Exploring the Reflections of Dubai

Quick Review of TEDxQueenstown

I had a great time there! Here’s a mega quick review of what happened! The video should be done in a few weeks :)

ND Filter?

I’m on the edge of getting a good ND Filter for my lenses so that I can do some long-exposure stuff during the daytime. But one problem is that I use so many different lenses, and they all have different filter-thread sizes. For example, I looked into getting one for my 21mm Leica F/1.4 — but the adapter+filter all together is over $500. It’s not the end of the world on cost, but then there is organizing everything… carrying around different ND filters and stuff. It just seems like a tremendous inconvenience for the very rare shot I would take… I think it is very difficult to fill up your bag with all the “edge-cases” for photography, so I’m just gonna keep it simple.

Daily Photo – Exploring the Reflections of Dubai

I absolutely love exploring Dubai at night. I can't get enough of it. The ironic thing is I stopped in Dubai for a few days to rest and recuperate, but what ended up happening was I stayed up almost every night until dawn with Rene! He and I had so much fun walking around here and taking a ton of photos. I haven't even come close to processing all of them, but here is one of my favorite reflection shots!

Exploring the Reflections of Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Landing in Antarctica

Crazy Vehicles in Antarctica

I’ve never seen so many different kinds of vehicles. One day I went over to explore the US base — it was really impressive how many types and styles of vehicles were there. I took a ton of photos (naturally)… I need to process them!

Daily Photo – Landing in Antarctica

Right after getting off the plane, we headed over to this enormous bus — it's called Ivan The Terrabus. I think it's one of the biggest busses in the world… one of the best things about it is that it's fully heated inside. In fact, it was so hot that I had to remove a few layers!

Landing in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

Driving in Hong Kong

Cosmos

This is truly a great series, and I recommend you pick it up and enjoy it with the family. The kids here love it and Tina and I are always impressed at the production quality and the clever way in which they are able to easily explain complex concepts.

Daily Photo – Driving in Hong Kong

Getting shots from above in cities is quickly becoming one of my new favorite things! Getting this one with the DJI Inspire was very difficult, actually, because the buildings blocked the GPS. There were fairly random winds gusting through the buildings, so it was very challenging to keep it centered!

Driving in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO191
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Organize Your Photos Live event!

Organize Your Photos Live event! (This video and the special deal will only last 1 more day!)

I know some of you have enjoyed the “Organize Your Photos!” tutorial and even if you already have it, you’ll enjoy seeing this, as I’ve added a bit of stuff! Some of it has to do with merging photos I take “on the road” back with the mother lode.  I’m also putting together a strategy around the new all-encompassing Photos app for the Mac.

It’s also on sale for the next ONE days at $19 instead of $29 — so be sure to grab it!

As always, there will be a live Q&A.  I’ll also be looking at questions in the Stuck In Customs community at http://goo.gl/u5rkIl — it’s always great to watch the activity in there!

Lion Brothers in the Wild

Upcoming events

I’m really looking forward to our big event that starts this week! It’s all sold out, but we do have some future ones coming, including a combo yoga/photography adventure here in New Zealand as well as an unannounced Venice one… but watch The Events Page here to see what is coming up soon!

Daily Photo – Lion Brothers in the Wild

We sat here and watch a pride of lions for several hours. They were so interesting… these are slightly older brothers, and you can see one of them is starting to get his mane. Nearby, their mom was sleeping on her side while cute little cubs were feeding. It was great to watch! At one point the mom got frustrated by some of the over-suckling, and she growled at them in the way only a mom can!

Lion Brothers in the Wild

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length500.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

More from Lake Tekapo

See this church below? Here’s another video that I shot in this area a few years ago when I was using the Sony NEX system… of course, now I’ve moved to the Sony A7 system! You can read more about these and more on the Reviews page here on the site.

Daily Photo – Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

Stu and I had a really fun road trip on the way to Christchurch, where we took a flight down to Antarctica. Along the way, we had a fun night here in Tekapo. There's actually an AMAZING sushi restaurant right by here… we stayed there a LONG time and ate a lot of sushi and had a lot of sake, then stumbled over to take this photo during an amazing sunset!

Exploring New Zealand on the way to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Spreading out across Antarctica

Panorama Software: Autopano

I’ve been experimenting with a new panorama software. It’s called AutoPano and it’s super cool! I find it to be way better than the Photoshop tool. It also does HDR Panos, and I have an example of that below!

Ratcliff Family Photos during the Honey Harvest

Here are a ton of great photos from the great Jim Pollard. Be sure to click on his name to check out his website too! I’ll get more photos up soon! :)

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Daily Photo – Spreading out across Antarctica

Here's a massive panorama I took of one of the most amazing glaciers on the main continent of Antarctica. It's hard to explain how big this is, but I have my friend Stu there on the left for scale. Can you see him over there? You may have to squint!

Spreading out across Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London during the PhotoWalk

Upcoming Walks

Even though our Events page lists walks, be sure to also sign up for our Newsletter to see when one is coming to your area!

Live Event Tomorrow

Don’t forget about the live “Organize Your Photos!” event tomorrow. Click here for details!

Daily Photo – London during the PhotoWalk

This area behind Westminster Abbey was under all sorts of construction, so it was very hard to shoot. They had this wall here that was blocking some of the construction, and it turned out to be very shiny… so I got extremely close to try to get creative and make this kind of a shot. I think everyone on the photowalk thought I was crazy while I was leaning up against the wall in a Very Strange Pose!

London during the PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Upcoming Live “Organize Your Photos” Event!

Come Watch Live on Thursday!

Here’s the event (Click!) and where you can watch Live!

Live Photo Event – Organize Your Photos! – Thursday 6 PM PST, 9 PM EST (or check your local time on the event page)

Join me as we do a live Google+ Hangout soon. It’s a free event and I’ll be talking about how I organize my photos —I have a pretty good system I think that I believe would work for anyone because there are a few levels of “extremity” depending on how organized you want to be!

I know some of you have enjoyed the “Organize Your Photos!” tutorial and even if you already have it, you’ll enjoy seeing this, as I’ve added a bit of stuff! Some of it has to do with merging photos I take “on the road” back with the mother lode. I’m also putting together a strategy around the new all-encompassing Photos app for the Mac.

As always, there will be a live Q&A. I’ll also be looking at questions in the Stuck In Customs community — it’s always great to watch the activity in there!

Here’s a little video that shows what we’ll be talking about a bit!

Daily Photo – Late Night in Beijing

This place is always mega-crowded and a place most everyone visits when they come to China. It's hard not to ignore with that huge photo of Chairman Mao floating up there. It's amazing, actually, how popular Mao has become once again, especially with young people…I've heard many talk about what a great man he was, apparently not knowing he killed an estimated 40-70 million people during the revolution. Many carry his photo or come here to pay homage. Can you imagine huge photos of Stalin in Moscow or Hitler in Berlin? My goodness…

Late Night in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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