The Aurora in Thailand?

What makes Aurora HDR 2019 stand out?

Check out this quick video which shows how Aurora HDR 2019 improves on previous versions and how it compares to the competition. Like what you see? Then grab it over here.

Logisitics for Spain

I’m getting close to my 100km trek across Spain with Kevin Kelly on the Camino. That trip takes a lot of logistics as well… nothing is easy… plus, coming from New Zealand adds a whole new layer of complexity which usually adds two days onto the entire trip.

Daily Photo – The Aurora in Thailand?

No no, I'm afraid there was no Aurora in Thailand, but it sure does look like it, doesn't it? This is just off the coast of Phulay Bay where there is some kind of mining/shipping operation going on. I don't think of it as an eyesore… I think it's kind of pretty! The glows would change all night too. I believe some of the glowing was from boats out fishing in the night as well.

The Aurora in Thailand?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-02 02:36:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Midnight Walk in Thailand

Adobe Rant about Lightroom Presets

Well I was just about to blow a gasket, but I took some deep breaths and decided to many a mini-rant video instead. I was in the middle of making some new presets (grab them now in the presets area of my store), and I was completely perplexed and bamboozled by the way Adobe deals with presets. Are these bugs or am I just really dumb?

Daily Photo – Midnight Walk in Thailand

When I stayed at Phulay Bay in Krabi, I spent almost every night skulking around the resort and taking photos. The architecture around here is so interesting and beautiful that you really can't take a bad photo anywhere. So I made a little game every night where I would take 100 photos and always try to improve on getting fresh angles and composing objects in different ways. This night was particularly good because the moon came out to play with the clouds.

Midnight Walk in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 00:30:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Romantic Bath for One

Fifth Wheel Power Conversion

Rene and I got a fifth wheel that we take to Burning Man each year. I have a good idea to get one of those Tesla Power Wall batteries and install it, replacing the current electrical system. But I have NO IDEA how to actually do that. Clever people are more than welcome to send me some advice!

Daily Photo – A Romantic Bath for One

Look at my very romantic bath here in Phulay Bay, Thailand! I felt very strange getting in here by myself while all my friends were off watching World Cup. I sat in here and read some Patrick Rothfuss…So it was kind of like I was in the bath with Pat. Kinda. It was all very surreal. I don't even really take baths, so I wasn't exactly sure what to do. I guess you just lie there. It took a lot of effort not to burn myself with those floating candles. Although I liked that part of the bath because it added a certain sense of danger and adventure. And no, I didn't take photos of myself in the bath. No one wants to see that.

A Romantic Bath for One

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 02:39:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Floating Over Krabi

Documentary Now

If you get the chance, watch the new comedy “Documentary Now.” When I started watching it, I wasn’t sure if it was a comedy or not because Helen Mirren is the host, and she’s usually pretty serious. Anyway, I got my first hint it was a comedy when I saw Fred Armisen make an appearance a few minutes in. At that point, I knew all bets were off.

Daily Photo – Floating Over Krabi

All around Krabi and dozens of little island paradises. Most of them are completely empty and you can just kind of rock up there and claim it as your own personal island whenever you want. Most of the islands are pretty jungly, so there's not a lot you can do on them other than be attacked by reptiles. But some have really nice beaches where you can just hole up and read all day. I've never been a boat guy, but it kind of made me want to have a boat and just rock around to explore every little nook and cranny.

Floating Over Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 19:39:25
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

Korean Mom’s Day Out!

Passport Sunday! A new Video from Tokyo

If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see today’s awesome video that our team made in Tokyo. I think it’s probably the most high-quality video we’ver ever made! You’ll see me shooting in all sorts of conditions and get a good idea of what goes on during four days of shooting in crazy Tokyo!

Chill out Deep Trance Meditation Music

My friend Cliff Baise turned me onto some great brain-wave music to listen to while working or editing photos. He listens to it while he paints. Here is a link to one of the tracks.

A Special Video from Tokyo for you!

Now, this is a bit more than a “Sneak Peek”!!! This represents one of about 30 videos I am sitting on, unreleased. As you can tell from the quality level of this video and the time it took to create, these are rather expensive. So we’re busy trying to wrap up sponsors so that we can release them all to the world. In the meantime, since you are a Secret Passport Member and get to see things before the huddled masses, I am happy to share it with you now!

You’ll see me in various parts of Tokyo doing all sorts of things… mostly photography related!

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Daily Photo – Korean Mom's Day Out!

Now, I'm not 100% sure these are Koreans, but I'm 99% sure. It obviously doesn't really matter, but I have seen many of these groups of traveling ladies from Korea that have their own photographer follow them around. This is on a little island near Krabi, Thailand. It was really fun to watch them. The photographer was really animated and putting them into all kinds of positions. The ladies were having the time of their lives.

Korean Mom's Day Out!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-29 16:35:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

Updated Sony Review!

I added a few new photos to the Sony A7r Mark 3 Review. And yes, there is still a hidden Google Pixel 2 photo in there. Can you find it?

Hey Gents!

While in Koh Samui, we met the two gentlemen that run the “Hey Gents” magazine. It was so fun to get to know them and hang out. We went out on yachts, partied on the beach, you name it! Really fun guys… actually right now they are putting together a little video that I can share with you. In the meantime, here is the article they just released about our time there together.

Daily Photo – Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

And speaking of Koh Samui, one evening we went to the other side of the island where the fishing boats come in. That part was pretty interesting, but I was drawn a bit away to these oyster farmers. I waded into the water with them to follow their movements. They would make little “clicking/rubbing” sounds with their fingers to get the oysters to make themselves seen in the sand below. I don't know why that worked, but it does!

Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:21:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Baby Burner

My friend (and awesome aviation photographer!) Jessica Ambats came to her first Burning Man this year. I only got to see her once at the photo walk, and she was happy to have her baby there. I always think it’s awesome and brave for people to bring their kids to the Burn. She just sent me this cute video she made while there.

Passport 360 Special from Tokyo pt 2

Passport Members get back-to-back videos. Today I give tips on how to capture the busiest intersection in the world!

Tokyo 360 pt 2!

This second video has a few more practical tips about how I take street photos at the world’s busiest intersection ( Shibuya, Tokyo). If you missed yesterday be sure to go back and take a look!

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Daily Photo – Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

This beautiful little spot in Koh Samui is a serene location to watch the sunset. Anyone can go here and have drinks to watch the sunset, and you don't have to be a guest of the Ritz-Carlton. They actually do set up little drinking tables on these stepping stones, but no one was out there, so I quickly removed them so they wouldn't get in the way of the shot!

Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 00:40:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

Travel tip to Thailand

If you’ve never been to Thailand before, I recommend coming out to these little islands like Koh Samui. I think a lot of people end up in Bangkok. It’s a cool city, but it’s really crowded and chaotic too. If you want to really “get away” get on out to one of these many beautiful islands for some proper R&R!

Daily Photo – The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

I believe it's pretty rare to have a freshwater lake right in the middle of one of these tiny islands. There were about 100 of these mini-islands all across the ocean. We visited probably about a dozen and went snorkeling at a few of them. How fun! It was probably one of my favorite days there. We were there with the two guys that run Hey Gents. They were a lot of fun!

The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 13:29:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/850
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Kayaking at the Bond Island

A Video Art Tour from Aro-Ha

You all may know that I have been out to the yoga retreat called Aro-Ha here in New Zealand a few times. I love it there! Well, the gentleman that owns it is one of my art collectors and he decided to put a few pieces up there. Enjoy this little tour as I show you around a bit!

Daily Photo – Kayaking at the Bond Island

This isn't actually the famous James Bond island from Thailand, but just another miscellaneous one off the coast of Koh Samui. Can you see a face in it? I definitely saw it in there the whole time. I love seeing these islands with this strange, undercut limestone shape. I wonder what it looks like when an island like this tips over into the ocean. It must make a tremendous crash and set of waves… I'd love to see that some time!

Kayaking at the Bond Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 21:04:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Quick Tip Video

Below I show how I often remove noise from mobile photos using Aurora HDR. It’s a pretty good idea to do this for sunset/sunrise/night photos, because you’d be surprised how much noise creeps into the dark areas when blown up to 100%. It looks fine on the phone, but you really can’t tell until you get way in there.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

And here's another island sunset for you! Whenever I'm on islands, I forget how beautiful the sunsets are most of the time! This is one of my favorite shots from Koh Samui. We drove over to the other side of the islands to see the fishermen. The initial plan was to stay over by the docks, but then I altered that plan when I saw all the calm shallow water about ten minutes away. I actually spent half an hour trudging around in knee-deep water watching different boats, fishermen, and oyster-pickers.

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:33:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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