Passport Members check the Vault!
I believe we have over 60 videos in the vault now if you’re a Passport member. Right now, they are sorted by most-recent, but we’re coming up with another way to surf through these!
Every now and then we take one of those videos from the vault and pop it out for everyone to see and enjoy! Here’s one about processing Lupins!
Kalebra Kelby Interview
I sat down for a long “Up Close and Personal” interview with my friend Kalebra Kelby. It was a great talk, and I hope you enjoy it. Their team just put together a few highlights here for you. The whole thing is over at KelbyOne along with two of my new classes. One is for Aurora HDR 2018 and the other is for Plotagraph.
Daily Photo – Dining Car in Paris
What kind of travel blogger am I in that I find this awesome restaurant in Paris that looks like an old train car and then I forget the name! Well, actually it was kind of touristy and silly, but still kind of awesome. It was right by our little crappy hotel there and I saw it almost every day when I would go out to take photos. I finally decided to take the team over there for a bite and a drink and took this photo while waiting for our mediocre food!
European Tour Highlights
This is one of my favorite videos we made in the last year! Thanks again to Olya and the team!
Daily Photo – I love Nice!
I took this during our short day in Nice, France while we were on the European Tour. After a breakfast stop with mimosas, we took a stroll down the beachfront and ended up in this hashtaggy area where a bunch of locals were in full French party mode! This is kind of a “throwaway photo” – and by that, I mean, I take a lot of quick photos here and there with never any plans to publish them. Just tiny little moments here and there that I think are interesting. I don't publish 95% of the photos I take… I've always thought about making a Tumblr or another Instagram account called “Trey's Throwaway Photos” that are little moments like this. I don't know what to do with my other 95% of photos… they are not terrible, but they're not portfolio-quality either… just kind of in between… little ideas like this.
Yesterday, on the first, we did the big article analyzing Mac vs. Windows sales and the conundrum there. I’m still going through all the comments! Thanks for those!
Today, for Passport Members (thanks for all of you that got these a new Christmas gifts for family members and friends!), we have a radically new video from Paris. I’ve never done anything like this… It’s an inspirational video about taking photos and why we do such a strange thing. You’ll see it’s professionally captured, edited, and more. We have about 20 of these in the hopper right now in fact, from different cities around the world. I’m excited to bring you the first one now.
Here are a few favorite photos from Paris to get you in the mood before the video!
And here’s the first video that talks about the word “Flaneur.” Note that we wanted to share these with Passport Members first before we spread around to the world. Our business team is currently putting together a series of sponsors to help fund these things. As you might suspect, videos of this quality are a bit more expensive to produce. So, for now, you can enjoy this version Sponsor-Free! 🙂 I look forward to your feedback! I’m always trying new stuff ’round these parts.
More about Les Braves
I was interested in the origins of this sculpture, so here is some data that I got from this article at Les Braves Memorial of Omaha Beach.
Les Braves is a war memorial that is located on the shores of Omaha Beach in the village of St. Laurent-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and commemorates the fallen American soldiers, of World War ll who have lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, June 6th 1944.
The memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity. French sculptor Anilore Banon, created the monument in 2004, commissioned by the French government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion Of Normandy. In the center, there are seven stainless steel columns and a group of five columns that curve upwards, two columns stand upright, with the tallest reaching 30 feet. Stainless steel wings gracefully stand on both sides.
Intended only as a temporary art piece, the sculpture still stands on the shores of Omaha Beach widely due to public interest and petition. The sculpture has been described as a blend of art and nature and has been able to withstand the forces of nature surprisingly well.
Daily Photo – The Beaches of Omaha
I woke up with quite a hangover here in Omaha beach. We had spent the previous evening at Mont Saint Michel doing a rather significant amount of wine-drinking and taking photos. I still can't believe my photos there turned out so well. Anyway, we drove overnight to Omaha beach. The bus just kind of rocked me to sleep… and then when it finally stops, I know we are at a new location! So I dusted myself off and jumped outside with my camera to see this amazing sculpture.
I’m a big believer in the super-organism of humans coming together with tech and AI. Here’s an interview with Dan Brown about Collective Consciousness
Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.
Daily Photo – The Bridge of Locks in Paris
This is Marin, the daughter of my friend Serge Ramelli with an umbrella, looking forlorn and sad during our photo walk in Paris. She's not, of course, she's just acting. But, if you were feeling forlorn and sad on a rainy day, this would definitely be the best place to be. You can come here and see all the locks that represent people's love, half of which has deteriorated into a bitter romance that would make for a great reality show. That's what she's thinking about here: a very low-quality reality show about one of those locks that did not turn out so well. Maybe a bit cynical, but, well, you know.
If you go to Paris, be sure this spot is on your list to visit. It doesn’t sound that interesting to visit an old prison like this, but it’s actually pretty cool. Here’s another picture of it:
Daily Photo – In the Prison
When I was at La Conciergerie in Paris, I stopped in a little side-room to take a photo. This was probably six years ago, but I didn't process the photo until just recently. It was a single RAW photo and I wanted to test out the new Aurora HDR. The RAW by itself looked pretty dull, and I didn't know if it had much potential, but I think it turned out pretty well!
Tip for Quadcopter shots
I recommend making your HDR from a single RAW file. I no longer do multiple brackets for quadcopter shots for the simple reason that it adds more noise.
Daily Photo – The old dining cottage in Mont St. Michel
Oh my gosh – how much do you want to go in there and eat some fresh, warm French food and drink wine? I'm sure they were all loving it… I like how the guy on the 2nd floor appears to be taking a photo of my quadcopter! I got quite a cool video (if I do say so myself), doing a vertical rise from here all the way to the spire on top of the monastery. I'll share that soon.
Phone Panorama Tip
When I took this photo, I used my Google Pixel phone because I forgot to put a memory card in my Hasselblad like a big dummy! But, I think it turned out pretty great anyway. I took about 6 photos while holding the phone upright. I did a lot of overlap so that Google would automatically build a panorama on the backend. Later, when I got to the hotel, the panorama had already been made in Google Photos, so I simply downloaded it and made adjustments in Lightroom and Aurora HDR
Daily Photo – The American Cemetery in Normandy
After leaving Mont Saint Michel, our bus stopped to visit the famous Omaha beach before coming here. It was quite moving, as you might expect. The design was very interesting too. In this photo, it looks like there is a perfect grid of white crosses for as far as the eye can see. But there were many little gaps for trees and other designs. Also, if you look closely, not everything is a cross; some are stars of David.
Passport Exclusive Unboxing the Fuji
Fuji was nice enough to send me the FUJI X-T2 to use at Burning Man along with a few lenses. I used it’s little brother last year and absolutely loved it. Here’s a link to the FUJI review showing off some of the shots I got with it. Below, if you’re a Passport Member, you can see me unboxing the new one!
Getting to Eze
The best way to get to Eze, if you don’t have a car, is simply to Uber there from nearby Naples. It’s a short ride, and you get dropped off at the base of the medieval town. You can wander up into it (not toooo far uphill), stroll through the streets, shop, then find a cute little restaurant and have wine and cheese and ice cream. It’s a great day-trip I recommend!
Fuji X-T2 Unboxing and a super inappropriate joke…
Daily Photo – Eze from Above
This little mountaintop town in France is one of my favorites. I first went here about 20 years ago with my dad. My dad used to do lots of car racing all over the world. He did those 24-hour races for Porsche – raced at Le Mans, Daytona 24hr, Nürburgring, Silverstone, etc. While there, he found lots of cool little spots like this. So it was fun to return now that I am really into photography and try to capture some of its beauty.