It’s still my favorite drive

Drone Fun

I have plans one day to sit in the back of my pickup while Curtis drives and fly the drone overhead down this road… how fun and dangerous would that be? It’s both one of my best and dumbest ideas! :)

Daily Photo – It's still my favorite drive

About four years ago when I first came to New Zealand (I've been living here ever since), I reckoned this was the prettiest road in the world, and I still feel that way. I've never seen the same clouds or weather either. I think I've done this road about 30-40 times now, and each time is magical. Sometimes there is no wind and the water is perfectly smooth, like a giant mirror. Of course, those times I didn't have my camera! Bad Trey! Bad!

It's still my favorite drive

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Infested with Humans

From Above

There are so many great quotes in this video below… today’s photo is inspired by one of them

Daily Photo – Infested with Humans

One day we took a boat from Venice to Burano. When we were almost there, we had the terrible and awesome idea to launch the quadcopter from the top of the boat! How fun! I knew Burano was pretty, but I didn't think it would look this cool from above. I was surprised how “circular” the edge of the island was. Next time I go, I'd like to spend a few days here to explore, I think!

Infested with Humans

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Pouring through our Antarctica Video Footage

We got heaps of video footage in Antarctica… we’re still going through all of it and figuring out the best way to package it and bring it to y’all. Video is a different beast… stick with us! :)

Daily Photo – Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

One day in survival training, Stu and I had to erect our own tent. It was awesome. It's not exactly a normal tent — I believe they are called polar tents. They are built to withstand blizzard conditions. You can imagine a normal tent in a blizzard… that just wouldn't work. So there is all kinds of bracing that have to be in place ahead of time. It's also extra-challenging because either you're hammering these giant iron spikes into solid ice or, if on the main continent, into rocks and gravel. I felt like a real survivor!

Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Mos Eisley Spaceport

New Textures Tutorial

One of the very first tutorials I did here on the site was a Textures Tutorial. About a year ago, I updated the whole thing and made it much better! The tutorial also comes with a ton of hi-def textures for you to enjoy and use in your own creations.

Daily Photo – Mos Eisley Spaceport

Here's a photo I got of Dubai when I was in that helicopter. We were quite a long ways away from the city, away over the sea, and I zoomed in to get a long-distance shot. It was already a bit sandy/foggy but I decided to take it to the next level with a few fun textures!

Mos Eisley Spaceport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length153.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Trey From Above

A book suggestion!

Try “The Untethered Soul” from Michael Singer.

Daily Photo – Trey From Above

I don't do a lot of selfies, and I'm not even sure you can call this a selfie because Curtis took this with a quad. But I was shooting here, then I looked to my right and left and saw this shadow wrapping around me. I thought it might make a cool quad shot. I knew Curtis had the quad out and was shooting some video, so I called him over and took control for a minute to hover over this spot while I went back to take another photo! :)

Trey From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Lines of the Glacier

More Antarctica Photos

We have pages and pages of them! Be sure to click on the “Antarctica” category above and scroll through them. When you get to the bottom, you can click to go to the next page and see even more.

Daily Photo – The Lines of the Glacier

I got to experiment quite a bit with black and white photography in Antarctica. It's actually not that hard because there's almost no color to begin with! Some of these glaciers did have that glowing blue ice where some blocks had recently cleaved away, so sometimes it's painful to take away that pretty blue color in a B&W conversion!

The Lines of the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

Are you enjoying Becoming An Artist?

If you are, be sure to share some of your favorite personal photos on any social network with the hashtag #Becoming

Daily Photo – An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

I only had one day in Abu Dhabi so I tried to make the best of it! I pretty much stayed here all day and night… there was so much to shoot in this mosque complex. I was happy and lucky they let me use a tripod. No one seemed to mind and I was the only one there with one. Actually, there were hardly any DSLRs at all. I notice that a lot in these countries. Everyone is taking photos for sure, but it's all mobile all the time.

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Devil Bel

Facebook Live

Be sure to pop over to my Facebook Page and watch for upcoming Live videos. Under the “Like” thing, you can choose “See First” to make sure you don’t miss any Live events! :)

Daily Photo – Devil Bel

When we were inside this amazing ghost town in Namibia where the sand has overrun everything, I asked Bel, who was filming me at the time for Becoming an Artist, to make an evil shadow in the sand… and she instantly made some bad-ass devil horns! If you see one side of her looks a bit disfigured like she has gout or something — that is actually her sound-pack on her belt.

Devil Bel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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