Sailing Away to Akaroa

 

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Daily Photo – Sailing Away to Akaroa

Thanks again for all the recommendations!  So many of you recommended that we visit Akaroa on our visit to New Zealand, and it was a great suggestion.

You can walk along and see most of the commercial part and the harbor in less than an hour.  One end is a long dock where they launch a few ships per day.  Just as I got out to the end, this sailboat was pulling away from the dock.

This photo came from a single RAW file.  There was way too much movement to let me do a multiple exposure in this one.

Sailing Away to AkaroaThanks again for all the recommendations!  So many of you recommended that we visit Akaroa on our visit to New Zealand, and it was a great suggestion.You can walk along and see most of the commercial part and the harbor in less than an hour.  One end is a long dock where they launch a few ships per day.  Just as I got out to the end, this sailboat was pulling away from the dock.This photo came from a single RAW file.  There was way too much movement to let me do a multiple exposure in this one.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post, including info on the podcast, at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Remarkables

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Anyone Want to Buy My House in Austin?

I’ll put up photos in the next week or so…  But, you know, we are moving…. MORE INFO on that move later! 🙂

It’s a five-bedroom house in the Jester area, so there is a little bit o’ info for you.  Drop me a note at wildcard (at) stuckincustoms.com.

I know many people will want to know more info right now… but just wait wait wait… I’ll tell you everything soon 🙂

Daily Photo – The Remarkables

If these mountains don’t have the coolest name ever, then I don’t know what does!

The mountains border the lake in Queenstown, but right before they dip into the deep water, a gentle dollop of green hills present themselves.  They are those soft kind of New Zealand hills – the kind that look like you could just take a giant thumb and mush them around into one shape or another.

The Remarkables If these mountains don't have the coolest name ever, then I don't know what does!The mountains border the lake in Queenstown, but right before they dip into the deep water, a gentle dollop of green hills present themselves.  They are those soft kind of New Zealand hills - the kind that look like you could just take a giant thumb and mush them around into one shape or another.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.  There's also some info about my house in Austin for sale!

Gentle Hills and Summer Storm in New Zealand

 

The Business of Photography

This is Hangout #16 (an older one that just got uploaded — we are on Hangout #19 already!).  This one is about the business of photography, and I invited various people that make money in photography in different ways.  Enjoy!

People involved included Gordon Laing, James Brandon, Cliff Baise, Dave Veffer, Keith Barrett, RC Concepcion, Anna Rumiantseva, and Jacob Lucas.

Daily Photo – Gentle Hills and Summer Storm in New Zealand

While driving from Nelson to the south, we went through an area with many vineyards and pastoral scenes.  I mean, it doesn’t get any more pastoral than this.  In fact, it’s so pastoral, it’s almost a time-warp and everything is in slow motion.

I stopped the car and jumped over a fence to walk out into a field to frame this shot.  I thought it might work from the road, and I was in a bit of a hurry to get this weather system before it moved along too far.

HDR Photo

Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier

 

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Here was a casual hangout where you get to see some of the paintings of Daniel Ibanez. You’ll also hear about Mohamed Monsoor talk about his Hangouts plugin.

Daily Photo – Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier

Ethan and I went walking for a long valley to get close to the glacier. We wanted to see the blue undercarriage that formed in the cave – the mouth of the glacier where a river empties. Along the way, we go through a verdant green valley that plummeted into the rocky flood plain. As I stopped to take photos, Ethan would root around in the rocks and try to find a piece of Jade to take home and polish up.

Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier Ethan and I went walking for a long valley to get close to the glacier. We wanted to see the blue undercarriage that formed in the cave – the mouth of the glacier where a river empties. Along the way, we go through a verdant green valley that plummeted into the rocky flood plain. As I stopped to take photos, Ethan would root around in the rocks and try to find a piece of Jade to take home and polish up.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Long Road to New Zealand

 

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Daily Photo – The Long Road to New Zealand

This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo! I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area.

As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called “compression,” a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far. It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.

The Long Road to New Zealand

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Beautiful Akaroa

Anyone play Minecraft?

Minecraft is really fun… I play with my 10-year-old son. We started a little server here at home… build on it a little while every day. It’s great fun, and I recommend it. Be sure to watch some of those intro videos on the website, otherwise you’ll never figure it out! 🙂

Daily Photo – Beautiful Akaroa

This is a great town over on the coast of New Zealand. I only spent a short time there, but I’d like to get back. I think it was one of THE most recommended places in NZ, and that’s saying a lot, because the recommendations come fast and furious there.

Beautiful AkaroaThis is a great town over on the coast of New Zealand.  I only spent a short time there, but I'd like to get back. I think it was one of THE most recommended places in NZ, and that's saying a lot, because the recommendations come fast and furious there.Read more and talk to me about Minecraft here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Pink Mountains During Morning Sunrise

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Daily Photo – Pink Mountains During Morning Sunrise

Te Anau is a great little town down in the southern fjord area of New Zealand. It’s sort of the stopping-off point for Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. It’s also a great home base for photography, because there are countless things to see within just a short drive. I woke up early one morning to drive out towards Doubtful Sound and I saw this scene in my rear-view mirror.

Pink Mountains During Morning SunriseTe Anau is a great little town down in the southern fjord area of New Zealand.  It's sort of the stopping-off point for Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.  It's also a great home base for photography, because there are countless things to see within just a short drive.  I woke up early one morning to drive out towards Doubtful Sound and I saw this scene in my rear-view mirror.- Trey RatcliffThe rest of this blog entry is here at stuckincustoms.com.

Evening Light on the Remarkables

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Daily Photo – Evening Light on the Remarkables

Misty and cloudy on the mountains… from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains. It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there. But I guess there is this idea of relative drama. If you are actually there on the mountain, it’s probably quite mild and pretty. But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.

Evening Light on the RemarkablesMisty and cloudy on the mountains... from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains.  It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there.  But I guess there is this idea of relative drama.  If you are actually there on the mountain, it's probably quite mild and pretty.  But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Orange Light in Queenstown

Do you have a favorite cloud type?

Is this like Barbara Walters asking what kind of tree would you be? Gosh I hope not… But, maybe being someone that looks at the skies a lot, then you might have a particular cloud type that you find particularly appealing?

Daily Photo – Orange Light in Queenstown

I was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light. I’ve only seen it about a dozen times in my life. It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon. It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds. The reason this doesn’t usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.

Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true. I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.

Orange Light in QueenstownI was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light.  I've only seen it about a dozen times in my life.  It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon.  It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds.  The reason this doesn't usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true.  I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this and tell me what your favorite cloud type is here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

 

Enjoyed the Live NASA Hangout!

The launch was incredible, and I enjoyed the live part beforehand. I’ll try to do more of these in the future… the problem is always getting a good connection while I am out and about, but that should get easier over time… it’s sort of like a virtual photowalk! 🙂

Daily Photo – Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

I’ve driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can’t wait to do 100x that!

They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.

Mountains on the way to GlenorchyI've driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can't wait to do 100x that!  They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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