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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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! 🙂

Passport Bonus!

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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

Near the Mayor’s Office in London in the Rain

Tip: Getting Extra-Shiny Streets

Streets are already pretty shiny in the rain at night, but here’s a way to make them extra-crazy. You have a lot of lee-way to do this artistically because night-shots with long exposure are, in their very nature, much more “fantastical” than normal shots. Anyway, go give it some extra ooomph, start a new layer in Aurora HDR 2018, then really crank up the Image Radiance Amount, then jam up the Image Radiance Shadows, and, last, unless things are already too colorful, dial up the Image Radiance Vividness.

Daily Photo – Near the Mayor's Office in London in the Rain

I recently went on a London-in-the-rain editing kick! I was going back through my Lightroom and looking at older photos to edit that I had never even touched yet. I found this whole grouping and went for it. I edited all these with Aurora HDR 2018 as well!

Near the Mayor's Office in London in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:23:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Nintendo Switch Game Suggestions

We got a Nintendo Switch for the family this holiday and we absolutely love it! Here are some game suggestions. Note that some of these allow multiple people to play simultaneously! Like, for example, in Super Mario Odyssey, one person can be Mario while the other is Mario’s Hat that can jump off Mario’s head and go kill baddies or rescue treaure. Others are: the new Zelda, Splattoon 2, and Rocket League!

Daily Photo – The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Ahhh rainy London at night. Any part of London in the rain is fun and moody to me, but one of the brightest and most well-lit areas is here around the Theater District close to the Picadilly tube station. And, as long as you're here, why not go watch a show? I try to see as many as I can while I am there. I've heard there are So Many shows there that you can see a different one every night with no repeats.

The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 03:04:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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