The Current State of Phoneography

Moment 18mm Wide Lens When it comes to the current state of iPhoneography, the Moment lens system is a game changer. Now the photographer can choose their field of view with a smartphone and get a good quality image. Moment also has a camera app that really works well with their lenses. The Moment phone case with a built in… Continue reading

My First New Zealand Video Short

The sheer beauty of New Zealand is staggering. This New Zealand Video Short project presents two areas of that country: the Waimangu Volcanic Valley on the North Island, and Milford Sound, from Glenorchy to the Tasman Sea, on the South Island. Waimangu Volcanic Valley New Zealand Map On July 2, 2017, we hiked down the Volcanic Valley shooting photos and… Continue reading

NZ Partial Panos (Part 3: Queenstown & The Matakauri Lodge)

We so enjoyed Queenstown and staying at the Matakauri Lodge from our first visit to New Zealand, we scheduled an extended return at the end of our vacation. We highly recommend the Matakauri Lodge. Their service is impeccable, and the views from the room are magnificent. Lake Wakatipu (Google Maps) The lodge sits on Lake Wakatipu, which is unusually long,… Continue reading

NZ Partial Panos (Part 2: Abel Tasman National Park & The Waters)

About halfway through the trip we took the ferry from Wellington (the North Island) down to Picton (the South Island) and drove from there to our hotel, The Waters, in Tasman. The Waters served as home base for our explorations of the Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman National Park Map (Google Maps) The Kiwi fellow seated in this photo… Continue reading

NZ Partial Panos (Part 1: Waiheke Island)

The Project Goal It’s been over a month since our last trip to New Zealand, and I’ve been working feverishly on the 2,500 photos and videos I shot during the trip. My goal is to post my travel journal for each day, which I wrote during the trip, along with the now-completed photos. I also want to create a video… Continue reading

Bathrooms & Sundry Other Tidbits: Delta Airlines vs. Air New Zealand

I have flown a lot, too much, waaaaay too much actually. The vast majority of my flights (at least 96%) have been on Delta or one of its sky team partners. Sadly, I have always found the bathrooms on Delta’s domestic and international flights to be filthy. The toilet floors are almost always sticky, and I can’t recall a flight… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 14 – Farewell NZ (Wed)

Flight Home: Air New Zealand Date During Trip: July 12, 2017 I awoke this morning and Steve had already left to go workout. He left the fireplace on. It was fabulous! It was snowing and had obviously snowed a good bit in the night! Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I began organizing my suitcases for the trip home. It was a big… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 13 – Glenorchy (Tue)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 11, 2017 It rained this morning. No snow, yet. I’m still holding out for some. Everyone else seems to have come to the conclusion that the snow will arrive tomorrow. We decided not to drive up to Glenorchy, which is at one end of Lake Wakatipu. We saw it yesterday from the helicopter.… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 12 – Queentown (Mon)

Lodging: Matakauri Lodge Date During Trip: July 10, 2017 This morning we got up early to be ready for our helicopter ride. Our waiter, Wyatt, the same young man that we had as our server for breakfast yesterday, greeted us and asked, “Are y’all ready for breakfast?” “Y’all?” I questioned. He seemed embarrassed, and corrected himself, saying he was from… Continue reading