So I decided to fight this robot

In Tokyo Again Soon!

I’ll be there for a few days next week — really looking forward to it! :)

Great New eBooks!

 

Mark Johnson
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Justin Balog

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Ralph Velasco

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Charlie Borland

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Wade Simmonds

 

At more and more events, fire performers are popping up at concerts, street fairs, and holiday events. You may have seen photos in other photographer’s portfolios and wondered how they got that shot. Catching the Fire explains the techniques for getting the best photographs out of a fire performance. No matter your skill level, this book will teach you to see the performance in a new way and capture it.

 

Daily Photo – So I decided to fight this robot

I was trying to get out of Tokyo without fighting a robot, but, somehow, I knew that I would never be that lucky.

That would be a good start to a story, eh? I’ll tell you the rest of the story some time… btw, who can tell us which robot this is?

Robot Tokyo

So I decided to fight this robot

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 13, 2013 at 5:38pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Fishing at Fuji

Happy Birthday to the #1 Commenter: Mom!

Hi Mom! :)

Fuji Question

I have a dumb Mount Fuji question! Does it ALWAYS have snow on the top bit, or are there times when it melts off. I can’t think of a time I’ve ever seen it without snow… but I am not a Fuji-san expert… thus the question! :)

Daily Photo – Fishing at Fuji

What’s more scenic than fishing with that amazing mountain in the background? It’s so cinematic and dramatic all the time. I can just picture these guys pulling fish out of the water and everything is in slow motion and majestic.

Fishing at Fuji

Fishing at Fuji

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 14, 2013 at 7:06am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length56.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Eyes of Tokyo

Traffic Photos

So, how are these kinds of photos made? Well people that have the tutorials above have seen me do it many times, but I can give you a brief high-level description here. Basically, I use the default technique to create the HDR version (assuming you’ve seen the free HDR Tutorial here on the site!). Of course I use Photomatix and all that stuff. But, while I am on the scene I take a bunch more shots to get the traffic streaks. I usually keep it in Aperture priority and I keep adjusting the aperture until I get a good 8 to 15 second exposure, which seems to be just about right for getting good traffic streaks. I then mask that into the final version…

Daily Photo – The Eyes of Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the coolest cities to get traffic photos. I must have taken over a thousand, and I look forward to doing a lot more. Of all the thousand I’ve taken, I think I’ve only processed and published about 8 of them, and this is one of my new favorites. I walked up and down this street to try to find lights against the dark in a configuration that felt like a menacing face over the city…

The Eyes of Tokyo

The Eyes of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 6:18pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sandals of the Monks

An Old Video

Here’s the very first video I released… many years ago… on an early trip to Japan. You can see a few scenes from the same monastery below from today’s image.

Daily Photo – Sandals of the Monks

I walked around the monastery complex for ages, taking photos here and there. When I came around a corner on one of the more remote areas, I saw all these sandals lined up like a swirling cloud outside of one of the meditation rooms.

Sandals

Sandals of the Monks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements, Fujisan, and the spaceship

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’ll be in Auckland on Sunday to speak at the big NZIPP Event. I’m afraid that one is not open to the public, but maybe you can sneak in! I’ll also be at the event below, the huge Problogger event in Australia by Darren Rowse. I believe that event is Sold Out! But you should check their website and see if any more become available.

HDR Photo

Half of Photography is just showing up

Here is a behind-the-scenes video I made while I was taking the photo below (well the 2nd half of the video!)…

Daily Photo – Fujisan and the spaceship

This was a fun evening exploring some temples around the outskirts of Mount Fuji. I have a feeling there are hundreds more places like this… I want to explore them all! :)

Fujisan

Fujisan and the spaceship

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 14, 2013 at 12:32pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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