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Floating in Fiji

Passport Sunday How-To

Today’s how-to if you’re a Passport Member is how I created this photo out of nine different shots. It was a fun (and relatively easy, actually) one to process. I’m not one of those guys who makes things seem more difficult than they really are! 🙂

Editing a 9-photo panorama with adjustments in LR

In today’s edit, you’ll see how (and why) I took 9 shots from the new Mavic 2 Zoom and made some adjustments in Lightroom before bringing the whole shebang into Aurora. BTW, in case you have a lot of extra money sitting around, you can go check out this resort at Laucala Island.

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Daily Photo – Floating in Fiji

This turned out to be a perfect evening for photos. I think those purple, cloudy, mysterious skies are some of my favorite. And couple that with the perfectly blue, warm, and inviting winner, and you have a winner! I hope you enjoy watching the edit of this one today!

Floating in Fiji

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  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:49:15
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Some Favorite Photos from the Last Africa Trip

Amazing Madagascar

Check out this preview of Madagascar, one of the many places we are going on the upcoming Africa Photo Workshop. I learned all sorts of things about this place… like 80% of the species there are found nowhere else on earth. There’s a whole documentary on Netflix too about it where you get to hear the sweet whispers of Sir David Attenborough!

Of course, the workshop is not just going to Madagascar, but also Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is going to be amazing!

Here’s a collection of some favorites, I can hardly wait for the next one! 🙂

fibonacci

Fresh Kill In the Trees of Botswana

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

A Black and White Photo

A Serene Moment in Iceland

A little mind-blowage for you!

Did you know our solar system doesn’t exactly act like you were taught in school? And no, this is not some flat-earth garbage…it’s actual SCIENCE. The solar system actually follows the helical model, which illustrates the mathematical fundamentals of a vortex.

Daily Photo – A Serene Moment in Iceland

Well, almost all moments are serene there, especially for me because I traveled there for four years in a row by myself. It was just me, my music, and my audiobooks, rolling around the islands to see what I could find. This was another one of those 4-hour slow-motion sunsets where I was able to drive to about 20 different locations and jump out to get a quick photo. I would have hiked, but the car is much more efficient at maximizing visual input.

A Serene Moment in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 01:09:49
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Season 2, Episode 3 of Walking with Matt

Wanna see the other Walk n’ Talks? Here they are!

1) Discussing Rituals and Death with Kevin Kelly and Hugh Howey
2) Hugh Howey on World Building
3) Crypto with Aaron Lammer

Matt Mullenweg is not just the founder of WordPress and now Automattic, but he was also my lucky roommate on this week-long 200km hike through Spain. Not only is he warm at night, but he really knows how to work that loofa in the shower.

We share many commonalities including the love of writing, Burning Man, hiking, and experimental and self-exploration use mind-expanding substances. You can see the poor guy has a bit of a limp here, as he had a knee problem that got worse and worse as the days went on. We should have brought more drugs. Anyway…

First time seeing a 360 video? You can grab the screen and move it any way you want! Tired of seeing me and Matt? Spin it around and see where we are going.

What do we talk about?

1:30 His inspiration for WordPress and his mindset
3:30 Comments on Blogs
4:00 What is his main gig now, Automattic?
5:15 Texas boys say hi to their moms
5:55 What did Matt learn that he didn’t expect to learn?
7:20 Meditation and the Stoic philosophers
7:50 Why do we blog?

Matt’s Blog
Matt’s photos, stuff and things
Trey’s Kit + Books

Below, I’ll share some photos of Matt while we walked along the Camino and some quick thoughts and stories.


Very few people know this, but this is exactly how Matt came out of the womb, beard and all. His mom was like, “Well I’ll be darned!”

One awesome thing about Matt is that when you are talking to him, you’re the only person in the world. Here he is talking with Gia-Miin Fuh, Kevin Kelly’s genius wife that works at 23-And-Me.

No one can rock a scallop shell like Matt. I told him that with those sunglasses that he could be a hardcore pornography director.

A lot like everyone on the trek, Matt seemed to know either a little bit or a lot about everything. On the very first night, we walked across the bridge from Portugal to Spain in the dark. It was quite romantic. We talked all about the different sort of hallucinogens we’ve imbibed and how they have shaped and expanded our minds (for the better).

Here’s Matt Hackett, Hugh Howey, and Matt somewhere in one of the more forested areas of our walk. We would often pair-off or triple-up and have all kinds of interesting discussions, solving all the world’s problems!

Here’s Matt talking to Kevin Kelly at a rest break. By this time, Matt’s knee was really bothering him, and none of us minded having a break. We were in no hurry to get anywhere in particular.

And last, here is Craig Mod giving life to Matt with his noodly appendage.

Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

This week I’m bringing you another great free video from Africa! By the way, there are just a few slots left for our upcoming Africa Photo Adventure, so be sure to come to have a look at the amazing trip we have in store for you!

In this video I’ll be hanging out of a helicopter and then getting into some layer fun in Photoshop.

Daily Photo – Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

Here’s a fun little vertirama of The Wolves at The Hills here in Arrowtown, New Zealand. I believe this was taken with two vertically stacked shots with the quadcopter. I think it’s nice how just getting 10 meters off the ground gives a slightly different perspective. The top-down is not nearly as good as I thought it would be, because you can’t tell that these are wolves vortexing in on a samurai.

Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

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  • Date Taken2018-02-23 10:14:51
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

St. Basil’s Cathedral

Pixel 3 Phone

I upgraded from the Pixel 2 and I’m happy I did! This one has been absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite things is the little charging dock. It looks kind of like… hmmm… how do I describe it. Well, let me put a picture below. What I think is cool about it is that, even with a case on, you can just set your phone there and it charges… no need to plug it in. And it acts like a photo-frame while there, showing me family photos while it happily charges.

Daily Photo – St. Basil’s Cathedral

It was a perfect day in the Red Square in Moscow for photo taking! This was my very first time in Russia and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be such an interesting-crazy place. There is something about that Russian mind I cannot quite put my finger on, but I think it is interesting. Besides all these hot tourist spots, our videographer Olya took us around with all her nutty friends to see all sorts of places tourists don’t normally get to see. It was great fun, and I’ll share more of those photos soon!

St. Basil’s Cathedral

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:47:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Stars in New Zealand

Don’t watch this on Mushrooms

Check out this crazy CGI videos this guy made…I’ve put 10 of them in a playlist for you (they last 30-60 seconds each). I’d love to find more of these. I think I could watch them for hours!

Daily Photo – Stars in New Zealand

It’s the middle of summer now, and you only get this Aurora Australis action down here in the winter months. When people ask me when they should come to New Zealand, I tell them it really doesn’t matter! Every season, especially on the south island is about exactly 3 months long and has a special flavor all of its own. We usually hold our Photo Workshops in the Autumn, because that’s one of my favorite times for photos… but if you want these Auroras, come in the winter.

Stars in New Zealand

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  • Date Taken2012-07-15 11:45:23
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Flying Over Fiji

Passport Sunday Bonus Time!

If you’re a Passport Member, you get to see an early draft of a new quadcopter video I made in Fiji about two weeks ago. It was a lot of work, as I am once again assistantless! That’s okay… I don’t mind the extra time to get all this stuff together, but it is a little exhausting!

Draft of my Fiji Drone Video

Here is a video I have been working on over the past week. It’s not finished, but I thought you might like to see an early draft. I spent about a week at this amazing place called Laucala Island. It’s actually the private island of the gentleman that owns Red Bull, and he decided to add a few villas there for guests to stay year-round. I took a ton of photos as usual, but I also tried to capture the grandeur of this place with the drone as well. I hope you like it!

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Daily Photo – Flying Over Fiji

This day was rainy and kinda blah… but I went down to the beach anyway with my quad, hoping some light might come through. Sometimes after a storm, you can get some pretty awesome light, and it worked out here! This is a nine-photo pano… it came out to just over 8,800 pixels across. Oh, and I edited it with the new Aurora! You can get that in my store – enjoy!

Flying Over Fiji

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  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:42:07
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mandapa in Bali

Incredible Drone Pilot

Sometimes I tell people I’m a pretty good drone pilot, but I’m nothing like this guy. This guy makes me feel like I can barely operate a tricycle. Check out this video below!

Daily Photo – Mandapa in Bali

Here’s a shot of the rather remarkable Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The hotels are nice enough on their own, but these “Reserve” locations take everything to the next level. This photo was taken as a “vertirama” where I stitched together a few vertical photos.

Mandapa in Bali

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  • Date Taken2015-11-13 10:35:05
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
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Man with Cat in Porto

Netflix recommendation

At first, I didn’t know if I actually liked “The Kominsky Method” but the more I watched, the more I liked it… I like a lot of different comedies, but this is one of the smarter ones.

Daily Photo – Man with Cat in Porto

I entitled this the way an Impressionist painter might entitle their paintings. Their painting titles are often really boring in English, but they sound great in French. For example, Monet’s “Women in the Garden” sounds so much better as “Femmes au jardin.” Renoir’s “Two Sisters on the Terrace” is improved by “Les Deux Sœurs Sur la Terrasse.” The titles sound even better while eating a French pastry, especially when you hear, “S’il vous plaît arrêtez de manger ma pâtisserie.”

Man with Cat in Porto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-09-21 04:37:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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