Quadcopters – Stuck in Customs

Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

Daily Photo – Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

When we stayed on Waiheke for a few days, we ended up heading over to try out a few different wineries. I don’t have a perfect memory, but I seem to remember this beach was the home to Man o’ War wineries. I didn’t know what was over on the other side of the dock, so I launched the quad to swing it around and get a sense of the whole coastline.

Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-08 14:10:36
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Over and Under the Farm

Daily Photo – Floating Over and Under the Farm

Here is another photo from Gisborne that I took with the drone. It wasn’t until I got high above this estuary when I realized even more beautiful shapes. It reminds me that I should really get that drone up and out more to see all the cool patterns that are hidden at eye level.

Floating Over and Under the Farm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-20 13:13:49
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Walking on the Dock

Photos in New Zealand

I just saw this funny video about people that take the same photos over and over again in New Zealand.

Daily Photo – Walking on the Dock

I probably should have photoshopped all the bird poop off that cool dock first… I don’t know why I didn’t. It would have taken me LESS time to write a few sentences about how I lament not doing it. This is yet another area of my life where I have regrets… If I could have just thought ahead, about how I would be spending 120 seconds writing this, rather than spending 60 seconds with content-aware patching. Oh, how I wish I could rewrite the past… Anyway, this is a 9-photo panorama.

Walking on the Dock

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-02-26 18:15:55
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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Over the Farmland

Cool Art from Pulse

What a clever idea this is!

Daily Photo – Over the Farmland

While I was in Gisborne, I got my quadcopter up and around to explore the hillside as much as possible. I hiked around these hills quite a bit, but that gets to be quite exhausting. So, instead, I decided just to relax a little and let my quad do the work for me. At one point, I got a little overzealous and the quadcopter ran out of batteries and got stranded on one of these hillsides… which means my whole plan failed as I had to hike up to the top to recover it.

Over the Farmland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-20 13:18:23
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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Okinawa Adventure

Daily Photo – Okinawa Adventure

I feel lucky to have gone to Okinawa twice in one year! Lucky me! Regular readers know I love Japan, and Okinawa is a special little island that has its own little cultural ecosystem. Things are a little bit different here and it’s fun to notice the delta between the two. This is a photo of the Ritz-Carlton where we stayed on both occasions. What a cool spot, eh? It’s also just a short walk down to the beach where you can relax… Most Japanese people don’t go to the beach to relax, but it’s more common down here on this island.

Okinawa Adventure

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 22:32:38
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO120
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Monni on the Pier

Another Passport Sunday – Another How-to video!

Every Sunday, there is a fresh how-to video for Passport Members. I hope you enjoy this one as much as the others! Today’s shot was made out of 9 different photos in a 3×3 panorama.

The Making off…

Today’s video shows more about the creation of this photo – enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Monni on the Pier

I don’t usually put people in my photos, but this shot called for it. There’s this strange thing in landscapes (especially in New Zealand) where you can’t quite tell the scale of things. By putting a human in the shot, it gives the whole thing a sense of scale. My friend Monni spent a few weeks with me here and she was often wandering around with my second camera, and I happened to catch her right at the end of the pier in the middle of this estuary near Gisborne.

Monni on the Pier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-11-27 16:26:04
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Amazing 2198 Drones Flight

This one recently broke the world record!

Daily Photo – Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Here’s kind of a cool trick! If you click on this photo, you’ll get all the interesting info including a satellite photo of where it was taken from. This is a super cool feature of the DJI drones in that it records the GPS data of every photo. After you get over to Smugmug, click the three lines on the left and it will open up all the EXIF including a cool map down at the bottom.

Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:39:54
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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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

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The Dock on Laucala Island

Nature Planet – My new favorite series

Enjoy this majestic nature.

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

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Welcome to the Rejects

Passport Sunday

Today, for you awesome passport members you’ll get to see all the “rejects” from a recent art commission I did. At first, I did not think about sharing these, but I thought you may be interested in seeing the ones that didn’t make the cut. They’re not terrible photos or anything… but that final selection process is always a little difficult!

Welcome to the Rejects

I proposed a final 10 with 3 alternates to the clients, and they loved all of them. I just recently sent them all these “rejects” which I now share with you. There are definitely still some winners in here that I’ll be sharing soon on the blog and social media… but I hope you enjoy seeing them in the meantime!

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