So for this one, I used one of my old tricks to get people to be still in the photo during a long-exposure HDR. It’s hard to tell from looking at the EXIF because this was made from 4 different photos… But first I made a longer 3-exposure HDR, and then I took a series of quicker, high-ISO photos when these gals were in an interesting position. After I made the HDR, I masked in the still ladies. There was a bit of noise for sure, but you really can’t see it too much.
Daily Photo – Eating at Gumbo Limbo
Here's one of our family's favorite new restaurants! It's called Gumbo Limbo and it's here between the beach and the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It was the perfect place to watch the sunset, have some drinks, and watch the sunset.
Here’s a hot little photo tip… if there is a big storm at sunset, just wait a little while and don’t give up. If you have a view of the horizon, at least half the time the sun will make a final quick appearance and give you some amazing light. I feel like people that live on the west coast or near west-facing-water already know this… but it’s something I often have to remind myself!
Daily Photo – Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
What a pretty way to end the day! This was my first trip to Naples and my first trip to the west coast of Florida. Obviously it makes sense to me, but I always thought of Florida as a place to see the sun rise but not the sun set. I guess that's because I had spent all my time on the east side. Anyway, each night we were blessed with amazing sunsets… This one was a great one because it was a stormy day and I didn't know if the sun would dip below the clouds or not. Finally, at the last second, it did! I took this photo from outside our room here at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.
This was my first time in Naples and it was great! The beaches are amazing and the weather was great. It was good to get in some family beach time for sure… the girls in this family love the beach for sure!
Daily Photo – Family Beach Yoga!
One great thing about staying at all these Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world is that the concierge and the team set up amazing activities. You don't just have to sit around the room or the pool – they create really fun experiences. And it's a good way to force the kids to do things they don't normally like to do. For example, my son Ethan hates Yoga, but he just goes along with it when there is another authority figure (other than my wife or me!) involved.
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Daily Photo – Boarding the Summit at Sea
So, I went on an intense cruise called Summit at Sea that had a 5-day social media blackout. I was there with two of my best friends, Chris and Rene, and we set sail for an amazing week that was supposed to be a cross between TED Talks and Burning Man on the open seas. We weren’t disappointed. Who was on the boat with us (among other people)? Quentin Tarantino, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Schmidt (previous two might be roommates), Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary Veeee, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I wanted to meditate with!).
This photo I took on the first evening there, just after arrival…
I made the photo below with Luminar — it’s a really fun tool and I recommend it. To see more about it, see my Luminar Review here on the site.
Daily Photo – The Final Night
Here's a photo I've only recently processed even though the last flight of the space shuttle was quite a long time ago. I felt very lucky to go out to the launch pad on the final night… I felt like I was in a science fiction movie. Unfortunately, tripods were not allowed (why?), so I had to keep my unsteady hands as steady as possible!
Heading to Miami soon to get on a cruise for the Summit at Sea — I’m quite excited! We’ll be heading into International waters with a guest list that is MIND BOGGLING. Just to name a few people on the boat: Quentin Tarantino, Eric Schmidt, Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary V, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I can’t wait to meditate with!) — and that is just a few; I can’t wait for the epic sea voyage! 🙂
Here’s the highlight video from our photo walk there. Let’s do it again some time!
Daily Photo – Miami Skyline
Here's a quick photo I took in Miami when we were there for the photo walk. What a great crowd that was — I can't wait to get back there. After the cruise, I'll be staying again at the amazing south beach location of the Ritz-Carlton. This time I'll be able to spend a bit more quality time there relaxing.
Speaking of Miami, here are the photo walk highlights!
Daily Photo – Morning Jog in South Beach
When our party bus pulled into Miami, we were all feeling a bit rough. It's really hard to do these photo walks and party late every night… a bus full of guys is generally a bad idea, but it was so fun having bad ideas that we couldn't stop ourselves. So I decided to have a morning jog to clear the cobwebs. I took the RX100 with me and here's one of the quick photos I grabbed that morning.
We only spent one evening here on the bus trip, but it sure was fun! I was desperate for a day off from the USA tour, and this hit the spot. I had a jog on the beach during sunset with some quad lovin', got a massage, then had a fab sushi dinner. I really liked it there and want to go back for sure!
We’ve updated the Trey’s Photowalk Across the USA Highlight Page with all kinds of goodies. I wanted to post the highlight video here again in case you missed it… I love this song actually… specially selected for this video! 🙂 Thanks again Ollie Dale for the great edit! 🙂
Daily Photo – Fort Lauderdale, I think
Is this Fort Lauderdale? Honestly, and this is kind of embarrassing, I have no idea. We were on the bus tour across the USA and I'm pretty sure the night before was Miami. I woke up the next day and I was at JB's (our bus driver) home somewhere in the Everglades or something. His whole family was there and I was awoken at like 6 AM to come out and meet everyone and have breakfast. They Were Amazing! I even met a 93-year-old grandpa that was a hardcore fan and Photomatix user! Haha awesome… anyway, I ate breakfast with everyone and was generally confused then ended up back on the bus and passed out again and woke up in THIS place. Once again, we stumbled off the bus and went out to take photos because it was so amazing. Anyway, wherever this place is, I really need to get back and spend some more time!
If you know any, be sure to share! I share this one below…
I have a lot of Disney shots here on the site. Just be sure to click the “Disney” category that is attached to this post to see them all! 🙂
Daily Photo – Beautiful Cinderella's Castle at Sunset
This is a great place to watch the sunset. Not that your kids will be interested in watching the sunset or anything, but maybe you will. Give them a bunch of money and ice cream and tell them you'll be back in an hour. That's what I do! 🙂
There's only a few places around the castle where you get a reflection shot. This is one of them. If you move around near the bridge in Tomorrow Land, you can go into the exits of the Lilo & Stitch ride to find this secret spot!