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A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Speaking of New Mobile Phones

I’m pretty excited about the new phone from Google. I’ve been using the Nexus Android for years, and this looks like a perfect upgrade. I’ve also been using Google Fi, so this looks to integrate perfectly with it.

Daily Photo – A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Panoramas are so much work! I watch everyone make them on their mobile phones and get so jealous. Not only does it take a long time with my Sony to capture all the images, but the post-processing is the real time sink. Don't get me wrong… I enjoy it and end up getting 50x the resolution, but it's still quite a trial!

A Panorama Sunset in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 17:50:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Preparing for a Night Ski

Quad Fun

I could never quite get the angle I wanted from a ground-based photo so I got the Phantom up in the air to get this shot. I think the perspective is much more interesting!

Here’s a video I made just after moving here. you can see some of this night skiing in a quick time-lapse segment.

Daily Photo – Preparing for a Night Ski

This is the surreal scene I see in my back yard in the summer. We back onto Coronet Peak here in the southern alps. Every winter for a few nights a week they turn on all the lights for night skiing. It's such a strange sight at night to peer out the window and see an entire mountain lit up… it reminds me of jewels sparkling on the bottom of the ocean.

Preparing for a Night Ski

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 17:59:20
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO203
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.31

Family time in Papua New Guinea

More changes to the blog

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Daily Photo – Family time in Papua New Guinea

One thing I didn't expect to see in PNG was all the families that were dressed up together. I suppose because it is such an on-edge place that I would only see grownups. But entire families were not rare to find. Babies, teenagers, grandparents, and everyone in tow, all in the same costuming as the rest of their tribe

Family time in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 09:36:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length144.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Burano

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Burano

There wasn't a single bad photo anywhere in the city. One tricky thing was finding the sun when it got quite low. None of the canals quite lined up along the light alley, so some of my favorite were when it was just barely above the rooflines, like this one. I processed this one earlier in the year, then I did it again for the tutorial and I liked the re-make better! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunset in Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 15:58:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Some India Photos

How about a quick 3-batch of photos from India?


Madurai

One place I entered did not allow any cameras at all, so I had to make do with my Android phone. Here’s a panorama made of multiple shots while inside Madurai.

Chennai Quadcopter at Night

Here’s a late-night quadcopter flight near Chennai. Usually, these are more noisy, but we were blessed with a still evening.

Mahamallipurum Detail

Beautiful details on the towers in Mahamallipurum. I could stare at them for hours.

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Here are some quick aerial vignettes from this week out taking photos with our workshop of photo adventuring! We visited a ton of locations, but we only flew the quad in a few. Between taking photos, I set the quad into video mode. To see more about our workshops (everything is sold out this year, but maybe some secret ones coming up in Europe!) see our Workshop Page.

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Daily Photo – Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

One morning our NZ Workshop crew was lucky enough to see this amazing balloon alight over the morning mist. I go to this lake a lot for a run, but I've never seen a balloon do this. So awesome! I can only imagine the view from the balloon. This is on my list of things to try soon

Balloon in Morning Mist over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:55:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bel in Namibia

Amazing Documentary about Kowloon

I found this crazy documentary that was filmed in 1988. Right below it, I’ll put a photo of Kowloon I took last year.

The Less Populated Bits Of China

Daily Photo – Bel in Namibia

You may remember this from the Becoming an Artist Season 1 video when Bel and the Desert Rose started to pose together. These two were always up for posing. As soon as a camera came in their direction, they popped out a thousand different looks. Bel has such long and thick hair, it was like whirling around a vast black bearskin rug through the air.

Bel in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 07:59:38
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Fun with the Girls

I decided to test out the new Mevo camera and help my daughters record something for their YouTube channels! Scarlett’s channel (Husky Fun) and Isabella’s channel ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Be sure to check out our Workshops page for some hot upcoming stuff. Here's a place we usually always visit (weather dependant) on our photo walks. This is a beautiful area of the lake about an hour away from Queenstown. Every time I go there it's completely different and staggeringly beautiful!

Anyway, it was another GREAT workshop group. Thanks so much everyone for coming out. When people ask me how it went, I joke, “Well, no one asked for their money back!” hehe… but it's true that has never happened. Knock on wood! Or, “Touch Wood” as they say here in NZ.

Another great Photo Adventure in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 08:46:06
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/680
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Home Again

Intense HDR

I used the new Aurora HDR 2017 to make this photo. Obviously, sometimes I go more extreme than others. As of the time of writing this, I’m about halfway done with the new HDR Tutorial. This is one of the photos from the Venice trip where we filmed the thing. Fun times!

Daily Photo – Walking Home Again

I probably stayed at least four weeks at the amazing Hotel O'lorogio in Venice. It's a great place and the team there is amazing. Wow, what a fun time! Anyway, there was basically only one way back to the hotel, and it was over a small bridge that gave this view. One evening, I stopped to take my time and capture this scene.

Walking Home Again

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-27 19:16:18
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Details

Another Flight

Here’s a tiny (unpublished on YouTube video) that we took on a recent scouting trip to the burn. This was a really intense snow day. We expected to get a ton of water flow, but it was so cold that all the water was trapped into snow.

Daily Photo – Glacial Details

While in Earnslaw Burn, we made a variety of landings. Some were down in the valley, but one of them was very high near the glacier. On the upper landing, we were right by these very unusual rock formations. I've never seen anything quite like it, so I spent a lot of time taking little detailed photos like this one.

Glacial Details

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:32:43
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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