The Long Cloud at Jack’s Point and How-To Video

New How-To Video

I have a new technique for making panoramas which I think is better than using Lightroom or anything else. If you’re a Passport Member, you can see it embedded in this post! πŸ™‚

Passport Exclusive – New Panorama Tip

Here you go! I hope you like this technique… I pretty much only do panoramas this way… 95% of the time, I’d say.

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Daily Photo – The Long Cloud at Jack's Point and How-To Video

This is a great little spot in Queenstown to take photos. You have to cross the bridge and start heading towards Milford Sound. But about 15 minutes after that, you can turn into a little housing community called Jack's Point. The clubhouse there has this pretty tiny pond in front. It's often smooth enough for a good reflection shot. Today I was using a prime 45mm lens and decided to make a very hi-res panorama of the scene.

The Long Cloud at Jack's Point and How-To Video

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-03 01:04:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Earnslaw Burn

Part 4 of the Earnslaw Burn Story

If you’re a Passport member, you’ll see extra content today. I have a patron that has purchased some special work, and today has a 360 view of his mansion and where the work will hang! You can also see his amazing Ferrari on a turntable garage. Awesome!

Passport Exclusive: Earnslaw Burn Part 4

Check out this cool 360 video I shot at a patron’s home in Beverly Hills. Remember you can grab the video and twist it around to look whichever way you wish. I’m sorry it’s so shaky… I feel like a field reporter in Syria or something.

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Daily Photo – Earnslaw Burn

Here's one of the three finished works. This is a panorama made out of about 100 different images in this magical place in New Zealand. If you've watched the four videos we made for Passport subscribers, then you can see everything that happened! Helicoptering in, me forgetting the overnight tents on the glacier, etc etc.

To give it a sense of size, my son, who is 6'3″ is standing under the waterfall on the left. See him? He's wearing a red top.

Earnslaw Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-01 09:08:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Favorite Walk

How-To Video

Here’s a how-to of how I made today’s photo. I did this on Facebook live, and it’s embedded here. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Side note: the video looses audio/visual sync though due to technical gremlins but hopefully it’s still somewhat useful!



Daily Photo – A Favorite Walk

I do this walk by my house a few times a week. This is about 5 minutes away and affords amazing views of the valley. I decided to make a panorama here with my new Hasselblad X1D. This is made up of 5 different vertical photos… stitched together in Lightroom, then adjusted with Aurora HDR. Well, you can see more in the video above!

A Favorite Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:15:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New Panorama

Full-Size Tips

Today’s photo is available full screen on my SmugMug at “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/A” but if you change that A to an O at the end (original), then you can see the full size ala “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/O“.

Daily Photo – New Panorama

I took this photo with the new Hasselblad X1D while taking a little walk. This is actually very close to the photo I put up a few days ago. This one was taken by stacking four photos vertically. I'm starting to do this more and more. Lightroom is really good at putting together panoramas now, and of course the pixel count is just through the roof. I believe this one is about 12,000 pixels high. I encourage you to click through and see the original size.

New Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:35:10
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Over Tunnel Beach

The News Segment

I was on one of New Zealand’s news shows while shooting this. Here’s the footage!

Daily Photo – Over Tunnel Beach

This is a photo taken with my Phantom 4 pro. you can see me over there on top of the cliff with Tina and the news reporter. That was a fun shoot… we talked a lot about Plotagraph Pro. What a fun time! I ended up getting about 10 photos I really liked with the quad… there is an arch and tunnel I could have flown through, but I wasn't quite brave enough!

Over Tunnel Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-10 13:16:50
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1300
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Photo Walk with Friends

Camera Confusion

To show you how good the camera is on the Phantom 4 Pro, I had to go look at the EXIF on this one to recall what camera I used. It turns out I used the Sony A7r Mark II on this one… and I thought it was the Phantom! Great little camera on that guy!

Daily Photo – Photo Walk with Friends

Here's a shot from one of our New Zealand Workshops – pretty cool, eh? Look at those crazy clouds we had this morning… what an amazing morning. I tried to wait patiently until these two peeps were in the middle of the path… I don't really direct people, but just sort of hope the universe does an interesting spacing of things and I try to lay a composition on top of that.

Photo Walk with Friends

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 03:00:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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

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