Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

Updated Portfolio for Cities

I have four different portfolios over on my Smugmug account. I think you may enjoy my recently updated Cities Portfolio/. I just added about a dozen photos from Asia Pacific into the mix.

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

On our last night in Sanya, we walked a few kilometres from the market area over to the coast to catch the sunset. I spent a few hours walking up and down the beach watching people and taking photos. I'll share some of my favorites here on the blog later, but in the meantime you can maybe catch a few random ones in my “other” Instagram account at @80stays. One thing is for sure… Chinese females love the selfies. It was hard to see a female on the beach NOT taking a selfie. It was something else… anyway, after I got tired of seeing that, I flew the Mavic and went out to explore some of the abandoned ships off the coast.

Abandoned Ships in Sanya, China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:34:09
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO103
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

For More Photos from the Adventure

I created a second Instagram account at @80Stays where I post a ton of different photos from the trip. A lot of these are just little “studies” or behind-the-scenes shots… little things and scenes I find interesting. If you dig around in there, you may see a few more photos of this place!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

Check out this amazing Buddhist statue that is over 350 feet tall! This is in Sanya, China. Sanya is on Hainan, a little island off the coast of China that I had never even heard of before I visited. I never thought of Hainan as having a tropical, beachy island, but I was wrong. One cool thing about this statue that you can't see from this angle is that it actually has three faces, each facing a different 120 degrees.

Exploring the Guanyin of Nanshan in Sanya, China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-18 16:27:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

Incredible Macau

Iceland Seascape Edit

Here’s a how-to video of a photo I took in Iceland along the black volcanic seashore. It was incredibly difficult to walk around here and all the rocks were like sharp black glass. I knew if I fell over, I’d be completely lacerated! Anyway, this video focuses on how to make the waves and seas come even more alive.

Daily Photo – Incredible Macau

I only spent one evening in Macau, so I tried to make the most of it! It's one of those places I've always wanted to visit. For those of you that don't know, it's the “Las Vegas” of China. And you know what they say about Macau: “Whatever happens in Macau is forever stored on servers with the Chinese Government.” It's a classic catch-phrase that keeps people coming back for more. No, but seriously, it was pretty interesting. Especially the Casino games. They LOVE baccarat there, and not the Burt kind. Besides that, they have so many crazy gambling games I've never heard of. If you don't know, the Chinese love numbers and have a lot of superstition around certain numbers. Four is unlucky, for example. No hotels there even have a fourth floor.

Incredible Macau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-17 00:17:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

Walking around Phoenix City at night

Bulletproof Coffee

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!

Walking around Phoenix City at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 10:42:29
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Summer Palace in China

Summer Palace

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!

Visiting the Summer Palace in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-08 13:28:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Night in Feng Huang

Japan Photo Walk Events

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.

Night in Feng Huang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 11:17:21
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fisherman in China

Aurora HDR 2018

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.

Fisherman in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:31:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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

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