View of the Greenstone River Across Lake Wakatipu

Fine Dust off the Dart

Just down the lake is where the Dart River empties out into the lake. Like most old glacial outlets, there is a huge delta there that is covered with a fine sand. About once a month, when the wind picks up, it blows in across the lake and makes for a nice atmospheric effect across the lake. It’s almost like an alkaline-hot fog that makes things look epic. I haven’t got a photo of this phenomenon yet, but it is on my to-shoot list!

Daily Photo – View of the Greenstone River Across Lake Wakatipu

A few weeks ago, I spent many mornings looking at this view!

Every morning, the light would hit these beautiful summer mountains at low angles as the sun came up over other, nearby mountains. On this particular morning, the clouds were nice and solid and chunky, which meant they would throw hard morning shadows at extreme angles across all the mountains. It made for a neverending tableau!

View of the Greenstone River Across Lake Wakatipu

View of the Greenstone River Across Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 17, 2014 at 7:16am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

Sheepdog Television Shows

You may or may not be surprised how much sheep-related programming is on television here. There are these competitions that are kind of addicting to watch where these dogs are running around and getting sheep to do one series of sheep-cloud manoeuvres or another. The shepherd is always scuttling behind them using some strange whistle sounds to move things here and there and it all just looks like magic. I have no idea how they do it, even though I’ve now watched it many times…

Daily Photo – The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

This is the beautiful and fully functional sheep station just across the lake from Queenstown. There's no doubt that this country definitely has a sheep-culture around it, and I'm slowly starting to become one with it. Here's a little funny (in retrospect) story.

My neighbor, John, has several sheep on his farm. One day, he decided to take one of the cute baby lambs up to the school for all the four and five year-olds to play with. My daughter was there, as was his son. So he dropped off the baby lamb to play all day. A few hours later, he got a call and had to go back up to the school to get the lamb. It just plopped over dead while all the kids were playing with it! So then he had to go back up there and get the dead sheep and carry it about a kilometer down the road back to his truck, leaving the kids aghast and shattered!

The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 15, 2013 at 4:19am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Walking Along the Edge of Utah

Renting RVs

I feel like I’ve accidentally become kind of an expert in renting RVs for photo adventures! I never thought I’d be one of those RV-kinda-guys, and I don’t really see myself like that yet. But I guess I’m moving a bit in that direction. I must admit that it is very very nice to have a ton of space to hold all my camera gear and a fridge full of goodies always at the ready!

Daily Photo – Walking Along the Edge of Utah

Bryce Canyon is an unbelievable place. The drive is a bit daunting to get here, and here is a tiny tip that I hope doesn't kill you upon arrival.

Like most National Parks, there are many places to park and then walk up to a railing for some view spots. But if you just walk around the end a bit, you can get even more amazing shots. Note you don't have to go up to the very edge, and I don't recommend that. I never do that. I usually hang back a little or make sure there is actually a gentle slope or something along these lines. Nothing too scary! But, anyway, don't be afraid to do a little bit of scouting. All the fences make it seem like you're surely gonna die if you don't stay beside them, but that's not true if you're smart and have your head screwed on straight!

Walking Along the Edge of Utah

Walking Along the Edge of Utah

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 20, 2013 at 2:15am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

HDR Tutorial

The text version of the HDR Tutorial is looking pretty good here on the site now! Be sure to give it a quick visit if you haven’t been in a while!

Daily Photo – The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

I decided to have a little fun with this shot!

It's one of my favorite photos from France inside the Sainte Chapelle. When I was there, I managed to sneakily get my tripod into position, much to my wife's chagrin. Oh, and the chagrin of security once they finally discovered my rouse (which is very difficult to hide, btw). Anyway, I got my shots before getting in trouble… and then I decided to make the most interesting bit and reflect it downwards upon itself to give it more of a feeling of infinite crystal.

The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 21, 2011 at 6:28am
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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The Bathroom Selfie for Charity

Anything for Patrick and Worldbuilders!

There is less than a day left to raise money at Worldbuilders.org, and we all just passed $600,000! Great! :)

I told Patrick Rothfuss (as many of you know, he is one of my favorite authors who wrote “The Name of the Wind”) that I would do a stretch goal of an “ill-advised bathroom selfie” — which I just delivered on. You can see the redonkulous “making-of” video below and the final shot below that. I think I have both traumatised my son and that fake sheep.

Here is an update with more info on Pat’s Blog!

When Trey told us he’d take a selfie for his stretch goal, we thought it was a brilliant idea. After all, he’s a world-famous photographer. Seven million people follow him on Google+ to look at his pictures.

Then we saw what he did, and it was so much better than what we’d imagined.

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