The London Eye

Don’t Forget the Free eBook!

If you go over to Flatbooks.com and sign up on the right hand side, you get a free eBook called “10 Principles of Beautiful Photography.” I added a little bit more to the end of this book… as a bit of a bonus.

Share your Austin PhotoWalk Photos!

Be sure to put your favorite shots in the Austin SXSW PhotoWalk group! I’ll post mine as soon as I get a chance to process ‘em ! Amazing prizes — will list them out soon. The judges (not me) will be picking out about 20 or so of the most interesting to win prizes.

Daily Photo – The London Eye

I took this on the last PhotoWalk in London, so it’s about time I post it! I won’t be able to process the Austin ones for a bit… this is a busy time for me… you’ll have to forgive me!

Half of the fun of the PhotoWalk is people posting and sharing photos after the event. Even though everyone is taking photos of the same stuff, it is cool to see so many different perspectives. I’m pretty sure we all took photos of the London Eye on that evening, and this is the one that I made.

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Crossing Tower Bridge in the Rain

Now Starring You

When I was out in California recently, I met Om Malik, the guy behind GigaOm.com. I didn’t really know what to expect. I got the vibe that he was either a long-time fan or a new one…either way, he could not have been nicer. And, of course, I was a fan of his too, since I’m a tech-news junkie. Anyhoo, we talked about all sorts of things, and he ended up writing a story called “Now Starring You in a Movie About You“.
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While I was there in SF, I ended up stringing a bunch of little meetings together. A few hours later, I was still at Om’s secret hideout coffee-shop, and Frederick Van from This Week in Photo came over to get me on video (will be posted soon). While we were recording the video out in the little garden area, Om came right back out with another one of his tech paramours and sat at the table beside us. He has a knowing nod and wry smile that kind of sets you at ease…

HDR Tip #7 – the Last One

Today’s final one is Tips from the Clubhouse in my contribution to the week of HDR Tips with Rick Sammon. We have a private area here of StuckInCustoms that people get access too when they get the HDR Tutorial on Video. I asked them for some of their thoughts, and got some good ones back!

Did you miss the other tips?  Here they are, listed out:

Daily Photo – Crossing Tower Bridge in the Rain

My bulbous 14-24 lens is a problem in the rain! If you haven’t seen the Nikon 14-24 (see my Nikon 14-24 Review) before, then most people think it is a fish-eye lens, but it isn’t. The apex of the glass juts out almost just beyond the tiny bayonet, and it seems to suck rain drops into it! I’m always wiping down that dang thing.

But… here’s another little hint. That lens can shoot at F/2.8. That means you can focus on infinity for most of your landscape shots, and you’ll only see a few, if any, raindrops that form on the lens. It’s a very nifty trick! And, with a wide-angle lens, infinity ain’t that far away.

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Underlondon

Vote on your favorite icon!

We’re working hard on the next version (with many surprise features) of 100 Cameras in 1 (iTunes link).

So, which of these four new icons do you like the best? I’m interested in your opinion! :)

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See you on Thursday!

I’ve just gotten into Carmel after a long day of taking photos off Hwy 1. It was a good day! And soon, I’m getting to San Jose to give this talk at Adobe. It’s a free event… The talk is on Feb 24 at 1 PM PDT in the Park Auditorium at 345 Park Ave in San Jose. Below is a preview of the first slide! :)

Trey Adobe

Daily Photo – Underlondon

After a day of “working hard” by meandering all over London to take photos, we ended up here at this cool restaurant. I’m sure some of our clever UK readers know exactly which one it is!

It was one of those places where you walk in and see 30 different kinds of bread. So then, there is no choice left, and you simply have to get bread. I can sometimes have good bread-willpower, but not when I am presented with so many choices. It’s sort of like peer-pressure… and every one of those different kinds of bread is a sentient being, beckoning me to eat em up.

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Business in London

Great Work at HDR Spotting

I started HDR Spotting last year to drive more attention to other HDR Artists out there. Whenever you click on a photo, it will take you to that artist’s website, portfolio, or wherever they wish. In the very beginning, to get it started, I put my own work on there, but I don’t any more since it has a vibrant life of its own now.

The site is still in beta as we add features, but there are still invites floating around out there. Be sure to go check out some stuff on the HDR Spotting main site or the Editor’s Picks. You guys should note that I am not the editor…hehe… We do cycle new editors in all the time and I hear it’s time for another crop to rotate in.

Daily Photo – Business in London

Walking along one side of the Thames after visiting some museums brought us to this business district. There was a misty rain for most of the day, so it set down a nice sheen of reflection. There’s a tiny water canal that runs through the center here, and the line leads right to the Tower Bridge (thx for edits in comments!), which you can see in the distance.

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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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