Someone told me a stat that only 20% of people can break 100 if you are honestly keeping score. Do you think that is true? I’ve been poking around for that stat… maybe you know the one I am talking about… or know where that statistical analysis is.
Daily Photo – Alone on 18
I always have weird and surreal experiences on this golf course. Firstly, of course I take my camera ll over the place along with my clubs. There is rarely anyone else on the course. Some days they have tournaments and it fills up… but it’s mostly just empty and surreal. I also listen to strange music while I roll around, taking photos, and the stopping occasionally for some golf. When I finished here on 18 one evening, I was actually the last person even around… even that awesome clubhouse there in the distance was empty…
I’m seeing a lot of reports of the Google-Android tablets really becoming a lot more popular. I do have one of the new Nexus 7′s — they are truly great. But the rest of the family still has iPads… so I am kind of on the fence right now. If you use a lot of google services and use the major apps, then the Nexus is the way to go. One thing I still like about the iPads is for the kids… there seem to be more/better apps on the iPad, but I think that advantage won’t last long. What do you think?
Daily Photo – The prismbleed sunset
Wow we got some great sunsets during those late Alaskan nights! When I looked out across the sea, there were so many kinds and temperatures of moisture, so that must have contributed… there was the cold ocean, warm mists, rolling fogs, low and high clouds, plus a mixture of a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. All together, it made for a great cocktail of prisms for the light.
If you check the store up there on the top red bar, you’ll find the textures tutorial buried in there. It’s one of the first videos I ever made! The tutorial still sells great and people get a lot of fun ideas out of it. We recently also made an option where you can just get the textures if you like, since some people were asking for this…
Daily Photo – Temple of Confucius
Here’s one of the great things about this particular Chinese temple – it was practically empty. Strange, I thought, because every other temple is completely overloaded with people doing this and that. It was very easy to explore around and find many interesting angles and scenes. The other great thing, of course, is that absolutely nobody minded if I used a tripod. I always appreciate pure tripod freedom whenever I occasionally get it!
I met a guy on the front of the boat that had his tripod set up and he was taking a cool time lapse as we turned this way and that through the fjords. I can’t seem to find it online… maybe he hasn’t published it yet, but I’ll share it when I can find it.
Daily Photo – Cruising through Tracy Arm
We had a nice unexpected treat when we entered the Tracy Arm fjords during the Alaskan cruise. A woman came to our table one night and invited us to the the front of the ship, which turned out to be the perfect spot to take photos! I spent most of my time hanging off the edge of the boat in dangerous ways… but I did turn around at one point to take this photo… you can kind of see the setup.
Running out of days for Spring (In New Zealand!) discount
This is the early warning on final spots at a cheaper price on the upcoming October photography workshop here in New Zealand. That link will take you to a page with a lot more information and a video that shows more about the event. And if you already registered, well then I look forward to spending a lot of time with you here in my backyard!
Daily Photo – Little Stream Through The Hills
This lovely little stream curves a hundred different ways through a thousand different compositions here between Queenstown and Arrowtown. I’ve walked along only a small part of it, and I look forward to doing it a lot more. It’s here on The Hills golf course, and I’ve lost a total of two golfballs in here so far. More soon to come.
What are your favorite apps for real-time or predictive data about the Aurora? I’d like to know more about when to go shoot these things. Right now, I just kind of wait for Eden Brackstone to send me an email, but this seams kind of random!
Daily Photo – Reds Forever
This will sound weird… but wouldn’t it be strange if sunsets were green and blue instead of orange and red? I guess that is why I like the Aurora so much, because the colors are so crazy.
I shot this in Iceland one morning around four AM on the way to the northwest fjordlands.
I quite like this idea of renting houses for a bunch of people for vacation. Have you done this before? I wonder what the best site to use is… I kind of go through personal connections (or wonderful suggestions through the blog). Like, for example, this place here is called Toad Hall – a great recommendation from Justin Troupe, a friend now who met me through the blog. But I know a lot of people find places to stay through various websites… couchsurfing… homeaway… etc etc. Any good/bad experiences?
Daily Photo – Preparing for a great dinner
We had a great group of people down here for a fun company retreat. It was also a great night because all the girls went out to get dinner to make for everyone! The guys were kind of useless. This was both on purpose and because we were useless.
This will be A M A Z I N G ! I can’t wait to walk around the desert with all of you and see what there is to be seen and see beyond that. Come alone or bring a friend (no worries, you’ll make new friends too!) — we will have a great time.
When: 6 PM on Wednesday Aug 28. Where: Outside of Center Camp – between Center Camp and The Man
Are you just a beginner with a small camera or mobile phone? No worries – you are more than welcome! This is a very friendly group, and we will walk around for a few hours through the sunset and see where the winds take us. Just look for me and Cliff Baise… we’ll be there and ready to go!
The upcoming photography workshop in October has Todd Sisson and Scott Kublin joining me. But the next one has Jason Law and Karen Hutton… so you might be seeing more of her if you signed up for that one! Watch out, or she’ll make you do p90X… some of the Karen’s pot-stirrers!
Daily Photo – Karen Hutton in New Zealand
Here’s Karen taking photos in a big field near my house one evening. If you saw the landscape video tutorial on the page here, then you’ll recognize her here from this scene! It was cool to have her and Scott and so many other people on the scene… just was a perfect night of photography!
Trey’s Variety Hour #86: Kim Dotcom, v2 Capture Clip, Printing, selling, and pricing strategies (Part 2)
Special guest Kim Dotcom is with us at the beginning of the show and hilarity ensues. He answers some questions about http://Mega.co.nz and his new encrypted email service that is in the works. We also have Peter Dering, the inventor of the Capture Clip talking about his product and very successful Kickstarter. After Kim and Trey take off in a chopper to lands unknown, Gino Barasa, Karen Hutton, Jay Patel, Varina Patel, and Peter Giordano have an in depth discussion about pricing, licensing, and marketing.
The randomly selected winner from over 1,500 comments is Tyler Kirkland! Congratulations Tyler! You’re going to love this great product from Peak Design.
Kim Dotcom in Queenstown and on today’s show!
Kim is down from the North Island and he’s popping over to be on the show today! It’ll be fun… We’ll kind of get the show started talking about the New Mega — I’ve started securely uploading some photos and important stuff up there. The encryption is really amazing… I had no idea till he started telling me more about it. I also dig it intellectually as it seems like an important piece in an evolving and free Libertarian ethersphere. But that’s another subject… ! [Edit: Here's the show below!]
I feel like such a girl… I think about bags so much.
But now that my whole system is lighter, I think I need a smaller bag. No, I KNOW I need a smaller bag. This actually took my a while to get my head around. You know, this NEX is 6x smaller than the D800. (I guess you saw the new Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site since I switched from Nikon.) The lenses too! It’s like I have room for 6 NEXs and 6x lenses in my bag… so… well I guess I should do some bag shopping and have a girl’s day out!
Updated my Portfolio Site
I made a few more tweaks to my portfolio site below… hope you enjoy! What to know more about the portfolio manager I use? See the new SmugMug Review here on the site!
Daily Photo – The Colors of Death Valley
It took me a long time to get to Death Valley in life. It’s one of those places you hear about a lot but never really get to. For some reason, I decided to make my first visit in the middle of the summer. I’ll never forget the feeling of standing out here at night and having hot (and, surprisingly, wet-feeling) air just blasting me in the face. It was like nothing else. It was actually totally awesome, even though I was looking forward to getting back into my air-conditioned RV!