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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.