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Flying over Bondi Beach

The Other Side of Bondi

When I was here, I never got to the other side of the beach, which is the more famous side. There’s supposed to be a pool not too dissimilar from the one you see here, and that is where all the famous photos come from. Why didn’t I go over there? I ran out of time and had to jet to the Sydney photo walk! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Flying over Bondi Beach

See that cute dog in the little pool there? Cute eh? I think that everyone likes to see animals in water that are not normally in water. You name it, elephants, wildebeests, hamsters… I could watch that stuff all day long.

Flying over Bondi Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-18 13:20:38
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/657
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Looking back towards Queenstown

Instagram Fun

I’ve been going a bit Plotagraph crazy over on Instagram lately. Pop over there and have a lookie!

Daily Photo – Looking back towards Queenstown

Here's another shot from Social Media day from another perspective. This one is atop Mount Alfred looking back up the lake towards Queenstown. Maybe it gives some perspective of how huge this lake is. Another thing that you may notice is how pretty much no one lives along the lake! It shows how sparsely populated the south island of New Zealand actually is.

Looking back towards Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-15 23:28:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Eden Muse at Burning Man

Organic Matter

I’ve made about 100 Plotagraphs now… I’ve started to experiment more with a “hair in the wind” effect.

Daily Photo – Eden Muse at Burning Man

Here’s the latest Plotagraph of a random morning when I ran into this model, Eden Muse at sunrise. A nice encounter… and a natural poser, like my little girls! πŸ™‚

Crossing the wooden bridge in Venice

The New Travel / Map Area

We’re still working to refine everything with the new map function on the site β€” please let me know if you have any feedback! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Crossing the wooden bridge in Venice

There are three huge bridges that cross the grand canal in Venice, and this is one of the most famous views. I'm always impressed at these feats of engineering… I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the original construction in the olden days. It occurs to me I don't even really have any idea how bridges are even built! I kind of have an idea, but I don't think I could actually build one, or, at least, not one I was willing to walk on myself.

Crossing the wooden bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-04 10:35:47
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

On top of the World in New Zealand

Fun Social Media Day

This is one of the photos from “International Social Media Day” β€” which was an absolute blast! πŸ™‚ It started with the dog derby then ended down at a sheep station… great to meet so many people! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – On top of the World in New Zealand

There are so many incredible mountains here in the southern alps around Queenstown. I think this one is Mount Alfred and it's quite majestic! You can climb up it without too much trouble (well, there's no cliffs or anything), but that may take you 3-4 hours. In this case, we decided to fly up here with Over the Top Helicopters!

On top of the World in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 09:43:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Dining Al Fresco in Denver

Updated Camera Equipment

We have new information up on the Camera Equipment page here. Not just with the new camera bags, but even more!

Here’s the deep dive on the backpack. You can go grab it on Kickstarter now!

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Daily Photo – Dining Al Fresco in Denver

One night a year, they shut down one of the main squares and everyone eats outside. Each restaurant gets a block of about 20-30 tables and patrons eat under the lights in the summer air. The weather was just perfect this night… I was a bit worried because the Denver days were quite hot β€” not what I expected.

Dining Al Fresco in Denver

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-17 10:49:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

JFK Memorial

Treadmill Pain

We brought this treadmill all the way to New Zealand, and now we can’t get it to work. So Ethan and I spent like 3 hours taking it apart and getting it back out of the bedroom. I can tell you that it is, BY FAR, the heaviest thing I’ve ever carried. It’s really incredible how heavy it actually is! I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

Daily Photo – JFK Memorial

A few weeks ago I was back in Dallas for some family stuff, but I took a day off to go out shooting with my friend Gino. Wow did we have a fun time, tooling around and taking photos. Gino had the bright idea of using the quadcopter to follow the path of the “magic bullet.” At one point, a cop came up behind him and said, “You know, you should watch out for cops.” Gino said, “Yeah whatever pal,” and then turned around to notice it was a cop.

JFK Memorial

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-01 07:17:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mosque, Moving

Plotagraph Fun

I have a strange new nightly activity! When I am sitting down watching Netflix with my wife, I have my laptop on my lap and am making Plotagraphs! I often make something I think is kinda cool, and then I show her excitedly. She usually finds 3-4 flaws in it and I get quite deflated.

The Mosque, Moving

And here’s one that turned out pretty good, the incredible mosque in Abu Dhabi!

Revisiting Jogjakarta in Indonesia

New “Noise” Technique

Those of you that came to our workshops in Denver and Sydney have seen this new technique in person! It’s kind of strange, I must say. I really like the effect, though. Anyway, sometimes even with using sweet Aurora HDR, I still choose to leave a bit of noise in the sky. Then I bring it into Photoshop. There is a filter called “Oil Painting” β€” if you play with the sliders in there enough, you can get a smooth “swirling” of the noise, which feels quite alive and painterly to me. Try it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Revisiting Jogjakarta in Indonesia

Here's a photo that I haven't looked at processing for years and years. My other theory is that sometimes it's okay to wait a very long time to process your photos because, over the years, you'll learn many new techniques that weren't otherwise available to you. This is a pretty good example of that! πŸ™‚

Revisiting Jogjakarta in Indonesia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2008-03-16 10:52:12
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.1
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset on Virgin Gorda

Tote Deep Dive!

You all know we partnered up with Peak Design again on the latest Kickstarter project (which is still the #1 current Kickstarter, by the way!) β€” well now we have a new “Deep Dive” video for the Tote. We kind of designed it for the Ladies in the House, but really anyone can use it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Sunset on Virgin Gorda

How much do I love the Carribean? I want to go back there and spend more time… I took this on a very fun family trip to Virgin Gorda where every night saw amazing sunsets and every day started with incredible sunrises. Plus, I know my wife likes it better where it is warm rather than cold Queenstown! πŸ™‚

Sunset on Virgin Gorda

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-05-10 19:30:03
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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