This video from Beijing ended up being one of my most viewed videos!
Daily Photo – Ming's Tomb
I spent a day here several hours north of the city at Ming's Tomb. Everything lies along the “Central Axis” in Beijing. That is, if you walk in a straight line out of Ming's Tomb, you'll end up going through the entrance to the Forbidden City. Actually, these tombs are a series of tombs, all oriented along the same axis — you can get a sense of this in the video above.
Try clicking the “Glenorchy” link above to see all the shots from this amazing place. It’s only an hour from Queenstown and I recommend a visit!
Daily Photo – A dreamy day in Glenorchy
I've been to this amazing pathway a few times and each time it's quite magical. This is from my most recent trip down there with my friend Mark. He's been great because things have been so busy lately, I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot so much! This is a shame… lots of things pulling my time in different directions, so it's been great to have a day of shooting out with Mark!
When you travel to strange places, I always advise to go ahead and do the touristy things but then see if you can do anything special to hang out with the locals. It’s not always easy to figure out how to do this and takes a bit of legwork! …but always worth it.
Daily Photo – In the Bedouin Village
When we were in Oman and went out to explore the desert, there was a really interesting stop at a Bedouin's home. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was invited in and sat down on some carpets. The whole home was open to the air in a way, adorned with many small decorative carpets and pillows along the tented walls. After I sat down, the man of the home offered me some extremely strong coffee, then his whole family with kids sat around me. I pulled out my iPad and shared photos from around the world. The kids loved it and we all laughed together even though we didn't speak the same language.
We took the family out for a camel ride in the desert in Qatar because, well, why not! The funniest thing was that Ethan's camel was really grumpy and would just make ridiculous noises the whole time. This pleased his sisters to no end!
This isn’t a movie. It’s not a “cinemagraph” — it’s something completely new made from a single photograph. If you want to get this software now, click over to the Plotagraph Pro. Yeah, a Plotagraph — a new word, a new tech, a new everything! And no, it’s not a cinemagraph — all you need is a single JPG and no additional image or video files.
I’ve been secretly testing it with the creator of Plotagraph for a while (not by surprise, his last name is Plota), and it’s been an absolute blast! So far, I have made about a dozen of them, and they all come out really cool. It’s a brand new tech and I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyway, now it is available to all… you’ll really enjoy yourself and be shocked at the results.
This is a great way to breathe new life into any photo you’ve ever taken. It works great in so many conditions… clouds, moving water, grasses, hair, flowers, water, fire, etc. When you look at the new portfolio above, you’ll see how fun it is. Note that because these are all multi-framed, it may take a moment or two for the whole thing to load before you see it flow smoothly.
Easy to use
This is a good example of a JPG I uploaded. You can see how I masked out most of the tree and ground and added animation vectors to the sky. This one is very simple in that I have everything going in the same direction. As you can imagine, you don’t always have to make it this simple and you can have animations go in many directions and different speeds in various bits of the picture.
Here’s a bit more complex of an example with many vectors. This one may look a bit more complex because I turned on the “Mesh” layer that shows all the triangles and interconnectedness. I’m working on some tutorials now to talk more about how it works!
Works on any computer/OS
It’s completely web-based software, so it doesn’t matter if you are Mac / Windows / Linux, whatever. It’s also extremely fast because everything is happening on remote blazing servers.
Here’s the way it works. You upload any photo then you use the online software to define the areas that you want to keep static and the parts you want to move. After that, you use cool directional arrows to describe where and how you want the motion to flow. There’s also options to set the speed, smoothness, and more. You can get a live preview in the web browser and then export it as an GIF, MOV, or MP4. Easy as pie and supa fun!
During launch month here, Troy told me they are taking $50 off the normal price, so it’s a good time to swoop in.
Quick Tutorial Video
Many people have been asking about the UI and process for making these, so I made a quick video for you!
Two More Examples
This is a more subtle use of the technique. If you look closely at the traffic, you’ll see it moving a little bit too for a nice subtle touch!
Here’s one of my favorite photos from Paris, brought to a new kind of animated life!
I had a blast working with the team at Peak Design on this project! Here’s one of three new quick videos that show off our new bags on Kickstarter at Peak Design — Here’s some fun facts we just got. This is the most funded active Kickstarter project. These are not only the most funded bags in Kickstarter history but the most funded photo gear ever! Thanks again to all the backers for making this such a huge success – you guys rock!
Check out our new Sling video! I know it appears the guy using this bag is engaged in semi-illegal activities, but just note you can use this bag for completely legal purposes. See more here.
Here’s a nice quote from Peta Pixel:
– “So how popular is the Everyday line of bags? Well, in the first day of being on Kickstarter, the new campaign has already blown past the $500,000 campaign goal and is rapidly approaching the $1 million mark, meaning it’s doing even better than the wildly popular initial campaign.”
and here’s another nice one from The Manual:
– “We have to hand it to the team at Peak Design. They know the Devil is in the details. From careful consideration of space and storage, to materials, to the craftsmanship of the straps and closures, every aspect of their products are on point. As Peak Design says themselves, ‘This ain’t just a camera bag’ “
and one more from Popular Photography:
– “We love camera bags, but it’s not often you see one generate genuine excitement outside the photography nerd set. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag was a runaway hit, however, and now the company is using Kickstarter to expand the line with a Backpack, Tote, and Sling bag option.”
That was a great workshop we had in Denver – thanks again everyone. We’re working on getting all the Screen Recordings ready for you now! 🙂
Daily Photo – Moody Canals at Night
Here's one of those bridges that I would cross almost every night when walking back and forth from St. Mark's Square to Accademia. Many bridges, like this one, have restaurants nearby so there's often a nice little cluster of activity around each one.
I notice most of the time when I go out to take photos, it’s not a hotel-room 72 degrees F! So I am either bundling up or preparing for a sweat-lodge. There’s no in between… like here in Bali, for example, I just prepared for a whole day of sweating. It’s good to bring an extra towel, as Douglas Adams warned us.
Daily Photo – Fields from Above
My whole life I've seen photos of rice fields and always wanted to see them in this terraced formation. I did see a few in China, but they were not even impressive enough for a photo. They were a bit dull, and not terraced, you know? But then I got to Bali and was able to see many of them… just as amazing as I have imagined. I understand the ones in the Philipines are even better, so I hope to see those some day too.
I’ve recently been updating Trey’s Favorite Things on Amazon. I’ve got all kinds of goodies on there, including some of my yoga shirts you guys see me where on the air and ask where to get them! That sentence was shit; please accept my grammar-apologies.
Daily Photo – Happy Penguins!
Are these penguins happy? I actually don't know. They LOOK happy based on my innate ability to project human behaviors on top of penguins. They waddle back and forth and make silly noises, which sounds like what my kids do while they are happy. They also have projectile poop. “They” is interchangeable there.