Tree in Waiheke

Looking to get away from cold USA Winters?

Why not come down here to New Zealand! It’s summertime and a great excuse to get out of all that coldness. If you need more incentive, check out the New Zealand Keyword in my SmugMug Portfolio!.

A bit of Post-Processing Love

This one was a fun little photo. I show you how to increase the sharpness and glow to selected areas of the image using layers. Thank you again for being a Passport Member and I hope you enjoy today’s edit!

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Daily Photo – Tree in Waiheke

The hilly areas of New Zealand (which is probably like 75%!) are filled with these huge trees that are just kinda hanging out alone on hilltops. Many times I see some distant tree and I think, “Hey, I should walk over there!” So, this day on Waiheke I did! You usually have to jump over a fence or four, but no one ever minds. You can walk through these hills all day long and never see another soul!

Tree in Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-07 14:49:07
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

Visiting Waiheke

New Video!

Hey if you’re a lucky Passport Member, you’ll see a new how-to-edit video for today’s photo. It’s mostly a vertirama made from several quadcopter shots. I think you’ll enjoy the edit!

And here’s quick how-to video that shows you how to stitch together a four shot vertorama I shot using the DJI Phantom Pro 4 drone and then edit the vertorama in Aurora HDR 2018.

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Daily Photo – Visiting Waiheke

Thanks again to my friend Deanie for letting my family stay at her place on Waiheke! It was a great little vacation after Tina's doctor visit in Auckland. Waiheke is less than an hour away by ferry and it's like a perfect little island getaway! There are so many cool beaches and awesome places to visit. If you have an extra few days on your next trip to New Zealand, be sure to come over thisaway!

Visiting Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-08 13:47:52
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over the wine fields of Waiheke Island

Awesome Heletranz

If you don’t want to take the ferry to Waiheke Island and instead arrive in style, I recommend Heletranz as an incredible way to see the island and travel about. They can set you up for a day-long experience that includes visiting wineries, crazy car rides, knife-throwing, gun-shooting (those last three via Boomrock), and more! Here’s a live show we did while there!

Daily Photo – Over the wine fields of Waiheke Island

I got up with the quadcopter as many times as I could while on the island… looking at these photos really makes me want to go back. It's just a short ferry ride from Auckland, and now I have some new friends that live there. If you're planning a month-long trip to New Zealand, be sure to spend a few days over here, touring the wineries and whatnot.

Over the wine fields of Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 15:55:19
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Flying over Waiheke

Bonus Video – Phantom 4 Pro Footage

This is all footage from the Phantom 4 Pro that I shot here in New Zealand — all locations are less than an hour from my studio here in Queenstown (a little Queenstown plug there!). Music is “AMB – Set in Stone” — see the full DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

Here's another quad shot (two days in a row!). Again, I loved the shot from the ground-based angle. But when I got the quad up in the air, it was a totally different scene. At least carrying around the Mavic is now easier than carrying around the Phantom. I really dig this little device!

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 12:00:58
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/710
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Flying over Waiheke

New find on Spotify

I’ve gotten really into this guy “Max Cooper” — check him out! 🙂

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

What a pretty island! I've heard about how pretty it is but really had no idea it was so “varied.” There are so many of these peninsulas and fingers out into the ocean… there must be over a hundred of them, and they all seem to have perfect little houses scattered here and there and everywhere.

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-27 09:42:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture14
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

White Church from Above

New Deep Dive Video

I’ve had a blast designing and building these bags with Peak Design. Here’s a new update from the team:

Two million dollars! We hit that milestone on Sunday afternoon and we couldn’t be more stoked. Over the past week the campaign has really picked up some steam…we’re now seeing nearly three times as many new backers every day as we did 2 weeks ago. You guys must be telling your friends or something. Absolutely incredible. Thank you, backers, for your continued support and sharing.

Sit down with Peak Design founder Peter Dering and head designer Art Viger as they take you through an up-close, personal, dare we say sensual journey in and around the Everyday Backpack:

On a personal note, I want you to notice how smooth Art Viger’s skin is in this video. It’s incredible. Smooth Dolphin in the Water!

Daily Photo – White Church from Above

When we were on Waiheke Island, we took a fun Heletranz chopper ride over to visit the Man o' War winery. This is the cute little church we saw upon landing. After we landed, we got out the quadcopter and then started seeing everything again from the air!

White Church from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-27 11:47:07
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Study

More Abstract Work

I’ll start posting more of my abstract work in our Facebook Group at Becoming an Artist Facebook Group. Be sure to join that group and share your art too! 🙂

Daily Photo – A Study

Here's a photo I almost didn't publish. I actually take a ton of photos like this. Little studies in light and texture with some surprises here and there. It's quite abstract, and I don't publish a lot of that. This is part of a unique winery on Waiheke Island.

A Study

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 13:23:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Spotify Fun

I am always updating my various Spotify playlists! Feel free to follow me there and have a listen!

Daily Photo – A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

On my first day on Waiheke, I was lucky enough to see a double-rainbow. This whole island was just amazing… and I definitely get a bit of a Teletubbies feeling while there. I got a ton of photos while there… and they all more or less look like this one! We had great weather the whole time too… Although from what I hear, that place almost always has great weather. I want to go back soon! 🙂

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 06:43:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Stunning Waiheke from Above

Game of Thrones

Hey look, let’s say you’re one of those people out there that is anti-Game of Thrones or you feel like you’re way too behind. Just challenge yourself and make yourself a bit uncomfy and give it a whirl. The best thing is now that there are so many out, you can binge-watch it… binge-watching it is actually the best way to follow the show! 🙂

Daily Photo – Stunning Waiheke from Above

I love this place so much and I really want to go back! How beautiful is this from the sky? It's beautiful enough from the ground, but once you get up into the air, things get even more dynamic and colorful. The day I flew was a pretty gusty day, but the quad was still able to take a set of auto-bracketed photos that were fairly well aligned.

Stunning Waiheke from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 12:01:26
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

An Art Stay with Gabriella Lewenz

Waiheke Island

I can’t believe it took me four years in New Zealand to get to this spot! I got a ton of photos, though, and I’ll be sharing them all here on the blog soon!

Daily Photo – An Art Stay with Gabriella Lewenz

Now here's an amazing idea. When I was on Waiheke Island, I went to go visit the home of Claude and Gabriella Lewenz. He designs villages and she's a fine art painter. This is a picture of part of their amazing home there. Anyway, they've just launched this new concept of an “Art Stay” where you can go stay with them for a few days. While there, you commission an art piece from Gabriella and she begins making it while you are there. What a fun idea…you'll love it! I wanna go! See more at http://artstay.com/

An Art Stay with Gabriella Lewenz

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 12:18:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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