A HUGE HBO Game of Thrones and Google+ PhotoWalk in Sydney

Join me next week in Sydney!

All the event details are here. I’m really looking forward to seeing you — it should be an amazing event… I’m a huge fan of The Game of Thrones, so this will be a perfect storm of awesomeness! :)

Daily Photo – Across the Narrow Sea to Sydney for the Game of Thrones event

Or, well, across the next great thing – the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia! I'm excited about the big event… and no, I won't be arriving on this boat, but it would be kinda cool!

Across the Narrow Sea to Sydney for the Game of Thrones event

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 9, 2013 at 5:28pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Mystery Location in Melbourne!

Best Stained Glass in the world?

Where do you think the best stained glass is in the world? Usually some of the best are in cathedrals and things of this nature, but I bet there are a few amazing displays that I’ve never even heard of.

Daily Photo – Mystery Location in Melbourne

Can anyone identify today's location?

There is a tiny bit of a trick to this photo. I just finished recording a little behind-the-scenes of how it was made… but kind of a cool trick if I do say so myself! It has to do with symmetry and getting everything right in the camera, which can be darn near impossible with structures like this!

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 11, 2013 at 9:11am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO560
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sydney Through the Glass

Your Favorite Science YouTube Videos?

I don’t know if you’ve seen my YouTube Playlists, but I’ve got a few different ones. I have kind of “photography” ones, but I also have Funny Playlists, Science Playlists, etc etc. What are your favorite science videos, I need to fill mine up with some more! I just added a cool one of a gravity demonstration that I saw on reddit… But I find that using playlists is a good way to remember my favorite YouTube videos.

Daily Photo – Sydney Through the Glass

Here I am in the Customs House visiting a beautiful restaurant. I liked the view from the balcony, but I liked it even better from indoors! The way the strange light bounced off the glass made my kinda happy and confused, so I though t it was a much more interesting shot.

Sydney Through the Glass

Sydney Through the Glass

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 9, 2013 at 4:35pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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Sydney from Above

Queenstown from Above

I did it! My first solo flight in a paraglider was successful! I also got a video of the thing I will share soon, but here is a quick shot I just took from the air over Queenstown with Google Glass:

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Sydney from Above

I love these models of cities! I should make it a point to visit models of cities whenever I am in the city itself. It’s often impressive and gives you a very nice feel for the organism of the whole city. This one was in Sydney, and it was Alexia Sinclair who first showed me this awesome place! She had an exhibit here about a year prior, and it was a spectacular venue for it!

Sydney from Above

Sydney from Above

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 9, 2013 at 4:30pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Circular Walkway in Brisbane

Hilarious Australian coastal Rivalries

I’ve noticed something about Australians that fascinates me. I don’t know if this is ALL Australians or not… and I hate to generalize… but… it’s been my experience so far…

They are all obsessed with one region of a Australia or another! I’ve heard so much contradicting stuff that I can’t make heads or tails of: “Oh my gawd – people from the Gold Coast! Can you believe!” or “Those people in Sydney, you know.” or “Melbourne – it’s like – I mean, come on!” or “Brisbane – now that is a place, well, you know.” It’s this kind of stuff over and over again. No matter where I go, a significant part of the conversation is quite analytical about people from another part of Australia. It’s the funniest thing and it cracks me up!

Daily Photo – The Circular Walkway in Brisbane

Here is one place we stopped on the wonderful photowalk in Brisbane. Thanks again everyone for a fun night! I ended up recording a little video too that the team is still editing together – will try to get that out soon!

The Circular Walkway in Brisbane

The Circular Walkway in Brisbane

Photo Information

  • Date TakenSeptember 14, 2013 at 8:00am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Great time in Australia!

Brisbane PhotoWalk

Check out the event here on G+ to see photos from the great PhotoWalk!

Jogging with Glass on the Gold Coast

I’ve had a very weird schedule lately!! I went from the desert of the US to Australia for a speaking engagement then back to the desert of the US, then back home to New Zealand! So, whenever my body is all out-of-whack, I try to go out and get exercise and feel the natural vibrations of wherever I am. I decided to go out on the Gold Coast of Australia for a jog, and, just for kicks, I had an idea with Glass while doing it… This place is just a short ways from where I was staying there on the coast at the QT Gold Coast (highly recommended!) here’s the end of the little experiment. :)

More Glass Photos

Below are some photos that I took with Glass while on the run down the beach. This first one strange with the bikini-clad girl in the elevator – that was taken inside the QT Gold Coast!

Glass Random (106 of 125)

Glass Random (62 of 125)

Glass Random (59 of 125)

Glass Random (55 of 125)

Glass Random (35 of 125)

Glass Random (125 of 125)-2

Daily Photo – Brisbane Laser Light Show

We had an amazingly fun PhotoWalk in Brisbane! The people there were really nice and it was fun to talk with them about so many different topics. The photowalk ended here, at this most incredible laser light show in the middle of downtown on the river… Thanks again everyone! :)

Brisbane Laser Light Show

Brisbane Laser Light Show

Photo Information

  • Date TakenSeptember 14, 2013 at 9:14am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The QT Gold Coast and Bazaar

Great Hotel in the Gold Coast!

I was just here in the Gold Coast for a speaking engagement at the amazing Problogger conference. It was a great collection of professional (and aspiring!) bloggers from all over Australia and the world. We all stayed here at this cool hotel called the QT Gold Coast — I also stayed in another QT in Sydney which was similarly awesome.

Bazaar Restaurant

A lot of us went to eat downstairs at their restaurant called Bazaar. I’ve never eaten anywhere like this before! I hate to say “buffet” because you immediately get an image in your head… but imagine a buffet where the high-end chefs are right behind the organic layout and cooking live while you watch them. They prepare everything fresh and serve it right up in pans and all sorts of different spreads. The place is vast with a ton of different options… I have more photos, but this is the only one I have processed so far.

Bazaar Restaurant

Daily Photo – The Space-Aged Lobby

I’ve only stayed in a few of these QTs, but they all designed in an edgy and visually mesmerizing manner. Something else that is visually mesmerizing is all these hot girls they get to work there! They dress them up in these uniforms that makes them look like futuristic sex-robots. I know that is a strange thing to think about, but it’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw a few of them walking in tandem across the lobby! :)

Speaking of that, I’m going to Japan soon… I think that will probably be the first country to make sex-robots.

QT Gold Coast Hotel

The Space-Aged Lobby

Photo Information

  • Date TakenSeptember 13, 2013 at 12:44pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Bridges of Melbourne

Speaking of outside art looking different in the day and night

I’m excited about my upcoming Burning Man trip! This time, I’m going to keep it simple and just use all Sony NEX stuff. Last time, I think I used six different cameras! I used everything from a small Pentax to a huge Phase 1 medium format! This time, I’ll just keep it simple… Also, I’ll try not to change lenses too often so the interior chamber doesn’t fill up with too much sand and nonsense.

Daily Photo – Bridge in Melbourne

Melbourne is filled with some of the most inventive bridges I’ve seen in the middle of a city center. If you’re a fan of crazy, funky, modern bridges, then this is a great place for you. Even better, the bridges look totally different at night than during the day… it reminds me a lot of the art that is at Burning Man!

Bridge in Melbourne

Bridge in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 11, 2013 at 2:54pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Skies of Sydney and Photomatix Presets

Photomatix Presets

Do you have (my!) Trey’s Photomatix Presets? I still use Photomatix all the time, as many of you noticed from my recent tutorial video. I think my presets are much more interesting than the ones that come with Photomatix, but you can be the judge! If you don’t agree, you can have all your money back… no problemo!

Here’s a screenshot for ya!

Daily Photo – The Skies of Sydney

Sydney? Check. Sunset? Check. Easy photo? Check!

Man, this was such a lay up… I can’t claim much credit for it. I just kinda walked up and it was like this. Good sunset shots are not always easy, but this one was… I admit it! :) Now, it was made a bit easier with post-processing through Photomatix, but I kind of take that for granted now.

Sydney Opera House

The Skies of Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date TakenSeptember 25, 2012 at 4:43pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Paparazzi Dogs in Melbourne and Bel in the Wind

Paparazzi Dogs

I saw this funny thing on the website for the sculpture below…

HDR Photo

Hehe I guess we all fell into their trap! Actually, there were not 500 people there. It was much less than that… I think the official face count from the group picture is on the world record site. Anyway, saw this and thought it was kinda cute.

Daily Photo – Bel in the Wind

Have you been wondering who shot that incredible video we just released a few days ago? This girl! Bel Jones! (go to her website to see more about her and her own art! She followed me around for about a week to get all the footage, and then she edited it all together in just a few weeks to bring straight to you. I took this while we were up on a windy bluff on Deer Park heights.

Bel in the Wind

Bel in the Wind

Photo Information

  • Date TakenFebruary 8, 2013 at 11:55am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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