A Royal Panorama

Reflection Tip from Milford Sound

Here’s a quick hit tip about making imperfect reflections in Milford Sound.

And here’s one of my favorite photos from this same spot!

The Pink Milk Filled The Bay

Daily Photo – A Royal Panorama

I don't make a lot of panoramas with my quad, but I thought this was the perfect situation. Usually, it shoots at such a wide angle that panoramas are not even necessary. But I wanted to do something that would end up with a much higher resolution. So I got a lot closer to the castle then normal and took four or five photos across.

A Royal Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 21:08:04
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rainbow Apartments

Editing a photo from Yosemite!

Here’s a how-to video where you can see me edit a photo from Yosemite. I hope you find it at least mildly interesting!

Daily Photo – The Rainbow Apartments

How amazing is this place in Hong Kong? It took me forever to find it. I almost gave up, in fact. In desperation, I found another photo of the place and started showing random Chinese people in the neighborhood. Finally, one very nice woman took me to this nondescript parking lot I would have never found! After getting to the top, I finally saw it… Thank goodness I had that idea to find this place. Otherwise I never would have found it!

The Rainbow Apartments

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 17:22:10
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/580
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

High above Lake Hayes

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You’re gonna love this thing! Seeing today’s photo reminds me of how much fun it was to create the series of lessons. You can buy it here in our store or Join Passport and have it included for free!

Daily Photo – High above Lake Hayes

How pretty is this idyllic lake? It's only about ten minutes from my home and I don't know why I don't visit more often. I do like to go on runs around the outside… it's about 8 km around the whole thing. It's only glassy-still like this about 10% of the time. Most of those times, I don't even have my camera, which is a major bummer. This is actually a quadcopter shot made from three different photos.

High above Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-02 14:53:56
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Trees in Arrowtown

Spotify Playlists

I have a lot of different Spotify Playlists, but the one I work on the most is probably the “Feelin’ Groovesalad” playlist. Of course, the name itself is completely nonsensical, but that’s why it’s so awesome.

Daily Photo – The Trees in Arrowtown

Every year here there is an Autumn Festival in Arrowtown, New Zealand. They have all sorts of dinners, parades, activities, and more. People love it. It happens right at the peak of this storied hill behind the town changing colors. When I took this, I had an idea, although I did not execute on it. This was taken with a quadcopter with the camera angled down to be parallel with the angle of the hillside. My idea was to get much closer and to make a giant panorama out of hundreds of photos. It's a big project, but a fun one I may work on next year.

The Trees in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:43:25
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture9
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.344

Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Yacht Photo Story in News.com.au

The team over there in Australia took note of my yacht photo and it’s rather curious description. So that began a nice little interview that resulted in this Click-Baity article!

Here is the photo from the article:

The Abandoned Yacht In The Middle Of Government Housing

Daily Photo – Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Oh how I wish I could have taken my quadcopter to Antarctica! They gave me the big no-no on that one, unfortunately. That's a real bummer because I could have gotten so many more shots. Anyway, I was more than lucky enough to take quite a few helicopter flights, and I went photo-crazy on all of them. I negotiated for the best seat (often having to offer bottles of wine) so that I could see as much as possible. One time, I had my camera out the window and the shutter area inside the Sony broke apart. I have no idea how that happened because I thought it was air-sealed in there. Anyway, who knows… but I got this shot right before it broke apart.

Layers of Ice and Water in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 16:09:50
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Landscape or Portrait?

Today’s photo is obviously a quad shot, aiming straight down. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t really matter how it’s oriented: portrait or landscape. The only place it seems to matter is on phones and tablets! Since most people view things on mobile nowadays, I tend to twist things around to portrait mode so you can see more on the screen at once.

I’ve been to Hong Kong many times, but not until this last time did I go tramming! I don’t know if that’s an actual word or not, but I define it as the ability to get on a tram for just a few bucks and ride it all day. It goes through some of the older sections of Hong Kong and just kinda casually rolls along. Sometimes old people get on the top level and share a bottle of wine and just watch the city go by for hours and hours. I was only on there for a short time, but I made the most of it!

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Daily Photo – The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

If you click the “Singapore” category above, you'll see some previous photos of these Gardens by the Bay at night time when they light up to an amazing light show. This is what they look like in the middle of the day from above. I think it's quite a mesmerizing little scene! You can see a curve there along the left side. That's a bridge high above everything that connects a few of the trees. Unfortunately, it was closed this time, but I do recommend the little trek!

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 16:50:18
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO109
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Chinese Governmental Complexity

New Zealand Fall Workshop Announced!

Be sure to check out our Workshops page to see the newly announced photo adventure in New Zealand for 2019! Fall is happening RIGHT NOW (it’s opposite from Spring in the Northern Hemisphere) and it’s a great time to check off a bucket list item. Here’s a little video about our photo adventures!

Daily Photo – Chinese Governmental Complexity

This is one of my new favorite photos and I made it by accident. I selected about 10 different images that I wanted to load into layers to re-arrange. Well, as a slip of the finger would have it, I accidentally clicked “Merge to HDR”! Naturally, nothing was aligned and everything was ghosted. It made for a very interesting montage. So then I went into it and began to do more tweaking with various colors and contrasts until I liked it even more.

Chinese Governmental Complexity

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 17:22:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/300
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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

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