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.
We made two videos from the quadcopter while in Sydney. We launched one from a yacht, of all things! Here’s video #2 that ends with the great David Maxwell doing a backflip into the shark-ridden Sydney Harbour!
Daily Photo – A Pyramid at Vivid Sydney
I only was able to spend a few days here, but I really want to go back! I enjoyed my night shooting tremendously. It reminded me a lot of a city-based Burning Man except without all the Burning Man people around (which I actually prefer!). I mean, nothing wrong with the Aussies — they seem great, but they act suspicious at random hugs.
I’m patiently waiting for my friends at Hasselblad to send me one for a play! At the same time, I’m interested in trying out the Phase One. It’s gonna be an interesting year of toys! In the meantime, though, I’m perfectly happy with my Sony! 🙂
Daily Photo – Evening in Venice
I feel like I've used that title before, but that's okay. It just sounds kind of romantic, eh? This is when I was shooting with the medium format Hasselblad. Do you see how it has this kind of nice “effect” — I still can't quite put words around it, but maybe you know what I mean.
If you don’t have that Tutorial yet, I highly recommend it! 🙂
Daily Photo – Walking through the Hills
I'm a big fan of using textures in my photos. I should do it more! I'm rarely disappointed and something interesting often comes out of the process. I took this photo on a moody day at The Hills golf course not too far from where I live.
This video from Beijing ended up being one of my most viewed videos!
Daily Photo – Ming's Tomb
I spent a day here several hours north of the city at Ming's Tomb. Everything lies along the “Central Axis” in Beijing. That is, if you walk in a straight line out of Ming's Tomb, you'll end up going through the entrance to the Forbidden City. Actually, these tombs are a series of tombs, all oriented along the same axis — you can get a sense of this in the video above.
Try clicking the “Glenorchy” link above to see all the shots from this amazing place. It’s only an hour from Queenstown and I recommend a visit!
Daily Photo – A dreamy day in Glenorchy
I've been to this amazing pathway a few times and each time it's quite magical. This is from my most recent trip down there with my friend Mark. He's been great because things have been so busy lately, I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot so much! This is a shame… lots of things pulling my time in different directions, so it's been great to have a day of shooting out with Mark!
When you travel to strange places, I always advise to go ahead and do the touristy things but then see if you can do anything special to hang out with the locals. It’s not always easy to figure out how to do this and takes a bit of legwork! …but always worth it.
Daily Photo – In the Bedouin Village
When we were in Oman and went out to explore the desert, there was a really interesting stop at a Bedouin's home. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was invited in and sat down on some carpets. The whole home was open to the air in a way, adorned with many small decorative carpets and pillows along the tented walls. After I sat down, the man of the home offered me some extremely strong coffee, then his whole family with kids sat around me. I pulled out my iPad and shared photos from around the world. The kids loved it and we all laughed together even though we didn't speak the same language.
We took the family out for a camel ride in the desert in Qatar because, well, why not! The funniest thing was that Ethan's camel was really grumpy and would just make ridiculous noises the whole time. This pleased his sisters to no end!
This isn’t a movie. It’s not a “cinemagraph” — it’s something completely new made from a single photograph. If you want to get this software now, click over to the Plotagraph Pro. Yeah, a Plotagraph — a new word, a new tech, a new everything! And no, it’s not a cinemagraph — all you need is a single JPG and no additional image or video files.
I’ve been secretly testing it with the creator of Plotagraph for a while (not by surprise, his last name is Plota), and it’s been an absolute blast! So far, I have made about a dozen of them, and they all come out really cool. It’s a brand new tech and I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyway, now it is available to all… you’ll really enjoy yourself and be shocked at the results.
This is a great way to breathe new life into any photo you’ve ever taken. It works great in so many conditions… clouds, moving water, grasses, hair, flowers, water, fire, etc. When you look at the new portfolio above, you’ll see how fun it is. Note that because these are all multi-framed, it may take a moment or two for the whole thing to load before you see it flow smoothly.
Easy to use
This is a good example of a JPG I uploaded. You can see how I masked out most of the tree and ground and added animation vectors to the sky. This one is very simple in that I have everything going in the same direction. As you can imagine, you don’t always have to make it this simple and you can have animations go in many directions and different speeds in various bits of the picture.
Here’s a bit more complex of an example with many vectors. This one may look a bit more complex because I turned on the “Mesh” layer that shows all the triangles and interconnectedness. I’m working on some tutorials now to talk more about how it works!
Works on any computer/OS
It’s completely web-based software, so it doesn’t matter if you are Mac / Windows / Linux, whatever. It’s also extremely fast because everything is happening on remote blazing servers.
Here’s the way it works. You upload any photo then you use the online software to define the areas that you want to keep static and the parts you want to move. After that, you use cool directional arrows to describe where and how you want the motion to flow. There’s also options to set the speed, smoothness, and more. You can get a live preview in the web browser and then export it as an GIF, MOV, or MP4. Easy as pie and supa fun!
During launch month here, Troy told me they are taking $50 off the normal price, so it’s a good time to swoop in.
Quick Tutorial Video
Many people have been asking about the UI and process for making these, so I made a quick video for you!
Two More Examples
This is a more subtle use of the technique. If you look closely at the traffic, you’ll see it moving a little bit too for a nice subtle touch!
Here’s one of my favorite photos from Paris, brought to a new kind of animated life!
I had a blast working with the team at Peak Design on this project! Here’s one of three new quick videos that show off our new bags on Kickstarter at http://pkdsn.com/trey — Here’s some fun facts we just got. This is the most funded active Kickstarter project. These are not only the most funded bags in Kickstarter history but the most funded photo gear ever! Thanks again to all the backers for making this such a huge success – you guys rock!
Check out our new Sling video! I know it appears the guy using this bag is engaged in semi-illegal activities, but just note you can use this bag for completely legal purposes. See more at http://pkdsn.com/trey
Here’s a nice quote from Peta Pixel:
– “So how popular is the Everyday line of bags? Well, in the first day of being on Kickstarter, the new campaign has already blown past the $500,000 campaign goal and is rapidly approaching the $1 million mark, meaning it’s doing even better than the wildly popular initial campaign.”
and here’s another nice one from The Manual:
– “We have to hand it to the team at Peak Design. They know the Devil is in the details. From careful consideration of space and storage, to materials, to the craftsmanship of the straps and closures, every aspect of their products are on point. As Peak Design says themselves, ‘This ain’t just a camera bag’ “
and one more from Popular Photography:
– “We love camera bags, but it’s not often you see one generate genuine excitement outside the photography nerd set. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag was a runaway hit, however, and now the company is using Kickstarter to expand the line with a Backpack, Tote, and Sling bag option.”