Malaysia – Stuck in Customs

Amazing Kuala Lumpur

Porto Perspective

Here’s a little video I made for my friend Jose in Porto, Portugal! You can find his //photo tours here/..

Daily Photo – Amazing Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to go back to Kuala Lumpur after being gone for over seven years. You still can’t go wrong with a photo of the amazing Petronas Towers and the KLCC area. This one I tried shifting the temperature over into the Incandescent area. This is a good trick to try for a few of your cityscape shots. When you go into that area (called Tungsten in some white balance settings), you get this cool Blade Runner kind of feel.

Amazing Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-30 02:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

Live on Video on Facebook

I should do more of these! Here’s one from a few weeks ago when I went live on Facebook to stream my screen while editing some photos. (If you click through to Facebook you can read the comments.)

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

I think the bar on the top of the Traders Hotel has the best view of the Petronas Towers. I tried a few other rooftop bars in the area, but this one is still the best. While I was there, you can see that dark, foreboding Four Seasons hotel on the right. Maybe it wasn’t open yet? I can only imagine that because not many lights are on and the sign on top is not lit up.

Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-30 02:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

New Podcast Playlist!

I now have five 360 Podcasts I’ve created and another four that are being edited. I’m figuring out this new format as I’m going along. Check out the new Playlist on YouTube and subscribe/hit the bell to get the newest when they come out!

Daily Photo – Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

KL in Malaysia is one of those cool cities in the middle of worlds where they have most of the world’s main religions represented. It’s predominantly Muslim, so there are more mosques than anything, but you’ll also see Christian churches, Hindu temples, and Chinese temples like this one. I asked my driver if there was a temple for Atheists, and he said he could not think of one.

Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-01 01:22:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Market in Malaysia

Becoming an Artist Episode 3

We’re doing one of these a week here on the blog and they are a mix of some stories from my life which I hope will inspire you and post-processing tips. Here’s Episode 3 for ya!

Daily Photo – Floating Market in Malaysia

I’ve been to a few of these different floating markets, but I’ve never seen them from above until this time that I visited Langkawi. Our concierge at the Ritz-Carlton there got us a boat to use for the day. This floating market was much better than my last one near Bangkok. I remember I was there and it must have been 120 degrees with no wind. I got stuck in a boat traffic jam for about three hours, trying to jam-float my way through the market. It was quite miserable, actually! So, this one in Langkawi was about one million times better!

Floating Market in Malaysia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 11:06:27
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Alone in the Mosque

Mr. Robot

I recommend a show called Mr. Robot. It ranks up there in the Westworld category as being somewhat confusing, but I sort of like that, I think. You really have to pay attention… but it’s a cleverly written show.

Daily Photo – Alone in the Mosque

I visited the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur between services. I would not be allowed to take photos otherwise. But, mosques are almost always open to anyone that wants to come in to pray or relax, like this gentleman is doing. Sometimes, on very hot days in these Muslim countries, I will go into mosques to relax too. They are often air-conditioned and I just sit on the floor with all my equipment and relax/meditate. Running around all day long in the heat can really get to ya.

Alone in the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 22:46:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating in Langkawi

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Daily Photo – Floating in Langkawi

Hey, you just can’t go wrong with drone shots while Tane is topless, can you? It’s kind of a guaranteed photo. A lot of times, at night, I would just hover outside of Tane’s window, hoping to catch him on a midnight run to the bathroom. This plan never worked, and it may have played a small role in him recently quitting the company.

Floating in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 16:27:04
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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When Tane Had That Epiphany

New Bag Still Available!

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360 Video when flying the Phantom

Join me and Tane on this early morning flight! 🙂 Don’t forget you can grab the screen and move it around.

Daily Photo – When Tane Had That Epiphany

While we were in Malaysia, something possessed Tane to shave his head on the same day we went to go visit a Mosque. I think he was trying to trick his dad into thinking he was converting from Atheism to Islam. I don’t think he actually tricked anyone, but he certainly played the role well.

When Tane Had That Epiphany

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:04:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

A Birthday Message from Trey!

Hey it’s my birthday and all that stuff. No big deal; just an arbitrary radian around the sun, but I can come to you, my 48th, with a nice birthday message. When I turned 35 is when I initially got into photography… so it’s never too late! The best time to start trying something you think might be a calling for you is Right Now! Speaking of that, here’s a promo of our new Beginning Photography Tutorial.

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

I know I’m getting old and everything, but when I was at KL Tower seven years ago, I don’t remember an “outside” area. I remember shooting through a window and having a terrible time with the glare. Now, of course, I use a Lens Skirt, but I didn’t know about it back then. Anyway, this time I went to a new level that had an outside area where you could get unobscured shots of the city.

Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 00:39:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Aurora HDR Tip – Reflections

This is a video that shows how I enhance reflections using Aurora HDR 2018. I took this photo at a cool outdoor shopping area in Singapore. Believe it or not, they air-condition the OUTSIDE, which seems like a ridiculous waste of money… but hey, Singapore is a pretty wealthy spot!

Daily Photo – Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to spend some time with Liz out of New Zealand! She joined me as part of the #80Stays tour in Kuala Lumpur. Boy, was it hot while we were there! It was probably over 90 degrees when we went into this mosque where we had to put on these heavy robes. Outside, there was a little bit of a breeze, at least. It had recently rained and left a thin layer of water on the marble… so it made for a nice reflection shot. Find out more about Liz’s story from her visit on her blog.

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:16:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Ferrofluid Fun

Here’s a very cool thing I found on the internet by chance! It’s a place that sells these cool mini-art toy-things (not sure what to call them), where they have suspended ferrofluids inside glass. Ferrofluids refer to iron-based fluids. You can then use magnets to do all kids of crazy things… I’m going to buy one or two, but I haven’t decided which ones yet! Go see for yourself at
Concept Zero.

Daily Photo – A Final Dinner in Langkawi

This was one of our favorite haunts while staying at the Ritz-Carlton resort there. This is called The Beach Grill. It’s all open-air, and right by the ocean. Obviously, there was a lot of Malaysian food choices, all great if you like Malaysian food (which I do). One thing that always gets me about Malaysians is how much they like their food. And when they are not eating food, they are talking about food! It kind of reminds me of Austin (which I also like), where Austonians sit around and talk about how awesome Austin is.

A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:49:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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