The Massive Burj Khalifa

Vertical Symmetry

The little lines inside the Sony viewfinder are pretty good for centering stuff, but they could be better. Vertically, there’s always a bit of a question mark for me too. I’m never totally sure till I get it back home. If you don’t get it close to right, then it’s almost unrecoverable.

Daily Photo – The Massive Burj Khalifa

Right after I took this photo, I started my love affair with the Ritz Carlton. You see, I was inside shooting the Armani hotel, and they didn’t like it too much. Well, not at all. I came outside and did a live Periscope about how I was just kicked out… and the Ritz Carlton sent me a great tweet that said, “You can come over here anytime to take photos Trey!” What an awesome thing to hear… And now we’re besties! :)

The Massive Burj Khalifa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Magic of New Zealand

Taking Around a Mirror With You

Continuing with the “reflection” theme that we’ve been working on, a creative idea is to carry around a mirror with you. It doesn’t have to be big at all because you can lay it on the ground anywhere with your camera right on top of it. If you’re doing landscapes, it can be a very fun tool!

Daily Photo – The Magic of New Zealand

I really love this photo, but there’s only one problem. I can’t figure out how the heck I made it! I remember a few of the steps… but not sure I could re-create the actual technique. Oh well… at least I still have a pretty picture!

The Magic of New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

The Grand Prize Winner!

We’ve been doing an amazing photo contest over at Viewbug that collected about 20,000 photos. There were so many good ones… it was pretty much impossible to figure one out! Quite tortuous, really!

The winner gets to come to New Zealand to spend a week at our Photo Workshop Adventures — it’s gonna be so epic! Thanks again to the amazing Ritz-Carlton for helping out with this prize!

And here’s the amazing winning photo. Now this is my kinda shot… it’s got it all, a beautiful sky with a perfectly composed landscape. The colors and the fantasy-wonder of it all is right up my alley. I love it when these photos are somewhere between fantasy and reality. I also really like the soft bowl of the grasses in the bottom of the photo; it has a very welcoming and inviting feel. The whole thing is just a pleasure to look at! Great job Amanda Hughes!

Amazing Runner Up Number 1!

This guy is insane! Man those are some of the best star photos that I’ve ever seen in my entire life… and I’ve seen oooooodles! And then I went to his website (which has the awesome name AstroPhotoBear.com) and was even more amazing. That photo on his front page just blows me away… it reminds me I have to get out there more to take night photos. Very inspirational!

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Amazing Runner Up Number 2!

Now this gal (Lisa Holloway) is amaze-maze! I’ve actually followed her work for years. I actually just was sitting here wondering if she’s won many awards on Viewbug, and I saw she has won OVER 21,000 AWARDS! Are you kidding me… wow she deserves it. What a talent. I want her to come take pictures of me running through a field!

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Yesterday’s Photo Mystery

By the way, if you could not figure out yesterday’s photo, just look at it upside down… and then it will be easier to figure out. No photoshop magic or anything… just cheeky cropping.

Daily Photo – The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

This place is actually very easy to find but I didn’t find it till the end! It’s right off Saint Mark’s square, so it’s definitely worth a stop, either for photography or for tea and cake! I felt in a bit of a rush, so I didn’t really get to sit down and take some time to myself, which is a shame… but sometimes that’s the way your day works out!

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Getting up here

Getting to this spot seems to be almost impossible. This area used to be open to everyone about a decade ago. But then they decided to shut it all down. Now the only way I can get up to take photos is by begging and over-asking for favors! Sad Emoticon.

Daily Photo – Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Here’s another photo I really like. People are super-confused by this photo and I think it’s great. Once you see it, then you see it! If you STILL can’t figure it out, I’ll tell you tomorrow on the blog! :)

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar

Tip for waiting for the sunrise

If you’re trying to figure out exactly where the sun is going to rise (and you don’t have an app), here’s a mini-tip. Now, the crescent moon has to be up… so, there’s that bit that might not be happening. But if it is, just look at the thicker part of the moon and it will draw a direct line to where the sun will be rising. It’s sort of one of those things people that are into astronomy know, but I notice many people don’t! Anyway, there ya go. :)

Daily Photo – Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar

I love this photo! I shared a small version of it on Instagram but it wasn’t that popular. I actually don’t REALLY care who likes what on which platform, but I do notice. Whenever I REALLY like a photo but no one else does… I certainly take note. I don’t really judge myself or them, but I do notice the discrepancy and think it is interesting.

Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Lake Wakatipu from Above

A Great Adventure!

We had a ton of fun at Aro-Ha last week for our company retreat and photo workshop. You can’t beat 5 days in a row of hiking and yoga and photography! We’ll have to do another one of those some time… If you want to come to another one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Daily Photo – Lake Wakatipu from Above

Man I love taking photos with my DJI Phantom 3. It's so fast to launch and then break down. I got this fancy new DJI backpack that lets me carry it around very easily. I can get it out of the pack and into the air in less than four minutes and pack it back up in two minutes. Awesome… And I was really surprised when I got it up in the air and looked down to see this amazing view.

Lake Wakatipu from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

People of Papua New Guinea, Part 1

Interview with Pro Photographer Journey

Here’s the link to the fun interview I did on the Pro Photographer Journey Podcast. Thanks again – that was fun! :)

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Leica Lens Update!

The lens I used today just might be my favorite new Leica Lens! It’s a 90mm f/2 and it’s pretty much the only lens I used in Papua New Guinea. I’ll be releasing a lot of photos from PNG in the coming weeks and months, and I hope you like how buttery they are too! :) See my Leica Lens Buying Guide for more!

Daily Photo – People of New Guinea, Part 1

One of the tribes from the high jungle mountain areas paints themselves like undead spirits to scare the other tribes away. Everyone here is quite superstitious and a lot of their free time is spend exchanging legends and stories. The tribe spends hours painting one another to make sure their spirit-bodies are seen from as far away as possible.

People of New Guinea, Part 1

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill.

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

The Remnants of Tatooine

Annoying Lines from Star Wars

I’m super excited about the upcoming Star Wars movies, and I have total faith in JJ Abrams to resurrect it! Remember that one line from Episode 2, I think, when Anakin Skywalker said, after growing up on Tatooine, “I hate the sand! It gets everywhere!” I mean, Jesus dude… you’re Darth Vader! Darth Vader doesn’t complain about sand! And don’t you kinda get used to the sand if you live there?

Daily Photo – The Remnants of Tatooine

How cool is this? Right before I started trekking through the Sahara, I stopped at this Kasbah. The day was unmercifully hot, but I decided to go on a little reccy around the outside anyway. And look what I found! I’m not actually sure what it is… looks like an old jet or something.

The Remnants of Tatooine

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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