The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

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Daily Photo – The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

I know that purists tend to call this place more of a monastery, but I call it more of a castle! To me, after all, it just looks like an almighty castle (said in Bob-Ross-voice), doesn’t it?

For this one, I got down pretty low with the Nikon 14-24 lens. I had the engines pushed to Warp 10 at 14mm! The rest of the EXIF is ISO 100, f/8, 15 seconds for one of the exposures.

The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:40
  • CameraNIKON D800
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  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm
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The Royal Stairs

Join us for the Online Class – it quickly approaches!

In a few weeks, we’ll be having this great online photography training event called Midnight in Paris. You’ll notice today’s daily photo is one of the ones in this little video-teaser below!

Daily Photo – The Royal Stairs

I imagine all sorts of royalty going up and down these stairs. I wonder what it was like, back in the day, when people would come over to the chateau… arriving on horse-drawn carriages and the like… coming in to ascend these stairs… I wish we had video footage from back then. It would be so interesting.

Maybe someone will invent a quantum-time video capture device. Then we could set it up on the stairs and dial it back to the mid 1800’s to see who went up and down the stairs.

This reminds me a little of what my little 7-year-old girl said. She was looking at some old photos from the 20’s. She said, “You know dad? Like in the olden days? Like when everyone used to dress in black and white?”

The Royal Stairs

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:43
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  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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New Zealand Photographers more popular than the Prime Minister?

Rankings in NZ

This is a funny post from New Zealand photographer Jason Law:

NZ Photographers more popular than our Prime Minister on Google+…

Pretty funny to see that myself and a few other close photographer friends here in Queenstown/Central Otago are more popular than our Prime Minister.. Perhaps +Todd Sisson or +Stefan Haworth should run for Prime Minister next term?.. 😛

Check out www.circlecount.com for some interesting stats..
http://www.circlecount.com/nz/profileslist/

Daily Photo – Exploring the Medieval Mont Saint Michel

I think if you ever go to Mont Saint Michel that you should really try to stay up on the island. Hotel space is extremely limited, but it gives you the chance to walk around the old walled city deep into the night. All the tourists are gone, and the only people around are the supposed 46 people that live there, according to Wikipedia.

Here, an old man walks home after a day at work.

Exploring the Medieval Mont Saint Michel

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:44
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  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
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The Glowing Louvre

My collected thoughts on Star Trek, especially the movies

I don’t know why you would care… but, if you like Star Trek too, then I know why! 🙂

– Star Trek V, somehow, has worse special effects than the first four.

– Star Trek III has some of the worst writing of any of them. I wonder if George Lucas used it as a model for Episode 1.

– Even-numbered Star Trek movies are generally better. This is, at least, until the average age of the original crew was 80+.

– There is no way a bloated captain Kirk could scale El Capitan freehanded like in Assassin’s Creed.

– Now that I know the truth, it’s easy to see the hints in the mannerisms of Sulu. Oh my.

– Picard is a great ENTJ. Did you know I spent several hours with Patrick Stewart on stage with two other theater students while he recited The Merchant of Venice? It was amazing… I’ll tell you the whole story some time.

– Uhura jumped the shark when she did that dance atop the sand dune. Those hips don’t lie.

– Scotty is too one-dimensional of a character.

– Klingons in silhouette while Birds of Prey blow up always look like an 80’s hair band on stage.

– While showing these movies to my son, I have to pause the movie for 10 minutes for a cold-war history lesson to explain why it is funny that Chekov says “Nuclear Wessels” on the streets of San Francisco.

– I need to show my son all the ST:TNGs, but I may start with season 2 or 3 when the Beard is in full force.

– Wesley Crusher did not annoy me as much as he seemed to annoy other people. He was my everyman, my Frodo, my me-aged-me on a starship and I thought he was over-achieving, Type-A, and likable. (I did!)

– Amazing that I originally watched all the TNGs without a laptop on my lap. I rarely watch anything any more without also having 15 tabs open in a browser.

– I think Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn is still one of the best, and it holds up pretty well.

– I thank Star Trek for first getting me into sci fi… if you’re also into it and want something really advanced (and much more sophisticated, by a factor of 100), try Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained, and The Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Oh, and watch Firefly.

– I heard when Gene Roddenberry was alive that he refused to ever allow The Enterprise to be shown upside down. When JJ Abrams got ahold of it, he flipped that motha all ova the place. (sweet sweet JJ Abrams – thank you for saving Star Trek for all of us – we can’t wait for the next one!)

Funny TNG Videos!

That Jean-Luc Picard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf9oD_xl8mI

Bridge Buffoonery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8aEhtJ-sgg&feature=relmfu

A Fistful of Explosions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPIPOaRUFg&feature=relmfu

Uneventful Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGvYIZppmQc&feature=relmfu

Beard on Beard (almost NSFW) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck-VIA1GUCY&feature=relmfu

Daily Photo – The Glowing Louvre

Here’s another photo from the amazing PhotoWalk in Paris. This was supposed to be the end of the walk, but it ended up being the halfway point!

In post-processing this one, I made the Louvre feel a little more warm and inviting, while the outside stayed a bit more cold and foreboding. I edited this one in front of a live class in Christchuch… I hope people enjoyed that bit ! 🙂 Not all of my edits were successful that day, but I think this one turned out alright.

The Glowing Louvre

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:55
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  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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The Macabre Mysteries

Great Sales Through the Holidays!

Many people have gotten the upcoming Midnight in Paris Class Video for Christmas as gifts, and others are getting gifts for themselves! That’s great – I am very excited to do this live event… and if you miss the live bit, you can watch it later, at your convenience. I just checked the comments on the page and saw this nice one from Eamonn Phillopson (thx Eamonn!):

If anyone comes back to this page, after the event, I have to tell you it was the most wonderful, challenging, motivating two days “training” I have ever done. Worth the money – even for an amateur? Oh yes. ‘Nuf said.

Daily Photo – The Macabre Mysteries

What a great room!

When Miss Aniela and I first walked into this room, we knew it was a winner! We began by rearranging the macabre taxidermy and figuring out the best angles for a shot. I was looking at it from a pure HDR view, and she was looking at it by adding a human element. Anyway, as you can see, this room was all kinds of awesome. 🙂

The Macabre Mysteries

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:58
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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I hope you have a good holiday season! Thanks for hanging out with me for another great year — just wait till NEXT one! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Mighty Christmas Tree

This is one of the most awesome Christmas trees I’ve ever seen! Sure, it’s bathed in a sea of rampant commercialism, but, like a Russian friend said, “It is what it is.”

I wonder if there is a “Making Of” for this tree inside the Galaries Lafayette in Paris. The entire thing is suspended in midair! I’d love to see how they get this giant tree inside and hang it every year. It must take forever, since the French are only legally allowed to work 12 hours per week.

The Mighty Christmas Tree

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:59
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  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
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Three From Paris

When I met Col Walder

I was setting up for this shot below when I met Col, who came to the Midnight in Paris workshop. You can see him in the video I posted yesterday! One thing you can’t see, is when he did the splits right in the middle of the photoshoot at the end! It was so crazy… everyone thought he fell down, but we all looked at him, and he had a wry smile upon is face. Well played, Col.

Daily Photo – Reflections in the Museum

Here we are in the Museum of Evolution in Paris again — one of my favorite places! I think we all spent about 4 hours in here, going crazy! There are countless interesting angles and ways to shoot it…

Anyway, I’m very excited about my recent France photos, so I’m going to post three in a row… get ready for another one tomorrow! 🙂

Reflections in the Museum

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:59
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  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length15mm (15mm in 35mm)
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Midnight in Paris – Ready for Live Unveiling!

Just before Christmas… Now available for you!

We know a lot of people wanted to see this video ASAP, so we’ve now opened the doors so you can join us Online for Midnight in Paris. The online event is in a few weeks, and even if you can’t join us Live, you can still download and watch after the event. This will make a great Christmas gift for a friend (or for yourself!) 🙂

Daily Photo – Afternoon at the Chateau

Here is one of the many images created during the workshop. I decided I liked this slightly off-center version rather than right down the middle. I loved the one right down the middle too, of course, but just was giving the situation a bit of a curve-ball. The tree branches seemed so interesting to me, and I wanted to accentuate them in post processing so they felt like one hundred little arrows, all pointing at the chateau.

Afternoon at the Chateau

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:01:16
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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length34mm (34mm in 35mm)
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Time Lasts Forever in Paris

Newsletter Announcement

Did you get the new Newsletter last night? It is related to this photo of Paris below! 🙂

1000 Free HD Wallpapers

I filled up one of the albums over on Google+, so I decided it would be a good place to send people to get whatever wallpapers they desire! Go here to see more!

Daily Photo – Time Lasts Forever in Paris

Oh Paris! Le sigh…

These were not the ideal shooting conditions, as idyllic as the scene might appear. This is all handheld, btw, no tripod, and here’s the rest of the sad tripod story.

To get to this spot, you have to walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. My first few times there, I did not even know you could get to the top! I felt quite dumb when I found out you can walk up about 20,000 stairs to get here.

Once I got up there, I staked out a position with my tripod, and then Frenchy McFrenchface came over and told me I could not use my tripod. I explained that I was an arteeeest, and surely he would in the 19th century no one asked the impressionists to put their easels away. This was a losing argument, although I still think it’s a pretty good one. It will work one day, and I won’t give up this line of persuasion.

So that security guard shut me down, but I felt like there was still an opening. So I asked my friends Matt Knisely and Curtis Simmons to watch my stuff while I went for Persuasion Level 2. He was standing in a little glass wind-proof cage (which I wish I had later when I took this shot!). I motioned for him to open up so he could be subjected to Level 2. I didn’t have my tablet, so I pulled out my phone and started going through my photos. I think this helped to show him I took all of this terribly seriously. Eventually, I talked him into it! He said, sure, no problem, as long as I collapsed the tripod between shots. I was so excited!

I started taking photos, and then 10 minutes later, another security guard came over and told me no. I motioned over at the glass box and said, “But that other Frenchy McFrenchface already told me it was okay!”

The new security guard looked over at the box, then looked back at me and said, “Oh, but you see sir, that guard is now off duty.”

This guy was all business. I could see there was no way to overpower his mind with art and mojo, so I just had to go handheld for the rest of the night. By the time this scene appeared, there was a fierce and very cold wind… the kind of wind that needs hands-in-pockets-between-brackets.

I took 5 exposures from -2 to +2, but the +2 was too blurry, so I just processed the four shots from -2 to +1.

Time Lasts Forever in Paris

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:02:00
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  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length17mm (17mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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The Secret Room, Deep in the Abbey

New Zealand Photographers hangout today

Today’s live show will feature some New Zealand Photographers. Tune in live at 7 PM PT/ 10 PM ET! We’ll also give some background on the softlaunch of the new HDRSpotting.com!

Daily Photo – The Secret Room, Deep in the Abbey

Once you make it all the way up to the monastery at Mont Saint Michel, you have to pay to get inside and take the self-guided tour. It’s totally worth it, and you’ll be amazed by all the various rooms that are scattered throughout the interior.

While walking around, Tom told me that there is an Assassin’s Creed level that is based on this place. I need to find that so I can run around it the way I really wanted to!

The Secret Room, Deep in the Abbey

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  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:02:02
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  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24mm (24mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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