Reflections in Sarasota

A Fun Jason Silva Collaboration

I met this guy years ago when we were speaking at a Google conference. We have the same agent (Hi Amie!) and she suggested we get together. It was great fun! We’ve stayed friends ever since, and this is the first time we collaborated on a project. Enjoy!

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

We Are Not Just Human Beings… We Are Human BECOMINGS… New Video – tag your friends and share if you're inspired..

Posted by Jason Silva on Friday, March 2, 2018

Daily Photo – Reflections in Sarasota

This was taken atop a rooftop bar there in Sarasota, Florida. It was the only rooftop bar, but it afforded great views. I took a lot of photos up here, but this was one of my favorites where I zoomed in quite a bit on this mirrored building. This is one of those shots I like because it comes out looking fairly confusing!

Reflections in Sarasota

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-21 12:26:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

Podcast Recommendation

If you listen to Tim Ferris’ podcast, I highly recommend the one with Terry Crews. I’m listening to it now with my son… we’re both really enjoying it. It’s very inspirational!

Daily Photo – A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

If I ever moved to the beach, I think these sunsets would be the main reason! I am such a night owl that I often sleep in and miss half the sunrises. So, I think I'd probably have to settle on a house that faces towards the west so I could see more sunsets! One great thing about Key Biscayne is that it's such a long narrow island that you get to see both.

A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 11:58:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Latest Processing Techniques!

I use Aurora HDR 2018 on most of my images so I thought I’d share my latest post processing techniques. Bracketed images, a single RAW, HDR Enhance, Smart Tone, top and bottom tuning are all covered here… and few other tricks too. 🙂

Daily Photo – The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Before I made this trip, I had a great plan to go running every day on the beach. I'm great at making plans, but not always so great in the actual execution! Well, for the first few days, I did run on the beach. I started up at the Ritz-Carlton where I was staying and ran about a mile down here. I don't really like beach-running when the sand is soft. It seems to require 4x the effort to fight through the sand. It's way too much work for exercise, and I know that sounds silly. It mostly just makes me very tired very quickly and sends me into a shame spiral. Anyway, every day I ended up down here and I took photos each time. My favorite one was this one, taken with the drone.

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:49:01
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

One of the best beaches in the USA

Using TripAdvisor to find locations

I actually highly recommend this! I think that a while ago people were gaming the system a bit, but now I believe it is quite authentic. It’s definitely a great source to read reviews and get ratings. Before I go anywhere, I often check TripAdvisor just to get some honest reviews and recommendations.

Daily Photo – One of the best beaches in the USA

This is a photo of Siesta Key in Sarasota. Apparently, this was voted the #1 Beach in the USA a few years ago. So, I had to go see it! It was a little cold when I went here in the middle of winter, but it was still very pretty. What makes it unique is the incredible white powdery sand. I think it's all ground quartz. It made for quite an unusual sensation between my toes! This is a public beach, but it was absolutely massive. I was very impressed and would like to go back at the height of summer.

One of the best beaches in the USA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-21 09:20:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sarasota Beach at Sunset

When in Sarasota

They have three different beach islands there and each one is really beautiful. It’s a good idea to visit all three and check them out. When I was there, the waves were not big at all, so it was easy for the kids to play in the water and have a good time.

Daily Photo – Sarasota Beach at Sunset

This is the scene at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club at sunset. I was happy to find out the Sarasota location actually had two parts. The main hotel is about 5 minutes away in the center of the city, and then they have this satellite beach club. I thought it would be just like a few little tents on the beach, but it was a major production! Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, and everything you need for a proper beach getaway!

This was taken with the DJI Mavic Pro. It's a vertirama made from four different photos.

Sarasota Beach at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-19 17:49:48
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/480
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tane at F/0.95

British Sports

Even though I’ve lived in the semi-British world here in New Zealand for the past 6 years, I am still flummoxed by British sports. Here is how I feel when watching almost any of their sports.

Daily Photo – Tane at F/0.95

Tane looks cute at any F-Stop, so he's probably not an ideal person for testing this lens. If you can possibly avert your eyes, look at the background. I know, it's tough, but do it for the sake of lens testing. Look at that amazing blurry area back there. In fact, if you look at his ears, even they are out of focus.

It's a great lens for sure. It's all manual focus, and I have put the lens up here on my Kit.com page.

Tane at F/0.95

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-07 16:00:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fort Lauderdale Beaches

New Video Tip

Here’s another how-to video showing how to enhance details in your photos using Aurora HDR 2018. This particular tool, as you’ll see, can only be detected when you are zoomed into 100% or 200% on the image.

Daily Photo – Fort Lauderdale Beaches

Here's my friend Katie Ann out enjoying the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She came down with her boyfriend to meet me for the day and take some fun photos. I don't do a lot of this sort of thing, but I was getting a little bored of JUST taking photos of sand and water and clouds. Don't get me wrong, I love that sort of thing, but after several thousand, I wanted to mix it up a little. She's not a professional model or anything, just a cool gal with giant buns.

Fort Lauderdale Beaches

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:11:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Dining in Naples

About a year ago

Here’s a video I made about a year ago here in Naples of when I took my family on a trip here.

Daily Photo – Dining in Naples

This is a photo of one of the restaurants in Naples at the Ritz-Carlton. I really enjoy taking photos of cool interiors like this. None of these photos are “required” or anything as part of my relationship with the hotel. But I often end up finding cool interiors here and there. Sometimes the team there sees me setting up with a tripod, going slow, taking my time, etc, and they assume I'm on some kind of a commercial shoot. I end up explaining that I am not on a commercial shoot; I just think it looks awesome.

Dining in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-02 11:10:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Sunset in Naples

Highlight video from Naples

This next new year, we are repeating our family trip across Florida and the Caribbean to all new places. Where will we end up? Only the shadow knows… meanwhile, here’s the highlight reel from our time in Naples!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Naples

This was the view from our room every sunset while in Naples, Florida. It was a family trip, and I always try to balance that with taking photos. I'm always stuck with two decisions: 1) Where do I take the photo? 2) Do I make the family wait till like 8:30 PM to eat after I'm done taking photos?

There are no bad answers for number 1 and all bad answers for number 2.

Sunset in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-02 06:36:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

More Katie-Ann Action

New Photo of KA

Here’s a photo I put on the blog a while ago of Katie-Ann getting into the hot tub you see below…

Katie-Ann and the Hot Tub

Daily Photo – More Katie-Ann Action

I have a funny story for you.

So, I was staying in Fort Lauderdale, and I was in an elevator with my camera. This couple got on with me and they excitedly said, “Are you a photographer?!?”

I said I was.

Then they said, “Will you take photos of our baby? Our baby is so amazing! We just got married and we're Jews! And this baby is the best thing ever!”

I said, “No, I don't really take photos of babies or people or anything.”

Then they started begging, telling me how amazing their baby was and it got super-awkward really quickly.

Let me back up a second… So, the female half of the couple is Definitely not the girl in this photo. I'll get to that in a moment. They were both very short and dressed in these all-black robe-things. The girl was particularly tiny, but she had a giant head and face like a full-grown woman. They were probably about 20 years old, but something about them totally freaked me out. When this large-plate-faced woman would stare at me, she would never blink. She was kind of like a living doll in the horror-movie style of doll.

Okay, fast forward to the next day. There's a huge ruckus out in the hallway. I go outside, and hotel security is trying to force open the door. A manager is there, and then I realize I hear a baby crying. It's just wailing away inside. Total chaos. They can't get the door open all the way because of that hotel-chain thing…

The manager yells, “Ma'am you must let us inside! This baby is crying and is obviously in distress!” No one comes to the door and things are getting dicey. I go back into my room, which is right across the hall, and look out the balcony. I'm right above the pool, and I look down, and see the mom and dad laying out at the pool, still wearing these giant black smocks. I think, WTF? Did the baby chain itself into the room? Is there someone else in there?

So I go back to the hallway to talk to the manager and security, and everyone is gone. I'm still thinking WTF. I still hear the baby crying.

Fast forward to next day. I leave the room and this strange tiny couple is outside my door, waiting on me.

They say, “Oh the photographer! Will you please take photos of our baby! I'll pay you anything you want! How much do you charge?”

I'm super-creeped out now and say, “Listen, I really don't take photos of people or babies or anything. I do mostly landscape and travel photography.”

They keep insisting, so I just go back into my room to hide.

Fast-forward to later in the day. I leave the room, and I see another young woman come out of their room. She's maybe 19. We walk down the hallway together and get on the elevator.

“Are you with those people in that room?” I ask her.

“Oh no, they found me on the internet,” she says, then happily pushes the lobby button.

“What do you mean, they found you on the internet?” I ask, obviously.

“I was babysitting,” she offered.

“Aha,” I said. “I've heard that baby is absolutely amazing.”

She gave me a quizzical look then ran off the elevator at the bottom.

Fast-forward to the next day. I'm trying to get some photos of Fort Lauderdale that are interesting. I know this girl Katie-Ann and her boyfriend Pascha through a charity event. She's kind of a model, and I asked if she wanted to spend a few hours to get fun photos on the beach and at the pool. They say sure, and come out to meet me at the pool.

I start posing Katie-Ann, tell her to go this way and that… we're having lots of fun and taking photos for quite a while. Then, all of the sudden, that tiny girlwoman with the black smock and the giant head walks over to me very seriously.

She stares me down and says, “I thought you didn't take photos of people!!!”

“Well,” I cowered, “she's just a friend and I'm taking photos for fun.”

“Why won't you take photos of our baby? Our baby is very beautiful.”

And at this point, I'm starting to think they kidnapped this baby and they're on the run or something. I just could not figure it out. Finally, I had enough.

“Listen, lady. I'm sure your baby is amazing. It sounds like you gave birth to Jesus or something even though you don't believe in him. For now, I'm going to take photos of my friend – why don't you go have a pina colada and relax a bit.”

And that was the last I heard from them.

More Katie-Ann Action

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:58:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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