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Getting through border security at LAX

This was one of my most popular and controversial Facebook Lives of recent past. I didn’t mean for it to be so nutty, but, well, have a watch/listen and maybe you’ll see!

Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt with our competition winner Martin!

Here’s the Facebook LIVE from at the soundcheck for the Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena with our big contest winner Martin Ronsenkratz and his wife who came with him to see the concert! While we were filming Lisa Gerrard was belting out one of my favorites from Gladiator while the sound crew gets the levels right. A night spent taking photos while listening to incredible music, couldn’t ask for anything better. Below are some of my favorite photos from both the Budapest and Frankfurt concerts, check them out!



Here’s the first concert we visited in Budapest… the lighting here was just incredible, so I decided to do my own take as a tribute to Inception.



During sound check in Frankfurt, Hans jumped on stage to play “Video Killed the Radio Star,” a song that came out of his very first band (a rarely known fact!).



Lisa Gerrard belts out one of her heart-wrenching songs from Gladiator (Now We are Free).



Everyone in the band seems to do multiple things. Here’s some of the great violinists jump in to do some backup singing.



In the middle of the Frankfurt concert (this is Hans’ home town in Germany), a golden sunset started streaming through the stadium.



Behind the scenes were 10x as many people making sure the show went well. There was so much lighting and control mechanisms – I thought it was all quite overwhelming to even conceive of, much less control.



Tina Guo, one of the featured cellists, tears apart more strings from her bow. I told her it looks kind of like she’s playing a quadcopter, eh?



Here’s the old piano that Hans plays throughout the concert. He told me he gets really nervous before the show, so worried he’s going to hit the wrong note… so that’s why he puts little stars on the keys.



Hans conducts his band during Interstellar, one of the final numbers.

A Favorite Walk

How-To Video

Here’s a how-to of how I made today’s photo. I did this on Facebook live, and it’s embedded here. Enjoy! 🙂

Side note: the video looses audio/visual sync though due to technical gremlins but hopefully it’s still somewhat useful!

Daily Photo – A Favorite Walk

I do this walk by my house a few times a week. This is about 5 minutes away and affords amazing views of the valley. I decided to make a panorama here with my new Hasselblad X1D. This is made up of 5 different vertical photos… stitched together in Lightroom, then adjusted with Aurora HDR. Well, you can see more in the video above!

A Favorite Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:15:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New to Luminar – Accent AI Filter

Hey there’s some new Mac software you should try – it has this ONE awesome “AI Slider” – too easy! This is the latest iteration of Luminar, so it has all the other nifty sliders if you want to get down in the details. Grab it now at the Macphun Site.

I was with the engineering team in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, and Dima was geeking out about this feature… he showed me and now I know why! We worked with Macphun closely on Aurora (which yes, is coming to Windows) – so I know how passionate these guys are about great photo editing software. Anyway, if you’re a busy or casual photographer, having this new, simple AI slider is pretty ingenious. Hope you love it! 🙂

Here’ a quick broadcast from my desktop to show you how to use the AI Slider.

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Thoughts on pathways in photos from Berlin

After the madness of Amsterdam, we drove overnight to Berlin for the 7th photo walk on the tour. Here the theme was pathways and how they, as well as other elements, can enhance your photography.

Daily Photo – The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

I don't do a lot of these abstract scenes, but I do quite like the way this one turned out… I didn't know for sure if these long shutter techinques would work well. There's a lot of experimentation if you want to try something like this yourself. Of course, a tripod is mandatory, but then just switch into manual and try different shutter speeds and adjusting the aperture until you get the lighting you like. This one was 3.2 seconds.

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:48:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fun in Venice!

Thanks again to everyone that joined us!

Be sure to check out the 80 Stays Around the World website to see more highlights from all the photo walk and other events around Europe! 🙂

Daily Photo – Fun in Venice!

During our famous costume party in Venice, this was my friend Magnus tearing up the dance floor! He was there with our really fun workshop, and this was one of the final events. Magnus was really funny because he has this thick accent… and he was having back troubles the morning before this masquerade ball. He came limping up to me, hobbled over like an old man, holding a cup of coffee, and in a very serious voice, he mutters, “Trey, this is not a party body.”

Fun in Venice!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-07 15:33:33
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

New Panorama

Full-Size Tips

Today’s photo is available full screen on my SmugMug at “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/A” but if you change that A to an O at the end (original), then you can see the full size ala “https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-V5zJTxN/O“.

Daily Photo – New Panorama

I took this photo with the new Hasselblad X1D while taking a little walk. This is actually very close to the photo I put up a few days ago. This one was taken by stacking four photos vertically. I'm starting to do this more and more. Lightroom is really good at putting together panoramas now, and of course the pixel count is just through the roof. I believe this one is about 12,000 pixels high. I encourage you to click through and see the original size.

New Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:35:10
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Over Tunnel Beach

The News Segment

I was on one of New Zealand’s news shows while shooting this. Here’s the footage!

Daily Photo – Over Tunnel Beach

This is a photo taken with my Phantom 4 pro. you can see me over there on top of the cliff with Tina and the news reporter. That was a fun shoot… we talked a lot about Plotagraph Pro. What a fun time! I ended up getting about 10 photos I really liked with the quad… there is an arch and tunnel I could have flown through, but I wasn't quite brave enough!

Over Tunnel Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-10 13:16:50
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1300
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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