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Miami at Dusk

Daily Photo – Miami at Dusk

Miami is a pretty cool place to shoot because it’s an interesting-looking city and there is a ton of water around to get all sorts of shots. I set this one up to be a bit of a longer exposure to smooth out the water and give the clouds a bit of a trippy effect. And, then, of course, adding a little HDR makes it even better!

Miami at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 12:21:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Machine Elf 78 – You Are Here | Words by Mooji (and the First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly)

Here’s the first Machine Elf creation where I layer in a beautiful meditation from Mooji, one of my favorites at the art of a good mind-freeing session. Mooji is always quite relaxing and can help you stay zen when life gets a little too much. This is one of the more organic creations that is based on some different hidden symbology I’ve seen here in New Zealand.

Daily Photo – First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly

A few years ago I decided to walk the Camino with Kevin Kelly and a great group of people. On day one, we assembled here in Portugal right by the bridge that crosses into Spain. We had not even gotten started yet, and then we all decided to take a rest! 🙂 The walk may have had more talking and resting than walking, and that’s okay with me too!

First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-09-25 19:20:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Lake in the Southern Alps

Daily Photo – Glacial Lake in the Southern Alps

It’s always a treat to be in a helicopter flying over New Zealand. It takes me right back to feeling like a kid, looking out the window of an airplane to see all the big things in the world made tiny. When flying over the Southern Alps here, you come across hundreds of little perfect lakes like this. They’re all totally empty and it makes me want to go camp at all of them.

Glacial Lake in the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-03-05 15:47:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Morning Sunrise in Gisborne

Daily Photo – Morning Sunrise in Gisborne

Every morning we would head out to this beach along the coast of the north island of New Zealand to catch the sunrise. It was always calm and quiet, but the best sunrises seemed to come around after a cool morning rain shower.

Morning Sunrise in Gisborne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-24 07:20:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Angry Mom

Daily Photo – Angry Mom

Even though elephants are my favorite African animals (btw did you know a group of elephants is called an “intelligence”?), lions come a close second. I thought, for whatever reason, that watching animals would get kind of boring after ten minutes or so (like at the zoo) – I was totally wrong – I watched this family of lions for hours and hours.

Angry Mom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-17 17:59:34
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture18
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length411.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

Passport Sunday How-to

Every Sunday you get a new how-to video and today’s is a pretty cool one from China. You can always unlock it if you are a Passport Member and you’ll get access to another 200+ videos as well. Enjoy!

The Edit of the Mysterious Bridge

In this video, you’ll see how I HDR the three base shots in Aurora and then how I use Photoshop to make a few final edits to make the bridge look bigger (relatively) and use vignetting to bring focus to the bridge itself.

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Daily Photo – The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

While I was working on this video for today’s Passport Sunday, I was convinced this bridge was in Chengdu. But now maybe I think it’s in Tianjin. It totally doesn’t matter, but I’m amazed at how so many Chinese cities blend together in my mind. Many of them have cool bridges like this. I don’t know. I guess it is Tianjin. Or maybe even Beijing, but probably not. Who cares, it’s a cool bridge and I think it would be pretty cool to live inside of a bridge.

The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 00:36:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Detail of the Bird’s Nest

Daily Photo – Detail of the Bird’s Nest

I don’t know if that is the official name of this building in Beijing, but that’s what everyone calls it. The building is actually incredibly cool and there are no bad photos of it. I’ve never been inside, but I reckon it’s pretty amazing as well. It’s too bad this place is so far from the old city, so you’re basically stuck in a car in traffic for at least an hour each way just to visit it.

Detail of the Bird’s Nest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 00:07:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Street Walk in Singapore

Daily Photo – Street Walk in Singapore

Singapore is a fairly miserable city to walk around in during the daytime to take photos, unless you just love getting incredibly sweaty. There’s no “quick” photo actually because you end up getting soaked in about 15 minutes. So, as long as I’ll be getting sweaty, I choose to stay out for a few hours and just get pretty disgusting all around.

Street Walk in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 20:17:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Airport in Milford Sound

Daily Photo – The Airport in Milford Sound

We stopped here for a quick re-fuelling before heading off to look over Milford Sound in the falling light. We were quite lucky the weather was so clear because big rains and storms can roll in here any time but in any case, our pilot wasn’t too worried as he told us that his chopper was faster than a storm.

The Airport in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-03-06 00:24:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Swordsmith

Daily Photo – The Swordsmith

This was like a little Japanese Anime show made real! I ended up at this cool blacksmith’s place in Osaka where this guy was making Japanese knives and swords in the traditional manner. I almost bought one, but I wasn’t sure how I could take a sword home on the plane. Maybe I should have just gotten one and had it shipped down. Yes, that makes a lot more sense to me now.

The Swordsmith

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-10 07:19:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias