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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Another Bridge in Melbourne

iPhone Cases in the Wild!

Do you have an iPhone and looking for a snazzy case? We put together a bunch of different cases for you to enjoy and sport around! Just pop on over to the iPhone Case section of the store and have a gander! :)

Daily Photo – Another Bridge in Melbourne

I like these cities that get all fancy with their bridges. Melbourne certainly does! Each bridge tries to out-do the next. There’s no common theme and its sort of a mish-mash of styles, to say the least. I think that not everyone likes this, but I do. I don’t mind all the variety, especially from the perspective of photography.

It’s kind of the same way with the buildings and other decorative elements around downtown Melbourne. There are so many styles, most of which are one flavor of “modern” or “contemporary”. I enjoy mixing and matching different elements into compositions, but it is not easy. There is a challenging aspect to it that I don’t get in many other cities.

Bridge in Melbourne

Another Bridge in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 11, 2013 at 2:32pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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