Arrowtown – Stuck in Customs

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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The Hills

Africa and India Workshops

We’re loosely planning a workshop for India! Stay tuned to our workshops page to see what we have in store for you! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Hills

There are about a dozen perfect little ponds around The Hills golf course. Most of the time, they have perfect reflections as well. Michael Hill has been trying to talk me into making a full set of photos for the golf course, but I’ve been pretty busy lately. Maybe I’ll get around to it… it’s not a terrible idea!

The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:35:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Dave Gent in a Field

Sleeping Pills

I’ve had a tough time getting to sleep in the last 6 months. That’s strange for me because I’m usually a great sleeper. I was able to assume the supine position and sleep inside of a few minutes before. Anyway, my doctor gave me these amazing pills that are like elephant tranquilizers. I only have 20 of them, so I’m trying to use one once every four days so I get a solid 8 hours to ctrl-alt-delete my body.

Daily Photo – Dave Gent in a Field

This is one of the newest sculptures at The Hills. This is kind of a decent photo, but it really fails to capture the scale of the piece. It’s huge! I think I’m gonna go back and take my daughter Scarlett for scale. I’ll have her sit on the shoe or something. Maybe I’ll have her hold a purse… I’m not sure. My mom said it looked like my friend Dave Gent; I didn’t have the heart to tell him that. Yes, they are both old men, but this guy looks a bit more grizzled than the smooth Arrowtown Silver Fox. Maybe I’ll have Dave Gent sit on the foot and hold a purse.

Dave Gent in a Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-03 20:56:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Par 3 Course at The Hills

Our New Zealand Workshop Begins Soon!

You may have missed this one, but we just put up another one on our workshops page for next year! I hope you can make it. New Zealand is beautiful every season of the year, but I think the most photogenic is in Autumn. BTW, Autumn down thisaway is in April… that kind of messes with your brain a little, I know!

Daily Photo – The Par 3 Course at The Hills

Here’s a shot of the new par 3 golf course at The Hills here in Arrowtown, New Zealand. I don’t think it’s officially open yet, but I do have some friends that have played it to test it out. I gotta get back out there… work on my golf game and work on my photo game!

The Par 3 Course at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-12 09:29:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Speargrass Flats Road (near Arrowtown, New Zealand)

Updated Kit.com Page – Books

If you haven’t checked out my Kit.com page lately, be sure to check out the “Books” section for some new recommended reads there!

Daily Photo – Speargrass Flats Road (near Arrowtown, New Zealand)

This is a road near my home that I often run down to during my semi-regular jogging sessions. Obviously, this is in the middle of the Autumn, and this island is known for its rather majestic poplar trees. I notice that all poplar trees seem to be over 100 feet tall! I’ve never seen a short poplar tree… surely they exist, or maybe I just don’t notice them.

Speargrass Flats Road (near Arrowtown, New Zealand)

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:48:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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