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Desolation in Antarctica

Burning Man Photo Walk!

At my 8th Annual Photo Walk at Burning Man, a great time was had by all! Come over and check out the Discussion area of the event to see what new photos have been posted!

One of the Big New Features in Aurora HDR 2019

Check out this video where I go in depth with LUTs and Presets (now called Looks) in Aurora HDR 2019. Only a week left to pre-order and if you buy the bundle you get an extra pack of Experimental Looks to compliment the built-in set… and a pack of Cinematic LUTs too!

Daily Photo – Desolation in Antarctica

I took this from a helicopter while flying back from the Dry Valleys to the New Zealand base. It was a long flight and it's stirring how desolate everything there is. Every now and then you see these enormous formations shoot out of the ice. I can't imagine how old they are… they must have been formed ice ages ago. Also, it's crazy to imagine those old explorers from a hundred years ago with dog sled teams going hundreds of miles through such a nihilistic landscape.

Desolation in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 11:10:21
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Meandering Around Bali

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Daily Photo – Meandering Around Bali

Looking at this photo, I am just remembering that I've been invited back to Bali. How exciting! I only spent a week here, but I thought it was just great. It's one of those places that consistently has perfect sunrises and perfect sunsets. I was also able to really get my yoga on there! Now I'm feeling guilty for not doing enough yoga… suddenly I've gone from excited to being in a shame spiral.

Meandering Around Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 18:05:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Pre-teen Angst in Papua New Guinea

Music While I Work!

I have been listening, on the advice of my friend Cliff Baise, to this deep trance meditation music. It’s amazing! There are a ton to choose from on YouTube. Here’s the one I’m listening to as I write this post.

Daily Photo – Pre-teen Angst in Papua New Guinea

I'd really enjoy going back to PNG (that's what ppl call it) and spend more time taking photos of the kids. They dress and and are made up the same way as everyone else in the tribe… so they are like miniature versions of the adults. One thing is for sure. All these kids looked tough as nails.

Pre-teen Angst in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 08:22:24
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length201.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Detailing the Jules Verne Museum Shot

Another 50+ Hours

Wow this was quite an epic mission! I recently sold all three prints of the Jules Verne museum photo to three collectors. All interesting people too… one of them is even an NFL player. Anyway, because these print out So Huge (almost 10 feet or 3 meters across), I decided to go through them with a fine-toothed comb. I found A LOT of problems, so I decided to re-create the whole thing from scratch once again. Yes, out of the core 225 photos. But now it is really perfect… something else, really!

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Daily Photo – where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

This is perhaps the most-awesome and least-visited place in Paris. Everyone goes to the Eiffel, Arc-de-Triomph, Louvre, Orsay, etc, etc, but who would take time to visit the Museum of Evolution? Just me and other cool geeks like me. I had a hot tip from a friend that said, “If Jules Verne were to design a museum, he would make this”. Say no more, I was there immédiatement!

where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

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  • Date Taken2018-09-21 18:05:46
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  • Camera Make
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Autumn in Kyoto

From the Archives

How about a blast from the past? Here is a Very Old Video from Japan. I made this on one of my first trips there. Obviously, I was still experimenting with video… slo-mo, timelapse, all that jazz. Either way, you’ll definitely enjoy the part with the snow monkeys. 🙂

Daily Photo – Autumn in Kyoto

If you only have a week or so to spend in Japan, I recommend spending an equal amount of time in Tokyo and Kyoto. That way, you get to see the crazy Blade-Runner city side of Tokyo and the pastoral, natural side of Kyoto. I took this photo right in the beginning of Autumn at a temple near Kyoto. By the way, there are about 100 temples just a short drive from the main city, and you can't go wrong with any of them. I was actually a week or two early before the colors really started to change, but you can already see shape of the incredible colors there.

Autumn in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 18:24:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Floating in Langkawi

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Daily Photo – Floating in Langkawi

Hey, you just can't go wrong with drone shots while Tane is topless, can you? It's kind of a guaranteed photo. A lot of times, at night, I would just hover outside of Tane's window, hoping to catch him on a midnight run to the bathroom. This plan never worked, and it may have played a small role in him recently quitting the company.

Floating in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 16:27:04
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

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Wild Great Wall

Just right by where we slept, I got the quadcopter up nice and high so you can see how wild some parts of the Great Wall have become!

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Daily Photo – Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

This is the last picture I took of our little cozy tents before we drifted off to sleep. I didn't end up getting a great night of sleep that night, but I technically slept, I think. That was especially tiring after an entire day of hiking in blazing heat. Even worse, Tane and Curtis were with me and they had just gotten off a plane the same morning!

Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-07 01:40:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Sleek Serval

Workshop Fun

Today’s photo reminds me of the workshop we did in Africa! A lot of the footage you see below is from that workshop event… Be sure to check out our Photography Adventures and Workshops page for more info on upcoming events!

Daily Photo – The Sleek Serval

One of my favorite activities in Africa is tracking animals at night for photography. There's a whole other group of animals that come out to prowl through the night. I kind of thought I knew a bit about animals, but I was so surprised that I hardly knew anything. Some of the names I didn't even know… like I saw this and I was like, “WHAT KIND OF CAT IS THAT!” Our guide laughed like Mufasa and with a deep vibrating voice he said, “That is a serval my you padawan. A serval.”

The Sleek Serval

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-03 10:07:09
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hong Kong Party

Hong Kong from Above

In the video below, you’ll be seeing a little bit of Hong Kong action. My favorite scene is that one shot of the yacht that’s been abandoned in the middle of government housing.

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Party

This was taken on our first night in Hong Kong when they threw a big party for us at the Ritz-Carlton there. It was the beginning of our Asia-Pacific leg and all the wonderful ladies from that location put together a really nice soiree there in the bar on top of the hotel. The funny thing was, they did it right at sunset, so I kept leaving the party for 5-10 minute stints to go take photos!

Hong Kong Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-12 23:47:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Aurora in Thailand?

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Logisitics for Spain

I’m getting close to my 100km trek across Spain with Kevin Kelly on the Camino. That trip takes a lot of logistics as well… nothing is easy… plus, coming from New Zealand adds a whole new layer of complexity which usually adds two days onto the entire trip.

Daily Photo – The Aurora in Thailand?

No no, I'm afraid there was no Aurora in Thailand, but it sure does look like it, doesn't it? This is just off the coast of Phulay Bay where there is some kind of mining/shipping operation going on. I don't think of it as an eyesore… I think it's kind of pretty! The glows would change all night too. I believe some of the glowing was from boats out fishing in the night as well.

The Aurora in Thailand?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-02 02:36:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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