Exploring Every Possible Path

Using Tripadvisor

I find myself using Tripadvisor more and more on trips to find hotels and places to stay. It’s a very handy resource, I must say… and it gets stronger every day with all the community feedback.

Daily Photo – Exploring Every Possible Path

There’s a little town beside Yangshuo and I can’t quite remember the name right now! But it was full of these tiny little alleyways and tunnels that darted this way and that. Here’s a quick scene I captured while there…

Exploring Every Possible Path

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Dubai From the Inside Out

Cutting Off the Tops of Buildings

This is a new style of architecture photography I’ve been toying with. I think the instinct is to always capture the entire building, especially the top. But in slicing off the top on purpose, it can give you many more options with composition. Also, the way the brain works, the viewer doesn’t have to see the top to know that it also looks pretty awesome… in fact, their imagination of the continuation of the building may be better than the building itself!

Daily Photo – Dubai From the Inside Out

Very early one morning we found ourselves halfway up one skyscraper while taking photos of others. We’re now looking in the direction of the Burj Al Arab, which you can see there on the right. To the left there was a frenzy of construction going one to erect yet another one. I like how everything in there seems very greenish and ant-nest-like.

Dubai From the Inside Out

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Hello Farmer Friend!

Speaking of Burning Man

This is where I first came up with the idea of crazy presets… It’s because I walked around the first Burning Man with these orange goggles that made everything look like this. I then set out to see if I could re-create the effect in Lightroom… and from that point, I was hooked!

Daily Photo – Hello Farmer Friend!

Here’s a very out-of-the-way place on a little river that feeds into the Li River. We walked along it for a while, and even boated along it. It was really awesome to see this guy crossing over the river with his animal on this old bridge… well it could be new! I don’t know… things like this in China could be very old or very new and just quickly-run-down.

Hello Farmer Friend!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Daily Photo – Another Epic Dinner in Dubai

I’ve eaten at some really beautiful places in Dubai… I spend half the time eating and the other half taking photos. This is a very loungey-kinda-place around a pool. The pool helps keep everything a little bit cool, so you’re not always sweating out the wazoo!

Another Epic Dinner in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Visiting Temples in Thailand

Now at Burning Man

For the next 10 days, I’ll be at Burning Man, so I won’t be super-responsive, or responsive-at-all until I return! I’ll still read and respond to comments, but it will just be a little delayed. I’ve queued up a lot of blog posts with some favorite photos while I am gone so you can stay entertained while I’m off in the woods…

Daily Photo – Visiting Temples in Thailand

I loved this gal’s super-blonde-with-reddish-highlights-hair (which is rare in Thailand) and those cool tattoos on her back. I saw her kneeling here alone from afar and scurried over quickly to get behind her and take a photo before she moved.

Visiting Temples in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

One of the Nicer Places that I’ve Been Treated Rudely At

We’ll come in here for the Venice Photo Adventure too

We may have too many people to go in here all at once, but we’ll go in with groups of four… shuttle in and out! :) They’ll be a bit confused, but I’ll keep the rest of the group outside busy too with other secret missions!

Daily Photo – One of the Nicer Places that I’ve Been Treated Rudely At

This is the Hotel Danieli, which is absolutely lovely, as you can see. They were really nice about me taking photos around with my tripod, which was great. I was here with my friend Rene, and we were keen to get up on the rooftop restaurant to take photos. We were more than happy to actually have a full dinner and everything too!

Anyway, we stopped at the concierge to make reservations. He said it was booked solid for a week. We were just up there and it was 90% empty! He then pretended to call upstairs and said the line was busy, sorry. It was really silly…

We did finally come back and have dinner, but we had to come back under an assumed name like criminals!

One of the Nicer Places that I’ve Been Treated Rudely At

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Thank You Again

For all the people that come out to our Photo Workshops, I really want to thank you for not only trying so hard, but being so open and ready to learn… some of the kindest, most open-hearted people come on these things. I think that’s a surprising thing to so many attendees — the other participants and how they quickly become close after only a few days!

Daily Photo – A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

We went out with our group from the New Zealand Fall Photo Adventure to see a sunrise, but instead got clouds. Not so bad, I say! I like a good set of blue moody clouds in the morning… you never know what you’re gonna get around here! But you can see those nice bright red and yellow trees in the distance… you can imagine how they look when the sun hits!

A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Finding Secret Spots!

Here’s a video of how I used Stuck on Earth (a free app) to find this place below.

Daily Photo – Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

I lost about five pounds in water weight during this shoot! It happened to be an extremely hot day, but I was still in the mood for taking photos. This spot was actually very close to where I was staying in Bang Saray, so it didn’t take too long to get here… I used the extra time to take photos and get more sweaty!

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

In the Danger Zone with the Cape Buffalo

Down in the Weeds

I love getting low to take these shots, but the only way I was able to get this one was from the water while on a boat. Normally, I’m up in a vehicle, which makes this sort of thing very difficult!

Daily Photo – In the Danger Zone with the Cape Buffalo

These are the meanest of all the animals and the ones that the guides fear the most! I did not know that before I went… but when my guide got scared, I got scared.

In the Danger Zone with the Cape Buffalo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Driving Around The Hills

More Max Patte work

If you’re ever in Wellington, be sure to visit Weta Studios and take a tour. It’s absolutely unbelievable and you can see some of his incredible work he did for all the Weta movies.

Daily Photo – Driving Around The Hills

Here’s another one of Max Patte’s sculptures that you see when driving around The Hills golf course. I must say that I spend more time taking photos on the golf course than playing golf! Sometimes I just go get a golf cart and don’t even put on my clubs… I’m sure people just think I am nutty!

Driving Around The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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