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The Castle in Sintra

Daily Photo – The Castle in Sintra

The Pena Palace is a must-visit if you ever visit Portugal. It’s an absolutely amazing place and you can actually reserve the whole place to yourself ahead of time if you want to take photos. It’s pretty inexpensive and you’ll be able to spend plenty of time getting all the photos you want. Even better, they are totally cool with drones to get some unique shots.

The Castle in Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 08:10:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Off the coast of Portugal

Daily Photo – Off the coast of Portugal

We went to a cool beach area near Lisbon and had a fabulous lunch before beginning the whole European tour. Just off the coast were these three boats, perfectly spaced with some dramatic lighting. At this time, I was still getting used to using the Hasselblad and this is one of my favorites!

Off the coast of Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 18:27:19
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Over Budapest

Daily Photo – Over Budapest

Right after we arrived in Budapest and checked into the Ritz-Carlton there (they were hosting my European tour), we went up to the roof for a drone flight! It always feels kind of “naughty” to go up on the roof of a building, but we had the security guards with us to make sure nothing too terrible happened. I think the security guards actually like these little missions because they get to do something a bit different. I also usually let them fly the quadcopter a little bit too… everyone loves flying a drone! Anyway, this photo is a panorama of several different shots taken across this beautiful city.

Over Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:57:22
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Old Tea House

Daily Photo – Inside the Old Tea House

While in Chengdu, China, we visited this really old tea house. I thought it was pretty incredible watching these guys make tea in the old way like they have for thousands of years. These places are become and rarer… the only people inside that seemed to be enjoying the tea were people that seemed to be at least 100 years old, so I don’t see their target market hanging around a lot longer…

Inside the Old Tea House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 15:21:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fishing Near Bang Saray

Daily Photo – Fishing Near Bang Saray

What a cool place, eh? I love how the Thai people paint all their boats are super bright colors. I think if someone floated by with a boat all painted in soft pastels they would tease them, Thai-fisherman style. I don’t know that for a fact… I really am not sure where Thai fishermen stand on these important social issues…

Fishing Near Bang Saray

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-16 09:41:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Part two of the Latest Passport Sunday Series

Okay now we’re getting into the good stuff if you’re a Passport Member. Now, you’ll see how I get this unusual but rather cool look! Here’s one of the photos I reference in today’s video.

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The Technique, Part 2

I hope you enjoy this fun little trick. It can be a little confusing until you try it a few times, and I recommend you go give it a whirl on some of your favorite landscape and architecture photos! Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

If you saw //last Sunday’s photo// then you’ll recognize today’s photo sans the filter. I must say that this technique does not work on every photo, but I do really like the feel it gives to architecture. It’s definitely not for purists, but I think it gives it quite an interesting film look.

The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Baby and Mommy Elephant

Daily Photo – Baby and Mommy Elephant

I think elephants must be my favorite land-based animal. I’m really looking forward to an AI that lets us talk to animals. Surely an AI can make something like that, you know? It can’t be too impossible… But as soon as that works, I’m gonna have to figure out how to do a zoom call to Africa or something because I have so many questions!

Baby and Mommy Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-17 20:58:25
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Dock on Laucala Island

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Daily Photo – The Dock on Laucala Island

Every day on Laucala Island was just as great as the next. The weather was perfect every day except for a few late afternoon showers every other day or so. But that’s always kind of a fun event because you can feel it going and run under cover to get a book or, in my case, download all my files…

The Dock on Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 14:54:21
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Photo adventure in Bali

Daily Photo – Photo adventure in Bali

I had an amazing time in Bali, but I didn’t actually get out to see much of the island. This is the most popular area along the coast for photographers and I only made it there with a few days to spare. It’s actually quite difficult to get a shot here, so I walked around for a few hours trying to find the best place to set up for the big sunset image.

Photo adventure in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 18:40:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length83.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Hasselblad at F/22

Daily Photo – The Hasselblad at F/22

You know, as much as I make fun of the Hasselblad, I’m very happy with how some of the shots come out. I still do quite a bit of post-processing using Aurora and other tools, but, I have to admit… shooting in Venice at F/22 has its upside. Maybe I will try the Hasselblad again… (tents his fingers like Mr. Burns…)

The Hasselblad at F/22

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:15:27
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time23
  • Aperture22
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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