Aurora HDR – Stuck in Customs

The Great Wall of China at Sunset

Passport Sunday

Today, you’ll see a cool video where I show the how-to for processing this bad boy. Enjoy, Passport Members!

The Making of

Watch as I get rid of a few of the problems that HDR-ing causes in this situation… and hang around till the end to see how I make the Great Wall look a little bigger!

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Daily Photo – The Great Wall of China at Sunset

This is right where we stayed for the night in one of those guard towers. It was not exactly luxury, unless you call putting a sleeping bag on hard stone to be “luxury.” It was one of the worst sleeps of my life, but it was still worth it… the next day I was a wreck and I had to show up for a photography meeting in Beijing. It was a tough one!

The Great Wall of China at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-06 23:35:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Great Interview with Jason Silva and Erik Davis

Daily Photo – Gaudi’s Masterpiece

We were lucky to get a little bonus access to the Sagrada Familia and were able to get into the upper floors. These are quite hidden from the ground level and I never would have known they were there otherwise. I didn’t have to do anything special to get access, just a bit of planning ahead of time with their PR team.

Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 09:44:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The UNIQLO Store

Passport Sunday Edit Day

If you’re one of our awesome Passport Members then you’ll get a fun, quick, and easy tutorial that shows how I made today’s photo.

Uniqlo Processing

Today I do a pretty extreme treatment with a little overexposure trick at the end to make all the people feel a little more surreal. (Also, we’ve made a few changes to the site this week and a couple of people reported issues playing the last Passport video. If you are affected by this email [email protected] and he’ll sort you out with a link until we fix the prob. 🙂 )

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Daily Photo – The UNIQLO Store

One thing is for sure about Asian megacities: They really know how to make some cool-looking shopping areas. The lights always call for some sweet sweet night photography. Also, I am pretty much usually the only one out there taking photos. People must be wondering what the hell I am doing. They would come up and ask, but they are too polite. Also, they don’t speak the same language.

The UNIQLO Store

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 01:59:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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More Donkey Bay in the Bay of Islands

Machine Elf 27 – Avoiding the Void

Here is the latest fractal creation, and it’s probably my favorite so far! I decided to explore the math of V3 of the Menger, which has all these beautiful spherical structures that are created by the minutest of filaments. It calmly explores the evolution of a void and allows you to relax in the unraveling, fundamental nature of its creation. As with the last one, Sam Mehrtens (Sam Wave) did custom music. He explains “with all these worlds there seems to be a pulsing balance of life and release. When I was making the soundtrack I was instantly drawn into the void and felt a passive tribal tone urging to come out… as the void unravels so does the sound, and the beat becomes a distant memory. Accompanied by sprays of tonal delay and psychedelic guitar, ‘Avoiding the Void’ is our most explorative creation yet.”

These are also available in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go or Rift, you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here: https://the-machine-elf.com/TRIPP

For more Machine Elf creations, including physical installations, check out the website: https://the-machine-elf.com/

Daily Photo – More Donkey Bay in the Bay of Islands

This is the kind of amazing place that’s perfect for indoor photography. In general, the more rich textures and strategic lighting, the better. A perfectly lit room with boring textures just doesn’t always translate into HDR as well for some reason.

More Donkey Bay in the Bay of Islands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-01 19:12:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

Daily Photo – Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

If you’re a rocket enthusiast, then the museums at NASA are a must. I’m a little bit of a rocket nerd so I found it pretty exciting. That, plus being a photo nerd, was a perfect combo. Also, you get a leeway when it comes to using extreme HDR when taking photos of all this epic hardware.

Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-04-28 14:41:26
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Taking photos at The Vessel

Video about psychedelics

If you know, then you know! Here’s a little video I saw on Reddit that you might find informative. If you want to know more, I recommend “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan.

The Case for Making Psychedelics Legal from DMT

Daily Photo – Taking photos at The Vessel

I was trying to be the last one in The Vessel to get some of these cool dusk shots after the sun set. I like to do this one simple trick where you simply put the camera on the ground (with a wide-angle lens) and shoot straight up in the air with a timer on. I wanted to set it right where that guy was standing… so, while I was waiting for him to move, I decided to take a photo!

Taking photos at The Vessel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:58:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Edge of Iceland

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, then you’ll get to see the full edit of this photo. It was a particularly fun one because of the extreme contrast in colors. Enjoy!

Editing a Photo from Iceland

In today’s video, you’ll get to see a quick edit of how the photo above was achieved. Keep on playing with Aurora HDR and eventually, you’ll get super-fast like me! 🙂

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Road Shots in Arizona

Daily Photo – Road Shots in Arizona

It’s sort of an obvious idea, but there is nothing wrong with obvious if it works! Anyway, the idea is whenever you have a cool road heading into a vista, why not include the road? Now, after having said that, you do have a few options. You can center the whole thing, but I usually only do that if the backdrop is equally weighted. In this case, since the coolest mountain feature is on the left, I oriented the road heading off a bit to the right to bring some balance to the scene. I believe (but I’m not sure) that this is one of the roads around Sedona, Arizona.

Road Shots in Arizona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-18 12:02:53
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

Passport Sunday Fun!

If you’re a Passport Member then you know it’s Sunday, that special day when I release a new how-to video! Now we’re at well over 150 videos, so you also have access to a massive back catalog. Enjoy!

Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

This is a fun little lesson and the photo turned out fantastic! It once again reminds me that I should take more photos from the portrait orientation! Today’s was processed from a single RAW.

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Standing Guard in Rabat

Passport Sunday How-To

If you’re a Passport Member, then today is the day for a new how-to video! In today’s tutorial, you’ll see how I created this photo below. Passport Members have an extra little section that opens up so they can see behind-the-scenes and how-to videos. Enjoy!

New Presets Added to Passport!

For all you Passport people, as well as getting the new travel photography tutorial added back in November, my Aurora HDR 2019 presets pack is now included in your subscription. Go grab it now

Making of the Rabat Shot

This was a very quick under-3 minute edit that I think you’ll enjoy! (And remember, the Presets section of Passport now includes the download of my Aurora HDR 2019 pack. Have fun!)

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Daily Photo – Standing Guard in Rabat

Here’s a photo I just finished and I really like the way it turned out. I was in Rabat, Morocco, and visited this tomb just as it opened. There was almost no one around, and I gave the “international signal” asking if it was okay to take his photo. He gave me a mustachioed nod, so I took a quick one. Believe it or not, I spelled mustachioed correctly the first time… I was waiting for the red squiggly.

Standing Guard in Rabat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-01 21:04:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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