Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

Photography Tips

Did you know there are heaps (as they say here in NZ) of Photography Tips here on this site? Just click on that link to see them all! It’s part of the automatic categorization process… it works the same way as “Montana” or “Yellowstone” in the tag descriptions up there.

Daily Photo – Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

We all had a great few days at a remote ranch in Yellowstone at our mini Arcanum retreat! You can see Curtis there sitting beside her… there was a lot of photography with her and Jessica Lark, a lot of adventuring, a lot of good conversations, and amazing fun! As she and Curtis were leaving by wagon train, I grabbed this quick photo of her as she departed… there are a lot more photos from that week too; will share them soon!

Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Creation Wars, Episode 1

The Creation Wars, Episode 1: “Internet Scissoring”

Welcome to the premier episode! This is a weekly show featuring a really fun photography competition, represented by some great Masters from The Arcanum! This week we have Karen Hutton, Cap’n Ollie Dale, Jessica Lark, Martin Bailey, and A.D. Wheeler!

Tell your friends outside The Arcanum to come support the show at http://www.patreon.com/thearcanum where for as little as $0.01 they can get access to special stuff like getting the show a week early, watching it LIVE, see Pre and Post Show PARTAYS, and more.

The show is also available after production to all Arcanum Apprentices and Grand Library Members — Enjoy!

Key Times:
22.00 Karen Hutton Cohort Submission
35.30 A.D. Wheeler Cohort Submission
44.00 Ollie Dale’s Cohort Submission
52.00 Martin Bailey’s Cohort Submission
61.00 Jessica Lark’s Cohort Submission
73.00 Final Arguments
82.00 Taboo Word Critique
97.00 This Weeks Winner
100.30 Master Shares

Here’s the link to the site from where some European countries can buy a calendar of the Lion photos from Christian Meermann, the guy who’s photo I showed in Creation Wars last week.

Thanks to Stuart Davidson for the post-production!

Black Friday Sales for Fans and Photographers

Save 35% on all Presets, Tutorials* and eBooks

This Black Friday sales begins NOW and ends on Monday, December 1st

All the cool kids are holding Black Friday sales so we thought we would join the fun! Stop by the Stuck in Customs store and save 35% on all Presets, Tutorials* and eBooks! No coupon code is required. We have a variety of different tools and learning resources perfect for any skill level, from amateurs to professionals. See you there!

Hey what’s up with asterisk on the Tutorials? Well we JUST launched a brand new Textures tutorial a few days ago. We priced the tutorial and the 170 high-res texture pack at a super low rate already so we decided to keep them out of this Black Friday sale.


Use the code BlackFridayPrints to save 40% on all Prints

This Black Friday sales begins NOW and ends on Monday, December 1st

The Prints will make perfect gifts for friends, family or even yourself! You can view my entire portfolio over on SmugMug. Click on an image you like from the Portfolio section and then click on the green BUY PHOTOS button just above the image. The prices displayed will be the standard price. You can enter the Coupon Code “BlackFridayPrints” during the check out process to save 40%! Act now because this special 40% discount ends on December 1, 2014.


You can also save 35% on ALL eBooks over at Flatbooks.com

Head on over to Flatbooks.com for a HUGE collection of amazing eBooks from many different authors. The 35% discount will be applied upon checkout. You gotta hurry though! This sale ends on December 1st.


 

Additional Sales from our Friends

Get 40% off a SmugMug account

I store my entire portfolio on SmugMug. They have amazing tools for customizing your site, showcasing your work and selling prints. You can read all about them over on my SmugMug review. They have a special Black Friday Special that will save you 40% off a new SmugMug account.

Macphun Photo Editing Software

Our friends at Macphun have an awesome Black Friday / Cyber Monday offer this year! Four award-winning photo editing apps, plus a $25 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card for just $129.99, a 40% savings! Check it out at www.macphun.com/blackfriday.

A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

Portrait Orientation and Composition

There is a rule that is sometimes okay to break that you should not put the subject in the middle of your composition. Well, when you switch into Portrait-orientation, all those rules go right out the window! You’re fully allowed to plop things (like the tree below!) right plum in the middle of the frame.

Daily Photo – A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

These trees are unlike any other tree I've ever seen! They are spread all around many desert-y areas of Namibia, and they are often quite spread out from one another. Each one has a totally unique shape, and you'll never see one that will be mistaken for another one. I've never seen individual trees that can look so unalike their neighbors… I'll post more of these in coming weeks and you'll see what I mean!

A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Overhead Panos

This is a new thing I am going try to do more of — taking a series of photos while looking straight down then pasting them all together. Most of the cameras on these quadcopters are pretty good, but you can really amp up the resolution if you take a ton of photos and paste them together, like in the image below.

Daily Photo – Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Here's a very strange and confusing photo of one of the many abandoned buildings in Kolmanskop from above. The quadcopter was flying overhead and taking pictures straight down. This is a panorama that was assembled from about 6 different photos — and it turned out so unusual, I think! This happened to be a good time for the light and shadows… the late afternoon there seems to have the best light coming in the windows to light up all the sand dunes that have penetrated the building.

Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/290
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

In the Townships of Johannesburg

Curtis in Soweto

It was fun hanging out with all the kids around here. I was with Curtis, and I took a photo of him that ended up being his profile photo. You can see it here!

Daily Photo – In the Townships of Johannesburg

We started our Africa trip in Johannesburg where we settled for a few days to prepare for several weeks in Namibia. While there, we decided to go to into Soweto to visit the townships one day. I didn't know much about them, and I was a little on-edge, but I was with a local guide and everything felt good there. And right after we arrived, we were pretty much totally surrounded by kids. When that happened, I felt completely at ease. Sadly, I only got to spend a small part of the afternoon there… but I enjoyed it so much that I look forward to going back another time.

In the Townships of Johannesburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Desert Rose Warms Herself

All this is on video

We have a secret new video we are working on right now! Be sure to sign up or the Newsletter to find out about it first!

Daily Photo – The Desert Rose Warms Herself

This is one of many photos you'll see of Desert Rose! What a cool gal! We met her in Namibia and she was working at the hotel. She had a crazy-wonderful attitude and was quite the actress! My friend Rene and I managed to talk her into a bathing suit and get into a freezing cold pool for a photoshoot. I'll share those photos soon. But after that, she was so cold, so Rene, the towel-boy, wrapped her up like this… I thought she looked so awesome against the wall in those mixed tones…

The Desert Rose Warms Herself

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

A little behind-the-scenes

Here’s a fairly random video that we shot while on the Hobbiton Movie Set. We were doing a few videos for The Arcanum! It also shows some other random stuff during a little New Zealand adventure…

Daily Photo – Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

I know I post a lot of photos from Hobbiton, so you gotta give me a break! haha… It's so pretty there. On this particular night, we were out very late shooting… it turned out to be kind of a small photowalk! A few people from a tour spotted us and came over to say hello, so we invited them right along. Whenever I do shots like this, it makes me wonder why I don't go out every night!

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of New Zealand

A New Video!

A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness…

I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/landscape-and-travel-photography-tutorial-new-zealand/

Animation/Slideshow – more info at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/animoto — or see my review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/animoto-review/

Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at https://www.facebook.com/ArmaDelAmorNZ

Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Sony A7s Review

Check out the new Sony A7s Review I just recently finished!

Instagram Fun

I’ve been doing a fun series over on Instagram with combining some of my photos with a few of my favorite passages from the Patrick Rothfuss books.

Daily Photo – Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Blue skies are a rare thing in Beijing, so it was a super-surprise to see these kinds of delicate clouds over the corner tower here. I do love the way these clouds turned out… they look like the kinds of clouds that Bob Ross would paint! The clouds did not last long, and it takes forever to get anywhere else in Beijing. I wanted to get photos of the whole city before this perfect situation went away, but I knew that would be pretty much impossible… I just stayed here and chilled out… watching the clouds slowly fade across the sky.

Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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