HDR Tutorial in French

HDR Tutorial now in French

A big thank you to Sylvain Montreuil for the French translation!

The International HDR Tutorial!

Daily Photo – Sunday Brunch in London

I don’t know London very well at all. I can’t ever decide if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s just a thing, I suppose. And it’s neither nor.

While walking through the streets you come across places that you should probably know what they are. Or maybe you see a charming old pub and you just assume that it’s quite famous. But I don’t know. I can’t tell one thing from the next…

But I did see this little restaurant one morning. The outside was covered in ivy and flowers, and this old couple was sitting outside on the bench. I don’t know why I set up for a picture… it was both mundane and not.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

Join me Live Today at 4 PM CST

I’ll be on PhotoNetCast Live today with Dave Wilson and Antonio Marques at 4 PM CST.  That’s 2 PM PT, and all other sorts of times whereever you happen to be.  Just click on that link around that time, and you’ll be in good shape!

Daily Photo – Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

Ever heard of this guy? He wrote plays or something like that?

Now, this is not the original theater, but it is a fully operational new version of it, located right beside the Thames in Central London. I was lucky enough to get a private tour of the facility and it was really cool, as you can see. Everything appears to be pretty authentic, from the thatched roof to the multiple view levels. In fact, it’s exactly how I remember it from Civilization.

The guy that was showing us around said that, after it was first constructed, that veteran British actors scoffed at it, thinking it was more of a tourist attraction than a serious place to act. But that sentiment has changed in recent years, with more and more big names coming to act out the classics. I didn’t get to stay around for a performance, but I think it would have been pretty impressive… the space is very tiny and intimate. And even though it’s a replica and “pretend”, that’s all acting is anyway… so I think everyone could easily get caught up in the moment of it all.

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The London Underground – Piccadilly

#1 Question about the Camera App

Thanks for all the feedback on 100 Cameras in 1! Just wait till you see what secret stuff is coming in the NEXT version. You’ve given me amazing ideas — so thank you!

The biggest question I get is “Is it coming to Android?” The answer is YES! It’s in development right now, but it will take a while. Personally, I have an Android phone, so I’m very excited about it too. It’s actually pretty hard to develop for Android…harder than the iPhone.  Actually, none of this stuff is easy or cheap (hmmm… college fund for the kids, a mid-sized German car, or an app? Let’s bet the farm honey! hehe)…

Daily Photo – The London Underground – Piccadilly

Piccadilly Circus is one of the most popular places in London for tourists. I don’t like to always hit all the obvious places, but, then again, I kind of have to hit the obvious places, yes? So, when I went to this famous spot, I tried my best to find some interesting angles and compositions.

This was a standard HDR shot – five exposures from -2 to +2.  To fix the ghosting problem with the people, I did the same thing I always do!  I think that’s on page 2 or 3 of the HDR Tutorial…  (maybe that is the #1 Question about HDR!)

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Amazing Year – Thanks For Joining Me!

Over 50 Million Views!

I started on SmugMug in Dec of 2009. We

I am always shocked when I look at these numbers.  I’m very hard on myself when it comes to photography, and I feel like I rarely ever reach that “nirvana” point in a photo.  But I do like to try — and I enjoy sharing and getting your thoughts.  It helps give me energy to keep on trying!

These stats are a good indication of how much energy you are giving me!  We just passed 50 million views — at least this is the official number that we can count through SmugMug and Flickr.  The photos are spread far and wide beyond that, but I can’t include them in the official count.

I find it remarkable that I started hosting photos on SmugMug (see SmugMug Review) in December of 2009, and we already have about 30 million views.  It’s been about five years on Flickr and we are at 22 million views.  I still post my photos over there, but I just don’t link there from the blog — and so many of my friends are still on Flickr.  I wish I had more time to surf around and see their work!  This is just too hard for me sometimes with a busy schedule, family, and this sort of thing.

It took about five years to break 20 million on Flickr. I still enjoy Flickr and use it daily, however!

Anyway, thank you so much!

Prints on Paper, Canvas, or Metal!

Our print sales did pretty well over the holidays! Maybe I should have mentioned them beforehand… I don’t think I’ve talked about them in about two months. Anyway, we just did a printing of this work below. It was sent to a good friend for a special Christmas gift. We had it done up on High White Gloss Aluminum. They are super-expensive, frankly, but they are beyond belief…. they look like giant 40″ LCD screens! There’s something about the white base of the metal that helps everything glow.

Daily Photo – Time in London

I had many highlights of the year… one of them was certainly that amazing huge photowalk in London.  I enjoyed meeting so many people… it’s amazing how many “lurkers” there are out there!  You guys and gals are too shy on the Internet!

A pretty good example (and what I’ve grown to expect) is gents like Andy Bird.  I find that generally interesting and awesome people just end up enjoying this sort of thing!  He came up to me, wearing a Joss Whedon t-shirt, so I knew there was something of interest in the works.  And then I found out it was long-time commenter Andy Bird!  What a cool guy…  and, I’m always impressed (and not surprised) when I end up meeting frequent (or infrequent!) members of the community.  Anyway, while I was looking at this photo, I came to think of that nice photowalk in London.

Speaking of that, when I set up for this shot in particular, I spent some time talking about the composition… Big Ben, the lights, the bridge, etc etc.  And then, right when I was taking the shot, another photographer got right in front of me!  hehe… well, these things happen.  But, it helped me decide on a nice treatment for the photo — to keep the emphasis on the shapes rather than the interloper.

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Lonely in London – and Free Google Chrome Themes

10 Google Chrome Themes – Free!

A big thanks to Cyborg who whipped up 10 great Google Chrome Themes using my images. I think they came out really amazing.  You can visit Cyborg’s site to see some of his other cool themes as well.

They are available in the Chrome Web Store, but all are free for now. All readers here on the blog are welcome to jump on there and grab them! I hope it makes popping open a new tab more fun! :) I put a few of the best google chrome themes here on the site.

Remember back in the day when we surfed before tabs? How did we do it? Ahhhh sweet innocence.

Daily Photo – Lonely in London

I flew to London directly from Burning Man. I was tired, dirty, very tired, and very dirty. But that didn’t stop me from adventuring out! It was still a bit before my friend Scott arrived, and still many days before my wife and others arrived… so I spent some time wandering the London streets at night. You never know when the muse is gonna visit, so you have to go out and wander when she does!

These red phone booths are perfect little specimen for photography, no? I’m trying to remember the first time I ever saw one. It was probably when I was a kid, watching Monty Python with my dad on PBS. Speaking of that, I recently listened to the Michael Palin autobiography on Audible (try them out – I love Audible!). I didn’t realize the show was kind of floundering in the UK when it really hit big in the US. It sounds like the whole crew was surprised how popular the show was in America. All I can imagine is that their behavior must have just seemed perfectly mundane and normal in England.

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The Steampunk Horse

New David DuChemin eBooks!

David has a bunch of eBooks available over on his site… something for everyone! He recently visited Iceland and he’s currently in New Zealand… so we are certainly kindred spirits. He’s got a new book on Iceland and several others that may entice you. Go check out David’s new eBooks… nice little gifts for the holidays!

This Week in Travel

The “This Week in Travel” that I recorded on Sunday is now available for listening! :) If you want links to some of the stuff I talk about (and more) visit the Photography Gadgets page. If you want the others that are recommended by the other guests, visit the This Week in Travel page for this episode.

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Daily Photo – The Steampunk Horse

I was in London and found this place just after my wife and I had a lovely dinner with Matt Ridley (have you seen his TED Talk on “When Ideas Have Sex”?) Visit my Best TED Talks page to see it… right there at the top! He’s a great guy and his TED speech did not mention why ideas would come together to make a steampunk horse.

We passed a gallery in a nice part of town that was totally dark and mysterious — except for this wonderful creation inside. I could not resist and had to whip out the tripod to make it happen!

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The British Museum

Hi London Friends!

During our workshop in London, we took a lunchtime walk over to this museum. We had a great time, evading security every which way. I have good memories of my times there with that nice group of people… I very much enjoyed it!

I edited this shot during the class. It came out so nicely, I decided to post it here!

Daily Photo – The British Museum

So, this museum has the Rosetta Stone — what else do you need to know? And if it’s got that, you know it has some other amazing things as well. I spent two days there — one shooting and one exploring! Okay, well, both shooting.

When the whole class went inside, there were a ton of us with tripods. We gathered around outside before we went in with our gameplan. Our strategy was simple: “Spread out and shoot. They can’t catch us all.” So we did exactly that and flew to the four winds. The guards were on their earphones nonstop trying to figure out what was happening with this flash mob. They would catch one, then run to the next, then the next. They got confused on who that had told to stop and who they hadn’t, so it was easy to be a repeat offender. In the end, no one was thrown out… it’s sort of a testament to not worrying about it all… just go for it!

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Rainbow over the London Eye

About the Site

We have quite a nice team here that have helped out with the site. Down at the bottom of the page, we have a new footer that came with the new design. In there, I put a link to “About the Site“, where you can get some scoop on people that help us out. We have a few freelancers that you might need in the future too!

That “About This Site” page is sort of a work-in-progress… but I believe in getting some things up early and then refining over time.

HDR on the iPhone

I was recently on Leo Laporte’s show The Tech Guy — we talked all about HDR on the iPhone. I’ll link over to that podcast when it comes available. My friend Brian Matiash wrote up a little analysis on his blog that you might enjoy as well.

Daily Photo – Rainbow over the London Eye

Today I am taking a train from London to Paris, and going through the chunnel (under the English Channel) for my first time. I’m very excited about this… I love the idea of rail travel in Europe. I don’t know why this is… I do look around at the other passengers and they often seem Euro-melancholy. Maybe you know what I mean…

So, today’s shot is of the newly famous London Eye. It’s more than just a ferris wheel. I can understand why it was so controversial when it was being built. What proper city would want a carnival-esque attraction right in the middle of it all? Well, this is no regular ferris wheel. It’s at least four times bigger than most, and each capsule is like a tiny plane. Sadly, I didn’t have a chance to go inside for a ride… this was for many reasons:

  • They put a bunch of people in with you, and I fear they would all crowd to the window
  • I want to go up at exactly sunset and take an amazing photo, which would really require me to be by myself or with an assistant
  • I saw there was a special “ride” you can get that has gourmet chocolate on board. That sounded good and I wanted to plan that for a future trip!

London Eye

Wicked London

Twitter and Photography

Twitter has turned out to be a great tool for photography!  Not only did I help use it to organize the London PhotoWalk, but I also send out tweets to places like @WickedLondon and @Tate to get inside scoops on photography and whatnot.  Since these places are obviously into social media, they are often likely to respond.

Daily Photo – Wicked London

So, I just got finished watching Wicked in London.  It was a very cool experience.  I would have enjoyed getting a few more shots of the environs and actors/actresses — maybe next time!

The stage was wonderfully elaborate and fantasy-steampunk.  I didn’t expect so much steampunk stuff in my life lately…  speaking of that, I’ll have more of these sorts of photos coming from Burning Man in coming days.  When traveling on the road, it’s hard for me to get new shots up right away, but I know people enjoy seeing “live” shots that show what I am seeing on a timely basis.  It takes a lot of energy to be out shooting all day, come back, post-process, and then upload everything to the blog — but I will try to do it from time to time.

Anyway, if you get a chance to see Wicked in London, I certainly recommend it.  I won’t ruin the story for you if you haven’t seen it, but there is a surprise appearance at the end from Jar Jar Binks that is totally unexpected.

Wicked London

London PhotoWalk Recap

London PhotoWalk Links

Thanks again to the massive group that came out!  It was a ton of fun, as you know!  Here are some links for you to follow to post your photos and give comments/review:

Video of the PhotoWalk

Stephen Graham put up a video of the event on his site too. He grabbed some informal footage while were all walking around… Jump over to his site iboogaloo.com to see it.

Pics of the event

Sadly, I’ve been too busy to process many photos, but I will soon!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos of others on the walk.  There are some very talented and passionate photographers in London… very exciting stuff!

And below are a few more photos from the event that came out kinda cool… so you can see what these things are like in case you want to join the next one. I stop a few times along the walk to describe the shot, give tips, and this sort of thing. Everyone gets along great, and people usually make many new friends, since most come alone! :)

Many people took many “behind the scenes shots of the event”. Some interesting ones from Gergio Amiti (5ERG10) and KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art). Just click on the photos below to jump over to their photostreams to see more!

Images from the Trey Ratcliff HDR Walk

Photowalk London

HDR Photo

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