Here are Stu and I in front of the CL-130 right before flying home. We had become friends with the Loadmaster, Randy, who got us special seats in the cockpit on the way home! So awesome! If you look behind us, you can see the Kiwis are the ones with the orange coats. The Americans have red coats and black pants. The Italians are the ones with the all-red outfits.
I just recently saw this movie and really enjoyed it. I read a lot about that whole bit of WWII in Neal Stephenson’s amazing book called “Cryptonomicon” — and some of that was brought to life in this movie. Besides, I’m a total sucker for Benedict Cumberbatch — I’ll watch him in anything!
Daily Photo – Big Elephant Crossing
While in Botswana, we had this AMAZING guide named Dennis. We knew he was named Dennis because he would only refer to himself in the third person. We asked him about this elephant crossing the road and he said, “Dennis wants you to know that the elephant turns his body sideways like this to make himself seem as big and awesome as possible, much like Dennis.” Man, we never got tired of this guy. We would end up asking him any kind of question just to see how he would work his own name into the answer… haha I still laugh thinking about it.
If you’re ever in Christchurch, New Zealand, be sure to visit that Antarctic center. They have this crazy Hagglund ride that shows off all the amazing things these machines can do. Did you know they can even float and move forward in water?
Daily Photo – A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund
Matt, our intrepid Hagglund driver, and the rest of the crew got out of the Hagglund to have a nice little lunch on the sea ice. It was really incredible… nice and sunny… you can even see it was warm enough for some of us to take off our coats. It was my first time to ever have a picnic on frozen sea ice… so awesome!
This was a really fun show with DigitalRev TV and Kai in Hong Kong a few days ago. I was quite worried that Kai would fly the quad right into our crotches, but he had sweet nerves of steel! Haha this was so fun… Kai is a really great guy and his whole team there was just fantastic!
After this show, I went back over and flew the quad all over the other part of Hong Kong too and got a ton of photos… so fun I absolutely love using the camera on there, the incredible fine control you have to aim the camera exactly how you want… like XBox-Controller Photography!
To WIN the same DJI Inspire Quadcopter (will actually send you a New one!) simply go comment on the YouTube video and say “I would like Trey’s drone, and this is what I want to do with it:” — we’ll pick a random winner in about a month or so!
Option 2 to win: Come to the London PhotoWalk and I’ll pick a random winner!
If you got the original HDR Tutorial I released 4 years ago, then be sure to check out the new HDR Tutorial I released just over a year ago. It’s built for beginners and also has plenty of meat in there for intermediate and advanced photographers. You can grab it over in the Stuck In Customs store!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo
This is one of my favorite new photos! I have a backlog of photos that is absolutely staggering, so I often “randomly” scroll back in time and saw this photo from Tokyo from over a year ago in my Lightroom catalog. I was thinking, “hmmm that one would be interesting to process…” and so I went for it. People often ask how long I work on these. For those of you that have watched me before, you know the answer — it's anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. This one clocked in at about half an hour or so.
There’s a pretty cool new site called “Product Hunt” that is kinda like reddit for new apps, products, services, and this sort of thing. I check it every now and then to find new tools or goodies.
Daily Photo – Cute Adelie Penguins
These friendly and hilarious Adelie penguins walked right up to me, as if I wasn't even there! I can watch these guys all day.
There's a rule that you're not allowed to get any closer to them than 10 meters. But they can approach you and get close! They are so curious, they may walk right up to you and sit on your feet. They may also poop on you from quite a distance. They have this “projectile” system of pooping which really detracts from their cuteness.
We took quite a bit of video while here to do some new behind-the-scenes stuff. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel to see when this stuff is made available!
Funny Internet Comments
I end up getting some crazy comments on social media… I should share more of the crazy stuff – here’s one!
We are enjoying the always beautiful photos landscape taken by your trip
By the way
Wonder if this photo is a joke?
Japanese history is very old
And it’s complicated
I is not a emperor worship philosopher
The people of about half of the Japanese I think not a kit pleasant mood to look at this photo
It you are big up google +
Do not you have misunderstood something?
And if not problem deep meaningless jokes
Statue of Liberty is or has fallen in New York
George Washington image it would be a joke like or have fallen
The Tour of the assassination movie of North Korea’s authoritarian
The reply of cyber attacks in the same manner as terrorist supporting countries against terrorist supporting countries of cyber attack
It’s a time when it is done at the top level of the human world
And allowed to cringe (w)
Also I’m looking forward to beautiful photos
Daily Photo – Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg
For a short time, we took a true adventure into the townships in Soweto. For those of you that don't know, this was the heart of apartheid, where they put all the black people in Johannesburg. It's been a long time since then, but these are still full and teaming with people. There's no electricity, no running water, no internet, no, well, nothing! But the kids were so happy and full of life while we walked around. So was everyone, really! Here's a photo of my friend Curtis sharing his photos with some children here.
Thanks again to everyone on the CL-130 that helped Stu and I get some cool photos. Cheers to you, Randy and the team! We have many more photos and goodies on the way… stay awesome you guys!
Daily Photo – Mount Erebus from the Air
I took this photo from the cockpit of a CL-130. It was very lucky to be able to see this massive volcano so clearly! Did you know it is the southernmost active volcano? I often saw it erupt while I was there… I've never seen anything so surreal… a completely ice-white volcano that is always rumbling away. It's just another incredible thing I saw down here that I can't quite put into words.
This is an incredible machine! I simply love taking it up for a little in-air photo adventure. I’m still getting my head around all the amazing photo opportunities it creates… really amazing! I don’t have a review of it on the site yet, but I will soon.
Daily Photo – Queenstown from a Quadcopter
For this photo, I took about 5 or 6 shots, each one slowly rotating the quad. I get live feedback on my iPad, so I always know what I am shooting. I then stitched them together in Photoshop, and, voila! It's really easy and fun… I don't do a lot of panoramas, but it's actually quite easy… maybe with this new DJI Inspire setup, I'll try it some more!