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The New Photography Competition Show – The Creation Wars

Come see the new show and support us! (this launches TODAY!). This is something totally new we are doing, and I think you’re gonna love it. We did about 100 of the “old” shows and then I went away with the team to re-group and come up with something Completely Different, but with enough of the old magic formula.

Daily Photo – The Peaceful and the Stormy Blues

On the day in Bora Bora when we went out to swim with the sharks, it was perfectly beautiful and calm. Then, out of almost nowhere, this angry storm started rolling in. We were in quite shallow, shark-ridden water at this point, and the sun was still hitting it from behind. And then I had this somewhat terrifying thought that above me was death, below me was death, and the only thing keeping me between the two was a few thin pieces of wood!

The Peaceful and the Stormy Blues

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Scarlett on the Path

Glenorchy Cafe

If you do ever head out to Glenorchy, be sure to eat at the rather generically named “Glenorchy Cafe” — it’s super tasty! We go there every time… and there is some very evil desserts there too that are not to be missed!

Daily Photo – Scarlett on the Path

Here's Scarlett posing (again!) on this amazing walkway in Glenorchy. We actually went out there as a family for Mother's Day, but when I take Scarlett's photo, she prefers to be by herself so that all the attention is right there on her! She's a non-stop posing machine… so funny… girls!

Scarlett on the Path

Scarlett on the Path

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

To the Island in Morning Fog

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Daily Photo – To the Island in Morning Fog

The weather was almost always perfect in Bora Bora, but one day there was a very heavy morning fog. I thought everything looked so awesome and monochromatic, especially this tiny little island. I took the photo and ahead of time I had the idea that it would look cool in just black and white — I'm glad my idea actually worked out!

To the Island in Morning Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Breaking Bad

I finally finished watching the last episodes of this awesome, crazy show! Anyone else out there enjoy it too? I can’t believe that last season… whoa!

Daily Photo – Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

This is the best temple I've ever been to in the world! If you ever go to Thailand, be sure to go about 2 hours south of Bangkok to Pattaya to see this place! It's absolutely beautiful and you'll have a fabulous time. The nearby town of Pattaya is really worth a visit too, but it's totally wild! There is a road there called “Walking Street” that is full of all kinds of interesting debauchery. A lot of ladyboys, crazy bars, strip clubs, and, well, just colorful characters everywhere… it's really fun for street photography there too… Anyway, there's a little ladyboy+temple advice for ya!

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Through the Thailand Jungles, I discovered this

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking through the Forbidden City

From the Museum

See Edy in this video? She was my assistant in China. I didn’t choose her; she was automatically given to me by the government. I was there taking photos on behalf of some government arm… they kind of gave me free reign, an assistant and driver, etc. But, in all honesty, I would have been much better off without her. She was a very goofy and silly girl. You can kind of get a sense of it in this video below… Halfway through, I complained so much that I finally got a new dude named James. HE WAS SO AWESOME… probably the best assistant/guide I’ve ever had… I loved that dude!

Daily Photo – Walking through the Forbidden City

And here's the same gal from above, walking through the Forbidden City one afternoon. I liked her dress and thought she looked pretty awesome walking into around the inner courtyards of such an amazing place.

Walking through the Forbidden City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.7

Mommy and Baby Elephant

Taken with the Sony FE 70-200mm Lens

Here’s one of the photos that is part of the new Sony FE 70-200 Review here on the site. The optical image stabilization really helped to make sure the shot was nice and crisp, even taken from a helicopter!

Daily Photo – Mommy and Baby Elephant

Aren't they cute? It was really nice seeing so many baby elephants walking around. All the girls we were with would go CRAZY whenever we saw a baby elephant, but I think all the guys quite liked them too… we just kind of kept that stuff inside… you know us guys, all stoic and stuff.

Mommy and Baby Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Patterns in the Sand

A Facebook Ask Me Anything

Over on the new Facebook Page, I announced a new “Live Q&A” which is kind of like a reddit AMA, I think. Anyway, come over and make note of the event, and pop in live to ask questions! :)

Daily Photo – Patterns in the Sand

I spent a lot of time taking photos of all the desert scenes in Namibia, but sometimes I forgot to look down and see the beauty right in front of me! I was actually not too good at remember such a simple rule. The only time I happened to remember it is when I was just walking along and decided to look down at my feet for whatever reason. I'd have to stop very quickly so I didn't make foot prints in the area I wanted to photograph!

Patterns in the Sand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

New Sony FE 70-200 review

My Other Sony Goodies and Lenses

Go visit the often-updated My Equipment Page to see all my goodies!

Sony FE 70-200 – New Review

Go check out the new Sony FE 70-200 Review that just landed on the site! I just used this lens for the first time after my month in Africa. I’m now looking forward to using it more here for landscape-y shots in New Zealand. It’s so light and awesome!

Daily Photo – Alone in the desert

One great thing about a zoom lens like this 70-200mm (linked above) for landscape photography is it allows this nice effect called “compression,” where you can do effects like this: Bring in the two layers of sand dunes from beyond and make them look nice and overpowering.

For this particular one, I used the A6000, which is a cropped sensor camera. This means I was able to get in even tighter, as this camera will change the specs from 70-200 to 105-300.

Alone in the desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length138.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Night in Bora Bora

EXIF Info

Remember, there are two ways to see the EXIF info for each of my shots. You can hover the mouse over and see them, or if you click through to SmugMug, you can click on the little “i” and see this information! BTW, I don’t even know what some of that means… like “Brightness -24026/256″??? Maybe one of you smarties can tell me what that means!

Camera SONY ILCE-7R (Sony A7r)
ISO 800
Exposure Time 25s (25/1)
Name The Bungalows at Night.jpg
Size 7837 x 5884
Date Taken 2014-06-29 19:55:35
Date Modified 2014-07-04 08:47:18

File Size 23.88 MB
Flash flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering pattern
Exposure Program manual
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Mode manual
Light Source unknown
White Balance auto
Digital Zoom 1.0x
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Sharpness 0
Color Space sRGB
Brightness -24026/256

Daily Photo – Another Night in Bora Bora

Was every night in Bora Bora this pretty, or just the ones where I took photos? It was EVERY NIGHT! It was so pretty every night, how could you NOT go out and take photos? With that mountain and the amazing architecture over the water… it was so awesome and a real treat to be here.

Another Night in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Painted Elephant

Past and Current

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Daily Photo – The Painted Elephant

I am pretty sure the elephant is my favorite animal there in Africa. It was so fun to watch them walk around. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed it! Something else very interesting that I found out — there are over 90,000 elephants in Botswana. That's quite a few! I thought there were less for some reason… but you absolutely see them everywhere. Every turn around a bank of trees has a good chance of seeing elephants. It was so fun…

The Painted Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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