My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

Horse Riding Tours

If you like riding horses and are coming to New Zealand, you should definitely schedule a few horse rides through the countryside. They are offered in almost every area. I’d recommend doing one in Glenorchy or Paradise, which is just about an hour away from Queenstown. That is the beautiful area where they shot Lord of the Rings and a lot of other movies. You can see many of my Glenorchy photos here.

My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

My girls absolutely love horses. Below are two photos of them at their horse-riding school. It’s not just horse-riding, but all the stuff around it too. They do everything from brush and clean the horses to pick up the horse poop. They appear to love all aspects of this horse-care bit, which boggles my mind. They have been trying to talk me into buying a horse and keeping it here on our property. I have told them this is a preposterous idea and I will never do such a thing.

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

New Luminar Tip – AI slider and Removing Color Cast

If you don’t have Luminar, grab it here! Today’s tip shows how to remove that color cast you may not know is there and how to use the AI-Accent slider.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Here's a photo I took on my three-hour hike around the lake. I think it only takes half that time, but I was really going slow and getting distracted. I didn't see another human soul the entire time, so it was sort of surreal. A lot of the Queenstown and Arrowtown area is overrun with tourists, so it's rare to spend times like this alone. I have a rough plan to come back here after a fresh snow, because I think it will look incredible!

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-05 11:45:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

What I saw when taking out the trash

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Daily Photo – What I saw when taking out the trash

Thursday mornings are trash days here in our neighborhood. I have given this job to Ethan, but he usually needs a bit of help because it's about a 5-minute walk with multiple trash bins out to the main road. Anyway, I was getting the whole routine going when I saw this hot air balloon lifting up right behind my house. So I quickly abandoned trash duty to go grab my camera!

What I saw when taking out the trash

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 08:22:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wolves Attack Again

Post-Processing a Reflection Shot Towards Paradise

Just beyond Glenorchy, New Zealand lies a place called Paradise. If you stop on the way to go on a walk through the wetlands, you get some great reflections heading up into that valley. In today’s video, I do a bit of processing of one of those photos for you. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Wolves Attack Again

I swear, all these wolves do is think about attacking that samurai. Every time I come here, it's always the same situation. It must be incredibly frustrating to be so fixated on something and not be able to make it happen. I should tell them that Buddha says that desire is the root of all suffering.

The Wolves Attack Again

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 09:58:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to my Studio

Quadcopter Panorama

On my way to the fjords last year, I stopped to make a 360 video about creating a panorama out of quadcopter photos. In this video, I talk a bit about how I hope to achieve that!

Note this video is a bit bouncy. I’m happy to say now I have some new firmware that does much better stabilization!

Daily Photo – Walking to my Studio

How lucky am I to get to walk to work every day from home? I don't take any of these niceties for granted, I promise. And there's Blueberry, our awesome dog, standing on the little stone steps, hoping I will throw her a tennis ball. I swear, these Labradoodles are a bit OCD with the fetching situation. It's literally all she does other than cuddling and eating.

Anyway, the path doesn't always look like this… this is a bit of an autumn view when the trees are changing color.

Walking to my Studio

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:06:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Filming at The Hills

The New Tutorial for Beginning Photography!

This has been a huge hit. I don’t know why I didn’t make it five years ago! Go grab it now in the store or get it included for free if you are a passport member!

Daily Photo – Filming at The Hills

I took this photo while we were getting a few pickup shots at The Hills country club with Bel. I typically do a little bit where I talk right to the camera, and since I stumble around a bit, we need to make some edits so the final video is smoother. So, after I finish my bit to the camera, Bel runs around me while I stumble around and take photos. While we were working on the video tutorial above, Bel was getting some B-roll while I took this photo. So, it might seem in the b-roll that I am pretending to get photos, but this is one of the photos I was actually getting!

Filming at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:36:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Peaceful Autumn Walk

My Earnslaw Burn Project Part 2

Here’s a video that was released over a year ago to the Passport Members that shows my progress on a commissioned work for a patron.
You can see Part 1 here.

Daily Photo – A Peaceful Autumn Walk

I keep finding new secret locations around my neighborhood for photos! There are just a few roads around here that are dead-end roads. I never really have a reason to drive down them because of the aforementioned dead-endedness of them. But since I'm a photographer, I get to invent a reason and drive down them just to see what I can see off to the side of the road. A lot of these places are on people's private property, but no one really seems to mind. I always give them the photo for free if they ask… as I'm trying to be a friendly neighbor!

A Peaceful Autumn Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 12:02:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking around Lake Johnson

The Making of This Photo

I did a Facebook Live and showed how I made this photo using Aurora HDR 2018. In the video, I talk about a few other things including Luminar and our upcoming workshops in New Zealand and Africa.

Daily Photo – Walking around Lake Johnson

This is a great place to collect magic mushrooms! Of course, that's not the only reason I went, but I did do a bit of foraging. Actually walking around this lake is a bit difficult because there isn't exactly a trail. So you kind of have to hop over a lot of fences and some little rivulets and whatnot. You can't see it here, but I'm on top of a little cliff I had to scramble up. I've only been here about half a dozen times, and I've never seen another human. Right after I took this picture, I sat on this hillside for about an hour and read a book… what a relaxing Saturday!

Walking around Lake Johnson

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-05 12:11:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

All 400 of my mostly lousy photos of Doubtful Sound!

Today for Passport Members, I go through the ~400 photos I took over two days in this area. You’ll see how most of them are absolutely atrocious. I’d like to blame the bad weather on day 1, but I really only have myself to blame!

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Take a tour through my favorite photos from Doubtful Sound in today’s video. Also included on the tour, are about 395 terrible photos that sent me into a shame spiral.

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Daily Photo – A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

I just finished my first overnight journey with Real Journeys down in Doubtful Sound. I've lived here on the South Island of New Zealand for about six years, and I had always wanted to do this overnight adventure. I went down there with Curtis and Tane and we had a great time. The first part of the voyage was a bit “moody” with some crazy wind and rain, but that subsided to some beautiful calmness afterward.

One great thing about having lots of rain is that you get to see hundreds and hundreds of waterfalls. I often find it difficult to get a good photo of a waterfall, but I'll share some attempts in upcoming posts!

A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-09 08:51:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Beautiful Autumn in New Zealand

Join us for the Autumn workshop here in 2019!

Our workshops page now has a few photo adventure options for you. Come on over and sign up! You’ll have a blast out here!

Daily Photo – Another Beautiful Autumn in New Zealand

I keep finding new locations each Autumn. Even though I know 50 great spots for photos around here, I force myself to go down new roads here and there. I also randomly drive down people's driveways to see what I can find. The driveways here can be quite long… sometimes up to half a kilometer. But along the driveways, you can see some great stuff. I've never gotten in trouble for this, and whenever I encounter the property owners, they are always very friendly. Well, I'm friendly too, and that helps a bit. And since I only live a few minutes away, I get to sort of call them “neighbor”, which is a good icebreaker.

Another Beautiful Autumn in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:56:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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