A hint of disarray

An online index of abandoned places

Help! Several years ago, someone sent me a website that had a list of all the awesome abandoned places around the world. It also had tips on how to get inside, safety, sample photos, and all other kinds of cool stuff. Do any of you know this site I’ve forgotten?

Daily Photo – A hint of disarray

The more I thought about taking the photo, the more I liked it. There is something wonderfully formal and French and chateau-like about it… but there is also something amiss. You can tell, after a moment’s pause, that this is an old forgotten hallway where they stick random bits of furniture. And then it makes you think about the whole house – what’s going on here where formal things are moved haphazardly around? I feel like I’m capturing it in the middle of a decay cycle.

A hint of disarray

A hint of disarray

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2012 at 1:43pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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Walking through the parks in Paris

Thanks again for the great PhotoWalk in Paris!

I FINALLY got around to editing this photo below. It was so fun to meet everyone there – we’ll have to do it again some time! :)

Movie Slideshow from France

Here is a little movie-slideshow I made. To find out more about how I made it, see the Animoto Review.

Daily Photo – Walking through the parks in Paris

I love this park! I end up walking through it a lot because it is centrally located. It’s the Tuileries Garden and it’s located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concord. During the photowalk, I decided to set up for a shot almost straight up that considered the classically shaped light poles and the trees.

Walking through the parks in Paris

Walking through the parks in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 7, 2012 at 7:33pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Thumbs Up

Photos of Art

Do you ever take photos of other art, like statues and other things of this nature? I find it quite difficult to do something unique that does not feel like a derivative work. A good case in point is below… I find it to be a nice little challenge to do something new with the piece of art… maybe get an angle or explore an idea that would even please the original artist! An homage of sorts, perhaps…

Daily Photo – Thumbs Up

This comes from a cool and unexpected part of Paris called La Defense. Regulars know the area well, but I had never been there until this most recent trip. There were thousands of interesting angles, objects, lines, reflections, statues, and, well, everything! I only spent one evening there shooting, but it is definitely going to be on my list for next time… it’s not “traditional Paris” but it is still most photo-worthy!

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 11, 2012 at 8:30pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Evening approaching the Chateau

Miss Aniela

Don’t forget to check out the website of the great Miss Aniela! I know many of you have been there already, and most of you already know we spent the weekend together teaching a class at the chateau. Thanks again to everyone that purchased the video in the store or came to the actual event. If you go pop over to her website, you’ll see some of her more recent amazing work…

Daily Photo – Evening approaching the Chateau

This was a nice evening with a bunch of new friends at the chateau! I feel like we should do events like this more often… I was actually also loosely thinking about doing something crazy like this in Venice one day. I love Venice, and I haven’t really been back since I’ve been serious about photography.

I really enjoyed taking a ton of photos around this place and coming back to post-process. It’s fun going back in and seeing new angles and stuff… I get re-excited about the whole thing once again! :)

Evening approaching the Chateau

Evening approaching the Chateau

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2012 at 7:50pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Miss Aniela Extravaganza!

Bonus event for the kids out there – Astronaut Ron Garan talks to kids around the world!

This happens on Wednesday of this week — Thursday if you are here in New Zealand. Ron will be doing a live google hangout with kids here in Queenstown, New Zealand at Queenstown Primary School. You’ll even see my son there in the classroom somewhere! :) We’re also using the new Google Hangout Questions interface, so we’ll be able to take questions from around the world… it will be great fun! See the Event Info and Time here.

You can watch live and ask questions here on my Google+ stream, where I’ll be broadcasting out to the most awesome 5+ million followers in the world! :)

Tonight’s Live Show – Miss Aniela and the Watermarking Controversy!

You can watch here on the blog or see more info at the Event Page here. It starts at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET! :) We’re gonna be talking all about Watermarks. You probably read my recent article on Watermarking. Miss Aniela wrote the opposite article called Why you SHOULD use Watermarks in response. So this will be a fun show while we fight it out ! :)

If you don’t know who she is (!!) then here is a video we made together when we were in Paris. If you want to get the whole video, here it is in the Get Awesome Stuff area of the site! :)

Daily Photo – The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

Here is the final shot from that awesome room Miss Aniela and I found tucked away in the back corner of that mansion. What a creepy place! Actually, we had a good time re-organizing everything in the room and setting up the animal heads in the right positions and whatnot. I never thought I’d be moving around dead animals in mansions with Natalie, but this is what life brings you sometimes…

The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 16, 2012 at 1:37pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Little Country Stone Cottage

Surfing the categories

We get new people coming to the blog all the time! Don’t forget that you can click on the categories on the right OR under the photo to see more photos from this place. For example, check out the “France” category at the bottom. The blog only shows about 10 entries, so you’ll have to click PREVIOUS on the bottom after you scroll all the way down.

Daily Photo – The Little Country Stone Cottage

This is where Marie Antoinette headed when she wanted to get away from it all, that is, while she was still headed.

This location is out in the gardens around Versailles. And it’s not just a little short walk to the main part of Versailles. I bet Marie had to jump into a horse and carriage to over and visit the rest of the family in the palace!

The Little Country Stone Cottage

The Little Country Stone Cottage

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 20, 2011 at 6:22am
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Entering the Dungeons

Remote Vision, Ravens, and Glass

Here’s a snippet from the latest tutorial for you. This is the part we filmed when we were up close to the North Korean prison here in New Zealand. I talk a bit about expanded visual consciousness…

Daily Photo – Entering the Dungeons

Here’s the dungeon from under that French chateau that we visited several months ago.

I can’t imagine actually living in a house with a dungeon. I mean, it would be pretty dang awesome, but you would also feel like you’d have to put the place to good use. I guess I have a few enemies that I could capture and put down there, but that seems a bit extreme. Maybe just have parties and stuff. Or maybe a studio for processing down there. It’s hard to say… it all seems a bit dreary.

Maybe when I get some miner-bots, I’ll minecraft up a design under my existing house and send them on their way. I can carve something out down there. Well maybe I better do it beside the house so my bad designs don’t make the whole house collapse.

dungeon

Entering the Dungeons

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2012 at 2:21pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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The Lonely Chair

Reminder on The Stuck in Customs Community on Google+

Last week I mentioned the Private Clubhouse that people can access when they purchase one of the tutorial products. But, also, there is a public Stuck In Customs community where you are welcome to join, share your photos, and see a bunch of other work from fellow community members! It is a fun way to get to know more people from around here!

Daily Photo – The Lonely Chair

This is a nice little object here, yes? I think it’s hard to find things that stand by themselves in the middle of an area that is normally cluttered.

The chair was found in one of the many decrepit and ghostly rooms inside that chateau I mentioned a few days ago. I tried to squeeze my way into every possible room, but some were too full of junk to get around. This one was well lit and ideal!

The Lonely Chair

The Lonely Chair

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 16, 2012 at 5:36pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

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The Dramatic Chateau

The Midnight in Paris Tutorial

I’m afraid I’ve given the recent video series from Paris short shrift with all the emphasis on the New Zealand tutorial. It’s called Midnight in Paris (store link), and I think you will really enjoy it. It’s heavy on the post-processing and the instruction. Plus, you’ll learn all kinds of tricks from Miss Aniela that you never would have learned from me… so it’s like two in one! :)

Daily Photo – The Dramatic Chateau

I took photos of this side of the chateau twice. Once in the morning when the clouds were heavy, and once again in the afternoon when the clouds parted. I ended up liking this cloudy one better. There was a bit of a natural vignette, but I decided to enhance that a bit in the post processing.

The Dramatic Chateau France Paris

The Dramatic Chateau

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2012 at 2:43pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Fun with the Fisheye in Paris

Looking at a new camera or lens?

I am always adding to the Reviews section of the website, which I heartily recommend if you are looking for a new camera or a new lens. I don’t review a ton of things, but I do try to review all the stuff I actually use on a regular basis.

Now, you’ll only see a few lens reviews there on that page. For the rest, just scroll down the right side.

If you’re thinking about the lens I used below, check out the Nikon 16mm Lens Review. I love it! It’s a strange lens because the first time I used it, it didn’t really float my boat. But now, I really enjoy it… I’m using it quite a bit to re-invent a lot of shots and be creative. It’s also come in really handy the past few times when my 14-24 lens has been broken.

Daily Photo – Fun with the Fisheye in Paris

This is a close up of one of the two chandeliers in the entry way of my hotel in Paris. I was still getting used to the fisheye at this point, so it took me about five shots to get this exact one I wanted.

By the way, I like how Paris likes to fill “empty space” with red velvet. It’s like the go-to thing for interior designers there…

Fun with the Fisheye in Paris

Fun with the Fisheye in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 9, 2012 at 2:47am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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