The Creation Wars, Show 7

The Creation Wars

It was another really fun episode – here ya go!

1m 20s Intros
6m 30s The Path of the Protege
9m 20s Cool Stuff Shares
14m 00s DJI Inspire Hands On Update
20m 20s Competition Begins
21m 30s Glenn Guy Cohort Share
36m 30s Laurie Rubin Cohort Share
44m 00s Ollie Dale Cohort Share
50m 30s Trace Aiken Cohort Share
58m 30s Submission Roundup
1h 3m 30s Voting in Progress And Grand Library Request
1h 12m 00s Result!
1h 13m 00s Peoples Choice Result
1h 15m 00s Master Shares

The Feminine Sands of Namibia

Thanks Again!

Thank you again to everyone that joined us for the amazing Photo Adventure in Namibia! It was just great fun to get to know everyone so well and go on such a fun photography adventure with you :)

Daily Photo – The Feminine Sands of Namibia

I feel like I've spent a massive amount of time lately traversing sand dunes. It's almost like I spent a huge amount of time lately on the planet of Tattooine! I've started to notice that sometimes when I squint and look at my photos, they can read very feminine. Then, when I converted this one to a high-key black and white, I definitely got this feeling. I like this technique so much, I think I will try it more on future sand dune shots.

The Feminine Sands of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length134.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

14 Cold Nights in Antarctica

As my Antarctic trip begins in earnest, I decided to make a special Pinterest Board called 14 Cold Nights in Antarctica for inspiration!

Amazing Cloud Names

Do any of you know a good website that has a bunch of photos of clouds and their names? I’m not a big “this-is-called-that” kinda guy, but I would be interested to see, especially if there are little scientific explanations of how particular clouds are formed.

Daily Photo – Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

I feel like I post too many photos of Hobbiton! But whenever I go to this spot on the north island, I just go a little photo-crazy. How can you not? These are some of my favorite sorts of clouds. I maybe only see them once a month or so? But they make for such a nice texture in the sky, I tend to go a little crazy no matter where I am!

Streamy, Dreamy Clouds over Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Adventure to Antarctica – Day 1, Digging out an ice-house!

Big News!

I have no photos today, but I wanted to tell you on the blog that I’m headed to Antarctica for two weeks! I’m very excited, and I’ll be sure to share all the hi-rez photos right here!

I’m starting the trip by driving from Queenstown to Christchurch then getting on a US Military C130 (sounds rather serious, I know) to fly to New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica. Even though I am close already in New Zealand, I’m still about 9 hours away!

The first leg of the journey begins tomorrow, and I am [Borat voice] SO EXCITE!

On night #1, we build an ice shelter, digging deep into the ice to find a sufficient place to sleep. We have lots of plans for our little ice-hovel, which may or may not include a full bar. We’ll see.

On night #2? I have no idea.

But we’ll be recording videos for something secret we are working on and will release to you.

I’ll be taking TONS of photos, which is the overall purpose of the trip and the reason for which I was invited. Everyone asks me, “What are you taking photos of down there?” To this, I answer, honestly, “I have No Idea.”

And I don’t! I’ve always wanted to visit Antarctica, so I am very honored for the opportunity. I’ll take A LOT of photos, but I have no idea what they will be of. Icy things, I reckon.

I talked to a new friend I met today named Martin Hill, who is a famous sculptor/photographer here in New Zealand. He just got back and remarked on how strict they are there. He mentioned (and I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this) the same thing that Werner Herzog mentioned — there is so little creative freedom there that it is a bit depressing. We’ll see. I think their primary concern is my safety. We happen to share this concern! :) But I do hope I can exercise a bit of creative freedom and get myself into some positions for good photos.

What about the Quadcopter in Antarctica?

I’ve been using several quadcopters lately (see my DJI Phantom Review here on the site), and it looks like, sadly, I won’t be allowed to take them down there. I just got the new DJI Inspire one too, which is absolutely incredible. Anyway, in the After-Show-Partay of our weekly show, we started talking a bit about all this!

If you jump ahead to the 5:40 spot in the video, you can hear about the whole Antarctica thing. Around 8:50 is when I start talking about the quadcopters.

Stumbling around Vegas

Old-School Double Exposure

I saw a bunch of old-school double exposures recently. You know, people used to do this kind of stuff on film all the time… it was so creative and smart. I don’t have a mind that can think like that… it takes a different kind of brain to come up with those sorts of ideas I think!

Daily Photo – Stumbling around Vegas

I can't be the only one that has stumbled around Vegas and seen this! Actually I was totally sober when I took this, but I decided to mix it up a little with Analog Efex Pro 2. It has a cool double-exposure filter that does this kind of stuff to your photo. I recommend you get the demo and try it out!

Stumbling around Vegas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Happy New Year – Presets Surprise!

HALF-PRICE PRESETS, Day 1, Whaaaaa???

I’m doing something QUITE different in 2015 with Trey’s Lightroom Presets. These have turned out to be such a hit, that we wanted to make a new pack every month. Today, you can get the January Pack! Each pack is only $5. AND, even better, if you get it on the first day of the month (TODAY hint hint), then you get it for half price ($2.50).

I wanted to do this as a Special Thanks to YOU, who come visit the blog so often! So, be sure to mark your calendars (repeating on the first day of every month) to pop over here and grab that month’s preset pack!

Here’s a video that shows more about the presets! :)

Sample Images from Various Collections











Thank YOU for 2014!

Thanks!

Thank YOU for joining me in 2014! If it wasn’t for you, this blog would not exist… we’re in this thing together! And I appreciate all your views, you telling your friends, your comments – everything! See you in 2015!

Here are some of my favorite images from 2014! :)

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole in Bag End

A Pair of Winter Trees

Farming in Deep Southern China

The Infinity of Tokyo

Embrace 2014

Marrakech, Morocco at Sunset

The Fisherman And His Mindmelded Cormorant Bird

Crossing the Sahara

An Amazing City Of Blue

Japanese Tea in a Sandstorm

Morning Light Hits Milford

Sunrise/Sunset in the Mountains

Now that I live in a mountainous area, this idea of sunrise and sunset times has a very strange meaning. You tend to actually SEE the sun 2 hours after it rises or vice-versa at night. But the sky goes crazy of course at the normal times…

Daily Photo – Morning Light Hits Milford

The hardest thing about getting up for the sunrise in Milford Sound is figuring out when the heck to get up. The sunrise varies so much here, and sometimes you get down there then realize there is no internet to look it up! And the place you sleep is so surrounded by trees that it's hard to tell when it is starting to get bright. So, you kind of blindly set your alarm and hope to walk out to the beach to see something like this!

Morning Light Hits Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length51.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Soweto from Above

District 9

I watched this movie again recently right before visiting this area of South Africa. I had forgotten what a good movie that is… I had forgotten what a good actor Sharlto Copley was in that movie… just amazing. And it certainly over-scared me to visit this region! But all that turned out to be unfounded…

Daily Photo – Soweto from Above

Even though I thought this would be scariest part of Johannesburg, it turned out to be my favorite. It was great to be there with all the people in the township. It was all smiles, photos, and wonderful feelings. The kids were especially great. They loved watching the quadcopter and thought it was so exciting. I wish I got to spend more time there, but excited to go back another time and take more photos and spend more time with the kids.

Soweto from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/380
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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