Here’s the 2nd flight we did over the yacht that ends with the great Maxwell doing a backflip off the yacht!
Daily Photo – Sailing in the Sydney Harbour
What an amazing four days we had in Sydney. Thanks again to everyone that came out for the two events, and I am glad people enjoyed the workshop! On the final day, we went on an epic yacht cruise around the harbor and the weather was incredible. At one point, we were trolling around looking for a place for lunch, and I saw a sailboat back against the Opera House. The lines and curves and colors around were so vibrationally consistent that I asked the Great Captian Luke to maneuver around to get this position. And look at the sky! What drama… we thought it was going to rain, but it never did.
There are a ton here on the blog! Be sure to click the “Antarctica” category, scroll down to the bottom, then go to the next page, and so on. Enjoy!
Daily Photo – Supplies for the Long Winter
This is a photo from Captain Shackleton's final mission and hut. We spent a long time inside, exploring all the nooks and crannies. One of the most fascinating things to me are all the logistics of the food and rations. There were about a dozen men on the expedition. How much food do you take to Antarctica for a dozen men for a few years, and what if they get stuck for longer? Seal and penguin meat is all you have… I can barely pack for my kids for a three-day holiday… I'm amazed at the planning that must have gone into this expedition!
Episode 14 of Season 1 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below.
As for Episode 14, join me in “A Street Fight in Morocco” In this episode, from Northern Africa in Morocco down to Southern Africa in Namibia, I talk about how I approach both life and taking meaningful photos of people. I also talk a girl into taking off her clothes.
Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…
“What is it like to become an artist?”
“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”
and for the practitioner: “How does he take and post-process his photos?”
Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.
Be sure you try that program if you’re into making panoramas. The interface is perhaps so obtuse that they should change the dictionary entry for obtuse and just put a hyperlink to download that program. I do show how to use it in one of the episodes of Becoming an Artist.
Daily Photo – Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand
What an amazing entrance to the Phulay Bay resort! We initially arrived at night, but I made a note to return during the day to get a photo. This one was actually extremely difficult. I was using the Hasselblad and did not have a wide enough lens. So this ended up being a 3×3 panorama (9 shots). Stitching them together is always a bit of a chore… it comes out looking all wonky so there is lots of post to make things look right/interesting!
We’re halfway through the year team! Let’s make the 2nd half even better than the first half! We have all kinds of fun stuff planned and hope you’ll be with us all the way!
Daily Photo – Winter is Coming in The Remarkables
I have a secret Queenstown shame! I’ve lived here with my family for four years, and I’ve never been up into The Remarkables ski area! This is probably because I live closer to Coronet and it’s more convenient. But this is a silly reason because I came from Austin, Texas, where you have to drive at least one hour to go almost anywhere. Anyway, an extra few minutes in the car got us up into this snow filled and beautiful panacea. Being a landscape photographer, I’ve always been attracted to rugged and epic scenes, so pretty much everywhere I looked delivered a cinematic scene.
At one point, we took the snowmobiles as high as we could go then proceeded to hike up to Lookout Point. It was a hard hike through the thick snow. My fitbit said I climbed 70 floors, but I think I only really did 50 floors because I fell down about 20 of them. Anyway, once I finally got myself and all my equipment up the mountain, I got this panorama. The full rez version is quite huge — 3.5 meters across.
Wanna be Fitbit friends? Why not! Let’s do it… just add me via FB!
Daily Photo – The Dart River Delta
On another helicopter flight, we flew out over where the Dart River empties into the Wakatipu lake in Glenorchy. I don't know about you, but I'm mesmerized by the patterns these deltas make. I'd love to see a time-lapse over the past 50,000 years of how it has changed. I wonder if there is a computer simulation out there that shows it.
Our dog Blueberry goes through a TON of toys… just tears them apart… but she loves playing fetch. Any suggestions for the best toys for long-distance throws and that is also durable?
Daily Photo – Golden Waterfall
This was a very difficult photo! We arrived in the Earnslaw Burn by helicopter fairly late in the day, so the light was getting low. There are about 100 waterfalls there, and we happened to find one that was backlit by the setting sun. I had to direct the pilot exactly where to go so I could get the shot without the sun lighting me up and reflecting myself onto the window. Almost everything we tried did not work until we found one spot where the heli was in the shadow but the waterfall was still illuminated.
Hey look, let’s say you’re one of those people out there that is anti-Game of Thrones or you feel like you’re way too behind. Just challenge yourself and make yourself a bit uncomfy and give it a whirl. The best thing is now that there are so many out, you can binge-watch it… binge-watching it is actually the best way to follow the show!
Daily Photo – Stunning Waiheke from Above
I love this place so much and I really want to go back! How beautiful is this from the sky? It's beautiful enough from the ground, but once you get up into the air, things get even more dynamic and colorful. The day I flew was a pretty gusty day, but the quad was still able to take a set of auto-bracketed photos that were fairly well aligned.
Pop over to our “Becoming an Artist Workshop” page to find out when I’ll be in Dallas and Denver. I’m really excited… this is the same event that just went gangbusters in Sydney, and now we’re happy to bring the travelling crew to the USA!
If you ever go to this amazing yoga and wellness retreat, you may espy two little ponds down the hills towards the big lake. I decided to jump over a few fences (some electric!) to go check them out one day. It was a longer hike than I expected, probably because the ponds were not as small as I expected. I have great trouble on the scale of everything here in New Zealand in these mountains because everything is so epic!