Adventuring on Everest!

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂

Adventuring on Everest!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Morning from our room

Vertirama Tip

This is actually a vertirama made up of 3 vertically stacked photos. Whenever I stitch them together in Lightroom, the sky is always overexposed (and unrecoverable with sliders in LR) – the only way to make it look decent was to process each on in LR individually then open them all up in PS for an auto-align with manual blending. It’s kind of a chore to do all of that, and I don’t understand why LR can’t do it on its own.

Daily Photo – Morning from our room

Here's the view from our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. I'm not a morning person for sure, so I have to sleep with the curtains open so I wake up more naturally. There's nothing worse than getting that wake-up call! Plus, I don't want the whole family to wake up and have screaming kids while I'm trying to get a sunrise photos!

Morning from our room

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-07 20:44:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

A new video!

We’ve decided to take the videos in a bit of a different direction, hope you like them! 🙂

We had a great time in Naples! In each of these videos, I try to add a few photo tips and tricks as well as show you behind-the-scenes stuff of our family trip around the world for this year. Lots of fun and funny things happen… trying to keep everything in balance! Our first stop was here in Naples Florida. Thanks again to The Ritz-Carlton for hosting us!

Trey’s Crazy Trip Around The World – Part 1

Special new Video for you!

In the middle of the 60-day around the world trip with my family! Here’s highlights from the first 30 days – enjoy!

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Photography Tip Trick

So for this one, I used one of my old tricks to get people to be still in the photo during a long-exposure HDR. It’s hard to tell from looking at the EXIF because this was made from 4 different photos… But first I made a longer 3-exposure HDR, and then I took a series of quicker, high-ISO photos when these gals were in an interesting position. After I made the HDR, I masked in the still ladies. There was a bit of noise for sure, but you really can’t see it too much.

Daily Photo – Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Here's one of our family's favorite new restaurants! It's called Gumbo Limbo and it's here between the beach and the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It was the perfect place to watch the sunset, have some drinks, and watch the sunset.

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-03 07:15:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Waitng out the Storm

Here’s a hot little photo tip… if there is a big storm at sunset, just wait a little while and don’t give up. If you have a view of the horizon, at least half the time the sun will make a final quick appearance and give you some amazing light. I feel like people that live on the west coast or near west-facing-water already know this… but it’s something I often have to remind myself!

Daily Photo – Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

What a pretty way to end the day! This was my first trip to Naples and my first trip to the west coast of Florida. Obviously it makes sense to me, but I always thought of Florida as a place to see the sun rise but not the sun set. I guess that's because I had spent all my time on the east side. Anyway, each night we were blessed with amazing sunsets… This one was a great one because it was a stormy day and I didn't know if the sun would dip below the clouds or not. Finally, at the last second, it did! I took this photo from outside our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:41:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Family Beach Yoga!

Naples Fun

This was my first time in Naples and it was great! The beaches are amazing and the weather was great. It was good to get in some family beach time for sure… the girls in this family love the beach for sure!

Daily Photo – Family Beach Yoga!

One great thing about staying at all these Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world is that the concierge and the team set up amazing activities. You don't just have to sit around the room or the pool – they create really fun experiences. And it's a good way to force the kids to do things they don't normally like to do. For example, my son Ethan hates Yoga, but he just goes along with it when there is another authority figure (other than my wife or me!) involved.

Family Beach Yoga!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-03 06:34:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Boarding the Summit at Sea

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Daily Photo – Boarding the Summit at Sea

So, I went on an intense cruise called Summit at Sea that had a 5-day social media blackout. I was there with two of my best friends, Chris and Rene, and we set sail for an amazing week that was supposed to be a cross between TED Talks and Burning Man on the open seas. We weren’t disappointed. Who was on the boat with us (among other people)? Quentin Tarantino, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Schmidt (previous two might be roommates), Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary Veeee, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I wanted to meditate with!).

This photo I took on the first evening there, just after arrival…

Boarding the Summit at Sea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-09 07:02:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Final Night

Made with Luminar

I made the photo below with Luminar — it’s a really fun tool and I recommend it. To see more about it, see my Luminar Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – The Final Night

Here's a photo I've only recently processed even though the last flight of the space shuttle was quite a long time ago. I felt very lucky to go out to the launch pad on the final night… I felt like I was in a science fiction movie. Unfortunately, tripods were not allowed (why?), so I had to keep my unsteady hands as steady as possible!

The Final Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 19:32:54
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Miami Skyline

Summit at Sea!

Heading to Miami soon to get on a cruise for the Summit at Sea — I’m quite excited! We’ll be heading into International waters with a guest list that is MIND BOGGLING. Just to name a few people on the boat: Quentin Tarantino, Eric Schmidt, Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary V, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I can’t wait to meditate with!) — and that is just a few; I can’t wait for the epic sea voyage! 🙂

Here’s the highlight video from our photo walk there. Let’s do it again some time!

Daily Photo – Miami Skyline

Here's a quick photo I took in Miami when we were there for the photo walk. What a great crowd that was — I can't wait to get back there. After the cruise, I'll be staying again at the amazing south beach location of the Ritz-Carlton. This time I'll be able to spend a bit more quality time there relaxing.

Miami Skyline

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-14 20:41:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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