The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

Sheepdog Television Shows

You may or may not be surprised how much sheep-related programming is on television here. There are these competitions that are kind of addicting to watch where these dogs are running around and getting sheep to do one series of sheep-cloud manoeuvres or another. The shepherd is always scuttling behind them using some strange whistle sounds to move things here and there and it all just looks like magic. I have no idea how they do it, even though I’ve now watched it many times…

Daily Photo – The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

This is the beautiful and fully functional sheep station just across the lake from Queenstown. There's no doubt that this country definitely has a sheep-culture around it, and I'm slowly starting to become one with it. Here's a little funny (in retrospect) story.

My neighbor, John, has several sheep on his farm. One day, he decided to take one of the cute baby lambs up to the school for all the four and five year-olds to play with. My daughter was there, as was his son. So he dropped off the baby lamb to play all day. A few hours later, he got a call and had to go back up to the school to get the lamb. It just plopped over dead while all the kids were playing with it! So then he had to go back up there and get the dead sheep and carry it about a kilometer down the road back to his truck, leaving the kids aghast and shattered!

The Sheep Station at Walter Peak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-15 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Bathroom Selfie for Charity

Anything for Patrick and Worldbuilders!

There is less than a day left to raise money at Worldbuilders.org, and we all just passed $600,000! Great! πŸ™‚

I told Patrick Rothfuss (as many of you know, he is one of my favorite authors who wrote “The Name of the Wind”) that I would do a stretch goal of an “ill-advised bathroom selfie” β€” which I just delivered on. You can see the redonkulous “making-of” video below and the final shot below that. I think I have both traumatised my son and that fake sheep.

Here is an update with more info on Pat’s Blog!

When Trey told us he’d take a selfie for his stretch goal, we thought it was a brilliant idea. After all, he’s a world-famous photographer. Seven million people follow him on Google+ to look at his pictures.

Then we saw what he did, and it was so much better than what we’d imagined.

Perfect Horse in Field

Equine Therapy

I just heard about a woman that went to a new-agey spa (this is a serious story β€” just want to say this parenthetically right now!) and she opted to get one of the optional therapy-treatments. It was called equine-therapy, and she got about one inch from the eye of a horse for half an hour and they just stared at one another. This sounds like an absolutely off-the-reservation treatment β€” has anyone heard of this?

Personally, I would have opted for the massage-treatment (non-equine

Daily Photo – Perfect Horse in Field

Right after another amazing 15km hike a few days ago, we saw this perfect horse just standing in a field. It held this pose the entire time. In fact, and honestly, I was not entirely sure it wasn't a fake horse. This was very confusing to me, because I couldn't figure out why anyone would put a fake horse in their yard when real ones were so readily available. I started thinking about all those wonderful scenes from the PKD book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Perfect Horse in Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-17 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Road Through The Hills

New Category Location

If you want to see more photos from a certain category β€” say today and “Arrowtown” for example, just click on the little link above, and you’ll see photos from just that category

Daily Photo – Road Through The Hills

On Thursday nights they have a curry night here at The Hills in Arrowtown. Here in the middle of the summer, the sun doesn't actually go down until 9 or 10 PM, so there is plenty of light. I usually jump into a golf cart and roll around to try to find interesting shots! Around this time of the year, the grasses start to fold into every color from yellow to red. They wave in the breeze like a slow ocean.

Road Through The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-02 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ducks and Tree and Snow

ND Filters

Does anyone know of a Variable ND filter that fits on these new Sony lenses? That might be a handy thing to have… I never ended up getting one for my old Nikon 14-24mm because it was just too honking big!

Daily Photo – Ducks and Tree and Snow

I need to pop over to Wanaka more often! I don't have an excuse, as it is just an hour away. The mountains and lake and everything there is so different than Queenstown. Even though I “know” this in my brain, every time I go there is a little burst of surprise about how different it is!

There is a cool tree that grows out of the water here. When things are calm, sometimes there are these nice little ripples that come by while the ducks swim around… so serene!

Ducks and Tree and Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-27 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Impressive Sony 55mm Prime with Lavender in the Fields

A recommended Lens

If you click up there on the top to see Trey’s Gear, you’ll see I have a bunch of different recommended lenses. One of them I used for today’s shot – the Sony 55mm FE f/1.8 lens. It’s really been quite remarkable and fun! It’s nice to have a full-frame lens like this with a great depth of field for shots of this nature (if you forgive the pun!).

Daily Photo – Lavender in the Fields

While driving up towards Mount Cook, I finally saw my first endless field of lavender. I've seen these before in photos and thought it would be fun to walk amidst them, which I then ended up doing for about an hour. I got all sorts of shots, from the close-in stuff below to wide vistas. I'll publish some of those soon as well!

Lavender in the Fields

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-05 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Flock of Cows

Pandora Radio

Any of you out there listen to Pandora? What are some of your favorite stations?

Daily Photo – A Flock of Cows

And here we have a small vortex of cows that I saw on a farm on the way to Lake Ohau. The day was a bit stormy and threatening on the horizon, but there was a bright and brilliant New Zealand summer sun just beating down on these fields. All these cows were quite young and they were walking in such a tight little bundle. I'm not sure I've ever seen that before. They reminded me of a tight little flock of sheep!

A Flock of Cows

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-05 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Looking Across the Lake

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Daily Photo – Looking Across the Lake

We visited this lake in the late afternoon on one of the final days of shooting for the new HDR Video Tutorial. This is actually getting edited together right now and it's gonna be amazing! Anyway, this is not one of the shots that is in the actual video, but just one I took along the way. We walked all the way around the lake, and there were very few openings to get a shot. You'll see in another one how I had to slide down a rock to get into position β€” in fact, I almost fell right in the river during the shoot!

Looking Across the Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-11-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A One-Man Roadtrip

All About the New Stuck In Customs!

Here’s a quick video I made that talks about some of the new features around the site here. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A One-Man Roadtrip

I took a very nice photo road trip up to the north for a few days recently. I was lucky with the weather, except for the time I decided to sleep outside and got rained on at 3 in the morning. That's about the worst time to get rained on, btw. I was so confused!

Anyway, there was no rain here, as you can see. If you look into the far distance, however, you can see some moisture beginning to boil over the mountains and coming my direction…

A One-Man Roadtrip

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-05 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

All-New Stuck In Customs for you!

Free “Organize Your Photos!” Giveaway Event for local camera clubs!

I’m so excited about the re-design of this website that I wanted to do a big giveaway of a video+eBook for you all! You’ve been so supportive over the years, so I wanted to do something to give back! πŸ™‚

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of local camera clubs that help encourage members to get better. I always do giveaways when I speak at them, so I came up with an idea that I thought would scale well! Sometimes in camera clubs, they have special giveaways, raffles, or prizes to give to members. If you belong to a local camera club and want to do one of those with “Organize Your Photos! The Three Level System” video and eBook β€” well, this is your chance! Even better, you’ll get a copy yourself that you can review before the giveaway so you can tell others about it!

To get a free copy of the video and eBook, just do this:

1) Post a comment below with the name / location of your photo club.
2) Email [email protected] with their name and contact info.
After Luke sets you up, you’ll be able to use your account at store.StuckInCustoms.com to download the hour-long video and eBook! πŸ™‚

I hope you have a great time with it! Give everyone in your camera club a high-five for me! πŸ™‚

The ALL NEW Stuck In Customs!

Wow, well what has changed around here? So much! Here’s just five of my favorite new things!:

  • Totally responsive and mobile-friendly – scales to any phone and tablets in any orientation! The menus flex and change and everything
  • Randomised images on top of the homepage that auto-rotate and slide away upon scrolling
  • Mouse-rollever EXIF info. Awesome! You can also share from there.
  • Infinite scroll… scroll down forever and ever and ever! πŸ™‚ You can still click on categories if you want to pop to a certain location!
  • New, streamlined organization. See the menu at the top for all the goodies!

A BIG thanks to the whole team that made this happen! Let me know your thoughts β€” what you like or don’t like!

Daily Photo – The Clay Cliffs

If you come to the South Island of New Zealand, please don't fly from Christchurch to Queenstown β€” drive!

The drive is absolutely beautiful, and along the way, this is one of the stops. The Clay Cliffs take a little bit of a drive (30 mins out of the way from Omarama), but they are really worth it. There is just a short hike to get this view, and you can even get up in there and walk around inside. It's enchanting, and you may recognize these from a few scenes in LOTR.

When you take the little hike, you can bring a wide-angle lens and maybe something a little tighter, and you'll be set and ready to go!

The Clay Cliffs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-12-05 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO71
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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