Aurora HDR – Stuck in Customs

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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Queenstown Gardens Edit

Upcoming Queenstown Photo Workshop!

The image from today’s video was taken during our Queenstown, New Zealand Photo Workshop which is coming in soon in just a few weeks! It’s going to be a great time and this is one of the many locations we visit together. If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the edit of this video… If you were there at the workshop, you got to see it live!

Queenstown Gardens Edit

This was a fun edit. I really enjoy these situations where you get to mix together soft areas with defined areas all in the middle of a soup of pretty colors. Enjoy! 🙂

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Home Photo Edit

Passport Present for the new Year

Thanks again to all the subscribers to Passport! Since it’s Passport Sunday, it’s time for another how-to video to add to the 150+ that are already there!

Home Photo Edit

I’ve been working on taking photos of my own home a lot lately because of the AirBnB thing. In today’s video, you’ll get to see one of the edits!

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Passport Sunday Fun!

Today’s video for Passport Members is a quick and dirty edit from a single RAW file that I think you’ll really like. I was pretty sure that this overexposed photo was a goner, but I was shocked at what Aurora HDR did to it!

The Overexposed Pirate Ship

I use Aurora HDR so much and I’m often surprised how I am still amazed by it. I almost just deleted this photo altogether. It was completely overexposed but somehow Aurora just made it look perfect! Enjoy!

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Pittsburg from Above

Daily Photo – Pittsburg from Above

When people ask me which city I was most surprised by during my trip to the US, I always say Pittsburg! I had no idea how beautiful it was. Anyway, it gave me another chance to experiment with a new technique, which you can see in today’s photo. Now, when I take cityscape shots, I purposefully cut off the top of the buildings so you can’t quite tell what city it is. From sharing travel photos from so many places around the world, I notice people really enjoy trying to guess where a place is. Showing the whole skyline, therefore, makes the photo a bit more predictable and boring!

Pittsburg from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-04 19:01:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Amazing Organ at Notre-Dame in Montreal

Passport Freebies!

I wanted to give you two free videos that we released to Stuck In Customs Passport Members earlier this year! This is obviously an incentive to get you to join. When you do, you’ll get fresh videos every Sunday! Also, I’d appreciate your support… it keeps the website going and we can keep feeding the machine! 🙂


Daily Photo – The Amazing Organ at Notre Dame in Montreal

This organ is one of the only organs the Catholics are allowed to touch and look at during services. I have all sorts of ways I poke fun at the Catholics… probably because I went to an all-boy Jesuit school for four years where they tried to brainwash me. But, it didn’t work! However, having just poked more fun at them, I do actually have a decent amount of respect for the Jesuits. They at least have a lot of critical thought and philosophy that makes up the backbone of their teachings. There are a few logical fallacies here and there where it breaks down for me. But hey, that’s just me. I want to go back and do some DMT with some of my old teachers to see what they think.

The Amazing Organ at Notre Dame in Montreal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-27 08:12:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Queenstown Morning

Aurora Promo Video

Just in case you don’t have the new Aurora for Mac of PC, here’s a little promo video I made for it!

Daily Photo – Queenstown Morning

I was down by the docks at Lake Wakatipu one morning and I was greeted with this rather amazing sunrise! I didn’t have my tripod with me, but I squeezed off three quick brackets to get this scene. It was edited in Aurora HDR 2019… man, that program is amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I helped make it with the team from Skylum!

Queenstown Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-04 08:09:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Ginzan Onsen

Passport Sunday Freebie!

Today I’m sharing a free Passport video with everyone. If you’re a Passport Member, then you get access to over 100 of these videos and a new one every Sunday! Some of my favorite ones are the six videos I released from Antarctica where you get to see all sorts of behind-the-scenes tomfoolery!

How To Video from Ginzan Onsen

Here’s a video I recently made that shows how I edited a photo from a location very close to where I took today’s daily photo. Of course, I used Aurora HDR 2019 to do all the editing.

Daily Photo – Ginzan Onsen

I came to this place with one of my worst plans, but it totally worked out!

Planning for this Japan trip was very difficult because I was going to many remote towns that a) do not take online booking b) where I stay in small hotels where no one speaks English. This makes getting reservations directly almost impossible!

I tried to get reservations via the bilingual concierge at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo, and even though he was very resourceful, he said it was 100% booked. But I decided to go anyway and knock on every door of every ryokan until I found a room. I knew it would be hard because nobody speaks English in these places. Anyway, after I knocked on the door of ryokan #4 I finally found a room! Even better, they had private baths fed by all the steaming water from the nearby hot springs. It was incredible to be soaking in steaming hot mineral water while watching snow fall all around me.

Ginzan Onsen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-18 22:03:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Disney Castle

Great Documentary

Try out that Garry Shandling documentary. It’s very interesting! I always liked him… but never knew much about his story until I saw this thing… It’s called “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” so check it out!

Editing the Disney Castle

Happy Sunday! Here’s a very simple and quick edit, showing how I used Aurora HDR to finish off this Disney Castle photo.

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Daily Photo – The Disney Castle

Are there any bad photos of this thing? I mean, come on. But the challenge for me is to try to find new angles and new contexts. I like this one because it’s both a little haunted-looking and I like these repeating lamps that add more depth to the shot.

The Disney Castle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-09 21:53:15
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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