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Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Google Fit App

If you have an Android phone, be sure to grab the Google Fit app. It keeps track of your steps, your workouts, your runs, etc. It’s very smart… I notice my wife uses her Fitbit all the time… I don’t like wearing another thing. Whenever we walk together anywhere, my Google Fit shows just about exactly the same number of steps as her Fitbit.

Daily Photo – Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Here's the view from the deck at the Ritz-Carlton in Okinawa. When we were here, this was the perfect spot to watch the sunset. I didn't realize how hot it got here in the summer, so it was a good excuse for a nice cool cocktail. Although, I never really fully “relax” at sunsets because I often have one or two different cameras going!

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 09:47:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Outflow

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Here are four behind-the-scenes videos for Passport Members. It starts with me and the team flying out to this remote location to get some photos for a patron. And then by part 4 I am in his private home in Beverly Hills trying to figure out where to hang the final selection.

Behind the scenes

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Daily Photo – The Outflow

On my many trips to Earnslaw Burn while working on that project for the patron, we would always pass over this in the helicopter. I asked the pilot to bank this way and that so I could get some straight-down shots at the beautiful patterns below.

The Outflow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-10 06:34:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Secret Car Testing Facility

Heading Back to the Snow Farm

I’m planning on doing a little overnight thing here where you cross-country ski out to a little hut that’s been pre-stocked with food, cheeses, chocolates, wines, etc. After arrival, the party begins and then you sleep there, wake up the next day, and cross-country ski back out of there. Fun!

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Daily Photo – The Secret Car Testing Facility

We took a helicopter over towards Wanaka one day to this place, the Snow Farm. I had never been here before. There's all kinds of stuff going on. Dogsledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, etc. Anyway, one of the other special areas here is the car testing area. They have secret next-year models of Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Audi, etc. A lot of these secret cars have strange metallic paint that is hard to photograph and more to keep them secret. Obviously, I had permission to take this one photo. See that long building back there behind it? That's full of the new models of cars over the next few years… super secret!

The Secret Car Testing Facility

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-08-03 22:50:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Where Daenerys Recruits

Plotagraph Pro

Thanks again to everyone that is enjoying Plotagraph Pro. Here is a link to my “Plotagraph Galleria” – some of my favorite works I’ve put on there. You can click into each one to see them full screen. Note that it might take a little bit for the animation to load! 🙂

Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Recruits

I assume there are a few Game of Thrones fans in the audience here? I visited this place in Morocco several years before they started making the show. I was actually reading the books at the time and thinking, wow, this would make an awesome set for Daenerys to recruit her army. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw it appear in the actual series. Also, some of you may remember this place from the Gladiator movie too. I think it's where Russell Crowe was taken away to in the beginning of the movie.

Where Daenerys Recruits

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-11 00:10:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length180.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Shinjuku!

Before Photo

Here’s the “Before” photo for today’s Daily Picture:

Daily Photo – Shinjuku!

…and here's the after photo! Thanks again Aurora HDR and the team at Macphun for helping to create such fun software! I've been using it a ton, and I'm really excited about going back to Japan to make more photos like this. I need to go out and shoot more at night around the city. It's so much fun… I always feel like I leave something on the table there. This next trip, I don't want to feel like that! 🙂

Shinjuku!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 15:56:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Falling into the Slot Canyons

Instagram Stories

If you all follow me on Instagram, you might notice I’m adding more and more Instagram Stories. These are just completely RANDOM things from my day. I promise they won’t be educational or add anything significant to your life. So I recommend you don’t waste time watching them.

Daily Photo – Falling into the Slot Canyons

This is the second photo I've ever shared from the Slot Canyons. I went there, oh, maybe three years ago? I took a ton of photos, of course. I've played with them a bit over the years, but never really found anything I really love. I worked on this one for a few hours until I was happy with it. In some ways, you just can't take a bad photo there. But I was trying to do so something a bit different, I suppose. I don't know what that means, but maybe I have something interesting here.

Falling into the Slot Canyons

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-22 18:19:22
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Feng Huang

Fake Instagram Accounts

I saw this article about fake Instagram accounts. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I watch a lot of travel photographers on Instagram, and I often wonder how they get so many followers so quickly. I’ve never bought a single follower or like or anything. I think, one day, some AI bots will be able to comb through all these accounts and detect their authenticity.

Daily Photo – Feng Huang

I've been having a blast going back into my catalog from 5+ years ago and editing photos that I've never worked on before. It's great fun to do it with these new tools like Aurora HDR 2018. I have over 70,000 “Unprocessed” photos in my Lightroom, and this is just one of them. I've said for years that I don't like to edit photos immediately because sometimes it's best to wait for 1) my skills to improve and 2) my software to improve. Today's daily photo is kind of a good example of that. I'm not sure how much my skills have improved, but I know the software has for sure!

Feng Huang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 11:10:29
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Kit Goodies

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 7.20.41 am

Here’s a photo of my main kit! Pretty simple, eh? You can check out Kit.com to see more and read a description I wrote about my set-up.

As for today’s photo, it was taken with that Hasselblad and the 90mm lens.

Daily Photo – Contemplative Snow Monkey

I notice most of my photos of snow monkeys catch them in kind of a contemplative mood. I can't imagine what all these monkeys are contemplating all the time. I don't think they get caught up in any kind of ego or unconscious thoughts… lucky for them. And I know we tend to anthropomorphize all animals, but that's probably just the way they are. He's probably not worrying about taxes or running out of coffee or getting the kids through school. I think this is probably the look of not worrying about anything.

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-17 07:37:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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