Walking through Ming’s Tombs

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Daily Photo – Walking through Ming's Tombs

One day in Beijing, I drove about an hour north of the city to visit Ming's Tomb. It was really a nice trip… and more like a walk in a 5km park than visiting a mausoleum or something. I expected crypts or catacombs or something with a name in “Ming's Tomb” but it was nothing like that… There were beautiful garden paths and many of these sorts of structures, all aligned along the central axis that connects everything from The Forbidden City to the Summer Palace and countless other Chinese monuments around Beijing.

Walking through Ming's Tombs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Ascending Mount Aspiring

Everest

I still have not seen that movie. I understand it gets a little serious, to say the least. I almost took the kids to see it then someone warned me against that!

Daily Photo – Ascending Mount Aspiring

Well, I ascended it by air, which was much more civilized. I am so impressed by these mountain climbers that do it for real. Those are real dudes for sure… There're a lot of mountains here in New Zealand that are huge destinations for serious mountain climbers. I understand there are a few extra challenges here because of the ice, snow, and glaciers… I know people die all the time trying to climb Mount Cook, which is not too far away from this one… those guys have some balls! (and some frozen ones!)

Ascending Mount Aspiring

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Black Venice Water at Night

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Venice Photos Galore

I already have a ton of photos of Venice, but I’m about to be flooded with them, so to speak, with yet another amazing trip to Venice here. I hope you don’t get tired of them… I sure don’t!

Daily Photo – Black Venice Water at Night

At night in Venice, the water takes on another character to me… it seems black and oily and even a little bit evil! I know that's a strange thing because in the daytime it's so happy and colorful and full of life. But at night, it's just a different thing altogether. Maybe because you gotta stay away from it and you're always worried about falling in, like my friend Rene! :)

Black Venice Water at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More Snow from White Sands?

Another Star Wars Video… this time about Jar Jar!

Okay look… this video’s title had me so intrigued I had to watch it. You gotta admit, the guy makes a pretty good case even though it’s completely ridiculous!

Daily Photo – More Snow from White Sands?

This one is not Antarctica! This one is in White Sands National Park and it's one of my favorite photos I took that day. This was after the sun had set the sky was changing color from the west to the east… I took this one as I was walking back to the car with my friends… and the more I look at it, the more I like it! :)

More Snow from White Sands?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Japanese Girl in the Rain

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I recently did an interview on This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson. Around the 11:50 mark we talked about a giveaway! Basically, just post one of your favorite photos in the comments of Fred’s blogpost here at (not on the Youtube video) — fun!

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Daily Photo – Japanese Girl in the Rain

It's been a while since I've been to Japan, but when I go back to edit photos like this, it makes me want to go back again very soon. I forget how relatively “easy” it is to take interesting photos of people there. I've never had a problem taking street photos (well except this one time with this samurai vampire guy at night… that is another story) — and, often, the photos just come out plain interesting!

Japanese Girl in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waiting at the airport in Antarctica

More from Antarctica

Don’t forget you can click on the category names attached to each post to see more photos from a certain place! You can try it here with Antarctica. :)

Daily Photo – Waiting at the airport in Antarctica

Well, there's not exactly an airport terminal there… most people stay inside those huge vehicles to stay warm, but I got out to go on a little photo adventure. I had woken up about 4 AM (it never gets dark there in the summer) and stumbled out of bed to get ready… it was one of those situations where you end up waiting for a few hours at the airport and you wonder why you didn't get more sleep! But, I was in Antarctica! So I used every possible minute to run around and take photos.

Waiting at the airport in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Yoga in Bali

Yoga X

Some of you know I like those Tony Horton videos and I’m into P90x3! There’s a good routine in there called Yoga X that lasts about 30 minutes and is a pretty fun thing. And, like everything else, I’m not really that good at it, but trying to improve all the time.

Daily Photo – Yoga in Bali

Here's yours truly getting my yoga on! And I'm even wearing my Thai fisherman pants… I wore those almost everywhere there. This is in the yoga room in front of a beautiful rolling river at the Ritz-Carlton Mandapa Reserve. It was really nice to get up every morning, do a meditation, then stroll over to the yoga room… what a nice daily habit to get in… Not that I'm always that disciplined, but at least I try, I guess!

Yoga in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Back to Wanaka

Micro SD Cards

I’m finding that I’m using these kind of cards more and more. I have them in my quads and my Osmo. They’re like all over the place and I’m not really that organized with them. I’m still a bit flummoxed by putting the micro card into a bigger card that I then put into my computer. I don’t have a good system to organize all this stuff yet…I often lose them and just confuse myself.

Daily Photo – Back to Wanaka

I'm never disappointed when I make the hour-long drive over the hill to Wanaka! It's beautiful over there… when I took this photo, it was a particularly crazy day because I had an amazing heli ride with Aspiring Helicopters. We went up into the snowy southern alps and had a beautiful landing at this secret snowy cabin where we had wine, cheese, and crackers. This is the view of the cabin as we flew away…

Back to Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Super Bird!

This Week in Photo!

I sat down with Fred Van Johnson from This Week in Photo to talk about the new Aurora HDR software I co-designed with MacPhun. Watch and enjoy to get more inside scoop!

Walk-Around Camera

Be sure to go check out the always-updated Camera Recommendations Page here on the site. You’ll see one of the cameras I recommend is the Sony RX100, which took this photo below! Note, once again, that Sony is not a sponsor and they don’t pay me or anything! :) I just love their cameras…

Daily Photo – Super Bird!

Here's a quick shot I got in Venice one day with the RX100. I use that camera a lot for quick “street photos” — it's so darn fast and easy to use that I can get super-sharp and quick photos. I think it takes like 16 pictures in a second or something so you can be sure to have a lot to choose from. I guess it kind of feels like cheating to take so many photos… but I think the use of any kind of artifice in a creative process is noble! :)

Super Bird!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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