Queenstown – Stuck in Customs

Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

Passport Sunday Fun!

If you’re a Passport Member then you know it’s Sunday, that special day when I release a new how-to video! Now we’re at well over 150 videos, so you also have access to a massive back catalog. Enjoy!

Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

This is a fun little lesson and the photo turned out fantastic! It once again reminds me that I should take more photos from the portrait orientation! Today’s was processed from a single RAW.

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Queenstown Gardens Edit

Upcoming Queenstown Photo Workshop!

The image from today’s video was taken during our Queenstown, New Zealand Photo Workshop which is coming in soon in just a few weeks! It’s going to be a great time and this is one of the many locations we visit together. If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the edit of this video… If you were there at the workshop, you got to see it live!

Queenstown Gardens Edit

This was a fun edit. I really enjoy these situations where you get to mix together soft areas with defined areas all in the middle of a soup of pretty colors. Enjoy! 🙂

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Home Photo Edit

Passport Present for the new Year

Thanks again to all the subscribers to Passport! Since it’s Passport Sunday, it’s time for another how-to video to add to the 150+ that are already there!

Home Photo Edit

I’ve been working on taking photos of my own home a lot lately because of the AirBnB thing. In today’s video, you’ll get to see one of the edits!

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Floating over Kinross

Great Interview with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris

I listen to almost all of Sam’s podcasts, but here is a recent one that was very interesting with Richard Dawkins.

Daily Photo – Floating over Kinross

Sometimes, we take our workshop out to the Gibbston Valley area so they get to see this beautiful area near Queenstown. There is a semi-new place there called Kinross where they have wine and food and of course amazing views. This is a shot from above I got with the Mavic.

Floating over Kinross

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 22:32:58
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO110
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Balloon over Lake Hayes

Jim Carrey

Here’s a great video about Jim Carrey and his paintings.

Daily Photo – Balloon over Lake Hayes

This balloon company was nice enough to invite me out on a ride, but I’ve never taken them up on it! I don’t know why… I’m not THAT busy! I bet it would be absolutely beautiful too. I’ve flown over this area many times in a helicopter and taken photos, but that’s always a bit of a rush. I think being on a balloon would be very calm and relaxing, allowing you to take all the time you need to compose photos of beautiful Queenstown.

Balloon over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:59:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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My backyard in the summer

Don’t forget you can rent out my house in New Zealand!

We’ve put it up on AirBnB, but you can find out more by coming directly to this site? I hope you like all the pictures and amenities!

Daily Photo – My backyard in the summer

Here’s another photo that I did not put on the website for the new AirBnB because I felt there were way to many photos on there anyway! But, since it’s hard to take a bad photo around Queenstown, you end up with a ton of extra photos anyway! One of my favorite things about these grasses is how they flex and wave in the summer winds.

My backyard in the summer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-18 07:17:12
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Luma in Queenstown

Nomadlist

Have you ever checked out Nomad List? It’s a great site for digital nomads that are homeless and like exploring the world… it’s an amazing site. I am using it to possibly find a cool area in Thailand.

Daily Photo – Luma in Queenstown

Every Winter here in Queenstown, there is a mini-Burning Man. Well, it’s a bit more like a Freezing Man because it’s usually below zero! My friend Duncan is part of the planning committee and he’s a fellow burner like me. It was such a transformative experience in his life that he wanted to bring as much of the experience to Queenstown as possible. There are a lot of art installations, performances, and all sorts of things to entertain.

Luma in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-01 02:47:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Autumn Light in New Zealand

Mayan Warrior 2019

Here is one of my favorite art cars from Burning Man. It’s actually more than just an art car… their entire team amazing. Plus, whomever they get to make these videos is seriously talented! Check this out:

Daily Photo – Autumn Light in New Zealand

I love it when I get to introduce new people to New Zealand during my workshops! These are incredible events and we usually end up visiting Queenstown Gardens. There are so many different kinds of trees and the colors are completely ridiculous. Often times, we begin here in the gardens so that everyone immediately gets some good photos to share with friends and family back home.

Autumn Light in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 09:58:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture20
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

New Words from the Year I was Born

My friend Stu sent me this interesting thing from Merriam Webster that shows what words were used for the first time the year I was born.

Daily Photo – New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

Here’s a photo I took during the Autumn Workshop (which you should sign up for!) when we went up to the top of Coronet Peak. I have a list of like 10 of my favorite places to take the group… I usually wait till the very last minute to decide based on the weather. All the spots are good during any kind of weather, but some are better than others… It’s only taken me about 10 years to figure out all this stuff!

New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 09:19:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Remarkables in Queenstown

Workshop Update

Be sure to check out our workshops page to find out about our upcoming Autumn workshop in New Zealand! Remember, it’s opposite-land over here, so Autumn is in April.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

Here’s a photo I took during a recent workshop in Queenstown. See that area down below in the valley with all the farm plots? That’s the area I live… I feel very lucky to have all these magical mountains around me!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 08:09:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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