Here's one of the many highlights of last year… we had a rather amazing photography and yoga retreat at Aro-Ha. At the end, we took everyone up in helicopters to the top of a mountain and along some glaciers to take photos and have wine! When it came time for the group photo, we all just took off our pants… great fun haha!
If you hang on to the end of this video, you’ll see about 3 or 4 selfie-videos…haha
Daily Photo – Walking to lunch in Bora Bora
This was another perfect day in Bora Bora. The sun was out like 90% of the time and it was never toooo hot. For me, it was a little too hot to walk everywhere barefooted. I could do it in the morning till about 2 PM, but then it got too hot for my lame, sensitive feet. I honestly do have fine porcelain feet like a vintage Victorian lady. I hang out with all these super manly dudes in New Zealand that go on 10km runs barefooted and stuff. I find that beyond my vaguest comprehension!
Today’s photo is a little different haha… so I thought I’d share a few of my other faves from China!
Daily Photo – Chinese Day Care
Haha, I was walking around a houtong and happened to hear a bunch of kids playing and screaming. I went around the corner to see this! All the kids were getting out and rushing to find their parents. They each had these balloons and were screaming and going nuts for them… it was so funny… especially the grown-up in charge with that hat. I think if I ran a daycare, I would wear the EXACT SAME HAT.
To see all the Namibia shots here on the blog, click on the Namibia category above! While I was there, we also spent a lot of time in Botswana where you can see a lot more of the Animal-kinda Africa photos!
Daily Photo – The Amazing Coast of Namibia
How amazing is this coastline? I wish I could have spent more time here, but this was a fly-over while we were flying from one location to the next in Namibia. It's so strange to see this endless desert just ending right at the ocean. It's completely wild and unpopulated, as you can see. I asked the pilot to make a little loop around so I could get this shot… it was very nice of him to do it!
I’m a little inconsistent on my Instagram about what photos I post and how often. I do all those posts myself… but I often use a cool app on the Mac called “Uploader.” Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop, it’s just an easier way to post… I recommend it!
Daily Photo – Hiking The Great Wall
On this day, I think I used more calories than the whole week! It was very beautiful in this section of the Great Wall, so I definitely did not want to miss a single sight. It's kind of awesome too because even though the whole Great Wall ostensibly looks the same, after just 50 steps, there is another slightly different view of something so beautiful.
I was sitting here thinking about how I need to go explore more of the South Island (and North Island!). There are so many things to see here. Last year I travelled a lot, so when I got back home, I’d try to stay at home with the family as much as possible. Maybe this year I’ll have more time to go out and explore beautiful New Zealand!
Daily Photo – Not a Truck Commercial
I know this looks like a sponsored post or something eh? Haha… it's not. I bought this truck a few years ago when I moved to Queenstown. It's a Volkswagen! Who knew they made trucks? It's actually pretty awesome… It's all 4WD and I take it everywhere around the south island. This scene here, and the reason I am sharing it, is a typical photo session. You can drive pretty much anywhere here then just jump out when you see a good scene!
Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world and I was happy to share it with my family for their first trip there. To get to Venice, we took the direct train from Rome. It was a super-fast train and we got there in only about three hours. We jumped into a water-taxi from the train station and went right to the Boscolo Hotel in the northern part of the city. It’s quieter up there… hardly any tourists and where a lot of families live.
From there, we went out adventuring all over the place. You gotta do all the touristy things in Venice, eh? Yeah! We did everything from the gondolas to the glass factories to the gelato. In fact, Scarlett was appointed the Queen of Gelato and it was her job every day to make sure everyone had their daily gelato. The only rule was each day had to be a new flavor!
And here on Day 30 is when the whole trip officially ends. The family flies back to New Zealand and I stay here in Venice for another two weeks for both Carnivale, filming some new videos, and a fun photo workshop! And yes, more gelato!
A view from the Canals.
Details of a beautiful old church.
This is the Hotel L’orologio where we are staying for the next two weeks for the workshop at Carnivale.
Ethan in the Gondola.
Here’s the Boscolo Venezia where we stayed the first few nights.
Inside the Doge’s Palace.
Venice at Sunset.
Scarlett poses in a Gondola.
The incredible San Rocco.
Daily Photo – The old city of Venice begins to wake up
Macphun, Viewbug and I have all teamed up to bring you a series of contests called Explore HDR! There are 6 contests in the series and there are amazing prizes for each contest! This is the first of the 6 contests in the series, and it’s all about getting out there and exploring your inner HDR.
The Grand Jury winner gets G-Tech 1-TB drive and a Serge Ramelli Complete Package
Amateur winner gets 1 month free Arcanum and a metal print from Bay Photo – Gallery Series frame
People’s Choice winner gets $50 Amazon Gift Card and a metal print from Bay Photo – Gallery Series frame
Entries for the first contest in the series close in 19 DAYS! So get out there and start taking photos!
At the end of the series, I will select an overall Series Winner from the best of each previous 6 contests. The overall winner gets a NEW DJI Phantom Vision Advanced Quad!!
I was thinking about making a quadcopter-centric screensaver… I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good idea!
Daily Photo – The Pink Hood
I tried to maximize my exploring in Chefchaouen to see every possible nook and cranny. It's small enough where 10 hours on foot can get you to photograph the whole town, or at least, the colorful parts of it. The whole place is a soft powdery blue, so you can imagine my surprise when I found this pinky area!
Here’s a fun video I made on Day 1 of learning to fly… I kind of combined it with getting to know my new Sony A7 a few years ago!
Daily Photo – Paragliding in Queenstown!
Wow, I do love to paraglide here, but I've actually given it up! I took this photo on one of my last flights from the southern alps here. I did about 15 solo flights before hanging up my chute! I actually had a few friends die in sudden air-related things… made me think that, while it is certainly one of the safest air-related sports, it really still amps up the risk level! Anyway, I had a great time while it lasted, except for the extreme momentary lapses of fear!