Namibia – Stuck in Customs

Some Favorite Photos from the Last Africa Trip

Amazing Madagascar

Check out this preview of Madagascar, one of the many places we are going on the upcoming Africa Photo Workshop. I learned all sorts of things about this place… like 80% of the species there are found nowhere else on earth. There’s a whole documentary on Netflix too about it where you get to hear the sweet whispers of Sir David Attenborough!

Of course, the workshop is not just going to Madagascar, but also Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is going to be amazing!

Here’s a collection of some favorites, I can hardly wait for the next one! πŸ™‚

fibonacci

Fresh Kill In the Trees of Botswana

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

A Black and White Photo

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The Lonely Dunes

Workshops

Be sure to visit our workshops page to find out what’s happening next. In this little promo video below, you’ll see quite a bit of footage from Africa!

A Street Scene From Paris

I’ve had a ton of fun going back into my unprocessed back catalog and re-processing them with some of these latest tools. In today’s adventure, you’ll see a fairly “harsh” (maybe that is too harsh of a word) treatment of this street scene from Paris.

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Daily Photo – The Lonely Dunes

Here’s one of my favorite (and rather simple) photos from Namibia. The deserts there are so beautiful, and it is a little confusing to figure out where to shoot. It all sort of looks the same, in a strange, flowing way. So, I found this all to be a particularly interesting challenge… actually I think everyone at our Africa workshop did!

The Lonely Dunes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 19:22:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Having a Ball in Namibia!

Our Africa Trip!

I’m really excited about this upcoming trip to Africa. Check our Workshops page to see if it or the one in 2019 in New Zealand are still available. We had such a blast on the first Africa one for sure! While we were there, actually, we recorded the first series of “Becoming an Artist” (click to get the whole thing in our store).

Daily Photo – Having a Ball in Namibia!

When we travel, we’re such an affable, fun-loving group of artists that we end up making great friends with all the staff at these resorts. I often think at times the guests kind of ignore that staff and just think of them as servants or something. Not us! They join in with us as much as possible and come to our after-dinner parties. This is a photo of some of the amazing crew from Namibia after they finished making an amazing breakfast on top of a mountain.

Having a Ball in Namibia!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 02:37:46
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Starting a Fire

Google Pixel

This is a great phone! I loved it so much that I bought my wife one… the camera is just incredible too. I’ve just set a little reminder to put together a Pixel-only gallery so you can see some of my favorite shots.

Daily Photo – Starting a Fire

While in Namibia, we visited this village and saw these gentlemen start a fire. I watched closely, as I always have this fear that I’m gonna end up alone in the wild and I’ll need to know how to do this. Even though I watched every little detail, I’m still not sure I could repeat it. I think a better plan is just to take these guys with me.

Starting a Fire

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-27 02:00:30
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

Becoming an Artist

What? You didn’t get this one yet? Be sure to grab it in our online store. You can buy and download right now! πŸ™‚ It’s our highest-quality production and I think you’ll love it. πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

For those of you that saw Episode 1 of Becoming an Artist, you’ll remember I was in this dugout rowing around hippo-infested waters! After we were done with filming, I took a photo of our awesome camera gal Bel Jones here, relaxing with her hand in the water. It’s handy to have both a camera person and a model all in the same person! πŸ™‚

Behind the Scenes of Becoming an Artist

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-02 00:48:02
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

Thanks again to Warby Parker!

Look, I pay full price for my glasses… but it’s easy when they are so inexpensive. I’ve known the founders of Warby Parker forever, and they still charge me full price, but that’s okay! Be sure to check them out if you are a glasses-wearer.

One thing that annoys me (which is apparently a law or something?) is you MUST get a prescription from a doctor and send it into Warby Parker. I know my prescription perfectly… and I find it insulting and somewhat of a racket that I have to go pay a doctor every year or so for something I already know.

Last, a very strange observation about eyeglasses prescriptions: This is the only thing you need a prescription for that goes on the outside of your body.

Daily Photo – Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

I was just staring at this photo I finished a few years ago and never published. I wonder why I never shared it… I am really staring at it now and find it quite interesting! Hehe I know this is a bit self-indulgent but I don’t often stare at my own photos and try to figure out what the heck is going on. But this is one of those!

Over a Ghost Town in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-23 09:06:12
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Haunted Namibia

Is it Haunted?

My friend Francis who joined us on our Photo Adventure Workshop in Namibia sent me this article: “Scary streets: which are the world’s most haunted cities?”. One of the spots was here in Kolmanskop.

Daily Photo – Haunted Namibia

You may remember a lot of footage here from Season 1 of Becoming an Artist β€” I had Bel following me all around this place grabbing footage. We had a great time, and when she wasn’t shooting or getting B-Roll, I had her pose in various ways. I did a lot of shadow work because I thought it added something to the scene. Here’s one of those results.

Haunted Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-23 04:28:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Elephant Wisdom

Unusual Animal Group Names

Who comes up with this stuff. Here’s some fun animal trivia group names for you today on the blog!

A shrewdness of apes
A sloth of bears
A clowder, or a pounce of cats
A gang of elk
A business of ferrets or flies
A tower of giraffes
A bloat of hippos
A leap o’ leopards
A prickle of porcupines
A streak of tigers
A stand of flamingos
A deceit of lapwings
A parliament of owls
An ostentation of peacocks
A mustering of storks
An army of frogs or caterpillars
An intrusion of cockroaches
A smack of jellyfish
A cete of badgers
A romp of otters
A wisp of snipe

Daily Photo – Elephant Wisdom

If I were in charge of these group names, I’d say a “wisdom” of elephants. But that’s not it. Anyone know, anyone? Bueller? Yes, a “parade” of elephants is the right answer. Not bad, not bad, group-namers.

This photo was taken in Namibia, where it is quite hard to find elephants compared to Botswana. We drove around for hours trying to find a parade, and finally, we spotted this guy through the trees.

Elephant Wisdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-30 00:15:29
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length158.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Bel in Namibia

Amazing Documentary about Kowloon

I found this crazy documentary that was filmed in 1988. Right below it, I’ll put a photo of Kowloon I took last year.

The Less Populated Bits Of China

Daily Photo – Bel in Namibia

You may remember this from the Becoming an Artist Season 1 video when Bel and the Desert Rose started to pose together. These two were always up for posing. As soon as a camera came in their direction, they popped out a thousand different looks. Bel has such long and thick hair, it was like whirling around a vast black bearskin rug through the air.

Bel in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 07:59:38
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Soft Sands of Namibia

Close Up Sand Crystals

Here’re some really beautiful photos of what sand looks like when you get really really close! Follow this link!

Daily Photo – The Soft Sands of Namibia

It’s hard to believe that the myriad of colors above, en masse, results in this. I wonder why the resulting color is often light yellow/tan. I suppose, putting on my color-mixing hat, that when you mix together a lot of red/green/blue and clear/shiny/white that you end up with this color. When you mix all those paints together you get black, and when you mix all that light together you get white.

But sand has properties of both paint and light because it both absorbs, reflects, and refracts light. So, then, my color-mixing-hat says sand should be somewhere between black and white, so a gray. But sand isn’t gray… then, peering deep into the hat, it makes sense that there are not many Blue crystals, since that’s the least common rock color, giving the Red and Green a higher relative count, whose reflective light mixes into a Yellow color. And then mixing a Yellow with Grey results in the typical “sand” color.

The Soft Sands of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-24 23:03:32
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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