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Walking on the Stars in Gisborne

Daily Photo – Walking on the Stars in Gisborne

While I was out on an amazing photo commission, I got a bug one night to go out and shoot. I had a good feeling that I would have an amazing time, even if I didn’t get a good shot… So, I grabbed a bottle of wine and my headphones, put on some amazing music, and roamed up and down the beach for hours until I got this shot. It’s too bad nobody was recording me dancing… it was quite a scene, I tell ya!

Walking on the Stars in Gisborne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-23 10:22:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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After the Photo Shoot

Passport Sunday Fun

If you’re a Passport Sunday Member then you’ll see some selects from the recent photo shoot and how I processed them. Enjoy

Editing the Shoot Photos

You’ll see that I had incredibly challenging lighting conditions for this shoot… but I did the best with what I had. I was maybe being a bit hard on myself, as I like the way the photos turned out.

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Daily Photo – After the Photo Shoot

Here are Monni and Sue hanging out just looking awesome and stuff in front of The Remarkables. This was a shoot for her clothing label at Monni.co just in case you want some silky clothes or something. Full disclosure, I get 0.0001% of every sale.

After the Photo Shoot

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-03-16 23:21:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length76.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Cave Exploration

Daily Photo – Cave Exploration

At first, when we took off from Queenstown with Over The Top Helicopters, we didn’t quite know if the weather was gonna be good enough for a day of exploring. They talk to all the pilots and the general consensus was a big storm was coming in… but as we were flying around, our pilot thought he saw a gap. And, as you can see, it turns out the weather was perfect out on the coast ๐Ÿ™‚

Cave Exploration

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-03-04 10:03:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Remarkables Out of the Mist

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Out of the Mist

The best place to take this photo is from the top of Coronet Peak. It’s also a good place to find magic mushrooms. There are rumors that cops are around and they will arrest you for picking the mushrooms… so silly. Luckily there are more and more places around the world that are legalizing these perfectly fine natural substances.

The Remarkables Out of the Mist

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 09:00:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Monni and the Lake

Daily Photo – Monni and the Lake

The mountains down here around Queenstown are so high and so much moisture comes in that they are often covered with clouds that hug in close for a lot of the day. I’ve been meaning to set up a time-lapse to watch their movements… It’s also quite cool when we go hiking up in there because you actually get to hike through the clouds and come out the top.

Monni and the Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-10-19 17:41:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Nunatak

Passport Sunday New Photoshop Trick

Hey if you’re one of our awesome Passport members then today you’ll see a new video that shows how you can 4x the number of pixels in your photos. Fun!

Quad Size that Photo!

Here’s a cool video I made and here are some details from Adobe:

Raw Details, previously called Enhance Details produces crisp detail and more accurate renditions of edges, improves color rendering, and also reduces artifacts. The resolution of the enhanced image stays the same as the original image. This feature is especially useful for large displays and prints, where fine details are visible. The supported file types are raw mosaic files from cameras with Bayer sensors (Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others) and Fujifilm X-Trans sensors.

Super Resolution, introduced in Camera Raw 13.2, helps create an enhanced image with similar results as Raw Details but with 2x the linear resolution. This means that the enhanced image will have 2x the width and 2x the height of the original image, or 4x the total pixel count. This feature supports the same file types as Raw Details, plus additional file types such as JPEG and TIFF. Super Resolution is especially useful to increase the resolution of a cropped image.

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Daily Photo – The Nunatak

Ready for a fun, nerdy geology fact? Sure you are! That pyramidal structure in the middle is called a nunatak. I used to have a double-major in comp sci and geophysics, but quit the latter after a fight with a moronic tenured professor. It wasn’t a fist-fight… an intellectual one, a fight with which I contend I won. I just studied geophysics it because I love the Earth and I think rocks and landscapes are super-interesting, not because I wanted a job drilling for oil or anything (the career path for many geophysicists… reminds me of a great Alan Watts lecture that it’s frowned upon for people to study things in universities unless they are looking to fit a cog in a machine) – anyway, this nunatak was formed when the two glaciers from the Dart and Rees from the left and right side came together to carve out that perfect triangle. Technically, it’s not a triangle or pyramid, but a sloping triangular prism… okay nerd talk done. Who cares? It’s pretty. Okay, a little more nerd talk… nunatak is one of the only Greenladish words in our lexicon if you’re into etymology. I got this pic on a fun helicopter ride a few weeks ago with Joann and some friends from Over The Top Helicopters.

The Nunatak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-03-04 09:20:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Tip of Mount Cook

My First NFT Auction – Behind the Scenes

Drop 1 was a wild ride as you can see from the quick video below that shows a few things that happened during the NFT auction. I’m still learning as I go and will share more videos! Drop 2 is now in progress and you can bid here if NFTs are your sort of thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – The Tip of Mount Cook

We were lucky to barely catch the tip of Mount Cook as we were driving down this beautiful road. You never know what the weather conditions are gonna be like down here. It’s about a 4-hour drive from Queenstown, and the weather is often pretty unpredictable, so it’s just a roll of the dice! Can you believe people climb up there to the top? It’s quite dangerous actually… quite a few deaths.

The Tip of Mount Cook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-11-08 18:41:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Floating in Paradise

Daily Photo – Floating in Paradise

Out past Glenorchy is this really cool place called the Paradise Trust. It’s amazing for a few reasons. First, it’s at the end of a dead end road that has countless views like this. Second, there are a ton of little cabins you can rent for less than $100. There is no electricity or anything, but there is fresh bedding and running water. A few even have outdoor tubs that you can heat with firewood. Romantic!

Floating in Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-10-19 18:02:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Model Shoot!

I did a shoot for the lookbook for Monni and her new Monni.co line of clothes. I don’t know much about fashion photography, and I was probably the worst decision for this job. But, hey, I was a free resource! Anyway, I recorded some fun behind-the-scenes stuff and am sharing them for Passport Sunday Members!

NFT Fun!

Hey, I just launched two NFTs (Non-Fungible Token), Burning Embrace and In Every Lifetime, Fire Rages! Here’s a little video about the first minting! Want to know more about NFTs? See my big announcement post here!

Oh, and it’s a 24hr auction on both so keep that in mind if this fun new tech interests you…

Behind-the-Scenes of the Model Shoot

I took some extra time to record some of the behind-the-scenes of the shoot! I start the video by showing you a bit about the selection process before we go out in the field. In a future video, I’ll go in and edit a few of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Road Trip to Mount Cook

Mars Rover uses an old iMac processor?

I saw this surprising piece of news about the rover thanks to Stu. I wonder if Apple forces an update every 24 hours… that’s probably why the data returned to earth is so slow.

Daily Photo – Road Trip to Mount Cook

The road to Mount Cook is a great road for sports cars if you are into that sort of thing. My friend Mark, who is really into this stuff, says that the road is perfectly engineered like a race track, so you can really take things to the next level. Not that HE does that or anything… He did tell me a little tip that “his friend” told him… that since it’s a dead-end road, you can go the speed limit from the beginning to the end and then turn back around. If you don’t see any cops, then you can turn around and do it again, going hog-wild!

Road Trip to Mount Cook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-11-08 18:46:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2
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