I’ve become quite the fan of Bulletproof Coffee. I have it almost every day and it really seems to work wonders!
Daily Photo – Walking around Phoenix City at night
My usual routine when I visit a new city is to wander all over in the afternoon, then find a good place for sunset, then wander and take photos through dusk, then go have a dinner and a wine, then wander around as late as my energy will carry me. That last bit is what brought me to this place! I'd really like to get back here to Fenghuang and do some more night-wandering!
You’ll see another view of today’s place in my video below “Life from Above and Beyond.” Right after the scene goes black and Alan says, “very odd…” after the fade from black, you see this amazing palace.
Daily Photo – Visiting the Summer Palace in China
Here are my kids walking down one of the long hallways there. Well, that guy on the left is not my kid. He's one of the military dudes. Come to think of it, I have not seen a lot of difference between the way the police look and the way the military looks. They all seem pretty nice though; even those ones that arrested me a few years ago!
In most of November I’ll be in Japan and I am super duper excited. It’s a great place for photos and I’m a huge fan of the culture. I’ll release more info on all of the events soon!
Daily Photo – Night in Feng Huang
I took this photo about 6 years ago. I have been thinking about going back, but I wonder if it still looks like this. Things change so fast in China and I'm afraid maybe it's lost a lot of its charm. Or maybe its overrun with tourists now. I was only there for 2 days, but now I wish I would have stayed longer because there was a lot more to shoot there.
Today’s photo was made with the new Aurora HDR 2018. It was made with a single RAW, which now is how over 50% of my HDR photos are created.
Daily Photo – Fisherman in China
I'm really glad I went back to this area to take more photos. It was probably a 5-year gap between my two visits here. In between, I picked up a lot more little tricks… and, actually, I took this exact photo two years ago and never ended up processing it until this new software came out.
If you don't know about these fishermen, they are pretty interesting because they use that bird in the back to dive down into the water to get the fish. Then they take the fish out of the bird's mouth and drop it in the basket.
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?
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.
I made this video a bit ago with Kai from Digital Rev. I’ve since switched to the Phantom 4 (See my Phantom Review), but this video was all about the Inspire 1. One funny thing that was not in the video is we were doing this scene where he was controlling the camera, and I was controlling the quad. Well, we kept getting massive interference! It was a real demo-meltdown. I contacted DJI later and they said, “Oh, well don’t stand so close to the other person.” I was like… well that would have been good to know, fellas.
Daily Photo – The Bone-city of Hong Kong
This photo reminds me of bleached bones for some reason. It was one of those foggy, dreary days that you sometimes get in big cities. I usually like my cities to be colorful and full of life. If the colors aren't working out for you, just give them a little black-and-white treatment. I can even suggest my Lightroom Presets to help you out!
By the way, this thing now has over 1.6 million views – thanks everyone! 🙂
Daily Photo – Scarlett in China on the Great Wall
“Why were the Mongols always trying to get into China?” Scarlett asked our guide. It was so cool to walk along here with my kids and have them ask all these questions. This was a very cold morning, and we were the very first people on this part of the Great Wall for the day. This is one of my favorite areas called “Mutinyu.”
In Beijing whilst the Chinese police observe… I love this photo of my two little girls at the Summer Palace after we spent the early morning hiking the Great Wall at the beginning of our 6-week trip around the world 🙂
Daily Photo – Looking Down On Beijing
Here is a view of the master-planned roadway system from the top of one of Beijing’s tallest buildings in the CBD (Central Business District). I notice something funny about the way Chinese governments name areas. They are always so literal and formally translated that there is no magic in the names. One building might be called “Tower of Office” and another would have the name “Newspaper Building”.
I have an Goodies Kit you may enjoy if you’re doing some last-minute holiday shopping!
And here’s another photo from this amazing opera at the Peony Pavilion in Beijing.
Daily Photo – Deep in the Chinese Opera
What a beautiful experience being inside an authentic Chinese opera! The sights and sounds were all so unusual. Especially the sounds. They were completely foreign to my Western ears, and I hear a lot of different things. Some of the instruments sounded quite shrill to me, but none of the Chinese people seemed to mind, so I figured the problem was with me! 🙂 At one point, I started moving around to take photos, and new opera characters came out of every nook and cranny, including this guy who emerged from the shadows holding all these flickering candles.