Starting a Fire

Google Pixel

This is a great phone! I loved it so much that I bought my wife one… the camera is just incredible too. I’ve just set a little reminder to put together a Pixel-only gallery so you can see some of my favorite shots.

Daily Photo – Starting a Fire

While in Namibia, we visited this village and saw these gentlemen start a fire. I watched closely, as I always have this fear that I'm gonna end up alone in the wild and I'll need to know how to do this. Even though I watched every little detail, I'm still not sure I could repeat it. I think a better plan is just to take these guys with me.

Starting a Fire

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-27 02:00:30
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

Becoming an Artist

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Daily Photo – Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

For those of you that saw Episode 1 of Becoming an Artist, you'll remember I was in this dugout rowing around hippo-infested waters! After we were done with filming, I took a photo of our awesome camera gal Bel Jones here, relaxing with her hand in the water. It's handy to have both a camera person and a model all in the same person! πŸ™‚

Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-02 00:48:02
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

Thanks again to Warby Parker!

Look, I pay full price for my glasses… but it’s easy when they are so inexpensive. I’ve known the founders of Warby Parker forever, and they still charge me full price, but that’s okay! Be sure to check them out if you are a glasses-wearer.

One thing that annoys me (which is apparently a law or something?) is you MUST get a prescription from a doctor and send it into Warby Parker. I know my prescription perfectly… and I find it insulting and somewhat of a racket that I have to go pay a doctor every year or so for something I already know.

Last, a very strange observation about eyeglasses prescriptions: This is the only thing you need a prescription for that goes on the outside of your body.

Daily Photo – Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

I was just staring at this photo I finished a few years ago and never published. I wonder why I never shared it… I am really staring at it now and find it quite interesting! Hehe I know this is a bit self-indulgent but I don't often stare at my own photos and try to figure out what the heck is going on. But this is one of those!

Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-23 09:06:12
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Haunted Namibia

Is it Haunted?

My friend Francis who joined us on our Photo Adventure Workshop in Namibia sent me this article: “Scary streets: which are the world’s most haunted cities?”. One of the spots was here in Kolmanskop.

Daily Photo – Haunted Namibia

You may remember a lot of footage here from Season 1 of Becoming an Artist β€” I had Bel following me all around this place grabbing footage. We had a great time, and when she wasn't shooting or getting B-Roll, I had her pose in various ways. I did a lot of shadow work because I thought it added something to the scene. Here's one of those results.

Haunted Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-23 04:28:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Elephant Wisdom

Unusual Animal Group Names

Who comes up with this stuff. Here’s some fun animal trivia group names for you today on the blog!

A shrewdness of apes
A sloth of bears
A clowder, or a pounce of cats
A gang of elk
A business of ferrets or flies
A tower of giraffes
A bloat of hippos
A leap o’ leopards
A prickle of porcupines
A streak of tigers
A stand of flamingos
A deceit of lapwings
A parliament of owls
An ostentation of peacocks
A mustering of storks
An army of frogs or caterpillars
An intrusion of cockroaches
A smack of jellyfish
A cete of badgers
A romp of otters
A wisp of snipe

Daily Photo – Elephant Wisdom

If I were in charge of these group names, I'd say a “wisdom” of elephants. But that's not it. Anyone know, anyone? Bueller? Yes, a “parade” of elephants is the right answer. Not bad, not bad, group-namers.

This photo was taken in Namibia, where it is quite hard to find elephants compared to Botswana. We drove around for hours trying to find a parade, and finally, we spotted this guy through the trees.

Elephant Wisdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-30 00:15:29
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length158.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bel in Namibia

Amazing Documentary about Kowloon

I found this crazy documentary that was filmed in 1988. Right below it, I’ll put a photo of Kowloon I took last year.

The Less Populated Bits Of China

Daily Photo – Bel in Namibia

You may remember this from the Becoming an Artist Season 1 video when Bel and the Desert Rose started to pose together. These two were always up for posing. As soon as a camera came in their direction, they popped out a thousand different looks. Bel has such long and thick hair, it was like whirling around a vast black bearskin rug through the air.

Bel in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 07:59:38
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Soft Sands of Namibia

Close Up Sand Crystals

Here’re some really beautiful photos of what sand looks like when you get really really close! Follow this link!

Daily Photo – The Soft Sands of Namibia

It's hard to believe that the myriad of colors above, en masse, results in this. I wonder why the resulting color is often light yellow/tan. I suppose, putting on my color-mixing hat, that when you mix together a lot of red/green/blue and clear/shiny/white that you end up with this color. When you mix all those paints together you get black, and when you mix all that light together you get white.

But sand has properties of both paint and light because it both absorbs, reflects, and refracts light. So, then, my color-mixing-hat says sand should be somewhere between black and white, so a gray. But sand isn't gray… then, peering deep into the hat, it makes sense that there are not many Blue crystals, since that's the least common rock color, giving the Red and Green a higher relative count, whose reflective light mixes into a Yellow color. And then mixing a Yellow with Grey results in the typical “sand” color.

The Soft Sands of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-24 23:03:32
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rene on the Tarmac

Another Africa Trip?

I’ve been thinking about planning another one of these… maybe this time for more of an animal safari. I’m thinking about 2017 some time… Really looking forward to going back! This time, I may bring the kiddos – I think they would really love it.

Daily Photo – Rene on the Tarmac

Here's one of the first photos I got after our merry traveling band of artists got to Namibia. I think it was something like seven plane flights to finally get here. Everyone was itching to take photos, and I got started a little early here on the runway. This is the closest Rene will ever get to being a runway model.

Rene on the Tarmac

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-24 21:52:44
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Rose n’ Bel

Season 1 Coming Along!

Here’s one of the many photos I processed during Season 1 of Becoming an Artist! This was a particularly fun episode! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Rose n' Bel

I think it's funny to watch girls like this frolic around together in a photoshoot. They're like two cats, batting back and forth a ball of yarn. I can't imagine two guys up here, posing for the camera and acting silly. Can you imagine me and Rene doing this? It sounds insane, and it would be. There's no way we could pull it off. Well, maybe Rene.

Rose n' Bel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 08:14:30
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Trey From Above

A book suggestion!

Try “The Untethered Soul” from Michael Singer.

Daily Photo – Trey From Above

I don't do a lot of selfies, and I'm not even sure you can call this a selfie because Curtis took this with a quad. But I was shooting here, then I looked to my right and left and saw this shadow wrapping around me. I thought it might make a cool quad shot. I knew Curtis had the quad out and was shooting some video, so I called him over and took control for a minute to hover over this spot while I went back to take another photo! πŸ™‚

Trey From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-24 23:28:47
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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