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Aro-Ha at Sunset

Burning Man Article Updated

Hi all! I updated my Burning Man article about how to protect your Camera in the wild conditions. I also linked to the upcoming Burning Man photo walk as well as linking to my Burning Man packing list for Photo Kits and my Burning Man Kit for Essentials.

Why not come to Aro-Ha?

This is not a paid ad or anything… I’m just a fan and my best friend owns the place. If you’re looking to come to New Zealand, why not plan a few days here at Aro-Ha? It’s about 45 minutes outside of Queenstown, and, as you can see, it’s quite the serene and beautiful place.

Daily Photo – Aro-Ha at Sunset

Here's my favorite little hot tub in New Zealand. This is at the yoga and meditation retreat, Aro Ha. This is where we had our photography/yoga workshop last year. This whole spa area is European clothing-optional, which some of us took full advantage of! It was a great place to unwind after a long day of hiking, yoga, and photography.

Aro-Ha at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-09 15:12:44
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Two Women in Kyoto

Using a new Treybot

Well, not exactly a bot. It’s me… but I can kind of pre-seed some cool messages using FB Messenger. I used it not long ago to show all the “before” pictures of today’s photo. You can subscribe here if you wish! 🙂

Packing for Burning Man

Here’s a quick video I made that shows off the kit I’m taking to Burning Man! 🙂 Here are links to my Kits on Kit.com

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Daily Photo – Two Women in Kyoto

It was fun to return to the Bamboo Forest here in Kyoto once again. It was funny how much I remembered and how much I forgot. It's still just as beautiful as ever. One key thing I figured out this time was to get there early before the crowds arrive. It's always open, so that isn't an issue at all. Anyway, there were still a few people moving around, like these two gals that were in these beautiful red outfits.

Two Women in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-21 23:44:15
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama of the Valley

Fun, Free, and Passport-Only Content today!

I used today’s photo from here in Queenstown, New Zealand, as part of a series of fun videos. For those of you that are Passport Members (Thanks btw – and recommend to a friend if you don’t mind!), you’ll get to see a little bit extra about the animation process in Plotagraph. By the way, here is a Facebook Link to the animated version of today’s photo.

A Beautiful Way to get rid of Noise

Here’s a video that shows an unusual technique I came up with to get rid of noise.

And then I decided to animate it also using Plotagraph. Here’s a video showing how I did that. (If you watched the other video above you can skip through the first bit of this)

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Daily Photo – A Panorama of the Valley

So this was taken directly over my home. It was made of 4 or 5 photos with the DJI Phantom quad. I stitched them all together using Lightroom, then ran them through Aurora HDR before doing those finishing touches you see above with the noise reduction tip. It was a fun project! 🙂

A Panorama of the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-30 17:51:46
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

Editing “old” photos

Today’s daily photo I took about five years ago but never got around to editing. By now, you all know about Aurora HDR, and it was fun to take the original three brackets and jam them in there to see what happened. I fell in love with the result immediately and was quite surprised.

Daily Photo – Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

This is one of my new favorite photos! I took this quite randomly in Morocco. I was driving from the Sahara desert near Algeria over towards the Atlas Mountains. I probably stopped to go to the bathroom or grab a snack or something. While walking outside the car along the road, I saw this scene, and thought, you know, THAT would make a good photo! So I went to fish my camera out of the car to capture this.

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-05 02:04:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cool dad in London

Radio interview

I recently did a Radio Interview on KOMF 104.7 FM in Denver. We talked about weird stuff! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Cool dad in London

We took a little driving tour around London. I'm always taking photos like a crazy person. I never quite know what I'll grab, but here's a fun one. A dad was walking along with his kids after shopping and there was all kinds of random family behavior happening. I have no idea who these people are, but they seem like a pretty awesome and British family. I can't imagine going out shopping with my kids and wearing a blazer with a kerchief in the pocket. But after studying this photo, I might try it. And I gotta get my kids some cool clothes like that. I could never be that cool of a dad, but I can dream.

Cool dad in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-13 18:54:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length66.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Fragrant Tunnel

Master of None

This is a great comedy! If you have Netflix and you like funny, unconventional stuff, give it a whirl. It may take you a few episodes to pick up on Aziz’s unusual style!

Interview on This Week In Photo

Here’s a new fun interview I did for This Week in Photo… whoa we talked about a bunch of things! Here’s links to a few:

First, go try out Plotagraph Pro. Second, here’s a link to our newsletter so you can find out about Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows the SECOND it is available for purchase. Third, here’s a link to our store where you can discover even more goodies. Thanks!

Daily Photo – The Fragrant Tunnel

This Wolfsburg is quite a place! I could never quite put my finger on it, but it was entirely unique. It was amazing for photography; there's no doubt about that. Maybe if I spend more time here, I can figure out more about what makes this place tick. It's largely there for the VW factory and the unique vehicle delivery area (see the category for the giant car-robot). But throughout the grounds are unique artistic things, like this rotating tunnel of fragrant flowers. What a fun idea!

The Fragrant Tunnel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-22 12:39:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Midnight Walk in Rotterdam

Random Button?

I was thinking of adding a RANDOM PHOTO button to the website. What do you think of that? I worry a BIT because some of my older photos are not that awesome. Or, actually, they are way way way below awesome. Maybe if I could figure out how the randomizer could be a photo in the last five years… hmmm… just brainstorming here!

Daily Photo – Midnight Walk in Rotterdam

It was only one night in Rotterdam, but what a great night for photos! The city is so artsy and has such amazing lighting. It's almost a bit sci-fi and futuristic, as you can see from this spot. One strange thing I found about the city: at night, there was almost no one walking around. Many other European cities have people roaming every which way, but not here. Maybe it's because I was in this area that didn't have any bars or nightlife… I didn't really visit that area of town… never even found it. I was just mostly aimlessly wandering and getting lost, which is a favorite thing to do in new cities!

Midnight Walk in Rotterdam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 22:02:33
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Lake Hayes with no Wind

Quadcopter Panorama

This was taken with the DJI Phantom. I believe it was four different photos that I stitched together. I’ve started doing this more and more. I wish the quad could take vertical (portrait) shots that I could stitch together. I don’t always like how wiiiiiide the final shot becomes when you stitch them together. Well, I take that back. I suppose it depends on the medium. A giant print of this on a wall would look pretty sweet, I think. But it doesn’t read well on a phone or a tablet in the vertical position. I guess I shouldn’t think about the medium of display so much… but it does cross my mind.

European Highlight Video!

Here’s, probably, one of my favorite videos we’ve made around here. Thanks again to Olya and the whole team for making this video and the European tour possible!

Daily Photo – Lake Hayes with no Wind

This is Lake Hayes in Arrowtown, New Zealand. I try to come here at least once a week to have a run around the lake. It's 8KM around and a little bit hilly. It's always gorgeous, as you can see. Maybe half the time, there is no wind at all, so you get this incredibly glassy reflection. This was taken in the middle of winter, where the colors are the blandest… but, as you can see, “bland” colors in New Zealand are pretty electric!

Lake Hayes with no Wind

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

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