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Jack’s Point Clubhouse

Time for a Passport Freebie! Panorama Processing Tip

Last year I made over 50 videos for Passport Members to see first or exclusively. I wanted to share this one publicly as sort of a promotion for the kinds of things you might see inside.

There are a lot of ways to skin the panorama cat. 90% of the time, this is the way I do it in the video below. To me, it just looks better than when the computer tries to auto-stitch it and remove the stitch lines.

Daily Photo – Jack's Point Clubhouse

And here's the final result. Pretty cool eh? And it didn't take much time at all. If you ever get out to the Queenstown area, be sure to pop over to Jack's Point and visit the clubhouse here. Anyone can go and there's a really good restaurant inside. Just outside is this perfect little pond. If you get there early enough (or on a windless day), the reflection is perfect!

Jack's Point Clubhouse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-03 01:04:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Night Walk in Venice

Venice From Above

Here’s an all-Venice video I made with a quadcopter – enjoy!

Daily Photo – A Night Walk in Venice

To get around the cruise-ship-dump-off of tourists in Venice, remember they all leave around sunset and the city empties out. A great suggestion for Venice is to adopt something close to my Burning Man schedule: Stay up til 3 AM wandering the streets and canals, then go sleep and wake up around noon or 1 PM. Start eating some amazing lunch somewhere, wander, take photos, eat more, have wine, shop, more photos, more eating, sunset, then wander after dark. You see a lot of peaceful scenes like this.

A Night Walk in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 21:38:21
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time91
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

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You may notice a bunch of Antarctica photos lately! Well I have about 150 I have never processed, and my love for Antarctica was re-kindled after our team started piecing together some videos from the place.

Passport Members today get a little bonus to see how I processed this on the computer. It was kind of a mess to start with, to be honest. But it came out quite interesting, I think!

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Daily Photo – Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

I didn't get to spend a lot of time out at the airport, mostly because it's such a long way from the base. It can take over an hour to get there on a snowmobile. That doesn't sound so bad, but riding a snowmobile for that long can be a bit “rattling” to say the least. Anyway, when I got out here, I had to make sure to avoid the runway. It was quite confusing to where the runway actually was, so I was on the hot lookout for a C-130 raining down on me!

Fuel Trucks in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:47:50
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

More Clare in Antarctica

Stu and Clare

During survival training, Stu and Clare took a break for her to hold the white rose for his photo project. I took this photo of them together:

Stu And Claire And The Rose

Daily Photo – More Clare in Antarctica

It's not so often you're stuck on an Antarctica base with a beautiful scientist right? Sounds like it's out of a Hollywood movie! People on the base would often take walks outside the base in their off hours. You had to carry a Walkie-Talkie and check in at various times so that radio comms could keep track of all 100 souls there at the New Zealand base. On one of these walks, I took this photo.

More Clare in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 01:08:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Rainy Yoga in St. Mark’s Square

Good Video

I’m a big fan of Jim Carrey’s recent talks about consciousness and whatnot. Here’s a 5-minute highlight of his commencement speech with some cool art behind it.

Daily Photo – Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Here's Bel doing a wee bit of yoga in St. Mark's Square right before dinner. That's the kind of thing she does when she's not doing any filming! She sets down all her video equipment and then starts doing a bit of yoga action, even in the rain.

Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 19:24:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Jose Andres in Full Form

Failed Health Goals

Last year, at the Grand Cayman Cookout, I started with great intentions, I was gonna work out each day, eat kinda light, and lose 2 pounds. Well, I didn’t do any of that. In fact, I gained 5 pounds, which I considered to be a net 7lb failure. I’m sure the same thing will happen this year, but I’ll go in with much lower explectations!

Daily Photo – Jose Andreas in Full Form

The Grand Cayman Cookout is happening right now! This is a shot from last year's, when my friend Gino was interviewing the hilarious Jose Andreas, one of the many chefs that come to Grand Cayman from all around the world. In this scene, he was being very pro-vegetarian and trying to convince all the hunters out there to go shoot vegetables to make them more excited about eating them.

Jose Andreas in Full Form

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-14 01:26:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Conan at the Spa

This is a funny video that reminds me of my time in the Korean spa in Seoul!

New Sony A7r Mark 3 Review!

I just put the finishing touches on the Sony a7R III Review here on the site. Enjoy! Just below here are 3 sample photos I took with this machine…

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Daily Photo – Another View of the Turkish Baths

Public baths are such a strange thing to Americans, but they are popular in many places around the world. I've visited them in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Japan, and now here in Budapest. These were some of the most beautiful, by far. Also, it was nice how no one got creeped out while I was carrying around a camera. This one was not fully nude, though, so that probably took the edge off. I think my first one was in Korea, where everyone was fully nude. I remember I got this sea-salt rubdown that took off about three pounds of skin and was crazy-painful!

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:04:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Plotaverse News!

There’s all kinds of fun stuff happening with these cool animated photographs over at Plotaverse! The most exciting thing is that today we release a new class on KelbyOne for all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Plotagraph comes in a few flavours, but if you want the full monty, I recommend Pro for $19.99 a month to get all the goodies. Note we also recently released a “lite” version on iOS for iPad and iPhone, and it hit the number 1 spot for photography apps! It’s been a big hit with over 1.5 million downloads! And it’s been great for people get a little taste of it there and then many come over to get the web pro version that has all the extra features.

Here’s a Plotagraph I made of a wedding photo taken by my friend Jim Pollard. How cool is this?


Another Plotagraph Example

If you don’t see the photo animated, it is probably simply still loading. Or maybe there is something wrong with your eyes. But probably the former.

Remember, these are all made out of a single JPG. There is no need to record any video or anything. That’s the trick!

Below is another example of a Plotagraph I made.


And Another Plotagraph Example

If you don’t see the photo animated, it is probably simply still loading.

New Name for the Social Bit – Plotaverse!

It’s a great way to discover new artists and for them to discover you! Pop over to Plotaverse to see all the amazing creativity there. This is also a good launching pad for all the other Plota-themed products. This article is mostly about Plotagraph Pro, but there are many other elements that feed into this vast ecosystem.

Go see all my Plotagraphs!

Jump over to my Plotagraph Portfolio to see all the different ones I’ve made! I obviously love it. If you hover over the still photo, the animation will load. Or you can click on them to see them bigger. By the way, I love it so much, I invested some money in the company.

Updated Plotagraph Review

I also recently updated my Plotagraph Review here on the site.

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Star Trek Discovery

It’s a pretty good show, I must say. I can say it’s probably the most BEAUTIFUL show on right now for sure. Everything is really interesting to watch, from the special effects to the incredible Klingon vessels and interiors. I’m not sure about all the characters yet. And I usually really question a lot of the decisions the crew makes. But, if I can just let that go, it’s a pretty good show.

Daily Photo – Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

When I heard about this place near Berlin, I knew we had to go! And yes, it even looks like a giant penis; I wonder if they did that on purpose. Anyway, now it's filled with all kinds of cool graffiti and street art. It's a bit dangerous maybe, with broken staircases, no guard rails, broken windows, and this sort of thing. I believe I had to buy a ticket to get inside, but it was totally worth it.

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 21:05:29
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

DJI Mavic

I’m slowly working on the Mavic review now that I have one in hand. I paid full price for this thing, and I am very excited! Getting new toys is always fun. I plan on doing a few side-by-side flights of the Mavic and the Phantom and comparing the video and photos between the two.

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Daily Photo – A Balloon in the Morning Fog

If I was more of a morning person, I'd definitely head over here to Lake Hayes for a morning walk much more. Maybe when I get older, I'll be more of a morning person. Or maybe I should just to bed earlier and stop watching Netflix till midnight! I can only blame myself.

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:58:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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