Two Girls Wander Through a Bamboo Forest in China

Editing Fireworks Quick Tip

Two days in a row for a Luminar Tip! Don’t forget you can download it here. This is a quick n’ dirty video that shows you how to edit fireworks and give them a bit more pop!

Daily Photo – Two Girls Wander Through a Bamboo Forest in China

This was my first trip to Chengdu, China, and I was surprised to find they had this giant bamboo forest near a temple complex. There are these cool red-walled tunnels that weave all around and through the forest. This area is also known for their giant pandas. I was kind of hoping to see one swinging around the trees, but no such luck. But there were a lot of festive people out walking around, like these two girls.

Two Girls Wander Through a Bamboo Forest in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 19:01:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Shanghai, The Bund, and Beyond

Working on a new China Video

While in China over the past year, I’ve done quite a few drone flights. I used the Mavic Pro almost exclusively, and it held up perfectly. I’m currently in the middle of a longer project where I’m putting together my favorite aerial footage into an all-China from the air video. I hope to have it ready within a week or so! I’m having my friend Stephan Bollinger put some finishing touches on the titling and credits area.

Daily Photo – Shanghai, The Bund, and Beyond

This might be one of my favorite new photos! I took this from the Sky Lounge around the 50th floor of the Ritz-Carlton on the Pudong side of Shanghai. These cool ships sail up and down the river and right in front of the warmly-lit Bund area. Those old colonial buildings have hardly changed in over 100 years while the rest of the city has built up behind it. Along the riverfront there, you can see a bunch of people walking around – that is the same place we had our awesome photo walk a few weeks ago. Thanks again everyone for coming out for the event!

Shanghai, The Bund, and Beyond

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-20 23:04:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length91.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

New Luminar Tip – AI slider and Removing Color Cast

If you don’t have Luminar, grab it here! Today’s tip shows how to remove that color cast you may not know is there and how to use the AI-Accent slider.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Here's a photo I took on my three-hour hike around the lake. I think it only takes half that time, but I was really going slow and getting distracted. I didn't see another human soul the entire time, so it was sort of surreal. A lot of the Queenstown and Arrowtown area is overrun with tourists, so it's rare to spend times like this alone. I have a rough plan to come back here after a fresh snow, because I think it will look incredible!

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-05 11:45:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

A Birthday Message from Trey!

Hey it’s my birthday and all that stuff. No big deal; just an arbitrary radian around the sun, but I can come to you, my 48th, with a nice birthday message. When I turned 35 is when I initially got into photography… so it’s never too late! The best time to start trying something you think might be a calling for you is Right Now! Speaking of that, here’s a promo of our new Beginning Photography Tutorial.

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

I know I'm getting old and everything, but when I was at KL Tower seven years ago, I don't remember an “outside” area. I remember shooting through a window and having a terrible time with the glare. Now, of course, I use a Lens Skirt, but I didn't know about it back then. Anyway, this time I went to a new level that had an outside area where you could get unobscured shots of the city.

Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 00:39:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

What I saw when taking out the trash

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Check out this very quick way to quickly add sunrays to any photo. Note this is only with the latest version of Luminar (get it via this link).

Daily Photo – What I saw when taking out the trash

Thursday mornings are trash days here in our neighborhood. I have given this job to Ethan, but he usually needs a bit of help because it's about a 5-minute walk with multiple trash bins out to the main road. Anyway, I was getting the whole routine going when I saw this hot air balloon lifting up right behind my house. So I quickly abandoned trash duty to go grab my camera!

What I saw when taking out the trash

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 08:22:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Aurora HDR Tip – Reflections

This is a video that shows how I enhance reflections using Aurora HDR 2018. I took this photo at a cool outdoor shopping area in Singapore. Believe it or not, they air-condition the OUTSIDE, which seems like a ridiculous waste of money… but hey, Singapore is a pretty wealthy spot!

Daily Photo – Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to spend some time with Liz out of New Zealand! She joined me as part of the #80Stays tour in Kuala Lumpur. Boy, was it hot while we were there! It was probably over 90 degrees when we went into this mosque where we had to put on these heavy robes. Outside, there was a little bit of a breeze, at least. It had recently rained and left a thin layer of water on the marble… so it made for a nice reflection shot. Find out more about Liz's story from her visit on her blog.

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:16:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Complexity of Hong Kong

New, Stabilized 360 video!

We recently upgraded the firmware on the Insta360 camera so it is more stabilized. This is the first test of it today for Passport Members! I take you on a tour of my studio and the new art that I have just hung. I swap out the art every three months for each season. I’m a little behind now… as you’ll be seeing the “red” theme for Autumn. I gotta get ready for Winter colors now… as you’ll see the snow outside of the studio too!

Enjoy today’s newly stabilized video of my art hangings in the studio. I’ll stop briefly and tell little stories about each photo. Note that these photos aren’t for sale… just small informal prints to brighten up the mood of the studio.

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Daily Photo – The Complexity of Hong Kong

How beautiful is Hong Kong? I took this from the bar atop the Ritz-Carlton there on the other side of the bay. I tried to not just get the obvious wide-angle shots, but instead to zoom in and get some interesting details here and there. Naturally, there are all sorts of different apartments for different income levels. These are some of the nicer ones over on the Hong Kong side.

The Complexity of Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 00:01:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wolves Attack Again

Post-Processing a Reflection Shot Towards Paradise

Just beyond Glenorchy, New Zealand lies a place called Paradise. If you stop on the way to go on a walk through the wetlands, you get some great reflections heading up into that valley. In today’s video, I do a bit of processing of one of those photos for you. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Wolves Attack Again

I swear, all these wolves do is think about attacking that samurai. Every time I come here, it's always the same situation. It must be incredibly frustrating to be so fixated on something and not be able to make it happen. I should tell them that Buddha says that desire is the root of all suffering.

The Wolves Attack Again

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 09:58:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Moody Fog in Doubtful Sound

The Tunnel to Milford Sound in 360

Not far from where today’s photo was taken is the famous tunnel to Milford Sound. Here’s a 360 video we released that shows what the experience is like!

Daily Photo – A Moody Fog in Doubtful Sound

What an awesomely moody morning! I was really hoping for a bit more clarity, but sometimes I can be a little moody too. It was pretty cold outside, as we were here in the late Autumn. It was one of those rather misty mornings, so the cold really felt like having a cool blanket around you all the time. Every few minutes, I'd have to wipe down my lens… but this Sony A7r Mark 3 seems perfectly weather-sealed so far, so that is great news!

A Moody Fog in Doubtful Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-09 09:06:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Ferrofluid Fun

Here’s a very cool thing I found on the internet by chance! It’s a place that sells these cool mini-art toy-things (not sure what to call them), where they have suspended ferrofluids inside glass. Ferrofluids refer to iron-based fluids. You can then use magnets to do all kids of crazy things… I’m going to buy one or two, but I haven’t decided which ones yet! Go see for yourself at
Concept Zero.

Daily Photo – A Final Dinner in Langkawi

This was one of our favorite haunts while staying at the Ritz-Carlton resort there. This is called The Beach Grill. It's all open-air, and right by the ocean. Obviously, there was a lot of Malaysian food choices, all great if you like Malaysian food (which I do). One thing that always gets me about Malaysians is how much they like their food. And when they are not eating food, they are talking about food! It kind of reminds me of Austin (which I also like), where Austonians sit around and talk about how awesome Austin is.

A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:49:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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