Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

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She’s got all kinds of interesting stuff going on… I guess that is what it is like when you an actual cello rock star. I wouldn’t know! Anyway, follow her here @TinaGuo.

Daily Photo – Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

Well, I don't think it's actually a quadcopter, but I'm sure she could play one. I saw her in concert twice with Hans Zimmer, and she always trashes apart her bow-thing. It's called a bow, right? This is a good indication of how little I know about playing music… And how cool is that cello?

Tina Guo Playing a Quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 22:40:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Moon Setting Over Yacht

The Same Morning

Often times, when we have photo workshops, I try to challenge the group to take as many different types of photos as possible from a scene. This usually means a combo of wide-angle shots and telephoto shots. The two photos today are a good example of this!

The Moon Sets Over Grand Cayman

Daily Photo – Moon Setting Over Yacht

My first morning in Grand Cayman Island was probably the most productive of all my photo-mornings there. For one thing, I was SO TIRED when I woke up that I could barely force myself out of bed and out of the room to take photos. But I saw the view (above) from the balcony, so I knew it would be a winner! It's rare to see the full moon setting like this across the ocean, so I dragged myself out of the room and onto the beach to get this view below.

Moon Setting Over Yacht

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-12 19:48:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Girl in Mall in Moscow

Moscow Photowalk Recap

Here’s a re-cap of our photo walk in Moscow!

Daily Photo – Girl in Mall in Moscow

I really enjoyed taking photos of people in Russia. Girls and guys, it makes no difference… I just found them all to be really interesting-looking. I can't quite explain it. It's sort of a parallel universe, in a way. If you click on the Russia category above, you'll see a few more of these interesting people!

Girl in Mall in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 12:56:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

View from the Danube and 24hrs left to order Luminar

From Vienna to Budapest

My friend Nick was going to try this, but it never happened. I thought it sounded like a great idea so I will try it next time… but apparently, you can go from Vienna to Budapest on a fun cruise down the Danube. I don’t know how long it takes or any details, but that sounds like a pretty awesome trip to me. And, it probably doesn’t have the issue I outlined below.

Less than 24hrs of the Luminar Pre-order to go!

Not much time left for the New Luminar preorder! Like, less than 24 hours or so. Grab it here. It’s a fantastic product from our friends at Skylum (the new name of MacPhun – I think it is pronounced Skylooooom, but I am not sure).

Daily Photo – View from the Danube

This is simply a lucky shot! I was on a river cruise down the Danube in Budapest and the moon just happened to be full. I did kind of time it, I suppose, thinking it would be between these two towers. Hey, it worked out. The cruise was recommended to me because there are beautiful views and there was a wine bar on board. It was a great recommendation, but they didn't tell us ahead of time that you only get ONE glass of wine and no more is allowed for the 90-minute sunset cruise. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

View from the Danube

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-08 20:21:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridges Through Prague

My Camera Bag

Be sure to check out the Camera Bag page to read all about my current camera bag situation! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Bridges Through Prague

Only one night here! That was no bueno… but I tried to take as many photos as I could as quickly as possible. I was quite exhausted after being on the road for so long… but I knew we only had one night here so I had to rally to get out there and get some photos. I was walking across one of the bridges earlier in the day, and I saw a photo from this perspective. I asked the guy selling the photo where the photo was taken, and he pointed up here towards this park. Rene and I ended up there later this night to do our best to re-capture the scene.

The Bridges Through Prague

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-24 21:36:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length208.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Waking up Early

Where should we go next?

Africa, Thailand, somewhere in Europe? We usually do one workshop in New Zealand and another at an international destination. We’re trying to decide now! 🙂

Waking up Early

Here's a photo from Lake Hayes where we took our NZ photo adventure workshop one morning. It's kind of a tough workshop, since we make everyone wake up around 6 AM and then go take photos! But the one person to miss this morning was Curits, and he was bummed out! All the more reason to make sure you join the morning outings on our photo workshops.

Waking up Early

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:56:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length134.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Paying to take photos of Street Performers

Here’s a tip. If you see an interesting street performer, go ahead and pay them a dollar or two first, AND THEN take photos. They will really perform for you and take it up a notch. They actually really enjoy having their photo taken, but just be sure to pay them first and not later.

Daily Photo – Hey Vlad, whattup?

You would not believe the number of people that think this is a real photo. I guess it does look SO MUCH like him that it is believable. And, yes, I do get into some pretty unique places… but I can't imagine a situation where I am actually cold-chillin' with Putin on the streets of Moscow. This is a look-alike. But boy, does he ever look alike!

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 13:54:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Paddleboarding in Aruba

Paddleboarding Story

I had quite a hard time getting a paddleboarding photo while in Grand Cayman Island. I had this idea to do a 360 photo while paddleboarding. Seems like a good idea, eh? Well, it wasn’t. I had to paddleboard into this protected swimming area and get over a rope. But the back of the paddleboard has this inverse shark-fin thing. It because stuck on the rope. So I had to sit down (not easy) and untangle myself, all WHILE holding a very expensive 360 camera! Wow that was tough… not gonna lie.

Daily Photo – Paddleboarding in Aruba

This is just off the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton there in Aruba. How amazing is that water? It doesn't matter if you are a total beginner in paddleboarding because this is a great place to learn. If you fall, you fall int milky-warm water with snowy-soft sand underneath.

Paddleboarding in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 23:17:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Amseterdam Highlight Video

This is one of my favorite photo walk highlight videos because of the people in it that are smiling. I think Olya did a great job with the edit of this one. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

How cool is Amsterdam? I was walking around across from the red-light district and found this fancy place. Look at all the detail. And yes, I assume you can go inside and get a wide variety of drugs. Many things are legal there… of course pot. And they don't exactly have “Mushrooms” but they have something else called “Truffles.” They didn't work on me, but they definitely worked on my friend Rene. He's already a giggly guy, but this took him 10x the level. We all sat around the hotel room watching comedy specials on Netflix and he was at next-level-Rene!

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-18 15:35:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Aruba

Discover Weekly Algorithm

A lot of you know I am fans of Spotify and the Discover Weekly playlist. It’s pretty good. Maybe a bit hit-or-miss for me, but it does a generally awesome job. I saw this article about the algorithm which was interesting to me. Maybe a bit techy-nerdy, but still good.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Aruba

I never missed a single sunset in Aruba. Maybe I was just lucky during my four days there, but each one was just as perfect as this one. I love this kind of sunset because it's the only time you're allowed to look at the sun. I mean, I suppose it's okay, right? People say not to look right at the sun, but I figure if it doesn't actually HURT your eyes when looking at it, then it won't actually hurt your eyes physically or permanently at all.

Sunset in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 06:32:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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