Passport – Stuck in Customs

Part two of the Latest Passport Sunday Series

Okay now we’re getting into the good stuff if you’re a Passport Member. Now, you’ll see how I get this unusual but rather cool look! Here’s one of the photos I reference in today’s video.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
And here is the video…

The Technique, Part 2

I hope you enjoy this fun little trick. It can be a little confusing until you try it a few times, and I recommend you go give it a whirl on some of your favorite landscape and architecture photos! Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

If you saw //last Sunday’s photo// then you’ll recognize today’s photo sans the filter. I must say that this technique does not work on every photo, but I do really like the feel it gives to architecture. It’s definitely not for purists, but I think it gives it quite an interesting film look.

The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Passport Sunday Time!

Today for Passport Members you’ll get part 1 of 3 that show some cool processing tricks. If you’re not a member now, today is a good time to join up! You’ll get over 200 video tutorials plus a ton of other things.

Today is the first step on the way to showing how I get this sort of look that I got on my recent road trip to the north island.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
And now on with the show…

HDR Processing before the Special Filter

On some of my photos, I use a variety of drastically different techniques. First, I’m going to push it hard in the HDR realm (as shown below), and then in next week’s video, you’ll see how I add a special custom filter that will reduce the contrast and give it a rather unique look!

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Daily Photo – Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

While on a random wander through the modern area of Dusseldorf, I came across this amazing building… I took shots from a few different angles, but this was my favorite. You can unlock the part below if you want to see the processing video!

Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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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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Passport Sunday Over the Top Helicopter Video!

Today, if you’re a Passport member, then you’ll get to see some clips from the amazing 8K footage we captured for Over The Top Helicopters here in Queenstown, New Zealand for my friend Choppy! What kind of equipment did we use? We took up two helicopters, one of them had the first 8K flight setup anywhere in the world โ€“ specifically, the Shotover P1 MK ll dedicated 8K gimbal with a Red Monstro camera and Angenieux 36/435 zoom lens.

And here are a few of my favorite photos I captured on those amazing few days of shooting!

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For those of you who missed it, here is the previous video on the project. A 360 vlog on location…including inside the helicopters. ๐Ÿ™‚

Over the Top 5 min Trade Show Cut

Here are some of the best video shorts we got from helicopter to helicopter! They are going to be using these in HD at trade shows and stuff to run in the background and other edits will be used for different purposes. Thanks again to the whole team for helping out!

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Passport Member Update for Sunday!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, I have a cool new video that shows some of my favorites that I’ve selected so far while working on a new photo project. Actually, I’ll show you some that I really like and others that I don’t like and explain why… a little self-critique time. In fact, one of them I think I hate!

Te Arai Selections so far

I’ve been taking photos at this epic golf course called Te Arai to make some prints for some members. I’m about halfway through the process but thought you would like to see the selects so far… I may make another video after I finish the next round of photos and show you where the project is at!

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Daily Photo – Te Arai as the sun sets

Here’s a new photo from my road trip around the North Island of New Zealand. This is one of the coolest golf courses in the world called Tara Iti. It runs right along the beach and when the sun gets low, you get some pretty incredible shadows along the fairways. I like shooting on golf courses, but I don’t always like making it obvious it’s a golf course. I like the idea that it’s a beautiful place that’s just convenient for playing golf if you want to.

Te Arai as the sun sets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-08-05 00:00:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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Welcome to Passport Sunday!

Today if you’re a Passport Member you’ll get to see a new behind-the-scenes video from one of my latest creations – enjoy!

Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart creation

Well, the whole creation is not finished yet, but you can at least see some of the important steps along the way! Oh, by the way, here is a link to the new Zach Bush video.

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Passport Sunday Fun!

Welcome to another fun Passport Sunday! If you’re one of our awesome Passport Members then you’re gonna get to see a special video today… It’s an extended interview about consciousness, healing, and how they are all related to the new Machine Elf videos. Speaking of those, here’s one of the first ones we released called Machine Elf 16 – Creator of Worlds. This is the 360 version!

Therapist Uncensored Video Version!

Thanks again to Sue Marriot at the Therapist Uncensored Podcast for this great interview… She sent over the video version so Stu was able to edit it together for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Passport Sunday Preview

If you’re a Passport Member then today you’ll get to see one of the latest creations I’m working on for Machine Elf. Yes, yes, I’m still taking photos all the time and don’t see that stopping. Plus, I have some amazing stuff that I am super excited to share soon… However, I am really enjoying working on these fractals. I find them to be completely beautiful and mesmerizing. Below is a photo of the current combination of fractals I’m working on:
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Machine Elf 37 – Preview

Fresh on the heels of Machine Elf 34, which we called Master Owl, we are now onto 37. I don’t have a name for it yet… I’m starting to combine various fractal equations which are quite GPU-intensive.

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Along the Lagoon

Passport Sunday How-To Video

We must be up to about 200 great how-to and behind-the-scenes videos now for Passport Members. It’s another Sunday, and here’s one I recorded just recently for you.

Working on the Lagoon Photo

I took about 300-400 photos of this lagoon at various times of the morning, day, evening, and night. It was always quite beautiful. Because so many photos came out strong, it gave me the chance to process them in a variety of ways. I think you’ll like the final treatment I gave this one…

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Daily Photo – Along the Lagoon

I was recently working on an art piece and I ended up with over 100 photos that I really liked… I spent a long time working on this one, even though it ultimately ended up in my “rejects” pile. That’s okay… even though it fell into that pile, I still like it quite a bit. You can see some of the “Making Of” in today’s video.

Along the Lagoon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-24 16:59:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

Passport Sunday!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll get to see a cool edit of today’s daily photo. I went a bit more extreme with this one because I was just in that kinda mood.

EDIT: Hey Passport people… sorry for the delay in this one. Something automated went wonky! The appropriate technology has been kicked and promises not to do this again!

Full Edit of the Golf Course Photo

This is a quick and simple edit. Sometimes people hear that I take 10+ hours to edit my photos and they think I do that with most of them. That’s not true… most are very quick edits like this one! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

We were lucky enough to finally have a sunny day, so we headed out into the rolling hills to see what we could find. And we found this! I decided to put an emphasis on the sun and the peaceful rolling hills.

Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-08-04 17:25:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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