Dots in Dots

Some Book Suggestions For You

I don’t know if you’re more into Fiction or Non-Fiction. Personally, I alternate between the two. But I’ve recently updated my Book list over on Kit.com. I hope you find something you enjoy there! 🙂 Note that these are the top 10% of my favorite books… I won’t bother listing ones I’ve read that I think would be a waste of your time.

Daily Photo – Dots in Dots

If you are in Singapore, don't miss a visit to the ArtScience Museum. You can't miss it, as it is around that central lagoon. It's very family-friendly and there are very interesting visual displays inside. I have a bit of an “issue” with some of these Instagram-roadside-bingo collection points. Instagrammers love to go here to fuel their egocentric lives, but I decided to go anyway because it looked pretty awesome! As you can tell, I did not do a selfie here. Maybe it's because I can't find an “Influencer Hat” that fits my cabeza in the right proportions… but I was with my new friend @Dotzsoh and she struck a better silhouette than yours truly.

Dots in Dots

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 23:13:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Kayaking at the Bond Island

A Video Art Tour from Aro-Ha

You all may know that I have been out to the yoga retreat called Aro-Ha here in New Zealand a few times. I love it there! Well, the gentleman that owns it is one of my art collectors and he decided to put a few pieces up there. Enjoy this little tour as I show you around a bit!

Daily Photo – Kayaking at the Bond Island

This isn't actually the famous James Bond island from Thailand, but just another miscellaneous one off the coast of Koh Samui. Can you see a face in it? I definitely saw it in there the whole time. I love seeing these islands with this strange, undercut limestone shape. I wonder what it looks like when an island like this tips over into the ocean. It must make a tremendous crash and set of waves… I'd love to see that some time!

Kayaking at the Bond Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 21:04:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

CNN Article on the Burning Man Exhibit

One of my photos was on the front of CNN.com the other day, linking to this article on the new Burning Man exhibit at the Smithsonian. I have three works hanging there… if you make it over there, be sure to talk a selfie and send it to me! 🙂

Passport Goodie Day!

For Passport Memembers I made a cool 360 video here in the studio showing all the stuff I took on this trip to Hong Kong and across Asia. So much stuff… and believe it or not, I’m cutting down quite a bit!

How did I pack for this trip across seven different locations in Asia Pacific? Here, you can see all the stuff I crammed into my bags in this 360 video. Remember that as you watch this, you can grab the screen and twist it around to look in any direction you desire!

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Daily Photo – The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

How wild is this scene? This is the kind of thing that gets me so excited about Drone photography! I feel like a little kid, having so much fun seeing these sorts of things like a bird. That reminds me, we are putting our finishing touches on a Beginning Drone Photography and Videography tutorial. It's going to be a great one! The final edits are being made now and we'll try to get it to you as soon as possible!

The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 13:03:19
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

For More Photos from the Adventure

I created a second Instagram account at @80Stays where I post a ton of different photos from the trip. A lot of these are just little “studies” or behind-the-scenes shots… little things and scenes I find interesting. If you dig around in there, you may see a few more photos of this place!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

Check out this amazing Buddhist statue that is over 350 feet tall! This is in Sanya, China. Sanya is on Hainan, a little island off the coast of China that I had never even heard of before I visited. I never thought of Hainan as having a tropical, beachy island, but I was wrong. One cool thing about this statue that you can't see from this angle is that it actually has three faces, each facing a different 120 degrees.

Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-18 16:27:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Testing the Phantom 4 Pro

Right when I got this machine (see my Phantom 4 Review), I took it around a few favorite spots in New Zealand to check out the quality. I wasn’t disappointed! I made a quickie little highlight video to show off the clarity and color balance. None of this is color-corrected or anything,… straight from the Micro SD card to you!

Daily Photo – Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Here's our assistant Tane, fresh after shaving his head on the road. The next day we happened to visit the Federal Mosque and we had to wear robes. I thought the whole thing looked like a bit of a timeless scene. And even though I asked Tane to stand there for a photo, I did not expect our friend Liz (@YoungAdventuress) to come sauntering along from the right side. I thought it all made for a nice photo.

Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:05:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Passport Early Look

I made a post-processing video for Aurora HDR users on how I worked on this shot and Passport Members get an early look. It was a lot of fun to work on! I’ve actually been saving this photo until I got back into the studio because I wanted to take my time working on it.

This incredible housing complex in Hong Kong was just asking for a photo! If you want to know where this is, check here on Google Maps. You may notice my final photo looks a bit different than what you see in the video below. I made a few more adjustments after the video ended:

1) I lightened up the upper floors towards the back of the complex. I felt they were a bit dark.

2) I desaturated some of the extreme yellow. After I looked at the shot, I felt it was too yellow and orange in some spots.

3) I made the canvas WIDER and stretched out the side-parts wider so that it seemed a little less narrow.

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Hey, when it comes to government housing, it's hard to get more interesting than this! We had a long day running all around Hong Kong and exploring with my new friend Simon. He was a great local resource to show me some of his favorite spots. I think this was my final shot for the evening before we decided to go off bar hopping together! And for you Passport Members I hope you enjoyed the post-processing on this one.

Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 02:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture10
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Incredible Macau

Iceland Seascape Edit

Here’s a how-to video of a photo I took in Iceland along the black volcanic seashore. It was incredibly difficult to walk around here and all the rocks were like sharp black glass. I knew if I fell over, I’d be completely lacerated! Anyway, this video focuses on how to make the waves and seas come even more alive.

Daily Photo – Incredible Macau

I only spent one evening in Macau, so I tried to make the most of it! It's one of those places I've always wanted to visit. For those of you that don't know, it's the “Las Vegas” of China. And you know what they say about Macau: “Whatever happens in Macau is forever stored on servers with the Chinese Government.” It's a classic catch-phrase that keeps people coming back for more. No, but seriously, it was pretty interesting. Especially the Casino games. They LOVE baccarat there, and not the Burt kind. Besides that, they have so many crazy gambling games I've never heard of. If you don't know, the Chinese love numbers and have a lot of superstition around certain numbers. Four is unlucky, for example. No hotels there even have a fourth floor.

Incredible Macau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-17 00:17:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Sunset in Langkawi

Time Travel to 11 Years Ago in Langkawi!

Just when I was getting started in photography, I used to spend a lot of time in Langkawi. I loved it, and I still do. Yes, my style has shifted a bit since then, and this is a pretty stark example of it. I took this one evening right before a huge rainstorm hit the beach. A classic from… drumroll… 2007! Did I take this on a Nikon? I think so… D70 if I recall!

The Blue Before the Storm This was taken literally five minutes before I got drenched to go under the shade and drink coffee for an hour, stranded with my camera, imagining my panacea of Photomatix later in the day.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Last Sunset in Langkawi

We ended the first part of our 80 Stays here in Langkawi, Malaysia. The Ritz-Carlton pool there was ridiculous. Even more enticing, it was right by a bar. I was at great odds because I could not decide if I wanted to get in the pool, or take a photo of my friend @LauraKTroy (she does Marketing and Social Media stuff for the RC) while she was enjoying it! Truth be told, I enjoy taking photos of infinity pools at sunset just as much as actually being in the pool. Call me crazy.

The Last Sunset in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:20:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Singapore Flower Party

New Tip Video!

Here’s a “making” of video from a shot during a beautiful pink sunset in Milford Sound. You can also see a bit about my organization and selection style.

Here’s the final photo that was produced above:

The Cotton Candy Fjord

Daily Photo – Singapore Flower Party

These beautiful flowers light up every night in an amazing LED and music show. The music is a little campy for my tastes with the Jurassic Park theme song and such, but it is still worth it. I tried a few different positions up on the hillside during the show, but this was one of my favorites. I used my 16-35mm on the Sony for this one. It was just barely wide enough!

Singapore Flower Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:47:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Quick Tip Video

Below I show how I often remove noise from mobile photos using Aurora HDR. It’s a pretty good idea to do this for sunset/sunrise/night photos, because you’d be surprised how much noise creeps into the dark areas when blown up to 100%. It looks fine on the phone, but you really can’t tell until you get way in there.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

And here's another island sunset for you! Whenever I'm on islands, I forget how beautiful the sunsets are most of the time! This is one of my favorite shots from Koh Samui. We drove over to the other side of the islands to see the fishermen. The initial plan was to stay over by the docks, but then I altered that plan when I saw all the calm shallow water about ten minutes away. I actually spent half an hour trudging around in knee-deep water watching different boats, fishermen, and oyster-pickers.

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:33:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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