Canada – Stuck in Customs

Montreal from the Hilltop

More Montreal Behind-the-Scenes for Canada

Last week, Passport Members got to see the 360 video that I took up here while preparing to take the photo. Today, the actual processing in Aurora HDR has been unlocked! I hope you enjoy!

Montreal Downtown Processing

Today, you get to see my process one of the final photos that I shot during my 360 video session from last week’s Passport Sunday. I really like the way this photo turned out and I hope you enjoy watching the process! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Montreal from the Hilltop

This spot reminded me a lot of The Peak in Hong Kong, except with about 10,000 less people! If you saw last week’s video, then you can see how easy it was to belly up to the bar to get a clean shot. Unlike China, you’re not constantly getting elbowed in the ribs by rather rude people. In Canada, it’s the total opposite. If someone even gets remotely close to you, they immediately utter a heartfelt apology!

Montreal from the Hilltop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Special!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member then you get to see my final edit of this photo. Last week, I shared the 360 video of when I actually took the photo (and I was scared about getting into trouble for my tripod!). Enjoy!

Notre-Dame in Montreal

Editing the photo from Notre Dame in Montreal

This is one of my favorite new photos from the tour! I absolutely love this cathedral. If you saw last weeks Passport Sunday post then you got to see the 360 video of me taking the photo. And now here is the final edit!

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Notre-Dame in Montreal

Passport Sunday Goodies

If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see a cool new 360 video I shot while in Notre Dame here in Montreal… some behind-the-scenes of the making of today’s photo!

360 Video of Notre Dame in Montreal!

Well, this started out very sketchy. I was SURE I was gonna get caught for using a tripod in this holy sanctuary… But, there is a good surprise ending, as you’ll see in this video! Don’t forget you can spin around the camera and look in any direction you want! 🙂

In an upcoming video, I’ll show you how I edited the final shot.

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Daily Photo – Notre-Dame in Montreal

What an amazing cathedral! I’ve been to A LOT of these sorts of places, and this probably has the most beautiful backdrop of any I’ve seen. I hope you find it just as beautiful as I did!

Notre-Dame in Montreal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-27 08:11:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Approaching Vancouver at the End of the Cruise

Best Cruise Lines?

I’m hardly a cruise expert, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on various cruise line

Daily Photo – Approaching Vancouver at the End of the Cruise

This Disney cruise was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was dreading it because I thought the hundreds of kids would drive me nuts, but it wasn’t even a bother. Really! It was just a wonderful all around trip, and we all felt very happy here on the last day as we pulled into Vancouver Port at the end.

Approaching Vancouver at the End of the Cruise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-24 01:07:11
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length158.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Endless Skies

Teaching my little girl to ride a bike

I just did this yesterday and decided to record it with Google Glass. I wish I had this for my Ethan when I taught him about five years ago!

Your Desktop Wallpaper

I actually liked this photo so much I made it my new background, but I change it out at least a few times per week. How often do you change yours? (your wallpaper, that is)

By the way, you are of course welcome to grab any of my photos and use them as background photos. Just pop through to the SmugMug site and select Download. Enjoy! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Endless Skies

I’ve only taken two Disney cruises, but I’ve developed one good habit. Note it is only one. Anyway, it is getting up around 4 AM on the last day to take photos as we roll into port. I woke up extra early and took out both my cameras (the NEX 7 and 6) to collect as many photos as I could. I took a ton! In fact, I blew through an entire card and had to pop in a backup!

The Endless Skies

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-24 00:10:44
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Orbital Sealounge

Whale Photos

We got to see a ton of whales on this cruise – probably at least 15 or so. I was kind of excited about getting a whale photo until I realized how hard it really is. Man, shooting whales has to be one of the hardest jobs in the world… I think all those great whale photos were made by somebody much more patient than me. Maybe this is why I like landscape photography more than animal photography. I don’t have that waiting-on-animals-patience that others seem to have. Maybe patience is the wrong word… maybe it’s discipline. Or some combination. Either way, objectively, I don’t think I have much of either when it comes to animals.

Daily Photo – The Orbital Sealounge

Here’s another handheld shot from the on board the Disney Cruise I just enjoyed with my family. I’ve never been out on so many shoots in a week without taking my tripod! It forced me to do even more testing of the Photomatix auto-align, and it continued to do an amazing job. Even though my three shots were horribly misaligned with the NEX-7, the final result still came out perfectly sharp.

The Orbital Sealounge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-18 17:38:39
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Meet Your Neighbor!

Haha this made my kids laugh when it appeared in the local paper. So, I now live in a small town of like 30,000 people here in Queenstown. I love it, of course, but I’m just not used to the smallish-town nature of it… that is actually why I like it! So the Mountain Scene, which is the local newspaper, sent a nice guy (Paul Taylor) over to my home to interview me. I guess he found me to be “charismatic”! hehe… anyway… most people that come to the blog a lot already know most of this stuff, but thought you’d like to see and maybe read a bit more… You can download the PDF yourself to catch up on all the local news on the Mountain Scene page — get the August 8, 2013 edition.

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Daily Photo – The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Here’s another photo from our family trip to visit the fjords of Alaska. We got in pretty close to this glacier. Any closer can get a bit scarier… but it was lovely sitting in this spot, watching the ice float around in a smooth brownian motion…

The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-17 21:27:11
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Using the NEX-7 Handheld

After using the NEX-7 during the daytime countless times off the edge of the boat, I’m now less tripod-centric for daytime shots. I don’t shoot a lot during the day, but now when I do, I’m going to not worry so much about whether or not I have a tripod. Auto-align is so good now in Photomatix… it makes me so happy. I still use a tripod a lot in low-light conditions, but it was great to shoot a bunch from the ship so I could become more comfortable with this camera in these conditions.

Daily Photo – Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

I stood on the edge of the ship as we weaved in and out of the great Alaskan fjords. This is my first time ever sailing through fjords like this (other than just one fjord in New Zealand), so it was really cool to see not only the landscape, but how the steep mountains moved and pulled the clouds into different shapes.

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-19 10:07:11
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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High Atop the Four Seasons in Vancouver

Lunch at Yew in the Four Seasons

We had an incredible lunch down below at the restaurant in the Four Seasons. Here is a very silly family video we filmed… we decided to play this fun game called Space Team while waiting on our food… and, well… anyway, now you get to see a little nonsense of the family activity! 🙂

Daily Photo – High Atop the Four Seasons in Vancouver

What a view! We spent the whole evening atop the hotel taking photos. Every angle was interesting, but I thought this one was perhaps the most enticing. If you end up getting a room there, be sure to ask for one that has a view of the water so that you can see something like this. I love Vancouver and can’t wait to come back… and I’ll stay here at the Four Seasons next time too… the service was amazing!

High Atop the Four Seasons in Vancouver

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-25 04:49:03
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Cadillac Bar

David Lynch Movies

I’ve been back into my David Lynch movies lately… what are your favorites? I actually watched all of Twin Peaks too. I wish he would make another TV series… I think the TV world needs him! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Cadillac Bar

This was one of the many bars on board the Disney Cruise. While this one was the coolest-looking, it was actually the most boring. I went in there one night to read and relax with Tina and something about the place just sucked all the energy out of us! There as a piano player and stuff… but man, this was the most low-key energy blackhole I’ve ever been in. And then, I thought, well, maybe I was just tired anyway. So I walked in there another night, and once again I felt a huge weight on me… I know that sounds like the strangest thing in the world.

The Cadillac Bar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-07-16 10:42:08
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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