Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu. So imagine that today is still yesterday and that I posted this on time. The real story is that I split my Lightroom Catalog into smaller parts in order to make the Catalog file sizes more managable. I didn’t realize this would mess up the publishing plugins I use to post the images to WordPress, Flickr, 500px, Google, etc, etc… so Short story is I had to recombine the catalog so that I could post this image that was taken in 2015. Fascinating stuff to everyone i’m sure… but things are figured out now.

So I will attempt to do another photo later today to make up for the missed day.

This shot was taken in New Zealand at National Park. Everyone else was out hiking Tongariro and I opted to do a much shorter hike to a beautiful waterfall due to my my gimpy legs. Even though my hike was shorter I still really enjoyed it and was able to get some amazing shots like this one.

This was shot using the Sony but I had an adapter on that let me use my old Minolta 85mm portrait lens,. Sadly I left this lens in the care of a friend in New Zealand because I just could not get it to focus properly, not to mention that it weighed way too much for me to want to keep carrying it. One day Ill have to go back and retrieve it and the 5 kilos worth of stuff I left with Matt.

This is a single image processed in Aurora HDR Pro, Lightroom, and Photoshop. I wanted to get something a little more bold so I really tweaked the heck out of it. Several layers were used in Aurora to do various subtle effects. Then I slammed a harsh vignette on it to help bring the blue in the sky almost down to black.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at