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Lake Hayes in the Winter

Hasselblad X1D Review

Don’t forget to check out the Hasselblad X1D Review here on the site. I’ve recently added a few more sample photos in there for your enjoyment! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Lake Hayes in the Winter

This is the first photo I took with the new Hasselblad X1D. Yes, this is my replacement X1D after I lost the first one on a train in Europe. I felt a little silly about that. But I'm so used to making mistakes that it no longer surprises me, or anyone around me. I find this both alarming and comforting. But I try to be like those ducks. Not a worry in the world… just kind of wander around aimlessly, doing duck-things.

Lake Hayes in the Winter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-08 03:31:38
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Robot Toilets

Every time I go to Japan I forget about how fun Robot Toilets are. You never know what you’re gonna get. Each robot is just a little bit different. My favorites are the ones with no English. You can just push buttons and see what happens. One thing is universal, though: They all have warm toilet seats, and you can’t go wrong with that.

Daily Photo – The Red Castle in Okinawa

Okinawa was quite hot in July! I don't know why this surprised me so much, but it did. It must have been over 95 degrees and extremely humid. Okinawa is a big island that is quite far south, a 2-hour flight from Tokyo. About an hour away from the Ritz-Carlton is the downtown area of Naha. There's a large hill there and on top is this impressive castle complex.

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 06:09:39
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dining in, in Antarctica

More about the Huts

There’s a great organization called the Antarctica New Zealand Heritage Trust that has gone through painstaking efforts to restore all of these huts. Here’s a link to find out more about this particular hut. And if you’re a history buff, you may enjoy reading more stuff on that site too… quite interesting!

Daily Photo – Dining in in Antarctica

This is Captain Scott's hut at St. Evans. I was lucky enough to visit all the huts. There are lots of interesting things about this hut, but one of the most interesting, to me, is this was his 2nd expedition to Antarctica, so he knew what he was doing. There were not only a lot more supplies, but also the kitchen fire exhaust pipes weaved around the entire hut to warm it. There was basically always food being prepared, so it kept the inside nice and warm.

Dining in in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:26:18
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over Chennai, India

Daily Photo – Over Chennai, India

My time here was way too rushed, but I tried to get all the photos I could as quickly as possible. It was so crowded down below that it was almost impossible to find a clear place to launch the quadcopter. As soon as I did, hundreds of men surrounded me to look at the screen. It was total chaos! I was trying to fly around and get good photos and videos while buried in this mass of people! And then, when it came time to land, things got really crazy because now there was ZERO room to land. So I had to reach up and snag it out of the air. It was quite heroic, really. I wish someone had been filming me!

Over Chennai, India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-07 18:22:17
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO753
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The old dining cottage in Mont St. Michel

Tip for Quadcopter shots

I recommend making your HDR from a single RAW file. I no longer do multiple brackets for quadcopter shots for the simple reason that it adds more noise.

Daily Photo – The old dining cottage in Mont St. Michel

Oh my gosh – how much do you want to go in there and eat some fresh, warm French food and drink wine? I'm sure they were all loving it… I like how the guy on the 2nd floor appears to be taking a photo of my quadcopter! I also got a cool video of this scene that I will share later. I got quite a cool video (if I do say so myself), doing a vertical rise from here all the way to the spire on top of the monastery.

The old dining cottage in Mont St. Michel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:04:09
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

More from Monte Carlo

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Daily Photo – More from Monte Carlo

This was the final photo I took before leaving Monte Carlo to head off for Cinque Terre. I like it when I have these kooky, organic plans that come together. Of course, it drives the team crazy because my plans sometimes feel impossible to pull off. It started in Barcelona… I said, “Hey, let's leave early in the morning on our bus, stop in Nice for breakfast and mimosas, then hike up to Eze for lunch, then end up in Monte Carlo for dinner. It worked flawlessly!

More from Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 20:55:28
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Tip from Sagrada Familia

There is a bonus Passport Video below that I filmed from the place where the Pope sits when he visits. Note that if you get a media pass ahead of time, someone will guide you up to this secret area to get some photos. To me, it’s some of the best perspectives of this place.

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Daily Photo – Tane in La Sagarda Familia

Tane spends a lot of time rubbing his young fingers all over his phone. As long as he was doing that here inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, I thought I would take his photo while the world moved on around him! ๐Ÿ™‚ Note that all these colors are real, formed by the multicolored stained glass windows that illuminated the ceiling. I was actually here on a rainy day, so I imagine on a sunny day, it's even more vibrant.

Tane in La Sagarda Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:41:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

1 AM in Golden Gai

Tough Shot!

Well this one took a while to make. I was able to do every thing in Aurora HDR (P.S. You know we announced it’s coming for Windows soon right?!? – stay tuned for pre-orders!). I basically made an HDR out of my three favorite photos, then I found some shots where these two were still, loaded it as a texture, then painted in the people. I’m working on a tutorial for this now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – 1 AM in Golden Gai

I think this is my new favorite area of Tokyo! It's close to Shinjuku and it's composed of about 3 small streets (almost alleys), and each one has about 30 bars jammed into it. But most of the bars only seat like 7-9 people. It's so cool! Some disappear up into dark stairs and the great unknown. Some bars are quite old, and you can go there if you're a regular, and buy a big bottle of sake and they will just label it and leave it there for you, every time you come back. I've only visited two bars here, but I'm about to up those numbers when I go back.

1 AM in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 16:50:17
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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