The Black Rock Lighthouse

How-to Edit

If you are one of our esteemed Passport Members and want to see today’s photo edited, then go visit the previous Passport entry from a few weeks ago! It’s kind of a looooong edit at 15 minutes, but I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s a little hardcore, but I think you should be able to follow along with no problem.

Burning Man Photo Walk

Don’t miss it! Here’s the Facebook event for Wednesday at 6:30 PM at Center Camp. It’s a free event as always… hey, of course… everything is free at Burning Man! You’ll even get a hug. ๐Ÿ™‚

Updated Burning Man Kit

If you pop over and see all my gear and goodies on Kit.com, you’ll notice a Burning Man area. It’s actually not just for Burning Man, but any kind of music festival… It’s good to be prepared for these sorts of things!

Daily Photo – The Black Rock Lighthouse

Just editing this photo got me all excited about Burning Man again. I don't want to miss anything, but I still miss so many things. Well, everyone does. Now that I've been eight times, I really understand how MUCH there is to see and experience there. I don't really feel bad about missing things, because it is physically impossible. I'd conservatively say that I miss over one-thousand awesome experiences per year. But I still have over a hundred, so that's not so bad. If this ratio was the other way around, I'd be rather bored.

The Black Rock Lighthouse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-01 12:16:06
  • CameraX-Pro2
  • Camera MakeFuji
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length34.2 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.33

Beautiful San Francisco

On Tony and Chelsea Northrup’s show

I was recently on their fun YouTube show and I critiqued a lot of different photos. We also got into all other sorts of topics as well… anyway, here it is for you to enjoy!

Daily Photo – Beautiful San Francisco

It's been quite a while since I have visited San Francisco, but I still have plenty of photos from previous visits. It's such a great city… if I were to move back to the USA, it's definitely one of those cities I would consider living in. I may stop by quickly when I come over for Burning Man… I need to get up to Napa to visit my mom and try to be a good son! ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful San Francisco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-02-22 09:38:21
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Burning Man Photo Editing

This Week on Passport

Today’s how-to video for Passport Members is a bit longer than usual. I usually try to keep them under 5 minutes, but this one clocks in at over 15 minutes to edit a single photo. You’ll see everything from alpha to omega. I do a lot of detailed work on this one… probably a bit overkill, but I hope you enjoy!

Some favorite Burning Man Photos

Speaking of Burning Man, I thought I’d add a few from my //Burning Man Portfolio// over on SmugMug!


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Here’s how I edited a photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse. You’ll see me begin with Aurora HDR to make adjustments then end up in Photoshop to align and create some margins for artistic purposes. You’ll also see a lot of content-aware + clone-stamp action to clean up some of the mess!

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Wolfgang Thrust

Sunset Beach Photo Tips

I spend a lot of time taking sunset photos on beaches. It doesn’t mean I’m an expert or anything, but I have a lot of experience with it. Anyway, in this video, I talk a bit about composition and my setup for the shot.

Daily Photo – Wolfgang Thrust

For a fun experiment, we made a fake Instagram account for Tane. I wanted to name him “Wolfgang Thrust,” but in the end, we decided this might cause a bit of bias in the experiment. Anyway, that has very little to do with this photo that I got at the Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. This last weekend, I went through and started pulling out unprocessed photos from many years ago. This is one of the random ones I chose to process!

Wolfgang Thrust

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-01-24 17:25:50
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Today for Passport, Part 7 in Antarctica!

In today’s video for Passport Members I show how I am getting pictures of snowflakes on black wool gloves in Antarctica while camping out in the Dry Valleys. This is the seventh part of some Antarctica videos I have created for Passport Members, so enjoy!

If you want to jump to the “Lesson” part of this video where I talk about shooting snowflakes, then go right to the middle. In the beginning, I talk about peeing in a bottle and in the end I show the extremely awkward way of getting into and out of the little hole entrance for our tent.

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Daily Photo – The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

I visited this lighthouse many times while there in Key Biscayne. On my final night, there was a great sunset so I got the quadcopter up to see if I could get a better shot. It turned out to be 100x better than the shot on the ground. My first idea was to line up the sun with where the light comes out of the lighthouse. It looks pretty good but felt a bit forced. I then moved it over just to the left and thought it looked a lot better.

The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:44:30
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset on Oahu

My new Microphone!

My old studio microphone was getting a bit ropey, so I decided to invest in a new one. It’s great! Maybe you can see a difference in some of the new videos we are churning out… audio is so much more important than most people know!

Here is a link to my Kit.Com where that microphone is featured.

Daily Photo – Sunset on Oahu

This was where we had a little family trip for a week in Hawaii. It was perfect for the whole family. Everyone loves the water for sure, so we were in it most of the time. This area was pretty cool because there were about four hotels together, each one with its own protected bay like this. They were all connected by a common path that I used every day to go for a jog and try to work off the pina coladas!

Sunset on Oahu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-24 18:11:50
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/550
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Reflections in Sarasota

A Fun Jason Silva Collaboration

I met this guy years ago when we were speaking at a Google conference. We have the same agent (Hi Amie!) and she suggested we get together. It was great fun! We’ve stayed friends ever since, and this is the first time we collaborated on a project. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Reflections in Sarasota

This was taken atop a rooftop bar there in Sarasota, Florida. It was the only rooftop bar, but it afforded great views. I took a lot of photos up here, but this was one of my favorites where I zoomed in quite a bit on this mirrored building. This is one of those shots I like because it comes out looking fairly confusing!

Reflections in Sarasota

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-21 12:26:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

Podcast Recommendation

If you listen to Tim Ferris’ podcast, I highly recommend the one with Terry Crews. I’m listening to it now with my son… we’re both really enjoying it. It’s very inspirational!

Daily Photo – A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

If I ever moved to the beach, I think these sunsets would be the main reason! I am such a night owl that I often sleep in and miss half the sunrises. So, I think I'd probably have to settle on a house that faces towards the west so I could see more sunsets! One great thing about Key Biscayne is that it's such a long narrow island that you get to see both.

A Last Sunset in Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 11:58:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Latest Processing Techniques!

I use Aurora HDR 2018 on most of my images so I thought I’d share my latest post processing techniques. Bracketed images, a single RAW, HDR Enhance, Smart Tone, top and bottom tuning are all covered here… and few other tricks too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Before I made this trip, I had a great plan to go running every day on the beach. I'm great at making plans, but not always so great in the actual execution! Well, for the first few days, I did run on the beach. I started up at the Ritz-Carlton where I was staying and ran about a mile down here. I don't really like beach-running when the sand is soft. It seems to require 4x the effort to fight through the sand. It's way too much work for exercise, and I know that sounds silly. It mostly just makes me very tired very quickly and sends me into a shame spiral. Anyway, every day I ended up down here and I took photos each time. My favorite one was this one, taken with the drone.

The Lighthouse in Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:49:01
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

One of the best beaches in the USA

Using TripAdvisor to find locations

I actually highly recommend this! I think that a while ago people were gaming the system a bit, but now I believe it is quite authentic. It’s definitely a great source to read reviews and get ratings. Before I go anywhere, I often check TripAdvisor just to get some honest reviews and recommendations.

Daily Photo – One of the best beaches in the USA

This is a photo of Siesta Key in Sarasota. Apparently, this was voted the #1 Beach in the USA a few years ago. So, I had to go see it! It was a little cold when I went here in the middle of winter, but it was still very pretty. What makes it unique is the incredible white powdery sand. I think it's all ground quartz. It made for quite an unusual sensation between my toes! This is a public beach, but it was absolutely massive. I was very impressed and would like to go back at the height of summer.

One of the best beaches in the USA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-21 09:20:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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