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 Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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 Taken
  • 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

Four Seasons Marrakech

More from Morocco

Don’t forget you can click on “Morocco” up just above this area to see all the photos from my recent 3-week trip to Morocco. I love that place so much! :)

Daily Photo – Four Seasons Marrakech

Isn't this a civilized place to have a glass of wine at the end of the day in Marrakech, Morocco? I certainly think so! I was still taking photos, processing, and watching the amazing evening. In fact, I was so excited about taking this photo, that I immediately moved it over to my laptop and processed it. What an amazing evening… I think one of the best things about this place is the lighting. It's sort of a little surprise that appears as soon as the sun goes down.

Four Seasons Marrakech

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Are you caught up on Game of Thrones?

I’m curious if you watch Game of Thrones. I now know a lot of people that aren’t even into fantasy fiction that are totally into that show! I’ve read the books and loved them… but also loving the show!

Daily Photo – Front Row Seat at The Buddha

This turned out to be one of the coolest areas of the Tanzhe Temple in near Beijing. This room is full of hundreds of little statues, each of which were purchased and a simulacrum of the once-living so they could be close to Buddha in the afterlife. Each one was bright and shiny and was clearly well-maintained. I took many angles of this room, and this one turned out to be my favorite. I took another from the ground level, but I felt like all the lines pointed in a better direction here.

Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

What’s in Trey’s Bag?

What’s in my camera bag?

I have all the gear listed here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/camera-equipment/ ! :)
- The Sony A7r review
- Leica Lens Buying Guide

Frederick Van Johnson and I recorded this here in New Zealand recently for The Arcanum - Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – Marching in Tiananmen Square

This was a really awesome and strangely clear day in Beijing! It's the only photo of Tiananmen Square I've ever gotten with a clear sky. It's usually kind of grey and depressing around here.

While I was taking this photo, a big group of Chinese tourists came up. They were from a very remote part of China and I think they were pretty excited to see a white person! They all got their photos taken with me… I was quite the freakshow! :)

Marching in Tiananmen Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Glow of Beijing

The Real Beijing From Above

I posted this video last month, but maybe you missed it… as opposed to the city model below, here is what it really looks like!

Daily Photo – The Glow of Beijing

I know… you are probably getting sick of seeing shots from this boringly-named “Beijing Planning Museum”, aren't you? Haha well, I keep posting them because I'm fascinated by it… I don't know why… I think I got a fresh spark because my most recent visit included a new idea to try some shallow DOF stuff at f/1.4. I think the way the buildings look in miniature at a wide-open aperture is so interesting. Anyway… don't worry… there are even MORE coming in the future!

Don't forget you can click on “China” up there in the category to see even more.

Beijing, China

The Glow of Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ethan in Glenorchy

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Daily Photo – Ethan in Glenorchy

Here's a picture of my son walking through the wetlands of Glenorchy. We had a nice family hike there on Mother's Day, and I liked the way he stood out in these yellow grasses… he kind of looks like a human in the wild… a creature of New Zealand… his gait kind of reminds me of that old video footage of a sasquatch! :)

Ethan in Glenorchy

Ethan in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Beijing at f/1.4

City Planning Museums

Is this simply a Chinese thing? The way they have these huge museums that are tributes to the city planning itself? It feels like a very “Chinese” top-down thing to do… to talk about how wonderful top-down design is and then build a museum around that idea.

Daily Photo – Beijing at f/1.4

I love taking photos in these Chinese city planning museums. It sounds so boring, I know… but they really are beyond wonderful. Maybe mostly guys like them because they are such cool models. I've taken photos of this from every angle, but I decided to get down low and take a prime photo at f/1.4 — I really dig the way it turned out!

Beijing at f/1.4

Beijing at f/1.4

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

SmugMug Review

Don’t forget to check out the SmugMug Review here on the site if you haven’t lately!

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth with Chris Burkard

Here’s an amazing new film from SmugMug and Anton Lorimer. Check it out!

Daily Photo – Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Here's one of the many ornate bridges I saw while walking around the many lakes at the Summer Palace. I decided to do a treatment with the new Analog Efex Pro 2 from Nik/Google. The original photo was pretty good, but it felt a little boring or something. The texture and the feel was not right… so I spent a fun 15 minutes in AEP2 to make it the right kind of interesting!

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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