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Textures of the Li River

Textures Tutorial

Today’s photo uses one of my favorite techniques! Make sure you pick up my Textures Tutorial in the store. It comes with a ton of textures that you will love too!

Daily Photo – Textures of the Li River

Finally, something not from the USA! I’ve been sharing a ton of photos from my USA tour recently… mostly because I’ve been away from home in NZ for three months and don’t have access to my mother lode of photos! I edited this photo for a few hours on the plane. I love using textures… I hope you try out the tutorial above and enjoy it too!

Textures of the Li River

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:19:05
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Stu Robertson in Antarctica

David Spade Ripping on GoT

This is hilarious.

Daily Photo – Stu Robertson in Antarctica

What a cool dude he is, eh? You know how some people don’t have to try to be cool and just ARE? Yep, that’s Stu all right! We spent a lot of time taking photos of one another… almost like two girls on Spring Break. Maybe we even took more photos than that.

This is out in the Dry Valleys where we camped out for about a week. One night, we were laughing so much in our tent that the other scientists thought we were on drugs. When we got up the next morning, many of them pulled me aside and asked if we had any extra drugs for them…hehe. (Uhhh we were not and did not… just two happy dudes.)

Stu Robertson in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:46:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture11
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Tribal Boy in Papua New Guinea

The Kevin Rose Show

Hey everyone! Here’s a really fun podcast I did on the Kevin Rose Show. We talk about all sorts of things like fine art, the new book, Japan, Burning Man, psychedelics, and more!

Here’s a list of timestamps:

EPISODE NOTES
00:13 — Kevin talks natural UVB supplementation
00:39 — Who is Trey Ratcliff?
00:53 — Trey’s short film, Life From Above, and Beyond, with words from Alan Watts
00:59 — Who is Alan Watts?
01:30 — Intro to Trey
03:23 — Kevin on Trey’s 360 Podcast
03:27 — Interview begins
04:12 — Trey’s 360 Podcast
04:37 — Insta 360 One X
05:43 — Trey’s podcast topics & release info
06:11 — Walking & talking
06:28 — Nature & calm
07:00 — Forest bathing
07:30 — Japan, wind chime garden
07:51 — Japan, puppet town
08:41 — Japan, fishy ice skating rink
09:22 — Travel in extremes, embracing new experiences, travel & connection
11:07 — Trey’s family move to New Zealand & travel ‘round the world
11:35 — Trey’s family tour of world religions
13:21 — Trey’s professional roots, finding photography as an adult
15:07 — Trey’s “moment” with nature photography & digging in
16:15 — Coding for better photos
17:16 — Retinex
17:28 — Trey’s blog
17:49 — Trey on Creative Commons, free tutorials
19:13 — Trey’s evolution – passion into business
20:13 — Collectors & limited edition prints
21:13 — Book, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
21:38 — “…people want what is rare…”
22:18 — Pricing collectible art, swapping art, & smaller collector prints
26:21 — Trey’s new book, Under the Influence – How To Fake Your Way Into Getting Rich on Instagram: Influencer Fraud, Selfies, Anxiety, Ego and Mass Delusional Behavior
29:27 — Brand-building from a place of authenticity
31:25 — Buying followers, influencer marketing fraud, & fake account anecdotes
35:08 — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
36:12 — “Maybe this is the year of fake followers…”
37:42 — Kevin Kelly, Wired
39:23 — Legitimate tactics & tools to grow a following
40:20 — Stephen Tobolowsky, EG Conference
40:25 — Storytelling, anxiety, mass delusional behavior, Dunbar’s 150
42:28 — “Podding” on Instagram
46:04 — Instagram security, pod detection, Digg security anecdote
49:22 — Practical jokes, buying followers, custom comments
50:19 — Back to the book, how to differentiate & build a following
51:30 — Trey’s best advice on life – true self, storytelling, honesty
53:58 — Exploring life, finding what’s exciting, childlike mindset
56:12 — Psychedelics & sense of self, creativity
57:35 — Alcohol & drugs, Trey’s family
59:17 — Burning Man, mushrooms, removing filters & intellectual stimulation
1:00:55 — Trey on what psychedelics & hallucinogens do for him, meditation practice
1:05:11 — Sharing consciousness with others
1:06:12 — “I think it’s up to artists & creatives to save the world.”
1:06:23 — Clinical trials, benefits, & uses of mushrooms; childlike wonder
1:10:46 — Michael Pollan on The Kevin Rose Show, How To Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
1:11:52 — Institutional anxiety about psychedelics & resurgence in intellectual community
1:13:39 — Opioid, benzo addiction & natural compound psychedelic treatments
1:15:14 — Psychedelic work with reputable counselor, family anecdote
1:16:20 — Closing & Trey’s hope for his work going forward

Daily Photo – Tribal Boy in Papua New Guinea

Check out this little badass! I think he probably could have killed me with his bow and arrow if he wanted to. However, he seemed to like me. After I took the photo I showed it to him and he gave me some sign like a thumbs up. It also could have been a fuck you, but I didn’t get that vibe.

Tribal Boy in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 12:16:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

United Airlines Nonsense

I admit that I am very spoiled flying on some great airlines, almost exclusively 100% outside of the United States. Whenever I come back to the US, I am struck by how bad airlines are, and how ridiculous so many little things are. For example, look at this crazy upsell from United.


 

Daily Photo – Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

The two best times to explore Venice are at sunrise and sunset/night. In the middle of the day, cruise ships dump off thousands and thousands of people, so it’s quite touristy. That, in itself, is not bad, but it can have a certain feeling of chaos. It can also be hard to get photos when there are people crawling all over everything. In the middle of the day, after the crowds arrive, I usually go to a quiet non-touristy place to eat an early and long lunch, have wine, and then go back to the hotel for a 2-3 hour nana nap so I am fresh for the night!

Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-10 12:39:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1
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Inside Cape Evans Hut

Time for our regular Wednesday episode!

Every Wednesday we share a new one of these educational (and hopefully inspirational) videos that we shot in Africa. In this one, I get hands-on with a nice sunset shot…

Daily Photo – Inside Cape Evans Hut

I was lucky enough to visit all three of major expedition huts in Antarctica. This is the final one visited – Cape Evans Hut. If you don’t know your Scotts from your Shackletons, here is some info from Wikipedia:

Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott. In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of reoccupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904.

This first hut was located at Hut Point, 20 km south of Cape Evans. Two factors influenced this decision. One was that the hut was extremely cold for living quarters and the other was that Scott’s ship, the Discovery, had been trapped by sea ice at Hut Point, a problem he hoped to avoid by establishing his new base farther north.

Some confusion arises because Discovery Hut can technically be referred to as Scott’s hut, in that his expedition built it, and it was his base ashore during the 1901–1904 expedition, but the title Scott’s Hut popularly belongs to the building erected in 1911 at Cape Evans.

Inside Cape Evans Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:29:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Tim Chang on Hacking Consciousness

Hey, this is another great podcast. They talk about so many interesting things… and it turns out that Tim Chang is a fan of my Burning Man photos. This is cool, because it gives us a chance to hang out and just tell each other how much we like each other. Haha… actually I do have lots of questions for him!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

It’s absolutely one of my favorite places, but you really have to be lucky/patient to get the right kind of weather. It’s usually quite dreary and grey. So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got a great sunset! Anyway, I have recently processed this with the new Aurora HDR, so be sure to get that if you haven’t!

Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-07 00:08:14
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture18
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Not a Doll in Morocco

Japanese Doll Town

I can’t figure out if this is creepy or kind of Japanese-cool. There is a town in the south of Japan called Nagoro where they place life-sized dolls of people that used to live there on permanent display. See the article here. Okay, maybe I’m leaning more towards creepy now that I look at the photos again. I’d like to go there and take photos at night.

Daily Photo – Not a Doll in Morocco

In this perfect little mountain town of Chefchaoen, women dress lavishly with so many different colors. Everyone I saw seemed to have a lot of character and were simply just interesting to watch. Sure, of course, I took photos from time to time, but I mostly just walked around and watched people.

Not a Doll in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-18 00:58:32
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Lava in Tokyo

A plug for my friend Clayton

Clayton Morris was nice enough to help me out a bit with my new book, so I wanted to plug his website over at www.ClaytonMorris.com – go check it out and his new book!

Daily Photo – Lava in Tokyo

I took this from the window of the Google offices in Tokyo. I was there giving an art talk one evening, and I took this a little bit before that. It was a great evening and I made some new friends. A whole lot of us went out that night and they showed me what salary-men do on a typical Friday night. I can tell you there was a lot of drinking and hilarity involved! We ended up getting Ramen around 3 AM. Man, that hit the spot!

Lava in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-19 22:02:48
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hi Philly!

USA Aerial Highlights

Here’s a cool video I haven’t shared in a while! During our USA tour, we got a ton of quad footage, so I decided to cram it all into this cool drone-only highlight video!

Daily Photo – Hi Philly!

During our USA Photo Walk, we had a cool situation when we got to Philadelphia because one of the photo walkers brought a cool lightstick. If you don’t know what that is, it’s actually pretty tough to explain! Basically, it’s a long stick that has LEDs that change. If you do a long exposure as the stick passes in front of the camera, you get some pretty cool results!

Hi Philly!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-07 13:10:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

Spotify Playlist Fun

Here is a new playlist of mine on Spotify for you to enjoy. It’s made up of songs that I listen to on a lazy, relaxing afternoon at Burning Man.

Daily Photo – A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

I only spent a week in this country, but I’m just going to go ahead and assume it’s always blazing hot. While I was there I met this tribesman and we had a hard time having a discussion. Initially, I told him I thought he looked awesome and I liked all the decor. He sort of nodded as if he understood what I was saying. And then I said he looked pretty fit and asked him if he worked out…He was a bit more confused by this question.

A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 13:22:52
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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