A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

Antarctica History lesson

This blog is not exactly a bastion for educational matters, but today it is! Here’s a bit of info on Captain Scott’s first expedition to Antarctica, which is of course related to today’s photo. This info comes from the Antarctica Historic Trust.

Robert Falcon Scott’s National Antarctic Expedition 1901–04, a joint initiative between The Royal Geographical Society and The Royal Society, was the second expedition to winter over on the Antarctic continent, and the first to carry out significant exploration and serious scientific research.

Three of the most famous men in Antarctic exploration – Scott, Shackleton and Wilson – achieved a furthest south sledging journey of 82º 16’ S in the summer of 1902–03. On 9 January 1902, a stop was made at Cape Adare where the record left by Borchgrevink was found, and on 4 February, during flights by Scott and Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton RNR in a hydrogen balloon over the Ross Ice Shelf, Shackleton took the first aerial photographs of Antarctica. On the expedition’s return home, 11 volumes of scientific results were published and Scott was welcomed as a national hero.

BTW, I think it’s funny that there were two groups and they were called “The Royal Geographical Society” and “The Royal Society.” One can only imagine the polite bickering between these two groups over tea.

Daily Photo – A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

Here’s an interesting fact about this place. It was actually so cold in here that most men decided to stay on the boat instead. I can certainly attest to how cold it was inside of here. Somehow, it was even colder than outside, but maybe that’s because I was here in the “summer”. The only benefit of being inside is that you get out of the wind. It’s interesting to know this was Scott’s first hut. His second hut made many improvements to this design. If you click on the Antarctica category, you’ll see a lot more.

A Rather Cold Hut in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-19 19:54:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Boating Home from Burano

While in Venice for the Biennale…

I was there a few years ago, and, I tell ya, it’s quite a scene! There are random art-events happening all over the city, like this woman below, who was dressed in a high-visibility burka.

Daily Photo – Boating Home from Burano

On this same trip, I took a boat ride from Venice over to Burano, which is a beautiful little canal town that is a lot like Venice. In many ways, it’s prettier than Venice, if that’s possible! For one thing, it’s not crowded at all. The other big difference is that it is extremely colorful as opposed to the muted pastels of Venice. Anyway, after spending the day there, this is the photo I got on the way back to our hotel during sunset.

Boating Home from Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-06 02:19:17
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Video How-To with Dotzsoh

When I was in Singapore, the local influencer we met up with was @Dotszoh and we spent a few days shooting together. One time to get out of the heat, we went back to process photos together. I decided to go ahead and record one of our post-processing sessions for you! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Well, all of Fez is old, but the oldest part is the labyrinth-like bazaar. There are a few entrances to this place, and this is one of the grand gates. It's unbelievable how lost you can get inside the old bazaar! But there's really nothing to worry about. Whenever I had four hours to go out and shoot, I would wander randomly for three hours and then leave myself the last hour to find my way out. Sometimes I'd end up at a completely different gate, completely turned around. But that was part of the fun! And, I typically have a Very Good Sense of direction… I think this is because I play so many first-person shooter games!

Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-03 23:46:52
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Having a Ball in Namibia!

Our Africa Trip!

I’m really excited about this upcoming trip to Africa. Check our Workshops page to see if it or the one in 2019 in New Zealand are still available. We had such a blast on the first Africa one for sure! While we were there, actually, we recorded the first series of “Becoming an Artist” (click to get the whole thing in our store).

Daily Photo – Having a Ball in Namibia!

When we travel, we're such an affable, fun-loving group of artists that we end up making great friends with all the staff at these resorts. I think that, often times, the guests kind of ignore that staff and just think of them as servants or something. Not us! They join in with us as much as possible and come to our after-dinner parties. This is a photo of some of the amazing crew from Namibia after they finished making an amazing breakfast on top of a mountain.

Having a Ball in Namibia!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 02:37:46
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

Book suggestion: Wool

I’ve recently added this to my book suggestions and I encourage you to get it if you are into post-apocalyptic fiction. I decided to read it, because it turns out I’ll be walking with the author, Hugh Howey, on the Camino in September. He’s one of an interesting assortment of about seven people to join the group!

Daily Photo – Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

This is probably in my top three towns to get lost inside. And boy, is it ever easy to get lost. You're never in any great fear of getting lost for days on end, so there's a bit of a safety net there. You can always head downhill and you'll find yourself at the base of the city, then you can work your way back up to your hotel or whatever. Seeing all these cool doors gave me the idea to take photos of about 50 doors and make a little collage. I never followed up on that idea, though, and got distracted by getting more lost!

Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-05 06:07:51
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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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To Swim with Sharks

Animal Kingdom Photo Tip

When the mood strikes me, I often create tip videos for Passport Members! I do at least one a week, and after they are over a year old, I share them here with everyone. Here’s one of them about some compositional photo tips while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Daily Photo – To Swim with Sharks

For some reason on our family trip to Bora Bora, we decided to go swim with sharks. This is a photo from the boat ride out there. It could not have been more serene and beautiful. The serenity only made everyone more nervous. Well, I wasn't worried… I'm just not a worrier, I suppose. I don't think they would have let us do it if it wasn't pretty safe. Resorts aren't in the habit of actively killing their guests. Even my daughter Isabella, who is the biggest worrier of the group, jumped into the fun!

To Swim with Sharks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-27 09:52:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Papua New Guinea Face Paint

Best Rooftop Bars in Hong Kong

I came across this amazing List of Rooftop Bars in Hong Kong. I marked most of them on my personal map and will see how many I can visit and photograph while there. If you like city-photography, these are often some of the best places to go take photos!

There’s a game called Bar Golf where you go out with your friends and have a golf-scorecard. You start at Bar #1 and the oldest person picks the first drink for everyone (like Champagne, for example). The number of sips it takes you to finish is your score for that hole. Then you go to Bar #2 (Hole #2) and the next oldest person chooses the next drink. And then I assume you see how the rest of the golf game plays out. I’ve never tried it, I can’t imagine finishing the front 9.

Daily Photo – Papua New Guinea Face Paint

Speaking of rooftop bars in Hong Kong, here is a gentleman from Papua New Guinea. I'd love to get back there with my new Sony setup. I think I could be even more productive. If I recall, I was using a Leica lens here which required a bit of manual focus time. I'm pretty fast, but not nearly as fast as Auto-focus. I missed a few little expressions here and there that I would have liked to nab.

Papua New Guinea Face Paint

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 12:21:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Sunset in Vietnam

The First Kickstarter Video

One of the reasons we went here was to film some footage for the very first camera bag Kickstarter we did with Peak Design! Since then, there have been a lot more bags made, and you can see all of them over on the Peak Design website!

And, for old-times-sake, here is the first Kickstarter video we made!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Vietnam

Here in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, we never saw a bad sunset. They were all winners. It made me think that maybe I want to live on a little island like this where great sunsets are a regular thing. But, I'm definitely more of a mountain-kinda-guy. I don't get to see as many great sunsets, but I like seeing all the beautiful light on the mountains around me all the time. I sort of think of that as a non-stop sunset with interesting textures and shapes in the sky.

Sunset in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-17 19:09:35
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length47.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Matrix

Morning Edits

I have a slightly new morning routine. After I get my coffee, I begin to edit photos right away before I do email or anything. It’s good because my head is pretty clear and not distracted by silly things that appear in my email to distract me! 🙂

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Aurora HDR Deep Dive – Beginner to Intermediate Level Editing

Here is a fairly in-depth how-to for you awesome Passport people. It covers making extremely reflective looking grounds and some panorama techniques that I’ve been using recently.

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Daily Photo – The Matrix

This is kind of a crazy photo, eh? I had an idea to find some of the most technically-crazy buildings in London and get tight photos of them. The instinct is often to try to capture the entire building, but I thought it might be fun to make something more abstract. I like the way this turned out, and I'll have to make a reminder to myself to do this to more buildings!

The Matrix

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 06:27:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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