Routeburn – Stuck in Customs

The Beginning of the Routeburn

Daily Photo – The Beginning of the Routeburn

This is one of the most famous great walks in New Zealand. It’s about a 2 or 3 night hike and it goes around some of the most beautiful mountains in the southern alps. I think one of the best shots was right here in the beginning.

The Beginning of the Routeburn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-24 18:30:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Waterfall Along the Routeburn

Daily Photo – Waterfall Along the Routeburn

I think we passed this on the very first day of the Routeburn track along the South Island of New Zealand. I had a feeling we’d pass a few waterfalls, but I didn’t expect anything quite this majestic. It was one of those cool waterfalls where basically everyone gets soaking wet while passing underneath… which was a really nice break after a rather sweaty ascent.

Waterfall Along the Routeburn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-24 21:33:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length59.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tarns along the Routeburn

Machine Elf 27 – Avoiding the Void – 360 | Trey Ratcliff & Sam Wave

Here’s something quite cool! This is the second 360 version we have released. You can interact with it on YouTube by grabbing the screen and pulling it this way and that. It’s also super immersive (especially with Sam’s cool tunes) when you have it full screen and the volume up high.

What’s a bit more about this creation? I decided to explore the math of V3 of the Menger, which has all these beautiful spherical structures that are created by the minutest of filaments. It calmly explores the evolution of a void and allows you to relax in the unraveling, fundamental nature of its creation. As with the last one, Sam Mehrtens (Sam Wave) did custom music. He explains “with all these worlds there seems to be a pulsing balance of life and release. When I was making the soundtrack I was instantly drawn into the void and felt a passive tribal tone urging to come out… as the void unravels so does the sound, and the beat becomes a distant memory. Accompanied by sprays of tonal delay and psychedelic guitar, ‘Avoiding the Void’ is our most explorative creation yet.”

Be sure to see it in your VR goggs (Oculus or Playstation VR) inside the TRIPP app.

To learn more about Machine Elf, visit our always-evolving website at https://the-machine-elf.com/

Daily Photo – Tarns along the Routeburn

During the three-day walk, we saw a ton of different scenes like this. It was incredibly peaceful and the walk was quite easy. There are two ways to do the walk, and this was the more “posh” way where we would stay in nice places and have hot meals every night.

Tarns along the Routeburn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-25 14:27:21
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/3900
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO73
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias
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