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A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Antarctica Stories!

My friend Trent Yeo stopped by my home a bit ago and we talked about Antarctica! Here’s the FB Live video below – enjoy

Daily Photo – A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Even though I took thousands of photos while in Antarctica, I still feel like I left some on the table. I hate that feeling… you know? That idea that you could have always done more or taken better photos. I did pretty good, so I'm not totally upset with myself… but now when I look back at these photos I think I should have stayed out an extra 30 minutes or hour… just to squeeze a bit more gold out!

A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 03:13:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

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

London, Remastered

Singapore Remix

I was looking through some older photos and I am often amazed at how strange some places are… take this indoor waterfall in Singapore for example!

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Daily Photo – London, Remastered

I very rarely “re-do” photos, but I was working on the new Aurora HDR 2017 and I wanted to compare and contrast the differences between it and its predecessor. When I first edited this photo with the first version, I was very happy with it. But then the 2nd time through, I was able to use a lot of the unique features from 2017 here to make it pop even more and make the “mood” more like I wanted.

London, Remastered

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:14:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

Photo Information

  • 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

Boarding the Summit at Sea

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Daily Photo – Boarding the Summit at Sea

So, I went on an intense cruise called Summit at Sea that had a 5-day social media blackout. I was there with two of my best friends, Chris and Rene, and we set sail for an amazing week that was supposed to be a cross between TED Talks and Burning Man on the open seas. We weren’t disappointed. Who was on the boat with us (among other people)? Quentin Tarantino, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Schmidt (previous two might be roommates), Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary Veeee, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I wanted to meditate with!).

This photo I took on the first evening there, just after arrival…

Boarding the Summit at Sea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-09 07:02:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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