Aurora HDR Playlist
Daily Photo – Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign
I'll be forever grateful to my friend Caleb for getting me back here! Actually we didn't sneak in, as he has some insane level of connections… I was so impressed how he got us in here — really remarkable. And then being here was like a waking dream. I can't tell you how those LA lights sparkled like jewels under the sea…
And it was Really Steep and Dangerous too. I had no idea. Just trying to move around to get different angles was a trial in itself! But boy, it sure was fun… I'll never forget it!
A recap of San Francisco
Wow that San Francisco Photowalk was amazing! Here’s our recapped video for you of all the highlights.
Daily Photo – Before the Aurora!
I know I keep talkin' about the new Aurora HDR Pro, but I'm so darned excited about it! I was especially just thinking about it because of today's photo from San Francisco. I processed this one with Photomatix, and I got that strange banding and chunky noise in the sky. I don't have those problems with noise in Aurora HDR Pro because there are two ways to get rid of it, using HDR Denoise and a tricky Clarity slider
My ever-changing bags, a new problem!
My camera bags keep getting smaller thanks to my smaller mirrorless cameras, but I have a new problem! I guess it’s a good problem to have because it is my quadcopter! I want to take it with me all the time when I travel now, and even though they are compact, they still require a lot of space. Thank goodness it’s not heavy, but there is still a commitment of another bag! Well… this is how it goes I guess!
Daily Photo – The Pacific Sea Mist
Flying along the PCH south of San Francisco, the road gets extremely curvy. I remember when I was a kid driving along here with my sister. She got really sick and threw up all over my grammie's face, which was super hilarious. I was dying laughing… everyone was except for Bianca. Haha jeez… anyway, now that I drive up and down it, I'm reminded of how curvy it is! On this particular evening, there was one of those super-wet air layers that was sweeping in from the sea… somewhere between cool fog and wet mist.
House of Cards
Anyone else into this show? Curtis recommended it to me, and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always liked Kevin Spacey. Give it a whirl if you’re looking for a new series.
Daily Photo – The Silver View at Yosemite
I've been experimenting with a new post-processing technique. Let me see if I can explain it.
I process the photo using my usual steps, which, I suppose, are nothing but usual. But if you've seen the new HDR Tutorial, then you know the kind of stuff I do. But then, at the end, I run the final photo through Silver Efex Pro. I then take that layer and change the blend mode to either Hardlight or Overlay. That is what gives the kind of effect you see here.
Going the Long Way
How many times have you ended up driving the long way to get somewhere but saw things that made the whole trip worth it? Today’s photo is a good example of that!
Daily Photo – The Golden Fields under the Trees
This area is kind of wild but worth the drive. I had to take this direction one time because part of Highway 1 on the PCH was shut down just south of Carmel. The only way I could get around the other way was to take the longer way down through this military base, most of which is just open fields and trees. The wide open fields make for perfect tree shots, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. I'm not sure why the fields are so empty — it's possible they cleared a lot of the trees for practicing military manoeuvres and whatnot.
More cities for this year and next
I’m thinking about combining PhotoWalks with some very special event. More to come… but these are really always so fun! They are always free events, and I invite each and every one of you to join us!
The Big San Francisco Photowalk
I realize I never posted about the results of this thing! This was a bit ago, but thought you might like a little photo and video recap! We had over 400 people show up, and it was absolutely insane! This photo is by Peter Adams.
The Virtual Photowalk Footage
Here’s some of the footage from the Virtual Photowalks from that day. Thanks to Karen Hutton and so many others! 🙂
A new video!
This video was made for The Arcanum — but decided to release it to the public for fun! For those of you that have signed up and are enjoying The Arcanum (or are still on the waiting list for a Master) — thanks!
This is kind of a strange video, but it talks about how to take photos from the air in high-speed conditions. I stayed in Aperture Priority and let the camera figure out the shutter speed. This worked out great everywhere except at landing where the speed delta and shake was too intense. I was using a Sony A7r with the NEX 10-18mm lens — you can see the full Sony A7r review.
I was shooting in Autobracketing not for HDR but just for some exposure variety in the shots. I was not totally sure at the time, so I figured having some exposure coverage would be smart. In post-processing, I appreciated having three different photos to choose from.
Scene from downtown Queenstown
|This is not a great artistic video or anything — just a little slice of life from down here in Queenstown. There is this little walkway that goes along the lake, and oftentimes there are various sorts of entertainers around. I thought this scene was kind of nice. I quickly grabbed it with Google Glass. If you see the strange artifacting, that is because I tried some of the YouTube auto-filters.|
Top 10 In Pinterest
I was the only Manly Man to make this list, somehow! There are some other good people on the list too that you may want to follow. That #3 Tiffany Beveridge cracks me up too! Worth a look!
Daily Photo – Off the Edge at Midnight
I stayed at these falls for way too long. In fact, I stayed way past midnight. That is when the moonlight got really strange and gave everything a bit of a bluish, Star-Trek-set glow that I thought was lovely and mysterious. I swapped around lens after lens to try different things. For this one, I put on a bit of a tighter lens and went for a portrait orientation to show more of the trailing beach…
If you don’t have an ND Filter…
Sometimes, you can use ND Filters in the middle of the day to get long exposures. This shot below wasn’t exactly the middle of the day, but it was pretty bright outside. For those of you that aren’t familiar with this ND thing, it stands for Neutral Density, and it is basically a dark filter on the front of the lens that limits the amount oaf light that comes into the camera. This means you can have the shutter open longer to get things like streaks in water. Anyway, you can get around that a bit by just setting your fstop as high as it will go, like f/22 or higher, for example. This will let you make your shutter speed longer and get a bit of the streaky effect.
Daily Photo – The Island Cave
This photo was only 0.8 seconds long, even though it looks like a bit longer. When the waves are coming in at a good click, you don’t need a super-long exposure to get this effect. You do need a tripod, though. I think it’s impossible for a human to hold the camera still for 0.8 seconds! This is down on one of the many beaches in Big Sur, California