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Facebook LIVE with Anthony Bourdain!

A few days ago we did a Facebook LIVE show while at The Ritz-Carlton’s Cayman Cookout with one of my biggest creative inspirations – Anthony Bourdain. We talked a whole lot of things including creativity and teaching. Check it out!

Daily Photo – Facebook LIVE with Anthony Bourdain!

And here's the man! Anthony Bourdain! I took this right after our conversation on Facebook Live. He's an inspirational dude. He said one thing that is still on his bucket list is to get high with Keith Richards, listen to music, and eat food deep into the night.

Facebook LIVE with Anthony Bourdain!

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  • Date Taken2017-01-20 01:19:27
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Adventuring on Everest!

Passport Plug

I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂

Adventuring on Everest!

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  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Antarctica Stories!

My friend Trent Yeo stopped by my home a bit ago and we talked about Antarctica! Here’s the FB Live video below – enjoy

Daily Photo – A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Even though I took thousands of photos while in Antarctica, I still feel like I left some on the table. I hate that feeling… you know? That idea that you could have always done more or taken better photos. I did pretty good, so I'm not totally upset with myself… but now when I look back at these photos I think I should have stayed out an extra 30 minutes or hour… just to squeeze a bit more gold out!

A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

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  • Date Taken2015-01-18 03:13:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Morning from our room

Vertirama Tip

This is actually a vertirama made up of 3 vertically stacked photos. Whenever I stitch them together in Lightroom, the sky is always overexposed (and unrecoverable with sliders in LR) – the only way to make it look decent was to process each on in LR individually then open them all up in PS for an auto-align with manual blending. It’s kind of a chore to do all of that, and I don’t understand why LR can’t do it on its own.

Daily Photo – Morning from our room

Here's the view from our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. I'm not a morning person for sure, so I have to sleep with the curtains open so I wake up more naturally. There's nothing worse than getting that wake-up call! Plus, I don't want the whole family to wake up and have screaming kids while I'm trying to get a sunrise photos!

Morning from our room

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  • Date Taken2017-01-07 20:44:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

A new video!

We’ve decided to take the videos in a bit of a different direction, hope you like them! 🙂

We had a great time in Naples! In each of these videos, I try to add a few photo tips and tricks as well as show you behind-the-scenes stuff of our family trip around the world for this year. Lots of fun and funny things happen… trying to keep everything in balance! Our first stop was here in Naples Florida. Thanks again to The Ritz-Carlton for hosting us!

Trey’s Crazy Trip Around The World – Part 1

Special new Video for you!

In the middle of the 60-day around the world trip with my family! Here’s highlights from the first 30 days – enjoy!

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Photography Tip Trick

So for this one, I used one of my old tricks to get people to be still in the photo during a long-exposure HDR. It’s hard to tell from looking at the EXIF because this was made from 4 different photos… But first I made a longer 3-exposure HDR, and then I took a series of quicker, high-ISO photos when these gals were in an interesting position. After I made the HDR, I masked in the still ladies. There was a bit of noise for sure, but you really can’t see it too much.

Daily Photo – Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Here's one of our family's favorite new restaurants! It's called Gumbo Limbo and it's here between the beach and the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It was the perfect place to watch the sunset, have some drinks, and watch the sunset.

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

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  • Date Taken2017-01-03 07:15:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Waitng out the Storm

Here’s a hot little photo tip… if there is a big storm at sunset, just wait a little while and don’t give up. If you have a view of the horizon, at least half the time the sun will make a final quick appearance and give you some amazing light. I feel like people that live on the west coast or near west-facing-water already know this… but it’s something I often have to remind myself!

Daily Photo – Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

What a pretty way to end the day! This was my first trip to Naples and my first trip to the west coast of Florida. Obviously it makes sense to me, but I always thought of Florida as a place to see the sun rise but not the sun set. I guess that's because I had spent all my time on the east side. Anyway, each night we were blessed with amazing sunsets… This one was a great one because it was a stormy day and I didn't know if the sun would dip below the clouds or not. Finally, at the last second, it did! I took this photo from outside our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

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  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:41:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here's another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It's a good tip — always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It's a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

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  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I'll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It's more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

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Deep into the Dart River Valley

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  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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