Pausing for the Reflection

Some of the creation process

I went out to go get a bunch of reflection shots and made a few videos! I did a fun deal with WD to help promote it too, which was a pretty fun thing… anyway, you can see more below!

Daily Photo – Pausing for the Reflection

Here's one of the many reflection shots I got that day… that was fun! It's not like I need an excuse to run around and shoot, but I thought putting together some tips on getting a reflection shot would be a good idea and mission!

Pausing for the Reflection

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture13
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

New May Presets and the Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

The May Preset Pack is out! (half-price today only)

This has been a very fun experiment and gets bigger every month! See the Lightroom Presets page for more. This month features a fresh 10 presets, just as new and idea-provoking as the previous months. The special deal we do to reward the hardest core of the fans of these is to do half-off just on the first day of the month. So, for 24 hours, it’s only $2.50 instead of $5.

And here’s a little video more about them!

Daily Photo – The Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

Every pack comes with at least one Black & White preset, and this is a pretty good example of one. I took this photo out of the window of the CL-130 as I was still about 2 hours (after 8 hours already in the air) from Antarctica. I started to get excited as I looked down to see the sea ice melting apart in the middle of summer. I particularly liked all the layers of clouds floating on top…

The Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A cloaked woman in Hong Kong

Great news about The Arcanum and our new Passion Meter – so cool!

See more at www.TheArcanum.com !

How to get a shot like this?

This was a crazy idea I had and it worked out just fine. I suppose the first step is to be on an escalator that has a rich or interesting set of lights around it. Set up the tripod legs on the steps (which you have to do quickly because you are moving… it’s sort of a Level 6 tripod maneuver!) and then let it fly with a shutter speed of at least 2 seconds. This one was a 4 second exposure.

Daily Photo – A cloaked woman in Hong Kong

I was riding up a series of colorful outdoor escalators in Hong Kong and this mysterious cloaked women went flying by me. She made it up to a group of people where she got stuck for a bit, right when I took this shot.

A cloaked woman in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Stu near the Glacier Edge

Wanna see a photo of the family harvesting honey?

Here’s a great photo that Jim Pollard took of us not too long ago!

Daily Photo – Stu near the Glacier Edge

What was mega scary was when we would hear little bits of ice cracking and falling… we would very often freak ourselves out down here. Why would two grown up men get so close to the edge of a glacier? Because we're dumb guys… this is what dumb guys do, and, well, that's what we are.

Stu near the Glacier Edge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length146.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Desert Rose Begins to Swim

The Desert Rose in a future video

I took this photo during a little tutorial video we were shooting while there… so you’ll see more of her soon!

Daily Photo – The Desert Rose Begins to Swim

This girl was amazing! She was working at the hotel when our whole photo adventure crew entered the Damaraland are of Namibia. She announced herself at lunch as “The Desert Rose” and she was a real piece of work… just hilarious and a total actress. She could also do the whole click-language thing which was a source of endless entertainment!

The Desert Rose Begins to Swim

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

London as Night Closes In

How long for light trails?

Experiment! There is no right answer… When there is a little bit of ambient light, you may need to go shorter or close down the aperture, as I did here. This one is F/14 at 5 seconds. Not that I knew that ahead of time… I had to experiment. When I did F/4 at 5 seconds, the whole thing was way too bright but the light trail was the right length, so I just darkened it up by increasing the F stop to F/14.

Daily Photo – London as Night Closes In

Here's one of those really fun long exposure shots that are readily available all over London. This is one of the great advantages of living in a big city is that you get all that crazy tail light action that I don't get here in Queenstown. It makes for a very fun way to be creative and try new ways to fill up the frame with unexpected light action.

I took this one during the big photowalk event — thanks again everyone!

London as Night Closes In

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture14
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A little bit of penguin science

Hardcore HDR

The Complete HDR Tutorial is selling great, so thank you so much! There is part of it that includes some of the “Extreme HDR” that you can see in today’s photo below!

Daily Photo – A little bit of penguin science

Yes, this is a very strange photo; I agree! Remember Captain Scott's hut from a few days ago? This was found in one of the back corners. Parts of the team was there to do science experiments and things of this nature, which I assume included having dead penguins lying about. Everything has been perfectly preserved, and I'm not even sure if this is a real penguin or not. I think it is. It probably is. I was afraid to touch it, thinking it might pop up and scare the bejeezus out of me.

A little bit of penguin science

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Checking into the Burj Al Arab

The Most Expensive Hotel – a Documentary

Here’s a documentary about the hotel I took a photo of below. What a place!

Daily Photo – Checking into the Burj Al Arab

Okay, I didn't actually check-in here, but maybe someday! This is the world's only 7-star hotel and it is absolutely majestic and crazy inside. I didn't even know what was happening with my eyes when I was in there… super-duper-overload! It was all I could do to settle myself to take a photo. This area is right after the revolving doors… I took this photo around 2 AM after Rene and I had spent the evening up in the top floor bar editing photos.

Checking into the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Dave full of Risk

A lot more Antarctica Photos Coming!

I took so many thousands of photos down there. I have a lot more coming this year… I hope you don’t feel overloaded by too much of one theme! Actually, as I blog about these, it gets me more excited all over again, and I can’t wait to go process more photos!

Daily Photo – Dave full of Risk

This guy's name is Dave Risk. What a completely awesome name! Can you imagine having such a badass name and then just doing stuff like this all over Antarctica? What a stud!

Haha this was a fun midnight-ish photowalk we did in Antarctica. I was out on the main continent with a group of scientists doing all kinds of work. The next day, Stu and I were supposed to be choppered out, and we had a TON of extra alcohol… I mean a ton. So we brought it all over to the camp of about 8 of us and we all listened to music and got totally confused. And then we decided to walk around a frozen lake for an hour and take photos! Haha what a fun night… and here's Dave looking pretty deft across the frozen lake.

(that bad news is that Stu and I got socked in with a blizzard the next day and we were running dry!)

Dave full of Risk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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