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A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

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Daily Photo – A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

On my first day on Waiheke, I was lucky enough to see a double-rainbow. This whole island was just amazing… and I definitely get a bit of a Teletubbies feeling while there. I got a ton of photos while there… and they all more or less look like this one! We had great weather the whole time too… Although from what I hear, that place almost always has great weather. I want to go back soon! 🙂

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 06:43:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Panoramas and Boundry Warping

If you have the new Lightroom, be sure to try out one of the new features when making a panorama. It’s called the “Boundry Warp” and it’s a new option when you fist start making your pano. What it does is basically it gets rid of all the “dead” white bits of your pano and lets you warp it around so you get edge-to-edge photo action!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

So, I both like this photo and I don't like it. I can't decide!

It's a panorama made out of about 20 different photos from my Hasselblad. I think the thing I don't like about it is the flat lighting. The only way to get good lighting in this hard-to-get-to area of New Zealand is to be there in the late Spring or Summer. Anyway, I'll go back and do this shot again, much better next time, with better light! Oh, and in Spring the water flow will be much better so it should be waterfall-city!

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 01:19:05
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Director of Chaos

Inside the hotel

I’ve stayed at this place many times… love it there! Here’s a picture of my room from my first trip there.

The QT Sydney This was my room at the QT Sydney from a few weeks ago… you can see my bags and stuff… probably should have moved them for the picture. Anyway, one of the Coolest things about this hotel is the elevators! They scan to see how many people are inside. If there is just one, then it plays lonely music, like Elvis singing, “Are you lonely tonight?” And then when there are two people, like, embarassingly when I was in there with Tom, it started playing, “Just the two of us.” And when there are like five or more people in there, it starts playing party music like Lady Gaga… anyway, it’s a trip!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Director of Chaos

I saw this gal outside of the QT Hotel in Sydney. She would help us with our bags and cars every day… It didn't strike me until we had been there a few days to actually take her photo! I did this one with the A7r II with the Leica 35mm f/1.4 lens. I love the effect it has. I asked online if anyone actually knew this gal there to get her the photo. Someone responded and said her official role there was “Director of Chaos” which sounds like a pretty cool and fitting title!

Director of Chaos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 07:53:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

Yes sir, Yes sir, Four bags Full! We launched a new Kickstarter with Peak Design.

Visit Our New Kickstarter!

Last year I worked with the great Peak Design to launch the Everyday Messenger on Kickstarter. Raising nearly $5M, it was Kickstarter’s most funded bag ever, and garnered prestigious design awards from National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Popular Photography, IDEA, Carryology and Resource Magazine.

What’s next? Using the iconic Everyday Messenger (EDM) as a foundation, we have spent the last year developing the Everyday bag line: a collection of bags offering unrivaled adaptability, access, expansion, and organization. We proudly introduce our 4 new bags: The Everyday Backpack (in 2 sizes), The Everyday Tote, and The Everyday Sling. (and yes, the bigger backpack easily fits a big DSLR and those three Holy Trinity of those three giant lenses… you know the ones I mean!)

 

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Like the EDM, our new bags also feature weatherproof construction of premium, lightweight materials, all-custom hardware, elegantly clean aesthetics, and a lifetime guarantee. All bags feature dedicated carry for laptop/tablet devices and tripods, and have discreet built-in luggage straps.

 

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These bags are Ideal for carrying, protecting, and accessing camera gear, but let’s make one thing abundantly clear: these are way more than just camera bags. They’re Everyday bags—crafted by a team of designers, engineers, and photographers to meet the needs of everyone in the modern world. Adventurers, travelers, commuters, cyclists, parents, and everyone in-between, we made these bags for all of you.

See the new Kickstarter now and pick out your favorite bag (or two!)

 

See the new Kickstarter bags in person at our Workshop Events in Dallas and Denver

I’m currently carrying one of the bags around Denver, getting ready for our workshop here on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to have a close-up look! After that, I’ll be back in my hometown of Dallas for the next workshop. It’s a great all-day experience — both will be held at the amazing Ritz-Carlton in each respective city.

Register now, limited slots are available.

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Daily Photo – The Everyday Backpack!

Here's a photo of the smaller backpack. To find out more, visit the Kickstarter page! 🙂

The Everyday Backpack!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-03 15:03:06
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone in the snowy sands

More from White Sands

I think I have a few photos now up here from White Sands, so be sure to click the category up there to have a look at more! 🙂

Daily Photo – Alone in the snowy sands

This photo plays nicely I think with the one from Antarctica a few days ago, even though this is taken in White Sands National Park. It's got many of the same dystopian landscapes as Antarctica, except that it's nice and warm the whole time! It was even better to go there with friends because we were able to take photos of one another… adding some people into these landscapes is great!

Alone in the snowy sands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 21:55:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Back to Hobbiton

Air New Zealand Video

Here’s a behind-the-scenes from Hobbiton! 🙂

Daily Photo – Back to Hobbiton

What an amazing place to return to again and again. Over the years, I've gotten to be pretty good friends with the management there after my first day-long session with Air New Zealand and the owner, Russell. That guy is amazing and his kid could not be more cute, as you can see in the video above. He's the little Hobbit-boy!

Back to Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:10:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hef and the Italians

Hef to the Rescue

You might remember many photos of Hef flying in Antarctica before, and he saved my bacon many times. In one instance, Stu and I were stranded out near a glacier for a few extra days when a blizzard hit. We were running low on supplies and about to go on a seal hunt! At one magical moment, the weather opened, and Hef swooped in with a rescue flight! Here’s that photo:

Daily Photo – Hef and the Italians

This is not my typical photo, but it is one of those moments between moments. This is in Antarctica, and that manly man there in the middle is Hef. He was our awesome pilot while there. Whenever we refueled, we flew over to the American base at McMurdo to go through the process. There were always other pilots around and all the helicopter guys would hang out and trade crazy heli stories. Those guys in the red Ferrari-outfits are the Italians. Everyone with the orange sleeves were the Kiwis. I think it's kind of cool how every country has it's own “uniform” down there.

Hef and the Italians

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 09:27:14
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length108.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Hills in the Autumn

Best place to see Fall Colors?

If you had to pick one location in the US in the northeast to see the seasons change, where would you choose?

Daily Photo – The Hills in the Autumn

I'll never get tired of the amazing colors here in the Autumn. I've still never made it up to the northeast in the autumn (around Maine), and that is still on my bucket list. But this is the best I have seen so far. I think that growing up in Texas made me kind of blind to all the colors that Autumn can really bring. I remember these “shoulder seasons” in Texas being very short, going right from a cold winter to a burning summer, you know? Here, each season gets its proper three months.

The Hills in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:22:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Textures of Venice

Something cool is coming from Peak Design!

New Kickstarter starting in July, 2016

Peak Design is back again with their Kickstarter craziness. Everything is heavily under wraps at the moment, but what I can tell you is that you need to get excited about this!

This time around the team at Peak Design are offering some limited quantity early bird rewards and prizes. Make sure you sign up to receive an email notification right before the Kickstarter goes live. To the people who do register for these early bird rewards are all entered in to win one of three $500 Kickstarter credits, which can be used towards any product in the upcoming Peak Design campaign.

There most likely will be several limited quantity rewards with discounted prices, available to the people who support the Kickstarter from the start.

Clicky click here to find out more about the upcoming campaign!

Textures Tutorial 2.0

This reminds me to plug the rather awesome Textures Tutorial here in the store! Below is a little video all about it!

Daily Photo – Textures of Venice

This is a classic scene from Venice, and I decided to make it more classical by adding about seven textures to the final result. This is a spot you have to go to in the morning to get that sun, since I'm facing the east here. I wish it was a sunset location, since I hate waking up early. I love sleeping in, like a cat.

Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 07:43:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length75.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On top of the Remarkables

Happy Birthday to Me

Hey, I made it around the sun another year! This one was a tough one for sure… All kinds of crazy shit goin’ on! I haven’t shared much because it’s in the middle of it all… will share everything at the right time! 🙂 No worries, though… I’m the ultimate trooper 🙂

Daily Photo – On top of the Remarkables

My good friend Curtis took this photo of me. I don't post a lot of photos of myself… just not really that sort of dude. Those sorts of dudes and dudettes are fine, btw. But I also know sometimes people like to see photos of me! Anyway, we were up in the Remarkables Ski Fields and went up to the very tip of the Remarkables. While up there, I took some photos (of course!) and Curtis got this one of me in the middle of it all.

On top of the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-14 11:07:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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