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ABOVE: Multi talented and helpful Stephen did the hard work riding and walking back up the Skippers Canyon Bike Trail for the shots to make this video.
ABOVE: This latest video was shot in Skippers Canyon, the epic drive just out of Queenstown. A nail biting journey through rugged, spectacular landscapes, back to a time when men toiled in a harsh wilderness to extract fortunes from a wild, blue alpine river. This is my first video that begins to demonstrate my landscape vision.
This year, the best Christmas present ever appeared under the tree! I have long looked forward to the amazing points of view available with a drone. This is my first video with my new Phantom 3, filmed in 4K. I love this epic view of Lake Wakatipu from the hill above Kingston. It’s going to be an interesting journey, learning about making videos, taking this flying camera into my favourite, beautiful, spectacular locations and getting all creative.
ABOVE: The background for this message is a panorama of Lake Wakatipu, the South Island of New Zealand, at the Devils Staircase, a ridge of rock that descends from the Hector Range, reaching bony fingers into the lake, making this it’s narrowest point. The morning fog made this image impossible to stitch automatically, so the 21 images were imported into photoshop, overlaid manually and blended with the use of layers and masks.
ABOVE: This image is a stitched panorama, made up of images shot with a slow shutter to capture the plants moving in the wind. I used a very cool software called Trimaginator to generate polygon patterns from the image and then blended them with the original in Photoshop using layer masks.
ABOVE: Patterns of melting snow on a remote sheep station in the Lower Nevis with the Remarkables range as a backdrop.
Captured this gorgeous cloud bank on the Nevis road, near Duffer’s Saddle. Playing around with animating photos using Plotagraph software.
ABOVE: Two old boats, laid up at Bluff, New Zealand’s southernmost port. I sheltered under a bush for almost four hours to get this shot, as rain squall after squall blew over this scene. I was captivated by the play of light as sun broke through clouds to illuminate the water and gusts and rain danced among the waves, but it took many tries to capture all the elements.
ABOVE: The Eyre Mountains and upper reaches of The Mataura River caught in the glow as light breaks through heavy clouds, seen from the Garston end of the Nevis Road.
ABOVE: Well into November, the ski fields have been closed for a month and spring is in the air. Anything possible in Queenstown and after weeks of warm weather a winter blast gave us a bit snow dump down to low levels. Next morning dawned fine with frost in Arrowtown and across the Crown Range.