In Dust We Trust

Landscape Video Tutorial Review

Here’s an amazing review over on PhotoTraces by Viktor Elizarov. He really goes in depth and gets all kinds of screenshots and stuff – wow! Thanks Viktor! :)

Daily Photo – In Dust We Trust

Here's a redonk photo of me after emerging from a sandstorm at Burning Man this year! My good friend and camp mate Eric Cheng took this one! This year was the worst one ever for sandstorms. I think I must have been caught in at least four of them during the week. I did not really have the right protection, and I ended up with quite a bad cough for the next several weeks. In fact, it lasted all the way until I went to Africa about a month later… Now it's finally out of my system! :)

In Dust We Trust

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Little Streets in by the Li River in China

Street Shooting Tip

It’s very hard to shoot on the street when things are moving at f/1.4 if you are doing manual focus. So, one thing I try to do is stay up at f/2 or f/2.8 because you have a bit more margin for error on the focus. But, if you are a fixed distance away from your subject (like when I was following the gentleman below), you can go ahead and open it up as high as it wide as it will go and take your time. Not all street photography has to be rushed.

Daily Photo – Little Streets in by the Li River in China

I was mostly down in this area to try to find good vantage points on the river. But when you go along the river, you pass through tiny town after tiny town. I was on foot most of the time, so I would just try to feel my way from one side of the town over to the other side. I felt like a rat going through a maze trying to find some cheese! Anyway, while getting all turned around and going through the tiny streets, I got behind this old-timer here… I set my focus manually and just walked behind him at f/1.4.

Little Streets in by the Li River in China

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
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Entering Hobbiton

Upcoming PhotoWalks

I’ll work on getting a page up soon that has a list of all the upcoming PhotoWalks… I’m thinking that Hong Kong, London, Berlin, and Venice are on the agenda for early 2015! :)

Daily Photo – Entering Hobbiton

You may remember a scene from Lord of the Rings when Gandalf is riding into Hobbiton in the beginning of the movie. He goes right down this little amazing rock-lined lane. It's still here, and even more magical than in the movies. This is one of many ways into visiting the 44 Hobbit holes!

Entering Hobbiton

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Exploring Tokyo Tower

City Shooting Tip

The default compositional style when shooting cities from up high is to do the basic wide-angle landscape orientation. But I’ve been trying more and more to remember to go into portrait mode and zoom in a bit. Like this photo below, for example, was taken in this orientation at at 70mm.

Daily Photo – Exploring Tokyo Tower

The first time I saw this tower in Tokyo I did not like it. I thought it felt a little ugly, or maybe like a cheap version of the Eiffel Tower, but it has really grown on me. Especially at night. I really like the look of its starkness and warm shape against the blueness of the rest of the city.

Exploring Tokyo Tower

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The Sun Sets on the Great Wall

Great Wall BTS Video

Here’s a video from one of the first times I visited the Great Wall… an oldie but a goodie! :)

Daily Photo – The Sun Sets on the Great Wall

It was an amazing day on this part of the Great Wall. It's my fourth trip to the Wall, and each time I go to a different section. This, by far, was my favorite! It was not too crowded and it was beautifully maintained. I stayed here way too long and into the night. I did not have my proper headlamp to get back down to the little village after I was done, so I almost killed myself many times! Plus, there was rain… I seriously considered sleeping up in one of the defensive towers for the whole night, but it was already cold and only about to get colder. Anyway, I finally made it down thanks to the 5% battery life (and draining fast) on my Android screen!

The Sun Sets on the Great Wall

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  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
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The Milky Way over Milford Sound

Low F-Stops on Star Shots

Veterans already know this, so you guys can just skip over this part! But if you’re just starting to get into star photography, one of the most important things is having a low f-stop on your lens. This means a LOT of light can get in over the exposure. For example, this was taken at f/1.4. The downside to this is that these lenses often tend to be much more expensive! But, then again, you can end up with shots like this one below! :)

Daily Photo – The Milky Way over Milford Sound

My friend Cliff and I stayed out late one night in Milford Sound to see the Milky Way. We were not disappointed! Sometimes it gets pretty cloudy over here, and there was just one night, so we were hoping that karma paid off, and it did!

The Milky Way over Milford Sound

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10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

The Taking of this Shot

You can see a lot of what happened in the creation of this shot in this video below — enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – 10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I do love this airport! It's absolutely beautiful and the reflections are what I think really does it for me. I don't know how often they have to buff these things, but they must have a crew of 100 people constantly buffing it! I really wanted to take off my shoes and just slide all around like a little kid in socks… I was there for so long, I should have!

10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

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  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
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New Show Released!

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The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

A light moment in China…

As opposed to the incident below, here’s a bunch of hairdressers getting ready for work!

Daily Photo – The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

Remember that little story about me being detained by the Chinese police? It was right here that it happened! This is the exact spot where I was descended upon. I was released into the wild back in this same location, right at sunset. Quite convenient, I must say!

The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

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  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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