Quadcopters – Stuck in Customs

Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

Daily Photo – Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

I don’t think this area has an exact name, but it’s about 30 minutes north of Haast on the south island of New Zealand. This area was so cool and it makes me want to explore it a lot more! I loved how the ocean was undercutting this cliff face and the trees would just tumble into the water. It should go without saying that I took this with a drone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-23 19:12:41
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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The Remarkables in Queenstown

Workshop Update

Be sure to check out our workshops page to find out about our upcoming Autumn workshop in New Zealand! Remember, it’s opposite-land over here, so Autumn is in April.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

Here’s a photo I took during a recent workshop in Queenstown. See that area down below in the valley with all the farm plots? That’s the area I live… I feel very lucky to have all these magical mountains around me!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 08:09:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Way Above Laucala Island

Burning Man or a Toddler?

Here is a list of 18 things that are identical if you are attending Burning Man or parenting a toddler! How funny and true! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Way Above Laucala Island

Every day I stayed on Laucala Island, I got the quadcopter up as many times as possible. Charging batteries is always a pain, so I had to make sure I saved enough charge to fly at sunset. Almost every sunset was perfect, and this was one of my favorites.

Way Above Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:39:35
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Ballooning in New Zealand

Article in Elle about Instagram Fraud – “The Social Media Scams Costing Businesses ยฃ1Billion Per Year”

I was recently interviewed by Elle in their new Instagram article about Instagram Fraud. I hope you enjoy the read! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Ballooning in New Zealand

I took this one beautiful morning at Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand. I’ve always wanted to take a balloon ride here, but I haven’t carved out enough time to make it happen. I’ve never taken a balloon ride before, and I’m often confused about how you steer the thing around. I know there’s air currents and stuff, but how do you know? And what if you blow over the mountain into an area with no roads (which is most of New Zealand)? I don’t know… these are all the questions I will ask the balloonist (is that what they are called) when I finally get on a balloon.

Ballooning in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 07:08:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/170
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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Sunset in Sanya

Ethan at Outward Bound

Here’s a Fairly Random Video I made with Ethan! He recently went to Outward Bound in New Zealand and I thought you might like to see some of it… the camera is a little messed up because the screen was cracked! But, if you can ignore that, maybe you’ll still like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

And remember, this is 360 so you can spin the view all over the place.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Sanya

Some of my favorite photos I got in Sanya were from the main beach while using a drone. This is yet another place in China where I am not sure if it is legal to fly drones or not. But since Sanya is in a more remote area of China, I figured it was okay. I’m 99% sure that all these huge boats out here are abandoned… at least they looked abandoned when I got close with the drone!

Sunset in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:26:35
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Fred the Dolphin

Today’s Podcast is a really fun walk with Fred Newman while we were staying at an awesome ranch in Montana. How do I describe this guy? He’s the sort of man that would not like any sort of description, I believe! But, in short, he’s one of the most amazing sound-effects and voice guys in the world. He’s very respected and you’ve probably heard his voice in everything from Doug to Men in Black to A Prairie Home Companion. From Wikipedia, regarding the latter, “In an audience favorite feature of the program, Keillor tells an apparently impromptu story that is funny because it requires Newman to strain to supply rapid-fire sound effects for unusual occurrences and obscure animals.”

Or if the audio version is more to your liking…

Daily Photo – The Endless Forests of Malaysia

One day we took a boat out to visit some floating markets on these winding rivers in Langkawai. After you get up high, you get a great perspective on how heavily forested (jungled? is that a word? Jungly?) this island is. It reminds me a lot of Vietnam or Cambodia in a way…

The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 11:05:10
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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The Snowy Mountain town of Shirakawa-go

You can create some awesomely large files with the new Mavic 2 Zoom and its panorama mode. Here’s a little video about how I process a 9 photo pano from it…

Daily Photo – The Snowy Mountain town of Shirakawa-go

Right after I arrived (which took 3 trains and 2 busses with no English!), I immediately launched the drone to get some photos from above. I knew it was a small town, but I was kind of lost… I sometimes do this as soon as I get into town so that I can get a sense of it. It turns out that it was small enough for me to visit every little street and every little farmhouse.

The Snowy Mountain town of Shirakawa-go

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:44:57
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Pena Palace from the Air

TV Interview in Toronto

Here’s a fun video I recently did while on tour!

Daily Photo – Pena Palace from the Air

This is one of the coolest castles in the world. I actually don’t know if it qualifies as a “castle,” but I like to think of it as one. I don’t know if the Disney castle was inspired by this one or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
This was taken with a quadcopter and quite a difficult shot… I had the quad almost three miles away from me, and I kept losing the transmission signal… so there was a lot of guesswork and luck in play!

Pena Palace from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 19:32:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Three Sisters in Fog

Burning Man Bike Stolen and Taken to New Zealand!

This is a great story about my friend (and camp-mate at Walter!) who had his bike stolen. Read the story here!

Daily Photo – The Three Sisters in Fog

Here’s a new photo I recently finished from Shanghai, China. I woke up early to get a sunrise photo, but it was too smoggy/foggy for any good light. I figured, well, as long as I am awake, I should try to be productive… I walked around for a while and the only interesting thing I could see was this… so I launched the quad to get a photo of three of the tallest buildings in China.

The Three Sisters in Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-10-23 22:53:57
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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Close-Up of the Harbor

It’s Podcast Time Again…

There are now 8 episodes of my audio podcast available on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

In this weeks episode with Doug Moores, he and I are walking along the coast on the North Island of New Zealand near Te Arai. Doug does many things… podcaster, healer, yogi, builder, and well, you name it! Our talk spans from everything consciousness to psychedelics!

Monolink at Burning Man at the Mayan Warrior

This guy is one of my favorites… and a great set too.

Daily Photo – Close-Up of the Harbor

Remember yesterday’s shot of the harbor, this is a close-up on another evening. You’ll notice how different and dramatic the skies are each evening. This is one thing that I like most about taking photos on islands… you almost always get incredible skies as the sun is going down. That only seems to happen about 20% of the time here in the mountains.

Close-Up of the Harbor

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:20:01
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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