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Daily Photo – Sailing into Doubtful Sound

I did a fun overnight trip with Real Journeys into Doubtful Sound. It’s a very difficult fjord to reach because you have to take a series of smaller boats and a bus to actually reach the destination. But, once there, it’s really nice! You’re on a boat with about 30 people or so and you end up eat and sleep on the boat for one evening. The weather was absolutely terrible when we were there, but it did clear up for a few moody shots like this.

Sailing into Doubtful Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-09 08:40:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating in Fiji

Passport Sunday How-To

Today’s how-to if you’re a Passport Member is how I created this photo out of nine different shots. It was a fun (and relatively easy, actually) one to process. I’m not one of those guys who makes things seem more difficult than they really are! 🙂

Editing a 9-photo panorama with adjustments in LR

In today’s edit, you’ll see how (and why) I took 9 shots from the new Mavic 2 Zoom and made some adjustments in Lightroom before bringing the whole shebang into Aurora. BTW, in case you have a lot of extra money sitting around, you can go check out this resort at Laucala Island.

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Daily Photo – Floating in Fiji

This turned out to be a perfect evening for photos. I think those purple, cloudy, mysterious skies are some of my favorite. And couple that with the perfectly blue, warm, and inviting winner, and you have a winner! I hope you enjoy watching the edit of this one today!

Floating in Fiji

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  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:49:15
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

This week I’m bringing you another great free video from Africa! By the way, there are just a few slots left for our upcoming Africa Photo Adventure, so be sure to come to have a look at the amazing trip we have in store for you!

In this video I’ll be hanging out of a helicopter and then getting into some layer fun in Photoshop.

Daily Photo – Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

Here’s a fun little vertirama of The Wolves at The Hills here in Arrowtown, New Zealand. I believe this was taken with two vertically stacked shots with the quadcopter. I think it’s nice how just getting 10 meters off the ground gives a slightly different perspective. The top-down is not nearly as good as I thought it would be, because you can’t tell that these are wolves vortexing in on a samurai.

Attack of the Wolves at the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-23 10:14:51
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Flying Over Fiji

Passport Sunday Bonus Time!

If you’re a Passport Member, you get to see an early draft of a new quadcopter video I made in Fiji about two weeks ago. It was a lot of work, as I am once again assistantless! That’s okay… I don’t mind the extra time to get all this stuff together, but it is a little exhausting!

Draft of my Fiji Drone Video

Here is a video I have been working on over the past week. It’s not finished, but I thought you might like to see an early draft. I spent about a week at this amazing place called Laucala Island. It’s actually the private island of the gentleman that owns Red Bull, and he decided to add a few villas there for guests to stay year-round. I took a ton of photos as usual, but I also tried to capture the grandeur of this place with the drone as well. I hope you like it!

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Daily Photo – Flying Over Fiji

This day was rainy and kinda blah… but I went down to the beach anyway with my quad, hoping some light might come through. Sometimes after a storm, you can get some pretty awesome light, and it worked out here! This is a nine-photo pano… it came out to just over 8,800 pixels across. Oh, and I edited it with the new Aurora! You can get that in my store – enjoy!

Flying Over Fiji

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:42:07
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Mandapa in Bali

Incredible Drone Pilot

Sometimes I tell people I’m a pretty good drone pilot, but I’m nothing like this guy. This guy makes me feel like I can barely operate a tricycle. Check out this video below!

Daily Photo – Mandapa in Bali

Here’s a shot of the rather remarkable Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The hotels are nice enough on their own, but these “Reserve” locations take everything to the next level. This photo was taken as a “vertirama” where I stitched together a few vertical photos.

Mandapa in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-13 10:35:05
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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On the Way to Glenorchy

Crazy Detailed Photo of Shanghai

Oh man, this is about the coolest photo thing I’ve seen a while. Go check out this photo and look how far you can zoom in on any point!

Daily Photo – On the Way to Glenorchy

Another trip to Glenorchy, another easy photo! I’m not saying this in a bragging way at all (you know this already if you know me!). I’ve gotten a ton of shots while down ON that road, so now I’m focusing on getting up in the air to get some aerial shots. I’m so excited about this new Mavic 2 and its ability to zoom in and take 9 photos in a grid, giving it a total resolution higher than my Sony!

On the Way to Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-11-28 14:58:02
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO110
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

The Trey and Harriet Critique Show!

Episode 1 seems like it was a hit with people, so here’s show #2. We’re learning more as we go… Episode 3 is even more punchy as we drop the critiques to 1 minute each (or well, we try).

Daily Photo – Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

This is the Ritz-Carlton there, and it’s in maybe one of the most epic locations I’ve ever seen. I got up early one morning and got the drone out over the Pacific Ocean to get this. I had a little vision for the shot the evening before while I was watching the sunset and eating s’mores!

Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:34:44
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Shuttle at Rest

Part 2 for Passport Sunday

The creation of this photo took many steps, so I decided to split the process into two videos across two Sundays for Passport Members. So, today, we get to see the resolution to our exciting cliffhanger!

A Panorama of the Road from Glenorchy to Queenstown

Part 2 of the Mavic 2 Zoom Panorama

Here is a Link to Part 1 of this video from last Sunday if you did not see it. In this one, you’ll see how I put the finishing touches on this challenging pano with Aurora HDR.

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Daily Photo – The Shuttle at Rest

This is actually another panorama, but it was a little easier to put together. I was lucky enough to go out and get really close to the space shuttle on the day before the big launch. I was so excited… just a like a little kid! I still get excited thinking about it.

The Shuttle at Rest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 18:42:32
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Editing a Massive Panorama

Passport Sunday!

If you’re a Passport member, today you’ll see how I’ve changed the way I stitch together my panoramas, especially for these shots that are made from the drone.

Editing a MASSIVE Panorama

Creating this photo took quite a while, so I decided to split it up into two videos! In this first one, you’ll see how I prep the photos before I make the panorama and then the final stitching process. In the next video (next Sunday), I’ll show how I use Aurora HDR for the final touches.

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Daily Photo – A Huge Panorama of the road from Glenorchy to Queenstown

It was a perfect day a few weeks ago on the drive back, so I got the new Mavic 2 Zoom up in the air to take this panorama. It’s kind of annoying, in a way, that when the Mavic zooms into the sky, it doesn’t do any exposure adjustment. That always requires a little bit of cleanup.

A Huge Panorama of the road from Glenorchy to Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-12-01 15:47:22
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Arrowtown Brewing Co.

My friend David Gent has a new beer company! Dave is a cool dude. He comes over to my studio about once a week and we drink gin & tonics and come up with new Black Mirror plots. Last night we came up with our magnum opus episode about a fake vasectomy with a plot twist. Hey! Maybe we should make a podcast where we record these ideas. That’s a good idea in itself and it’s also the root of a good idea for another Black Mirror episode in a parallel universe where podcasts about ideas are illegal. Wait, let me write this down.

Dave was also the bass guitarist for The Exponents, one of the most well-known New Zealand bands. He’s also the sperm man for the great Tane Gent, who you may remember as my assistant before he left me for that delightful succubus in Chicago.

Anyway, here’s the new video for their beer company. He says it only cost $300 to make.

Thanks to Miller Best for his creation and Noel Coutts for the ladies eye candy. Arrowtown Brewing Co ad is up and running at Dorothy Browns Cinema.

Posted by Michael Thomas on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daily Photo – Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

On a recent trip to Glenorchy, I stopped along the road to make a panorama. I love it when the water here is so smooth and perfect. I continue to use Lightroom to do most of my stitching. It does a pretty good job, but it can occasionally really blow out some of the highlights. I wish I could make adjustments beforehand. Well, I actually can, but that takes an extra step because I have to export them from Lightroom and then bring them into Photoshop as layers before merging to the final image.

Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-21 10:52:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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