Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

Updated Portfolio for Cities

I have four different portfolios over on my Smugmug account. I think you may enjoy my recently updated Cities Portfolio/. I just added about a dozen photos from Asia Pacific into the mix.

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

On our last night in Sanya, we walked a few kilometres from the market area over to the coast to catch the sunset. I spent a few hours walking up and down the beach watching people and taking photos. I'll share some of my favorites here on the blog later, but in the meantime you can maybe catch a few random ones in my “other” Instagram account at @80stays. One thing is for sure… Chinese females love the selfies. It was hard to see a female on the beach NOT taking a selfie. It was something else… anyway, after I got tired of seeing that, I flew the Mavic and went out to explore some of the abandoned ships off the coast.

Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:34:09
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO103
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • 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

A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

Fun Tip for Today’s Passport Video!

Today’s daily photo was extremely difficult to process. I’ll be honest with ya! I had to figure out a few new things I have never tried before, mostly because I could not get the quadcopter up high enough… so I had to take a ton of panning photos. So it’s kind of like a landscape, but kind of not, because the 3D objects below shift perspective as the quad translates.

Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the making-of video, along with the 60+ other videos I have published for you. Enjoy!

And here’s the making-of. It actually would have been easier if I had launched from the nearby hilltop so I could get the quad even higher, but, alas, it was too late.

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Daily Photo – A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

These distinctively shaped buildings are all over Hong Kong. Someone told me that this is the style of cookie-cutter government housing, although it comes at different price points. These are some of the more expensive ones because of the location right here on the peninsula. The whole thing reminds me a bit of Sim City! And I hope you enjoyed the post-processing video if you're a passport member!

A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 17:20:31
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/280
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

Sunset on Oahu

My new Microphone!

My old studio microphone was getting a bit ropey, so I decided to invest in a new one. It’s great! Maybe you can see a difference in some of the new videos we are churning out… audio is so much more important than most people know!

Here is a link to my Kit.Com where that microphone is featured.

Daily Photo – Sunset on Oahu

This was where we had a little family trip for a week in Hawaii. It was perfect for the whole family. Everyone loves the water for sure, so we were in it most of the time. This area was pretty cool because there were about four hotels together, each one with its own protected bay like this. They were all connected by a common path that I used every day to go for a jog and try to work off the pina coladas!

Sunset on Oahu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-24 18:11:50
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/550
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Latest Processing Techniques!

I use Aurora HDR 2018 on most of my images so I thought I’d share my latest post processing techniques. Bracketed images, a single RAW, HDR Enhance, Smart Tone, top and bottom tuning are all covered here… and few other tricks too. 🙂

Daily Photo – The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Before I made this trip, I had a great plan to go running every day on the beach. I'm great at making plans, but not always so great in the actual execution! Well, for the first few days, I did run on the beach. I started up at the Ritz-Carlton where I was staying and ran about a mile down here. I don't really like beach-running when the sand is soft. It seems to require 4x the effort to fight through the sand. It's way too much work for exercise, and I know that sounds silly. It mostly just makes me very tired very quickly and sends me into a shame spiral. Anyway, every day I ended up down here and I took photos each time. My favorite one was this one, taken with the drone.

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:49:01
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sarasota Beach at Sunset

When in Sarasota

They have three different beach islands there and each one is really beautiful. It’s a good idea to visit all three and check them out. When I was there, the waves were not big at all, so it was easy for the kids to play in the water and have a good time.

Daily Photo – Sarasota Beach at Sunset

This is the scene at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club at sunset. I was happy to find out the Sarasota location actually had two parts. The main hotel is about 5 minutes away in the center of the city, and then they have this satellite beach club. I thought it would be just like a few little tents on the beach, but it was a major production! Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, and everything you need for a proper beach getaway!

This was taken with the DJI Mavic Pro. It's a vertirama made from four different photos.

Sarasota Beach at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-19 17:49:48
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/480
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Swimming with the Stingrays!

In the middle of an Asia Tour!

Right now, I’m going from Shenzhen over to Hong Kong for a few days. After that, off to Macau, Sanya, Koh Sumui, Kuala Lumpur, and Langkawi. It’s a long time on the road, but I couldn’t be more excited!

My Favorite Writing Tool

I’m actually pretty good at focusing when I need to. But, hey, we could all use a little more help, eh? When I am writing, I sometimes get distracted by other things on the screen. Notifications that slide in or just colorful things on the edge of the window. Anyway, I found this great tool called Ommwriter. It blanks out the whole screen and allows you to write uninterrupted. Here’s a little video I made for you!

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Daily Photo – Swimming with the Stingrays!

What a great day out here in the shallows inside the lagoon of Grand Cayman Island. This is another photo I took with the Mavic! This thing is rock solid in the daytime and with a bit of wind. I will tell you that landing on the catamaran was Very Difficult. I've landed on lots of boats, and each time it takes 200% of my concentration!

The Phantom series of quads are much easier to catch because they have more pronounced legs. So, it's easier for a friend (or yourself with one hand) to reach up and grab it. With the Mavic, you only have about half a finger's worth of room before you hit the blades.

Swimming with the Stingrays!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-13 10:06:28
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2300
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Moody Day in Central Otago

Another fun how-to Passport Day!

If you are a Passport Member today we have a making-of video for today’s photo. I woke up on Saturday here at home in Queenstown, New Zealand to see some beautiful and moody clouds through the valley. So I got up the drone to take some photos. After I sat down, I decided to record the making-of video for you.

Here I show I took three photos, stitched them together, then ran them through Aurora HDR 2018.

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Daily Photo – A Moody Day in Central Otago

I don't exactly understand the weather conditions that make this happen a few times a year, but I think it's pretty cool. This was taken on the last day of summer this year here in Queenstown (a few weeks ago), and as the seasons change, sometimes the weather gets a little funky like this!

A Moody Day in Central Otago

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-03 09:35:21
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

Beautiful Manorola from the Air

More Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster!

Hey I’m a big Thor: Ragnorak fan. It’s basically a comedy and Taika Waititi changed the whole formula around. One of my favorite characters was Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster. They’ve started to release all the scenes that were cut from the final movie. Here’s one of them!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Manorola from the Air

I predict that the vast majority of people that see this would agree this looks like a magical place to visit… or even live! You definitely get your legs a daily workout going up and down these hills to eat Italian food and drink Italian coffee. And if you go uphill and downhill enough, you can even get a bit of Italian dessert!

Beautiful Manorola from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 16:06:20
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Security at the Cayman Cookout

Grand Cayman from Above

While there for the Grand Cayman Cookout, I made a fun drone video while testing out the new Mavic Pro Platinum. I love the way it turned out and it gives you a nice little taste of the island!

Daily Photo – Security at the Cayman Cookout

I was walking out of taking photos of one of the cooking classes on the beach and I saw these two gentlemen chilling out. There was this gauzy sheet behind them that made them look super-epic. So I just had to stop for a quick photo.

Security at the Cayman Cookout

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-13 09:15:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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