Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

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Check out Hans Zimmer on Netflix!

You can watch his concert on Netflix. I think you’ll absolutely love it, and you’ll recognize many of his songs from various movies.

I used this photo in a special book I made for Hans and his team. I actually only made one book… so it’s a rather limited edition!

Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

I was thrilled to go see two of Hans Zimmer's concerts in Europe. This was my very first one, and I was really overwhelmed! Actually, my camera and stuff was confiscated by security on the way in, which was a real bummer. I hate to call in favors, but I sent a note to Hans' team, and they were able to get my goodies during the intermission. So that allowed me to get some photos during the second half of the performance.

Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest, Hungary

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-01 22:29:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Evenings in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Highlight Video

I recently re-watched this video, and it’s pretty good! I’m always a bit hard on myself. Also, for this one, Hans Zimmer was in the crowd, so I was a little nervous! I had to give a bunch of little public speeches and I didn’t want him to think I was an idiot. I mean, I am, kinda, but I didn’t want him to think it, so it made me extra-nervous.

Daily Photo – Evenings in Budapest, Hungary

As far as I can tell, every night in Budapest is pretty much like this! It seems to be a very young city; well, at least that is who I notice out most of the day. This is one of the central locations here. It's sort of a public illuminated bath area across from the Ritz-Carlton. Well, this is not really a bath because you're not supposed to get inside, but it's always surrounded by a bunch of happy people drinking wine and having snacks. We passed it almost every night on the way back home.

Evenings in Budapest, Hungary

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  • Date Taken2017-05-30 21:35:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Sunbathing in Budapest

Funny video I saw on Reddit

Well I see a ton of funny stuff on there… but I subscribe to the introvert subreddit and saw this video about Introverts vs. Extroverts. Pretty funny and true I think!

Daily Photo – Sunbathing in Budapest

Haha I don't even know why I took this picture but I do find it amusing. One thing this photo does not get across is that this woman stood there for 30 minutes in the exact same position. I was having a walk around the city by myself on the last day there, and I saw this lady down by the water. I thought it strange and somewhat amusing… and then I doubled back about half an hour later, and she was still there! So then, I thought, well now I gotta take a photo.

Sunbathing in Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-08 15:24:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Conan at the Spa

This is a funny video that reminds me of my time in the Korean spa in Seoul!

New Sony A7r Mark 3 Review!

I just put the finishing touches on the Sony a7R III Review here on the site. Enjoy! Just below here are 3 sample photos I took with this machine…

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Daily Photo – Another View of the Turkish Baths

Public baths are such a strange thing to Americans, but they are popular in many places around the world. I've visited them in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Japan, and now here in Budapest. These were some of the most beautiful, by far. Also, it was nice how no one got creeped out while I was carrying around a camera. This one was not fully nude, though, so that probably took the edge off. I think my first one was in Korea, where everyone was fully nude. I remember I got this sea-salt rubdown that took off about three pounds of skin and was crazy-painful!

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:04:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

High above Budapest

Kobe Japan Video

I made a few special videos for passport members while I was in Kobe, Japan. I’ll put up the first video now and the second one soon, along with the final photo from Kobe!

A quick little video from Kobe, Japan. I’ll share a couple of travel planning tips and show you my camera gear for the impending sunset.

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Daily Photo – High above Budapest

On our recent trip to Europe, this was one of my top three cities. I'd love to come back here and explore even more. The sights are beautiful and the food is not only fantastic, but it's incredibly inexpensive. The Ritz-Carlton here was nice enough to let me up on the roof. We did some filming up here and then launched the Phantom 4 quad for a spin. I'm still using the same quad for almost two years now and it's great! I've never had such a long stint without crashing the quad! I hope I didn't jinx it! 🙂

High above Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:26:08
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO120
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

View from the Danube and 24hrs left to order Luminar

From Vienna to Budapest

My friend Nick was going to try this, but it never happened. I thought it sounded like a great idea so I will try it next time… but apparently, you can go from Vienna to Budapest on a fun cruise down the Danube. I don’t know how long it takes or any details, but that sounds like a pretty awesome trip to me. And, it probably doesn’t have the issue I outlined below.

Less than 24hrs of the Luminar Pre-order to go!

Not much time left for the New Luminar preorder! Like, less than 24 hours or so. Grab it here. It’s a fantastic product from our friends at Skylum (the new name of MacPhun – I think it is pronounced Skylooooom, but I am not sure).

Daily Photo – View from the Danube

This is simply a lucky shot! I was on a river cruise down the Danube in Budapest and the moon just happened to be full. I did kind of time it, I suppose, thinking it would be between these two towers. Hey, it worked out. The cruise was recommended to me because there are beautiful views and there was a wine bar on board. It was a great recommendation, but they didn't tell us ahead of time that you only get ONE glass of wine and no more is allowed for the 90-minute sunset cruise. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

View from the Danube

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  • Date Taken2017-06-08 20:21:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

Taking a JPG into Aurora?

During a recent Q&A, I got a question about Aurora HDR 2018 and bringing in a single JPG rather than a RAW. My short answer is that a RAW is always better, but I still bring in a lot of JPGs from my phone to process with Aurora, like today’s photo!

Daily Photo – Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

This was taken with a Google Pixel phone, by the way. And no, Google and Pixel are not a sponsor or anything! We actually asked them to help sponsor our European tour, but they never emailed us back. They seemed quite interested, and I asked twice, but I can't send a third email… that's just too embarrassing. Oh well, whether or not they are an official sponsor, I still think it is an amazing phone and camera, as you can see. These were fairly dark conditions… that is Olya there, our videographer, getting some B-Roll for our Budapest videos.

Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

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  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:46:19
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2
  • ISO127
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

My Very Serious Team!

A Look Inside my Studio and latest setup

Hey all – what’s the current State of Affairs of my computers and gadgets and goodies? I made a video, but remember you can check out my KIT for a listing of all my goodies!

A Big Thanks

I’ll take this opportunity to send a big thanks to the whole team that helps out around here. There’s a lot of things behind the scenes you don’t see. They all work really hard to make everything happen. Thanks again guys and gals! 🙂

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Daily Photo – My Very Serious Team!

Hehe – they are all great. Here's three of them. That's Tane, my assistant in the front left. Then Olya is on the right, our crazy Russian videographer. They are both kind of like models, so I take a lot of photos of them looking wistfully in various directions. In the back is Seth, our other videographer! I took this in Budapest right before the Hans Zimmer concert.

My Very Serious Team!

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  • Date Taken2017-06-01 19:21:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wave Pool in the Turkish Baths

Mini Baths Guide

There are many in Budapest, and it would probably be fun to try them all. I got many recommendations from the staff at the Ritz-Carlton, and me and the team tried two. Our favorite of the two was Gellert Baths. There were seven baths, indoor+outdoor, and it was extremely beautiful. Also, most importantly for me, it wasn’t that crowded. The other bath, the more famous Szechenyi Baths were extremely crowded, and you’d often bump into people when going through the halls.

The Los Angeles Photo Walk is official now!

It’ll be on September 9th and you can RSVP on the Facebook event here. This is a free event, and all skill levels and cameras (yes even mobile phones) are welcome! It’ll be a beautiful sunset, and a great chance for you to come learn some new photography tips & tricks, and hang out with a bunch of awesome people. Speaking of awesome people, this is sponsored by Air New Zealand. We just selected the winner for the big AirNZ contest to fly out here and spend a week with me at a photo workshop in New Zealand. Thanks again for the thousands of incredible entires – very inspirational! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Wave Pool in the Turkish Baths

All the photos I have on the blog so far are from the Gellert Baths, since that's the only place I took photos! This is the only outdoor pool, and I was surprised to see it was a wave pool – Cool! The baths were built over 100 years ago, and I doubt it was originally a wave pool. It's pretty cool they converted it though… everyone inside was having a blast.

The Wave Pool in the Turkish Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:11:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

4 Tips for Taking Surprising Mobile Photos

It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone or an Android there are a few things you can do to get your mobile photography to the next level. All of the photos included with the tips were taken with my Google Pixel phone. I normally shoot with a big Hasselblad camera, but sometimes all I have with me is my phone. I’ve come up with some great tricks to make them look as surprising and incredible as possible.

1) Don’t hit that big circle on the screen to take the photo. Use the Vol Up button on the side! One, when you jab the screen with your finger, you’re causing camera-shake and it will make your photo more blurry. Two, using the volume up button allows you to hold the camera much more steady with one or two hands.

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This was taken an underground Turkish bath in Budapest, Hungary. This is Olya, my crazy Russian videographer, who traveled through Europe with us to make some inspirational and tutorial videos.

2) Experiment with the mobile app Snapseed! It’s free and available for Android and iOS. This is, by far, the best app for editing your photos on your phone. There are many tools in there and many different filters. One great thing about Snapseed is you can layer many different filters together to really give your photo a unique look. People will wonder how you did it!

Image 2

Here’s a fun family photo from a few months ago when we rode camels near the pyramids in Egypt. I used Snapseed filters to give it this “look.”

3) Take some cheeky street photos. If you’re like me, as you walk around the streets, you often see interesting people, crazy outfits, or just kooky things you find interesting. It can sometimes be embarrassing to blatantly aim your phone at these things, so get used to using the Volume Up button to take the photos. On the Pixel phone, for example, I can turn on the camera by double-clicking the power button. Then I move my finger to volume-up to take the photo. Your horizon will probably be off, but you can fix that later.

Image 3

Here’s a cheeky street photo I took in Budapest, Hungary. This is my assistant Tane. He’s not posing; this is literally how he looks all the time.

4) Try combining your phone with an iPad or tablet to edit your photos to the next level. Professional photographers know that a photo reads differently on a larger screen. Next time you’re at a coffee shop, why not zap your photo over to your tablet (via Google Photos or Airdrop), then use Snapseed to edit it there. A good photo always looks better bigger on a tablet, so don’t feel like you’re forced to use that tiny little screen.

Image 4

This a photo I took in Aruba. I was jogging on the beach, and of course I had my mobile phone with me. I was able to cover a lot of ground quickly, and there’s no way I would go on a jog and carry a Hasselblad! But it’s nice to always have the phone with me and take a ton of photos, picking out the best after I sit down to relax.

Image 5

Near my home on the south island of New Zealand, there is this amazing place to watch the sunset called Lake Hayes. I forgot my big Hasselblad camera, so all I had was my phone. There’s a saying that the Best Camera is the one you have with you!

Image 6

Here’s a panorama of three different photos I took while on a walk here near my home in New Zealand. Since I have an Android, I use Google photos. One great thing about Google Photos is there’s a little AI assistant that will “gift” you a panorama if it senses you took a lot of photos close together.

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