Milford Sound – Stuck in Customs

Misty Milford

Daily Photo – Misty Milford

The mist from the waterfalls make everything seem like a still from Lord of the Rings…

Misty Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-10-27 05:49:37
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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On the Road to Milford Sound

Daily Photo – On the Road to Milford Sound

Here’s a nice stop that a lot of people miss along the way to Milford Sound. I got up early one morning and went between those two bridges just before you get to the sound and hiked along the river to find this spot. That’s Mitre Peak (Rahotu) there in the background.

On the Road to Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-10-27 15:30:35
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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The Many Moods of Milford

Daily Photo – The Many Moods of Milford

Man, Milford Sound is one of those epic places where almost every hour of every day presents you with a different scene. Here’s one of the more bleak views I’ve had over my many visits…

The Many Moods of Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-04 04:56:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Mitre Peak in the Fjords

Daily Photo – Mitre Peak in the Fjords

The far southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand has an endless network of beautiful fjords. For some reason, this area is called Milford Sound, even though it’s technically a fjord. It’s beautiful any time of the year, but every now and then, if you are patient, you can see an amazing sunset.

Mitre Peak in the Fjords

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-08-08 03:02:26
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Milford Sound Dolphins

Daily Photo – Milford Sound Dolphins

I feel like seeing a dolphin is a bit like seeing a unicorn. They are so rarely seen, but these two came up to ride the wave in front of our boat. I get excited like a little kid when I see dolphins. Also, I think it kinda looks like they are holding hands.

Milford Sound Dolphins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-10 00:11:30
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Adventures on the OpenSea

Dipping into NFTs with my Burning Man images has been a fun experience so I’ve selected a handful of my other art, converted into animated content and listed on OpenSea. You’ll find a whole range of options from straight up purchases to auctions and a couple of other twists. For example, if you’ve been considering one of my massive fine art prints for a while then this is a great way to get in on the action, you can bid on one as an NFT and receive the 1.66 x 2.5 meter physical print if you win!

Here is a little preview of one NFT…



Trey Ratcliff NFT OpenSea Preview

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The Airport in Milford Sound

Daily Photo – The Airport in Milford Sound

We stopped here for a quick re-fuelling before heading off to look over Milford Sound in the falling light. We were quite lucky the weather was so clear because big rains and storms can roll in here any time but in any case, our pilot wasn’t too worried as he told us that his chopper was faster than a storm.

The Airport in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-03-06 00:24:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Minimalism in Milford

Daily Photo – Minimalism in Milford

You never know what the weather conditions will be like in Milford Sound. It’s a 4-hour trip to get there, and, whatever happens, happens. I think it’s beautiful in any kind of situation. Most of the time there is rain and fog and moodiness, as you can see here and as always with that place it’s still like a cover of a sci-fi novel.

Minimalism in Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-04 05:05:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Joanne on the West Coast

Passport Sunday Helicopter Party

As usual, every Sunday we release a new video for Passport Members. Today, you’ll see some videos from my fun day flying in a helicopter over the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. You’ll also see 700+ terrible photos and how I made the selections of my favorites. Enjoy!

The Culling

Today’s video shows the 700+ photos I took and how I chose my favorites. I don’t do a lot of processing in here (though you do see some results), so this one is more about how I separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Daily Photo – Joanne on the West Coast

We landed at this awesome location just north of Milford Sound to jump out and take some photos. As you can see, the weather was amazing and the light was perfect. It was quite lucky, as there is often a ton of rain pouring in after it crosses the Tasman Sea (the ocean between Australia and New Zealand), so we took the opportunity to take a ton of photos!

Joanne on the West Coast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-03-04 09:57:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Mitre Peak in Evening Light

Daily Photo – Mitre Peak in Evening Light

Choppy made a stop at the airport in Milford Sound to re-fuel the helicopter so we could keep the flight going longer. It was a super-long day of flying with nearly five hours in the air. I’m not sure how much fuel a helicopter can hold, but we were flying pretty hard so probably about three hours worth… By hard flying, we actually had two helicopters up as we were flying from location to location.

Mitre Peak in Evening Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-03-06 00:42:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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