Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

Autopano Giga

Be sure you try that program if you’re into making panoramas. The interface is perhaps so obtuse that they should change the dictionary entry for obtuse and just put a hyperlink to download that program. I do show how to use it in one of the episodes of Becoming an Artist.

Daily Photo – Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

What an amazing entrance to the Phulay Bay resort! We initially arrived at night, but I made a note to return during the day to get a photo. This one was actually extremely difficult. I was using the Hasselblad and did not have a wide enough lens. So this ended up being a 3×3 panorama (9 shots). Stitching them together is always a bit of a chore… it comes out looking all wonky so there is lots of post to make things look right/interesting!

Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Winter is Coming in The Remarkables

Happy July!

We’re halfway through the year team! Let’s make the 2nd half even better than the first half! We have all kinds of fun stuff planned and hope you’ll be with us all the way! :)

Daily Photo – Winter is Coming in The Remarkables

I have a secret Queenstown shame! I’ve lived here with my family for four years, and I’ve never been up into The Remarkables ski area! This is probably because I live closer to Coronet and it’s more convenient. But this is a silly reason because I came from Austin, Texas, where you have to drive at least one hour to go almost anywhere. Anyway, an extra few minutes in the car got us up into this snow filled and beautiful panacea. Being a landscape photographer, I’ve always been attracted to rugged and epic scenes, so pretty much everywhere I looked delivered a cinematic scene.

At one point, we took the snowmobiles as high as we could go then proceeded to hike up to Lookout Point. It was a hard hike through the thick snow. My fitbit said I climbed 70 floors, but I think I only really did 50 floors because I fell down about 20 of them. Anyway, once I finally got myself and all my equipment up the mountain, I got this panorama. The full rez version is quite huge — 3.5 meters across.

Winter is Coming in The Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Dart River Delta

Fitbit Add Me

Wanna be Fitbit friends? Why not! :) Let’s do it… just add me via FB! :)

Daily Photo – The Dart River Delta

On another helicopter flight, we flew out over where the Dart River empties into the Wakatipu lake in Glenorchy. I don't know about you, but I'm mesmerized by the patterns these deltas make. I'd love to see a time-lapse over the past 50,000 years of how it has changed. I wonder if there is a computer simulation out there that shows it.

The Dart River Delta

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Golden Waterfall

Best Ball for Playing Fetch with Labradoodles?

Our dog Blueberry goes through a TON of toys… just tears them apart… but she loves playing fetch. Any suggestions for the best toys for long-distance throws and that is also durable?

Daily Photo – Golden Waterfall

This was a very difficult photo! We arrived in the Earnslaw Burn by helicopter fairly late in the day, so the light was getting low. There are about 100 waterfalls there, and we happened to find one that was backlit by the setting sun. I had to direct the pilot exactly where to go so I could get the shot without the sun lighting me up and reflecting myself onto the window. Almost everything we tried did not work until we found one spot where the heli was in the shadow but the waterfall was still illuminated.

Golden Waterfall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stunning Waiheke from Above

Game of Thrones

Hey look, let’s say you’re one of those people out there that is anti-Game of Thrones or you feel like you’re way too behind. Just challenge yourself and make yourself a bit uncomfy and give it a whirl. The best thing is now that there are so many out, you can binge-watch it… binge-watching it is actually the best way to follow the show! :)

Daily Photo – Stunning Waiheke from Above

I love this place so much and I really want to go back! How beautiful is this from the sky? It's beautiful enough from the ground, but once you get up into the air, things get even more dynamic and colorful. The day I flew was a pretty gusty day, but the quad was still able to take a set of auto-bracketed photos that were fairly well aligned.

Stunning Waiheke from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

I’m coming to Dallas and Denver in July for some workshops – join me!

See you soon!

Pop over to our “Becoming an Artist Workshop” page to find out when I’ll be in Dallas and Denver. I’m really excited… this is the same event that just went gangbusters in Sydney, and now we’re happy to bring the travelling crew to the USA!

Denver PhotoWalk

A Hot Night In Dallas!

My Last Trip to Dallas

Here’s a fun interview I did with Byron Harris that you may enjoy :)

Reflections at Aro-Ha

Reflections Tip

Here’s a video I made about this shot! :)

Daily Photo – Reflections at Aro-Ha

If you ever go to this amazing yoga and wellness retreat, you may espy two little ponds down the hills towards the big lake. I decided to jump over a few fences (some electric!) to go check them out one day. It was a longer hike than I expected, probably because the ponds were not as small as I expected. I have great trouble on the scale of everything here in New Zealand in these mountains because everything is so epic!

Reflections at Aro-Ha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture13
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Episode 13 is here!

Episode 13 of Season 1 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below.

To get the series, go to http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/

And now…

As for Episode 13, join me in “Through Their Rich Tracery One Sees the Sky Beyond” In this episode, I talk about how I was influenced by Mark Twain’s writings and how I failed at trying to make the photography equivalent of his writing. I finish by creating a “Painting” of elephants by combining a photo with textures.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/

Notes from our amazing production team:

Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…

“What is it like to become an artist?”

“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: “How does he take and post-process his photos?”

Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.

The Antarctica Photo Walk

Updated Tripod Recommendations

See more over on the Camera Equipment page! :)

I’ve recently switched tripods, then switched back, then switched again. I’m like the Caitlyn Jenner of tripods, and I’m not proud. But I’m ownin’ it girl.

  • High EndThe TQC-14 Tripod from RRS – I love this tripod. Again, I’ve switched around a lot… but this thing honestly fixes all the gripes I had with previous RRS tripods.
  • BudgetAny 3-Legged Thing Tripod – These are also nice tripods. Yes, they are still pricey but with good quality. There are some very inexpensive tripods out there, but they are so flimsy and you should not waste your time.

Daily Photo – The Antarctica Photo Walk

Here we are around 12 midnight on the main continent. We were there with an incredible research team… and we were kind of the useless artists guys that were just eating all the food. But we did bring the party! This was one of the craziest photo walks ever! :)

The Antarctica Photo Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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