Photographing Dubai… and Join me for a Live Event!

Live Event Soon – Sunday in the US!

Below is a photo that my friend Rene Smith took of me last night here in Dubai while we were shooting on top of a skyscraper. I thought about editing some photos from Dubai live on the air! :) Click here for the event info (It’s free).

Not long ago, I released a video tutorial series about Landscape Photography. I thought it would be fun to process a photo live on the air!

I’ll invite a few people from the Stuck In Customs community at https://plus.google.com/communities/114805630646077487810 to join in as well! :) I’ll be watching all the questions that are happening live as well as taking live questions during the hangout.

Also, I’ll probably edit some of my new photos from Dubai and Germany so you can get a sense of what I do. Anyway, this is a free event… just to give back… hope you enjoy it! :)

Daily Photo – The Yacht Marina in Dubai

What an amazing place Dubai is! I've been taking photos like a man possessed, and only had time to process a few of them. It's really a beautiful place. There are two main areas that are full of buildings. This is the Marina area where we had our amazing Dubai photowalk! Thanks again everyone for coming… this is one I took at the end of the night, as Rene and I were trying to find a taxi back downtown.

The Yacht Marina in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Dusseldorf

Freezing Germany

I’m just came back to Dusseldorf for a second time this year. The first time it was SO COLD and I decided to buy a good coat. I’ve never actually had a good, proper winter coat, but now I do. It’s super amazing and keeps me crazy-toasty. It’s got a big German-furry hood, tons of pockets, and, well, I’ve just never liked a coat so much!

Daily Photo – Exploring Dusseldorf

I am really getting to know Dusseldorf! What a cool city. There is this one really quirky area called the Mediahoffen that is full of some crazy-cool architecture. I spent quite a while there goofing around and taking photos. This is just one of about 50 cool places I found around there…

Exploring Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Penguin Slide!

Tracking

I feel like this photo today represents the only time in my life I’ve ever been able to correctly track an animal. I remember our guide in Africa, Dennis, was SO GOOD at seeing 300 kinds of footprints and knowing everything about them. What a cool skill to have!

Daily Photo – The Penguin Slide!

I kept missing the penguins on this walk around the sea ice on Antarctica! I would come around a wall of ice to see these trails here and there. I'm no biologist, but I did identify them as penguin-belly-slide-trails, I think! You can see the rut left by their belly and where the little flippers would steer them this way and that.

I did get to see a lot of penguins sliding around, but never quite this close… maybe next time! :)

The Penguin Slide!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Approaching The Shard

Tallest building in Europe?

Is this currently the tallest building in Europe? I think someone told me that, but they were not very trustworthy… haha, but I figured you all would know!

Daily Photo – Approaching The Shard

One night after seeing a strange play called “The Nether,” I went on a solo four-hour photowalk around London at night. It was so magical! I had on my earphones and just had a grand old time walking here and walking there… so amazing to see such amazingness everywhere. It had been about three years since I had been, so I was immediately impressed at this cool new building, The Shard, that shot right out of the city. Incredible!

Approaching The Shard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Drones or Quadcopters

I’m afraid the word “drone” is now in the popular vernacular, even though I think most quad pilots wished everyone referred to them as “quadcopters.” I think the “drone” word gets confusing because that’s what the military uses in a weaponized manner. But then again, “quadcopter” doesn’t always make sense either because some of them have 6 rotors! Anyway… a semantics issue… I don’t lose a lot of sleep over it… just noticing. These things are about to be everywhere based on sales.

Daily Photo – The edge of Hong Kong from Above

It's hard to believe the water is this color on the edge of Hong Kong, isn't it? It's not always that color, but I happen to be right by the ferry terminal, and so many boats come and go that it churns up a bunch of small bubbles that make everything seem a bit more Caribbean! After I took this photo straight down with the quad, I aimed it up and got a big panorama of the city. I'll share that one soon too!

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO137
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Yesterday’s and Today’s Image

I don’t know if you noticed yesterday’s and today’s image or not, but I’ve been doing something a little different with sharpness passes and filters. More and more I’m using MacPhun Intensify and Tonality — definitely some of my favorite filters!

Lightroom Presets

Today’s photo was made with one of the presets from the January 2015 Pack of the Lightroom Presets. I’m glad people are enjoying them so much. It’s very fun for me to experiment a LOT more and create 10 fresh ones per month. It’s a bit of a challenge to always try new looks and experiment, but I am glad you are all experimenting with me! :)

Daily Photo – A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Isn't this a wonderfully strange photo?!?

We went with our friends Mark and Sonia down to the beach in Wanaka to spend the day recently. It was so sunny and awesome to spend the day with everyone. I know it's opposite-land down here, our summer is the Northern hemisphere's winter, so seeing recent off-season photos can be confusing!

A Fun Family Day at Lake Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

YouTube Channel

Don’t forget to pop over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe! There’s always cool stuff happening there! :)

Here’s one I posted several months ago with the long title: “Shibuya Station – What is it like to ride the subway to the busiest intersection in the world in Tokyo?” You don’t hear me talking… no instruction or anything… just some uninterrupted Google Glass footage.

Daily Photo – Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

What an awesome building this is! I spent the better part of a day in here during a recent trip to Hong Kong and I was awestruck at the amazing interior. After all my banking-work-work was done, I roamed the halls a while to get some photos. Of the hundreds I took, I think this one is my favorite.

Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

7 Dials in London

Fun Contest – your color for a camera strap?

I use this strap! What color for you?

Calibrating the DJI Inspire

I’ve noticed I’ve had to calibrate it a few times, but it has not been much of a problem. I guess it’s good that it refuses to fly until it is calibrated! Right before I did this, I had to do a rather long automated calibration that took 10 minutes. It’s the first time I had to do that… but it gave me a chance to have a coffee and pastry on the street corner while waiting! :)

Daily Photo – 7 Dials in London

I love getting these kinds of photos with the quadcopter. Looking straight down never seems to get old. Maybe it's because I've always wanted to fly and be like a bird… free like a bird! I get a very weak sense of it with this quadcopter, but it is still pretty awesome. This is a very cool area of London called Seven Dials where seven roads come together, and it seemed to cry out for a photo like this!

7 Dials in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

Sky Ice and High-Speed Cameras

Inside a Camera at 10,000 FPS

I found this very interesting!

Flying over the Ice Island

Strange Sony Cam Failure

I had the strangest problem with my Sony A7r soon after I took this shot. I had on the 70-200mm and was holding it the window. Cold dot com. But I don’t think that was the problem. Anyway, there was this little flap-thing that fell down in front of the sensor, and I could see it flapping around in the wind! Now, the only thing out of the hole in the chopper was the wind, so I couldn’t figure out how it was blowing something around on the sensor! I am still not sure what it was exactly, but I think it was the sensor cleaner, because it would swing down on a diagonal. Anyway, I could not fix it with my man-hands, so it’s on its way back to Sony to get fixed. Humph!

Daily Photo – Flying over the Ice Island

I could stare out of the window of flying machines forever! This is one of 1,000 interesting ice formations we scooted over while flying from location to location in Antarctica. It was so interesting to see how things would crack and shapes like this would form. In just another month or so, it will all melt away, only to be frozen again as Autumn rolls around. Although it's strange to use the word “Autumn” in Antarctica – it just doesn't seem to fit!

Flying over the Ice Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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