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

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

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