The View from Michael Hill’s Home

The Art Tour from Sir Michael Hill’s Home

Here’s the two parts stiched together (it was interrupted) from our little art tour in SMH’s home!

Daily Photo – The View from Michael Hill's Home

Sir Michael Hill has always been incredibly generous to me. Not only is he a friend, but he's an art collector. I took a group of friends there for an art tour not too long ago and after that, he let us all loose to take photos. This is the view from his front yard… that's Lake Hayes there in the distance… how pretty are the trees and, well, everything!?!?

The View from Michael Hill's Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 06:56:23
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Here are some quick aerial vignettes from this week out taking photos with our workshop of photo adventuring! We visited a ton of locations, but we only flew the quad in a few. Between taking photos, I set the quad into video mode. To see more about our workshops (everything is sold out this year, but maybe some secret ones coming up in Europe!) see our Workshop Page.

Workshop announcements first in our newsletter.

Music: The Radar: MBTS Vol. 2 Mixed by The Scumfrog

Daily Photo – Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

One morning our NZ Workshop crew was lucky enough to see this amazing balloon alight over the morning mist. I go to this lake a lot for a run, but I've never seen a balloon do this. So awesome! I can only imagine the view from the balloon. This is on my list of things to try soon

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:55:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Spring or Autumn in New Zealand

Well, any season is great, really. It’s a true 3-month cycle here where each season is quite different. My wife prefers the Spring, but I think I like Autumn a bit better because of the slightly more pronounced colors. But, you really can’t complain because Spring is great too. That’s what we’re in right now and everything is blossoming and alive.

Daily Photo – More Color Change in Arrowtown

This was taken during our Autumn workshop. Our group spread out here along the lakeside to try to find different compositions. It was one of those difficult situations where there really wasn't always a great place to stand because of bushes and marhsy areas. The challenge was trying to get a clean shot without a big bush or some reeds dominating the front part of your photo. It's okay, we like a bit of a challenge!

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:26:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking through the Hills

Textures Tutorial 2.0

If you don’t have that Tutorial yet, I highly recommend it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Walking through the Hills

I'm a big fan of using textures in my photos. I should do it more! I'm rarely disappointed and something interesting often comes out of the process. I took this photo on a moody day at The Hills golf course not too far from where I live.

Walking through the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-12 15:54:39
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Hills in the Autumn

Best place to see Fall Colors?

If you had to pick one location in the US in the northeast to see the seasons change, where would you choose?

Daily Photo – The Hills in the Autumn

I'll never get tired of the amazing colors here in the Autumn. I've still never made it up to the northeast in the autumn (around Maine), and that is still on my bucket list. But this is the best I have seen so far. I think that growing up in Texas made me kind of blind to all the colors that Autumn can really bring. I remember these “shoulder seasons” in Texas being very short, going right from a cold winter to a burning summer, you know? Here, each season gets its proper three months.

The Hills in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:22:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-22 04:03:19
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

During the Autumn workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand

Future Workshops

Be sure to pop over to our workshops page to find out what is coming next. There are actually many on there not even announced, so watch out for the newsletter to ensure you find out first about future offerings in New Zealand or other places, far and wide!

Daily Photo – During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Here’s one of many stops we made during our amazing week together on the New Zealand Photo Adventure. It’s always an amazing week, and this year the colors seemed better than ever. But I say that every year. I think I forget, you know, how beautiful this place is here in Arrowtown, which is only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. It seems SO FAR for us locals, but it’s really just a rounding error, isn’t it?

During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-22 14:13:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of New Zealand

A New Video!

A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness…

I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/landscape-and-travel-photography-tutorial-new-zealand/

Animation/Slideshow – more info at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/animoto — or see my review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/animoto-review/

Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at https://www.facebook.com/ArmaDelAmorNZ

Across the Water Hazard

The Artist

This artist that made that statue across the water is Max Patte. Be sure to check out some of his other work too! I believe he’s also the guy that designed the new suit for Batman, among other things!

Daily Photo – Across the Water Hazard

The Hills golfcourse near my home has some absolutely beautiful water hazards! How can something be so pretty and scary at the same time? Honestly, I don't play a lot of golf because I kinda suck. So I usually prefer to take my camera around the course rather than my sticks!

Across the Water Hazard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-12 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Bend at The Hills

Getting that “Sunburst”

Don’t forget that you can get this kind of a sunburst if you set your camera to f/16 or higher. I find f/16 is usually good enough. You can go higher, but then you risk seeing more of the dust and junk on your sensor, which I always find annoying to fix in post.

Daily Photo – The Bend at The Hills

The Hills golf course near Arrowtown has a bunch of these quaint irrigation streams that flow around the golf course. I've never seen any other golf course with this kind of situation. The way they all bend and weave around the course are quite picturesque! It's also super-easy to take photos there too. I pretty much just walked along this thing for an hour getting a ton of different interesting photos.

The Bend at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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