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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

Family time in Papua New Guinea

More changes to the blog

We’re always making small changes to the blog. We have a couple of really fun ones coming, so get ready for those. As always, please let us know if you have any problems or issues with the blog — constantly trying to improve it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Family time in Papua New Guinea

One thing I didn't expect to see in PNG was all the families that were dressed up together. I suppose because it is such an on-edge place that I would only see grownups. But entire families were not rare to find. Babies, teenagers, grandparents, and everyone in tow, all in the same costuming as the rest of their tribe

Family time in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 09:36:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length144.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Burano

New HDR Video Tutorial!

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Burano

There wasn't a single bad photo anywhere in the city. One tricky thing was finding the sun when it got quite low. None of the canals quite lined up along the light alley, so some of my favorite were when it was just barely above the rooflines, like this one. I processed this one earlier in the year, then I did it again for the tutorial and I liked the re-make better! 🙂

Sunset in Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 15:58:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Some India Photos

How about a quick 3-batch of photos from India?


Madurai

One place I entered did not allow any cameras at all, so I had to make do with my Android phone. Here’s a panorama made of multiple shots while inside Madurai.

Chennai Quadcopter at Night

Here’s a late-night quadcopter flight near Chennai. Usually, these are more noisy, but we were blessed with a still evening.

Mahamallipurum Detail

Beautiful details on the towers in Mahamallipurum. I could stare at them for hours.

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Here are some quick aerial vignettes from this week out taking photos with our workshop of photo adventuring! We visited a ton of locations, but we only flew the quad in a few. Between taking photos, I set the quad into video mode. To see more about our workshops (everything is sold out this year, but maybe some secret ones coming up in Europe!) see our Workshop Page.

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Music: The Radar: MBTS Vol. 2 Mixed by The Scumfrog

Daily Photo – Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

One morning our NZ Workshop crew was lucky enough to see this amazing balloon alight over the morning mist. I go to this lake a lot for a run, but I've never seen a balloon do this. So awesome! I can only imagine the view from the balloon. This is on my list of things to try soon

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:55:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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