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Adventuring on Everest!

Passport Plug

I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂

Adventuring on Everest!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Morning from our room

Vertirama Tip

This is actually a vertirama made up of 3 vertically stacked photos. Whenever I stitch them together in Lightroom, the sky is always overexposed (and unrecoverable with sliders in LR) – the only way to make it look decent was to process each on in LR individually then open them all up in PS for an auto-align with manual blending. It’s kind of a chore to do all of that, and I don’t understand why LR can’t do it on its own.

Daily Photo – Morning from our room

Here's the view from our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. I'm not a morning person for sure, so I have to sleep with the curtains open so I wake up more naturally. There's nothing worse than getting that wake-up call! Plus, I don't want the whole family to wake up and have screaming kids while I'm trying to get a sunrise photos!

Morning from our room

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-07 20:44:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Photography Tip Trick

So for this one, I used one of my old tricks to get people to be still in the photo during a long-exposure HDR. It’s hard to tell from looking at the EXIF because this was made from 4 different photos… But first I made a longer 3-exposure HDR, and then I took a series of quicker, high-ISO photos when these gals were in an interesting position. After I made the HDR, I masked in the still ladies. There was a bit of noise for sure, but you really can’t see it too much.

Daily Photo – Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Here's one of our family's favorite new restaurants! It's called Gumbo Limbo and it's here between the beach and the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It was the perfect place to watch the sunset, have some drinks, and watch the sunset.

Eating at Gumbo Limbo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-03 07:15:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Waitng out the Storm

Here’s a hot little photo tip… if there is a big storm at sunset, just wait a little while and don’t give up. If you have a view of the horizon, at least half the time the sun will make a final quick appearance and give you some amazing light. I feel like people that live on the west coast or near west-facing-water already know this… but it’s something I often have to remind myself!

Daily Photo – Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

What a pretty way to end the day! This was my first trip to Naples and my first trip to the west coast of Florida. Obviously it makes sense to me, but I always thought of Florida as a place to see the sun rise but not the sun set. I guess that's because I had spent all my time on the east side. Anyway, each night we were blessed with amazing sunsets… This one was a great one because it was a stormy day and I didn't know if the sun would dip below the clouds or not. Finally, at the last second, it did! I took this photo from outside our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:41:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here's another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It's a good tip — always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It's a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I'll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It's more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

And if you're not a Passport member yet, please join! You'll get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff like this as well as the brand new HDR Tutorial that was released just a few weeks ago!

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Family Beach Yoga!

Naples Fun

This was my first time in Naples and it was great! The beaches are amazing and the weather was great. It was good to get in some family beach time for sure… the girls in this family love the beach for sure!

Daily Photo – Family Beach Yoga!

One great thing about staying at all these Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world is that the concierge and the team set up amazing activities. You don't just have to sit around the room or the pool – they create really fun experiences. And it's a good way to force the kids to do things they don't normally like to do. For example, my son Ethan hates Yoga, but he just goes along with it when there is another authority figure (other than my wife or me!) involved.

Family Beach Yoga!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-03 06:34:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

High Above Amazing Bali

Bali Workshop?

I was planning on getting back to Bali to do a workshop, but I just haven’t had the time! Don’t worry — it’s still on the list! 🙂

Daily Photo – High Above Amazing Bali

Both Ritz-Carlton Resorts in Bali have amazing top-down views when you enter the resort. Jaw-dropping might be the best way to say it! 🙂 This is the Nusa Dua location, where I've stayed multiple times. This was also the location of one of our community service efforts where we brought in a nice group of orphaned children and we spent the afternoon and evening taking photos together. What a great group of kids!

High Above Amazing Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 14:26:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Dalefield from Above

The Video

Here’s all Phantom 4 Pro footage! See more in the Phantom 4 Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Dalefield from Above

You'll definitely notice this spot from the video above! This is my favorite spot to fly because it's the easiest, being right here at my home. Whenever I see a good sunset or sunrise appear, I'm usually too late to drive anywhere, so I get the quad up quickly for a good clean shot of the Remarkables. I get a good shot from the ground-level too, but there's a few trees and stuff we need to chop down so I get a clear view!

Dalefield from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-18 20:51:31
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO130
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

On the Way to the Burn

A Special Video Day!

Hey for you Passport Members I have a special video today… probably one of the coolest behind-the-scenes videos I’ve ever made! It was quite a struggle, I’ll tell ya… I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. We choppered in and there was a Bit More Drama than I would have liked! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video… and if you haven’t signed up yet, just give yourself a slightly late holiday present! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Pig Island and Pigeon Island

Amazing eh? I got this out of a helicopter while flying out to Earnslaw Burn on a reconnaissance mission. Maybe once a week or so the lake gets this smooth. I've never seen it this smooth from the air, though, so I had the chopper pilot make a 360 so I could get this shot. I got a little dizzy, but it was worth it!

Pig Island and Pigeon Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 06:06:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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