Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Self-Auditory-injury Question

Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions?

See the Landscape Tutorial

Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography Tutorial here in the store. We shoot a whole segment from here at this North Korean Prison!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

It’s remarkable how big Deer Park Heights is in Queenstown. Most “hills” around New Zealand look like nothing, but each one can be a huge mountain in its own right. I think it’s because you often see these “hills” in the context of the giant mountains of the Southern Alps, so everything is both in-context and beyond-context. This old North Korean prison was a movie set for a rather horrible Disney movie from the 80’s. I’m a movie fan, and I just can’t recommend it!

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Come see a giant work of mine at Art Southampton starting on July 9!

Come out to the huge Art Southampton Event!

Starting on July 9th, one of my biggest works will be displayed at Art Southamption in New York. The work is the one below and it’s printed at about nine feet across (3 meters). We used a very special printing process for it that you can see below. When you get there, look up Dranoff Fine Art or to find out more, you can email him at glenn@dranofffineart.com.

Daily Photo – Poking the front of your face through the veil

Those lovely green hills in the southern Guangxi province of China might look soft and plush, but the fauna hides a nearly impossible-to-ascend rockiness that has the consistency of chunky black glass. I know this because I had to ascend one of those spires to get this photo, which was hard enough during the day, but during the descent in the dark of night, it was an exercise in blood loss.

Poking the front of your face through the veil

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photographers tell amazing stories of their mind-blowage!

Wow! Listen to these people talk what happened to them at www.TheArcanum.com – these are all Apprentices of Stephan Bollinger. BTW, we have a “rating system” like Uber and Stephan, like many Masters, hits it out of the park. He averages no less than a 5.0 rating! Here’s some of his Apprentices in this video: Pete Donohue , Jason Crader , Biju Oommen , Jake Randle , Maggi Woo , Daniela Vallant, Jeff Bond, Ryan Lundstrom , Jose Cabello , Paul McCranie , Mikhail Veter.

Hot Venice Tip

You’d think Venice is a city that has dozens (or hundreds) of rooftop bars and restaurants. Well, you’re as wrong as I was in thinking this! Darn! There’s the Gritti Palace, which is REALLY expensive and the concierge can be Quite Snobby in getting you a reservation. I have a WHOLE story about that with Rene! Or you can go here, to the top of the Hilton. It’s not too hard to get over there, as you can take the free Hilton ferry, but it’s kind of a drag. More below.

Daily Photo – A View from the Hilton in Venice

This is the view if you end up going all the way to the Hilton. They have an awesome rooftop pool, but it closes before sunset! There’s no way to get out there, no matter how much you beg and plead, believe me. But if you move to the corner of the upstairs bar, you can in fact get this view. It looks pretty good, yes, I agree, but this photo would have been 10x better if I could have just gotten over to the pool area. Balderdash!

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length205.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

July First, Time for New Presets!

Ready for the New Presets

This is my Birth Month, July 1971, so you know I’m gonna pull out all the stops this month! Pop over to our Trey’s Lightroom Presets to grab the amazing presets for this month. Remember, on Day 1 of every month, we offer them half-price. It’s a heck of a deal, and something I’m happy to offer the most HARD CORE of you that come back month after month for the goodies!

Here’s one of the before/afters for ya. Naturally, every preset totally depends on each photo… but this one is called “Daytwister.”

After:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1

Before:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1-2

Daily Photo – A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

How perfect is this water mill? It would sit there all day, gently turning the water over itself. I don’t have to tell you the wish-wash sound it made, because you already know and can imagine it without effort. If that is you, then I took this photo just for you.

This is one of the photos that I processed in our HDR Video Tutorial. I hope you like the final result!

A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Spartacus

Here’s a wild show recommendation. Remember the move “300”? If you liked that kind of raw, ethereal, slow-motion absolute violence, then I recommend all four seasons of Spartacus. I know it’s probably a ridiculous thing to say, but I watched every episode and enjoyed them all! It connects to my base male-side, unapologetically. There are really beautiful, interesting, and intense scenes. It’s not for the faint of heart. There’s some of the most intense violence and sex you’ve ever seen, but if you’re cool with that, then jump on board for a wild ride!

Daily Photo – A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Who would have thought some of the best Roman ruins were in Nimes, France? Not me! But they are. I find them generally better preserved than the ruins in Rome itself! I’ve always been a fan of Roman history, so I geek out when I see this stuff. In this same arena, the following night, I saw Sting perform, which was a most wonderful anachronism.

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Nearly Midnight in Paris

On Another Episode of The New Screen Savers

The New Sony A7Rii and the RX100 Mark 4 — talking about them with Leo Laporte on The New Screen Savers.

This was a fun show for sure… all kinds of stuff actually happened… this is the “highlight reel” kinda with just my stuff on there… but you can also see a little Catherine Hall action!

See my Sony A7r Review at or go watch the full episode here: https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/8

Midnight in Paris: Video Tutorial

Don’t forget to check out the Midnight in Paris video tutorial here on the site… it’s a winner and I’m sure you’ll discover some great stuff in there!

Daily Photo – Nearly Midnight in Paris

Here’s one of my favorite images during our time at this amazing chateau near Paris. We had a fabulous weekend there and I was happy to meet so many new friends. I hope you enjoy the video series above!

Nearly Midnight in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rails to Casablanca

Morocco Video

I should have a cool video from Morocco to share with you soon! :)

Daily Photo – The Rails to Casablanca

Technically, I suppose, these are the rails between Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco. I shot this out of the back of the train, looking towards Casablanca where I had just left. That’s where the main airport is, and I was disappointed that Casablanca was not a more awesome town! I had just watched “Casablanca” for a second time on the plane on the way there, and I had high expectations, but I’d say it was by far the most disappointing of the places I visited in Morocco. I’d rank it last among the 7-8 cities I stayed in during my three weeks there!

The Rails to Casablanca

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Revisiting the Google Loon Project

I was able to join the Google X team here in New Zealand not too long ago for the test launch of their Loon project. Here’s a video I made with Google Glass while there:

Daily Photo – Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Naturally, there are gondolas all over Venice, but the best place to shoot them is around the edge of St. Mark’s Square as the sun is setting. Almost all of the gondoliers bring their boats in here at the end of the day and dock them for the night. It’s one of the best times to come see them all lined up in processing.

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Using Stuck on Earth to plan Thailand Trip

Some more coolness from Stuck On Earth. I’ll show you some awesome stuff in Stuck On Earth that you may not know about!

Daily Photo – Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

This little place right by Bang Saray, Thailand was a real surprise. I always pull up Stuck on Earth when I’m in a new spot and constantly finding cool things here and there. This was one of my greatest finds!

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Young Ninja at Mt. Fuji

While in Tokyo

I’ve been to Tokyo about five times before I ever decided to go visit Mt. Fuji. I suppose I didn’t know how close it was! It’s really just a short drive and there are countless good angles from all the small villages around the base.

Daily Photo – A Young Ninja at Mt. Fuji

How cool is this kid? I was exploring this small town around Fujisan and all of the sudden, this kid jumped out of the shadows and started doing all kinds of crazy moves! I pulled out my camera, then he really started going nuts, performing all kinds of wild maneuvers at me. It was so awesome!

A Young Ninja at Mt. Fuji

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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