Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

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Daily Photo – Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

A pretty and foggy morning over Lake Hayes here, eh? There are lots of these… i should really get over there and take more morning walks. I've been over there many times, and I often do see hot air balloons. This was the first time I had my camera with me, so it was a lucky experience. We also happened to have our New Zealand Photo Adventure Workshop people with us, so it was an extra treat for all involved!

Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:58:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Scarlett Commanding Nature

Horse Love!

Now I have a bunch of horse photos in my portfolio! Feel free to check them out… we’re getting better at tagging everything, but almost everything should be there!

Daily Photo – Scarlett Commanding Nature

I love this little girl! Well, I love all my kids equally, as you know… but this one is a little firecracker. Scarlett. She's so strong and confident… it's so fun to watch her walk around with these giant beasts and they all just follow her will. She's got a strong will, this one! I didn't even plan on bringing my camera this day when I went to go pick them up from horse riding lessons… but at the last moment, I remembered I had it in my truck. I took a bunch of photos this day, and this was one of my favorites.

Scarlett Commanding Nature

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-17 03:51:21
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Climbing the Remarkables

Selfies

I don’t do a lot of them… in fact, almost none. I know it’s very popular and I see it a lot on Instagram (people putting figures in landscapes). I think it’s nice to look at, but I wonder if it’s a trendy thing. Anyway, just a little artistic note here that just because almost everyone seems to be doing it on Instagram, it doesn’t mean I’m going to start doing it too. No judgment or anything… just not gonna do it.

Daily Photo – Climbing the Remarkables

Here's a photo of me in my Spies Like Us coat atop The Remarkables in Queenstown. I didn't actually hike all the way up here… who has time for that? I took a snowmobile most of the way… then spent about 20 minutes on a final climb, which was more than exhausting! Anyway, I was up there with my friend Curtis… I figured out a shot, framed it, then asked Curtis to take the photo… then came back and processed it after my fingers unfroze!

Climbing the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-14 11:07:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Swirling Vortex over Lake Wakatipu

Myers-Briggs Test

I have in my profile that I’m an “INTJ” – but I notice that confuses people sometimes. It’s based on this Myers-Briggs personality test that is generally quite accurate. I can’t say I disagree with the little analysis at the end. Here’s a 12-minute test you can take to test your own designation. People are often quite impressed with the little analysis at the end! Remember to answer honestly, even if you don’t like the answer (no one will see!) πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Swirling Vortex over Lake Wakatipu

One day I was driving out towards Glenorchy with my friend Mark, and we saw these unusual cloud pattern forming, so we pulled off the side of the road to grab a quick photo. The road from Queenstown to Glenorchy is great, but there are only about 6 good places to pull off. Great views are everywhere, but often blocked by bushes and trees. This is a big reason I recommend getting a quadcopter. You don't have to take the thing miles away, just 20 feet up in the air can do a tremendous amount of difference!

Swirling Vortex over Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-14 10:11:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Flying over Wharekauhau

Thinking Retro-Present in Paris

Paris was stop 4 on our tour of Europe and we chose just about the craziest evening for a walk… election night when the streets were filled with thousands of police and everything was on high alert!

Find out more about the tour here: 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Daily Photo – Flying over Wharekauhau

Yeah, what was that word again? It's a Maori word and it's pronounced “Furry Ko Ho” or something like this. Anyway, it's a beautiful resort just north of Wellington. We had an absolute blast staying here for sure. Be sure to check out other shots from this category above.

Flying over Wharekauhau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-19 17:23:32
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO547
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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

Evening Sun on the Remarkables

More of The Remarkables

You’ll see these mountains make a few cameo appearances inside this timelapse I made in Queenstown! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Evening Sun on the Remarkables

Every sunset here is different! This was taken about five minutes from my home… and I get to see these mountains every night at sunset. Each one is completely different, and this is one of my favorite situations where the sun finally slips between a few clouds to illuminate the side of the mountain here. How beautiful!

Evening Sun on the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 07:45:50
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wolf Attack

Medium Format Depth of Field

I’m still getting to know this X1D. This one was shot at F/5.6 with the focus on the wolf’s mouth. You can see the tail is a bit out of focus, as is the warrior in the distance. I think I should have pumped it up to F/3.5 (as low as that 30mm can go), or gone all the way to F/16 to get everything in focus. I’m not upset with the photo… but I am kind of in the middle of that DOF range here.

Daily Photo – The Wolf Attack

Yes, yes, I've posted about 10 photos of this sculpture! But every time I go back here, I just can't help but take more and more… I always try to mix it up just a little bit too. This is one of those shots that's really hard to get without using HDR because this near wolf was almost entirely in shadow.

The Wolf Attack

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:41:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Driving to Dunedin

Hasselblad Phocus Testing

I’ve been playing a lot with “Phocus,” which is Hasselblad’s own first-party software for processing their photos. I thought for a while it was going to be better than Lightroom, but I just don’t see that yet. Look, I post-process a LOT (shocker), and I’m very familiar with many different tools. I don’t see anything I can do in Phocus that I can’t in Lightroom. But I’m still playing around… one thing for sure, Phocus is FASTER than Lightroom, but so is going to the moon…

Daily Photo – Driving to Dunedin

Sometimes on long drives across the south Island of New Zealand, you can come across many kinds of weather. This was one of those sunny days in one area where you are driving towards a bit of a gloomy, possibly stormy area. I hopped out of my car about ten times to get different photos, and this was one of my favorite compositions.

Driving to Dunedin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-06 05:30:43
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another View over Queenstown

Looking at a new PC

Some of you may have seen my Switching to Windows guide where I got a 17″ MSI. Now I think it is just toooooo big, so I’m thinking of switching to the 15″ UHD Razer. But that is up in the air…pretty busy with this European Tour, but this is a subject on my hardware mind! Anyway, I’ll let you know when I make a decision… That Razer is so pretty and fast… I’m a sucker for that! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Another View over Queenstown

Queenstown is a small town with only about 25,000 people. See that group of buildings to the left? That's the main part of downtown… the photo I shared yesterday was one of about four neighborhoods around town. When I first moved out here, we rented an AirBnB in three different neighborhoods to see what it was actually like to live in a foreign country. The great news was that all of them were amazing, and you just can't make a bad choice around here!

Another View over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:10:55
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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