A Street Scene from Beijing

On Karen’s Blog

Karen has written something very cool over on her blog about The Arcanum. Go check it out!

Shooting in the rain

It goes against every instinct of mine to go out and take photos in the rain. It’s literally something I have to force myself to do because I know how interesting streets and places with people can be when there is a bit of rain splashing about. I usually always come back with at least one or two keepers, and that makes me thankful I forced myself to do it. I’m hoping some day that my instincts flip around the other way and I no longer have to force myself! :)

Daily Photo – A Street Scene from Beijing

This is one of my favorite new areas of Beijing. Even though I've been to Beijing four times or so, it was my first time to this area. I was also lucky that it was raining, so it was even more interesting. This is a very old part of the city that was razed and widened during the Olympics. I actually have no idea what is original and what is rebuilt… although I have a sneaking suspicion that none of it is original.

A Street Scene from Beijing

A Street Scene from Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 28, 2013 at 12:18am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A hallway of mirrors in Rabat

Perfect for HDR

This hallway was so full of textures and light and color that it was perfect for HDR! In case you are new to the site, be sure to check out the free HDR Tutorial that can show you how to do this stuff. It’s so fun, and very easy! For those of you that got the full new video, one of the bonus sections shows exactly how I got the reds out of this photo… it was problematic because the exposures all originally looked quite orange!

Daily Photo – A hallway of mirrors in Rabat

This was the entrance to one of the most amazing places I ate in Morocco. So, there are these places called “riads” — which is like a small family-based hotel. It's somewhere between a hotel and a bed & breakfast. They often have a central courtyard and rooms that face inwards that go up three or four stories. Many of them serve dinners, like this one I visited. This long red hallway was the entrance to the riad, and more pictures are coming… maybe even some food photos!

A hallway of mirrors in Rabat

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 2, 2014 at 8:50am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Quadcopter Over Fes

Updated SmugMug Review

If you’re interested in seeing the first video I did with SmugMug, head over to the “SmugMug Review” here on the site. If you haven’t seen it in a while, then you’ll also get to see all the new stuff that has changed since the launch of their new product!

Daily Photo – Quadcopter Over Fes

It was so awesome when Anton Lorimer from SmugMug joined me in Morocco! He brought his DJI Quadcopter and we tried some crazy things with it! He's really fearless with that thing, and he had it fly over me in many places there… We had such a good time with it! In this photo, you can see Anton and Ana (his assistant for the week) below controlling it. I believe he's editing together the video for it now… I'm looking forward to seeing his final edit!

Quadcopter Over Fes

Quadcopter Over Fes

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 15, 2014 at 7:50pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture19
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Inside the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins

One of the many edited photos

If you got the New HDR Tutorial, then you have all the RAW files for this photo and can go through it with me! This one was a fun one to work on because there were many options in the processing. I chose to keep it pretty dark and moody on the inside, although I could have had everything perfectly lit. This is maybe one of the coolest things about HDR – is that it gives you more options for how to interpret the light in the scene.

Daily Photo – Inside the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins

I spent many hours inside of Bilbo's Hobbit Hole! The first day I stayed in here for quite a while to duck out of the rain. It was when I was there for the Air New Zealand shoot and a strange storm came through. The hobbit holes were the safest and driest place to be! I was actually in here with the whole crew and many flight attendants for the duration. While I was stuck in here, I took this photo of one of them who we dressed up like an elf!

Inside the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins

Inside the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 19, 2013 at 2:11am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Blue Boats of Essaouira

Other Color-Coordinated Places?

What other cities (or neighborhoods) do you know of in the world where there is a common color theme? Morocco has a ton of them, but I figure there must be many more around the world.

Daily Photo – The Blue Boats of Essaouira

Other than Rabat and Casablanca, this is the only other seaside town I visited in Morocco. It's amazing! All the boats are painted with this bright nautical blue. They stand out and look full of fantasy and wonder. You can see all these little boats are blue in the photo, but you can also see those same kind of blue accents on the bigger boats in the distance. I like how it is a voluntary thing and everyone just paints their boats this color to be part of the scene… that it's not a government mandate or anything!

The Blue Boats of Essaouira

The Blue Boats of Essaouira

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 14, 2014 at 7:09am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture18
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Ever-winding River

This spot on Google Maps

If you look at this Google Map, you can perhaps spot where the photo below was taken! :) It’s a bit prettier even if you click on the “Earth” view in the lower left!

Answer: Here is the exact bridge where I took the photo! :)

Daily Photo – The Ever-Winding River

There's this amazing man-made river here in New Zealand. It's used for irrigation, and as far as I can tell, the water flows south from Lake Pukaki down towards the south. The water that comes out of that lake is this amazing unholy blue, and it looks so perfect and strange as it flows in these smooth lines and curves on the way to the south. And then, when the sun is setting, the color becomes somewhere between blue and rainbow.

The Ever-Winding River

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 29, 2013 at 7:31am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted the Slavers

Game of Thrones Season 4

Are you watching it? Did you read the books? Let me know! I read 4/5 books before watching the series, and I’m so excited to see it on the big screen… such an awesome show! :)

Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted the Slavers

This is a Aït Benhaddou, an incredible kasbah near Ouarzazate, Morocco. I've always wanted to visit this place ever since I saw it in Gladiator. It's the place where Russell Crowe was taken on a stretcher and where he learned to become a gladiator. You may also remember it if you watch Game of Thrones. It's one of the spots where Daenerys took her dragons with the unsullied.

Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted the Slavers

Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted the Slavers

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 11, 2014 at 12:03am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Two Traditional Japanese Women in the Rain

Umbrella Man

If you want to find out more about this photo below, and all the photos from this particular day, go read this blog entry from Matthias Lambrecht. He was my assistant for the day after winning a contest! :) We had great fun together.

Picking the Best

Typically, for a shot like this one below, I will shamelessly rattle off 5-10 photos in a row. I really enjoy the process of going back into Lightroom to pick out the best one. Only on a vary rare occasion will I just take one shot and have that one be a keeper! For this one below, there were many interesting versions, but I liked this one the best because of the expression of the woman on the right.

Daily Photo – Two Traditional Japanese Women in the Rain

It was just about the perfect kind of rain in Tokyo this day. It wasn't a total downpour, but there was just enough so that almost everyone had an umbrella. This is the kind of rain I prefer to shoot in because I'm not constantly getting soaked myself. But since I had a manual-focus lens on, I really needed both hands. I was thankful for Matthias to hold an umbrella over my while I did my thing! :)

Two Traditional Japanese Women in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 20, 2014 at 7:51pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tanneries in Fez

A sprig of mint

If you ever visit one of these tanneries, be sure to take a little branch of mint with you. It may just keep you from retching… I don’t know how those guys work in there all day long!

Daily Photo – Tanneries in Fez

I had an amazing time watching everything in these leather tanneries. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this, and it was mesmerizing. The men would work these areas and move leather from one area to the next to be dried, cured, died, and every other stage in between. The smell was rather noxious (quite a bit of fermenting urine), but it was great for photography! I took a ton of photos… this is one of them for you!

Tanneries in Fez

Tanneries in Fez

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 16, 2014 at 12:50am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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