The Chateau at the End of the Lane

From the Midnight in Paris Tutorial

We did a great event last year in Paris. Most of you may already know about it, but here’s a video about it in case this is new to you! Today’s photo was taken from the event as well…

Daily Photo – The Chateau at the End of the Lane

You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a whole chateau for the day! There are SO MANY of them all over France, and a ton of them just sit there empty. It's so crazy-expensive to run them and maintain them that they just kind of sit there collecting dust. I was afraid that when we rented this place it would be like $10,000 for a few days or something, but it was all less than $1,000 I believe. What a deal! And, when we were inside on the first day, it was so strange… it was kind of like we had the whole place to ourselves and we didn't know what to do with all the space and all the power! It was kind of dizzying — but at least it was dizzying in a beautiful place.

The Chateau at the End of the Lane

Photo Information

  • Date TakenNovember 8, 2012 at 3:39pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length160.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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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