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Exploring Utah

Daily Photo – Exploring Utah

I had an awesome time driving through Utah back in 2013. I had a few key destinations mapped out but other than that it was loads of exploring and seeing what caught my attention along the way. This was one of the amazing rock structures I stumbled across.

Exploring Utah

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-22 01:49:29
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset over the North Island

Daily Photo – Sunset over the North Island

The landscape on the North Island of NZ is vastly different to here around Queenstown on the South. Especially so around the more northern parts, past Auckland… still beautiful though. Especially so at sunset.

Sunset over the North Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-29 12:19:48
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.8 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Dreaming of the Desert

Daily Photo – Dreaming of the Desert

Starting to really think about Burning Man again… it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 but looks like things will be on for 2022! (Variants permitting) This is one of my favorite sculptures from the last event in 2019 ( Broken but Together by Michael Benisty ). I can’t wait to see what I stumble across in the night this time…

Dreaming of the Desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-01 21:11:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length75.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Lesson in Standing Out from the Crowd

Daily Photo – A Lesson in Standing Out from the Crowd

The architect of this building in Macau really can’t be accused of holding back!

A Lesson in Standing Out from the Crowd

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 16:46:05
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1400
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

Road Trippin

Daily Photo – Road Trippin

I’m heading out on a short road trip today with some friends… there will be some hot tub fun and we have a crazy idea to record a podcast while on the road. What could go wrong? I guess you’ll find out soon! This image is not of a road, or my destination. But it is a method of transportation… and it is New Zealand. So, it works as a daily photo… right?

Road Trippin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 04:00:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Peak Lupin

Daily Photo – Peak Lupin

It’s getting close to the end of lupin season now in NZ. There are a lot of people who hate them and see them as pests/weeds, but I really like how they look… maybe they’re not as friendly looking as the bluebell and than gets them a bad rap… who knows!

Peak Lupin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-12-22 16:09:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Sunset on the Beach in Muscat

Daily Photo – Sunset on the Beach in Muscat

When we were in Muscat I went out exploring along the beach with my camera for a while as sunset approached. It was a comfortable 70f/20c as it doesn’t really get cold there in January… or at all. From what I remember it doesn’t really rain there either. I sort of get what that’s like having lived in Texas, but it feels like a whole different world compared to NZ with its ever-changing weather!

Sunset on the Beach in Muscat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-13 15:18:30
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Epic Ceiling

Daily Photo – Another Epic Ceiling

These Italians really do know how to do a good ceiling… the arch ain’t half impressive either!

Another Epic Ceiling

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 18:06:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Shut Down in Washington

Daily Photo – Shut Down in Washington

The last time I was in Washington DC was kind of weird. First it was during a government shutdown, so my plan to visit the Smithsonian was foiled… and then a snowstorm blew in and it got even quieter as most people stayed indoors keeping warm. There were a few brave souls who remained outdoors to have some snow based fun though…

Shut Down in Washington

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-13 15:55:52
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/560
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO55
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

Daily Photo – Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

I think it’s probably obvious to those who read this blog, even occasionally, that I’m delving deep into NFTs. One of the more interesting aspects of the whole experience has been the negativity towards them from some people. It reminds me a lot of the negative feedback I was getting in the early stages of my journey into HDR photography. Which is great as that turned out not too bad a life choice! 🙂 Here’s one of those early HDR examples from back in 2008. Fourteen years! Yikes!

Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2022-01-14 21:59:22
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1