Mavic Pro – Stuck in Customs

Sunset in Sanya

Ethan at Outward Bound

Here’s a Fairly Random Video I made with Ethan! He recently went to Outward Bound in New Zealand and I thought you might like to see some of it… the camera is a little messed up because the screen was cracked! But, if you can ignore that, maybe you’ll still like it! 🙂

And remember, this is 360 so you can spin the view all over the place.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Sanya

Some of my favorite photos I got in Sanya were from the main beach while using a drone. This is yet another place in China where I am not sure if it is legal to fly drones or not. But since Sanya is in a more remote area of China, I figured it was okay. I’m 99% sure that all these huge boats out here are abandoned… at least they looked abandoned when I got close with the drone!

Sunset in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:26:35
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Fred the Dolphin

Today’s Podcast is a really fun walk with Fred Newman while we were staying at an awesome ranch in Montana. How do I describe this guy? He’s the sort of man that would not like any sort of description, I believe! But, in short, he’s one of the most amazing sound-effects and voice guys in the world. He’s very respected and you’ve probably heard his voice in everything from Doug to Men in Black to A Prairie Home Companion. From Wikipedia, regarding the latter, “In an audience favorite feature of the program, Keillor tells an apparently impromptu story that is funny because it requires Newman to strain to supply rapid-fire sound effects for unusual occurrences and obscure animals.”

Or if the audio version is more to your liking…

Daily Photo – The Endless Forests of Malaysia

One day we took a boat out to visit some floating markets on these winding rivers in Langkawai. After you get up high, you get a great perspective on how heavily forested (jungled? is that a word? Jungly?) this island is. It reminds me a lot of Vietnam or Cambodia in a way…

The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 11:05:10
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Floating over Krabi

Ape Using Social Media

Ape using a Smartphone from BeAmazed

Daily Photo – Floating over Krabi

Here is a recent processing of a single RAW file I took over Krabi. I never get tired of looking at these pleasant archipelagos out there drifting across the ocean. I’ve thought about spending more time in Thailand, actually… one thing is for sure… you are always guaranteed a good sunset!

Floating over Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 19:39:08
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

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The Beautiful Great Wall of China

No Man’s Sky

This is a GREAT game and I really recommend it. They made a bunch of fixes after the first release was a little underwhelming… but now it’s great!

Daily Photo – The Beautiful Great Wall of China

This is actually what 99% of the Great Wall looks like, with nature slowly pulling it back into the earth. I took this one above with a quadcopter… we slept not too far from here, up on top of the Great Wall. I think that is technically illegal, but we didn’t find that out until too late!

The Beautiful Great Wall of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-06 13:26:40
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

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Lupin Party!

Working on a sequel!

I’m excited to be working on a new project. It’s really quite tough and takes a ton of time. Anyway, this is the first “test” version I did a little over a year ago…

Daily Photo – Lupin Party!

These are my favorite sort of pest. Kiwis definitely call anything not from New Zealand a “pest,” probably including even me. There’s an area between Lindis Pass and Tekapo where you see millions of these off the side of the road. This looks like a “normal” landscape but it is actually a quadcopter panorama!

Lupin Party!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-12-21 12:55:04
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Colorful Courts

Red Dead Redemption 2

Man, I’m loving this game! I don’t really have enough time to play it, but I try to squeeze in a few hours a week. There’s another huge video project I’m working on… and I don’t really mind working on it because it’s fun… so I get a little guilty when I flip that off to start playing some video games. I tell myself it’s better for my mind to jump around to a few different things!

Daily Photo – Colorful Courts

Drone photography is so fun! In some ways, almost anything is interesting from a top-down perspective. One of my challenges with this is to choose the MOST interesting things. I like to try to find simple patterns or interesting colors that are a bit confusing. Like, what kind of court is that on the top of the photo? I’m really not sure… is it badminton? I always thought that was such a silly sport, but what do I know? I mean, why not play Tennis or Ping Pong, each of which seems to be a lot more fun to me.

Colorful Courts

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 17:20:37
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

Watch My New PC Take Shape… LIVE!

The awesome people at Origin PC are right now grabbing all of the components for my new custom built PC! Tune in today for the build as it happens:

Quadcopter Tutorial

Also, don’t forget to check out our epic new quadcopter tutorial that has been extremely popular. I think my favorite part is towards the end where I talk about editing video!

Oh…and for a limited time it is 55% off!

Daily Photo – An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

Who is tan, chiseled, and pours tea like this? This guy. He had quite a style of pouring tea, I tell ya. I tried to pour tea like this for my kids when I got back home and I made a giant mess while wrenching my back. The kids thought it was really funny, so I guess you can say it had a success of sorts.

An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 16:55:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Arrowtown Brewing Co.

My friend David Gent has a new beer company! Dave is a cool dude. He comes over to my studio about once a week and we drink gin & tonics and come up with new Black Mirror plots. Last night we came up with our magnum opus episode about a fake vasectomy with a plot twist. Hey! Maybe we should make a podcast where we record these ideas. That’s a good idea in itself and it’s also the root of a good idea for another Black Mirror episode in a parallel universe where podcasts about ideas are illegal. Wait, let me write this down.

Dave was also the bass guitarist for The Exponents, one of the most well-known New Zealand bands. He’s also the sperm man for the great Tane Gent, who you may remember as my assistant before he left me for that delightful succubus in Chicago.

Anyway, here’s the new video for their beer company. He says it only cost $300 to make.

Daily Photo – Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

On a recent trip to Glenorchy, I stopped along the road to make a panorama. I love it when the water here is so smooth and perfect. I continue to use Lightroom to do most of my stitching. It does a pretty good job, but it can occasionally really blow out some of the highlights. I wish I could make adjustments beforehand. Well, I actually can, but that takes an extra step because I have to export them from Lightroom and then bring them into Photoshop as layers before merging to the final image to make sure it transitions nicely.

Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-21 10:52:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Living in the Fjords

New Webcam!

Hey Passport Members! You’ll be happy to know that I got a new webcam to up the quality of the videos a bit. If you’ve missed some of the last few Passport Sundays, then be sure to go see all of them, as there are some great instructional videos in there!

Daily Photo – Living in the Fjords

See our tiny little boat down there? Actually, it was big enough to sleep 10 of us! I lived on there for about four days and I was fairly unproductive. I mostly just took photos and drank with all the guys on the boat. We mostly just told jokes, stories, and all kinds of bs were being spouted by everyone. They also taught me the most ridiculous drinking game called “three-man” which has the most confusing rules of any game I’ve ever played! For example, one of the rules is, if you roll the dice and get double-ones, then: “Create any rule. If that rule is broken during the game, the infringing player drinks.”

Living in the Fjords

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-30 15:38:46
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Macau Gambling

Next time I go to Macau, I want to learn more about some of these crazy casino games they have. I’m a big math guy, so I always enjoy learning these games and figuring them out. But they had some of the strangest games they concocted… it might be fun to spend a week there and learn and try to master a different game every day.

Daily Photo – Portuguese Tiles in Macau

I only got to spend one day in Macau, but I tried to use all the time I could to get the drone up for some shots. Macau is a really unique Chinese city because of all the original colonial Portuguese settlers. All these city streets in the old part of the town looked pretty much exactly like their counterparts in Portugal.

Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 16:42:53
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/560
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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