Exploring a strange land with curious shadows in the night

More experiments with the NEX 10-18mm lens on the Sony A7r

Today’s photo is another shot taken with this setup above. I used it all over Morocco and it worked out great! If you end up trying this combo, be sure to take off the lens hood as well (otherwise you’ll still see that black around the outside at all zoom levels). This is something I forgot to mention in the video below, which you may have already seen. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can see these kind of videos immediately as soon as they are released.

Daily Photo – Exploring a strange land with curious shadows in the night

This is a wonderful place. It's one of the first and most mysterious places I went in Morocco.

You'll see more about this amazing place in upcoming days, particularly in the “City of Blue” post that is upcoming. There are so many things to say about it, but I'll start with this one. When night falls, the shadows get particularly intense and full of wonder. Almost everyone in the town wears fabulous costumes like this, and they float around the streets like characters from a fantasy novel. I would walk around these streets at night and be continually amazed at the figures and shapes that would drift around through tiny corridors.

Exploring a strange land with curious shadows in the night

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 5, 2014 at 8:41am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

The Winners of the All-Expenses Trip to New Zealand and the Sony A7!

We recently had a live video hangout to announce the winners! It was part of the release of the new HDR Tutorial on Video. To see the winners, and all the runners-up, check out the video. Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

See that little sheepy there on the left? I think he must eat the tall parts of all the grass in that entire field to keep it looking perfect.

In fact, I'm often amazed at these huge fields of perfect grass. No one ever mows them, and usually there is almost no sheep. I have no idea how the grass is so perfect all the time. It's really mind-bending and I stop thinking about it too much after a while because it begins to hurt. It's that same kind of brain-hurt that you think about when you wonder what things would be like if there was no universe. I put it up there on that scale.

The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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Mystery Location – where is it?

DPE Podcast

Here I am in the 2nd half of the podcast with Rick. I had a terrible flu when I recorded this… haha sorry about that!

Daily Photo – Deep Under the Mystery

This is a really awesome place that I never expected. I guess I gave you a bit of a hint there in the title… but it was certainly eerie and full of wonder! Where do you think it is?

Deep Under the Mystery

Photo Information

  • Date TakenSeptember 18, 2010 at 3:42am
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Silver View at Yosemite

House of Cards

Anyone else into this show? Curtis recommended it to me, and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always liked Kevin Spacey. Give it a whirl if you’re looking for a new series.

Daily Photo – The Silver View at Yosemite

I've been experimenting with a new post-processing technique. Let me see if I can explain it.

I process the photo using my usual steps, which, I suppose, are nothing but usual. But if you've seen the new HDR Tutorial, then you know the kind of stuff I do. But then, at the end, I run the final photo through Silver Efex Pro. I then take that layer and change the blend mode to either Hardlight or Overlay. That is what gives the kind of effect you see here.

The view at Yosemite

The Silver View at Yosemite

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 29, 2011 at 7:53pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Lonely River at Sunset

River Photos

Whenever you see a river photo from me, you can rest assured I probably did not wade into the middle of the river to do take it. There isn’t anybody that has any sort of time for that. So, it’s pretty much a sure thing that I was standing on a bridge, like in this case below.

Daily Photo – A Lonely River at Sunset

I often drive along long, lonely rivers like this at night just hoping for an oxbow or some place I can take a photo. When I see surprise bridge here or there, I get super-excited, because I know it's a guarantee photo op! But places like this in Iceland are so wild to me… I just never know where the heck I am… usually I never see a bridge, so I kind of have to judge where the river is ebbing and flowing, park, and then hike out to get along the edge to find a good photo spot. But all that mess is much harder than simply finding a bridge!

A Lonely River at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Beautiful Cinderella’s Castle at Sunset

Secret Photo Spots at Disney?

If you know any, be sure to share! I share this one below…

I have a lot of Disney shots here on the site. Just be sure to click the “Disney” category that is attached to this post to see them all! :)

Daily Photo – Beautiful Cinderella's Castle at Sunset

This is a great place to watch the sunset. Not that your kids will be interested in watching the sunset or anything, but maybe you will. Give them a bunch of money and ice cream and tell them you'll be back in an hour. That's what I do! :)

There's only a few places around the castle where you get a reflection shot. This is one of them. If you move around near the bridge in Tomorrow Land, you can go into the exits of the Lilo & Stitch ride to find this secret spot!

Beautiful Cinderella's Castle at Sunset

Beautiful Cinderella's Castle at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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The Charming Streets of Lijiang

New Alexia Sinclair video

Here’s a new video from my friend Alexia. She really hit it out of the park with this one! I’m so glad she’s one of the Masters over at The Arcanum!

Daily Photo – The Charming Streets of Lijiang

All the streets in and around this town in southern China are amazing and full of life right before closing, and then everything goes quiet and dead. It's so strange… it reminds me of those time-lapse photos where you see flowers open up when the sun comes up then close down as the sun sets.

The Charming Streets of Lijiang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ruins of Macetown

Landscapes at f/1.4

I’ve been using these Leica lenses more and more. And, by the way, they don’t have to be very expensive. There are many shades of grey. For example, there is a whole line of Leica M lenses that are very affordable. Anyway, I don’t shoot a lot of landscape type shots at this kind of aperture, but I am experimenting more and more. Like, for example, today’s photo is kind of cool with this situation, and I’m not sure it would be any better another way around…

Daily Photo – The Ruins of Macetown

If you go past Arrowtown down a rather rough dirt road and cross the river about 15 times, you get to an old abandoned mining town called Macetown. The school hikes the kids there every year and it's kind of a destination. I don't know why it is a destination though. On the day we went, it was rainy and cold and I found much of it to be rather dreadful, even though I tried to have a good attitude. Or, at least, an attitude of acceptance, which sometimes helps. Anyway, I did manage to take a few photos while there, and here is one of them near the end of our quarry.

The Ruins of Macetown

The Ruins of Macetown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Facemasks of Tokyo

Why the facemasks?

I think most people assume that the facemasks are because they are afraid of getting sick or SARS or something like this. But it is actually the opposite, I suppose! They wear the masks because they are being considerate and worried about getting their germs on other people. I’d guess that anywhere from 25-50% of the people in subways and public areas of Japan wear these facemasks. I think they are actually kind of cool. It makes people very mysterious and you can just look at the eyes.

By the way, all of these were taken last week with the Sony A7r and the Leica 50mm f/1.4. This is a manual focus lens, so I got a lot of practice with being fast with the manual focus with all these moving subjects! :)

Daily Photo – Girl with Facemask in Shibuya Station

I walked up to her and she could tell I was a photographer. I asked her in my best international-speak if I could take her picture and she said yes. Most people are super-cool with photos in Japan, which is awesome. Anyway, she smiled and was laughing while I took this photo. I thought her eyes had a really pretty color and luminance to them…

Girl with Facemask in Shibuya Station

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 22, 2014 at 1:46am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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