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I love Nice!

European Tour Highlights

This is one of my favorite videos we made in the last year! Thanks again to Olya and the team!

Daily Photo – I love Nice!

I took this during our short day in Nice, France while we were on the European Tour. After a breakfast stop with mimosas, we took a stroll down the beachfront and ended up in this hashtaggy area where a bunch of locals were in full French party mode! This is kind of a “throwaway photo” – and by that, I mean, I take a lot of quick photos here and there with never any plans to publish them. Just tiny little moments here and there that I think are interesting. I don't publish 95% of the photos I take… I've always thought about making a Tumblr or another Instagram account called “Trey's Throwaway Photos” that are little moments like this. I don't know what to do with my other 95% of photos… they are not terrible, but they're not portfolio-quality either… just kind of in between… little ideas like this.

I love Nice!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 13:08:33
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Mohammad’s Tomb in Rabat

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That clever name was not created by me, but Stu up in Scotland. He’s the good lad that helps edit together all these special videos for Passport Members! Thanks Stu! Today’s special Passport Bonus section shows how I processed this image. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Mohammad's Tomb in Rabat

This is the second photo that I have edited from this tomb, and I believe I like this one better. It's amazing how much better I've come to learn Aurora HDR in just the past few years. In fact, I can't even remember if I edited the other photo from this tomb with Aurora or Photomatix. Man, my memory is the worst. THE WORST. I hope Google hurries up with their AI because my HI is really leaking like a sieve.

Mohammad's Tomb in Rabat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-01 21:24:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Two Towers of Lisbon

Three Times for Rene

This location marks the third time Rene has fallen into the water with his camera. The first is when he was trying to impress a girl and stepped on a sea urchin. The second is when he was with me in Venice and fell in a canal. This is the third, during a long exposure when a wave came up and started taking his tripod out to sea and he made a sliding skid into the ocean to save it. A great laugh was had by all!

Daily Photo – The Two Towers of Lisbon

This is the famous Torre de Belém along the edge of Lisbon. It's an old tower dating back about 500 years. Just out front is a little model of the same place, so I thought it might be fun to do a little artsy photo of the model with the real thing in the background. It's a little obvious of a shot, I know, but still kinda fun.

The Two Towers of Lisbon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-20 20:38:51
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Cathedral in the Clouds Surrounded by an Amusement Park

A Tibidabo Double-Play!

Today I’m showing two photos of the same place near Barcelona. It’s a beautiful cathedral called Tibidabo.

Daily Photo – A Cathedral in the Clouds Surrounded by an Amusement Park

So I like this second photo better. I obviously heavily processed it with one of my Lightroom Presets. I believe it was one of my “Sandstorm” ones from Burning Man. I think this place is beautiful, but I can't figure out why they put an amusement park up there. It makes it all a bit garish, I think. Even in this photo, you can see part of a rollercoaster in the lower right. Oh, this second photo was taken with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro.

A Cathedral in the Clouds Surrounded by an Amusement Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 19:59:57
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Barcelona At Night

Thinking of being a digital Nomad?

I am! Well, sort of. Yeah, I guess I am. This basically means you are kind of homeless and just jump around the world in search of awesome places to “be” while having a decent place to stay, great food, and, maybe most importantly, Fast Internet! If you’re looking to try this, check out Nomad List. You’ll see today’s Daily Photo location of Barcelona up there at #2 on the list! 🙂

Daily Photo – Barcelona At Night

What a pretty city, eh? I was happy to be in good health this time in Barcelona. My first visit was about 5 years ago with my wife and I had the flu. Even though I was very excited to be there and take photos, I was just kinda low-energy-man. That's not like me! I'm normally full of vim and vigor. So, when I'm low-energy-man, I'm like a different person. But not this time, this time I was well-rested and ready to go!

Barcelona At Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-29 20:02:18
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Curtis Exploring Sintra

Going to Portugual? Three places to visit!

If you’re looking to get to Europe but save some money, why not go to Portugal? It’s quite inexpensive and you can easily spend over a week in three places: Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto. Each one is worthy of three days of exploration, and you’ll have some of the best food of your life there! 🙂

Daily Photo – Curtis Exploring Sintra

Every day we made a new trek out into the wild to see what we could find around the Sintra area. It's quite a vast area and quite mountainous. Well, maybe mountains aren't the right word. If there was a word between hill and mountain, that would be more accurate. Anyway, at the top of each of them seemed to be another ruin. Or maybe ruin isn't the right word, because they are not as “ruined” as Roman ruins or others… just sort of abandoned. But, as you can see here, the paint colors and tiles are still very nice even though no one is around. That's Curtis there near the window taking a photo – I thought it looked a bit better with him in it.

Curtis Exploring Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 07:00:14
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

Today’s Passport Video – Content Aware Awesomeness

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

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