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Another Country, another Portal

FB Live Goodies

Don’t forget to go to my page to see some of the behind-the-scenes Live Videos from when I was in Istanbul exploring these places.

Daily Photo – Another Country, another Portal

You might notice a repeating theme of doors and portals in my work. It's a fun little game I play to try to do interesting things with doors and people. I stood here outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for about 30 minutes, capturing different natural, organic situations of humans coming and going. This is one of my favorites.

Another Country, another Portal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:30:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Dinner with a View of The Maiden’s Tower

Fuji Xpro2 Review

I am just now releasing the first version of the FUJI XPro2 Review. There’s lots of sample photos – enjoy!

City Guides

It’s been on my to-do list FOREVER to put together different city guides about the best places to go take photos. I’ve not gotten around to it yet… but certainly on the list.

Daily Photo – Dinner with a View of The Maiden's Tower

What an idyllic place to have evening drinks and relaxation! This is on the coastline on the east side of Istanbul. The vast majority of Turkey is on the Asian continent, and I wanted to be sure I visited this side even during my short stint there. What a great place and an exhilarating walk along the shore. There wasn't a bad view to be found. I had no idea how in the heck I was gonna get back across the water. I found a car ferry and jumped aboard. It dropped me off back on the west side before finding my way back to my sanctuary of the Ritz-Carlton!

Dinner with a View of The Maiden's Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-04 00:11:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Elephant Wisdom

Unusual Animal Group Names

Who comes up with this stuff. Here’s some fun animal trivia group names for you today on the blog!

A shrewdness of apes
A sloth of bears
A clowder, or a pounce of cats
A gang of elk
A business of ferrets or flies
A tower of giraffes
A bloat of hippos
A leap o’ leopards
A prickle of porcupines
A streak of tigers
A stand of flamingos
A deceit of lapwings
A parliament of owls
An ostentation of peacocks
A mustering of storks
An army of frogs or caterpillars
An intrusion of cockroaches
A smack of jellyfish
A cete of badgers
A romp of otters
A wisp of snipe

Daily Photo – Elephant Wisdom

If I were in charge of these group names, I'd say a “wisdom” of elephants. But that's not it. Anyone know, anyone? Bueller? Yes, a “parade” of elephants is the right answer. Not bad, not bad, group-namers.

This photo was taken in Namibia, where it is quite hard to find elephants compared to Botswana. We drove around for hours trying to find a parade, and finally, we spotted this guy through the trees.

Elephant Wisdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-30 00:15:29
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length158.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

New Windows Machine

I’m an Apple guy, but this new Windows machine is really tempting me!

Daily Photo – Lazy Seals by Meltpools

A few days ago I talked about how I'd go on nightly midnight hikes across the ice. I'd see seals all over the place and they are some of the laziest things I've ever seen. They're like the cats of Antarctica, just laying about and not really caring if you're around or not. Mind you, I never got too close to them.

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 19:19:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length112.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

TWIP Family Photography!

It’s not specifically about the title, but I think you’ll enjoy this interview I did over at This Week in Photography: Family.

Daily Photo – The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

…was probably this place. It was one of our stops along our incredible Phoenix photo walk. I knew it was gonna be hot, but not THAT hot. It was a welcome relief when the photo walk ended up back in the bar for the little after-photo-walk talk. I think that evening's shower was about the best I ever had!

The Coolest Place in the Phoenix Summer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-21 23:02:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Folding in the Ice

Luminar Review

Here’s a link to grab Luminar! β€” and here’s a link to the Luminar Review here on the site. It’s avail TODAY! πŸ™‚

Crazy Briefing

If you and I ever hang out (yes YOU), then remind me to tell you the story about my “briefing” before the trip to Antarctica. It’s one of the craziest stories ever and Stu and I still talk about it.

Daily Photo – Folding in the Ice

During my nightly hikes in Antarctica, I would try to visit new parts of the ice folds each time. They would change just a little bit every day as the sea ice crashed into the immovable earth. The shapes they made were mind-boggling. I'll never forget it. It was also quite scary, hearing all the ice creak and heave… unsettling and it made me feel quite small.

Folding in the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-12 02:39:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Dubai Beaches

More from Dubai

Here’s a friendly little blog reminder β€” to see more photos from Dubai (we have multiple pages), just click on the “Dubai” category just above and see all you want! Even better, I’m working on some more now that I hope to publish soon.

Daily Photo – Exploring Dubai Beaches

I'm the least judgmental guy in the world and simply enjoying seeing all the “different-than-I'm-used-to” stuff around the world. All over Dubai are amazing beaches, and at any time there are tons of ladies out enjoying the sun.

Exploring Dubai Beaches

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-14 01:58:08
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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

Family time in Papua New Guinea

More changes to the blog

We’re always making small changes to the blog. We have a couple of really fun ones coming, so get ready for those. As always, please let us know if you have any problems or issues with the blog β€” constantly trying to improve it! πŸ™‚

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

New HDR Video Tutorial!

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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! πŸ™‚

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

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