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Night in Osaka

3 Things About Japan You May Not Know

Here’s a fun little video I made while I was in Osaka with Tane. It’s just a bit of quirky stuff that we found while there!

Daily Photo – Night in Osaka

Here is a view of Osaka, a very underrated city in Japan! I’ve been here twice and the city has a crazy amount of energy. People in Osaka area also very proud of their city and how it is quite a bit different than Tokyo. Each time I was there, I was pretty swamped with work, so I didn’t quite get as much time to explore as I would have liked… that’s okay – another reason to go back!

Night in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:39:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Wanaka

The Quantum Garden

I found this on Reddit and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I wish he was selling them or something! He just built it for a fun project… If I had one, I have no idea where I would put it… It might be fun on the front door.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Wanaka

This is one of my favorite sunset situations… pastel pink clouds on top of a pastel blue sky. When I see this, it reminds me that I need to get over the hill more often to Wanaka. It’s only an hour away, so I really have no excuse!

Sunset in Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-14 03:39:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over Tokyo

Book Re-Recommendation

Be sure to check out my Kit.com and see the section on books! I wanted to recommend, once again, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan. Of all the people I recommend it to, 100% of people come back to me with very interesting thoughts!

Experimenting with a new Photoshop feature…

The 2019 Version of Photoshop has a few new features. I like to play with all this stuff just to keep my brain a bit “plastic” and always trying new things. Most of the features in Photoshop are not that useful to me, but these new content-aware options are pretty slick! Check ’em out!

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Daily Photo – Over Tokyo

Here’s one of my new favorite kind of drone photos: a photo of a city where you can’t see the skyline. I like this because you can’t quite work out what city it is. I notice when people look at my portfolio, they are always quite ready to guess (or know) what city it is. Actually, I’d probably be the same way… but now I find it interesting to purposefully confuse people.

Over Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:27:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

Night Sight

If you have the Pixel Phone, be sure to try out the new “Night Sight” option that is under More. The photos it takes are just incredible. I think what is happening is it takes a little movie with like 100 frames and then combines them all into a noiseless, bright, colorful wonder!

Daily Photo – Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

I mean, come on… how great is this low-light (taken around midnight) shot in Tokyo. I actually had my big Sony A7r with me, but I didn’t have the best portrait lens on. This guy looked so radical and I didn’t want to miss his photo. He was very confused about why I held my phone instead of the huge camera in his other hand… that is, until he saw the final result!

Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-11 20:35:38
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO127
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Floating Over Wanaka

Burning Man Survival Guide

It’s about time to update my Burning Man Survival Guide for this year… I just got my tickets and I am so excited!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Wanaka

New Zealand is just covered with all sorts of secret little places like this. You don’t really realize it until you get up with a quad because the trees hide a lot of these cool spots. I’m trying to do a mission where I get the quad up at least once a day to explore some new areas. There’s no excuse with the Mavic 2 because it only takes less than a minute to launch!

Floating Over Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-14 07:51:48
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO161
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Heights of Antarctica

The Egg

Have you ever heard of this short story called The Egg? It takes less than three minutes to read… I have many intellectual and conscious friends that think this may not be a story.

Daily Photo – The Heights of Antarctica

Whenever I was lucky enough to get into a helicopter while in Antarctica, I went absolutely photo-crazy. It was so cold when holding my camera out the window, but I toughened up so that I could get some clean shots. I also had a very strange problem with my camera where the internal shutter kind of shattered. I don’t know how the wind got INSIDE the camera… maybe some blasted in through the edge of the lens. Either way, the camera was a goner but at least I had a backup!

The Heights of Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 11:20:20
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

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Daily Photo – Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

My original plan was to stay here for two nights, but I ended up just staying one night. It was actually a very small little town and you could easily see the whole thing in just half a day. I am glad I stayed the night though because everyone really clears out around sunset to get the bus back to the main town.

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-18 21:48:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Sydney Opera House Before the Storm

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Daily Photo – The Sydney Opera House Before the Storm

We spent an amazingly fun day out on a yacht sailing around the Sydney harbor. It’s tough to take a bad photo out there! We did have a bit of an incident with the quadcopter, though. It got so far away from us that we were unable to figure out how to get it back. It was just a tiny white speck, and you could tell if it was moving forward or backward or right or left. After quite a bit of panic, we finally figured out the right orientation and brought her home!

The Sydney Opera House Before the Storm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 11:48:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More of the Moeraki

New Star Wars Park

This is pretty cool – check out the new park Disney is building for Star Wars. I asked my Disney contact if we can get in there early to do a private photowalk. How cool would that be!?!

Daily Photo – More of the Moeraki

I haven’t been back to the Moeraki boulders in probably for years, but I did recently finish working on this shot. Seeing it reminds that I need to get back over there! It’s only about 2 or 3 hours away from here, and it sounds like another good reason for a road trip!

More of the Moeraki

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-27 21:09:13
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

A Lesser Known Square in Venice

Passport Sunday! Video Edit behind-the-scenes

I recently visited an amazing place in Fiji called Laucala Island. I’m old friends with the General Manager there and I primarily went there to take photos. But, while there, we decided to add a video to the mix. If you’re a Passport Member, you’ll hear more about the client work agreement that went into this and see how I  edit the video. I’ve gone back-and-forth with their marketing team a few times, so I’m trying to make everything perfect for them, being an over-deliver kinda guy like I am! Anyway, what you see below is just a draft… the music is not final… nothing is final, but I thought you might like to see the work in progress.

Quadcopter Tutorial

If you’re a Passport member you also get full access to my all-new Quadcopter tutorial that will hopefully save you countless weeks of trouble, as you learn from all the mistakes I have made! There is a great section at the end about editing video too that I think you’ll enjoy.

(For everyone else, the tutorial is 50% off in our store today…)

Video Edit behind-the-scenes of the Fiji Project

I used Screenflow Pro to do all the editing for this video, even though I actually recommend Final Cut or Premiere for more serious videos. Screenflow was just barely strong enough to do all the heavy lifting for this one. Anyway, in this video, you’ll see how I chose to edit and re-organize this video based on client feedback.

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Daily Photo – A Lesser Known Square in Venice

I found this place by accident when I was arriving into Venice and trying to find my digs for the Biennale. I now know my way around the confusing town, but it’s really kind of a drain when you are dragging a big bag all around the city with you. Most of the effort is getting up and down over dozens of bridges… and there is always a sinking feeling that you’re going completely the wrong direction and will have to go back over that same bridge again!

A Lesser Known Square in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-05 22:41:30
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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