Stuck In Customs

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Magic Kingdom

World of Avatar!

I know the Animal Kingdom is soon (maybe already?) opening the new World of Avatar section of the park. I really want to go see it… the Disney team there invited me to come and check it out, but I’m too busy with this Europe Tour! Oh well! I’ll try to get there with the family before the year is done and dusted! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Magic Kingdom

Wow was it ever crowded here on New Year's Eve Eve! Actually here's a hot Disney tip if you go for New Years. Well, first tip would be to NOT go for New Years because it's soooo crowded. But, if you do go, then you should go to the Magic Kingdom park on December 30, because they have the same fireworks show as they do on New Year's at midnight… then, you can go to Epcot for the actual New Year's at midnight… there's a lot more room to find good places to shoot at Epcot because it's so huge.

Magic Kingdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-31 07:40:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Wolf Attack

Medium Format Depth of Field

I’m still getting to know this X1D. This one was shot at F/5.6 with the focus on the wolf’s mouth. You can see the tail is a bit out of focus, as is the warrior in the distance. I think I should have pumped it up to F/3.5 (as low as that 30mm can go), or gone all the way to F/16 to get everything in focus. I’m not upset with the photo… but I am kind of in the middle of that DOF range here.

Daily Photo – The Wolf Attack

Yes, yes, I've posted about 10 photos of this sculpture! But every time I go back here, I just can't help but take more and more… I always try to mix it up just a little bit too. This is one of those shots that's really hard to get without using HDR because this near wolf was almost entirely in shadow.

The Wolf Attack

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:41:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Into the Night

Tip: Over-Touristy Places

Venice is definitely over-filled with tourists, but the hottest tip I have is to rest during the day and stay out most of the night, when there are about zero tourists around. For one thing, cruises just dump tons of people in the city during the day, but all of them go back to the boat after sunset, leaving the city just for you. Also, people tend to walk around a LOT during the day, which totally wears them out… so, be like a cat and nap/rest all day, then at night, go out on the prowl!

Daily Photo – Into the Night

Have you noticed I'm adding new Venice photos every other day here for the past week? Yes! I had a huge backlog of these things and decided to crank 'em out. And, even though I've posted a lot of them, I hope you are not getting tired of them earlier!

Into the Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-27 22:39:44
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

More Florida Fun

I think next January we’re going to take the family back on another grand vacation to Florida and the Caribbean! We’re already talking about it quite a bit… this time we’ll hit different places, but I know a few on the list: Miami, Grand Cayman Island, and Cancun!

Daily Photo – Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

Here is my friend Kerry Ann who came down to spend the afternoon with me on a fun photo shoot. She came down with her boyfriend Pascha who was running our big charity event for us. Thanks again for everyone that took part in that. I think we had the fifth-highest charity event on the platform, so that is great. Also glad to report that 100% of the money with to the HEALING.NET Foundation! Thanks again everyone.

Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:10:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length106.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Fork in Mouth

People Presets

Don’t forget to check out the Lightroom People Presets – it’s my most recent release of presets and I think you’ll really enjoy them. I used one of them to make today’s rather unusual photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Fork in Mouth

This is still one of my favorite people-photos. I don't know why, but it just makes me smile. I guess it's funny because she's a cute gal wearing a mask, holding two mobile phones, wearing a camera, and there is no place else for the fork to go but in her mouth.

Fork in Mouth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-31 02:58:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Lonely Walk in Dubai

Where are we in Europe right now?

Come out for our photo walks! See more on the European Tour Website! Hope to see you in person soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – A Lonely Walk in Dubai

I was staying at the Four Seasons here along the beach in Dubai and went out for a late night walk. There is ALWAYS construction going on, so I decided not to avoid it and try to make an interesting photo with all the lights. Most of the time, I want a clean beach shot without any of this unsightly construction going on, but I decided to give myself a challenge and see if I could make it more interesting!

A Lonely Walk in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-28 05:22:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Long Boat Ride Home

Barcelona Photo Walk Highlights – Taking Unique Photos

Barcelona was stop 2 on our tour of Europe and we had a great crowd out for the photo walk. It was a completely different but equally awesome atmosphere to Lisbon and our after party was filled with some great people with excellent questions.

Daily Photo – The Long Boat Ride Home

When we took the boat back from Burano to Venice, the water could not have been more smooth. Most of the time, the water between all these islands off the coast of Italy are a little choppy. It's mostly wind that causes it, but there's also quite a bit of boat traffic. This evening, there was neither… It was so magical floating across this glassy mirror and seeing the sunset above and below.

The Long Boat Ride Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 17:39:44
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Lisa Bettany in a Venetian Mask

The New HDR Tutorial from Venice

Speaking of Lisa Bettany in today’s daily photo, don’t forget you can see more of her in the new HDR Tutorial we made in Venice! I think you’ll love it!

Daily Photo – Lisa Bettany in a Venetian Mask

While we were in the middle of filming the new HDR Tutorial, we took a bunch of friends over to a masquerade ball in Venice. What a fun night! There was an opera that went all around us while we gorged on food and wine. It was a true Venetian experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa Bettany in a Venetian Mask

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-07 14:06:19
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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