Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

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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

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A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Live from later this morning

You can see from the video below I actually did have a pretty good time, despite an embarrassing fall down the mountain.

Daily Photo – A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Was it cold here? Yes oh yes. I was up here for something called “World Social Media Day” which sounds like a fairly self-congratulatory idea. I don't know who thought up this day, but probably a bunch of Social Media people who got together and said, “Hey, we're pretty awesome, let's have a day all about US!” haha… honestly that is probably the way it narcissistically went down. Anyway, they contacted me in Queenstown and asked if I wanted to go participate and freeze my ass off up here, and I said, “Hey sure sounds like fun I don't like sleeping in any way.” But, I actually did have a good time, as you can see from the video above.

A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 03:24:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

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Today’s photo is brought to you courtesy of… drumrolll…. Trey’s Lightroom Presets. This is the package from last year that contains heaps of presets. I hope you have a great time with them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

Here are two of my friends in full regalia at Halloween. They really did it up, eh? I was going to go to this party dressed as a unicorn, but my wife told me that would be stupid because no one else would be in costume. I finally agreed, since I try not to make her mad. But then we got there and almost everyone was in costume. Oh well. Unicorn next year.

Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-29 13:50:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

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Passport Exclusive – My goals at Milford Sound

I often arrive at a location with amorphous goals. I’m sure this happens to you too. I get to a cool place, even one I’ve been to before, and then I have a sudden worry: “What the heck am I going to shoot here that is interesting?” Here’s another video for you, gentle Passport Member (thx again!) – where I talk about some goals… It’s good to have some goals and then vary from your main course… as is the case with today’s photo that was taken during this outing.

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Daily Photo – Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

This was taken early in the morning at low tide. The tide here goes dramatically up and down. At hightide, you can just see a few branches sticking out of the water, but at low tide, you can walk about half a kilometer out into the bay and get shots like this. I shot this at f/1.4 with the Leica 21mm on the Sony A7r Mark II.

Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 02:25:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Golden Fields in the morning

A Special Passport Day!

Today’s photo was a lot of (fun) work, and this time, I happened to capture everything on video. You get to see me running out from my studio from the backyard, taking the photo, AND the final screen casting as I work on the photo. And if you haven’t joined yet, please become a Passport Member to see all the goodies today!

Passport Exclusive – Epic Sunrise With the X1D

Today, not one but TWO videos… the first showing me getting the photo and the second showing the editing. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Golden Fields in the morning

Of the two videos you saw above, you may recall that I was having A LOT OF TROUBLE trying to choose which one was my favorite. In the end, it was THIS one because I really like the warmth of the flowing grass fields here. Well, I kind of make up my mind then go back to other one, once again filled with self-doubt! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Golden Fields in the morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-30 19:51:47
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Driving up Mountains

Passport Earnslaw Burn Part 3

Here’s the Part 3 of the ongoing commissioned work I am doing for a patron. This shows my final shots… my favorite 10 or so. Which ones did he choose for his 3 homes around the world? We’ll see on the next exciting episode, entitled Part 4!

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Passport Exclusive – Earnslaw Burn Project Part 3

Here’s Part 3. Will there be a part 4? Yes! Actually working on that now. And here’s a Passport link to Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed those…

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Daily Photo – Driving up Mountains

Here's Ruby who joined me on my first sojourn to the Earnslaw Burn. At one point, I asked her to help get my tripod ready, and she ripped out one of the legs like it was a robot trying to attack her. There's some little piece that fell out that we never found. Now, I have to treat this one leg very gingerly, because it comes out all the time. This was just one of the casualties of equipment during the 4-5 trips we made out into the bush!

Driving up Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:26:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Happy Horses

More Max Patte

Go check out Max Patte’s Website to see more of his work. I’ve met him a few times, and he’s a heck of a nice guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Happy Horses

Here's another sculpture by Wellington artist Max Patte. I shot this at The Hills in Arrowtown… a sprawling golf course filled with incredible sculptures like these. These horses are huge too, at least 2x the size of a real horse. People always try to climb them, but then realize how awesome-huge they are. This is one of my favorite times to photograph them – in Autumn just when the grass is getting long.

Happy Horses

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:44:15
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

1.5 Mil Downloads and a Giveaway Comment-to-Win Event to Celebrate!

Happy Passport Day!

Thanks again to those of you that are Passport Members – Today you get a special 360-degree behind-the-scenes video at Milford Sound. Well, TWO videos actually! If you don’t know what “Passport” is – well it’s a simple thing… for the price of a couple of cups of coffee per month, you get extra behind-the-scenes stuff, presets, and more. Nothing has changed on the blog… still a new photo and tips every day, but now I’m able to use some cool tech to add more stuff!

1.5 Million Downloads and a Giveaway + Deals to celebrate!

1.5 million downloads for Aurora HDR! Amazing everyoneโ€ฆ and thatโ€™s only on the Mac (wait till we release the Windows version!! yes yesโ€ฆ still working on it, I promise!). Anyway, to celebrate this number, we’re throwing together a fun package deal just for a short timeโ€ฆ itโ€™s a bundle of the software and me newest (and best) HDR Tutorial video I did with Lisa Bettany in Venice.

Giveaway Time! Just Leave a Comment for you and a friend to win!

To celebrate that crazy number of downloads, I’m giving away 5 copies of Season 1 of Becoming an Artist. We filmed the whole thing in Africa, and I think you’re gonna love it… a very personal project chockful of tips & tricks.

To win a copy for yourself and a friend, simply leave a comment below (and, well, say whatever you want!) but also be sure to mention your friend. We’ll pick 5 random winners in the next week! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the promo video:

Favorite Photos of Milford Sound

Since I use Aurora HDR pretty much every day of my life, I thought I’d share some of my favorite HDR photos from Milford Sound! If you watch the exclusive PASSPORT videos below, then you get to see how amazing these fjords are all around you! ๐Ÿ™‚


Amazing Milford Sound with Silky Fog

 Clayton Morris from Fox News Balances The water was slowly, slowly, slowly rising one morning in Milford Sound when we were all there together. We made a desperate retreat just as things were getting a bit too late. The last one to cross was Clayton, so I spun around quickly to get this shot while he was being all Cirque de Soliel with his tripod. And no, he did not fall into the water!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Poems in the Moonlight in Milford Sound

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Passport Exclusive – Tips from Milford Sound

Thanks again Awesome Passport Member! You’re the best… has anyone told you that lately? Well, now they have! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are two 360 videos I recently made in Milford Sound… enjoy

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