Queenstown – Stuck in Customs

Twin Horses

Daily Photo – Twin Horses

I saw this sort of photo the first time in a Nat Geo magazine of some camels crossing the desert at sunset. It was so disorienting at first… and then, when I figured it out, I got quite excited! Anyway, as we were about to land in the hot air balloon, I used the opportunity to grab one of my own… it’s quite rare to see white camels here in New Zealand.

Twin Horses

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  • Date Taken2020-03-01 08:40:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Over the Top Helicopter Video!

Today, if you’re a Passport member, then you’ll get to see some clips from the amazing 8K footage we captured for Over The Top Helicopters here in Queenstown, New Zealand for my friend Choppy! What kind of equipment did we use? We took up two helicopters, one of them had the first 8K flight setup anywhere in the world – specifically, the Shotover P1 MK ll dedicated 8K gimbal with a Red Monstro camera and Angenieux 36/435 zoom lens.

And here are a few of my favorite photos I captured on those amazing few days of shooting!

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For those of you who missed it, here is the previous video on the project. A 360 vlog on location…including inside the helicopters. 🙂

Over the Top 5 min Trade Show Cut

Here are some of the best video shorts we got from helicopter to helicopter! They are going to be using these in HD at trade shows and stuff to run in the background and other edits will be used for different purposes. Thanks again to the whole team for helping out!

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Updated the house website!

Thanks Stu for adding this page all about my home you can rent in New Zealand. We have one of them on Adobe Spark, but I thought it was a good idea to put here too!

Best of…Milford Sound!

In continuing the Best Of category… let’s go way down south the the fjordlands of New Zealand!

Reflections at Milford Sound

Morning Light Hits Milford

Two Dolphins in Love in Milford Sound While we took the boat out of Milford towards the Tasman Sea, a pod of bottle-nose dolphins came to visit. They turned and jumped and spiraled in a double helix, twisting endlessly like a playful cyclone.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Navigating Across the Rivers of New Zealand in the Morning Mists I woke up in the morning before everyone else to go on an extended scouting mission. I arrived around this river just as the morning mists were lifting enough to give me a view into the distance.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Bowen Falls in Milford Sound This is one of many sights we’ll be seeing together if you come down here to New Zealand. This place is quite the turkey shoot! There’s beautiful bits all around.The best way to get to this particular spot is to get off the walking path and work your way across the rocks. I prefer the view where you are looking across the water… The conditions change quite violently depending on the light and the amount of rain. Sometimes, after a fresh rain, that waterfall is absolutely insane! In this photo, it’s still pretty crazy, but only of average sanity.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Poems in the Moonlight in Milford Sound

Underearth

The Pink Milk Filled The Bay

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The Egg

Here’s one of my favorite short stories in YouTube form! My friend Tim Chang sent this to me… and it’s one of my favorite stories about the fabric of reality that might actually be true!

Best Of…

Queenstown, New Zealand today! Enjoy!

The View From Above Here is a good example of a daily image. I went to the top of the gondola with Tom Anderson to look down on Queenstown, New Zealand from above.I want to sleep up here one night to get the sunrise… if anyone can hook me up with that, drop me a note! :) I’ll bring the hot chocolate!- 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.

The Tolkienesque Bridge I normally don't put two photos from the same city (or even country!) back-to-back in consecutive days, but I decided to award Queenstown this honor.  It is very high on my list of cities to move to!  I just need to check on a few things like broadband availability and a good spot to plop the family down, and I'll be in business!This is from the main park in Queenstown.  It was as quaint as could be.  The evening light made everything a little bit extra-colorful, and some clever little hobbit-engineer, found it fitting to put this nice little stone bridge across the pond.  It is all quite nice, no?- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds I had a wonderful evening with Eden Brackstone, even though he uses a Canon.  I can overlook these trifle matters, but I do not forget them lightly.We were in Gibbston, New Zealand, about 20 minutes from Queenstown.  After a wonderful dinner with his delightful family, I popped out onto his farm to shoot some HDR.  He started recording video on his aforementioned Canon-thing, and put together the little dealio at the link below.  Enjoy!Here is the final photo that was taken just before I we started recording the video.- Trey RatcliffSee the video here at Trey Ratcliff's travel photography blog, Stuck in Customs.

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AMThe winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on my balcony, and this is our amazing view! I’m renting a Bach here called “The Nest” – and it has incredible views all day long… and all night long too, as you can see! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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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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Monkfest Photos!

Right before the first lockdown there was a fun little music festival called Monkfest. It had maybe about 100 people from the Queenstown and Arrowtown areas. I like taking pictures at these things, so here are a few!

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Photos from some great days with Over The Top Helicopters in Queenstown!

I haven’t shared most of these photos, so here ya go! 🙂 If you make it over to Queenstown, be sure to look up OTT because they have some amazing helicopter trips!

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The View from Secluded Paradise

Secluded Paradise

I took my 2nd house and turned it into an AirBnB! I know travel to New Zealand is impossible right now, but, when you do come, be sure to check it out at the Secluded Paradise website!

Daily Photo – The View from Secluded Paradise

And here’s the view that you can see out of the sliding glass doors and the master bedroom. Speaking of the master bedroom, if you’re feeling frisky, you can head out into that field and commune with the sheep!

The View from Secluded Paradise

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  • Date Taken2017-03-30 19:50:11
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Morning in Queenstown

Daily Photo – Morning in Queenstown

When we do my photo workshops in Queenstown, this is an area where we usually begin. We start along the lake and walk for about a mile down to Queenstown Gardens. We always time it to arrive just before sunrise. It’s usually pretty cold, but when the sun pops out, everything is great again!

Morning in Queenstown

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  • Date Taken2019-04-23 08:01:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture13
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Sofia and the Hot Air Balloon

Daily Photo – Sofia and the Hot Air Balloon

We woke up at the crack of dawn to go out to our launching point for the balloon ride here in Queenstown. It was freezing cold, but we were excited as it was the first hot air balloon for the two of us. Just after we launched, the sun came up and caught her across the face with this cool blade of light.

Sofia and the Hot Air Balloon

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  • Date Taken2020-03-01 07:52:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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