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Fisherman in China

Aurora HDR 2018

Today’s photo was made with the new Aurora HDR 2018. It was made with a single RAW, which now is how over 50% of my HDR photos are created.

Daily Photo – Fisherman in China

I'm really glad I went back to this area to take more photos. It was probably a 5-year gap between my two visits here. In between, I picked up a lot more little tricks… and, actually, I took this exact photo two years ago and never ended up processing it until this new software came out.

If you don't know about these fishermen, they are pretty interesting because they use that bird in the back to dive down into the water to get the fish. Then they take the fish out of the bird's mouth and drop it in the basket.

Fisherman in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:31:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

DJI Fun

It’s always a pain to carry around a quadcopter with you, but worth it when you have the right conditions. I did this with the Phantom 4, but I’ve thought about getting the smaller one to make it more convenient. My friend used his with me in Barcelona, and it was pretty much just as good. Well, I’ll wait a little while before I decide… I feel like DJI announces like 5 new products a year, so something else big may be coming out soon!

Aurora HDR 2018 – New Features

Take a look at some of the new features in Aurora HDR 2018, including the rather cool HDR Details Boost sliders.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

This is an area I would certainly like to return to for an extended period. It's so beautiful and peaceful around here. And the food… oh the food. I mean, you pretty much can't go wrong with Italian food anywhere, but this is the kind of small-town place where it is extra authentic… Okay, I need to finish this post now because it's starting to make me kind of hungry!

Beautiful Cinque Terre from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 16:13:52
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

See you soon, dad, in the next simulation!

This was a good one!
Ahhh, sorry to see my dad go. But he had a good one, you know? Loved his kids, raced cars, built golf courses, made people laugh, and generally tried to make things better 😃
I’m back in the USA to attend his ceremony at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. As with my dad, all are welcome. I suppose I’ll get up and say some words to celebrate his life and tell some funny stories? That’s how he would have wanted it, I think. A bit of a party and celebration for all that loved him.
It’s all good, you don’t have to say you’re sorry in the comments, I have another idea if you want to comment in the last para. But, first, here’s why you don’t have to say you’re sorry: I’m good with my dad! You all know I’m a zen guy. But, besides that, I had no unresolved issues with him. I knew he loved me. I knew he was proud. And vice-versa on all issues. What else could ya want with your pops?
If you want to leave a comment, why not say some little thing you like about your dad?

More Burning Man Fun!

Maybe I’ll release a batch of these every week… I did one 7 days ago and here’s the next set for you 🙂


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The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

Go to Zion!

I didn’t go to Zion National Park until way too late in my life. It’s just amazing, and I really need to get back to Utah! I think Utah may be one of the most underrated states in the US, at least as far as photography goes. It’s pretty highly rated as far as Mormonism goes. It’s gotta be in the top 10 there.

Daily Photo – The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

It's actually about the Goats that Stare at Men. This is exactly where I was when I fell asleep. It was one of those loooooong days where I was just exhausted in the mid-afternoon. I was sitting down, taking a photo, and a wave of fatigue came over me. Since I was sitting down, I thought, hey it's not too far from here to lay down. So I did… zonked out and woke up with a goat over my face.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-19 02:29:54
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

Burning Man Photo Walk Photos

I posted a lot of my Burning Man Photo Walk Photos are inside the special FB event we made there. Feel free to go check it out. And, if you joined us, come post some of yours too! 🙂

Daily Photo – Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

There in the distance, you can see a small camp. Even though it looks remote, this photo does not capture the absolute remoteness of it all! Wow I was really in the middle of the Sahara desert. After riding on a camel for hours and hours, I was exhausted. Riding on a camel is much harder than it sounds, by the way. I used muscles in my torso I didn't know existed. You might think it sounds like riding a horse, but it's not. It's kind of like riding one of those electric broncos in a honky-tonk bar. Even if you've never done that, you can imagine it.

Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-08 06:44:10
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length120.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A sunset in Iceland

Back in the USA!

Well I’m back in the USA for about a week for unforeseen circumstances. That’s okay! I do love New Zealand and everything, but I’m pretty much happy anyway. I think this is an important thing… to not be thinking, I’d be happier THERE. You can be chill pretty much anywhere. Sure, you have preferences, but it doesn’t really matter.

Daily Photo – A sunset in Iceland

I have not been to Iceland in about four years, but I've had many photographers tell me it's gotten very touristy. I kind of believe that and I kind of don't. The thing is that Iceland is so big, and most of the best places are not even places tourists would know. Go out around the fjords and get lost. There is so much coastline and water and mountains! If you go off on some nice hikes and walks by yourself, you won't see another human in ages.

A sunset in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 00:59:55
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

Taking a JPG into Aurora?

During a recent Q&A, I got a question about Aurora HDR 2018 and bringing in a single JPG rather than a RAW. My short answer is that a RAW is always better, but I still bring in a lot of JPGs from my phone to process with Aurora, like today’s photo!

Daily Photo – Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

This was taken with a Google Pixel phone, by the way. And no, Google and Pixel are not a sponsor or anything! We actually asked them to help sponsor our European tour, but they never emailed us back. They seemed quite interested, and I asked twice, but I can't send a third email… that's just too embarrassing. Oh well, whether or not they are an official sponsor, I still think it is an amazing phone and camera, as you can see. These were fairly dark conditions… that is Olya there, our videographer, getting some B-Roll for our Budapest videos.

Olya in the Turkish Bathhouse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:46:19
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2
  • ISO127
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

Best of Morocco

I loved my three weeks in Morocco. It was Time Well Spent! I got lost, got found, ate amazing street food (way too much), traveled the desert with locals, and stayed in amazing riads. Wow, everything happened there. I’ll start with a video I made with SmugMug while I was there, then share a few favorite photos.


Conjuring Thoughts Deep in the Desert Berber Camp

An Amazing City Of Blue

Crossing the Sahara

Exploring a Strange Land with Curious Shadows in the Night

Berber Man In Morocco

Chefchaouen From Above

XOXO Jump

New Portfolio Updates

Like me, my Photography Portfolio is a work in progress. But I made a lot of progress with both lately. So click on that link and check it out! 🙂

Daily Photo – XOXO Jump

I'm always impressed at how people climb and jump and do all sorts of athletic things around Burning Man. I'm a bit of a wussy, I guess. I'm always thinking that these are the sorts of things to do if you don't mind being hurt. And, you see, I mind that. Plus, I have a lot of people that depend on me, so I can't be doing silly things like jumping on an X.

XOXO Jump

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-08-29 14:28:35
  • CameraX-T2
  • Camera MakeFuji
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture3.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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