Camera Bag Stolen in Germany and… New April Lightroom Presets, Live!

April Lightroom Presets, only $2.50 instead of $5

The monthly tradition continues with my Lightroom Presets! I hope you have enjoyed the previous month packs, and here comes a funky-fresh one!

Daily Photo – Amazing Cologne

I loved everything about Cologne… except for my train ride back to Dusseldorf.

My whole camera bag was stolen! Can you believe it? I was distracted and before I knew it, my whole camera bag was swiped in a grab n' run! What a bummer! I still was holding my tripod and A7r, so I didn't lose those, luckily. But I did lost an A7ii, two Leica lenses, and a Sony lens. Ouch! Oh well, it's just stuff… But kind of inconvenient now, you know? Ah well…

I filed out a police report and everything. We're checking on insurance now to see what was covered… fingers crossed but I have low expectations!

Amazing Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Approaching another Glacier in Antarctica

The Big Lightroom Preset Sale is Tomorrow!

24 hour away, set your browsers for stun! Okay, that was dumb… but yes, set your calendars (for fun). Check the Lightroom Presets page for more!

Daily Photo – Approaching another Glacier in Antarctica

It's hard to get a sense of scale here, but let me just tell you that it is huge. It's the kind of huge that makes me feel as insignificant as I know I am in my heart of hearts! The whiteness and towering nature of it all just makes me dizzy, even thinking back on being there. Each of those ice-boulders you see is way too big to climb over and the effort of walking up to touch the face of the glacier is an excursion in itself. Thank god it didn't crack apart and fall on me when I was there. I'm not so sure I could have escaped it. In fact, I'm pretty sure I couldn't!

Approaching another Glacier in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture16
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

April’s Lightroom Presets coming in 2 days!

Set your Cal!

They are only half price for 24 hours! Here’s the Lightroom Presets page that will tell you more about them… and here’s a little video!

Daily Photo – And the Lights Spiral Down

This is one of my favorite photos from Dubai, I must say! I keep coming back to it over and over again, and it gives me great pleasure!

I would love to live in a home surrounded by these. Or at least have one or two rooms absolutely full of them. I've only seen a few of these stores around the world, and they have such a plethora of them in these locations that I picture getting ALL of them just for one room. That would either be insane or awesome, but probably awesome.

And the Lights Spiral Down

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A windy day at the Forbidden City

Beijing From Above

Today’s photo is related to this video I made below! :) You can read the whole story about the incarceration here on the blog!

Daily Photo – A windy day at the Forbidden City

Here's my assistant in China, getting wind-blown and umbrella-inverted at the Forbidden City. As much as I like to tease her for being a rather useless assistant who could carry little more than an African swallow, she did get me out of incarceration with her fast-Chinese-talkin'. It wasn't too long after this that we ended up behind lock & key for flying the quadcopter in the video above…

A windy day at the Forbidden City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Periscope Up! Join me for Wine, Cheese, and Photo Questions Tonight!

Experimenting with Periscope

Time/Date:
– 9 PM Friday PT, 11 PM Friday CT, Midnight New York and EST!
– (5 PM New Zealand Time Saturday)

You guys know I’m an early-adopter of sorts. I had a GREAT experiment with this new app for iPhone/iPad called Periscope, which is connected to Twitter and allows me to broadcast live any time.

Download Periscope for Free here.

Basically, any time I choose, I can choose to broadcast live and share what I see, ask questions, or answer questions. I’m gonna experiment again tonight, so come join me and help me explore this! Right now, it’s only iOS, but I hear the Android version is coming soon. Either way, you can watch live on the web and still ask me questions through Twitter.

Quick Preview?

Here’s a Periscope I did last night on a whim. If you get the app, then you can just add me then scroll down and watch the “replay” — warning, it’s not high-production quality or anything… just raw and straight to me. Here is the link.

What happened in the live event? (look, this is really random and unplanned… sort of raw and whatever!

[Update: According to my friend Sara Haider at Periscope, the replay did not upload/save! So that is too bad… but here is what you missed!]

- I started answering questions about Sony cameras
– I opened a bottle of “Wrath”
– I had some cheese and crackers
– Old friends popped into the live broadcast and I said hello!
– I threw a toy to my dog, Blueberry
– I answered some more questions about Sony camera models and which you should get
– My 5-year-old daughter appeared and did a Maori dance
– I answered more questions and had wine and cheese and crackers
– My daughter stole one of the grown-up crackers
– My friend Tatorandtots from Ireland arrived and I gave her a toast from my wife and I.
– I got in trouble from my wife for not helping with our dinner party so I shut down the broadcast

there were three moons that day that cut the sky

the angry mouth opened as the sea ice cracked a smile

Explorers of Yore

I don’t know how those old-timers did it! A long walk from here would get me over to Shackleton’s famous hut in Antarctica. While I was in there, I saw a small dark room. It was amazing! How people back then could take photos then go back to a frozen dark room to edit them is simply beyond me. I barely had enough energy to take out my SD card and put it into my laptop to import into Lightroom!

Daily Photo – the angry mouth opened as the sea ice cracked a smile

Here, it is a crisp morning. I'm on a cliffside on the edge of an Antarctic volcanic island that stands still as the moving sea ice crashes into it, breaking apart. Every day, there is a new shape, a new angry smile in the ice, a new series of cracks and folds and a ripping of ice that you can feel before you hear it. The penguins would lounge about, and occasionally make silly gaits over to the water for a quick dip and snack, like Floridians on a cruise.

This is a pano made out of 120 photos. If you zoom in, you can even see little penguins on the ice! :)

the angry mouth opened as the sea ice cracked a smile

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wet, Dark London at Night

Reflections

I’ve often thought about how awesome it would be to have a team of people around me all the time, each person holding a huge bucket of water. We could all work together to go wet down an area for a photo. It’s hard for me to think of a time when a dry pavement is better than a wet pavement! Of course, this idea is crazy, until I have my personal robot-bucket army, that is.

Daily Photo – Wet, Dark London at Night

Not far from here, I had a bit of a sketchy moment! Locals will know where this is, and there is a long alleyway with all kinds of intersecting and twisting bridges above. It's an awesome street and absolutely Dickensian! Anyway, I was walking there, and one guy ran up to me and said in a thick accent, “You better be careful around here, people get mugged all the time!” Of course I was thinking this was all a trick and he, or one of his secret friends behind me was about to mug me! Well, no worries… it was all fine after all.

Wet, Dark London at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Lost in the Souk

The finishing touch by MacPhun!

I used MacPhun Intensify to get some of this final sharpness. I use it a lot now… another cool one is MacPhun Tonality which is a quick black&white kinda program I also recommend!

Not having a plan…

…still seems to be one of the best plans of all when going out for an evening of photography. I mean, you can make one decision as to a starting point, but then let it flow from there. That’s what we did here below… I think if we would have had a set plan, we never would have found this incredible place!

Daily Photo – Getting Lost in the Souk

Rene and I had a magical time running around this Medinat and souk area near the coastline of Dubai. We got hopelessly lost and we had to occasionally go into Assassin's Creed mode to get up high to see where we were going! We'd use the distant Burj Al Arab as a beacon. If we kept walking towards that, we could make our way to the beach and back home again.

Getting Lost in the Souk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

Dubai-fest!

Sorry for the multiple photos of Dubai two days in a row! I’m just so excited by the photos there… Also I’d like to thank Dubai Films for their incredible team and support. What a week!

Daily Photo – The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

The city looks like a thousand sparkling jewels at the bottom of the sea, and the Burj Khalifa is the most grand. I have absolutely never seen anything like this in my life and I can't get over how full of awe I was the entire time. I've seen a lot of pretty things, but nothing compares to this. It is probably the same feeling the first hot-air-baloonist had when flying over Paris at night 100 years ago. I took thousands of photos and it will take me a sweet forever to go through all of them, but here is another for you.

The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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