stopped at this little pond in his backyard. It's always pretty back here, but the Autumn colors really pop.

Afternoon at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:43:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Way High in the Mountains

Live Critiques

I did some critiques live on Facebook in our Special Group a week ago or so. It was fun… maybe I should do more?

Daily Photo – Way High in the Mountains

One morning I got up before sunrise to drive over to Over The Top Helicopters to get a little vertical for the day. What an amazing morning and what majestic light… Hey I would have been happy even if the light was lousy — always grateful for a fun helicopter-photo-ride!

Way High in the Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:45:21
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tree in the Wind

Speaking at Hassleblad at Photokina

If you’re in Germany for Photokina and want to come see me today, I’ll be speaking at the Hasselblad booth at 3 PM. Here’s a bunch of images I took with the H5D over a monthlong trip earlier this year. I’ll be talking about all these images today, telling stories, and more — join me! 🙂

I first got into Hasselblad quite randomly via DJI . I didn’t know much about the cameras at the time, but my friends at DJI kept telling me how awesome they were… and it’s true – I get it now! I’m very interested in their latest camera (the mirrorless medium format). I’m looking forward to seeing what other lenses will be out for it.

This first image is Scarlett and Isabella in India with me… they loved those Indian dresses! We should have gotten them even more! 🙂

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from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

New Hasselblad

The Hassy I REALLY want is THIS ONE – the X1D-50c. Looks like a hell of a machine… I wish there were more lenses for it though. But still, medium-format + mirrorless??? Sign me up!

Daily Photo – Tree in the Wind

This is one of the first photos I ever took with the Hasselblad H50. I didn't even know what the heck I was doing, but it still turned out pretty well. And this is right out of the camera with no significant Lightroom adjustments. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit by saying I had no idea what was going on. I did figure out how to get it in Ap pri mode, set the ISO, and that sort of thing. I mean, I guess that's all you really need to know, eh? In future photos, of course, I got more and more into the camera and really figured the thing out!

Tree in the Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 02:34:47
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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