Another Horse In Iceland

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Daily Photo – Another Horse In Iceland

Sometimes I think I could make a whole blog just about horses in Iceland. I swear, I have So Many Photos of horses in Iceland, and they're all pretty good! I can't take much credit for them, you know, as the horses are just so darned photogenic. And then the whole country has a perfect backdrop… it's just kind of hard to take a bad photo of them!

Another Horse In Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 05:00:29
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Me with my Snow Dog Friends

Video Recap

You may remember this video below for the announcement of Aurora HDR 2018! While I was shooting the video, Curtis was busy taking photos, so I edited this photo that he took.

Daily Photo – Me with my Snow Dog Friends

I think this is kind of a funny video. It's like I'm staring off over the horizon, perhaps thinking about pruning a bonsai tree. I don't know, I suppose you can imagine me thinking about a great number of things. This was my first time driving a snow-dog sled there at the Snow Farm. It was both hard and easy. While they are running, it's actually pretty easy. You just stand there like a sack of potatoes. But this is often interrupted by bouts of wild panic when you start to go up on a ledge, slide sideways around a corner, or start going down hill and you have to brake for fear of the sled running into the snow dogs!

Me with my Snow Dog Friends

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-08-04 10:54:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

Aurora HDR 2018 Avaiable Now for Mac/Windows!

Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements, Windows support and more. I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away!

Current users of Aurora HDR should check this link to see if you qualify for the upgrade price. New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 and my new Aurora HDR tutorial in my online store.

 

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Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018

Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!

In other news… Art of Tidying

I just finished listening to a good podcast by Tim Ferris about the Art of Tidying with Japanese-neatness-guru Marie Kondo. Here’s a link!

Daily Photo – Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

This is a panorama I took right after coming out of the tunnel through the mountain to Milford Sound. It's such a long drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound (about 4 hours), and seeing this after the tunnel is always extremely rewarding. Don't get me wrong… the whole drive itself is beautiful (it's New Zealand!) but after getting through this tunnel, it's like you enter a different world. It's basically the only way to get into the fjords unless you fly, which I haven't tried yet. I do have it on my bucket list to take Over the Top and Choppy on a joy-ride over there to take photos like crazy!

Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 10:44:14
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

Billions

Here’s another show recommendation: Billions! It’s a drama based on Wall Street. Sounds kind of boring, I know… but still very entertaining! It’s one of the only shows I watch not on Netflix… it’s on Showtime and maybe a few other places?

Image Radiance

Let’s talk about one of my favourite features in Aurora HDR 2018, Image Radiance.

The latest version of Aurora 2018 (for Mac and Windows) is here! I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away by all the new features, especially combined with all the features that you’ve come to know and love with previous versions. If you Pre-Order you’ll get a bunch of goodies as extras and a discount!

Daily Photo – A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

I remember at the time I took this that I almost DIDN'T take it. The colors seemed muted, it was quite steamy/foggy/moody, and also, I was quite tired. Maybe I was feeling a bit melancholy or something. Anyway, for whatever reason, I took it. And then, when processing, I recalled the melancholy mood and decided to give it a nudge in that direction.

A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 15:23:51
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Queenstown after Dark

Speaking of Aurora

Be sure to Pre-order it today! It drops in a week and you’ll be the first to get it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Queenstown after Dark

Here's a favorite photo I took from the top of the Gondola here in Queenstown one night. I should really go up there more, you know? It's kind of expensive… and I guess I always cheap-out a little bit because I live here. I'd actually like to go up here one night and spend the whole night, doing time-lapses and maybe seeing the Aurora. That would be epic… I wonder if I'm allowed to?

Queenstown after Dark

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-09 19:15:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Secret Car Testing Facility

Heading Back to the Snow Farm

I’m planning on doing a little overnight thing here where you cross-country ski out to a little hut that’s been pre-stocked with food, cheeses, chocolates, wines, etc. After arrival, the party begins and then you sleep there, wake up the next day, and cross-country ski back out of there. Fun!

End-to End-Photo Edit

Watch me take an image from start to finish in Aurora HDR 2018. It’s super quick to edit in Aurora and great results, even for beginners, are easy to achieve.

The latest version of Aurora 2018 (for Mac and Windows) is here! I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away by all the new features, especially combined with all the features that you’ve come to know and love with previous versions. If you Pre-Order you’ll get a bunch of goodies as extras and a discount!

Daily Photo – The Secret Car Testing Facility

We took a helicopter over towards Wanaka one day to this place, the Snow Farm. I had never been here before. There's all kinds of stuff going on. Dogsledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, etc. Anyway, one of the other special areas here is the car testing area. They have secret next-year models of Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Audi, etc. A lot of these secret cars have strange metallic paint that is hard to photograph and more to keep them secret. Obviously, I had permission to take this one photo. See that long building back there behind it? That's full of the new models of cars over the next few years… super secret!

The Secret Car Testing Facility

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-08-03 22:50:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Where Daenerys Recruits

Plotagraph Pro

Thanks again to everyone that is enjoying Plotagraph Pro. Here is a link to my “Plotagraph Galleria” – some of my favorite works I’ve put on there. You can click into each one to see them full screen. Note that it might take a little bit for the animation to load! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Recruits

I assume there are a few Game of Thrones fans in the audience here? I visited this place in Morocco several years before they started making the show. I was actually reading the books at the time and thinking, wow, this would make an awesome set for Daenerys to recruit her army. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw it appear in the actual series. Also, some of you may remember this place from the Gladiator movie too. I think it's where Russell Crowe was taken away to in the beginning of the movie.

Where Daenerys Recruits

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-11 00:10:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length180.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Pre-Order Aurora HDR 2018 For Mac… AND Windows!!!

Pre-Order Now! Aurora HDR 2018 is available PRONTO (a bit of Spanish lingo there) for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements and the biggest news…. it’s now available for Mac AND Windows!! I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away!

Purchase prior to September 28 to save 10% and get tons of freebies!

Current users of Aurora HDR should check this link to see if you qualify for the special pre-order price of just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89. A collection of free bonuses are included with every purchase.

 

Pre-Order Now

Already own Aurora HDR and want to upgrade? Click here to find out if you qualify.

Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018

Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!

Daily Photo – Your Valhalla is at hand

Yes, for Mac and WINDOWS, finally! I'm sorry it took so long to come out for PC. I know, I know, it sounds easy to make a version for Windows, but it actually takes a tremendous amount of engineering work. Anyway, you don't care about all that… you just want to make beautiful photos, right? Well, your Valhalla is at hand. I'm actually using it right now to work on some new photos… You're going to love it, and I hope it takes your photography forward in a fun and innovative way! Here is an image I recently created with Aurora HDR 2018. πŸ™‚

Your Valhalla is at hand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 15:56:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More from Monte Carlo

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Daily Photo – More from Monte Carlo

This was the final photo I took before leaving Monte Carlo to head off for Cinque Terre. I like it when I have these kooky, organic plans that come together. Of course, it drives the team crazy because my plans sometimes feel impossible to pull off. It started in Barcelona… I said, “Hey, let's leave early in the morning on our bus, stop in Nice for breakfast and mimosas, then hike up to Eze for lunch, then end up in Monte Carlo for dinner. It worked flawlessly!

More from Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 20:55:28
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama of the Valley

Fun, Free, and Passport-Only Content today!

I used today’s photo from here in Queenstown, New Zealand, as part of a series of fun videos. For those of you that are Passport Members (Thanks btw – and recommend to a friend if you don’t mind!), you’ll get to see a little bit extra about the animation process in Plotagraph. By the way, here is a Facebook Link to the animated version of today’s photo.

A Beautiful Way to get rid of Noise

Here’s a video that shows an unusual technique I came up with to get rid of noise.

And then I decided to animate it also using Plotagraph. Here’s a video showing how I did that. (If you watched the other video above you can skip through the first bit of this)

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Daily Photo – A Panorama of the Valley

So this was taken directly over my home. It was made of 4 or 5 photos with the DJI Phantom quad. I stitched them all together using Lightroom, then ran them through Aurora HDR before doing those finishing touches you see above with the noise reduction tip. It was a fun project! πŸ™‚

A Panorama of the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-30 17:51:46
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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