Social Media Influencers on a Mountain

Becoming an Artist, Episode 2!

Welcome to another Wednesday here on the blog, which means another episode of Becoming an Artist, Season 1! We shot a bunch of these while in Africa and I’m happy to share them now here on the blog with you.

Here is episode 2!

Daily Photo – Social Media Influencers on a Mountain

I don’t know how I got caught up in this scene. It was my first time hanging out with supposed “Influencers.” Most of the time, I’m by myself, taking photos and wandering around for an interesting photo. These Influencers seemed obsessed with taking photos of one another, illustrating how they are experiencing nature. Many Influencers are very weird.

Social Media Influencers on a Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 09:30:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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A Remastering of the Hagia Sofia

Looking at things in a new way

I have learned a lot of this through meditation and just noticing and accepting the world as it is.

Anyway, when I walked into the Hagia Sofia here in Istanbul, I was a little disappointed by the scaffolding. I wanted to experience this place 100% perfect, but, if you think about it, not many places (or people) are. So then I started thinking of ways to make the scaffolding an integral part of the artistic structure of the photo, and I came up with this. I think it’s more interesting than if it was totally clear. I could have done some Photoshop tricks (quite easily) where I flip around the top part of the photo and mask through so there is perfect symmetry, but I really like this better.

Daily Photo – A Remastering of the Hagia Sofia

I was working on a large format book, and this photo will probably go inside. When I started looking at my previous edit, I saw all sorts of mistakes. I thought, hey, those will be easy to fix. They weren’t. I probably spent a good four hours on the clean-up of this bad boy.

A Remastering of the Hagia Sofia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 19:07:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Camels in Africa

Did you know Camels Evolved in the Snowy areas?

This was quite the mind-blast to me! It’s another reason I should spend more time watching TED videos. Anyway, this very interesting video talks about how camels evolved in coldest regions of the world then were re-appropriated for desert areas!

Daily Photo – Camels in Africa

I took this on our family trip to Egypt. We spent the day exploring the pyramids along with an amazing guide the Ritz-Carlton got us there. It was the first time riding camels for some members of the family and they were in for quite a ride! There’s nothing like your first time riding a camel, and especially the initial launch off the ground. It’s a very scary experience, even for the bravest people in the world!

Camels in Africa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-02 16:29:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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White Sands National Park

The Great Sam Harris

I’m a really big fan of this guy and his podcasts. This one is a recent favorite with Yuval Noah Harari, one of my favorite authors who wrote Sapiens and Homo Deus.

Daily Photo – White Sands National Park

I took this about an hour after the sun dipped below the distant mountain. Incredible, isn’t it? It looks like it’s freezing cold because that’s what snow normally looks like, but it was actually quite balmy and perfect.

If you want to see more photos of White Sands National, just click on the category above.

White Sands National Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 21:15:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length219.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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A Peaceful Autumn Walk

My Earnslaw Burn Project Part 2

Here’s a video that was released over a year ago to the Passport Members that shows my progress on a commissioned work for a patron.
You can see Part 1 here.

Daily Photo – A Peaceful Autumn Walk

I keep finding new secret locations around my neighborhood for photos! There are just a few roads around here that are dead-end roads. I never really have a reason to drive down them because of the aforementioned dead-endedness of them. But since I'm a photographer, I get to invent a reason and drive down them just to see what I can see off to the side of the road. A lot of these places are on people's private property, but no one really seems to mind. I always give them the photo for free if they ask… as I'm trying to be a friendly neighbor!

A Peaceful Autumn Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 12:02:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Mystery Ceiling

Today on Passport

Usually, I give photo tips, but for today’s Passport I give some travel tips. Mostly these are travel tips in Tokyo, but the idea of exploration will work almost anywhere. You’ll also see me use the Explore for Food options using Google Maps. I use that all the time now to find tasty places to eat!

Today are some travel tips from Tokyo! I take you to a few cool places around there, show you how I find good food, show you my favorite crazy store Don Quixote, and more! It’s all in 360, so feel free to spin the camera around to watch whatever you wanna watch! 🙂

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Daily Photo – The Mystery Ceiling

Here's a little trick for taking photos of ornate ceilings like this. It's not actually that difficult once you know the trick. The first thing is to find the very very middle of the room. If you're a little bit off, it's tough to fix. Then, take set up your camera for a longer exposure. If you have a mirrorless camera, you can just look up and see if the exposure looks right. If you have a DSLR, do a few handheld shots and look at the results. Sure, it will be blurry, but you're just making sure the brightness is good. Last, turn on the timer (I do 2 seconds), set it on the ground, take the photo, then jump away so you are not in the shot!

The Mystery Ceiling

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 18:28:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Experimenting in Antarctica

Random thoughts on composition in Puerto Rico

This is a video I made in San Juan just before the hurricane hit. I haven’t been back, but I may go later this year to see what it’s like now. I figure this area that I show is pretty much the same… the old town is a great area to for exploration and photography. I recommend it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Experimenting in Antarctica

When I visited the reconstructed huts across Antarctica, I was impressed by the amount of scientific work that they performed inside. If you click on this photo and zoom into 100%, you'll see all sorts of beakers, chemicals, and other things you might find in a medieval apothecary. I can't imagine what sorts of scientific experiments were going on because there's not a huge amount of biological diversity down there. It's 99% snow, ice, and water with an occasional penguin.

Experimenting in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 10:53:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

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Check out Hans Zimmer on Netflix!

You can watch his concert on Netflix. I think you’ll absolutely love it, and you’ll recognize many of his songs from various movies.

I used this photo in a special book I made for Hans and his team. I actually only made one book… so it’s a rather limited edition!

Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

I was thrilled to go see two of Hans Zimmer's concerts in Europe. This was my very first one, and I was really overwhelmed! Actually, my camera and stuff was confiscated by security on the way in, which was a real bummer. I hate to call in favors, but I sent a note to Hans' team, and they were able to get my goodies during the intermission. So that allowed me to get some photos during the second half of the performance.

Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-01 22:29:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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

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The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Lobster Tennis Ball Machines

This is a very random review of the Lobster Tennis Ball Launcher. Those of you that watch my Instagram stories know about my ongoing battle with this thing. I don’t recommend it. After only a handful of uses, it started to malfunction. Now we’re stuck with this tennis ball machine that doesn’t work. Where do you put something like that? I guess I’ll carry it to the garage until we can get it fixed… which is not easy at all when it comes from a different country.

Daily Photo – The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Russian architecture is quite unique, and I gave myself a little challenge while there. I tried to get as many zoom-in telephoto shots as possible to focus on the most distinctive aspects of the architecture. The most obvious default photo is to get a shot of the entire building, so I took extra care to zoom in on some of the most remarkable elements. I try to give myself different challenges from time to time so that I don't fall into predictable patterns.

The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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