The Pacific Sea Mist

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.

The Pacific Sea Mist

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 22, 2013 at 5:26am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Silver View at Yosemite

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.

The view at Yosemite

The Silver View at Yosemite

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 29, 2011 at 7:53pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Golden Fields under the Trees

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.

The Golden Fields under the Trees

The Golden Fields under the Trees

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 26, 2013 at 5:15am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

More PhotoWalks Being Planned!

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! :)

Daily Photo – San Francisco and the foggy bay

And here's yet another photo of San Francisco, one of the most photogenic cities in the world!

San Francisco and the foggy bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200mm (200mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Flying in a Glider while taking Photos

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.

Daily Photo – San Francisco at Night

I haven’t been back to San Francisco in a while — I need to change that! I heard that Pete is going to organize a little Arcanum get-together for the Masters somewhere around here… I sure wish I could easily pop over there to join the festivities! :)

San Francisco at Night

San Francisco at Night

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 20, 2011 at 9:08pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Off the Edge at Midnight

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…

Big Sur

Off the Edge at Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 22, 2013 at 7:10am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length82.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Island Cave

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

The Island Cave

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 23, 2013 at 6:25am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Waves of Big Sur

Live on TVNZ

Yesterday I went on TVNZ in Auckland to talk about Google Glass. Follow that link to see the video! :)

Full on SmugMug Review

For more and to see the latest, see the full SmugMug Review here on the site. It’s changed a LOT since this video was made below… when they show my site, they show the OLD version of the site… it’s so much better now.

Daily Photo – The Waves of Big Sur

Here’s one of the final shot I got from the video above.

The Waves of Big Sur

The Waves of Big Sur

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 12, 2011 at 9:20pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Jeremy Cowart

Keep an eye out for his app!

Today’s photo is of my buddy Jeremy Cowart. Be sure to check out his blog and keep an eye on it for an announcement of an awesome new app!

Daily Photo – Jeremy Cowart

Here’s the always awesome and mega-humble Jeremy Cowart. Man — he’s such a cool guy… I love these guys that you meet in real life and they are EXACTLY like you think they are. That’s always a big relief… It’s the biggest bummer in the world when someone turns out to be less…than…

I took this one with my NEX-7 with a prime f/1.4 Leica mounted Voigtlander.

Jeremy Cowart's App

Jeremy Cowart

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 22, 2012 at 4:57pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Trees Behind Big Sur

New Pinterest Uploader

My friend Alexia Sinclair has released a new app for the Mac that enables you to batch upload to Pinterest… Cool! Go check out her blog to find out more!

Embarrassing moment at the Google party

You know how when you are at a party with people you don’t want to embarrass yourself? I mean, like often, this is the #1 goal of being at a party, especially if you are an introvert like me? Well here is what happened when I tried to pass some appetizers to Ron Conway and he ignored me.

All in all, this is a very strange video. The dance part is cool though! As for the dancers, they are the YouTube stars: Poreotics and Karen X. Cheng (she taught herself to dance in a year!).

Daily Photo – The Trees Behind Big Sur

There is another way to get to Big Sur that I found only because part of Highway 1 was shut down. It goes through a huge military base that is filled some very cool trees. It’s also incredibly lonely because no one ever goes that way. When I would tramp out here to get photos, I was always afraid there might be a few land mines here and there… probably not, but still, that little shadow of doubt was more than enough!

The Trees Behind Big Sur

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 26, 2013 at 5:48am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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