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

The Misty Mountains

Facebook Live Broadcast

Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes Facebook Live broadcast I did from this very location. Enjoy!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 4 of 4

And for you, today is a video of me editing this photo. Enjoy, and I hope you pick up a pointer or ten! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – The Misty Mountains

This is the final photo I got when driving back home on this loooong day of photography. It had its ups and downs, but finally ended on this huge up. I do have one regret here β€” I forgot to zoom in and take some more detailed photos of the mist. Oh well, I can't think of everything! I did get a nice big panorama as well which I have not edited yet. Let me know if you'd like me to edit that one on video!

The Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 11:22:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Netflix Ideas?

What are your favorite Netflix shows you’re addicted to? One of my top recommendations is House of Cards β€” be sure to watch that, especially if you’re a Kevin Spacey fan!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 3 of 4

Here’s my video where you can see a few different interpretations of how to edit this photo. I decided to just go with the Lightroom version and not do the HDR version. You’ll see more below!

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Daily Photo – The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

This was the point when my day started turning around. It was raining here and I was about five hours into my largely unfruitful shooting day! I was now over an hour from home, but I decided to soldier on further into Glenorchy to see what I could find. I'm glad I kept on going… and I'm also kind of proud of myself for going out in the rain to get this moody shot!

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:32:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Road Home

Osmo Fun

Here’s a hot tip I figured out recently. I got this Osmo to hold the iPhone steady, but for some reason, I thought it was only for the iPhone. Now I see that it can stabilize most any phone, as long as it is not too huge. It could not hold an iPad mini or anything like that, but I was impressed when it effortlessly stabilized my huge Nexus android phone!

Passport Exclusive – Glenorchy Series Ep 2 of 4

Remember when I stopped here in the beginning of the video yesterday? Well, I got a shot then, but I didn’t like it. On the way back home, about 3 hours later, I stopped again to get the daily photo below, which I like a bit better.

Just to prove how bright and vibrant everything was, here is an unedited (no color adjustment) video from the Phantom 4 that same day.

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And here’s is a video of me editing the photos together.

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Daily Photo – The Road Home

And here's the final photo I got after a lot of trial and tribulation and a bit of worry! I don't know what I was worried about… it turned out just fine. I probably have five different photos of this place, and I can't figure out which one I like the most!

The Road Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Fun with the Girls

I decided to test out the new Mevo camera and help my daughters record something for their YouTube channels! Scarlett’s channel (Husky Fun) and Isabella’s channel πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Be sure to check out our Workshops page for some hot upcoming stuff. Here's a place we usually always visit (weather dependant) on our photo walks. This is a beautiful area of the lake about an hour away from Queenstown. Every time I go there it's completely different and staggeringly beautiful!

Anyway, it was another GREAT workshop group. Thanks so much everyone for coming out. When people ask me how it went, I joke, “Well, no one asked for their money back!” hehe… but it's true that has never happened. Knock on wood! Or, “Touch Wood” as they say here in NZ.

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:46:06
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/680
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Details

Another Flight

Here’s a tiny (unpublished on YouTube video) that we took on a recent scouting trip to the burn. This was a really intense snow day. We expected to get a ton of water flow, but it was so cold that all the water was trapped into snow.

Daily Photo – Glacial Details

While in Earnslaw Burn, we made a variety of landings. Some were down in the valley, but one of them was very high near the glacier. On the upper landing, we were right by these very unusual rock formations. I've never seen anything quite like it, so I spent a lot of time taking little detailed photos like this one.

Glacial Details

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:32:43
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Curtis for Scale and the Sling Bag!

The New Sling Bag Deep Dive!

Here’s the other bag that we launched alongside the geniuses at Peak Design. It’s the most inexpensive bag, and maybe the handiest if you’re not carrying a lot of stuff! I use this bag when I’m going out on minor photo missions… love it! See more on the Kickstarter page!

Where’s Waldo?

10 points to the first person to find Curtis in this photo! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Curtis for Scale

Here's an amazing new area up in Earnslaw Burn where I had never been before. The only way to get up here is via helicopter. It looked strange from the air and even stranger after we landed. That's a glacier up there on the left. Want to know how big this is? See if you can find Curtis standing in the photo.

A Curtis for Scale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:31:32
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A dreamy day in Glenorchy

More from Glenorchy

Try clicking the “Glenorchy” link above to see all the shots from this amazing place. It’s only an hour from Queenstown and I recommend a visit!

Daily Photo – A dreamy day in Glenorchy

I've been to this amazing pathway a few times and each time it's quite magical. This is from my most recent trip down there with my friend Mark. He's been great because things have been so busy lately, I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot so much! This is a shame… lots of things pulling my time in different directions, so it's been great to have a day of shooting out with Mark!

A dreamy day in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 08:45:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.7

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