Today, I’ll post two photos from the same shuttle launch that I recently worked on. This launch was particularly cool because of the low cloud cover. Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll get to see both edits today!
Editing the Rocket, man
Today, a two-for-one! You’ll get to see me edit two of these space shuttle photos. I also show a pretty cool trick to add more trees so that I can fix the horizon. Well, the horizon was not actually off, but the trees made it look like it.
One of my favorite things about this photo is how you can see the shadow of the vertical plume as it kept going up, up, up. I tell ya, these rocket launches are really emotional and exciting. It’s a strange combination of fright and awe.
Try out that Garry Shandling documentary. It’s very interesting! I always liked him… but never knew much about his story until I saw this thing… It’s called “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” so check it out!
Editing the Disney Castle
Happy Sunday! Here’s a very simple and quick edit, showing how I used Aurora HDR to finish off this Disney Castle photo.
Are there any bad photos of this thing? I mean, come on. But the challenge for me is to try to find new angles and new contexts. I like this one because it’s both a little haunted-looking and I like these repeating lamps that add more depth to the shot.
The creation of this photo took many steps, so I decided to split the process into two videos across two Sundays for Passport Members. So, today, we get to see the resolution to our exciting cliffhanger!
This is actually another panorama, but it was a little easier to put together. I was lucky enough to go out and get really close to the space shuttle on the day before the big launch. I was so excited… just a like a little kid! I still get excited thinking about it.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
They have three different beach islands there and each one is really beautiful. It’s a good idea to visit all three and check them out. When I was there, the waves were not big at all, so it was easy for the kids to play in the water and have a good time.
Daily Photo – Sarasota Beach at Sunset
This is the scene at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club at sunset. I was happy to find out the Sarasota location actually had two parts. The main hotel is about 5 minutes away in the center of the city, and then they have this satellite beach club. I thought it would be just like a few little tents on the beach, but it was a major production! Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, and everything you need for a proper beach getaway!
This was taken with the DJI Mavic Pro. It's a vertirama made from four different photos.
Even though I’ve lived in the semi-British world here in New Zealand for the past 6 years, I am still flummoxed by British sports. Here is how I feel when watching almost any of their sports.
Daily Photo – Tane at F/0.95
Tane looks cute at any F-Stop, so he's probably not an ideal person for testing this lens. If you can possibly avert your eyes, look at the background. I know, it's tough, but do it for the sake of lens testing. Look at that amazing blurry area back there. In fact, if you look at his ears, even they are out of focus.
It's a great lens for sure. It's all manual focus, and I have put the lens up here on my Kit.com page.