Going to Skipper’s Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Any cool Meditation Apps?

I don’t know if any of you all are into meditation or not, but I found a few interesting apps around these topics. One is called “Calm” and the other is called “Buddhify” — both pretty interesting, but I thought you might know of some too! :)

Daily Photo – Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

My friends Cliff and Cher came over to visit us in Queenstown for several weeks recently. We had a great time! There were a lot of photos and a lot of good times! One day, I took them over the mountain here towards Skipper's Canyon. While, hiking, I stopped along the way to see Cliff taking this photo… I think they look pretty awesome and heroic!

Going to Skipper's Canyon with Cliff and Cher

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture18
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Isabella in Mid-air

Trampoline Places

I know these things are popping up in cities all over the place. They are a great idea — I wish I had them when I was a kid! This is kind of a cool concept – this idea that people take warehouses and turn them into inside-playgrounds for kids. It’s kind of weird, actually, but it really works!

Daily Photo – Isabella in Mid-air

For Isabella's 8th birthday, we went to this place here in Queenstown called Site. It's full of trampolines and 100 different ways for kids and their parents to get hurt. But no one did! I don't really know how I survived it, me not being a trampoline-kinda-guy. Since there is a lot of snowboarding activity around here, people use these little boards for practice and trying out tricks. Here's one of Isabella up in the air trying some stunts! BTW, I used one of the January 2015 Lightroom presets for this effect!

Isabella in Mid-air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Climbing the Icemountains

Noizio

If you have a Mac, here’s a good app suggestion – Noizio. It sits up in your task bar and you can have it play up to 10 different background sounds and you can mix them together at will. There are many to choose, from Thunderstorm to Campfire to Paris Cafe.

Daily Photo – Climbing the Icemountains

Well, I didn't climb all the way to the top… seemed a bit scary! So I went up just a little bit to get this shot. Everything was certainly very slippery in Antarctica, so I didn't take too many risks. This shot was taken about 3 AM, when the light was the best. I actually wish the sun got lower, but this was about as low as it got! Next time, if I am lucky enough to go again, I think I'll go a month or so earlier so that the sun is not quite so high around this time of night.

Climbing the Icemountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Little Girl in Moroccan Mountain Town

New Videos Coming

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Daily Photo – Little Girl in Moroccan Mountain Town

There was a great group of kids that was running all around the streets of Morocco and chasing me. They all spoke French, so I busted out and started singing La Cigale et la Fourmi! They of course knew all the words and we had a great time. They kept following me around while I was taking photos. At the end of the night, there was just this one little girl remaining.

Little Girl in Moroccan Mountain Town

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Most insane animal?

I am wondering if penguins are the most insane animal ever. I’ve never seen animals spend such a huge amount of time doing such strange things. The amount of time they put into stealing rocks rather than getting new rocks really is funny. Maybe it’s like a game or some other strange social thing happening… I don’t know. Maybe because they have no significant predators that it allows them to spend over 50% of their day doing unproductive, crazy things. I’ll have to ask one of my new penguin researcher friends!

Daily Photo – The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Dees penguins is crazay! I sat here and watched them steal rocks and be silly for many hours! It was so fun. This is actually a massive pano made out of 27 photos. You can see on the left a freshwater pond where they get their drinking water. On the other side is the open ocean where they dive through cracks to get their food. All those cracks are caused by the sea ice smashing into this volcanic island. Amazing, really!

The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Upcoming Photowalks

Check the Events page here on the site to see what events are coming up. Some are vaguely planned while others are exactly planned!

Daily Photo – And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Two PhotoWalk-in-a-row posts! This one was from the super-fun photowalk in Dallas. What a great crowd! This is one of the last places we stopped at as a group. It's always fun to watch everyone set up for shots and try different things. I enjoyed looking at all the photos from the event — so cool! We'll do it again sometime! :)

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Invercargill

Speaking of Camera Clubs

If you are with a local camera club and would like to do some fun giveaways at your local chapter, just contact luke@stuckincustoms.com and he’ll get you a free download code to one of our products. They are fun giveaways for contests, raffles, critique-winners, and these sorts of things!

Daily Photo – Exploring Invercargill

I went down to Invercargill a few months ago for a speaking engagement and photowalk. During the event, we stopped here to take a photo. What a beautiful place and great group of people. I really enjoyed talking to everyone there and getting to know that city a little better. And those gardens? Wow — totally exceeded expectations!

Exploring Invercargill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Another great pub

My favorite one is very near my home in Arrowtown, New Zealand. If you ever go there, be sure to find and enter the “Blue Door.” There’s no sign or anything. You may have to ask around. It’s in a tiny alleyway, and you’ll see, well, a Blue Door.

Daily Photo – Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

After a long day of photography, what could be better than a walk across this bridge here in Hobbiton to visit the Green Dragon for a pint of ale? Not much! And it's all real. There are actual giant taps on the wall that pour actual stuff! Even better was having full run of the place while we took photos. But it's actually something anyone can do. It's part of the standard tour and they all end here for Hobbit-drinks and Hobbit-snacks.

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Getting on board the CL-130

MacPhun Special

MacPhun has a great deal for Valentines Day! Be sure to check it out!

Inside the Plane

Wonder what it looks like inside? Here’s a 360 degree photosphere I took on the inside with my phone.

Daily Photo – Getting on board the CL-130

Here are Stu and I in front of the CL-130 right before flying home. We had become friends with the Loadmaster, Randy, who got us special seats in the cockpit on the way home! So awesome! If you look behind us, you can see the Kiwis are the ones with the orange coats. The Americans have red coats and black pants. The Italians are the ones with the all-red outfits.

Getting on board the CL-130

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

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