The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

CNN Article on the Burning Man Exhibit

One of my photos was on the front of CNN.com the other day, linking to this article on the new Burning Man exhibit at the Smithsonian. I have three works hanging there… if you make it over there, be sure to talk a selfie and send it to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Passport Goodie Day!

For Passport Memembers I made a cool 360 video here in the studio showing all the stuff I took on this trip to Hong Kong and across Asia. So much stuff… and believe it or not, I’m cutting down quite a bit!

How did I pack for this trip across seven different locations in Asia Pacific? Here, you can see all the stuff I crammed into my bags in this 360 video. Remember that as you watch this, you can grab the screen and twist it around to look in any direction you desire!

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Daily Photo – The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

How wild is this scene? This is the kind of thing that gets me so excited about Drone photography! I feel like a little kid, having so much fun seeing these sorts of things like a bird. That reminds me, we are putting our finishing touches on a Beginning Drone Photography and Videography tutorial. It's going to be a great one! The final edits are being made now and we'll try to get it to you as soon as possible!

The Abandoned Yacht in the Middle of Government Housing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 13:03:19
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Passport Early Look

I made a post-processing video for Aurora HDR users on how I worked on this shot and Passport Members get an early look. It was a lot of fun to work on! I’ve actually been saving this photo until I got back into the studio because I wanted to take my time working on it.

This incredible housing complex in Hong Kong was just asking for a photo! If you want to know where this is, check here on Google Maps. You may notice my final photo looks a bit different than what you see in the video below. I made a few more adjustments after the video ended:

1) I lightened up the upper floors towards the back of the complex. I felt they were a bit dark.

2) I desaturated some of the extreme yellow. After I looked at the shot, I felt it was too yellow and orange in some spots.

3) I made the canvas WIDER and stretched out the side-parts wider so that it seemed a little less narrow.

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Hey, when it comes to government housing, it's hard to get more interesting than this! We had a long day running all around Hong Kong and exploring with my new friend Simon. He was a great local resource to show me some of his favorite spots. I think this was my final shot for the evening before we decided to go off bar hopping together! And for you Passport Members I hope you enjoyed the post-processing on this one.

Beautiful Hong Kong Government Housing at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 02:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture10
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

Fun Tip for Today’s Passport Video!

Today’s daily photo was extremely difficult to process. I’ll be honest with ya! I had to figure out a few new things I have never tried before, mostly because I could not get the quadcopter up high enough… so I had to take a ton of panning photos. So it’s kind of like a landscape, but kind of not, because the 3D objects below shift perspective as the quad translates.

Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the making-of video, along with the 60+ other videos I have published for you. Enjoy!

And here’s the making-of. It actually would have been easier if I had launched from the nearby hilltop so I could get the quad even higher, but, alas, it was too late.

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Daily Photo – A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

These distinctively shaped buildings are all over Hong Kong. Someone told me that this is the style of cookie-cutter government housing, although it comes at different price points. These are some of the more expensive ones because of the location right here on the peninsula. The whole thing reminds me a bit of Sim City! And I hope you enjoyed the post-processing video if you're a passport member!

A Beautiful Housing Peninsula in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 17:20:31
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/280
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

Stairs in Golden Gai

Check out my “People and Portraits” Portfolio on SmugMug

The last time I updated my portfolio, I actually did somewhat of a split into more categories. I decided to make one JUST for People and Portraits. So have a click here and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚



Now this one is just plain nerdy. Since I was hanging out with all these scientists, they all had different areas of expertise. This gal was an expert on ventifacts!

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Daily Photo – Stairs in Golden Gai

Wow, I've been posting a lot of photos from Tokyo lately! Sorry about that; I'm just excited by so many of them! This is that tiny area near Shinjuku where a hundred tiny bars are packed together. Half are up these narrow stairs (each stairway goes to a mysterious bar). I liked how these two stairwells were right by one another. I was just kind of enjoying looking at them when I heard footsteps coming down, so I took a quick photo!

Stairs in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:49:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

Double Passport Day!

Today we’ve got some goodies for Passport Members!. This is probably my favorite of the Antarctica Videos! It talks about when I had a fight with my Geophysics Professor and I dropped my double major in that because of it. It went on to teach me some important lessons by accident!

Also, remember if you’re a Passport Member that you get 5 bonus presets from the new Movie Night Lightroom Preset Pack (today’s photo uses one of those presets).

First, don’t forget to pick up your 5 free bonus presets in the vault area!

Second, enjoy this new video below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

I couldn't figure out if I wanted to shoot in tiny little streets like this or huge streets full of electric signs. They both seemed to work really well. I think the busy streets were more chaotic and it was hard to find the exact sort of shot I wanted. In these smaller, more intimate streets, I was able just to focus on one or a few subjects and play with the compositions and colors.

More Beautiful Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:01:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Antarctica Photos!

Today I’ll share a nice little assortment of Antarctica photos for you! Do you know I still have hundreds and hundreds of unprocessed photos? Yes, I guess this is a good problem to have. I gotta get on that.

If you’re a Passport Member then today you see the bonus section of this blog post at the bottom and you’ll see the fifth Antarctica video we have put out.

It’s quite a dangerous place down there! This one is about our Hagglund sinking. I realize after re-watching the video that we forget to show what a Hagglund even is! I had no idea before I went down there. But here are some pics of the vehicle so you get an idea.

Trey and Stu

Camping in Antarctica

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Panic City: Antarctica

Just your average day in Antarctica…

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Swimming with the Stingrays!

In the middle of an Asia Tour!

Right now, I’m going from Shenzhen over to Hong Kong for a few days. After that, off to Macau, Sanya, Koh Sumui, Kuala Lumpur, and Langkawi. It’s a long time on the road, but I couldn’t be more excited!

My Favorite Writing Tool

I’m actually pretty good at focusing when I need to. But, hey, we could all use a little more help, eh? When I am writing, I sometimes get distracted by other things on the screen. Notifications that slide in or just colorful things on the edge of the window. Anyway, I found this great tool called Ommwriter. It blanks out the whole screen and allows you to write uninterrupted. Here’s a little video I made for you!

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Daily Photo – Swimming with the Stingrays!

What a great day out here in the shallows inside the lagoon of Grand Cayman Island. This is another photo I took with the Mavic! This thing is rock solid in the daytime and with a bit of wind. I will tell you that landing on the catamaran was Very Difficult. I've landed on lots of boats, and each time it takes 200% of my concentration!

The Phantom series of quads are much easier to catch because they have more pronounced legs. So, it's easier for a friend (or yourself with one hand) to reach up and grab it. With the Mavic, you only have about half a finger's worth of room before you hit the blades.

Swimming with the Stingrays!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-13 10:06:28
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2300
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Moody Day in Central Otago

Another fun how-to Passport Day!

If you are a Passport Member today we have a making-of video for today’s photo. I woke up on Saturday here at home in Queenstown, New Zealand to see some beautiful and moody clouds through the valley. So I got up the drone to take some photos. After I sat down, I decided to record the making-of video for you.

Here I show I took three photos, stitched them together, then ran them through Aurora HDR 2018.

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Daily Photo – A Moody Day in Central Otago

I don't exactly understand the weather conditions that make this happen a few times a year, but I think it's pretty cool. This was taken on the last day of summer this year here in Queenstown (a few weeks ago), and as the seasons change, sometimes the weather gets a little funky like this!

A Moody Day in Central Otago

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-03 09:35:21
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

The Fourth Behind-the-Scenes video from Antarctica

If you’re a Passport member, then you’re getting to see the next video from Antarctica. These were really fun to make. Today’s is a bit more storytelling, but let’s get started here with a few favorite photos from Antarctica!

Hacking through the Ice

Photo Walk in Antarctica

Digging In For The Winter

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

The Fourth Antarctica Video!

This one tells a personal story about how some art my Uncle gave me turned out to be a big influence on my artistic life. It also bled into many of my Antarctica photos! Enjoy!

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Owl

Hot Tip for Traveling

This doesn’t work for all cities, but it does for many big cities. I used it quite a bit on Tokyo. See this article on 101 Things to do in Roppongi, which is one of about 8 different neighborhoods in Tokyo. They have a 101 list for many different areas. I surf through there, look for fun or quirky places to go and then I add them to my own Google Map. I have a few different Google Map lists like, “Rooftop Bars,” “Cool Restaurants,” or “Must Visits”. Having your own Google Map is awesome while walking around because you can see everything that is close by as you navigate around the city.

Hasselblad Behind the Scenes

I thought you might like to see a special Hasselblad video I made. As you may recall, I was named a Hasselblad Ambassador, which sounds VERY important, but it isn’t really. Anyway, one of my esteemed duties as an Ambassador is to make a video like this.

Also, for those of you that read closely here, you’ll know that even though I love that Hasselblad, I’m mostly shooting with the Sony A7r Mark 3 now! Be sure to check out that Review Here!

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Daily Photo – Owl

This is the best photo title I have ever created. It really gets to the point.

For a little background on this, when my son and I were just in Tokyo, he wanted to go to an Owl Cafe, which supposedly is a cafe where you go eat food and an owl is there with you the whole time. It sounded really strange, so I said yes. And I was hungry.

Anyway, inside, it was really strange, I must say. The place was almost impossible to find in vertical Tokyo. I got to the address and saw a Very Tiny Owl sticker up on the fourth floor of this building. I still can't believe I even found the sticker. Anyway, up a narrow stairway we go to our “lunch appointment time” of 1 PM. I had set up the appointment via the online site that also explained to me that the owls were available for purchase.

After we got in, there were three giggling Japanese girls waiting for their “lunch appointment” too. I was ready to get on with it, because I was getting quite hungry. So, we go into this tiny room that has a fridge on one side and about 14 owls on the other. They were all on little pedestals. There were no tables or chairs. Strange, I thought, for a cafe.

And then the guy that works there, who was very nice, gave us all a very tiny juice box. It turns out that the lunch part was for the owls, as he went around and fed them mouse hearts while we watched.

He also explained to us how not to get attacked by the owls while we stroke them from above. The guy also spent five minutes explaining we had a small round sticker on our tiny juice boxes that we could remove and re-stick on a poster to indicate our favorite owl. This one poor owl only had a few stickers because he attacks all the humans in the cafe. I gave him a sticker to try to improve his mood.

Anyway, I can't really say I recommend this place unless everything I said above sounds really awesome to you.

Owl

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-29 17:03:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length91.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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