Across the Water Hazard

The Artist

This artist that made that statue across the water is Max Patte. Be sure to check out some of his other work too! I believe he’s also the guy that designed the new suit for Batman, among other things!

Daily Photo – Across the Water Hazard

The Hills golfcourse near my home has some absolutely beautiful water hazards! How can something be so pretty and scary at the same time? Honestly, I don't play a lot of golf because I kinda suck. So I usually prefer to take my camera around the course rather than my sticks!

Across the Water Hazard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Walking Around Beijing

Snapshots

In writing the essence of this photo, I started thinking about the word “snapshot” — it got me to thinking… what do you think about it? Sorry for the esoteric questions, btw!

Daily Photo – Walking Around Beijing

In some ways, this photo is quite banal. In fact, I'll be honest, in Most ways. But it is kind of a snapshot of Beijing. I'm not so into “snapshots” which are kind of modern or current pictures of people and their places. I don't know if that makes sense. Probably not. But I think about this a lot when I look at old-timey photos. I'm sure they are very obvious or plain back when they are taken, but they seem so interesting when seen 30+ years later. I figure these sorts of photos probably won't hit that kind of awesome-level, because now everyone has cameras, so photos are less rare, but I do my humble best to pick out interesting slices of humanlife in places like this.

Walking Around Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bend at The Hills

Getting that “Sunburst”

Don’t forget that you can get this kind of a sunburst if you set your camera to f/16 or higher. I find f/16 is usually good enough. You can go higher, but then you risk seeing more of the dust and junk on your sensor, which I always find annoying to fix in post.

Daily Photo – The Bend at The Hills

The Hills golf course near Arrowtown has a bunch of these quaint irrigation streams that flow around the golf course. I've never seen any other golf course with this kind of situation. The way they all bend and weave around the course are quite picturesque! It's also super-easy to take photos there too. I pretty much just walked along this thing for an hour getting a ton of different interesting photos.

The Bend at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Little Girl Eating Rice near Yangshao

Rice with Chopsticks

Anyone that can eat un-sticky rice with with chopsticks really impresses me! I’m pretty good with chopsticks, but I find eating little tiny things is kind of tough!

Daily Photo – Little Girl Eating Rice near Yangshao

After I ate breakfast one morning, I went for a little walk down the street and started trying some random side-streets. I found this girl alone outside eating rice. She was very happy and interested in me. I asked her if I could take a photo and she was cool with it and just kept happily eating her rice!

Little Girl Eating Rice near Yangshao

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Sun Sets in the Sahara Desert

Hot vs. Cold places later in life

After growing up in Texas, I really love the cool climates of New Zealand. I like dressing in layers and never really getting hot! But I know people that are the opposite. I think it kind of depends on where you grow up and how you might be ready for a change later in life. I don’t know… But I know a lot of people that grew up in cold places that are so happy to be in hot places like Texas. It’s all so relative!

Daily Photo – The Sun Sets in the Sahara Desert

I have a lame confession to make about this photo. I was too tired to get to the top of the sand dune to take this photo from the top. I mean, it was absolutely huge. I set out with the best of intentions. It must have been 400 feet high. That may not sound high, but it is effectively almost 1000 feet because every step up makes your feet slide down just about as far as you just ascended! I went right up the spine of the dune so I could put a foot on each side, but the sand was so impossibly soft and fluid that it was almost useless. So I eventually just gave up and thought, “You know what? The sunset will be good enough from right here!”

The Sun Sets in the Sahara Desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Deadvlei from Above – 900 year old trees in Namibia

DJI Quadcopter Review

In case you missed my DJI Phantom Review, now is a good time to check it out, since I took all these photos with that awesome device!

Deadvlei from Above

I had an amazing day just a few days ago here in Nambia at Sossusvlei inside the Namib-Naukluft. I’ve always wanted to visit this place, and it is certainly not easy to get to. You know what’s even harder to get to? That HUGE sand dune behind it which is actually 350 meters (over 1,000 feet) high. I climbed it after I took these photos… it took me about 2 hours… Honestly, it’s 50% higher than that because, I kid you not, your foot slides down 50% with each step! Oh god it was hot and tough… but I did it! Then I ran down the front face in less than 8 minutes. Whoa! It was Amazing!

Anyway, I flew the DJI Phantom with the GoPro3 and grabbed all these photos below. I LOVE the perspective… so interesting to me… I hope they are interesting to you too! :)

There’s also a lot of video we grabbed… we’re working on a new video series that is TOTALLY AWESOME! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you want to see it first!

DCIM103GOPRO

DCIM103GOPRO

DCIM105GOPRO

DCIM105GOPRO

(that last shot is me and our crew walking out of the Dead Vlei at the end of the afternoon… super sweaty and mega-tired! This picture was actually taken while the quad was being piloted by the Great Bel Jones!)

Daily Photo – Deadvlei from Above

And here is my absolute favorite photo of the day. I looked at all the trees. This was my favorite… I don't know why…

Deadvlei from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Choppy Dropoff in the Southern Alps

Looking for a fun and scenic helicopter ride?

Be sure to look up Choppy’s company when you come to Queenstown. It’s called “Over The Top” and you’ll never forget it!

Daily Photo – Another Choppy Dropoff in the Southern Alps

One of the greatest things about flying around with Choppy is I can just kinda point where I want her to land, and she does it! She can land anywhere. One time she came over to my house to pick me up, and I thought she’d land in this huge field behind our house. I was sure of it, in fact. I was wrong — she landed right in my driveway!

Another Choppy Dropoff in the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Going to Swim with the Sharks

Going to Swim with the Sharks

Have you ever been in the ocean with anything dangerous? I’ve done a few things that were ill-advised. As some of you know, one of my phobias is deep water where I can’t see under. I got around that one here because I wore a face mask so I could see what the heck was going on below me. In this case, my getting-around-the-phobia was then taken to the next level with a fairly healthy shark-phobia. What is the word for shark-phobia? Common-sense!

Daily Photo – Going to Swim with the Sharks

Here’s the view of our little boat as we headed out of the safety of the lagoon of Bora Bora to the pacific ocean. Just after the shelf drops off, the water gets a bit deeper and there were sharks everywhere! Our fun-loving boat captain started the adventure by tossing raw meat into the water! The sharks started going cray cray.

I had the whole family with me except for Scarlett (the 5 year old). She seemed more meat-sized. I did a little estimation and figured that the 8-year-old Isabella was big enough and certainly the 13-year-old Ethan! Tina was a little scared though, but I told her not to worry because I was an expert at swimming with sharks. This was of course a lie and it did not help the situation. Anyway, after we fed them some raw meat, all of us dove in together! There must have been about 30 or 40 sharks down there… Smaller reef sharks and much bigger lemon sharks. They mostly ignored us but would sometimes dart up to investigate. It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast!

Going to Swim with the Sharks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Temples in Thailand

Religious Architecture

I’m getting better and better at identifying a country just by looking at its religious buildings. Not always, though. Europe is really hard because most of the cathedrals look alike. The German ones stand out a bit more in their gothicness. The French ones tend to be a bit more ornate, as you’d expect. But in the Asian countries, there is a much bigger difference. The Japanese ones look nothing like the Thai ones which look nothing like the Chinese ones. It’s interesting!

Daily Photo – Temples in Thailand

Here’s another good spot that I found thanks to Stuck on Earth. It’s close to Bang Saray and is a very friendly walking-area. The whole place is very strange and full of surprises. I won’t tell you the surprises just in case you visit here some day. I’ll tell you this though: it’s a super-weird adventure with animals you’ve probably never heard of (I hadn’t!)

Temples in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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