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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
Here are four behind-the-scenes videos for Passport Members. It starts with me and the team flying out to this remote location to get some photos for a patron. And then by part 4 I am in his private home in Beverly Hills trying to figure out where to hang the final selection.
On my many trips to Earnslaw Burn while working on that project for the patron, we would always pass over this in the helicopter. I asked the pilot to bank this way and that so I could get some straight-down shots at the beautiful patterns below.
I’m planning on doing a little overnight thing here where you cross-country ski out to a little hut that’s been pre-stocked with food, cheeses, chocolates, wines, etc. After arrival, the party begins and then you sleep there, wake up the next day, and cross-country ski back out of there. Fun!
End-to End-Photo Edit
Watch me take an image from start to finish in Aurora HDR 2018. It’s super quick to edit in Aurora and great results, even for beginners, are easy to achieve.
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 – The Secret Car Testing Facility
We took a helicopter over towards Wanaka one day to this place, the Snow Farm. I had never been here before. There's all kinds of stuff going on. Dogsledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, etc. Anyway, one of the other special areas here is the car testing area. They have secret next-year models of Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Audi, etc. A lot of these secret cars have strange metallic paint that is hard to photograph and more to keep them secret. Obviously, I had permission to take this one photo. See that long building back there behind it? That's full of the new models of cars over the next few years… super secret!
Thanks again to everyone that is enjoying Plotagraph Pro. Here is a link to my “Plotagraph Galleria” – some of my favorite works I’ve put on there. You can click into each one to see them full screen. Note that it might take a little bit for the animation to load! 🙂
Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Recruits
I assume there are a few Game of Thrones fans in the audience here? I visited this place in Morocco several years before they started making the show. I was actually reading the books at the time and thinking, wow, this would make an awesome set for Daenerys to recruit her army. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw it appear in the actual series. Also, some of you may remember this place from the Gladiator movie too. I think it's where Russell Crowe was taken away to in the beginning of the movie.
Here’s the “Before” photo for today’s Daily Picture:
Daily Photo – Shinjuku!
…and here's the after photo! Thanks again Aurora HDR and the team at Macphun for helping to create such fun software! I've been using it a ton, and I'm really excited about going back to Japan to make more photos like this. I need to go out and shoot more at night around the city. It's so much fun… I always feel like I leave something on the table there. This next trip, I don't want to feel like that! 🙂
If you all follow me on Instagram, you might notice I’m adding more and more Instagram Stories. These are just completely RANDOM things from my day. I promise they won’t be educational or add anything significant to your life. So I recommend you don’t waste time watching them.
Daily Photo – Falling into the Slot Canyons
This is the second photo I've ever shared from the Slot Canyons. I went there, oh, maybe three years ago? I took a ton of photos, of course. I've played with them a bit over the years, but never really found anything I really love. I worked on this one for a few hours until I was happy with it. In some ways, you just can't take a bad photo there. But I was trying to do so something a bit different, I suppose. I don't know what that means, but maybe I have something interesting here.