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I'd like to sincerely thank my good friend Caleb for taking me behind the Hollywood sign one evening for a beautiful photo session. The only thing missing was some of his yoga instruction! It's really hard (as in pretty much IMPOSSIBLE) to get into this position. He told me the incredible and unbelievable story about how he got access. Just amazing. This place has so much security… we're talking Dept. of Homeland Security level activity. We got waved through so many guards to get back here… I'll never forget it!
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One day when I choppered over the main continent, I got to see more glaciers than I had in my entire life combined. They were everywhere. Most of them terminated on this hard black rock here which made for quite a stark contrast. Also, the glaciers here are not melting, so most of them just end with white ice terminating on black rock. Each one of them seems to have a nice perfect shape too, a wide tongue of shining white.
Here’s a live broadcast we did from this amazing venue on Facebook.
Wow we had an amazing time here! Curtis, Dave, and I were like kids in a candy store. There were so many beautiful sights and such incredible food. I can't wait to go back and spend even more time there.
At one point, I was sitting down for lunch and I felt this TREMENDOUS bite in my crotch area. I looked across the table and saw hollow-legged Richard (the proprietor) was sitting there, so that knocked him off the suspect list. I immediately went to the bathroom and took off all my clothes to figure out what bit me. And there was a BEE in my yoga pants! I couldn't believe it. I have no idea how that bee got in there, but it wasn't happy, and neither was I.
Here’s a live broadcast where I show more of the interior of this place and the unique way in which they make drinks.
If you look close, you can see a bit of ghosting from the bartender here in Fragrances (the bar inside the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin). When I was shooting, people were asking if they could get out of my way. I usually tell them no, because I like a bit of ghosting and some mystery in there. It's also funny when I walk into a place with a tripod that they think there is something QUITE SERIOUS going on. It's actually just the opposite… complete silliness and fun!
This is all footage from the Phantom 4 Pro that I shot here in New Zealand — all locations are less than an hour from my studio here in Queenstown (a little Queenstown plug there!). Music is “AMB – Set in Stone” — see the full DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review here on the site.
Here's another quad shot (two days in a row!). Again, I loved the shot from the ground-based angle. But when I got the quad up in the air, it was a totally different scene. At least carrying around the Mavic is now easier than carrying around the Phantom. I really dig this little device!
Just one more turn… just one more turn. We’ve been playing this a lot as a family lately — I recommend it. Fun for all ages! Well, maybe you need to be at least 11 or 12… or the young ones can team up with the older ones.
And here’s one of the first photos I took of this airport, many years ago!
I spent about four hours here each direction, back and forth from Germany. I love this airport and it's where I took one of my first HDR photos that made me so happy. It was SUPER GRUNGY, as you can see above. This one is a bit different… another interpretation maybe!
Don’t forget to go to my page to see some of the behind-the-scenes Live Videos from when I was in Istanbul exploring these places.
You might notice a repeating theme of doors and portals in my work. It's a fun little game I play to try to do interesting things with doors and people. I stood here outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for about 30 minutes, capturing different natural, organic situations of humans coming and going. This is one of my favorites.
My friend Francis who joined us on our Photo Adventure Workshop in Namibia sent me this article: “Scary streets: which are the world’s most haunted cities?”. One of the spots was here in Kolmanskop.
You may remember a lot of footage here from Season 1 of Becoming an Artist — I had Bel following me all around this place grabbing footage. We had a great time, and when she wasn't shooting or getting B-Roll, I had her pose in various ways. I did a lot of shadow work because I thought it added something to the scene. Here's one of those results.
I am just now releasing the first version of the FUJI XPro2 Review. There’s lots of sample photos – enjoy!
It’s been on my to-do list FOREVER to put together different city guides about the best places to go take photos. I’ve not gotten around to it yet… but certainly on the list.
What an idyllic place to have evening drinks and relaxation! This is on the coastline on the east side of Istanbul. The vast majority of Turkey is on the Asian continent, and I wanted to be sure I visited this side even during my short stint there. What a great place and an exhilarating walk along the shore. There wasn't a bad view to be found. I had no idea how in the heck I was gonna get back across the water. I found a car ferry and jumped aboard. It dropped me off back on the west side before finding my way back to my sanctuary of the Ritz-Carlton!
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Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.
Who comes up with this stuff. Here’s some fun animal trivia group names for you today on the blog!
A shrewdness of apes
A sloth of bears
A clowder, or a pounce of cats
A gang of elk
A business of ferrets or flies
A tower of giraffes
A bloat of hippos
A leap o’ leopards
A prickle of porcupines
A streak of tigers
A stand of flamingos
A deceit of lapwings
A parliament of owls
An ostentation of peacocks
A mustering of storks
An army of frogs or caterpillars
An intrusion of cockroaches
A smack of jellyfish
A cete of badgers
A romp of otters
A wisp of snipe
If I were in charge of these group names, I'd say a “wisdom” of elephants. But that's not it. Anyone know, anyone? Bueller? Yes, a “parade” of elephants is the right answer. Not bad, not bad, group-namers.
This photo was taken in Namibia, where it is quite hard to find elephants compared to Botswana. We drove around for hours trying to find a parade, and finally, we spotted this guy through the trees.