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

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

Evening Sun on the Remarkables

More of The Remarkables

You’ll see these mountains make a few cameo appearances inside this timelapse I made in Queenstown! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Evening Sun on the Remarkables

Every sunset here is different! This was taken about five minutes from my home… and I get to see these mountains every night at sunset. Each one is completely different, and this is one of my favorite situations where the sun finally slips between a few clouds to illuminate the side of the mountain here. How beautiful!

Evening Sun on the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 07:45:50
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another View over Queenstown

Looking at a new PC

Some of you may have seen my Switching to Windows guide where I got a 17″ MSI. Now I think it is just toooooo big, so I’m thinking of switching to the 15″ UHD Razer. But that is up in the air…pretty busy with this European Tour, but this is a subject on my hardware mind! Anyway, I’ll let you know when I make a decision… That Razer is so pretty and fast… I’m a sucker for that! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Another View over Queenstown

Queenstown is a small town with only about 25,000 people. See that group of buildings to the left? That's the main part of downtown… the photo I shared yesterday was one of about four neighborhoods around town. When I first moved out here, we rented an AirBnB in three different neighborhoods to see what it was actually like to live in a foreign country. The great news was that all of them were amazing, and you just can't make a bad choice around here!

Another View over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:10:55
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Soaring over Queenstown

Tip for shooting out of airplane windows

I usually set my f-stop as low as it will go so that I don’t see all the muck and water-spots on the window. If you’re focused on infinity, which surely you will be, everything really close to the lens will not even be visible… a fun little optics trick there! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Soaring over Queenstown

This is the Kelvin Heights area of Queenstown. Pretty eh? This is one of those places you fly over as you are coming into or out of Queenstown Airport (depending on the wind). Be sure you grab a window seat if you ever fly in here… some of the best views in the world. Oh, and have your camera ready to go!

Soaring over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 22:11:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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