At home, we’ve gotten into the habit of making homemade chicken broth. We had a friend named Rani come over from Aro-Ha (he’s the head chef there) to give a few cooking lessons… he showed how easy it was to make with some special recipes… we keep it going for 3 days at a time now and all the kids come over and get refills all the time because they like it so much. It’s actually cut down a lot on how much soda my teenager Ethan consumes, so that’s a good thing!
Daily Photo – The textures of Antarctica
What a wonderfully desolate place. In many ways, it was perfect for someone like me, who spends so much time alone and is very comfortable with it. I don't feel lonely or anything… and Antarctica IS only an “alone” place. Even if you happened to be near someone, it's still a place were everyone feels alone, but, strangely, together. And when you get out here on the main continent, camping for a few days, you really feel the isolation of everything.
We’ve made a dramatic time zone shift! Now the blog is based on PST… I bet you couldn’t tell the difference could ya? haha yeah… every day there’s a new post that comes up at midnight. Maybe I should make it midnight New Zealand time. Okay now I’m getting confused… let me think about this!
Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 7
We visited a coastal village where many of the women have fully tattooed faces. It starts at an early age. Here, you can see a little girl laying in her mom's lap while she gets her tattoo. It was very cute!
Have you ever heard of Slack? It’s a really cool tool for teams to communicate… they don’t sponsor the site or anything… but we all use it here at Stuck In Customs to keep the team communicating since many of us are far apart… all over the world!
Daily Photo – Thar She Glows
Here's a new favorite shot from down here in New Zealand near Glenorchy. We took our photo group out one morning for a hike, and we pulled off the side of the road when we saw these beautiful lighting conditions. It's very unusual, and I don't often get to see this kind of morning light coming in under a heavy blanket of clouds…
This is my favorite time to take photos. I’m not always in amazing places like Venice, but when I am, it’s A VERY EXCITING TIME. The city looks amazing all the time, but things go gangbusters at the blue hour. And it’s a fun kind of nervousness inside too since you want to see as much as possible in a short time!
Daily Photo – Boating Around Venice
Whenever I get in one of these boats, I probably literally take at least 500 if not 1000 photos. Everything looks so awesome, and you're moving so fast, so the stimulation is at an extreme factor. Normally, you are kind of used to a walking-pace, so stuff appears very slowly, and you have a moment to get used to it. But these boats go about 10x that speed… and 10x the visual excitement!
Don’t forget to grab the pre-order of Aurora HDR Pro to get all the extra goodies right now!
Daily Photo – People of New Guinea Part 6
This was a pretty intimidating tribe for sure… did a little dance of wits with them a few days ago here. They totally won and were way more intimidating, but was happy to have the chance to get a few photos. There are hundreds of tribes here that adorn themselves in different ways. This one is known for painting half their body white and half their body black…
Wow that San Francisco Photowalk was amazing! Here’s our recapped video for you of all the highlights.
Daily Photo – Before the Aurora!
I know I keep talkin' about the new Aurora HDR Pro, but I'm so darned excited about it! I was especially just thinking about it because of today's photo from San Francisco. I processed this one with Photomatix, and I got that strange banding and chunky noise in the sky. I don't have those problems with noise in Aurora HDR Pro because there are two ways to get rid of it, using HDR Denoise and a tricky Clarity slider
I have a hot tip for you if you work with small (or big!) teams to help keep track of all the projects. We use “Trello” here at Stuck In Customs to figure out what projects are happening where! It’s a web app, and it’s pretty fun. I’ve actually never been so organized!
Daily Photo – Intense Canterbury
This is a rather intense and colorful photo today, eh? I tell ya, it was a pretty golden light there… it was so unusual that I pulled over on the way to Tekapo to take this photo… and I was an even more colorful mood when I processed it!
We had an amazing workshop at Aro-Ha — that was our combination Yoga + Photography + Hiking thing. And this was on one of the hikes along the incredible Lake Wakatipu. We stopped at one point and decided to launch the DJI Phantom up into the air and see what it looked like from above!