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More from the Moscow Underground

Textures Tutorial

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Daily Photo – More from the Moscow Underground

We had a fun day wanderin around Moscow with Olya. She knows the city really well and also knows the subway system. I found it completely confusing so it was great to have her running around to show us the way. I was thinking at some point she would play a joke on us and just abandon us to make us find our way home… I still wouldn't have found my way back!

More from the Moscow Underground

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 15:17:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Inside the Canyons

Gotham

I started watching Gotham on Netflix. It’s a really good show… I recommend it! I should put together a Netflix recommendation list sometime.

Daily Photo – Inside the Canyons

Before I visited the Slot Canyons here, I was actually very scared because I read about how many people had died inside of them. Apparently, there are flash floods that rush down here and sweep tourists down the canyon, killing many of them. It sounds like quite a way to go!

Inside the Canyons

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-22 18:20:54
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Rotterdam

Less than 3 days left!

The so-called 5 Day Deal now only has 3 days left. If you’re just getting started with photography, or even been at it for a while, there is more than enough in here for you to enjoy. It includes a special tutorial I made in Venice at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/5daydeal

The Netherlands

I think almost everyone ONLY thinks of Amsterdam when they go to the Netherlands, but I recommend you go here, to Rotterdam. Actually, I also recommend a trip to the Hague and Utrecht – two other beautiful places to visit!

Daily Photo – Amazing Rotterdam

I had a great time wandering around Rotterdam at night. We had a great dinner across the river and then came down to start taking photos. As is often the case with me, I wander off on my own and the team loses track of me. But that's okay… I'm fairly self-sufficient. So, along the way, I found this spot along the river. I thought the colors and shapes were amazing, so I hung out here for about 15 minutes waiting for the right moment.

Amazing Rotterdam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 22:30:24
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Each Week, More Burning Man Photos

Hey it’s week #3, time for a new batch of cookies!

Tough Decompression after Burning Man

What is a “Decompression”? That’s challenging to describe to people that haven’t spent over a week in an environment like this. It’s not just the heat and survival-factor; it’s also a bit of a mind-shift. I think many people have experienced this in different ways, and it doesn’t need just Burning Man. It’s maybe similar to coming back for a week on an island getaway and getting back into the “real world.”

After you are at Burning Man for a few days, your mind kind of slips away into another state of being. I’m not sure how to describe it. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the drugs or anything. It’s more about being around 70,000 other artists and creatives that, by default, accept you and are non-judgmental. (Maybe this is where it differs from an island vacation where bronzed pool-boys are serving you margaritas.)

Basically, Burning Man is very egalitarian, where all are equal and everyone is giving one another gifts all the time. Random people. And back too that non-judgmental thing. It’s perhaps one of most comforting places in the world, from that perspective. You don’t even notice yourself falling into this sort of peaceful state. Imagine, living in a world where no one cared what the heck you did, what your real-life job was, and everyone, even random people, always had a hug at the ready. I mean, who WOULDN’T want to live in a world like that?

And then, immediately after leaving, you get back into the other world… back at the Reno airport were people are upset, stressed, complaining. You post stuff on the internet and then people find something to complain about, something that doesn’t fit with their particular world-view, and they need to let you know about it. Blah blah blah I could give countless examples, you get it. So then, the challenge is how to take all this open-heartedness back with you to the real world and not be beaten down. It kind of reminds me of what we do to kids. They are so open, free, and creative, and society just kinda slowly beats it out of them over time. Children at least have 16+ years to decompress, all of us leaving the desert only have a few days!

It was especially hard for me because I had to fly to Florida (INTO THE HURRICANE) to make 48 hours worth of training videos with KelbyOne. Then creating a ton of Aurora HDR 2018 training videos for Windows and Mac before launch. I powered through it, on sheer will, but I never really had the chance to re-integrate. Wow I don’t even know if I did a decent job explaining anything there, but at least a few meandering thoughts for you. Oh, forget about all that, how about some photos?!?


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This is @mekithappen hanging out and having a happy walk. Even though it looks sunny now, not long after this a big rainstorm hit so I jumped on my bike to make it home before my wheels got all gummed up.


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One amazing sunset I went out to visit the tree and a naval vessel, the Monaco, sailed up to visit. They seem to have a good crew on there!


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Here’s one of my favorite artworks from this year’s event. She was a giant marionette, operated by a team that would dress her in different outfits every day after she woke up. She walked, talked, and visited her favorite artworks. Even commenting on them. I remember when she visited the Tree of Ténéré, talking about its energy with a light lilted British accent. This was during Burn night, at sun…


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Escaping the heat


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Taking a rest in the shade around 3:30 and C. I was looking for one of my friends; he and I love going out to take photos. It’s almost impossible to make meetings there because there is no mobile service. I asked this girl where he was. She didn’t know. But I asked if I could take her photo so the trip wasn’t a total bust, and she said, YES!


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A wicked fire… Burning Man, 2017 It was really quite the Joseph Campbell quest, and it was great! I took more photos than ever before. Here’s one of the temple burning behind the Tree of Tenere. It was one of my favorite art pieces this year…

The Backyard View

Hasselblad X1D Review

If you haven’t seen my Hasselblad X1D Review, please pop on over! I’ve added some new photos recently that you may enjoy.

Daily Photo – The Backyard View

Whenever I get a new camera, I head out into the backyard to take some test photos. This is one of the first photos I took when I got the new Hasselblad X1D. It arrived at the house, and I didn't even realize the delivery until the sunset. I was so excited and I threw a memory card in there to run out and take this photo.

The Backyard View

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-30 19:51:47
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The 5DayDeal starts NOW

Complete Photography Bundle 2017

The 5DayDeal starts now, or Pronto, as they say in Texas. Get it at 5DayDeal.com. You’ll get one of my best tutorials along with over $2,500 worth of photo goodies to keep forever. Wait till you see the price.

You’ll get great tutorials, presets, videos, ebooks, tools, and more. The tutorial that I threw into the package was the one our crew filmed in Venice with Lisa Bettany. It’s a beautifully shot video full of all kinds of great info to help your creativity get to the next level. As the name might suggest, it only lasts 5 days, so nab it now at 5DayDeal.com



Moscow in sunset light

Moscow Highlights!

To reflect today’s photo, here are some highlights from our Moscow photo walk 🙂

Daily Photo – Moscow in sunset light

On the actual day of the photo walk, there was a tremendous thunderstorm. In the 50+ photo walks I've done, there has never been a rain-out. I like to think it is karma, but it's probably just luck. Anyway, on this day, I was 99% sure there would be no photo walk because of the weather, but I was wrong! I went up to the roof of the Ritz-Carlton (where I took this photo), and the sun suddenly came out. I was making a video with Olya. Her dad and mom were there, and, in the middle of the recording, the sun came out and lit everything up. It was amazing, and we were excited because the photo walk was back on!

Moscow in sunset light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Another Horse In Iceland

the New HDR Tutorial

Here’s a promo for my new HDR Video Tutorial – I hope you get it and love it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Another Horse In Iceland

Sometimes I think I could make a whole blog just about horses in Iceland. I swear, I have So Many Photos of horses in Iceland, and they're all pretty good! I can't take much credit for them, you know, as the horses are just so darned photogenic. And then the whole country has a perfect backdrop… it's just kind of hard to take a bad photo of them!

Another Horse In Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 05:00:29
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fisherman in China

Aurora HDR 2018

Today’s photo was made with the new Aurora HDR 2018. It was made with a single RAW, which now is how over 50% of my HDR photos are created.

Daily Photo – Fisherman in China

I'm really glad I went back to this area again to get more photos. It was probably a 5-year gap between my two visits here. In between, I picked up a lot more little tricks… and, actually, I took this exact photo two years ago and never ended up processing it until this new software came out.

If you don't know about these fishermen, they are pretty interesting because they use that bird in the back to dive down into the water to get the fish. Then they take the fish out of the bird's mouth and drop it in the basket.

Fisherman in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:31:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

DJI Fun

It’s always a pain to carry around a quadcopter with you, but worth it when you have the right conditions. I did this with the Phantom 4, but I’ve thought about getting the smaller one to make it more convenient. My friend used his with me in Barcelona, and it was pretty much just as good. Well, I’ll wait a little while before I decide… I feel like DJI announces like 5 new products a year, so something else big may be coming out soon!

Aurora HDR 2018 – New Features

Take a look at some of the new features in Aurora HDR 2018, including the rather cool HDR Details Boost sliders.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

This is an area I would certainly like to return to for an extended period. It's so beautiful and peaceful around here. And the food… oh the food. I mean, you pretty much can't go wrong with Italian food anywhere, but this is the kind of small-town place where it is extra authentic… Okay, I need to finish this post now because it's starting to make me kind of hungry!

Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 16:13:52
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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