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Daily Photo – Crystal Mountain

Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.

Crystal Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:23:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

My Favorite Party Speaker

I want to recommend the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker. It’s fantastic and I travel with it everywhere… Also be sure to get the firmware update to get the new light mode that has a rainbow equalizer. It’s so cool!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Each time I go to Hobbiton (I think I've been about five times now), I have this grand plan to take photos of each of the 44 Hobbit holes. And then I get out there and get completely distracted by the beauty and end up getting pulled in 10 different directions. I’m such a huge fan of this place… and I’ve been lucky to have “free reign” a few times, getting there early at sunrise before all the tourists arrive. It’s still awesome, even doing the tourist thing, but I was able to spend a bit more extra time to get some key shots I’ve wanted.

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:20:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Preparing for a Night Ski

Quad Fun

I could never quite get the angle I wanted from a ground-based photo so I got the Phantom up in the air to get this shot. I think the perspective is much more interesting!

Here’s a video I made just after moving here. you can see some of this night skiing in a quick time-lapse segment.

Daily Photo – Preparing for a Night Ski

This is the surreal scene I see in my back yard in the summer. We back onto Coronet Peak here in the southern alps. Every winter for a few nights a week they turn on all the lights for night skiing. It's such a strange sight at night to peer out the window and see an entire mountain lit up… it reminds me of jewels sparkling on the bottom of the ocean.

Preparing for a Night Ski

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 17:59:20
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO203
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.31

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Here are some quick aerial vignettes from this week out taking photos with our workshop of photo adventuring! We visited a ton of locations, but we only flew the quad in a few. Between taking photos, I set the quad into video mode. To see more about our workshops (everything is sold out this year, but maybe some secret ones coming up in Europe!) see our Workshop Page.

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Daily Photo – Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

One morning our NZ Workshop crew was lucky enough to see this amazing balloon alight over the morning mist. I go to this lake a lot for a run, but I've never seen a balloon do this. So awesome! I can only imagine the view from the balloon. This is on my list of things to try soon

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:55:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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 🙂

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

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Spring or Autumn in New Zealand

Well, any season is great, really. It’s a true 3-month cycle here where each season is quite different. My wife prefers the Spring, but I think I like Autumn a bit better because of the slightly more pronounced colors. But, you really can’t complain because Spring is great too. That’s what we’re in right now and everything is blossoming and alive.

Daily Photo – More Color Change in Arrowtown

This was taken during our Autumn workshop. Our group spread out here along the lakeside to try to find different compositions. It was one of those difficult situations where there really wasn't always a great place to stand because of bushes and marhsy areas. The challenge was trying to get a clean shot without a big bush or some reeds dominating the front part of your photo. It's okay, we like a bit of a challenge!

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:26:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Phantom 4 Review

Yes, yes, I’m excited about the new Mavic from DJI! But before I get that review up, don’t miss the “Phantom 4 Review” here on the site. Here’s the video review below that features the same location as today’s Daily Photo!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Here's a photo I got a bit earlier during the quadcopter flight. Note it wasn't a lot earlier — maybe just 10 minutes. But you can see the difference in the video above how the light went from This orange to That pink in such a short time. These kind of sunrises are rare, so, to me, I end up taking hundreds and hundreds of photos to get the full range of colors over that limited 20-30 minute span. Another reason is because when you are watching the sunset, minute-by-minute, you don't even notice the subtle color changes… looking back through Lightroom later on really reminds you of all the amazing color changes.

Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-05 19:54:26
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Huka Falls

Becoming an Artist Group

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Daily Photo – Huka Falls

Someone told me that Huka Falls is the #1 most visited tourist attraction in New Zealand. Is that possible? I suppose maybe so… It is pretty awesome. I guess one reason it surprises me is because it's a multiple-hour drive from Auckland and not exactly convenient when it comes to time. I would think Hobbiton Movie Set or something like that would be #1, but what do I know? Not much apparently! 🙂

Huka Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-24 12:03:18
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/370
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Coronet at Sunset

Night Skiing

I’ve lived here for almost five years and never gone night skiing! Shame on me… I suck. I gotta get out more! 🙂

Daily Photo – Coronet at Sunset

This photo got mixed reactions when I put it online. Some people really hated it! Hey, that's okay. I like it and think it's kinda cool. I think it's just such an unusual situation with artificially lit snow at sunrise. Not really a common scene!

Coronet at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 18:02:45
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO186
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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