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Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

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She’s got all kinds of interesting stuff going on… I guess that is what it is like when you an actual cello rock star. I wouldn’t know! Anyway, follow her here @TinaGuo.

Daily Photo – Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

Well, I don't think it's actually a quadcopter, but I'm sure she could play one. I saw her in concert twice with Hans Zimmer, and she always trashes apart her bow-thing. It's called a bow, right? This is a good indication of how little I know about playing music… And how cool is that cello?

Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 22:40:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Moon Setting Over Yacht

The Same Morning

Often times, when we have photo workshops, I try to challenge the group to take as many different types of photos as possible from a scene. This usually means a combo of wide-angle shots and telephoto shots. The two photos today are a good example of this!

The Moon Sets Over Grand Cayman

Daily Photo – Moon Setting Over Yacht

My first morning in Grand Cayman Island was probably the most productive of all my photo-mornings there. For one thing, I was SO TIRED when I woke up that I could barely force myself out of bed and out of the room to take photos. But I saw the view (above) from the balcony, so I knew it would be a winner! It's rare to see the full moon setting like this across the ocean, so I dragged myself out of the room and onto the beach to get this view below.

Moon Setting Over Yacht

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-12 19:48:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Girl in Mall in Moscow

Moscow Photowalk Recap

Here’s a re-cap of our photo walk in Moscow!

Daily Photo – Girl in Mall in Moscow

I really enjoyed taking photos of people in Russia. Girls and guys, it makes no difference… I just found them all to be really interesting-looking. I can't quite explain it. It's sort of a parallel universe, in a way. If you click on the Russia category above, you'll see a few more of these interesting people!

Girl in Mall in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 12:56:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

View from the Danube and 24hrs left to order Luminar

From Vienna to Budapest

My friend Nick was going to try this, but it never happened. I thought it sounded like a great idea so I will try it next time… but apparently, you can go from Vienna to Budapest on a fun cruise down the Danube. I don’t know how long it takes or any details, but that sounds like a pretty awesome trip to me. And, it probably doesn’t have the issue I outlined below.

Less than 24hrs of the Luminar Pre-order to go!

Not much time left for the New Luminar preorder! Like, less than 24 hours or so. Grab it here. It’s a fantastic product from our friends at Skylum (the new name of MacPhun – I think it is pronounced Skylooooom, but I am not sure).

Daily Photo – View from the Danube

This is simply a lucky shot! I was on a river cruise down the Danube in Budapest and the moon just happened to be full. I did kind of time it, I suppose, thinking it would be between these two towers. Hey, it worked out. The cruise was recommended to me because there are beautiful views and there was a wine bar on board. It was a great recommendation, but they didn't tell us ahead of time that you only get ONE glass of wine and no more is allowed for the 90-minute sunset cruise. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

View from the Danube

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-08 20:21:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Midnight in Venice

Speaking of Venice

Do you have the Complete HDR Tutorial that we filmed in Venice? If not, here is a preview of it…

Daily Photo – Midnight in Venice

When you're in a photo-taking mode all day, it's hard to put down the camera at night. Since every day in Venice was filled with photography, it always bled into the night as well. And since it was the middle of Carnivale, then people kept looking awesome all day long. No matter how tired I got, I could not walk by someone like this and NOT take a photo.

Midnight in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 18:01:51
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridges Through Prague

My Camera Bag

Be sure to check out the Camera Bag page to read all about my current camera bag situation! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Bridges Through Prague

Only one night here! That was no bueno… but I tried to take as many photos as I could as quickly as possible. I was quite exhausted after being on the road for so long… but I knew we only had one night here so I had to rally to get out there and get some photos. I was walking across one of the bridges earlier in the day, and I saw a photo from this perspective. I asked the guy selling the photo where the photo was taken, and he pointed up here towards this park. Rene and I ended up there later this night to do our best to re-capture the scene.

The Bridges Through Prague

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-24 21:36:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length208.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Ritz-Carlton Article

Here’s an article entitled Traveling in a Blue State of Mind where they used all my photos to tell some nice stories. The Ritz-Carlton recently re-did their “color” to a special type of blue that happened to coincide with a lot of my photos!

Daily Photo – Inside the Sagrada Familia

Here's a view of the light streaming through the stained glass windows. And just think, it was a rainy day! Imagine how amazing the light would be if it was sunny outside. I think this place will be under construction for the next 20 years or so… I look forward to coming back after that on a sunny day to take more photos. Lord only knows what kind of camera I'll be using then!

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:38:35
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Carnivale in Venice

Venice from Above

Here’s a video I made while in Venice; I hope you enjoy!

Daily Photo – Carnivale in Venice

Speaking of photo adventures (yesterday's post), here's one we did in Venice! It was my very first Carnivale, and I didn't expect to get so many photos of people in costume. I didn't know if you had to pay money to these people or what. It turns out you don't! They just will sit there and pose literally all day long. They love it! It's like what they were born to do… and so it's great practice for a photographer to get out there and work on portrait photography.

Carnivale in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-03 10:07:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waking up Early

Where should we go next?

Africa, Thailand, somewhere in Europe? We usually do one workshop in New Zealand and another at an international destination. We’re trying to decide now! 🙂

Waking up Early

Here's a photo from Lake Hayes where we took our NZ photo adventure workshop one morning. It's kind of a tough workshop, since we make everyone wake up around 6 AM and then go take photos! But the one person to miss this morning was Curits, and he was bummed out! All the more reason to make sure you join the morning outings on our photo workshops.

Waking up Early

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:56:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length134.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Paying to take photos of Street Performers

Here’s a tip. If you see an interesting street performer, go ahead and pay them a dollar or two first, AND THEN take photos. They will really perform for you and take it up a notch. They actually really enjoy having their photo taken, but just be sure to pay them first and not later.

Daily Photo – Hey Vlad, whattup?

You would not believe the number of people that think this is a real photo. I guess it does look SO MUCH like him that it is believable. And, yes, I do get into some pretty unique places… but I can't imagine a situation where I am actually cold-chillin' with Putin on the streets of Moscow. This is a look-alike. But boy, does he ever look alike!

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 13:54:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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