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Relaxing Monkey

Back to the Snow Monkeys!

I’m excited to go see my snow monkey friends again in late October. This time, we’ll bring the video crew and everything and make some cool content. It’s gonna be great. I wonder if the snow monkeys will remember me fondly. Let’s hope so.

Daily Photo – Relaxing Monkey

Man, these snow monkeys really know how to relax. You can just tell they're not worrying about anything. Whenever I take a nap, even on a Sunday afternoon, I feel guilty as shit. Probably just because I work too hard and am kind of obsessive… but I do like hanging out with these monkeys. They make me feel a little less guilty about taking a nap!

Relaxing Monkey

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-17 07:27:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture3.4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

Aurora HDR 2018 Avaiable Now for Mac/Windows!

Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements, Windows support and more. I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away!

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Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018

Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!

In other news… Art of Tidying

I just finished listening to a good podcast by Tim Ferris about the Art of Tidying with Japanese-neatness-guru Marie Kondo. Here’s a link!

Daily Photo – Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

This is a panorama I took right after coming out of the tunnel through the mountain to Milford Sound. It's such a long drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound (about 4 hours), and seeing this after the tunnel is always extremely rewarding. Don't get me wrong… the whole drive itself is beautiful (it's New Zealand!) but after getting through this tunnel, it's like you enter a different world. It's basically the only way to get into the fjords unless you fly, which I haven't tried yet. I do have it on my bucket list to take Over the Top and Choppy on a joy-ride over there to take photos like crazy!

Flying Over the Entrance to Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 10:44:14
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

Billions

Here’s another show recommendation: Billions! It’s a drama based on Wall Street. Sounds kind of boring, I know… but still very entertaining! It’s one of the only shows I watch not on Netflix… it’s on Showtime and maybe a few other places?

Image Radiance

Let’s talk about one of my favourite features in Aurora HDR 2018, Image Radiance.

The latest version of Aurora 2018 (for Mac and Windows) is here! I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away by all the new features, especially combined with all the features that you’ve come to know and love with previous versions. If you Pre-Order you’ll get a bunch of goodies as extras and a discount!

Daily Photo – A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

I remember at the time I took this that I almost DIDN'T take it. The colors seemed muted, it was quite steamy/foggy/moody, and also, I was quite tired. Maybe I was feeling a bit melancholy or something. Anyway, for whatever reason, I took it. And then, when processing, I recalled the melancholy mood and decided to give it a nudge in that direction.

A Painted, Moody day in Feng Huang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 15:23:51
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bright Fields of Lupins

Aurora HDR 2018

It was fun going back in my “back catalog” from the last five years to find photos I had never processed to test out the new Aurora HDR 2018. This was one of them… I was testing the “ghosting” here to see how well it worked… as you might expect, in my three exposures, the lupins were blowing all over the place.

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Daily Photo – Bright Fields of Lupins

This is one of those pretty Spring days in Tekapo at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It's kind of a hard shot to get nowadays because you have to get there between the busloads of Chinese tourists. It's great for the economy, but horrible for photos!

Bright Fields of Lupins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-12-05 11:17:16
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Izzy’s Bar in Golden Gai

Updating my Kit

I’m always making tiny adjustments here and there in my carry bag. I also keep updating my Kit page as I go. I really like that site because I can categorize things a bit differently.

Daily Photo – Izzy's Bar in Golden Gai

Here's another photo from my favorite little drinking area of Tokyo. I didn't take a photo inside any of this places… maybe I will next time. But even this angle shows you how quaint and intimate each little bar is, only seating less than 10 people. They all have tiny little doors too. I've bumped my head on them many times (even before drinking!).

Izzy's Bar in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 16:13:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Serene Lake Hayes

360 Drone Shots?

I’ve seen some really cool 360 drone shots. I would love to play there a bit more. I think today’s photo would have been totally radical in 360! 🙂

Daily Photo – Serene Lake Hayes

I was doing a run around this lake (it's about 8 km and a little bit hilly as you can see there on the right), and I noticed how still everything was. It's not always like this… so halfway through the run, I decided to call my assistant Tane and have him bring out my quadcopter and meet me at the terminus. We quickly launched the quad and got some shots like this. I believe this is a panorama made up of four different photos.

Serene Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-27 04:05:00
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Tokyo

Smugmug Portfolio

I’m always updating my SmugMug Portfolio so be sure to pop over there to see the latest!

Live on The New Screen Savers!

I had a fun time talking about Plotagraph on The New Screensavers with Leo and Scott. You can see the episode here. I splash onto the scene at the 17:50 mark. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Amazing Tokyo

I know I've been posting a bunch of photos of downtown Tokyo! But I took so many and a lot of them turned out pretty cool. They've all been a thrill to edit in the new Aurora HDR 2018 as well. The tool gets better and faster each year, so it saves me a ton of time during the editing phase. And now, I'm pretty sure I can get results that are different than I used to be able to create.

Amazing Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 10:35:12
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Drone Shots

I had a lot of fun flying the drone through this factory. Wow did it throw up a lot of dust! I can’t wait to see how the final footage turns out.

Daily Photo – The Abandoned Rubber Factory

This was one of the strangest places we visited in St. Petersburg. I'm not sure how Olya knew about this place. I guess this is just the kind of place that Russians hang out in. There certainly were a bunch of others around there! It was kind of dangerous, actually… I'm not really much of an adventure-seeker in these abandoned places that are falling down all around you. But it was fun for a bit of hardcore HDR action!

The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 17:44:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Queenstown after Dark

Speaking of Aurora

Be sure to Pre-order it today! It drops in a week and you’ll be the first to get it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Queenstown after Dark

Here's a favorite photo I took from the top of the Gondola here in Queenstown one night. I should really go up there more, you know? It's kind of expensive… and I guess I always cheap-out a little bit because I live here. I'd actually like to go up here one night and spend the whole night, doing time-lapses and maybe seeing the Aurora. That would be epic… I wonder if I'm allowed to?

Queenstown after Dark

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-09 19:15:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Google Fit App

If you have an Android phone, be sure to grab the Google Fit app. It keeps track of your steps, your workouts, your runs, etc. It’s very smart… I notice my wife uses her Fitbit all the time… I don’t like wearing another thing. Whenever we walk together anywhere, my Google Fit shows just about exactly the same number of steps as her Fitbit.

Daily Photo – Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Here's the view from the deck at the Ritz-Carlton in Okinawa. When we were here, this was the perfect spot to watch the sunset. I didn't realize how hot it got here in the summer, so it was a good excuse for a nice cool cocktail. Although, I never really fully “relax” at sunsets because I often have one or two different cameras going!

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 09:47:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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