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Rainy Yoga in St. Mark’s Square

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I’m a big fan of Jim Carrey’s recent talks about consciousness and whatnot. Here’s a 5-minute highlight of his commencement speech with some cool art behind it.

Daily Photo – Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Here's Bel doing a wee bit of yoga in St. Mark's Square right before dinner. That's the kind of thing she does when she's not doing any filming! She sets down all her video equipment and then starts doing a bit of yoga action, even in the rain.

Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 19:24:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Jose Andres in Full Form

Failed Health Goals

Last year, at the Grand Cayman Cookout, I started with great intentions, I was gonna work out each day, eat kinda light, and lose 2 pounds. Well, I didn’t do any of that. In fact, I gained 5 pounds, which I considered to be a net 7lb failure. I’m sure the same thing will happen this year, but I’ll go in with much lower explectations!

Daily Photo – Jose Andreas in Full Form

The Grand Cayman Cookout is happening right now! This is a shot from last year's, when my friend Gino was interviewing the hilarious Jose Andreas, one of the many chefs that come to Grand Cayman from all around the world. In this scene, he was being very pro-vegetarian and trying to convince all the hunters out there to go shoot vegetables to make them more excited about eating them.

Jose Andreas in Full Form

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-14 01:26:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Conan at the Spa

This is a funny video that reminds me of my time in the Korean spa in Seoul!

New Sony A7r Mark 3 Review!

I just put the finishing touches on the Sony a7R III Review here on the site. Enjoy! Just below here are 3 sample photos I took with this machine…

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Daily Photo – Another View of the Turkish Baths

Public baths are such a strange thing to Americans, but they are popular in many places around the world. I've visited them in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Japan, and now here in Budapest. These were some of the most beautiful, by far. Also, it was nice how no one got creeped out while I was carrying around a camera. This one was not fully nude, though, so that probably took the edge off. I think my first one was in Korea, where everyone was fully nude. I remember I got this sea-salt rubdown that took off about three pounds of skin and was crazy-painful!

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:04:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Plotaverse News!

There’s all kinds of fun stuff happening with these cool animated photographs over at Plotaverse! The most exciting thing is that today we release a new class on KelbyOne for all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Plotagraph comes in a few flavours, but if you want the full monty, I recommend Pro for $19.99 a month to get all the goodies. Note we also recently released a “lite” version on iOS for iPad and iPhone, and it hit the number 1 spot for photography apps! It’s been a big hit with over 1.5 million downloads! And it’s been great for people get a little taste of it there and then many come over to get the web pro version that has all the extra features.

Here’s a Plotagraph I made of a wedding photo taken by my friend Jim Pollard. How cool is this?


Another Plotagraph Example

If you don’t see the photo animated, it is probably simply still loading. Or maybe there is something wrong with your eyes. But probably the former.

Remember, these are all made out of a single JPG. There is no need to record any video or anything. That’s the trick!

Below is another example of a Plotagraph I made.


And Another Plotagraph Example

If you don’t see the photo animated, it is probably simply still loading.

New Name for the Social Bit – Plotaverse!

It’s a great way to discover new artists and for them to discover you! Pop over to Plotaverse to see all the amazing creativity there. This is also a good launching pad for all the other Plota-themed products. This article is mostly about Plotagraph Pro, but there are many other elements that feed into this vast ecosystem.

Go see all my Plotagraphs!

Jump over to my Plotagraph Portfolio to see all the different ones I’ve made! I obviously love it. If you hover over the still photo, the animation will load. Or you can click on them to see them bigger. By the way, I love it so much, I invested some money in the company.

Updated Plotagraph Review

I also recently updated my Plotagraph Review here on the site.

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Star Trek Discovery

It’s a pretty good show, I must say. I can say it’s probably the most BEAUTIFUL show on right now for sure. Everything is really interesting to watch, from the special effects to the incredible Klingon vessels and interiors. I’m not sure about all the characters yet. And I usually really question a lot of the decisions the crew makes. But, if I can just let that go, it’s a pretty good show.

Daily Photo – Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

When I heard about this place near Berlin, I knew we had to go! And yes, it even looks like a giant penis; I wonder if they did that on purpose. Anyway, now it's filled with all kinds of cool graffiti and street art. It's a bit dangerous maybe, with broken staircases, no guard rails, broken windows, and this sort of thing. I believe I had to buy a ticket to get inside, but it was totally worth it.

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 21:05:29
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

DJI Mavic

I’m slowly working on the Mavic review now that I have one in hand. I paid full price for this thing, and I am very excited! Getting new toys is always fun. I plan on doing a few side-by-side flights of the Mavic and the Phantom and comparing the video and photos between the two.

A message from Denver

Thank you Passport Members! Here’s a quick video to show behind-the-scenes of the charity you’re helping to fund!

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Daily Photo – A Balloon in the Morning Fog

If I was more of a morning person, I'd definitely head over here to Lake Hayes for a morning walk much more. Maybe when I get older, I'll be more of a morning person. Or maybe I should just to bed earlier and stop watching Netflix till midnight! I can only blame myself.

A Balloon in the Morning Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:58:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

High above Budapest

Kobe Japan Video

I made a few special videos for passport members while I was in Kobe, Japan. I’ll put up the first video now and the second one soon, along with the final photo from Kobe!

Here’s part 1 of my settings and some tips while waiting on the sunset in a very cold place! 🙂

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Daily Photo – High above Budapest

On our recent trip to Europe, this was one of my top three cities. I'd love to come back here and explore even more. The sights are beautiful and the food is not only fantastic, but it's incredibly inexpensive. The Ritz-Carlton here was nice enough to let me up on the roof. We did some filming up here and then launched the Phantom 4 quad for a spin. I'm still using the same quad for almost two years now and it's great! I've never had such a long stint without crashing the quad! I hope I didn't jinx it! 🙂

High above Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:26:08
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO120
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mosque in Cairo

Some Passport Content!

Here’s a video we first released to Passport Members about a year ago or so, but I wanted to share it with everyone. It’s sort of a little behind-the-scenes video of a gentleman singing in this very mosque.

Daily Photo – Mosque in Cairo

What a beautiful mosque, eh? I didn't visit the middle east much until the last five years ago, but I really enjoy shooting inside mosques. The variety between them is amazing. It does often require getting special permission, but that is not so difficult to get. Everyone inside the mosques has been quite nice as well. In this one, I was with my wife and two daughters the whole time as well.

Mosque in Cairo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 16:16:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Exploring Shinjuku

Staying extra-safe in Japan

Japan is a wonderful and safe place with one exception. While in Tokyo, don’t take the advice or invitations of any Nigerians standing outside of clubs. There are less than there used to be, and they’re usually around Roppongi. The worst case scenario is not that you’ll get hurt or anything, but they’ll get you into some situation where they take a bunch of money or charge a lot on your credit card. It’s never happened to me, but I know it happens.

Daily Photo – Exploring Shinjuku

All of Tokyo is incredible to shoot, but if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of the lights, neon, commercialism, then head over to Shinjuku. The whole area is great, but it's fun to get lost and zigzag down random streets and see what you can find. It's always on the must-visit list for me. This sub-area of Shinjuku called Kabuchiko is especially interesting. It's also kind of the “red light district” of Tokyo, but, as with all things in Japan, it's perfectly safe.

Exploring Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-02 05:58:40
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

Walking around Phoenix City at night

Bulletproof Coffee

I’ve become quite the fan of Bulletproof Coffee. I have it almost every day and it really seems to work wonders!

Daily Photo – Walking around Phoenix City at night

My usual routine when I visit a new city is to wander all over in the afternoon, then find a good place for sunset, then wander and take photos through dusk, then go have a dinner and a wine, then wander around as late as my energy will carry me. That last bit is what brought me to this place! I'd really like to get back here to Fenghuang and do some more night-wandering!

Walking around Phoenix City at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 10:42:29
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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