Arrowtown – Stuck in Customs

Lockdown Walk

Daily Photo – Lockdown Walk

Every day during the lockdown in New Zealand, which I think only lasted about four weeks, I would go on an afternoon hike. I found myself drawn to this area again and again… these tiny little perfect pools of water… I actually took these with my mobile phone, although I don’t think most people would guess that in 100 years.

Lockdown Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-04-15 12:06:44
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/5900
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO92
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Lonely Clouds and Trees at the Hills

Daily Photo – Lonely Clouds and Trees at the Hills

I think maybe photographers have a particularly fun life because perhaps we notice things more than other people. I mean, I see non-photographers notice interesting things too, but I am usually thinking, “Yeah, I saw that ages ago.” Haha… not in a dismissive way, but I think once you start taking photos you just notice a little bit more of everything.

Lonely Clouds and Trees at the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-03 20:01:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Derek Sivers in a Field

Daily Photo – Derek Sivers in a Field

When Derek came down to visit, we spent a lot of time rolling around in grass of various heights. On this particular day, we decided to find some grass that was just a little higher than Derek when he was supine. It was the horses over there that gave us this ingenious idea.

Derek Sivers in a Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:48:35
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Best of Queenstown!

Why not share a few photos from the place I actually live?!? Here are some from Arrowtown and Queenstown!

Beautiful Queenstown

Autumn in Queenstown, Spearglass Flats Road

Our Galaxy over QueenstownI took this photo on the evening of the Aurora Australis a few weeks ago. I came up with (BY ACCIDENT!) a new way of orienting the Milky Way so it goes straight up and down. Really, in the sky, it is a little bit tilted to the right. Anyway, here’s the trick.When you take the photo, have your camera tilted to the left a bit. Then, when you crop later in Photoshop, turn on the “Perspective” checkbox and drag over the upper left corner until it is parallel with the Milky Way. Only people that are good at visualizing photoshop can understand what I am saying here… but I hope it helps!Next time, I will do this trick by taking the tilted-photo on purpose! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Isabella on a walk

Waterways in the Hills Here’s another photo from the beautiful course at The Hills here in New Zealand. They decided to make these beautiful waterways that weave in and out of the course. They are great for photography too because they always flow very slowly, so there is a nice clean reflection. Whenever I (rarely) get a clean reflection off water, I always feel like a lucky guy!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Jack’s Point in Queenstown I went out with Eden Brackstone the other night to take some photos. After he decided to wade callously into this crystal clear water and ruin the placid reflection, I had about five minutes to contemplate life while the ripples settled down. And then I took this one!Man, I do love this Sony NEX-7. And no, Sony didn’t pay me to say that or give me my camera…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

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Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Daily Photo – Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Every Autumn I try to go on at least 20-30 walks to areas where I have never visited here in Dalefield. This is the hilly area between Arrowtown and Queenstown and there are countless hidden gems. I’m still finding new places tucked in behind little hills here and there. Sure, sometimes I do a little bit of light trespassing, but people are really chill about that here.

Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:51:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Dragonflies at The Hills

A Normal Day in China

After going to China about a dozen times, I can confirm this is pretty accurate.

A normal day in China from funny

Daily Photo – The Dragonflies at The Hills

The Hills has some of the most amazing art scattered all over the property. This one happens to be the work of the uber-talented Mark Hill. He has cool works scattered not just all over the coarse, but all over New Zealand. Even better, he’s a heck of a nice guy! I’m amazed at what his creative brain can come up with!

The Dragonflies at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:37:53
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Max Patte Art at the Hills

Fleabag Season 2

I talk about this show all the time… Here’s a trailer for Season 2 of one of my favorite comedies. I think this lady is a genius:

Daily Photo – Max Patte Art at the Hills

Max Patte is a very interesting artist from here in New Zealand. Any of you that have been to Wellington may have seen this same sculpture on the harbor. If you’re at The Hills, you’ll see the same piece in a slightly different setting. It’s amazing how much a setting can change the way you read a sculpture.

Max Patte Art at the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:04:16
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Max Patte’s Horses at The Hills

Crazy Japanese Game

This is a “game” they play in Japan called Bo-Taoshi. It’s mostly done in the military. Click the video title to see the full frame, it’s worth it!

Capture the man from r/nextfuckinglevel

Daily Photo – Max Patte’s Horses at The Hills

We had a wonderful time strolling around The Hills during our photo workshop. I really enjoy seeing how excited people are when they see the unique art and sculptures spread around the course. Here, you can see one of my new besties out with these incredible horses that were designed and built by Max Patte.

Max Patte’s Horses at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 16:14:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tree at The Hills

More Train Action in India

I never get tired of looking at these crazy train situations in India.

I guess this was the last train


Daily Photo – Tree at The Hills

I should spend more time taking photos at The Hills! It’s such a great place and perfect tableau for creating art. There are all sorts of cool sculptures all over the place, and this one is Michael Hill’s son, Mark. He has his studio very close by. Whenever I wander around, I stop by his studio to have a look at his latest creations. He’s a very inspiring guy, like his dad!

Tree at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-14 22:32:09
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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David Maxwell for Scale

Banned in China

I believe my blog is still banned in China, so they certainly won’t mind if I post this video about a man asking students from Peking University if they know what day it is.

Daily Photo – David Maxwell for Scale

Here’s my friend David Maxwell from last week at the New Zealand Autumn Workshop. We visited The Hills golf club in Arrowtown to see all the sculptures there… this is the newest one, with a Maxwell for scale.

David Maxwell for Scale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 16:45:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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