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

Twisting in the Wind

Behind the Scenes Video

Here’s a cool video I took while inside the glider and taking photos. I used Google Glass to make this, which comes in really handy for these sorts of things!

Daily Photo – Twisting in the Wind

This is a perfect situation for an ultra-wide angle lens! The downside to these lenses is that it really warps and stretches the very edge of the photo. You can see how I compensated for that here by simply cropping that warped part out! Yes, I lost a little of the photo, but you don't really have to show everything to give the viewer the impression of what is happening beyond the edges of the frame.

Twisting in the Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Relaxing in Houhai, Xicheng

New Android Phone?

I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of the new Nexus 6 phones… they seem to be constantly sold out! I’m a hardcore Android fan, I must say… even though I do use Macs and iPads, for my phone, I’ve always gone Android!

Best Neighborhoods in your city?

People tend to talk about cities generically, as if the whole thing has a certain “thing” to it, but I think neighborhoods are the most important part. Where is your favorite neighborhood to hang out in your city?

Daily Photo – Relaxing in Houhai, Xicheng

This is one of my favorite areas of Beijing. There is a beautiful lake that is surrounded by all sorts of little shops, restaurants, quaint bridges, and tons of interesting people. One of my favorite things to do is go here in the middle of the day, take a ton of photos, then relax in a cafe with my camera with a glass of wine (or two!) and watch everyone go by… still snapping photos. That is a good day!

Relaxing in Houhai, Xicheng

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Creation Wars, Show 7

The Creation Wars

It was another really fun episode – here ya go!

1m 20s Intros
6m 30s The Path of the Protege
9m 20s Cool Stuff Shares
14m 00s DJI Inspire Hands On Update
20m 20s Competition Begins
21m 30s Glenn Guy Cohort Share
36m 30s Laurie Rubin Cohort Share
44m 00s Ollie Dale Cohort Share
50m 30s Trace Aiken Cohort Share
58m 30s Submission Roundup
1h 3m 30s Voting in Progress And Grand Library Request
1h 12m 00s Result!
1h 13m 00s Peoples Choice Result
1h 15m 00s Master Shares

The Feminine Sands of Namibia

Thanks Again!

Thank you again to everyone that joined us for the amazing Photo Adventure in Namibia! It was just great fun to get to know everyone so well and go on such a fun photography adventure with you :)

Daily Photo – The Feminine Sands of Namibia

I feel like I've spent a massive amount of time lately traversing sand dunes. It's almost like I spent a huge amount of time lately on the planet of Tattooine! I've started to notice that sometimes when I squint and look at my photos, they can read very feminine. Then, when I converted this one to a high-key black and white, I definitely got this feeling. I like this technique so much, I think I will try it more on future sand dune shots.

The Feminine Sands of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length134.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

14 Cold Nights in Antarctica

As my Antarctic trip begins in earnest, I decided to make a special Pinterest Board called 14 Cold Nights in Antarctica for inspiration!

Amazing Cloud Names

Do any of you know a good website that has a bunch of photos of clouds and their names? I’m not a big “this-is-called-that” kinda guy, but I would be interested to see, especially if there are little scientific explanations of how particular clouds are formed.

Daily Photo – Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

I feel like I post too many photos of Hobbiton! But whenever I go to this spot on the north island, I just go a little photo-crazy. How can you not? These are some of my favorite sorts of clouds. I maybe only see them once a month or so? But they make for such a nice texture in the sky, I tend to go a little crazy no matter where I am!

Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Adventure to Antarctica – Day 1, Digging out an ice-house!

Big News!

I have no photos today, but I wanted to tell you on the blog that I’m headed to Antarctica for two weeks! I’m very excited, and I’ll be sure to share all the hi-rez photos right here!

I’m starting the trip by driving from Queenstown to Christchurch then getting on a US Military C130 (sounds rather serious, I know) to fly to New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica. Even though I am close already in New Zealand, I’m still about 9 hours away!

The first leg of the journey begins tomorrow, and I am [Borat voice] SO EXCITE!

On night #1, we build an ice shelter, digging deep into the ice to find a sufficient place to sleep. We have lots of plans for our little ice-hovel, which may or may not include a full bar. We’ll see.

On night #2? I have no idea.

But we’ll be recording videos for something secret we are working on and will release to you.

I’ll be taking TONS of photos, which is the overall purpose of the trip and the reason for which I was invited. Everyone asks me, “What are you taking photos of down there?” To this, I answer, honestly, “I have No Idea.”

And I don’t! I’ve always wanted to visit Antarctica, so I am very honored for the opportunity. I’ll take A LOT of photos, but I have no idea what they will be of. Icy things, I reckon.

I talked to a new friend I met today named Martin Hill, who is a famous sculptor/photographer here in New Zealand. He just got back and remarked on how strict they are there. He mentioned (and I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this) the same thing that Werner Herzog mentioned — there is so little creative freedom there that it is a bit depressing. We’ll see. I think their primary concern is my safety. We happen to share this concern! :) But I do hope I can exercise a bit of creative freedom and get myself into some positions for good photos.

What about the Quadcopter in Antarctica?

I’ve been using several quadcopters lately (see my DJI Phantom Review here on the site), and it looks like, sadly, I won’t be allowed to take them down there. I just got the new DJI Inspire one too, which is absolutely incredible. Anyway, in the After-Show-Partay of our weekly show, we started talking a bit about all this!

If you jump ahead to the 5:40 spot in the video, you can hear about the whole Antarctica thing. Around 8:50 is when I start talking about the quadcopters.

Stumbling around Vegas

Old-School Double Exposure

I saw a bunch of old-school double exposures recently. You know, people used to do this kind of stuff on film all the time… it was so creative and smart. I don’t have a mind that can think like that… it takes a different kind of brain to come up with those sorts of ideas I think!

Daily Photo – Stumbling around Vegas

I can't be the only one that has stumbled around Vegas and seen this! Actually I was totally sober when I took this, but I decided to mix it up a little with Analog Efex Pro 2. It has a cool double-exposure filter that does this kind of stuff to your photo. I recommend you get the demo and try it out!

Stumbling around Vegas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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