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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 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. I'll share that soon.

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.

Thoughts on symmetry and more for you today! By the way, if you’re enjoying the Passport, why not get a friend or two to sign up! I don’t really do advertising around here, so I’m depending on word-of-mouth! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Tane in La Sagrada 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! πŸ™‚ 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 Sagrada 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! πŸ™‚

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

Carting Home in Sintra, Portugal

Staying at a golf resort

Or, if you’re staying at any resort that has a golf course, try securing a golf cart the night before and have it ready for a morning photo shoot. A lot of people in the club house are confused by this request. I usually just take in my iPad, show the golf pro my portfolio, and say I’ll be glad to share all the photos I get back with them. 95% of the time, they say yes! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Carting Home in Sintra, Portugal

It was one of those perfectly still mornings with no breeze on the golf course here in Penha Longa, Portugal. Since these still mornings can be kind of rare, I tried to visit as many little lakes and ponds as possible. One great thing about golf courses, is most of them have a bunch of these ponds; sometimes a lot more, depending on its location. So, having a golf cart is handy because you can just whizz around from one pond to the next taking photos until the breeze picks up (or until you get hit by a golf ball).

Carting Home in Sintra, Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-16 08:03:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Visiting the Fish Market

No trip to Tokyo is complete without visiting the Tsujiki fish market. It’s getting harder and harder to get in there as a random photographer. We got a guide from our hotel at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s also definitely not a place for kids – not because of the fish-violence but because of the danger levels of these little trucks that whiz around right and left.

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Here’s a bit of what I was dealing with there!

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Speaking of this amazing hotel that set up our fish market visit, this is the view from the restaurant called Hinokizaka. We had a fabulous meal there while taking photos out the window all the time. Note that the hotel bar is on the same level and looks out in the same direction. It's the tallest building in Tokyo, so the views are pretty incredible!

Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 11:31:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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! πŸ™‚

Packing for Burning Man

Here’s a quick video I made that shows off the kit I’m taking to Burning Man! πŸ™‚ 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

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