The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

Shooting in New Zealand

Here’s a little Google Glass video I made on one of the final days of a recent workshop we had!

Daily Photo – The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

I've been fortunate enough to take a variety of helicopter flights all over New Zealand. The Southern Alps, which can clearly be seen from planes on arrival into Queenstown, are staggering in their complexity and depth. It's really the layer after layer after layer of incredible peaks that always gets to me. And you think, well surely there can't be more mountains beyond those, but then you fly over them, and sure enough, there are! It's like a never ending fractal… and all very beautiful, especially when you get a bit of snow up there.

The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

I realized I really don’t Know My Animals

When we were driving around Botswana, we saw all sorts of amazing animals. It was just then I realized I don’t know the names of hardly anything. I mean, I got the easy ones like giraffes and elephants, but they have all these other crazy animals with wonky names. I was constantly getting the guide to repeat what the heck they were… I felt super-dumb! haha. Anyway, to this day, I’m not totally sure I can tell the difference between a springbok and a red lechwe!

Daily Photo – The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

According to a variety of guides I had in Africa, this is the most feared animal there. What a surprise this was… and good to know… Growing up in Texas, I thought they might just be a *little* bit mean like bulls. I wasn't gonna go wrastle the thing to the ground or anything, but especially not after I heard some horror stories.

One of the stories involved a hunter going after one. They got a good shot, and the cape buffalo retreated and limped back into the long grass. The hunter pursued. But the crafty buffalo circled back around and rammed him from the side, killing him.

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Strange Hotel

I often have very strange Chinese hotel experiences. This one was no different. I walked into pretty much the only hotel in the small village of Mutianyu. First, it didn’t really look like a hotel from the outside. But from the inside, I can report, it also did not look like a hotel. It had a bunch of trees and bushes and little pathways here and there. Some seemed to go into closed restaurants where others just went to areas of general detritus. I eventually found the front desk after busting through some palm fronds. When I got there, they indicated that this was indeed the hotel, but there were no rooms. Not that there were no rooms available — just that there were no rooms. I thought this strange and asked if I could still somehow find a way to stay at this supposed hotel. They said, oh yes of course, but you have to go get in the car and go across the street to the hotel.

Daily Photo – Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

The Great Wall has many different sections, being great and everything. I've visited many of them, but this one is by far my favorite. It's called the Mutianyu. Other sections are Badaling, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. But this one is my favorite so far because it's well maintained, beautiful to photograph, and, best of all, not that many tourists! I ended up staying here way too late and was barely able to find my way back down into the village.

Mutianyu

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

Wild Animals and Patience

I must admit that I am not the most patient photographer. That’s not entirely true. I’m very patient for sunsets, sunrises, and most landscape situations. I think I am just animal-impatient. I have a lot of respect for those animal photographers (especially bird photographers!) that will sit there and just wait for something to come out of its hole or come back to its nest. I can wait for a little while, but I usually prefer just to have it all happen automagically for me! I guess I just feel a little too out-of-control for getting a good shot… with Landscape situations, I feel like I control the destiny of the shot a bit more…

Daily Photo – The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

This was a treat to find this guy! We can thank Curtis Simmons for being the spotter here and finding him stalking his prey through the grass in the dark. This is pretty much the tallest cat in the world with the biggest leg length to body ratio. They are extinct in cape regions of South Africa because of loss of habitat, so I felt very lucky to see one!

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Sorry About the Cape Town PhotoWalk!

I wanted to apologize again for needing to cancel that Cape Town PhotoWalk! I was really looking forward to it… if it had not been for One Infuriating Lady at the Botswana Airport, I could have made it with no problem. Who knew you needed a whole blank page on your passport to fly to South Africa? It makes no sense and still infuriates me… I had plenty of room in my passport! I even went in and ripped off one of my Chinese Visa stickers that took up a whole page (which, I assume in itself could be considered somewhat fraudulent), but she still would not take it! Ugh! Anyway, it’s the past Trey, it’s the past…

Daily Photo – A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

After massive immigration problems (and literally getting Stuck In Customs in Botswana), I finally made it to Cape Town. We had a ton of fun there together! On my first full day, my friend Neville had planned an amazing trip through the wine country. I went to probably one of the most awesome wineries in the world there… I've forgotten the name now. It was so good I forgot a lot, in fact. But, I didn't forget to take this sunset photo as we were leaving…

A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Driving in Ginza

Low F-Stops in Cities

If you want to get this kind of out-of-focus effect like you see in the photo below, be sure to shoot at a low F-Stop and get a nice close subject. As in the photo below, I took a photo of that car at F/1.4 and everything behind it kind of fell away into the soft bokeh. You’ll get different results based on different lenses. This one was with the 35mm.

Daily Photo – Driving in Ginza

This hyper-clean and hyper-modern area of Tokyo is one of the best for photography I think! It's so wonderful to be able to just coast around the streets, listen to music on my ipod, take photos, and get lost in all the little streets. Actually this area is very hard to get lost in… it's quite grid-like, but you do get the feeling that you are like Pac-Man, just eating up all the little photo dots as you move through the streets!

Driving in Ginza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Beautiful Night under the Quiver Trees in Namibia

Star Shot Pano

This was actually created with 6 different photos. I made a little grid in the sky with 3 boxes across and 2 rows tall. I did this mostly because I was shooting on the resolution A7S and the 35mm F/1.4. I just could not get all of the Milky Way with one shot, so I mapped out the little grid in my mind then made the pano later!

I actually have a how-to-video for this! Sign up for the Newsletter to be sure to find out when it is available! :)

Daily Photo – Another Beautiful Night under the Quiver Trees in Namibia

The Milky Way is a magnificent site anywhere in the world. I never really saw it when I lived in Austin so I kind of lost an appreciation for it over time – that was lame of me! Anyway, I should really take more opportunities for star shots, so I tried to get out almost every night in Namibia to make it happen!

Another Beautiful Night under the Quiver Trees in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Maybe Will See you in Queenstown!

We’re looking forward to it!

Be sure to pop over to the “Workshops” page here on the site to see what is coming up next… all kinds of exciting stuff!

Daily Photo – From Deer Park Heights

Here's one of my favorite photos we took during one of our Photo Adventures here in Queenstown. I actually took it on the very first one we ever did! That was so fun; I'll never forget it. I'll also never forget how windy it was while I was taking this photo – so crazy! It was all I could do to keep my tripod from flying away, even though I think the final photo looks pretty serene!

From Deer Park Heights

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Walking down by the Beach in Queenstown

Mid-Summer Sunsets

If you’re gonna wait for the sunset at this point in the summer, you have to wait quite a while! It sets around 9:30 PM and doesn’t really get dark until around 11 PM. It always makes for a strange “Christmas” season when you are almost never in the dark… I guess I just remember a lot of general “darkness” during the holidays back when I was growing up!

Daily Photo – Walking down by the Beach in Queenstown

The beachfront in Queenstown is a quaint little place to go on a walk! The sun sets so that it blasts into the faces of everyone on the lake front, so it's almost like being at the ocean, especially because the lake is so big! Anyway, on days without clouds, I like to get behind these trees to break up the intensity of the sun a bit.

Walking down by the Beach in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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