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Crystal Mountain

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Daily Photo – Crystal Mountain

Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.

Crystal Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:23:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Elephant Wisdom

Unusual Animal Group Names

Who comes up with this stuff. Here’s some fun animal trivia group names for you today on the blog!

A shrewdness of apes
A sloth of bears
A clowder, or a pounce of cats
A gang of elk
A business of ferrets or flies
A tower of giraffes
A bloat of hippos
A leap o’ leopards
A prickle of porcupines
A streak of tigers
A stand of flamingos
A deceit of lapwings
A parliament of owls
An ostentation of peacocks
A mustering of storks
An army of frogs or caterpillars
An intrusion of cockroaches
A smack of jellyfish
A cete of badgers
A romp of otters
A wisp of snipe

Daily Photo – Elephant Wisdom

If I were in charge of these group names, I'd say a “wisdom” of elephants. But that's not it. Anyone know, anyone? Bueller? Yes, a “parade” of elephants is the right answer. Not bad, not bad, group-namers.

This photo was taken in Namibia, where it is quite hard to find elephants compared to Botswana. We drove around for hours trying to find a parade, and finally, we spotted this guy through the trees.

Elephant Wisdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-30 00:15:29
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length158.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

New Windows Machine

I’m an Apple guy, but this new Windows machine is really tempting me!

Daily Photo – Lazy Seals by Meltpools

A few days ago I talked about how I'd go on nightly midnight hikes across the ice. I'd see seals all over the place and they are some of the laziest things I've ever seen. They're like the cats of Antarctica, just laying about and not really caring if you're around or not. Mind you, I never got too close to them.

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 19:19:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length112.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

Exhausted in Dubai

The beginning of my relationship with the Ritz-Carlton

One time in Dubai, I was kicked out of the Armani hotel for taking photos. I started a live broadcast right afterwards, talking about my rather rude dismissal. I got a live comment from the Ritz-Carlton saying something like, “Hey Trey you can come over here any time and take photos!” How cool! So I made note of this then followed up a few weeks later… They’re cool… they get it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Exhausted in Dubai

One day I had huge plans to stay out all night and take photos in Dubai. It was about 7 PM and I went to this neo-souk area to start with a dinner and a wine, and then I got absolutely exhausted. Usually, I have a lot of energy but I was just completely drained for some reason. Maybe a triple-dip in the biorhythms? Not sure what happened… but I listened to my body and went back to crash for the night. It was an amazing night's sleep. This is the last photo I got before going back home. I didn't even really have the energy for this, but I pushed through!

Exhausted in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 23:13:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

TWIP Family Photography!

It’s not specifically about the title, but I think you’ll enjoy this interview I did over at This Week in Photography: Family.

Daily Photo – The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

…was probably this place. It was one of our stops along our incredible Phoenix photo walk. I knew it was gonna be hot, but not THAT hot. It was a welcome relief when the photo walk ended up back in the bar for the little after-photo-walk talk. I think that evening's shower was about the best I ever had!

The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-21 23:02:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Folding in the Ice

Luminar Review

Here’s a link to grab Luminar! — and here’s a link to the Luminar Review here on the site. It’s avail TODAY! 🙂

Crazy Briefing

If you and I ever hang out (yes YOU), then remind me to tell you the story about my “briefing” before the trip to Antarctica. It’s one of the craziest stories ever and Stu and I still talk about it.

Daily Photo – Folding in the Ice

During my nightly hikes in Antarctica, I would try to visit new parts of the ice folds each time. They would change just a little bit every day as the sea ice crashed into the immovable earth. The shapes they made were mind-boggling. I'll never forget it. It was also quite scary, hearing all the ice creak and heave… unsettling and it made me feel quite small.

Folding in the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-12 02:39:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Dubai Beaches

More from Dubai

Here’s a friendly little blog reminder — to see more photos from Dubai (we have multiple pages), just click on the “Dubai” category just above and see all you want! Even better, I’m working on some more now that I hope to publish soon.

Daily Photo – Exploring Dubai Beaches

I'm the least judgmental guy in the world and simply enjoying seeing all the “different-than-I'm-used-to” stuff around the world. All over Dubai are amazing beaches, and at any time there are tons of ladies out enjoying the sun.

Exploring Dubai Beaches

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-14 01:58:08
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

My Favorite Party Speaker

I want to recommend the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker. It’s fantastic and I travel with it everywhere… Also be sure to get the firmware update to get the new light mode that has a rainbow equalizer. It’s so cool!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Each time I go to Hobbiton (I think I've been about five times now), I have this grand plan to take photos of each of the 44 Hobbit holes. And then I get out there and get completely distracted by the beauty and end up getting pulled in 10 different directions. I’m such a huge fan of this place… and I’ve been lucky to have “free reign” a few times, getting there early at sunrise before all the tourists arrive. It’s still awesome, even doing the tourist thing, but I was able to spend a bit more extra time to get some key shots I’ve wanted.

Beautiful Hobbit Holes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:20:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Speaking of New Mobile Phones

I’m pretty excited about the new phone from Google. I’ve been using the Nexus Android for years, and this looks like a perfect upgrade. I’ve also been using Google Fi, so this looks to integrate perfectly with it.

Daily Photo – A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Panoramas are so much work! I watch everyone make them on their mobile phones and get so jealous. Not only does it take a long time with my Sony to capture all the images, but the post-processing is the real time sink. Don't get me wrong… I enjoy it and end up getting 50x the resolution, but it's still quite a trial!

A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 17:50:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Preparing for a Night Ski

Quad Fun

I could never quite get the angle I wanted from a ground-based photo so I got the Phantom up in the air to get this shot. I think the perspective is much more interesting!

Here’s a video I made just after moving here. you can see some of this night skiing in a quick time-lapse segment.

Daily Photo – Preparing for a Night Ski

This is the surreal scene I see in my back yard in the summer. We back onto Coronet Peak here in the southern alps. Every winter for a few nights a week they turn on all the lights for night skiing. It's such a strange sight at night to peer out the window and see an entire mountain lit up… it reminds me of jewels sparkling on the bottom of the ocean.

Preparing for a Night Ski

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 17:59:20
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO203
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.31

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