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Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

HDR Tip with Quadcopters

I’m using the Phantom 4 Pro now, but I’ve stopped autobracketing. I’ve noticed that whenever I take multiple brackets into Aurora (or Photomatix) that they get very noisy. So now I just bring a single RAW photo in and it seems to work fine.

All I can gather is the small sensor size (Even though the P4 Pro is 4x it’s lesser cousins in size) still has a bit of micro-noise that adds up when you combine multiple photos.

Daily Photo – Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

I had really bad luck weather the whole time I was here at Half Moon Bay. On the final morning before the family flew to Denver, there was finally a good sunrise. I had been planning to get out there with my quadcopter to get this kind of a shot. It was very windy, but it was able to hold steady enough to get a few good shots! By the way, this is the beautiful Ritz-Carlton there. The night before, the bagpipe player came out at sunset while we all at smores over the firepit. How awesome!

Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:33:33
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Favorite Timelapse

Timelapses are SO time consuming. I guess that is inherent in the name itself, but I really get so busy I don’t have time to do these too much. But I thought I’d share with you my favorite timelapse… I made this after my first 30 days living in Queenstown… I decided to make a time lapse every day!

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Daily Photo – Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

I took this around the same time I made the 30 Days and 30 Nights time-lapse above. The winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on the balcony, and this was our amazing view!

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-09 22:54:55
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Yoga Shirts

On a lot of my live broadcasts, I get comments about these crazy shirts I wear. I’ve taken a few of my favorite yoga shirts and put them into my Amazon List of Trey’s Favorite Things — hope you find something you like! 🙂

Daily Photo – Beach Fun in Glenorchy

There are so many lakes here on the South Island — but the one thing that bums out my kids is there is no sand. Kids like sandy beaches, yes? Well I guess everyone does. It's hard to make sand castles out of rocks. On the other hand, there are some amazing skipping stones!

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 08:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Adventuring on Everest!

Passport Plug

I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂

Adventuring on Everest!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here's another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It's a good tip — always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It's a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I'll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It's more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

And if you're not a Passport member yet, please join! You'll get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff like this as well as the brand new HDR Tutorial that was released just a few weeks ago!

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

On the Way to the Burn

A Special Video Day!

Hey for you Passport Members I have a special video today… probably one of the coolest behind-the-scenes videos I’ve ever made! It was quite a struggle, I’ll tell ya… I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. We choppered in and there was a Bit More Drama than I would have liked! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video… and if you haven’t signed up yet, just give yourself a slightly late holiday present! 🙂

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Daily Photo – On the Way to the Burn

Here's a photo I took during one of my many helicopter rides to Earnslaw Burn on a particularly still day. This is Lake Wakatipu below over near Glenorchy. It's probably only THIS still a few times a year, so I felt lucky to see it's mirror-like surface. Note this was a MUCH less windy day than when I had to camp out overnight without a tent. AHEM….

On the Way to the Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 06:06:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Waves crashing through Iceland

Music Trivia!

I have a fun party idea that we do a lot… if you have Spotify or Sonos, jump on one of the “Oldies” stations from a favorite decade, enter DJ mode, and then play music trivia. See who can guess the bands!

Daily Photo – Waves crashing through Iceland

I posted a photo about a week ago from Iceland. I was on an editing-tear recently and I couldn't decide WHICH photo to edit, so I ended up editing both. It's a nice exercise for me to edit two different photos that are of the same subject matter in slightly different ways. It helps me to branch out a little and try slightly different things so I don't get in a rut.

Anyway, today I'll be taking family photos like a crazy person… looking forward to that!

Waves crashing through Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-02-12 12:59:25
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Camera Equipment

I don’t talk about camera equipment too much here on the site. Because all cameras are so good nowadays, it doesn’t really matter any more. However, I do keep my Camera Equipment page up to date as well as my Amazon List of goodies!

Daily Photo – Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

We had such a fun day out on a yacht with the team. The clouds were absolutely crazy and really popped when I would zoom in like this. This one was only shot at 49mm while using the 24-240mm lens on the Sony A7rii. I have other photos where I'm zoomed in even tighter at around 200mm (when the boat was further away) that show a very different scene. I'll have to process that one and we'll do a side-by-side!

Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 10:40:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Drone Love

Phantom 4 Pro Review

I’ve recently updated the Phantom 4 Pro Review — enjoy!

Daily Photo – More Drone Love

Sometimes you have one of those days where you just can't take a bad photo. This was one of those days. When the weather is cooperating and you're in a magical place, there's just no going wrong. These days stand out to me because they so rarely happen! This day in Glenorchy was definitely one of these days… I was getting great photos on the ground, but then I launched the drone and the photos got even better!

More Drone Love

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:40:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/675
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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