The Wetlands

Laird Superfood

Be sure to check out some of my favorite things on my Kit page, including some non-photography stuff. I’ve really gotten into this Laird Superfood Creamer that I add to my coffee… it’s super-tasty and is effectively that bulletproof formula. I crave it every morning! (Note that Laird did not pay me to say that or anything… I paid full price!) πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Wetlands

Another pretty day in New Zealand means another pretty day to test out the new Hasselblad X1D. Man I love this machine… it's fun getting a new toy and it gives me a reason to go re-visit some of my favorite haunts. It was one of those mornings that started out a little cloudy and dreary, but then opens up around noon to really show some amazing colors. Not long after this, the sun came out and really lit up all those yellow bits. It was almost TOO colorful, so that's why I came back to this one which is a bit more understated in its vibrancy.

The Wetlands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:02:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Staring up in Paradise

First X1D Photo

Here’s one of the first photos I took with the new Hasselblad X1D. I went out and took all sorts of different photos as I’m getting to know the new camera system… I’m finding it very sharp and fun. I don’t have enough data yet for a full review, but I’m really enjoying it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Staring up in Paradise

If you go past Glenorchy for another 30 minutes, you enter a magical forest of sorts near Paradise. Derek Sivers and I were walking around the mossy forest for a while, talking and seeing pretty things… then I decided to look up, and I saw this pretty little scene.

Staring up in Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 23:54:05
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

Getting closer to the European Tour!

Be sure to visit our European Photo Walk Tour page and see if you can join us for a photo walk or a workshop! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

On a helicopter ride to Glenorchy, we soar over hundreds of peaks like these. I've literally taken thousands of photos like this, just small studies. I really don't publish many of them, because they are just little ideas. But I think it's important to do this. I think no matter your photography level, it's good to take pictures of things you see here and there – interesting shapes, textures, and compositions.

Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 11:20:20
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

From our New Zealand Workshop

Be sure to come check out our Workshops page here on the site if you want to come to New Zealand with me some time! πŸ™‚

Post-processing the Wetlands in Glenorchy

And here’s how I made the image photo below. When you compare this to the “Final Version” above, you can clearly see how I stretched the mountains tall! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

Here's one of my favorite places near Queenstown we take our workshop friends when they come to New Zealand. On this day, we had super-smooth water… rare and beautiful, eh? I really don't like getting up early in the morning, but that is the time the water is smoothest! πŸ™‚

A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 02:47:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Over the docks in Glenorchy

On the Way To Earnslaw Burn – And New Passport Video!

Lucky you if you’re a Passport Member as you get two videos two days in a row. This one is another amazing one – I have a patron who has paid a Rather Significant amount of money for me to take some photos (today’s Daily Photo is NOT one of them… just a quick shot I took on the way there). Anyway, this is Part 2 of 3 of more behind the scenes stuff. If you saw Part 1, you got to see me and the crew out on an overnight camping trip where I was trying to get the shots… been working on this project for about a year! Now it’s all finally coming together.

Earnslaw Burn Continued…

And in our on-going saga to get some good photos from Earnslaw Burn, here is Part 2, where you can see the resulting photos. Which ones are your favorite? I’ve now flown out to visit the patron in Austin to see his!

I’ll put Part 1 below Part 2 in case you missed that… It’s a great video too – check it out!

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Daily Photo – Over the docks in Glenorchy

On the way from Queenstown to Earnslaw Burn, you pass over this nice dock that shoots out into that turquoise water in Lake Wakatipu. I've taken heaps (that's a word they use a lot here in New Zealand) of photos from ground level, so it was great to get up in the air to get a different perspective.

Over the docks in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 14:51:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Yoga Shirts

On a lot of my live broadcasts, I get comments about these crazy shirts I wear. I’ve taken a few of my favorite yoga shirts and put them into my Kit of Trey’s Favorite Things β€” hope you find something you like! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Beach Fun in Glenorchy

There are so many lakes here on the South Island β€” but the one thing that bums out my kids is there is no sand. Kids like sandy beaches, yes? Well I guess everyone does. It's hard to make sand castles out of rocks. On the other hand, there are some amazing skipping stones!

Beach Fun in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 08:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

Editing Glenorchy shots in my studio

And here’s the screencast of me editing three different photos from the behind-the-scenes you saw yesterday. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here's another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It's a good tip β€” always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It's a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

Behind the Scenes at the Glenorchy Dock

Here’s some video footage of when I was on the famous dock in Glenorchy. Tomorrow, I’ll be editing a pile of photos I took while in this very spot. Here’s a challenge for you! First, my photos and try to edit them yourself. See how they turn out… and then, tomorrow, brave Passport holder, you can see how I edited them! It’ll be a fun exercise. Again, there is no right or wrong way to edit, just different interpretations of the light and scene.

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I'll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It's more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

And if you're not a Passport member yet, please join! You'll get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff like this as well as the brand new HDR Tutorial that was released just a few weeks ago!

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

On the Way to the Burn

A Special Video Day!

Hey for you Passport Members I have a special video today… probably one of the coolest behind-the-scenes videos I’ve ever made! It was quite a struggle, I’ll tell ya… I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. We choppered in and there was a Bit More Drama than I would have liked! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video… and if you haven’t signed up yet, just give yourself a slightly late holiday present! πŸ™‚

24 Hours in Earnslaw Burn

This is a good video! I think you’re really gonna like it… you can see some of what went on when I was getting some special photos for a patron. You can also see a nearly tragic mistake I made! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – On the Way to the Burn

Here's a photo I took during one of my many helicopter rides to Earnslaw Burn on a particularly still day. This is Lake Wakatipu below over near Glenorchy. It's probably only THIS still a few times a year, so I felt lucky to see it's mirror-like surface. Note this was a MUCH less windy day than when I had to camp out overnight without a tent. AHEM….

On the Way to the Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 06:06:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More Drone Love

Phantom 4 Pro Review

I’ve recently updated the Phantom 4 Pro Review β€” enjoy!

Daily Photo – More Drone Love

Sometimes you have one of those days where you just can't take a bad photo. This was one of those days. When the weather is cooperating and you're in a magical place, there's just no going wrong. These days stand out to me because they so rarely happen! This day in Glenorchy was definitely one of these days… I was getting great photos on the ground, but then I launched the drone and the photos got even better!

More Drone Love

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:40:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/675
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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