Passport – Stuck in Customs

Party Pictures Before and After

If you’re a Passport Member then today you’ll see a lot of photos I just took about 24 hours ago! You’ll see the before and after photos from the event and see a little bit more about my techniques. 

The Best Photos from the Boat Party

If you all follow my silly Instagram stories, then you’ll get to see some of the frivolity behind the scenes… In today’s video, I’ll show you about a dozen new photos and the reasoning behind the editing. In some cases, it’s a bit over the top, but that is cool too 🙂

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Daily Photo – Beach Walk

From the party pics, here is one of my favorites.

Beach Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-01-16 22:22:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Passport Sunday

Well, it’s another Sunday and that means we have another new video for Passport Members. Today’s was a rather challenging edit… but a lot of fun. You can see the finished result in today’s Daily Photo. Passport members get a little bonus section where they can see the final edit.

Attending the Theatre in London

This was a very fun and somewhat challenging edit. You’ll see, like any good story, this one has some twists and turns. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Unfortunately, I was so into taking photos that I missed the first act of The Book of Mormon in London. I feel bad because I was going with my friend Simon and he was patiently waiting while I was futzing around taking photos… but, at least I ended up with a photo that I liked, even if we did have to sit out the first act. By the way, I can’t recommend The Book of Mormon more!

Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 06:22:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Driving through the Lindis Valley

Happy New Year from Passport Sunday!

Today I have a rather cool video tutorial if you are a Passport Sunday member! You’ll see the complete end-to-end processing of the daily photo… and if you’re not a member yet, then why not? You’ll get access to over 150 videos and all other sorts of goodies!

Editing the Lindis Photo

In today’s video, you’ll see me begin by only choose 2 out of the 3 source photos, doing some cool editing in Aurora HDR and then ending up in Photoshop for some final and fun tweaks. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Driving through the Lindis Valley

New Zealand is full of beautiful roads, and this one is probably in the top 10 as far as scenery. There is this crossing of the Southern Alps right in the middle of the South Island that has a look you don’t see anywhere else in NZ (that I know of). It’s a mix of barren and beautiful, and the road flows beautifully from the west coast to the east coast.

Driving through the Lindis Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-19 13:20:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture13
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Mirrorball!

Today if you’re a Passport member you’ll get the source files for today’s photo as well as my latest ebook!

PASSPORT Goodies – Grab em now!

I usually don’t provide my source files, but I do think I’ll do that more and more. Here are the source files that you can use to recreate my photo today and if you head to that link you’ll also find the download link for my latest eBook which we’ve just added to Passport. (You’ll need to be logged in.) If you create something cool with the files (maybe even try to get it as close to identical as you can… as well as your own interpretation), send it over to stu at stuckincustoms dot com and he’ll pass them on to me to see. 🙂

Have fun/Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Mirrorball!

I think this is actually a tiny restaurant. It looks a lot bigger than it actually is because how close up I got the camera. I also processed the heck out of it to make it pop!

Mirrorball!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:54:09
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

Passport Sunday Fun

If you are a Passport Member then today you’ll get an advanced look at one of my newest creations. It’s just halfway done, but you’ll get a sense of it nonetheless a find out more about the creation process.

Machine Elf 48 in the Works

So here is my latest one that is still being created. I’ve decided to make this one pretty much 100% symmetrical. It’s actually a bit more difficult than it looks. The music is not final, but I do quite like it. I build these in 10-second intervals – that is – since its 30 frames per second, I choose what the scene looks like every 300 frames and it extrapolates in between. Whenever I see a 10-second span that doesn’t quite look right, I go back in and make some adjustments to the math for that particular keyframe.

Also, if you missed the Passport newsletter last week keep an eye on the eBooks download section of your account for my latest book being added in the coming days. 🙂

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Daily Photo – Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

I’m headed off for a fun festival on an island over there called Ancient Future. Since don’t have any active cases of Covid19 here in New Zealand, everyone is out and ready to enjoy the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) in just a few days. I didn’t get to go to Burning Man for year 11 in a row, so the chance to get to a big festival where no one is wearing facemasks sounds pretty radical. Why not? The whole event is sold out, so I’ll be one of the 300 hippies out there. Even better, I’ll be taking my son Ethan. I took him to the burn about 7 years ago, so this will be another fun experience for him. I’ll be out doing everything from taking photos doing yoga, hiking, listening to music, dancing, reading, attending workshops, and seeing friends. It’ll be epic.

Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-06-13 02:39:20
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length135.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

Passport Sunday Fun

Today, I have a new video that shows off the new Luminar AI if you are a Passport Member! You can get it now via that link for a pre-order and it’s released in just a few days. I think you are really going to like it!

Sunday: Mountains on top of Mountains

Today’s video will entertain you with a quick tour-de-force all around the new Luminar AI. I start off with a rather silly example of how you can add mountains on top of mountains… Hey, I would not doctor a photo quite that much, but it’s kind of cool how easy it is. Besides that quirky feature, I show off a lot more that are more practical.

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Daily Photo – Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

While at the festival, we would visit 20-30 different tribes. They all had their unique outfits and singing patterns. There’s a big competition with which tribes have the coolest outfits and the coolest song & dance routine. I think the contest is pretty unofficial, but it’s still quite competitve. In fact, it can turn quite violent and the military has to come in with tear gas and stuff. When that happens, it’s time to leave the scene quickly!

Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 09:15:35
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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My Roomies at Burning Man

Passport Sunday Burning Man Story About Acid and the Asian Stalker?

If you’re one of our awesome Passport Member then you’ll get to hear the new (still secret) podcast where I tell stories about different molecules I’ve ingested. Today’s story will take you on quite a wild ride… I’ve survived and lived to tell the tale!

Episode 2 of “Molecules I’ve Ingested”

Okay, well, jump on board for the new episode… I’ll probably release this to the wider world starting next week or so, but I thought you might want to have an early listen. I may add a few more comments from Hugh Howey and others, but this is a fun early version for you. 🙂

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Daily Photo – My Roomies at Burning Man

That’s us! If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll get to hear the whole crazy story about this night that involved quite a bit of acid and quite a bit of hilarity. From left to right that’s me, Jonatas, Rene, and Hugh Howey. You’ll hear a little bit from them in the podcast episode too. Enjoy!

My Roomies at Burning Man

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-01 04:10:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Passport Sunday Editing Party!

Another Sunday, so time for another section of the blog to unlock for Passport Members. If you’re not a member yet, then, why not? Now you get access to over 200 videos plus a ton of other goodies!

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral – Making Of

Here’s a fun quick video that shows a few unexpected editing choices for this photo!

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Daily Photo – The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

If you ever go to London to take photos, I recommend setting aside a few hours at night to cross back and forth across the Thames on every bridge you can find. They all have cool perspectives, and this one on the way to St. Pauls is one of the most contemporary ones…

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 04:48:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Hong Kong Party

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll know today is Sunday and it’s time for a new video! We have about 200 in here now and you can see all kinds of goodies in there. Enjoy!

A Tight Shot of Hong Kong

Let’s give this shot some HDR love…

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Daily Photo – Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

More and more, I like to take photos of cities where you can’t quite tell exactly which city it is. If you’re a Passport Member, then you’ll get to unlock the making-of where you can see how I processed cropped it using Aurora HDR. Enjoy!

Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:42:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Flying Home from Antarctica

Antarctica How-to Today for Passport Members!

If you are part of my family of Passport Members then I have a fresh one for you this Sunday from Antarctica! Every Sunday, I release something new, and it’s been a while since I processed a new photo from Antarctica, so here ya go! Passport members of course get to see how I edited the photo

Antarctica Boarding

I hope you enjoy the creation of this process and some of the last-minute decisions I made! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Flying Home from Antarctica

Here’s one of the last photos I took before leaving Antarctica. You can tell what countries people are from because they all wear different uniforms. The Kiwis are the ones in the orange coats and the Americans are in the red ones. There were also a few people from the Korean and Italian bases too… The Italians had, by far, the coolest uniforms… they all looked like they raced for Ferrari!

Flying Home from Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:49:53
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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