The Antarctica Photo Walk

Updated Tripod Recommendations

See more over on the Camera Equipment page! :)

I’ve recently switched tripods, then switched back, then switched again. I’m like the Caitlyn Jenner of tripods, and I’m not proud. But I’m ownin’ it girl.

  • High EndThe TQC-14 Tripod from RRS – I love this tripod. Again, I’ve switched around a lot… but this thing honestly fixes all the gripes I had with previous RRS tripods.
  • BudgetAny 3-Legged Thing Tripod – These are also nice tripods. Yes, they are still pricey but with good quality. There are some very inexpensive tripods out there, but they are so flimsy and you should not waste your time.

Daily Photo – The Antarctica Photo Walk

Here we are around 12 midnight on the main continent. We were there with an incredible research team… and we were kind of the useless artists guys that were just eating all the food. But we did bring the party! This was one of the craziest photo walks ever! :)

The Antarctica Photo Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill.

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

The Remnants of Tatooine

Annoying Lines from Star Wars

I’m super excited about the upcoming Star Wars movies, and I have total faith in JJ Abrams to resurrect it! Remember that one line from Episode 2, I think, when Anakin Skywalker said, after growing up on Tatooine, “I hate the sand! It gets everywhere!” I mean, Jesus dude… you’re Darth Vader! Darth Vader doesn’t complain about sand! And don’t you kinda get used to the sand if you live there?

Daily Photo – The Remnants of Tatooine

How cool is this? Right before I started trekking through the Sahara, I stopped at this Kasbah. The day was unmercifully hot, but I decided to go on a little reccy around the outside anyway. And look what I found! I’m not actually sure what it is… looks like an old jet or something.

The Remnants of Tatooine

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

A Small Difference in Height

I think I had the Phantom up about 20 feet here, which was just enough to see over the heads of these two. It just makes a huge difference in the photo with a small difference in the height!

This was taken with the Phantom 2 with the GoPro camera… The Phantom 3 has a WAY better camera, but I do wish it automatically took photos like the GoPro did.

Daily Photo – Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Here’s another shot from The Four Seasons in Bora Bora. I watched people paddle board a few days before I went for it myself. It turned out to be super easy on this smooth water. I took Ethan out into the more choppy part and things got a little hairy out there… especially when we started attacking each other!

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Protecting the Kill

The Shoulder Season

This is one of my favorite times in Queenstown… the spring. It’s opposite-land down here, you know. One great thing about the springs and autumns down here is that they last a full 3 months, so you really get a full run of the season.

Daily Photo – Protecting the Kill

Here’s a rare action shot of a leopard in action! I say it’s rare because we watching this gal lounge around for hours! They are super-lazy… but in a flash, she shot right up the tree to protect a warthog kill she had hung up there earlier when a bird of prey started circling around.

It would have been so awesome to see the leopard leap off the tree and kill the bird of prey. That was a little too much to hope for, though!

Protecting the Kill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length82.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk

Eve Online

I started playing Eve Online with my son recently… he had never played before and the game is so monstrously complex that he’s finally old enough to do it!

Daily Photo – The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk

It was another extremely long photo walk! Often times these things go way longer than I expect. Thank goodness it was not the hot season… this is where the group said their goodbyes and everyone went their separate ways. I got one final shot before heading out myself…

The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner

New Photo Organization

I have a slightly different workflow I’ve been toying with lately. It’s particular to me, so it may not apply to you, but here it is.

I have my desktop iMac here where I do most everything when I am home. It also is where my main library is hooked into. But I also have my Macbook, and I’ve been taking a ton of photos lately with my little RX100. Check the “Camera Recommendations” up there soon, as I may make it my entry-level pick! Anyway, I’ve made a special Library on my Macbook JUST for photos from that little device. They tend to be quicker shots, street shots, family shots, and the like. It seems better than commingling them with all the other huge photos that come out of the Sony A7 system.

If you want to learn more about how I manage my giant photo library, check out my Organize Your Photos tutorial over at the store!

Daily Photo – Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner

This was a great trip! That’s my son there being held by Jack Horner… what a great guy! We went up to the badlands to spend a few days digging up dinosaurs with him… what an experience!

Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashFired, Return detected
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

Lightroom Presets

I thought about re-packaging some of my presets for different kind of categories. Maybe a black & white package… a sandstorm package… I can’t actually decide because I don’t want to make it too confusing. Okay, I just talked myself out of it.

Daily Photo – Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

I don’t do a lot of single-shots of buildings, but when I’m in Tokyo I make an exception. I know nothing about architecture or how to make a cool building, but I’d like to think that if I was an architect that I could make something like this. I don’t know how these guys come up with ideas like this!

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Best DJs on Soundcloud?

If you have any favorites, let me know… always looking for new music! You can see who I follow here on my Soundcloud page.

Daily Photo – Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Here’s another crazy place in Singapore that I totally didn’t expect. The outside was amazing enough, but then I decided to go inside. Amazing! And you can probably see all those little paths up there… you can just wander around and see this incredible indoor rainforest.

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Finely Glaciated Mountains

Going Back to Iceland

I’ve thought about going back to Iceland here sometime next year… I love it so much there!

Daily Photo – Finely Glaciated Mountains

Up in the northwestern area of Iceland you get these tremendous shapes. It’s right on the edge of the whole country, and the feeling of the mountains is just the same. I haven’t seen a lot of mountains like this — how the glaciers have shaved away both sides so there is a steep ridge down the middle.

And if you’re wondering if that water is cold… yes, yes it is.

Finely Glaciated Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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