Riding to the Ranch

Tip: Shooting at a low f-stop in the middle of the day

I shot this photo below with the Sony A7r and the Leica 35mm all the way at f/1.4. Whenever you shoot wide-open in the daytime, often there is too much light that gets let in. I usually go into manual mode and make the shutter speed uber-fast, like 1/8000. I let the ISO float with Auto-ISO. This way, the light level is always right and the quick shutter speed ensures a sharp photo!

Daily Photo – Riding to the Ranch

Here's a photo from my recent trip to Yellowstone. I stayed at an amazing ranch there. But, in order to get to the ranch, you either have to hike for 5 hours, ride a horse for 3 hours, or take a wagon for 1.5 hours. I chose the hiking and got an early start. While walking, some of my other friends came rumbling by on the wagon, and that's when I got this photo.

Riding to the Ranch

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 13, 2014 at 8:39am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Ancient Jungle

Found using Stuck On Earth!

You might recall this place from my recent Stuck On Earth video where I show how I discovered this spot!

Daily Photo – The Ancient Jungle

Here's an amazing place I found somewhere near Bang Saray, Thailand. It was a VERY STRANGE place, actually. Everything was both authentic and fake in the sense that you get the feeling it was all built for people to visit rather than practical use. There were other parts of this place I did not photograph. Most of them involved having hundreds of fake strange animals in various poses. Imagine 100 lemurs doing strange things on rocks, and you can begin to get the idea. I feel like telling you that kind of ruins this photo, but, oh well… Actually, I can tell this place was not designed by any photographers because getting a good angle on anything was almost impossible. This is honestly the ONLY good angle in this area of strangeness.

The Ancient Jungle

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 25, 2014 at 12:22am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Red Prayers

A Red Votive

I think it’s interesting how Asian cultures do the sort of thing you see below and Western cultures use votives. I think it’s also interesting how both are red. It seems to be a fairly convenient way for the masses to contribute and be part of the movement.

Daily Photo – Red Prayers

Many temples throughout China have these hanging just outside the main entrance. People that go visit buy them and write little thoughts or hopes or prayers on them and let them hang in the breeze outside.

Red Prayers

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 30, 2014 at 5:37pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A romantic dinner on a deserted island inside the lagoon in Bora Bora

Whale Watching

I had someone here at the resort tell me that Bora Bora is extra special because there is a very steep dropoff on the edge of the island. This means that all the whales can come breach right along the edge of the island. That means you can walk over, knee deep, and reach over and touch the whales as they breach. I didn’t get to experience this myself, but maybe next time!

Daily Photo – A romantic dinner on a deserted island inside the lagoon in Bora Bora

There’s a nice little story in this photo! You see this man paddling away from the island? If you look closer, he left a woman behind to stand in waiting. The man then paddles over to pick up a romantic couple from their bungalow and then delivers them back to the island for their private dinner. They do this kind of stuff all the time here at the Four Seasons… so over the top awesome!

It turns out the woman on the island is a Bora Bora native named Vaihea. I found this out the next evening by accident because I was working on this photo in the sunset bar and she came over and said, “Hey that’s me!”

A romantic dinner on a deserted island inside the lagoon in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 25, 2014 at 4:37pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Mass Graves Near the Barbie Exhibit

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I have a behind-the-scenes of this. Be sure to pop over to Videos page here on the site to see more. You might want check out the playlist for “My Tips and Tricks”! :)

Daily Photo – The Mass Graves Near the Barbie Exhibit

I don't know why, but when I was here and saw all these dudes wrapped up, it just reminded me of mass graves! I spent quite a while in the Kuala Lumpur airport, and this is one of the strangest things I saw. They were all very confused as to why I was taking the photo, but it's incredibly obvious, I say!

The Mass Graves Near the Barbie Exhibit

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 23, 2014 at 1:31pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dining on the slow river

Back to Venice?

When I was on this boat, I was thinking of Venice a bit! I went there a long time ago, before I was into photography. Now I want to go back… maybe we should do a big workshop event there next year? That would be fun!

Daily Photo – Dining on the slow river

I took this photo behind our boat driver/captain/guy-with-long-stick. I actually don't even know what you call these guys? Anyway, while walking around this little town in Guilin, Tom and I and our two guides found this amazing raft by a restaurant. It was a big square raft with a little roof. Everything was made of bamboo. There was a table in the middle, so we found the nearby building and asked if we could eat on the boat while someone pushed us around the river. And then it was done! 15 minutes later, I was having a delicious omelette while taking high bokeh photos of the driver/captain/guy-with-long-stick!

Dining on the slow river

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 3, 2014 at 2:45pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Sanctuary of Truth at Night

Finding this spot

I posted this last month, but I’m posting it again in case you missed it! It’s a new video I made in Thailand that shows how I found this spot! I used Stuck On Earth (free app!).

Daily Photo – The Sanctuary of Truth at Night

Finding this little spot was kind of lucky! It was really found because I was hiding from security in the bushes. I didn't know if I was in trouble or not for being down here at night. Maybe I have a guilty conscience and that makes me paranoid. It's not paranoia if it's true – haha! Anyway, I was hiding in the bushes probably near a bunch of scary Thai snakes, and I saw this really nice reflection off the water. So I beat my way through a little-bit-o-jungle to get down to the water's edge to get this shot.

The Sanctuary of Truth at Night

The Sanctuary of Truth at Night

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 28, 2014 at 1:07am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waiting in Kuala Lumpur

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Behind The Scenes Video

Here’s the video that I recently shot while I got stuck in that airport! :)

Daily Photo – Waiting in Kuala Lumpur

This is one of the couples I photographed while waiting in KLIA. I really enjoy shooting in airports, so this is why I was happy for the long layover. I really liked their colors, their stripes, and their position.

Waiting in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dallas PhotoWalk Announced!

Dallas Photowalk

Get the Latest Event Details here and RSVP!

Dallas PhotoWalk! 7 PM – Everyone is welcome!

Where: Outside the Winspear Opera House
Time/Date: 7 PM on Friday, September 5
Cost: Free! :)
Prizes: Yes!
Hashtag: #TRDallasPhotoWalk
Afterparty: 9 PM at the Angry Dog in Deep Ellum

Come one, come all! This will be a great event and a great celebration of photography. I grew up in Dallas, so I’m looking forward to coming back. This will be after Burning Man, so there is no telling what kind of condition I will be in. Have low expectations! haha…

It’s a family-friendly event so feel free to bring your kids and stuff. Any camera will do, from Mobile phone to big DSLRs!

I’ll be giving little lessons, tips, ideas, etc etc. You all can ask me any question any time. This will be so fun!

More details to come, but I wanted to get it on your schedules if interested!

Thanks to James Brandon for helping us to plan this!

Daily Photo – A Great View of Queenstown

I was just up here a few days ago with Cliff to get this shot of my hometown of Queenstown! I don't actually live down in there anywhere, but I do go into town two or three times a week. It's a small town with only about 30,000, but it swells a lot in the winter for all the skiing. I live about 10 minutes outside of town in between Queenstown and Arrowtown.

I used to live in Dallas, so I am looking forward to going back for the big photowalk above! :)

A Great View of Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 9, 2014 at 6:04pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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