New Zealand – Stuck in Customs

Patagonia in my Hallway

Daily Photo – Patagonia in my Hallway

Since I recently converted one of my homes into an AirBnB, I decided to also make it a bit of an art gallery. I hung up about 10 photos all over the home and it was pretty fun deciding what goes where! Back in this long hallway that goes to four of the bedrooms, I decided to put up this panorama. I’m always a bit scared to get things printed because I don’t want to see any mistakes! Sometimes that happens! But, this time, it came out perfect and I’m quite happy with it.

Patagonia in my Hallway

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-12-17 03:55:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Inverted Remarkables

Daily Photo – The Inverted Remarkables

This is one of those fun visual tricks I like to play from time to time. I like it takes the viewer a few seconds (or more!) to figure out what exactly is going on. When you discover the trick, I think you get a little burst of dopamine, and that’s kinda fun.

The Inverted Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-04-30 09:30:31
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length66.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Way Over Queenstown with Over The Top

Old School Parking

Check out this video from 100 years ago where they came up with this parking technique!

video from 100 years ago shows a car with "parking assist" technology from nextfuckinglevel

Daily Photo – Way Over Queenstown with Over The Top

Isn’t that a cool golf course there on the peninsula? I reckon it’s probably one of the most unique locations for a golf course in the world. I haven’t actually played there yet, but that’s mostly because I don’t get that big a kick out of golf anymore! Maybe I’ll get back into it in a few years, but for now, I just don’t find it that enjoyable.

Way Over Queenstown with Over The Top

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-03 13:42:46
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Autumn in Queenstown Gardens

Daily Photo – Autumn in Queenstown Gardens

If you end up coming to my Queenstown Photo Workshop then you’re really gonna love this spot. It’s one of my absolute favorites, and, honestly having a workshop is a pretty good excuse for me to get out here and shoot! The colors are out of this world, and simply walking around the gardens is quite relaxing!

Autumn in Queenstown Gardens

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-04-29 09:43:02
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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On the Way to Aoraki

MDMA Research

I came across this interesting article about MDMA Research. I’m a huge supporter of what MAPS is doing in their Phase 3 trials…pretty sure it’s a game-changer for treating depression, PTSD, and even helping well people have a better life.

Daily Photo – On the Way to Aoraki

About four hours away from my home is Aoraki (Mount Cook), and every drive is completely worth it. This was one of the first times I went in the winter and I was not disappointed. It’s almost impossible to get a bad photo there around there! The place reminds me a lot of Antarctica because it is so remote and raw.

On the Way to Aoraki

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-19 08:37:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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On the Way to Mount Cook

Funny Airline Video

Economy, for your comfort from funny

Daily Photo – On the Way to Mount Cook

If you’re up near Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand and want a cool reflection shot, here’s a tip! There’s a big lodge there and if you start driving on the roads behind it that seem to go nowhere, eventually you’ll find this water treatment area. I know… I know you expected a lake. And, I suppose, it’s sort of a lake, even if it is man-made. Anyway, because it’s so small, there’s a good likelihood of getting a clean shot.

On the Way to Mount Cook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-19 08:35:18
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Atop Deer Park Heights

Can’t Trust the System

Daily Photo – Atop Deer Park Heights

Here’s a pretty view from when I took a workshop group up here one morning. The lake was like a huge mirror and perfectly still. I think we all walked around it a few times to get every possible angle. If you look over to the left, you can see, of all things, a North Korean prison. It was used for some terrible Disney movie decades ago. It’s since been demolished because people thought it was an eyesore, but I thought it was kinda cool!

Atop Deer Park Heights

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-04-30 09:26:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Flying to over the Southern Alps

Another Funny Bollywood Trailer

I don’t know how I came across this, but I’m glad I did!

Daily Photo – Flying to over the Southern Alps

I don’t fly in helicopters a lot down here, but when I do, I’m a photo-taking machine! There is so much to see and so many unique angles. In the shoulder seasons (Fall, Spring), you get a good mix of snowy/icy mountains and green valleys down below. I still have hundreds of photos I haven’t processed… If you come down here to Queenstown, I recommend you go with Over The Top helicopters. Ask for Choppy and say Trey sent ya! 🙂

Flying to over the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-04-28 14:13:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Laminar Flow Water

We’ll here’s something that’s bizarrely cool! And I learned it’s called Laminar Flow. (Open the vid to see it.)

This very still water from oddlysatisfying

Daily Photo – Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Here is a view of the Southern Alps here in Queenstown in the middle of summer. You can see a little bit of snow on The Remarkables in the background, but it really doesn’t snow at all here in the summer. Maybe there’s an occasional swell or a cold night where a bit collects on the top of the peaks. But the mountains come alive with different colors when everything starts to grow in the Spring and Summer. There’s also a lot of great magic mushrooms that grow around here.

Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:32:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Shadows of the Southern Alps

New SmugMug Film

Our friends over at SmugMug have released a new film about this cool photographer named Bella Kotak. Hope you like it!

Daily Photo – Shadows of the Southern Alps

If you get out to Glenorchy early enough in the morning, you can see these amazing shadows from one set of mountains projected across the lake onto another set of mountains. One of the more stunning things about the mountains around Lake Wakatipu is how they have very steep faces jutting out of the water. It’s basically the same mountain shapes as in the fjords not too far away. If I’m not mistaken, all of this used to be a fjord at the beginning of the most recent ice age.

Shadows of the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-01 09:08:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length67.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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