Glenorchy – Stuck in Customs

Beautiful Braided Rivers from the Glaciers

Machine Elf 39 – The Hive 4K

As soon as I moved to New Zealand, I got about 250,000 bees. I’ve always wanted to be a beekeeper, so I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to the planet a little bit. It’d be kinda awesome if everyone did that, eh? We have a little farm with that’s about 10 acres big and it’s had all sorts of ups and downs. We’ve had sheep born and die (even buried one but not deep enough so its legs sticking out of the ground…) We’ve had chickens that have been killed by dogs and birds of prey… but the only thing that keeps on going without fail is the beehives. It’s not that I’m a great beekeeper; I’m actually terrible! But I’m learning all the time.

The reason that I got into bees is because I’ve always been fascinated by superorganisms. I first got interested in ants then got into bees. From the early days of the internet, I kind of got the idea that humans were going to someday form a superorganism and we would use the internet the same way ants use scent trails or bees perform the waggle dance. I’ve learned so much from my bees about nature and the fundamental inter-workings of the world… I’ve also learned that I’m a pretty crappy beekeeper and I still have a lot to learn!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Braided Rivers from the Glaciers

Here’s the Dart River that flows down from the Southern Alps then fills up Lake Wakatipu. I took this from a helicopter with Choppy and Over the Top while we were on the way to one of our first glacier landings. You can get a quadcopter up over this as well, but you can’t get nearly this high to get this perspective… to me, the more braided rivers, the better!

Beautiful Braided Rivers from the Glaciers

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-03-04 16:25:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Hiking the Routeburn

Daily Photo – Hiking the Routeburn

On the middle day of the hike, the fog rolled in for the entire day so it was extra moody. I didn’t mind at all because it just makes for a different kind of photo. I felt like I was in the Scottish highlands, even though I’ve never actually been to the Scottish highlands! That’s going to be one of my first stops after travel ramps up again!

Hiking the Routeburn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-25 13:56:32
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/3900
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO81
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Lake Wakatipu

Daily Photo – Lake Wakatipu

Here’s a new photo from the lake that I live near – Lake Wakatipu. This is a 9-photo panorama, stitched together in Lightroom. It was shot with a drone, and the final image is even higher rez than my best Sony camera. This exact spot is about halfway between Glenorchy and Queenstown. Pretty soon, we’re gonna get some snow… so I’ll head back out here with all the mountains are icy white.

Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 12:57:27
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

Daily Photo – A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

With almost every photo workshop, we take the whole team out to Glenorchy to walk along these amazing paths. There are not any bad photos around here, no matter what the weather is like. The paths themselves are little works of art, and getting some kind of path in a photo is often an easy win!

A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 03:01:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Taking Photos around New Zealand with Brandin Cooks

New Zealand in lockdown Video

Here’s a nice video from here in New Zealand.

Daily Photo – Taking Photos around New Zealand with Brandin Cooks

My friend Brandin blew into town for a few days with his lovely wife. He was able to get a hall pass to come spend the day with me taking photos all around the Queenstown area. This is one must-stop location. The clouds were not super-amazing, but they were still good enough for us to take a few panoramas. I think this one was made out of about six vertical shots.

Taking Photos around New Zealand with Brandin Cooks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-05 01:16:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length61.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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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The Reflections of Glenorchy

Funny DMT Trip Video

This is a pretty funny video… It (obviously) makes more sense if you have tried DMT.

Daily Photo – The Reflections of Glenorchy

This was one of the many fun stops we had during our Autumn workshop. I used to do four workshops with one for each season… that was a little too much, I think! I love teaching, but it does take a whole week out of my life… and I’m only one person! Anyway, I decided just to do one a year now… and do it in this beautiful Autumn season.

The Reflections of Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 10:03:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length92.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

Trains in India

And if you thought your commute was a pain in the ass…

Daily Photo – Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

We usually take our workshop guests out here on the walk through the wetlands. Every time it’s completely different, but it’s always a guaranteed good photo or ten! On this particular morning, the wind and the lake were calm, leaving for a perfect reflection. The area around that pyramid-shaped mountain is called Paradise.

Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 10:05:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Walk in Glenorchy

Cool New Competition!

New Photo Contest about your favorite travel memory! It’s a great contest with about 2K worth of goodies for you. We’ve hosted a few photo contests over at Viewbug and I think this will be one of our best. The Grand Prize Winner gets ALL the Peak Design goodies including the new tripod!

Chinese Buffet

I’ve spent enough time in China to know this is not uncommon behavior.

Daily Photo – Another Walk in Glenorchy

I’ve done the walk through the wetlands in Glenorchy about half a dozen times. Each one is different, but my favorites are when the waters are still on windless mornings. You get these sorts of perfect reflections. I know, a “walk through the wetlands” sounds a bit swampy and dull… but not around here!

Another Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 02:24:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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On the Way to Glenorchy

Crazy Detailed Photo of Shanghai

Oh man, this is about the coolest photo thing I’ve seen a while. Go check out this photo and look how far you can zoom in on any point!

Daily Photo – On the Way to Glenorchy

Another trip to Glenorchy, another easy photo! I’m not saying this in a bragging way at all (you know this already if you know me!). I’ve gotten a ton of shots while down ON that road, so now I’m focusing on getting up in the air to get some aerial shots. I’m so excited about this new Mavic 2 and its ability to zoom in and take 9 photos in a grid, giving it a total resolution higher than my Sony!

On the Way to Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-11-28 14:58:02
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO110
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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