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Relaxing in Aruba

Personal Photo Challenges

Hey, check out my new YouTube Playlist from our Family Adventures in Florida and the Caribbean. In each of the six videos I recently posted, I give myself a little personal photo challenge. For this challenge in Aruba, I was practicing reductionism.

Daily Photo – Relaxing in Aruba

I admire people that can just sit in the waves and relax. I find the only time I sit completely still in any situation is when I am reading or meditation. I love both of those things… but I very rarely sit like this in the ocean and do nothing. Whenever I try it, I think, you know, I should really be walking up and down the beach and taking photos!

Relaxing in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-18 00:53:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Mount Fuji, Framed

Travel Tip in Japan

Did you know you can get great shots of Mount Fuji only about an hour outside of Tokyo? Yes! Sometimes even on crystal clear days you can even see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo. Anyway, I really recommend jumping in a car and getting out into the wild a little and find nice perspectives of Fuji. There are amazing spots all around!

Daily Photo – Mount Fuji, Framed

Even though I was at this location several years ago, I only just processed this photo recently. Seeing this again makes me reeeeeaaaalllly want to go back to Japan! How much longer must I wait! Maybe I'll just make it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mount Fuji, Framed

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-14 13:15:24
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Lupins in Spring

A special day in Tekapo (more for Passport members)

Want to see how today’s photo was processed? I do the whole thing from beginning to end… it was kind of a challenging photo, I’ll be honest. Anyway, you’ll see the bonus material at the bottom of this blog post if you’re a Passport Member and THANKS again for all your support! ๐Ÿ™‚

A very in-depth post-processing of the Tekapo Lupins

So, this is kind of a long video, but it’s one of the most in-depth post-processing videos I’ve ever made for you, awesome Passport member. I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – The Lupins in Spring

This is a new favorite photo of Tekapo! I had a lot of trouble figuring out what composition to use and how to process it (you'll see in the how-to video below), but I'm very happy with the result. Can you believe a lot of locals in New Zealand find this lupin flower to be a pest and a nuisance? I've been trying to collect more and more and plant them at our home! I think they are very pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Lupins in Spring

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-12-05 11:17:16
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Last Sunset in Venice

Netflix Ideas?

Any hot Netflix suggestions? I’m currently into Season 3 of Chef’s Table as well as “Abstract” which is kind of like Chef’s Table but with design. Interesting stuff… I like these deconstructions of artistic practices…

Daily Photo – Last Sunset in Venice

I took this on my final sunset in Venice. I had been there a month, and I still never lost the “bug” to go out and take photos. I decided to go to an area of Venice that was quite far from my hotel. I was getting in the habit of walking over 15,000 steps a day, then eating massive amounts of Italian food at night. Somehow I managed to not gain any weight even though I was constantly feeling guilty about all the gorging!

Last Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 17:38:24
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over the docks in Glenorchy

On the Way To Earnslaw Burn – And New Passport Video!

Lucky you if you’re a Passport Member as you get two videos two days in a row. This one is another amazing one – I have a patron who has paid a Rather Significant amount of money for me to take some photos (today’s Daily Photo is NOT one of them… just a quick shot I took on the way there). Anyway, this is Part 2 of 3 of more behind the scenes stuff. If you saw Part 1, you got to see me and the crew out on an overnight camping trip where I was trying to get the shots… been working on this project for about a year! Now it’s all finally coming together.

Earnslaw Burn Continued…

And in our on-going saga to get some good photos from Earnslaw Burn, here is Part 2, where you can see the resulting photos. Which ones are your favorite? I’ve now flown out to visit the patron in Austin to see his!

I’ll put Part 1 below Part 2 in case you missed that… It’s a great video too – check it out!

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Daily Photo – Over the docks in Glenorchy

On the way from Queenstown to Earnslaw Burn, you pass over this nice dock that shoots out into that turquoise water in Lake Wakatipu. I've taken heaps (that's a word they use a lot here in New Zealand) of photos from ground level, so it was great to get up in the air to get a different perspective.

Over the docks in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 14:51:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Boats at The Baths

Saint Thomas Highlight Video

I hope you enjoy the photo challenge I set out for myself in Saint Thomas… also was able to battle with one of my greatest phobias (but not sure I won!)

Daily Photo – Boats at The Baths

As you can see in the video above, my big goal here was to get some decent aerial shots from the quad. I was one-minute away from making a tragic mistake in Customs. Yes, imagine that! I left my quadcopter on the boat when I was going through customs on Virgin Gorda. I didn't realize I wouldn't see the boat till the end of the day! I had to get the police to let me out of customs so I could run back to the boat to get the quad. I arrived back into customs, sweating while carrying a suspicious looking device… nothing to see here… just move along…

Boats at The Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-30 12:19:30
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bowen Falls and Milford in Black and White

Milford 360 Behind the Scenes

I made a 360 video for Passport Members that shows what it looks like just after you emerge into the fjord side of the tunnel. Normally there are lots of waterfalls and it is rainy, this time, the weather was perfect! Anyway, enjoy… and let me know if you like these 360 videos and I can make more.

360 Video of the fjord side of the Milford Sound tunnel

Hello, Brave Passport Member! Here’s another 360 video for you! I’ve been watching these both in YouTube and with my Google Daydream… pretty cool, eh?

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Daily Photo – Bowen Falls and Milford in Black and White

This is a little black and white study across the sound facing Bowen Falls. It's illegal, I think, but you can scramble around a wall down by the rocks (quite dangerous) and follow a path back there to an old grave. It's pretty back there but hard to get a photo because of all the spray that comes off the waterfall.

Bowen Falls and Milford in Black and White

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-10-27 06:36:03
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Formations in Antarctica Ice

Special Critiques for our Facebook Group

First, haven’t you joined our Facebook Group? You gotta… it’s so fun! I did a critique the other day of some images people posted on Facebook Live – here is the video below!

Daily Photo – Strange Formations in Antarctica Ice

We took a lot of helicopter flights across the ice in Antarctica… it was so unusual to see these square shapes. You may notice another one off in the distance to the right too. I asked our helicopter pilot Hef about them. He said he has no idea, but he's been seeing them forever… I'd like to know myself… because in my whole life whenever I see ice crack, it always seems to crack in a random pattern!

Strange Formations in Antarctica Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-14 12:31:41
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length113.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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