Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Textures!

You may notice today’s photo has a fun series of textures on it. I do this a lot whenever the sky is a bit dull or I just want to give it a nice effect. Be sure to go Grab my textures and texture tutorial from the store if you want to try it too.

Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal

This is probably the most beautiful castle/palace thing I've ever visited in my life. I think it's officially called a palace, but I think of it more like a Disney castle. The colors are all real that you see here! (Well, I added some texture in the sky for fun, but the colors are all true-to-life). It's set in the middle of a sprawling 200-acre forest park. There are paths all over the place, but it's actually quite hard to find a place to take a photo like this. You definitely can't get this view from any of the standard lookout spots. It takes just a little bit of rock-climbing and clambering around to get this view.

Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 07:48:01
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Lisbon, Portugal

The Hasselblad X1D

You’ll start to see me get more and more X1D shots onto the blog. I absolutely love that machine! Here is one of them on today’s daily photo. It’s actually the first time I put that 90mm lens on there… what a beast!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Lisbon, Portugal

This was my favorite spot to shoot the city from above. I was surprised how hilly Lisbon was; I had no idea. It reminded me a lot of San Francisco in that way. One way it wasn't like San Francisco was the food prices! Everything cost just a mere fraction of most big cities. Now that I think about it, I both wish I would have eaten more, and I'm also glad I didn't eat more! ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful Lisbon, Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 21:12:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New Panorama

Full-Size Tips

Today’s photo is available full screen on my SmugMug at “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/A” but if you change that A to an O at the end (original), then you can see the full size ala “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/O“.

Daily Photo – New Panorama

I took this photo with the new Hasselblad X1D while taking a little walk. This is actually very close to the photo I put up a few days ago. This one was taken by stacking four photos vertically. I'm starting to do this more and more. Lightroom is really good at putting together panoramas now, and of course the pixel count is just through the roof. I believe this one is about 12,000 pixels high. I encourage you to click through and see the original size.

New Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:35:10
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wolf Attack

Medium Format Depth of Field

I’m still getting to know this X1D. This one was shot at F/5.6 with the focus on the wolf’s mouth. You can see the tail is a bit out of focus, as is the warrior in the distance. I think I should have pumped it up to F/3.5 (as low as that 30mm can go), or gone all the way to F/16 to get everything in focus. I’m not upset with the photo… but I am kind of in the middle of that DOF range here.

Daily Photo – The Wolf Attack

Yes, yes, I've posted about 10 photos of this sculpture! But every time I go back here, I just can't help but take more and more… I always try to mix it up just a little bit too. This is one of those shots that's really hard to get without using HDR because this near wolf was almost entirely in shadow.

The Wolf Attack

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:41:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

My Backyard

Link to Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

Yesterday I mentioned that I was hanging out with Derek and maybe you don’t know who he is! Here’s a link to a podcast interview with Tim Ferriss you may enjoy!

Daily Photo – My Backyard

This is one of the very first photos I took with the X1D. The sun was getting kind of a low, and we have a bunch of land out back where sometimes I go for a wander. I decided to take my new toy out with me! I was basically testing different F-Stops… this is where I ended up at F/22. The F/16 shot looked 95% the same, except this one kept the bits in the foreground a weeeeee bit sharper. This was taken with the 30mm lens.

My Backyard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:35:10
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Staring up in Paradise

First X1D Photo

Here’s one of the first photos I took with the new Hasselblad X1D. I went out and took all sorts of different photos as I’m getting to know the new camera system… I’m finding it very sharp and fun. I don’t have enough data yet for a full review, but I’m really enjoying it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Staring up in Paradise

If you go past Glenorchy for another 30 minutes, you enter a magical forest of sorts near Paradise. Derek Sivers and I were walking around the mossy forest for a while, talking and seeing pretty things… then I decided to look up, and I saw this pretty little scene.

Staring up in Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 23:54:05
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Massive Huka Falls

Continued P4 Pro + Problems

I sent my list of complaints to DJI and they still haven’t responded. So, I’ll repost them here publicly… I’m still recommending the non-“Plus” version of this device. You can also see my DJI Phantom Review here on the site.

1) At least three times while up in the air and fairly far away, the Plus thought there were obstacles in front of it. There was nothing… it was in the middle of the bright open air. This mostly happened when I was trying to fly it back to me. The two workarounds I found were a) to do a 180 and back it home to trick the sensors and b) switch to ATTI mode to manually fly it back. Of course, ATTI (Manual) mode can be very scary if the quad is a far away dot and you can’t tell what direction you’re going. (It seemed to happen whether or not I calibrated the compass before each flight.)

2) On four occasions the UI disappeared and we were left with a slightly zoomed-in version.

3) On three occasions I would get it up and somewhere between 50 and 100 feet it would say “Maximum Altitude Reached.”

4) After booting up, it took a long time to get a good connection to the controller. The connection was often weak even though there was no EM interference anywhere (we were in the middle of nowhere on the South Island of New Zealand).

5) Every time I fly now after a few minutes it says “Unable to save video – video cache is full.” For a while, this messed with my head because it made me think my SD card was full. That’s what it sounds like, right? So I kept landing and putting in new SD cards. But now I think it means the controllers video cache was full. I don’t know what that means or why it happens. The cache should just be dumping all the time as new stuff comes in, right?

6) The video that appears on the screen is not super-smooth and does a major tear randomly every 5-15 seconds. By “tear” I mean it shows half a second of video from 2-3 seconds previously. It freaks me out because I don’t feel like I’m getting real time video – also it makes me think I’m not getting smooth video.

7) When broadcasting to Facebook Live (See My Facebook Live Videos!), there was no way to upload the HD version or save the video myself. These are both options avail on the non plus version.

8) When going live on Facebook, I cannot choose my “Fan Page” – only my personal page.

9) Last, a minor one… when making the description for FB Live, I only have like 80 characters and there is no way to copy/paste more than a single word.

10) …another minor one… didn’t notice it until the import but the default clock does not update automatically. All my pictures say they were taken in 1951, which is well-known for being one of the worst years for quadcopters.

Massive Huka Falls

This was one of my scariest quad flights ever! I was staying up at the Huka Lodge which is so far up that river you can just BARELY see it. See those little bits of white up there? One of this is probably me, pale white with fear. Something about taking the quad over a waterfall is terrifying. I started to lose transmission power too at this distance… I was getting lots of beeps and bloops in the controller which added to the stress even more! Anyway, I ended up with this pretty cool vertirama that turned out pretty good… I was just so happy to bring the bird home and land it.

Massive Huka Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-24 12:04:42
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

7 Dials in London

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Warming up the Quad

If you’re a Passport member, you can see a 360 story of me testing out the Phantom 4 Pro + on a cold New Zealand morning here… making sure it’s ready for the big Europe Trip!

Passport Exclusive – A Phantom 4 Pro Vlog in 360

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And the second video below is a short edited video that shows a bit of the footage. Like I say in the video, none of it is great but thought you’d like to see anyway! Most of life is Just Showing Up, right? Well I showed up this morning to take that video, and not much interesting turned up… just thought you might like to see how many days are banal! But that’s okay, the real reason was to test out the new firmware.

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Daily Photo – 7 Dials in London

Speaking of quadcopters, here's one of my favorite photos from London at this famous street where seven roads come together. I flew this one with my friend Stu. I was using the HUGE Inspire drone… it's really much too massive and ungainly! After I got it set up, I had to go through this very time-consuming IMU calibration… thought it would never end… but I finally got it up in the air to take this photo!

7 Dials in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 03:42:29
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Passport Exclusive – X1D Initial Quick Review

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Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

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Passport Exclusive – My goals at Milford Sound

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Daily Photo – Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

This was taken early in the morning at low tide. The tide here goes dramatically up and down. At hightide, you can just see a few branches sticking out of the water, but at low tide, you can walk about half a kilometer out into the bay and get shots like this. I shot this at f/1.4 with the Leica 21mm on the Sony A7r Mark II.

Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 02:25:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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