Close to Blast Off

Photos in China

If you’re looking to experiment with city photography and not getting hassled by the authorities, I really recommend China. I hardly ever see anyone taking photos while there, so it’s pretty much the wild wild eas

Daily Photo – Close to Blast Off

Here’s one of the many cool-shaped buildings around the CBD area of Beijing. It’s worth spending a whole night just wandering around this area and getting all the little bits here and there. Once you start shooting details of architecture, it can be a little addicting, because there is always more to see. When do you stop? Only when you get super hungry or super tired!

Close to Blast Off

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-25 04:02:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Tower of London in the Night

Colored Lights at night

I’d like to send a shout out to all the lighting designers around the world, and especially those in London, for making such colorful lights that make the sights so much cooler

Daily Photo – The Tower of London in the Night

Wow this place is empty at night. During the day, it’s an absolute zoo. At night, things are quite quiet… the sort of quiet you get right before a zombie outbreak. I’d love to actually spend the night there inside the Tower of London somewhere… wander around inside all night and take photos and more…

The Tower of London in the Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 06:03:33
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Using the Lines of Cities

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Daily Photo – Using the Lines of Cities

Since I’m not a big-city guy any more, I do certainly notice all these bright and bold lines in them, like here in Hong Kong. I took this one night while crossing the street. I used an extra wide-angle lens to really stretch those lines out and give them a nice feel. These two colors seem to go well together (yellow and blue), especially with a lot of black around.

Using the Lines of Cities

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:57:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Floating Homes in Phu Quoc

The Lockett-fixer

Below I mention the great Peter Lockett. I swear, this guy can make anything happen. He was able to get us Any Thing Any Time in Vietnam. We commandeered several vehicles, got into the most amazing places, and basically had everything we ever needed and more! I gotta go on more trips with this dude!

Daily Photo – Visiting the Floating Homes in Phu Quoc

We ended up on a beach in the south part of the island to do some filming for the Kickstarter video. Out in the water, we could see a cluster of floating homes. At one point, Lockett commandeered this boat and driver who then was awesome enough to take me out to see it. Incredible!

Visiting the Floating Homes in Phu Quoc

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-17 18:02:37
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.7

The Beaches of Dubai

Thanks Again Dubai films!

Thanks again for arranging this amazing helicopter ride over Dubai — I’ll never forget it!

Daily Photo – The Beaches of Dubai

There are SO many beaches along here that it’s just incredible. There are two main sections of the city, and this part you see is right in the middle. These are the beaches I got to know the best because I happened to be staying here, but as far as I can tell, all the beaches are amazing. The water is calm all the time too… no waves or anything.

The Beaches of Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-15 22:03:56
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Polar Sunbow Erupts Over an Iced Volcano

This effect

Down below, I made up a name for this… a Sunbow, which obviously is a made-up word. People got quite angry at me on social media when I said this… but I actually don’t know the name. Do any of y’

Daily Photo – A Polar Sunbow Erupts Over an Iced Volcano

An epic place without scale or relativity. Somewhere on this terrible volcano are the remains of a jetliner, which crashed after taking off from New Zealand on a sight-seeing tour. I was on another plane, a CL-130, when I took this. The “L” means it lands on skis. It has no proper windows to speak of, but I managed to befriend the loadmaster, who got me into the cockpit for take-off. Quite by chance, there was a polar sunbow that appeared over this most dreadful and awesome of volcanoes. There is nothing that erupts new earth as close to the Antarctic pole, so to soar over it in peace was surreal. The white sun seemed to welcome everyone below and above.

A Polar Sunbow Erupts Over an Iced Volcano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 08:30:51
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2.7

What You See at the Venice Biennale

A cool product

Here’s a cool thing I saw called Saent. Check it out! I bought one…

Black and White

I’ve thought about opening up a Tumblr or something just to quickly dump all of my “misc” work that never makes it to the blog. I actually create 3000+ photos per year, but only publish my favorite 10% here on the blog. It’s not that the others are “bad” but there is lots of experimental stuff, kind of like this one you se

Daily Photo – What You See at the Venice Biennale

This is from the Russian pavilion. That’s my friend Rene up there, getting freaked out by this giant gas-mask guy. Those eyes inside are on huge video screens, so they actually move around, right and left… it certainly gives you a strange feeling… like the Russians are watching! 🙂

What You See at the Venice Biennale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-11 23:43:09
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Plugin for Rain Effects

I wish there was a plugin to simulate a wet ground. That seems like serious cheating in a way… and I have no idea how they would make one, but it could be awesome

Daily Photo – London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

I think London at night is one of the most amazing experiences ever… especially when there's a bit of rain to make all the lights come even more alive. I visited this area late one night after going to see a very strange (but good) theater show. It put me into quite an unusual mood, which set a good brain space for this kind of wandering!

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:14:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Watching The Big Lebowski in Antarctica

Strangest place you’ve ever watched a movie?

Now that we can watch movies most any time, anywhere, with our laptops or iPads — where is the strangest place you’ve ever watched a movie? I’ve watched many in my truck overnight while camping out waiting on a sunrise… that’s always a fun place to

Daily Photo – Watching The Big Lebowski in Antarctica

Over at the American base, they took one of the original structures from decades ago and converted it into this awesome movie theater! I didn’t have my tripod at the time, but this is the best I could come up with!

Watching The Big Lebowski in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 20:23:17
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Great Place to Explore in Dubai

Zooming in

You may remember a few days ago I talked about “cutting the tops off buildings on purpose.” That’s what I did again here… and I’m really loving the effect of it all. It goes against your first instincts, I think, not to include the top…so it’s a bit of an unnatural decision, but you can get used

Daily Photo – A Great Place to Explore in Dubai

I had big plans this night! I had been to this area once before, and I planned on coming down here for the night and staying out forever! I was by myself and planned to take photos like crazy, eat a bunch, chill out outside with some drinks and listen to music, then go take more photos! Well, I sat down to eat and realized I was mega tired… so I just wolfed it down then went back to the hotel. It was actually a mega lame night… just wasn’t feeling so great.

A Great Place to Explore in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 23:03:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length61.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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