Update on Workshops

New Goodies for Workshop attendees

For our upcoming Photography Workshops in New Zealand and Africa, I’ve decided to throw in a Peak Design Goodie Kit! It will include a Peak Design bag and lots of other goodies. I think you’ll have a great time on the workshop anyway, but even better if you’re sporting some flash new gear!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Arrowtown in the Autumn

And this is one of the things you'll definitely see on the Autumn New Zealand workshop. We always spend at least a day here in Arrowtown to see the incredible colors while receiving photography instruction. One of my favorite parts after a long day of shooting and post-processing is ending up at one of my favorite restaurants for a group dinner. Everything is included with the price, and we always want to over-deliver, so I take you to the best places… the best foods, best wines, best photography… what else could you ask for!?!

Beautiful Arrowtown in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:43:02
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

Horse Riding Tours

If you like riding horses and are coming to New Zealand, you should definitely schedule a few horse rides through the countryside. They are offered in almost every area. I’d recommend doing one in Glenorchy or Paradise, which is just about an hour away from Queenstown. That is the beautiful area where they shot Lord of the Rings and a lot of other movies. You can see many of my Glenorchy photos here.

My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

My girls absolutely love horses. Below are two photos of them at their horse-riding school. It’s not just horse-riding, but all the stuff around it too. They do everything from brush and clean the horses to pick up the horse poop. They appear to love all aspects of this horse-care bit, which boggles my mind. They have been trying to talk me into buying a horse and keeping it here on our property. I have told them this is a preposterous idea and I will never do such a thing.

High above Lake Hayes

Don’t miss my new Drone Tutorial!

You’re gonna love this thing! Seeing today’s photo reminds me of how much fun it was to create the series of lessons. You can buy it here in our store or Join Passport and have it included for free!

Daily Photo – High above Lake Hayes

How pretty is this idyllic lake? It's only about ten minutes from my home and I don't know why I don't visit more often. I do like to go on runs around the outside… it's about 8 km around the whole thing. It's only glassy-still like this about 10% of the time. Most of those times, I don't even have my camera, which is a major bummer. This is actually a quadcopter shot made from three different photos.

High above Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-02 14:53:56
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Speaking of Sculptures…

Editing Photos from Glenorchy

Here’s a long editing session where you see me working on a few photos from an outing. There’s a lot of stream-of-consciousness in here, so it’s not quite as “tight” as some of my other videos, but maybe a bit more “real”! Anyway, enjoy!

Daily Photo – Speaking of Sculptures…

Here's a new sculpture up at The Hills by the British artist, Sean Henry. I kind of like this photo, but I think I can do better. The thing that is missing is the scale of the image. It's absolutely massive… so I think I need to add another element in to give it scale. I may put a human in here, but I'm not sure what I would have them doing. I don't do a lot of “setup shots” like you see on Instagram with solitary figures standing in a vast landscape. I find those photos a bit droll for some reason. Anyway, maybe I'll get a little kid and let him crawl around on the creepy guys' lap or something. That's not a bad idea… kind of a strange idea. I'm obviously brainstorming now.

Speaking of Sculptures…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:28:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Another Max Patte Work

Daily Photo – Another Max Patte Work

This guy is one of my favorite sculptors! I believe the original one of these is in Wellington on the bay there. Some good news for me is that he's moving down to Queenstown and will practically be neighbors with me! I look forward to hanging out with him more, and maybe we can even collaborate on a project or three! You can see more of his work at http://maxpatte.com/.

Another Max Patte Work

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:34:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Project!

The Alchemist Preview

This is one of my favorite books! I have it over in my Book List on Kit.com. Well, even though it’s great to read, it might EVEN BE BETTER to listen to it with the dulcet tones of Jeremy Irons vibrating in your skull. Here’s a preview of the first five minutes.

Daily Photo – Another Project!

Man, I've got too many projects going on… but they are all fun! I got excited about a little idea that is turning into a year-long project. It's going to be a book about this place, The Hills Golf Course in Arrowtown where I've been a member since I moved here six years ago. I'm good friends with Sir Michael Hill (he's one of my awesome art collectors and has works from www.TreyRatcliff.com!). Anyway, I have so many cool photos from over the years and I think I could put together a pretty compelling book. Well, a book is a lot of work, so I'll probably work on it over the next 12 months to see what comes out of it. It's not really going to be a “money” project… just sort of a fun passion project.

Another Project!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:19:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to my Studio

Quadcopter Panorama

On my way to the fjords last year, I stopped to make a 360 video about creating a panorama out of quadcopter photos. In this video, I talk a bit about how I hope to achieve that!

Note this video is a bit bouncy. I’m happy to say now I have some new firmware that does much better stabilization!

Daily Photo – Walking to my Studio

How lucky am I to get to walk to work every day from home? I don't take any of these niceties for granted, I promise. And there's Blueberry, our awesome dog, standing on the little stone steps, hoping I will throw her a tennis ball. I swear, these Labradoodles are a bit OCD with the fetching situation. It's literally all she does other than cuddling and eating.

Anyway, the path doesn't always look like this… this is a bit of an autumn view when the trees are changing color.

Walking to my Studio

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:06:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Filming at The Hills

The New Tutorial for Beginning Photography!

This has been a huge hit. I don’t know why I didn’t make it five years ago! Go grab it now in the store or get it included for free if you are a passport member!

Daily Photo – Filming at The Hills

I took this photo while we were getting a few pickup shots at The Hills country club with Bel. I typically do a little bit where I talk right to the camera, and since I stumble around a bit, we need to make some edits so the final video is smoother. So, after I finish my bit to the camera, Bel runs around me while I stumble around and take photos. While we were working on the video tutorial above, Bel was getting some B-roll while I took this photo. So, it might seem in the b-roll that I am pretending to get photos, but this is one of the photos I was actually getting!

Filming at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:36:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Trees in Arrowtown

Spotify Playlists

I have a lot of different Spotify Playlists, but the one I work on the most is probably the “Feelin’ Groovesalad” playlist. Of course, the name itself is completely nonsensical, but that’s why it’s so awesome.

Daily Photo – The Trees in Arrowtown

Every year here there is an Autumn Festival in Arrowtown, New Zealand. They have all sorts of dinners, parades, activities, and more. People love it. It happens right at the peak of this storied hill behind the town changing colors. When I took this, I had an idea, although I did not execute on it. This was taken with a quadcopter with the camera angled down to be parallel with the angle of the hillside. My idea was to get much closer and to make a giant panorama out of hundreds of photos. It's a big project, but a fun one I may work on next year.

The Trees in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:43:25
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture9
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.344

More Autumn Photos

All about Project Fi

Here’s a video I made that shows you how I use Google’s mobile phone service. It’s called Project Fi. It’s fantastic because it works in every country around the world and I never have to change sim cards. There are a lot of other great features too that I show off in the video.

Daily Photo – More Autumn Photos

You'll have to excuse the deluge of Autumn photos here on the blog over the next week or so. I went on a bit of a mission to chase the colors, but I had a great time in the quest. I came out with a few photos that are pretty satisfying. This one is over in Arrowtown by the river there. It's a great place just to stroll around and look at the colors even if you are not taking photos.

More Autumn Photos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:21:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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