Jack’s Point Clubhouse

Time for a Passport Freebie! Panorama Processing Tip

Last year I made over 50 videos for Passport Members to see first or exclusively. I wanted to share this one publicly as sort of a promotion for the kinds of things you might see inside.

There are a lot of ways to skin the panorama cat. 90% of the time, this is the way I do it in the video below. To me, it just looks better than when the computer tries to auto-stitch it and remove the stitch lines.

Daily Photo – Jack's Point Clubhouse

And here's the final result. Pretty cool eh? And it didn't take much time at all. If you ever get out to the Queenstown area, be sure to pop over to Jack's Point and visit the clubhouse here. Anyone can go and there's a really good restaurant inside. Just outside is this perfect little pond. If you get there early enough (or on a windless day), the reflection is perfect!

Jack's Point Clubhouse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-03 01:04:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

DJI Mavic

I’m slowly working on the Mavic review now that I have one in hand. I paid full price for this thing, and I am very excited! Getting new toys is always fun. I plan on doing a few side-by-side flights of the Mavic and the Phantom and comparing the video and photos between the two.

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Daily Photo – A Balloon in the Morning Fog

If I was more of a morning person, I'd definitely head over here to Lake Hayes for a morning walk much more. Maybe when I get older, I'll be more of a morning person. Or maybe I should just to bed earlier and stop watching Netflix till midnight! I can only blame myself.

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:58:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

Screenflow Review!

If you’re interested in a quick way to edit videos or do a screen recording, be sure to check out my Screenflow Review I just finished here on the blog. I’ll embed the video from the review right here below to give you a taste!

Oldie But Goodie!

Here’s one of the first videos I made when I moved to this area about six years ago. It’s called 30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown. It’s pretty much the only time-lapse I have ever made. It was so time-consuming that I haven’t had time to make another one!

Daily Photo – Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

I should make this drive once a week! I don't know why I don't. It's so beautiful here and the water and sky are different enough each time to make it worth it. Also, when you get to the end of the road about 25 minutes later, there are some great spots for lunch and relaxation.

Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-08 07:45:04
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/210
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Insta360 Camera Review

What a fun cool camera! 🙂 I just finished the Insta360 Review here on the blog. I hope you enjoy! There’s a video there and everything featuring a strange-talkin’ Russian.



Upcoming Travel Schedule!

I’m headed on a fun trip with the family again in January! We’ll be in Dallas, Austin, Denver, Sarasota, Grand Cayman, Key Biscayne, Hawaii, and then Japan again! I’ve got my cameras all dusted off and ready to go!

Daily Photo – Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Isn't it though! And this was taken with the Pixel 1; now I have the Pixel 2 and it's even better. I've challenged myself several times ONLY to use the Pixel 2 some days (btw Google is not a sponsor… I bought mine full price). Some of the photos that are coming out of it are totally unbelievable! I don't like editing on such a small screen, so I often download the images to my laptop and edit there.

Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-28 12:03:54
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2
  • ISO54
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Abstract Snowscape

Busy Beaver in December

I’m home pretty much all of December, so I’ve been busy making a bunch of new videos and new photos. Some videos are exclusive to Passport Members, others are public, others are live Facebook Screencasts, others are special to Aurora HDR and more! They take quite a long time to make, edit, and move around… it seems like a big chunk of the time is just moving data from place to place… I call this digital wrangling!

Daily Photo – Abstract Snowscape

I've started playing more with landscape shots and not showing the horizon line. I think in landscape photography, typically you always see some kind of horizon, or at least have a general sense of where it is. This gives the viewer a certain amount of context as to what is going on. But, by removing that context and completely obscuring the horizon, it becomes a bit more mysterious and abstract. Try experimenting with this… just little ideas here and there.

This was taken near Glenorchy, New Zealand.

Abstract Snowscape

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-12 14:41:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Flying Over the Southern Alps

Coming up on Holidays Season!

If you’re looking for some Goodies, Gadgets, Photo Stuff for the Holidays, visit my visual Kit.com! It’s kind of a fun way to visually see things and better than a text-list. Not that material things will make you happy or anything, but maybe some of the gadgets and goodies can help fuel your creativity.

Daily Photo – Flying Over the Southern Alps

I took this photo while flying on a helicopter out to work on a photo project for a patron. That project took over a year or so to complete, so I ended up doing a lot of these flights. This one was in the middle of winter because I wanted to shoot the Earnslaw Burn in the winter. My shot came out kind of boring, but maybe the most interesting was this one while I was on the way there!

Flying Over the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-12 11:11:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length101.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

That time we lost a quadcopter

The Eventful Landing

Related to the story below…

Daily Photo – That time we lost a quadcopter

Well, there was never really ONE time, there have been many. But this one, I can say honestly, was not my fault. We had the DJI Inspire up. It was an early demo model and we never really had great firmware for it. We were going to fly towards the windmills, but about 2 minutes into the flight, we lost control. I mean, literally. We could not see it, but it was still broadcasting a live feed with GPS. It took another half hour, but apparently, it went about 10 miles away and landed itself perfectly. One strange thing, however, it landed right beside by a dead cow… I assume the death of the cow was not related to the quadcopter, but I cannot be sure.

That time we lost a quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 05:02:30
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Jogging in Millbrook with my Pixel Phone

The Pixel 2 XL

I love this new Pixel phone from Google. I’m thinking about writing a longer form article about what it means for photography going forward… I just need a bit more time to write and think about it!

Daily Photo – Jogging in Millbrook with my Pixel Phone

This is a shot made from two different photos from my Pixel 1 phone. Now I'm actually using the Pixel 2, but I took this a few months ago. One great thing about Google photos (they are not a sponsor or anything), but whenever you take multiple photos and overlap them, the Google server will automatically build a panorama for you. So, after this, I just downloaded the new photo then made some adjustments in Aurora HDR.

Jogging in Millbrook with my Pixel Phone

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 17:45:37
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/1700
  • Aperture2
  • ISO52
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The SnowFarm

Updated Playlist

I make a lot of playlists on Spotify, but one of my new favorites is called Feelin’ Burny Afterny, which is a very strange name. It’s meant to be some of the sorts of songs you hear in the middle of the afternoon at Burning Man. That probably makes absolutely no sense, but I hope you hear a few things in there you like!

Daily Photo – The SnowFarm

It kind of looks like a salt mine, doesn't it? That's what I was thinking as we helicoptered into this awesome spot between Queenstown and Wanaka.
It's actually a massive cross-country skiing route. I'm not much of a cross-country skier, but I know some people absolutely love it. This would be some sort of panacea for them I suppose. They also have a cabin that you can stay in overnight… x-country ski in, stay the night, the ski out the next day. That sounds fun; I haven't had the chance to try it yet.

The SnowFarm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-08-03 22:50:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Water Mill in Hobbiton

More Hobbiton Video Action from Behind the Scenes

Here’s the long version of the video we made with Air New Zealand. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Water Mill in Hobbiton

I was lucky to get permission to fly here on the Hobbiton Movie Set. They are pretty strict about drones nowadays, and they get more and more strict each year. It helps if you have a portfolio or a showreel you can share. It also helps if you offer to share the footage with the property.

The Water Mill in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 09:19:48
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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