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Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Camera Equipment

I don’t talk about camera equipment too much here on the site. Because all cameras are so good nowadays, it doesn’t really matter any more. However, I do keep my Camera Equipment page up to date as well as my Amazon List of goodies!

Daily Photo – Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

We had such a fun day out on a yacht with the team. The clouds were absolutely crazy and really popped when I would zoom in like this. This one was only shot at 49mm while using the 24-240mm lens on the Sony A7rii. I have other photos where I'm zoomed in even tighter at around 200mm (when the boat was further away) that show a very different scene. I'll have to process that one and we'll do a side-by-side!

Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 10:40:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

Berlin Art Show

I gave a little talk during the event and it was recorded on Facebook live. Here it is below – enjoy!

Daily Photo – The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

I was lucky enough to stay here for several nights during my art show in Berlin. We had a fun party up here after the art show as well… there's this one secret bookcase that slides back into the wall. That's always a big hit! I feel bad that I wasn't really there long enough to enjoy it… it was such a beautiful spot, but I was so busy running this way and that, I didn't have a lot of “peaceful relaxation” time… but maybe when I go back!

The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 16:44:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

The Maiden’s Tower

Back to Istanbul?

It was a hard decision for our upcoming European tour, but we’ve had to mark Istanbul off the list. Not for safety reasons or anything… mostly as a matter of convenience. I’m sorry to my Istanbul friends, but I promise to come back! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – The Maiden's Tower

I didn't have enough time in Istanbul to visit this little island and go inside the Maiden's Tower. I was lamenting that for a while, but then I decided it actually looks better from further away. I think that photographers think about destinations differently than other tourists. When I consider visiting a place like this, my first thoughts center around “what is the best perspective?” This is usually a strange line of thought because I need to figure out how to get AWAY from the object so that it looks as interesting as possible.

The Maiden's Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-04 00:17:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length80.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

More Drone Love

Phantom 4 Pro Review

I’ve recently updated the Phantom 4 Pro Review โ€” enjoy!

Daily Photo – More Drone Love

Sometimes you have one of those days where you just can't take a bad photo. This was one of those days. When the weather is cooperating and you're in a magical place, there's just no going wrong. These days stand out to me because they so rarely happen! This day in Glenorchy was definitely one of these days… I was getting great photos on the ground, but then I launched the drone and the photos got even better!

More Drone Love

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:40:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/675
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Final Night

Made with Luminar

I made the photo below with Luminar โ€” it’s a really fun tool and I recommend it. To see more about it, see my Luminar Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – The Final Night

Here's a photo I've only recently processed even though the last flight of the space shuttle was quite a long time ago. I felt very lucky to go out to the launch pad on the final night… I felt like I was in a science fiction movie. Unfortunately, tripods were not allowed (why?), so I had to keep my unsteady hands as steady as possible!

The Final Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 19:32:54
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Misty Mountains

Facebook Live Broadcast

Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes Facebook Live broadcast I did from this very location. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Misty Mountains

This is the final photo I got when driving back home on this loooong day of photography. It had its ups and downs, but finally ended on this huge up. I do have one regret here โ€” I forgot to zoom in and take some more detailed photos of the mist. Oh well, I can't think of everything! I did get a nice big panorama as well which I have not edited yet. Let me know if you'd like me to edit that one on video!

The Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 11:22:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

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What are your favorite Netflix shows you’re addicted to? One of my top recommendations is House of Cards โ€” be sure to watch that, especially if you’re a Kevin Spacey fan!

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Daily Photo – The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

This was the point when my day started turning around. It was raining here and I was about five hours into my largely unfruitful shooting day! I was now over an hour from home, but I decided to soldier on further into Glenorchy to see what I could find. I'm glad I kept on going… and I'm also kind of proud of myself for going out in the rain to get this moody shot!

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:32:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Road Home

Osmo Fun

Here’s a hot tip I figured out recently. I got this Osmo to hold the iPhone steady, but for some reason, I thought it was only for the iPhone. Now I see that it can stabilize most any phone, as long as it is not too huge. It could not hold an iPad mini or anything like that, but I was impressed when it effortlessly stabilized my huge Nexus android phone!

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Daily Photo – The Road Home

And here's the final photo I got after a lot of trial and tribulation and a bit of worry! I don't know what I was worried about… it turned out just fine. I probably have five different photos of this place, and I can't figure out which one I like the most!

The Road Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

Fun Passport Fun

Today Passport members are seeing me have a tough time getting a shot on a rainy day in New Zealand. Then, over the next 3 days, I’ll also release how I edited them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to Argentina?

I’ve been meaning to get back to Argentina and do another mega hike down here in Patagonia. It might be fun to plan a little workshop around that… hey that’s not a bad idea โ€”will talk to the team about that. For other workshops, please visit our workshops page!

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Daily Photo – Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

All the colors were vivid and fresh, especially when the sun splashed on them. Everything always seemed to be a little-bit-wet too, giving it an extra sheen. It looks like all the fauna and flora is easy to walk through too, but it isn't. It's thick as thieves and your legs are constantly getting caught up in it. Every now and then I'd try to go off-trail to get a shot here or there, and it was never as easy as I thought it would be.

Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-30 17:25:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Deep in the Chinese Opera

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Flashback

And here’s another photo from this amazing opera at the Peony Pavilion in Beijing.

The Peony Pavilion at The Imperial Granary I was invited to go see a very special event here in Beijing.  There is an old area that has the ancient Imperial Granaries that date back hundreds and hundreds of years.  One of these has been converted to an intimate opera house.  They bring in some of the best opera actors from all over China to perform here.If you haven't seen a Chinese opera, you are in store for something totally original!This particular performance was called The Peony Pavillion, which was written during the Ming dynasty and is a love story about all kinds of crazy mythical stuff that I don't want to spoil for you.  But it's really a must-see if you are into unique forms of entertainment.  And you do feel a bit like a time-traveller, watching a scene from hundreds of years ago.Even more interesting, there is a trendy and delicious restaurant next door.  Everyone eats together and has a wonderful leisurely meal before meandering over next door to enjoy the opera.  It's a great experience!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Deep in the Chinese Opera

What a beautiful experience being inside an authentic Chinese opera! The sights and sounds were all so unusual. Especially the sounds. They were completely foreign to my Western ears, and I hear a lot of different things. Some of the instruments sounded quite shrill to me, but none of the Chinese people seemed to mind, so I figured the problem was with me! ๐Ÿ™‚ At one point, I started moving around to take photos, and new opera characters came out of every nook and cranny, including this guy who emerged from the shadows holding all these flickering candles.

Deep in the Chinese Opera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-02 13:00:19
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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