Speaking of Iceland, there were lots of dumb scenes from Walter Mitty on these roads. I meet a lot of non-photographers, and, god love em, they often bring up Walter Mitty. They say, oh you’re like Walter Mitty, yes? Ummm no! And that movie DRIVES ME CRAZY. There are so many things that are just completely silly. But people love it, and that drives me even more crazy. You mean, he’s NOT gonna take that photo of that snow leopard or whatever? Comon… yeah he’s so awesome he doesn’t even have to take the photo… and that really important secret thing he hides in the worst spot ever. It’s a terrible idea! And he’s like up in the alps talking on his mobile phone to a dating website and then the dating website customer service guy comes to see him in the airport? I mean that is like 1% of the problems with that movie. Having said that, I did hang out a bit with Sean Penn at a google event and he and my wife had a funny moment where they were sharing a chair. Anyway, random.
Daily Photo – Getting Lost in Iceland
Roads and sunsets! Sometimes I feel like I would be content JUST shooting roads and sunsets for the rest of my life. I mean, it’s such a layup, right? I go through SUCH trouble to get all kinds of cooky shots that are cool. But these shots are just so easy! I mean, you just get out of the car and set up the tripod for a photo. It’s like cheating… then I think about all the hiking I do and all the work to get other shots that are sometimes not as interesting. The Effort-to-Result ratio is way off! But then I forgive myself and stop trying to be so analytical and “efficient” while making art. It’s more than okay to be inefficient!
I have a fun party idea that we do a lot… if you have Spotify or Sonos, jump on one of the “Oldies” stations from a favorite decade, enter DJ mode, and then play music trivia. See who can guess the bands!
Daily Photo – Waves crashing through Iceland
I posted a photo about a week ago from Iceland. I was on an editing-tear recently and I couldn't decide WHICH photo to edit, so I ended up editing both. It's a nice exercise for me to edit two different photos that are of the same subject matter in slightly different ways. It helps me to branch out a little and try slightly different things so I don't get in a rut.
Anyway, today I'll be taking family photos like a crazy person… looking forward to that!
Seeing this and working on it puts me right back in the mood of Iceland! It's so rugged and extreme there. It always made me feel quite small and insignificant. These black rocks were extremely sharp and dangerous. I believe this is the same location where Clint Eastwood shot a few of his war movies. I feel sorry for those actors having to climb around on this sharp black glass!
I’ve thought about going back to Iceland here sometime next year… I love it so much ther
Daily Photo – Finely Glaciated Mountains
Up in the northwestern area of Iceland you get these tremendous shapes. It’s right on the edge of the whole country, and the feeling of the mountains is just the same. I haven’t seen a lot of mountains like this — how the glaciers have shaved away both sides so there is a steep ridge down the middle.
And if you’re wondering if that water is cold… yes, yes it is.
I’m sure many of you have clicked the links at the top of the blog that show the kind of stuff I carry around on a daily basis, but here is a video you may have missed! 🙂
Can I say something that most of you will probably disagree with? Sorries in advance! But, for the life of me, I just cannot like that Walter Mitty movie. I found it to be entirely silly, ridiculous, and preposterous in almost every way. Now, nothing wrong with that, I say. I love a good silly, ridiculous, and preposterous movie. For example, give me Monty Python all day long! I don’t know… there were just so many scenes in there I found to be redonk… oh well. Almost everyone I tell this to completely disagrees with me, but, that’s okay I supp
Daily Photo – Road to the Sunset in Iceland
Here’s another photo that I edited with the new Lightroom Tutorial. This one is in the bonus bit, as I did it during the Live Q&A bit. I think it’s pretty cool what you can accomplish with just Lightroom. The reason I was thinking about that silly Walter Mitty movie is this road reminds me of something he might skateboard down.
The Winners of the All-Expenses Trip to New Zealand and the Sony A7!
We recently had a live video hangout to announce the winners! It was part of the release of the new HDR Tutorial on Video. To see the winners, and all the runners-up, check out the video. Enjoy! :)
Daily Photo – The Busiest Sheep in Iceland
See that little sheepy there on the left? I think he must eat the tall parts of all the grass in that entire field to keep it looking perfect.
In fact, I'm often amazed at these huge fields of perfect grass. No one ever mows them, and usually there is almost no sheep. I have no idea how the grass is so perfect all the time. It's really mind-bending and I stop thinking about it too much after a while because it begins to hurt. It's that same kind of brain-hurt that you think about when you wonder what things would be like if there was no universe. I put it up there on that scale.
Whenever you see a river photo from me, you can rest assured I probably did not wade into the middle of the river to do take it. There isn’t anybody that has any sort of time for that. So, it’s pretty much a sure thing that I was standing on a bridge, like in this case below.
Daily Photo – A Lonely River at Sunset
I often drive along long, lonely rivers like this at night just hoping for an oxbow or some place I can take a photo. When I see surprise bridge here or there, I get super-excited, because I know it's a guarantee photo op! But places like this in Iceland are so wild to me… I just never know where the heck I am… usually I never see a bridge, so I kind of have to judge where the river is ebbing and flowing, park, and then hike out to get along the edge to find a good photo spot. But all that mess is much harder than simply finding a bridge!
Roughly 18 months ago I partnered with the amazing team at Macphun to develop an entirely new HDR software tool called Aurora HDR Pro. I worked closely with them to include all of the features I felt was missing from Photomatix, Lightroom and other tools in my quiver. Since it’s release over 1.5million people have downloaded it. I’m blown away! Thank you for believing in us!
Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for Windows!
Until now Aurora HDR was only available for Mac users. And that was a challenge for me too, because I switched from Apple to Microsoft months ago. Well, we’ve got BIG news…! Aurora HDR 2018 is available PRONTO (a bit of Spanish lingo there) for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements and more. I’ve been using it a ton on my Microsoft Surface Studio and I think you’ll be blown away!
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Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018
Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!
New Photomatix soooooon???
I wanted to announce this first on the blog since it is so cool and I was excited!
It’s not available yet – I got one early since I am in the private beta. I asked if it was okay to share a few early things (I’m not into spilling secrets), and they said it was cool — the public beta will be very soon, so no need to contact Photomatix!
The new Photomatix 5 will have some awesome stuff that is pretty cool. For one, the auto-align algorithm is continuing to improve. There is even an added option (as you can see below) for images that are taken on tripods. I can attest that not all images on tripods are necessarily aligned, so this is a cool tweak to the algorithm which itself has made tremendous strides even in recent point releases after Photomatix 4.
Regarding the Upgrade policy (many questions about this — this is from their website):
The upgrade to Photomatix Pro version 5 will be free of charge for customers who purchased a license of Photomatix Pro version 4.0 or higher through our website or authorised resellers (Photomatix Pro 4.0 was released on October 2010).
One of the other many new features is a new algorithm called Exposure/Fusion-Realistic which looks promising. That’s all I’ll share for now, but I’ll be sure to update the reviews and everything when it is ready!
Daily Photo – Frolicking Horses in Iceland
Here’s one of the best situations to use Photomatix — when you are shooting a landscape scene with a lot of different light levels. In this case, it does not get much more extreme than staring right into the sun while shooting these lovely horses on a farm in Iceland.
What are your favorite apps for real-time or predictive data about the Aurora? I’d like to know more about when to go shoot these things. Right now, I just kind of wait for Eden Brackstone to send me an email, but this seams kind of random!
Daily Photo – Reds Forever
This will sound weird… but wouldn’t it be strange if sunsets were green and blue instead of orange and red? I guess that is why I like the Aurora so much, because the colors are so crazy.
I shot this in Iceland one morning around four AM on the way to the northwest fjordlands.
Jim Jochetz, Paul Johnston, and Alfredo Mora each won a XUME Adapter
And congratulations to those that received a $100 Gift Certificates from Adorama!
Daily Photo – Driving High Along the Fjords
The roads in Iceland normally follow the bottom part of the valley. Here, in this particular area, the road was about halfway up one of the mountains, which gave me a bit of a downward perspective. Every few miles there is an interesting, old, weather-beaten barn like this one to set the scene. It may not even be so old, and maybe the weather there is so rough that it makes things look old before their time.