I have half-a-plan. I think one summer (when it is cold in NZ), I’m going to rent a flat somewhere near the Seine for a month. And then, every day for at least a week, I’m going to visit a different area of the Louvre with my sketchpad and snacks. Well look… okay… I’ll just go ahead and plan on it… no need to “think” about it anymore… I’ll just do it. There, I talked myself into it.
Daily Photo – I Love Paris
Sometimes the most fun things to buy are things you can’t get on Amazon. But that also means you have to carry the thing. I have gotten a little spoiled by not-buying things in person. Often times, I’ll just scan the image with my phone and then have Amazon ship it right to my house so I don’t have to carry the thing. I know this is lazy, but it is also kind of cool. But, then you are in little markets here and there and you see nice little custom-made things… and that trick doesn’t work any more…
I mentioned this yesterday after I edited the post later in the day, but I decided to go ahead and embed the video now as well. This was made by William Beem when we were together, shooting the Disney castle…
PhotoWalk Live Stream
Watch it here. We had only half an idea for the Austin Photowalk – to have the always-unpredictable Gino Barassa follow us around and do a live Hangout from the event. The video quality is REALLY bad, but you still get a sense of the event in a way… and an accidental shot inside the women’s bathroom…
Thanks to Keith Barrett and Dave Veffer for helping it happen!
Daily Photo – Girl Running in Santa Monica
And speaking of PhotoWalks, this is the first photo I got during the LA PhotoWalk. After I was on the steps and gave my little speech-thing, I went down right to the water’s edge to see what I could find. This little girl was running up the beach to her dad, so I grabbed a quick one while I talked through the shot for the crowd. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, since everything was unplanned.
How many of you watch MOST of your video on the internet? I wonder about this… I know that we got rid of cable about a year ago and watch everything over the internet now on our TVs… We use Google TV, Roku, and Apple TV. There’s no one-stop-shopping for everything video, but it’s not bad… What is your approach to this ever-changing video world?
Daily Photo - Driving from Petaluma to Napa
I’ve made this trip a few times, but it is usually in the morning and on the way from Napa to Petaluma. This is usually the situation because I stay at my mom’s house before going over to do a show with Leo Laporte. This time, it was the opposite (well, kinda… I didn’t sleep with Leo), but I did the show first then drove to Napa to have dinner with my mom.
Tom was with me, and we were on a sharp lookout for a good sunset situation. While driving by this old barn, I saw a great opportunity, so we got out of the car to get all the equipment ready…
But Colby and Bill and Jarvie have the D800 — they show it off in the hangout video below!
So, I wrote this controversial article at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2012/01/04/dslrs-are-a-dying-breed-3rd-gen-cameras-are-the-future/ about DSLRs being a dying breed… something that I still believe… In the article I said that DSLRs are on their way out and Mirrorless cameras will take over in the next few years. I didn’t see myself spending more money on DSLR equipment, but that is before the D800 came out, which is half the price and better for my situation than the D3X! So…. this is my loophole… hehe… and well… you can see more in the video.
I shared this photo in the beginning of my talk. I shot it earlier in the morning with the Nikon D800 (that I borrowed from Lester) when I went to visit the amazing Severance Hall.
I’m going to start up my Nikon D800 Review page and fill it up over the next few weeks with my thoughts and samples from the camera. I won’t really get the thing “done” for a while, but at least you’ll get some ideas of my thoughts and feedback on the camera.
So, Severance Hall was a beautiful venue. It’s the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and it’s one of the most beautiful conference halls in the world. If you visit Cleveland, this is on the must-see list! I got a lot more shots, and I can talk more about this amazing place in the future… for now… it’s been a long day and I’m awfully tired… enjoy.
I wanted to remind you to grab Stuck On Earth (Free in iTunes) for your iPad if you have not already. We just came out with version 2.0, which has some amazing features, like the ability to download a whole slew of photos from a map and save them into a trip. Find out more on StuckOnEarthApp.com.
Daily Photo – Bridge Through Steamy Jungle
Here’s another photo from that Disney resort in Oahu. I guess there’s nothing about that make it Disney other than it’s kinda cool and “feels” right. It makes me wish all bridges had little lights like this!
Just in the distance there maybe you can make out a bit of light blue water. That is part of a little lazy river that snakes around the property. By this time, I was pretty tired and was really thinking about jumping on a raft while people handed me hors d’ oeuvres while I floated by…
This is one of the few places in the world where I feel like I’m time traveling… If you could time-travel, where would you go and when?
Daily Photo - The Village of Lijiang
I tried to get this shot for almost a week!
It turns out there is a hill/mountain that requires significant planning and calories to ascend for this dusky time falls. And I kept miscalculating the time with Tom. We always thought the sunset would be a little later than it was. And then we would start to get up into position, and we realized it was too late — so we went to go do something else instead.
This evening, I would snap a few photos and then sit down with my sketch pad and work on a few drawings. I’d wait about 10 minutes for the light to change between photos… and it was nice just to listen to music and play around with some sketching-ideas…
Also, here’s a video that the president just released about the event…
So, a few weeks ago we swapped out the “top” of the page so it is not so supa-thick. I haven’t heard many comments (a few) — what do you think? Do you like that it doesn’t take you 30 minutes to scroll down to see the daily photo?
Daily Photo - San Francisco on an Early Morning
And speaking of the daily photo, here we go again. And I’m excited to share this one!
I think this is my favorite image of San Francisco I’ve ever taken. It wasn’t terribly difficult. The hike was pretty short, even though there was one dangerous part. The only other hard part, I suppose, was planning the day/night before so I could stay in Sausalito and wake up early for a quick jaunt over to this area.
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Idea for Facebook Interest Lists
I’d like to do an “Interest List” for the community here at StuckInCustoms.com — since MOST of you are on Facebook, it might be fun to have a list with a lot of you in it. The only problem is that I don’t have time to maintain the list. Who would like to do it? You’ll have to go through and add a bunch of people now and in the future… so it will be a lot of work… but let me know!
I’m going on the maiden voyage of the new Disney ship next week… I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been on one of these Disney cruises, so this will be an interesting experience. The whole family is going, so it should be a good time!
BTW, Disney is not paying for the trip or anything… people sometimes suspect that I get everything for free in exchange for blog posts, but that isn’t the case... If a company does sponsor something, I’ll be sure to let you know… not that you would really care anyway… just letting you know the ground rules around here
Daily Photo – The Disney Temple
I put up a photo of a temple in Oahu yesterday, and it occurred to me that this is just another form of the temple… sort of a modern-day worship of spas and relaxation! You can make an argument that, in many ways, this is just as beautiful as those revered buildings of another age…
This is the Aulani, a Disney resort on Oahu. Tom and I drove over here to take photos one evening. I didn’t stay here overnight, but I did stay late into the evening to take photos. There’s also a big beach and a ton of cool spots to take photos. I think I pretty much filled up a card with all the photo ops!
Here’s a new kind of eBook for you over at FlatBooks.com. Most ebooks, like my recent one about Photoshop, are photography-centric. This one is a bit different and more of a life-centric book. It has gotten great reviews – hope you enjoy it!
3-2-1 Stop was written by Lorilee Lippincott and it’s filled with over 80 pages of advice, experiences, and application from someone who has experienced the freedom and power of being a minimalist in a consumerist world.
How I upload photos to Google+
I get this question a lot, so I made a little how-to video so you can see a little of my workflow.
Daily Photo -Deep inside the Haunted Engine Room
Right after the LA PhotoWalk, I decided to do something that may or may not have been illegal. There is a haunted ship docked off the coast of Long Beach that has been partially converted to a hotel – the Queen Mary. There is a little tour that takes you around haunted bits here and there. Tom and I left the tour to start exploring on our own…. we found all sorts of amazing and creepy, abandoned places… this is one of them.
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Daily Photo – Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon
I spent most of the day at Tom’s house in the Hollywood hills doing interviews. Getting interviewed all day is kind of a draining thing, in a way. The day was dreadfully cloudy, but around 5 PM, I started to think the sky would be interesting at sunset and into the night. So we wrapped up everything quickly then headed up to the top of Runyon Canyon to see the city from above.
I used the 28-300mm lens here in portrait mode and zoomed in all the way to the 300mm setting.
I didn’t plan on this being the topic when I went into do this show with Leo Laporte, but this is what it turned into. I hope you find some bits and pieces in here of use to you!
Daily Photo – San Francisco Golden Gate by Night
I’d had a very long day up at the TWIT studios with Leo Laporte and gang, where I recorded TWIT Photo and MacBreak Weekly recently. After all that, I drove down south to find a place in Sausalito for the night with Tom. We planned on waking up early the next morning for photos. Since we were so close, we decided to take a small hike up the trail near there to see the bridge in the evening… and that is when I grabbed this shot.
I’ve been taking photos of different places around the world for many many years now, and you might enjoy a few deep dives into the history of it all! To see more of any particular country, go choose it from the lower right. Try, for example, Argentina. After you scroll down through a page of photos, click “Previous” to see another page. Most regular readers here know this, but new people pop in all the time — so there you go!
Daily Photo - Little Beijing
While at the top of one of new towers built for the Olympics, I was able to get a good vantage back towards different parts of the city. Beijing is so spread out — there does not seem to be a central focus in the traditional “skyscraper” sense. I’ve taken a few other downtown shots you might recall (click on the”Beijing” category), but this spot was kind of cool and unique because of this tower I was in.
I happened to be outside with Joe McNally, after we finally convinced the officials to let us get beyond the inside and dirty windows. We were out in the “5th ring” where many Olympic venues were built. And so, here was this huge tower in the outskirts, looking back towards the city. It seemed like a good situation for a zoom-in compression shot.