Over Monte Carlo

Euro Tour

Check out this highlight video of our European Photo Walk Tour!

Listen to Sam Harris talk with Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens)

Also, here is an interesting podcast I just finished listening to where Yuval Noah Harari talks about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. It is a wide-ranging discussion which is well worth some of your Sunday.

Passport Sunday – Art Talk in Glenorchy

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.

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Daily Photo – Over Monte Carlo

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!

Over Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 19:46:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the Hong Kong Opera House

Ride with me to Glenorchy (Part 2 of 4)

And following up from Part 1 of my road trip to Glenorchy is this video below, where I process the photos I took on that extremely moody and windy day!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Hong Kong Opera House

I have a trick I do in China when going into places I'm not supposed to enter. This is a good example… this is the new opera house that is still under construction. I peeked inside from the street and thought it looked incredible. There were some security guards and stuff, so I casually walked up to them and said, “Don't worry, I'm with the government.”

Exploring the Hong Kong Opera House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-14 03:16:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Spotify Playlists

I have a bunch of different Spotify Playlists, but one of my favorites is Feelin’ Groovesalad. It’s one of my most active ones that I add to the most… Right now it has over 200 songs and I add about 5 more cool finds a week. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Every time I make a trip to Glenorchy I come away with a winner photo or two. The whole place is so photogenic! I should be driving over there once a week or something. Actually, I'm home for a little six-week stint now before a SE Asia trip, so I'm going to set aside more time to visit some old favorite haunts and get some photos! I've been pretty busy organizing all my photos and preparing some unique content for Passport members, but most of that is finished now so I can take more photos.

A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:31:45
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

Screenflow Review!

If you’re interested in a quick way to edit videos or do a screen recording, be sure to check out my Screenflow Review I just finished here on the blog. I’ll embed the video from the review right here below to give you a taste!

Oldie But Goodie!

Here’s one of the first videos I made when I moved to this area about six years ago. It’s called 30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown. It’s pretty much the only time-lapse I have ever made. It was so time-consuming that I haven’t had time to make another one!

Daily Photo – Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

I should make this drive once a week! I don't know why I don't. It's so beautiful here and the water and sky are different enough each time to make it worth it. Also, when you get to the end of the road about 25 minutes later, there are some great spots for lunch and relaxation.

Driving Off Towards Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-08 07:45:04
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/210
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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Abstract Snowscape

Busy Beaver in December

I’m home pretty much all of December, so I’ve been busy making a bunch of new videos and new photos. Some videos are exclusive to Passport Members, others are public, others are live Facebook Screencasts, others are special to Aurora HDR and more! They take quite a long time to make, edit, and move around… it seems like a big chunk of the time is just moving data from place to place… I call this digital wrangling!

Daily Photo – Abstract Snowscape

I've started playing more with landscape shots and not showing the horizon line. I think in landscape photography, typically you always see some kind of horizon, or at least have a general sense of where it is. This gives the viewer a certain amount of context as to what is going on. But, by removing that context and completely obscuring the horizon, it becomes a bit more mysterious and abstract. Try experimenting with this… just little ideas here and there.

This was taken near Glenorchy, New Zealand.

Abstract Snowscape

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-12 14:41:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Aro-Ha at Sunset

Burning Man Article Updated

Hi all! I updated my Burning Man article about how to protect your Camera in the wild conditions. I also linked to the upcoming Burning Man photo walk as well as linking to my Burning Man packing list for Photo Kits and my Burning Man Kit for Essentials.

Why not come to Aro-Ha?

This is not a paid ad or anything… I’m just a fan and my best friend owns the place. If you’re looking to come to New Zealand, why not plan a few days here at Aro-Ha? It’s about 45 minutes outside of Queenstown, and, as you can see, it’s quite the serene and beautiful place.

Daily Photo – Aro-Ha at Sunset

Here's my favorite little hot tub in New Zealand. This is at the yoga and meditation retreat, Aro Ha. This is where we had our photography/yoga workshop last year. This whole spa area is European clothing-optional, which some of us took full advantage of! It was a great place to unwind after a long day of hiking, yoga, and photography.

Aro-Ha at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-09 15:12:44
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Walk in Glenorchy

Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

Here’s a link – the one about self confidence, to the podcast when Derek first talks to Tim Ferris. I had about 10 people tell me I should meet him, and vice-versa, so we finally made it happen.

Daily Photo – Another Walk in Glenorchy

I had my new friend Derek Sivers down to Queenstown for a visit and we went over here to Glenorchy to take a walk. You can't ever go wrong with a walk here, talking about philosophy and life, taking photos all the way. The colors this day were particularly vibrant when the sun would bleed through the clouds.

Another Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:24:11
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Earnslaw Burn

Part 4 of the Earnslaw Burn Story

If you’re a Passport member, you’ll see extra content today. I have a patron that has purchased some special work, and today has a 360 view of his mansion and where the work will hang! You can also see his amazing Ferrari on a turntable garage. Awesome!

Passport Exclusive: Earnslaw Burn Part 4

Check out this cool 360 video I shot at a patron’s home in Beverly Hills. Remember you can grab the video and twist it around to look whichever way you wish. I’m sorry it’s so shaky… I feel like a field reporter in Syria or something.

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Daily Photo – Earnslaw Burn

Here's one of the three finished works. This is a panorama made out of about 100 different images in this magical place in New Zealand. If you've watched the four videos we made for Passport subscribers, then you can see everything that happened! Helicoptering in, me forgetting the overnight tents on the glacier, etc etc.

To give it a sense of size, my son, who is 6'3″ is standing under the waterfall on the left. See him? He's wearing a red top.

Earnslaw Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-01 09:08:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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The Wetlands

Laird Superfood

Be sure to check out some of my favorite things on my Kit page, including some non-photography stuff. I’ve really gotten into this Laird Superfood Creamer that I add to my coffee… it’s super-tasty and is effectively that bulletproof formula. I crave it every morning! (Note that Laird did not pay me to say that or anything… I paid full price!) 🙂

Daily Photo – The Wetlands

Another pretty day in New Zealand means another pretty day to test out the new Hasselblad X1D. Man I love this machine… it's fun getting a new toy and it gives me a reason to go re-visit some of my favorite haunts. It was one of those mornings that started out a little cloudy and dreary, but then opens up around noon to really show some amazing colors. Not long after this, the sun came out and really lit up all those yellow bits. It was almost TOO colorful, so that's why I came back to this one which is a bit more understated in its vibrancy.

The Wetlands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:02:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Staring up in Paradise

First X1D Photo

Here’s one of the first photos I took with the new Hasselblad X1D. I went out and took all sorts of different photos as I’m getting to know the new camera system… I’m finding it very sharp and fun. I don’t have enough data yet for a full review, but I’m really enjoying it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Staring up in Paradise

If you go past Glenorchy for another 30 minutes, you enter a magical forest of sorts near Paradise. Derek Sivers and I were walking around the mossy forest for a while, talking and seeing pretty things… then I decided to look up, and I saw this pretty little scene.

Staring up in Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 23:54:05
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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