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Fearing’s in Dallas

Scamming the North Korean Golf Tournament

This is really funny… these two Australian guys pretended to be pro golfers and joined the North Korean Golf Open. Here’s a little video:

Daily Photo – Fearing's in Dallas

Here's a photo of a really cool bar and an amazing restaurant that's right inside the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. I've eaten here about half a dozen times and it's always outrageously good. I even met Dean Fearing and took his photo about eight years before this… even before he had this restaurant. I didn't know what a big deal he was!

Fearing's in Dallas

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  • Date Taken2016-12-14 22:46:15
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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! πŸ™‚

Adventuring on Everest!

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  • 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

Waves crashing through Iceland

Music Trivia!

I have a fun party idea that we do a lot… if you have Spotify or Sonos, jump on one of the “Oldies” stations from a favorite decade, enter DJ mode, and then play music trivia. See who can guess the bands!

Daily Photo – Waves crashing through Iceland

I posted a photo about a week ago from Iceland. I was on an editing-tear recently and I couldn't decide WHICH photo to edit, so I ended up editing both. It's a nice exercise for me to edit two different photos that are of the same subject matter in slightly different ways. It helps me to branch out a little and try slightly different things so I don't get in a rut.

Anyway, today I'll be taking family photos like a crazy person… looking forward to that!

Waves crashing through Iceland

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  • Date Taken2007-02-12 12:59:25
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Bel in the Wings

Thanks again Bel!

For working hard and making so much great video for the new HDR Tutorial. I think you all will really enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Bel in the Wings

Here's a photo I talked about a little in the new HDR Tutorial, even though it's not HDR. We were in the costume party and got extremely hot, so we decided to step outside and get some of the cool Venice air. After we went out, we were locked outside! And just inside those glass doors was the band, so no one could hear our cries for help. They saw us moving around out there, and just thought we were dancing! πŸ™‚ But, naturally, I had my camera with me and I thought she looked awesome in this shot with the light hitting her.

Bel in the Wings

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  • Date Taken2016-02-07 15:57:17
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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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

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  • 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 Final Night

Made with Luminar

I made the photo below with Luminar β€” 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

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  • 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

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! πŸ™‚

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 β€”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

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  • 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

Into the mists of Milford Sound

Behind the Scenes at Hans Zimmer’s Studio

I stopped by on a Sunday a few weeks ago to see Hans Zimmer and Steve about some fun projects. Right at the end, I started this little live video – enjoy! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Into the mists of Milford Sound

On one ill-fated day, Ruby had to drive the team deep into Milford Sound on a photo expedition. The roads got worse and worse as the weather continued to falter. On the plus side, we had plenty of wine, which only made the trip more annoying for Ruby. This was also my first day testing out the Hasselblad, and I consistently came away impressed at the quality of the images.

Into the mists of Milford Sound

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  • Date Taken2015-12-21 08:23:41
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Decisions, Decisions

Antarctica Show!

Join me for a recent Live FB show where I tell a few stories from Antarctica!

Daily Photo – Decisions, Decisions

Which one to swim in? Is it better to swim in the pool that is body-temperature or the ocean down below where it's also body-temperature? These are the kind of life-or-death decisions you have to make on vacation sometimes. In this particular case, I chose both and was pretty happy with both decisions. This was shot at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora β€” what a spot!

Decisions, Decisions

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 12:09:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Another Sailing Design

Worth a Wikipedia Stop!

Whenever I look something up in Wikipedia, I tend to go down a little rabbit hole. But I found the Burj Al Arab entry to be pretty interesting! I’m just into buildings and architecture, even though I really don’t know much about it at all…

Daily Photo – Another Sailing Design

Yesterday's Sydney Opera House photo and today's photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai have a lot in common. They are both inspired by things-nautical. The opera house is based on waves and this is based on a huge sail. There's something else about this building that causes a lot of confusion with the scale of it. It's absolutely massive and I believe it's one of the tallest hotels in the world.

Another Sailing Design

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 19:58:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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