Arrowtown – Stuck in Customs

Over the Remarkables

Daily Photo – Over the Remarkables

I need to get my drone up more to take photos! This is a view from where i fly sometimes… the area is more restricted now but there are still several places for you to fly. With the zoom function on the Mavic, I can still kinda get the angles I really want. Speaking of which, right after this blog post, I’m gonna fuel up the drone for another photo this evening!

Over the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-16 18:08:35
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO117
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Afternoon Autumn Walks

Daily Photo – Afternoon Autumn Walks

Another day in Autumn means another day for a walk to a new place. I feel really lucky that all these places are just a short walk from home. One of my favorite things about New Zealand are all the various sorts of trees… and they all go through their Autumn shadings at slightly different times.

Afternoon Autumn Walks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-04-10 16:20:26
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/1800
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO48
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Lonely Road in Arrowtown

Video Collab with Jason Silva

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. What you are seeking is seeking you.” Here’s a fun collaboration I did with Jason Silva… a little inspiration for you! This is all my imagery along with a few pieces you may recognize from Burning Man. Enjoy! And you can subscribe to Jason’s channel, which I highly recommend.

Daily Photo – Lonely Road in Arrowtown

Arrowtown has some of the most beautiful Autumn trees in the world. When I look at these photos from previous Autumns, it makes me wish I got out there a lot more. Autumn is coming again in just a few months, so I’m getting excited… it may be a good excuse to get some new equipment! 🙂

Lonely Road in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:25:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Wolves at the Door

New Psychedelic Training Centers Popping Up Around the World

How cool is this? I’m a huge supporter of MAPS and this kind of news about New Schools Around the World for Psychedelic Medicine. Yep, I’m a big believer in this movement… and it will cure millions of people.

Daily Photo – Wolves at the Door

These are the incredibly awesome wolves at The Hills country club. I met the artist in Beijing, and we had a fun tea and crackers together in his studio. He didn’t speak a lick of English and I didn’t speak a lick of Mandarin – but we had a few translators, so it kinda worked. Besides, we would show one another art and we would ooh and ahh at it all 🙂

Wolves at the Door

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:40:42
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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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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