More from the New Zealand Car Trip

The Car Trip

A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot! :)

On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!

The Car Trip A few days ago, I posted a grouping of three photos from the car trip, so here are three more for you! Also, maybe you saw some of these in the new video that launched yesterday… so here they are a bit bigger and whatnot!On the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, you cross a perfect little stream called Monkey Creek. This spot is worth at least a few hours of exploration!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

I woke up early in the morning to visit the sound to see what was happening. Everything seemed in slow motion while the fog slowly wafted across the water…

 

Daily Photo – Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

The car trip started here in Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. It was a perfect spring day, and there was a lone sailboat down on the lake. Everything is on such a big scale here, maybe you can get a sense of the overall size of the lake from the tiny sailboat on there… it looks like a toy!

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown Boat sailboat

Sailing on Lake Wakatipu

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Moving to New Zealand

Why Did I Move to New Zealand?

There’s a long story to it all… but I think you can see a lot of the reasons in the video below.

By the way, if you are looking to buy a house here and need a recommendation, contact me via support@stuckincustoms.com and the team will get you to me. I can make an excellent recommendation for you!

This video was made with Animoto!

I used a cool online thing called Animoto to make this video. I also wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

New Video – Turning to Peace in New Zealand

It’s a hi-rez video… I recommend listening with earphones or good speakers too – enjoy :)

New Time Lapse Tutorial

Join me in New Zealand

There are two opportunities up and coming to join me in New Zealand! See the Photography Workshops schedule here on the site to see what awaits you! :)

The Original Time Lapse Video

Here’s the original video I released several weeks ago, in case you missed it! The how-to video is below it.

(In Germany or can’t see the YouTube video? Here is the Vimeo Version.)

Time Lapse Tutorial

Below is a video I made that shows the how-to of the video above. It’s fast paced, and I used a lot of cool tools to make it happen. Below, I’m listing out all the tools that I used in the production of the timelapse.

Time Lapse Filters:

Time Lapse Hardware:

  • SYRP from Genie – use STUCKINCUSTOMS coupon code to save $100 on the Deluxe. (This is the specialty ballhead I used in a few of the scenes)
  • An Array of Nikons – see my Camera Reviews section to see my recommended cameras… any of these will do.

Time Lapse Software:

The Valley From Above

Join me in New Zealand

The team is keeping track of registrations for our multiple New Zealand events on the Photography Workshops page. We tried to set up various options for you, based on your time and appetite.

Daily Photo – The Valley From Above

You can see my home down there… very very very tiny over on the right hand side.

We went through a big process in deciding on a place to live. If you ever do want to move to New Zealand, drop me a note and I can give you the name of a good real-estate guy to help you out with the search. Buying a house in NZ is much different than in the US. In fact, it’s completely different! Once we did figure out the process, however, things got a lot less stressful and more fun.

Queenstown Arrowtown Valley

The Valley From Above

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The Icy Blue Lake

Viewbug Photo Contest with cool prizes

There’s a Viewbug Photo Contest in which you might have an interest! Just click that link to find out more :)

Daily Photo – The Icy Blue Lake

Is that water cold? Yes, yes it is.

I know the surface is cold – the kind of cold that makes every human survival instinct go haywire. But I wonder what it is like down at one mile in depth. It must be so strange and eerie down there. If anyone has ever seen any footage or images of what it looks like in those frigid depths, be sure to share!

Queenstown to Glenorchy

The Icy Blue Lake

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An Old Dock in the Lake

From Trey’s Presets

I used one of Trey’s Lightroom Presets on the photo below. Thanks again for all the good feedback on those – I am glad everyone is enjoying them!

Daily Photo – An Old Dock in the Lake

A bit further down the road to Glenorchy is an old dock that has fallen into the lake over the years. You can pull off the road just about anywhere and take a very short little walk to see a bunch of things you can’t see otherwise. I sometimes force myself to pull over and just go for little jaunt off in one direction or another. I’m pretty good at visualizing what it might be like from the road, but there’s often hidden information back there…

An Old Dock in the Lake

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The Comet in Queenstown

See you in Petaluma on TWIT on Sunday

If you’re in the Petaluma area on Sunday, stop by and say hi! I’ll be on This Week in Tech with Leo at the TWIT studios. The show starts at 3 PM PT… hope to see you there!

Here’s a video from one of the previous times I was at the TWIT studios.

The Aurora

My NZ friends all assumed that I must have seen many auroras in the northern hemisphere, but I never have. I went out several times in Iceland and other places in the far north in the winter and never saw a thing. So I was very thrilled to have it happen just a few weeks after I arrived in NZ!

Daily Photo – The Comet in Queenstown

On the night of the Aurora Australis, I was about to pack up and head back to the car when I saw this amazing aurora right over the top of my head. It made this long triangle across the ceiling of the sky, so I had to do that thing where I get my camera in that strange position on the tripod of pointing up. There is always a tough yoga move you gotta perfect to get the camera situated at the right angle. Also, frankly, there’s a little bit of guesswork that comes into play too!

The Comet in Queenstown

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30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown, New Zealand

How-To coming soon

I’m working on a how-to video that I will release to everyone soon. It shows how I did the photography, post-processing, editing and mixing, etc of this, along with all the tools. I do list out my equipment on the Stuff You Need page here on the site if you simply can’t wait.

30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown

(watch this 4K video in Full Screen in HD with good speakers/earphones! )

I’ve just moved to New Zealand, and my first 30 days and 30 nights here made a powerful impression on me. I’ve never done anything quite like this before, so I thought I would share what I felt with you.

(In Germany or can’t see the YouTube video? Here is the Vimeo Version.)

The music is from my friend… one of the few people on earth that makes my heart beat a little faster than normal… Hans Zimmer. Just go ahead and buy all of Hans Zimmer’s work… let it be the soundtrack of your life. :)

Over 300 hours of work went into the film’s creation. The Full How-To Video is coming soon, but I did everything myself… the shooting, the post-processing, the editing and sync, etc etc… I used a violent mixture of many tools: Photomatix Pro (Photomatix Review), Magic Bullet Looks (Magic Bullet Looks Review) , Topaz Adjust (Topaz Adjust Review), Nik Software (Nik Software Review), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, LRTimelapse, Twixtor Pro, Final Cut X. Also thank you for logistical help to my assistant Abraham Stephenson.

I created the entire piece myself here in Queenstown, New Zealand. All of the shots are from this little fertile crescent. I get many questions about that interior shot, and that is from the Commonage Villas. I stayed there for about a month while house-shopping, and I think it has some of the best views in Queenstown! Besides that location, every shot was less than a fifteen minute drive from my home.

What hardware tools did I use? With the exception of the Syrp Genie, I list out my hardware and software tools that I use on the site.

Announcing New Lightroom Presets

New Lightroom Presets

I really privately announced the Trey’s Lightroom Presets last week, but they are leaking out there in every direction, so it seems strange to keep it a secret here on the blog any more! This is the first time I’ve ever released any Lightroom Presets, and I think you’ll be very happy.

I notice that some people are posting thumbnails of their own creations on the presets page in the comments. Others are +@mentioning me on various social networks so i can have a look at their creations. I’ve run these through a ton of my own photos, so it’s great to see how they interact with other people’s photos too.

Before and After Image using Trey’s HDR Lightroom Preset

The “after” image was made with just one click of Trey’s HDR Lightroom Presets. What a dramatic difference!

before
after

Daily Photo – Our Galaxy over Queenstown

I took this photo on the evening of the Aurora Australis a few weeks ago. I came up with (BY ACCIDENT!) a new way of orienting the Milky Way so it goes straight up and down. Really, in the sky, it is a little bit tilted to the right. Anyway, here’s the trick.

When you take the photo, have your camera tilted to the left a bit. Then, when you crop later in Photoshop, turn on the “Perspective” checkbox and drag over the upper left corner until it is parallel with the Milky Way. Only people that are good at visualizing photoshop can understand what I am saying here… but I hope it helps!

Next time, I will do this trick by taking the tilted-photo on purpose! :)

Our Galaxy over Queenstown

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The Golden Valleys

PhotoWalk in New York City

I think I’m coming the NYC soon…. who is up for a PhotoWalk? I think I’ll have to get serious about planning something…

Daily Photo – The Golden Valleys

I’ve taken to going out on random drives around New Zealand. I put on music and just follow the sun around. It ducks behind and beyond mountains and valleys, so I turn this way and that, and often get out to hike around inaccessible areas. It’s the middle of the winter here, so the sun is always quite low, so we get nice, extended sunrises and sunsets. Every now and then, the sun gets into a certain angle and everything is bathed in gold…

The Golden Valleys

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