Cute Adelie Penguins

Product Hunt

There’s a pretty cool new site called “Product Hunt” that is kinda like reddit for new apps, products, services, and this sort of thing. I check it every now and then to find new tools or goodies.

Daily Photo – Cute Adelie Penguins

These friendly and hilarious Adelie penguins walked right up to me, as if I wasn't even there! I can watch these guys all day.

There's a rule that you're not allowed to get any closer to them than 10 meters. But they can approach you and get close! They are so curious, they may walk right up to you and sit on your feet. They may also poop on you from quite a distance. They have this “projectile” system of pooping which really detracts from their cuteness.

Cute Adelie Penguins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

More Behind-the-Scenes videos coming up

We took quite a bit of video while here to do some new behind-the-scenes stuff. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel to see when this stuff is made available! :)

Funny Internet Comments

I end up getting some crazy comments on social media… I should share more of the crazy stuff – here’s one!

We are enjoying the always beautiful photos landscape taken by your trip
By the way
Wonder if this photo is a joke?
Japanese history is very old
And it’s complicated
I is not a emperor worship philosopher
The people of about half of the Japanese I think not a kit pleasant mood to look at this photo
It you are big up google +
Do not you have misunderstood something?
And if not problem deep meaningless jokes
Statue of Liberty is or has fallen in New York
George Washington image it would be a joke like or have fallen
The Tour of the assassination movie of North Korea’s authoritarian
The reply of cyber attacks in the same manner as terrorist supporting countries against terrorist supporting countries of cyber attack
It’s a time when it is done at the top level of the human world
And allowed to cringe (w)
Also I’m looking forward to beautiful photos

Daily Photo – Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

For a short time, we took a true adventure into the townships in Soweto. For those of you that don't know, this was the heart of apartheid, where they put all the black people in Johannesburg. It's been a long time since then, but these are still full and teaming with people. There's no electricity, no running water, no internet, no, well, nothing! But the kids were so happy and full of life while we walked around. So was everyone, really! Here's a photo of my friend Curtis sharing his photos with some children here.

Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mount Erebus from the Air

Thanks again to the crew!

Thanks again to everyone on the CL-130 that helped Stu and I get some cool photos. Cheers to you, Randy and the team! We have many more photos and goodies on the way… stay awesome you guys!

Daily Photo – Mount Erebus from the Air

I took this photo from the cockpit of a CL-130. It was very lucky to be able to see this massive volcano so clearly! Did you know it is the southernmost active volcano? I often saw it erupt while I was there… I've never seen anything so surreal… a completely ice-white volcano that is always rumbling away. It's just another incredible thing I saw down here that I can't quite put into words.

Mount Erebus from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Queenstown from a Quadcopter

The New DJI Inspire

This is an incredible machine! I simply love taking it up for a little in-air photo adventure. I’m still getting my head around all the amazing photo opportunities it creates… really amazing! I don’t have a review of it on the site yet, but I will soon.

Daily Photo – Queenstown from a Quadcopter

For this photo, I took about 5 or 6 shots, each one slowly rotating the quad. I get live feedback on my iPad, so I always know what I am shooting. I then stitched them together in Photoshop, and, voila! It's really easy and fun… I don't do a lot of panoramas, but it's actually quite easy… maybe with this new DJI Inspire setup, I'll try it some more!

Queenstown from a Quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Elephant in the Wild

Tracking Elephants

I’m not exactly the greatest animal tracker in the world, so I was really watching my guides as they tried to find some of these elephants. They actually had great difficulty and we looked for hours before finally finding them. But then, sure enough, there they were! We found one, then five, then several families. And then we were with them for many hours… we never got tired of watching them and following them along the riverbeds!

Daily Photo – Elephant in the Wild

There are not a lot of wild African animals in Namibia, but one of them is the desert-adapted elephant. They walk along the dried river beds with their families, constantly moving and eating in a never-ending buffet. Imagine that – waking up and going straight to a buffet with your family and eating All Day Long. You never get to sit down, but you can just keep walking along a neverending buffet… so strange to think about. But, I guess the bad thing about it would be that it's just a nonstop salad bar and you never get to the good stuff.

Elephant in the Wild

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Camping in Antarctica

Extreme Camping

This was by far the most extreme camping I’ve ever done. I’ve never slept inside TWO sleeping bags, one inside the next… boy oh boy… was it ever cold getting in and out of that thing. And getting dressed inside a little tent? It was so cold and difficult… holy moly I will never forget it! But it was fun having Stu as a roommate! :)

Daily Photo – Camping in Antarctica

We spent four days here in an area called the Dry Valleys on the main continent of Antarctica. Our main base was about an hour heli flight from here over at New Zealand's Scott Base. This place does not sound very remote, but often times the weather is so bad that supplies or pickups can be delayed days or weeks. We ended up needing to stay one extra night because the weather was too bad for Hef to pick us up! I actually took this on the final morning… you can see what beauty the bad weather left behind.

See that glacier in the background? It was about an hour to hike over there… a hike I made many times!

Camping in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture11
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Along the road on the way to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

A Long Year in Africa

So this year I spent about two months in Africa, and I feel very lucky for it! I spent the vast majority of it early in the year here in Morocco and then the second month was later in the year down in the south. What a huge place Africa is… I guess we all know it is pretty huge from the map, but when you actually get there, it’s pretty much beyond comprehension!

Daily Photo – Along the road on the way to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Here's a photo of some Moroccan men along the side of the road on the desert-side of the Atlas Mountains. The way this look was achieved is with a little bit of compression-magic. I used a 300mm lens, which made that awesome old city behind them loom large and soft. I felt lucky to have this nice arrangement of colors… the nice cool blue of their dress with the warmth of the old buildings behind.

Along the road on the way to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Massive Ice Wall Defends us all from the Wildings

Game of Thrones

Speaking of the Ice Wall… how excited are you about the new season of Game of Thrones!?! Yay!!

Daily Photo – The Massive Ice Wall Defends us all from the Wildings

I camped out in a wicked place called the Dry Valleys where countless glaciers spill into a valley… it's like nothing I've ever seen. You can walk right up and touch them… miles of face to walk in front of. I stopped to take this photo of the Howard Glacier, which loomed hundreds of feet over me. This view you see only makes up about 2% of the face of the glacier. Amazing!

The Massive Ice Wall Defends us all from the Wildings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Isabella on the Dock

Child Photography Tip

This is a very small tip, but a good one. If you’re ever at a birthday party or a place with kids and want to get different, engaging photos, just lower yourself to their level. It seems like a small thing to do, but it makes a tremendous difference! If you think about it, 99% of photos of children are taken from above… so if you just get down low, then you’re already in that top 1% of children photos! :)

Daily Photo – Beautiful Isabella on the Dock

All of my kids are beautiful, of course, but I just happened to be sharing one of them right now! Isabella is 9 years old and I ended up having her and her little sister Scarlett for a day of photography. Tina was off doing something, so Cliff and I took the girls out on a little photo adventure with us. This is the first place we stopped while exploring new parts around Queenstown.

Beautiful Isabella on the Dock

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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