Luminar and Looks
Man, I’m loving this game! I don’t really have enough time to play it, but I try to squeeze in a few hours a week. There’s another huge video project I’m working on… and I don’t really mind working on it because it’s fun… so I get a little guilty when I flip that off to start playing some video games. I tell myself it’s better for my mind to jump around to a few different things!
Drone photography is so fun! In some ways, almost anything is interesting from a top-down perspective. One of my challenges with this is to choose the MOST interesting things. I like to try to find simple patterns or interesting colors that are a bit confusing. Like, what kind of court is that on the top of the photo? I’m really not sure… is it badminton? I always thought that was such a silly sport, but what do I know? I mean, why not play Tennis or Ping Pong, each of which seems to be a lot more fun to me.
We’re just about to start planning one of these, and I’m quite excited! We’re trying to figure out how many people can go on it with me. I think we’ll keep it pretty small, but pay attention to the Workshops page to see when it goes up.. and don’t forget on that page to sign up for our newsletter! 🙂
…with a 1% chance it is Tokyo. I have a ton of photos like this from Tokyo, and I don’t exactly remember taking this photo. I mean, I know I took it because it ended up on my camera. It might have been after one of those long nights out with the guys, taking photos and then having a long dinner with a lot of wine. I usually like to take a long walk back to the hotel and take photos along the way, and maybe this is how this photo came to be!
Just in case you don’t know, I now have four different portfolios. I am never totally sure how to separate all of my portfolios… but, for now, I’ve decided on four:
I feel like this Blade Runner trope is getting old. I wish I had another comparison to make. Fifth Element, maybe? Yeah, either way, even though I am a total introvert, I do enjoy spending a bit of time in these crazy cities. Maybe because I live in a tiny town of less than 50,000, I get overly excited with my camera when hitting these megacities in China.
Here’s a cool music maker I recently got for my 13-year-old daughter. I wasn’t sure if she would want it or not, but we watched a few videos and she got super excited.
Check out this hallway in the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. This hallway leads to some absolutely amazing restaurants where I ended up eating way too much food! Also, this hallway seemed to be very popular among Instagrammers. I had to be pretty patient to wait for all of them to get out of their egoic selfie zones so I could set up with my tripod.
In the video below, you’ll be seeing a little bit of Hong Kong action. My favorite scene is that one shot of the yacht that’s been abandoned in the middle of government housing.
This was taken on our first night in Hong Kong when they threw a big party for us at the Ritz-Carlton there. It was the beginning of our Asia-Pacific leg and all the wonderful ladies from that location put together a really nice soiree there in the bar on top of the hotel. The funny thing was, they did it right at sunset, so I kept leaving the party for 5-10 minute stints to go take photos!
Not far from here, over in Sydney, they have a yearly festival where everything gets lit up in crazy ways. This was the winner from a few years ago… prepare for mind blowage. By the way, the music is “Set in Stone” by AMB.
Every night in Hong Kong they do a light show here at the waterfront. Note: this post-processing effect here is not the light show, lest you be confused. Anyway, I got all in position ready for a crazy light show, and I thought it was actually kinda lame. It didn’t seem very coordinated and I think it would have been better with some kind of music. You know, like when the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas are timed to music. It would also be cool if all the buildings were like some kind of a giant equalizer that showed bass, mid tones, and treble bouncing up and down to the music. Anyway, I’ve got all these great ideas for these megacities… maybe in some of these Chinese cities where the government has a lot of control, they can force this to happen… It would be cool if China appointed a Minister of EDM.
This is one of the many videos I shared with Passport Members last year about a 12-month commissioned project that took me out to this special area on many trips. Enjoy!
I got really into this game called Subnautica. Man, it’s really well done. It was not on my radar when it first came out, but I heard so many good things about it that I decided to give it a run. It’s got a great story… usually I like strategy games, but this one fills one of my other favorite categories: surviving + building. Anyway, try it! I think it’s on pretty much every platform.
There’s a fun boat you can get on that goes back and forth across the harbor. It’s really inexpensive and it leaves like every 15 minutes. In fact, you can just stay on it and ping pong back and forth between the Hong Kong and Kowloon side. We did this about three times and that seemed to be enough to see all the sites! Now, I was not actually on that Chinese junk boat… I decided to get on a different one so I could actually take photos of it.
We recently upgraded the firmware on the Insta360 camera so it is more stabilized. This is the first test of it today for Passport Members! I take you on a tour of my studio and the new art that I have just hung. I swap out the art every three months for each season. I’m a little behind now… as you’ll be seeing the “red” theme for Autumn. I gotta get ready for Winter colors now… as you’ll see the snow outside of the studio too!
Enjoy today’s newly stabilized video of my art hangings in the studio. I’ll stop briefly and tell little stories about each photo. Note that these photos aren’t for sale… just small informal prints to brighten up the mood of the studio.
How beautiful is Hong Kong? I took this from the bar atop the Ritz-Carlton there on the other side of the bay. I tried to not just get the obvious wide-angle shots, but instead to zoom in and get some interesting details here and there. Naturally, there are all sorts of different apartments for different income levels. These are some of the nicer ones over on the Hong Kong side.
Here’s a how-to video where you can see me edit a photo from Yosemite. I hope you find it at least mildly interesting!
How amazing is this place in Hong Kong? It took me forever to find it. I almost gave up, in fact. In desperation, I found another photo of the place and started showing random Chinese people in the neighborhood. Finally, one very nice woman took me to this nondescript parking lot I would have never found! After getting to the top, I finally saw it… Thank goodness I had that idea to find this place. Otherwise I never would have found it!