This is a quick quadcopter video I made from Porto, Portugal for my friend Jose who has a photo-tour company there called Pictury Photo Tours. He didn’t pay me to do it or anything… was just doing it to be friendly! I love Porto so much, and if you ever end up going, definitely look up Jose!
Daily Photo – Beautiful Porto at Night
At the very end of the evening, we ended up down on the riverside with Jose and his family. We drank port right here along the river and took photos. That was such a fun time and the end to the perfect evening. After this, we somehow made it back to the bus then off to Madrid for another fun day!
Usually, I give photo tips, but for today’s Passport I give some travel tips. Mostly these are travel tips in Tokyo, but the idea of exploration will work almost anywhere. You’ll also see me use the Explore for Food options using Google Maps. I use that all the time now to find tasty places to eat!
Today are some travel tips from Tokyo! I take you to a few cool places around there, show you how I find good food, show you my favorite crazy store Don Quixote, and more! It’s all in 360, so feel free to spin the camera around to watch whatever you wanna watch! 🙂
Here's a little trick for taking photos of ornate ceilings like this. It's not actually that difficult once you know the trick. The first thing is to find the very very middle of the room. If you're a little bit off, it's tough to fix. Then, take set up your camera for a longer exposure. If you have a mirrorless camera, you can just look up and see if the exposure looks right. If you have a DSLR, do a few handheld shots and look at the results. Sure, it will be blurry, but you're just making sure the brightness is good. Last, turn on the timer (I do 2 seconds), set it on the ground, take the photo, then jump away so you are not in the shot!
Here’s a video that I shot down in the fjords of New Zealand with my 360 camera (see it on my gear page) where I talk about composition. It was kind of . a cloudy and moody evening, as you can see! Remember with these videos that you can grab the screen and move it around to any orientation you might like.
Daily Photo – Roleplaying in Venice
I'd say the vast majority of masks during Carnivale in Venice are beautiful. About 10% lean towards the macabre side, like this one. These people never talk and are deathly silent… but I've often wondered the personality type that wants to look all scary than all beautiful. Or maybe it's just how they're feeling that day. Come to think of it, there is a lot of the same sort of proportions in the costuming at Burning Man.
Today’s photo is a good example from my new Lightroom Presets! Every night I was there, it was very rainy, so that gave me a good excuse to go out and explore. I spent most of my time in Shinjuku, mostly because of all the ambient light and Blade-Runner like signs.
Daily Photo – Another Rainy Night in Tokyo
One thing, in particular, I've noticed about Tokyo is their penchant for opaque umbrellas. I think this actually makes a lot of sense because the umbrella holder can see where they are going. I, myself, would also use an umbrella of this sort if I was not so busy taking photos of people using these sorts of umbrellas.
This is a video I made in San Juan just before the hurricane hit. I haven’t been back, but I may go later this year to see what it’s like now. I figure this area that I show is pretty much the same… the old town is a great area to for exploration and photography. I recommend it! 🙂
Daily Photo – Experimenting in Antarctica
When I visited the reconstructed huts across Antarctica, I was impressed by the amount of scientific work that they performed inside. If you click on this photo and zoom into 100%, you'll see all sorts of beakers, chemicals, and other things you might find in a medieval apothecary. I can't imagine what sorts of scientific experiments were going on because there's not a huge amount of biological diversity down there. It's 99% snow, ice, and water with an occasional penguin.
If you end up in Singapore during a layover that is over 5 hours, you should definitely grab a taxi and head into this area of the city. The Singapore airport is one of the best (and most efficient) in the world, so it is definitely worth making the transit through customs and give the city a visit. Even better, in Singapore they love food, so you’re sure to grab some good grub.
Daily Photo – The Famous Merlion in Singapore
Right after I took this photo, someone leaned over and told me the lion had been moved and it was not in its original location. They said this fact with such earnesty that I could not refute it. Anyway, for one week per year, they light up the lion in various ways, and this happened to be one of those nights. Actually, the entire area around this body of water is lit up with beautiful lights. It's almost a smallish Burning Man!
You can watch his concert on Netflix. I think you’ll absolutely love it, and you’ll recognize many of his songs from various movies.
I used this photo in a special book I made for Hans and his team. I actually only made one book… so it’s a rather limited edition!
Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary
I was thrilled to go see two of Hans Zimmer's concerts in Europe. This was my very first one, and I was really overwhelmed! Actually, my camera and stuff was confiscated by security on the way in, which was a real bummer. I hate to call in favors, but I sent a note to Hans' team, and they were able to get my goodies during the intermission. So that allowed me to get some photos during the second half of the performance.
I went out on a moody day to the end of the road past Queenstown to New Zealand. In this video, I talk a little about composition and trying to create an interesting photo in these moody conditions.
Daily Photo – Sake for Ethan
When I was in Okinawa, we visited this cave network that was full of aged sake. You can buy a bottle here and store it for a number of years. I have one waiting down there for me and Ethan for when he turns 21. It seems like the perfect chance for us to make another trip to Japan together!
In today’s video for Passport Members I show how I am getting pictures of snowflakes on black wool gloves in Antarctica while camping out in the Dry Valleys. This is the seventh part of some Antarctica videos I have created for Passport Members, so enjoy!
If you want to jump to the “Lesson” part of this video where I talk about shooting snowflakes, then go right to the middle. In the beginning, I talk about peeing in a bottle and in the end I show the extremely awkward way of getting into and out of the little hole entrance for our tent.
I visited this lighthouse many times while there in Key Biscayne. On my final night, there was a great sunset so I got the quadcopter up to see if I could get a better shot. It turned out to be 100x better than the shot on the ground. My first idea was to line up the sun with where the light comes out of the lighthouse. It looks pretty good but felt a bit forced. I then moved it over just to the left and thought it looked a lot better.
New Drone Tutorial – advance access for Passport Members!
I just put the finishing touches on a really awesome new video tutorial series on drones/quadcopters. If you’re a Passport Member, you get free access to that as well as a bunch of other tutorials and goodies. Here’s a little trailer below. The whole thing will be available for sale soon to everyone else if you just want the standalone version. Below is the trailer for it!
A Failed Timelapse
I realized that I don’t talk enough about all my failures. They are numerous and disastrous! Anyway, here’s one for you.
I know my Phantom has a mode that allows it to take a photo every five seconds. I thought I could maybe make an elevated timelapse. You know, launch the quadcopter on a fairly windless day and leave it up there till the battery runs out. Good idea, right? Well, it didn’t really work out. Below are the two videos.
Video 1 is the initial capture:
Video 2 is after stabilization. It still looks bad! So, anyway, there’s a few hours down the drain! 🙂
Daily Photo – A New Rock Band in Kuala Lumpur
Well, it's not really a rock band, but maybe some day! I was in the Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur, which is a famous Hindu temple. There is a massive cave network there, and this was inside one of the biggest chambers. As you can see, there is plenty of graffiti and all kinds of scrawlings. There's a huge staircase to get to the top, so people often like to take a little rest. I saw these four resting and went over to take a quick photo.