Man, this Ibarionex is one smooth character! And that voice, eh? Smooth mocha! And this was a really fun interview… I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s all audio and you’ll find the little player after his text blurb at:
I realize today’s photo is tough to recognize, so I thought you might enjoy an orthogonal view!
Daily Photo – Over Mont Saint Michel
I probably should not have been flying my drone after having half a bottle of wine, but it did pay off with some rather amazing photos and video. Here is one right over the top of this amazing monastary-castle.
If you ever find yourself in New Zealand, check out Camp Glenorchy as a place to stay. I was there a couple of weeks ago to do an art talk and not only is it a gorgeous location, but they also have the best projector known to humankind. In today’s Passport video, which is the complete talk, you’ll not get to experience the projector in all its glory but you will get to hear some stories from my travels along with a fun Q+A session towards the end which focuses on art, life and creativity.
On the European Tour, we stopped in Monte Carlo one day to take photos and have a dinner before getting back on the bus to drive overnight to Cinque Terre. I had been to Monte Carlo a long time ago with my dad and I remembered being down by the marina. When I looked at the map, I saw there were two marinas, and I was not sure which one to be dropped off at. I chose the wrong one! And there were no taxis or Ubers around, so we had to walk up this mountain… when we got to the top, I turned around to take this picture of the scene below. Yeah, it’s a cool marina, but not as cool as the one on the other side!
Wow this was quite an epic mission! I recently sold all three prints of the Jules Verne museum photo to three collectors. All interesting people too… one of them is even an NFL player. Anyway, because these print out So Huge (almost 10 feet or 3 meters across), I decided to go through them with a fine-toothed comb. I found A LOT of problems, so I decided to re-create the whole thing from scratch once again. Yes, out of the core 225 photos. But now it is really perfect… something else, really!
Daily Photo – where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind
This is perhaps the most-awesome and least-visited place in Paris. Everyone goes to the Eiffel, Arc-de-Triomph, Louvre, Orsay, etc, etc, but who would take time to visit the Museum of Evolution? Just me and other cool geeks like me. I had a hot tip from a friend that said, “If Jules Verne were to design a museum, he would make this”. Say no more, I was there immédiatement!
You can see the exact place where I took this photo in this highlight video from the Paris photo walk!
Daily Photo – Love Locks in Paris
This is one of the most famous bridges where lovers go to secure a padlock as a symbol of their undying love. I've never done this and I don't know the actual ritual. But, I would assume that they would lock it and then throw the key into the Seine river below. That seems like it would be romantic. Anyway, apparently, the sheer mass of the locks turns out to be a bit of a hazard to the bridge. I never understood this, as I would think the bridge could easily handle the physics of that situation. Either way, officials come by on occasion to cut off the locks. But I wonder if anyone has ever gone down to the bottom of the river to see how many keys are down there on the bottom.
Well, more anti-ghosting. This is a quick edit of one of my favorite photos of Shanghai where I show how to get rid of the scary ghost ships! 🙂 This is edited with Aurora HDR.
Daily Photo – Beautiful St. Malo
This is the first photo I've ever posted from this beautiful place. I was only here for a few hours during our European tour. My friend Serge told me about this magical little fortressed medieval town along the coast of Normandy. I said it sounded like my kind of place. I'm always a sucker for these sorts of places… Since I didn't have a lot of time there, I took most of my photos with the quadcopter, as it can move a lot faster than I can!
If you don’t have this amazing tool, be sure to get Luminar on Skylum’s website. It’s really a great tool! In this video, I show a bit about how to enhance foliage with one of their cool tools. I also briefly mention my new drone tutorial in this video, which is now available in the store.
Daily Photo – The Magical Castle at Night
Many hardcore people get angry when I call this a castle because it's actually more of a monastery on top of a medieval village. But I'm not much for semantics and the form largely ticks the “castle” pattern-recognition part of my brain. This is Mont St. Michel in the Normandy area of France. I still recommend this as an amazing destination, even if you are not into photography. It's kind of touristy in the daytime, but it really clears out in the evening. If you're looking for a “lively” place with lots of cool bars and restaurants, it's definitely not that kind of place. But if you're looking for a place where you can play real-life Assassin's Creed, well it's much more that kinda place.
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!
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.
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.