I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.
I started adding “Cards” to our YouTube videos. These are those little things under the “i” there on the top right of the video. It’s pretty slick for sure… although I don’t know if people are actually using them or not! Here’s an example below…
Daily Photo – Following the Icebreaker
You can see our shadow there while Hef was flying. Now, this ship you see here is on the Icebreaker, but it was right behind it. When the Icebreaker arrives every year down in Antarctica, it’s a big deal! They they can finally get in some much-needed supplies. All the countries down there generally share space on the ships that bring supplies… there are all sorts of logistics that go into it.
I know we sold out Venice in 48 hours and there were many disappointed people (including some old friends) — sorry about that! Well, to be sure and not miss out on our next one, sign up for the Newsletter.
Daily Photo – The Best Venice Shooting Time
Whenever it started to rain in Venice, I would drop everything and get out there to shoot. Even better, it was just about to get dark so all the little businesses started to turn on their lights. That reflection of the ground simply cannot be beat. Luckily, this cute waitress gal happened to be walking right through the frame, so I was sure to grab a photo of her just as she passed in front of that bright spot.
In a way, these remind me of the Koloss from the Mistborn series, which is a book series I recommend. They were these crazy creatures from the book that just have extra skin that they grow into, and as they get older, it gets super-stretchy and starts to crack. But I’ve always wondered why elephants seem to have so much extra skin!
Daily Photo – Elephants on the Move
The thing that struck me most about the elephants was how silent they were as they moved about. I don’t know what the bottom of their feet are like, but they appear to be super-soft and cushy. I doubt they are, since they can walk on anything, any time, at any temperature. I don’t know how something can be so tough and quiet at the same time!
As far as I know, the best one is the badly-named “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”— and I just noticed on their website they have a desktop version — cool!
Daily Photo – Moonset in Queenstown
I get to see this almost every morning from my studio when the moon sets. Of course, it’s not always at this time of day, but sometimes it is! I’m not one of those hardcore moon guys who knows where the moon is gonna be and stuff. Occasionally though, I have friends around me that know this stuff, and that helps tremendously!
I was hanging out with Simone Cecchetto and his wife Christina for several days. They design and make these incredible shoes… all handmade in Italy. More info at their website or on their Instagram.
Daily Photo – Amazing Shoes in Venice
We spent a lot of time in these water taxis in Venice. It’s such a fabulous way to see the city. It’s also way easier than walking around. They certainly aren’t inexpensive, so I tried to use every moment on them to capture as many photos as possible!
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Daily Photo – During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Here’s one of many stops we made during our amazing week together on the New Zealand Photo Adventure. It’s always an amazing week, and this year the colors seemed better than ever. But I say that every year. I think I forget, you know, how beautiful this place is here in Arrowtown, which is only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. It seems SO FAR for us locals, but it’s really just a rounding error, isn’t it?
Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes
How did the art director feel about me using a mirrorless camera? What kind of problems did I have on set with costuming? What happened when one of the hobbit-kids freaked out because of the prosthetic feet? What were the challenges in the post-processing?
Join me on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand as I do a photo shoot campaign for Air New Zealand. I almost never do client work, but since NZ is my new home, I made an exception. Besides, I like Air New Zealand!
Daily Photo – Inside the Greatest Temple
You may remember a post from a few weeks ago where I showed the outside of what I consider one of the most amazing temples in the world. It was from Pattaya, Thailand, and one of the most remarkable things is how new it is. Can you believe all this has been built just in the last 20 or 30 years? It’s very Burning-Manish too inside, which is always a plus with me!
This was a little above me when I took the photo, so I used the Lightroom automatic lens correction to true up all the vertical lines. I don’t always do that, but if it is very close to vertical, I want to make it is as good as possible.
Daily Photo – Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice
I can’t totally take credit for this shot, as it was found on one of my random wanderings with Rene. He and I would rarely have any kind of a plan other than just meandering. There was always food in the mix. That’s a sure thing with him. It’s truly unbelievable how much food he eats… he’s like a Tardis! Anyway, here’s a little thing that he saw on the way so I grabbed my own photo!
Here’s the FULL episode, as what follows below is just the bit where I was on. Here’s the full description of the whole episode:
Hosts: Leo Laporte, Megan Morrone, Mike Elgan, Jason Howell, Fr. Robert Ballecer, and Bryan Burnett.
Mike Elgan takes us through the highlights of Google I/O, Photographer Trey Ratcliff talks about The Arcanum and photography with Voice Over Actor Jim Cutler, plus inside the Kickstarter project called Cubit.
A lot of people ask what I use to record my videos on my computer — I really recommend Screenflow Pro. It’s just a great program and very very easy to use.
Daily Photo – 1,000 Stories in Venice
I walked around a lot of these nights with my friend Rene. It was nice to wander around and see so many other people out and about. I think there were mostly locals around, sitting on steps or bridges, drinking and eating. I was amazed how many people I saw walking around with glasses of wine — very impressive, Italy, very impressive…