London – Stuck in Customs

London Court

Passport Sunday Returns to London!

Last week Passport Members got to see the edit of a different part of London, so I wanted to use some new techniques for this week. Enjoy!

Colorful Court

This one required a bit more work than I initially thought. Fun though!

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Daily Photo – London Court

Isn’t this a wicked-looking building? At first, I thought it was some kind of evil lair. Actually, I thought that the entire time I was taking the picture until I realized it was just a courthouse that has rather gothic stylings. Well maybe it is an evil lair if the judge is kinda evil.

London Court

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-09 20:03:16
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Rainy Day in London

Passport Sunday goes to London

Join Passport Sunday today as you can see this cool technique for blurring out people that live in London. There’s nothing wrong with them of course, other than they are all drained by living in such a dreary city!

London Blur

Here’s the cool technique for blurring out pedestrians I mentioned above!

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Daily Photo – Another Rainy Day in London

This area around the mayor’s office is one of my favorites for shooting because of all the lines and angles. It’s even better when it rains because it seems to accentuate all of these shapes.

Another Rainy Day in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-14 16:55:17
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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How I select photos to process…

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll see a bit of background info on how I selected today’s daily photo to work on.

How I select photos to process…

Let’s dive into my culling process. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – London in the Rain

It’s always raining in London, eh? So why not head out and take some photos. This area around the mayor’s office is ideal for a few reflective shots.

London in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-14 16:55:17
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Incredible London from Above

Passport Sunday!

In today’s video for Passport Members, you’ll see me and Harriett sit down together and edit this photo. It was actually a pretty easy edit and I had to perform a few tricks to get rid of the glare because I didn’t have my lens skirt with me at the time.

Editing London from Above with Aurora HDR and Photoshop

Here’s another one of these videos I recorded with my friend Harriett. She doesn’t do a lot of photography like this, so she asked if she could come down and sit in on a few processing sessions. I told her of course, but then I decided to make some Passport videos at the same time. She was kinda nervous on camera, but I think she did okay!

In today’s photo, I take three original photos and use Aurora HDR to give it some serious punch. And then I played around a bit with the temperature sliders to give different parts of the city different treatments. Finally, I get into Photoshop and clean up a bit of the glare mess. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Incredible London from Above

If you want to get up high and get this same view, it’s not too difficult. Just get up to the sky bar in the London Shard and find a good view out of any of the windows. They might have cracked down on photographers now, but maybe not. I think you probably have to at least by a coffee or a drink so that the staff there does not glare at you too much. Speaking of glare, don’t forget to get a lens skirt or something. I have that gizmo and others on my Kit.com page if you want to see more.

Incredible London from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 01:47:20
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Matrix

Morning Edits

I have a slightly new morning routine. After I get my coffee, I begin to edit photos right away before I do email or anything. It’s good because my head is pretty clear and not distracted by silly things that appear in my email to distract me! 🙂

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Aurora HDR Deep Dive – Beginner to Intermediate Level Editing

Here is a fairly in-depth how-to for you awesome Passport people. It covers making extremely reflective looking grounds and some panorama techniques that I’ve been using recently.

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Daily Photo – The Matrix

This is kind of a crazy photo, eh? I had an idea to find some of the most technically-crazy buildings in London and get tight photos of them. The instinct is often to try to capture the entire building, but I thought it might be fun to make something more abstract. I like the way this turned out, and I’ll have to make a reminder to myself to do this to more buildings!

The Matrix

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 06:27:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Near the Mayor’s Office in London in the Rain

Tip: Getting Extra-Shiny Streets

Streets are already pretty shiny in the rain at night, but here’s a way to make them extra-crazy. You have a lot of lee-way to do this artistically because night-shots with long exposure are, in their very nature, much more “fantastical” than normal shots. Anyway, go give it some extra ooomph, start a new layer in Aurora HDR 2018, then really crank up the Image Radiance Amount, then jam up the Image Radiance Shadows, and, last, unless things are already too colorful, dial up the Image Radiance Vividness.

Daily Photo – Near the Mayor’s Office in London in the Rain

I recently went on a London-in-the-rain editing kick! I was going back through my Lightroom and looking at older photos to edit that I had never even touched yet. I found this whole grouping and went for it. I edited all these with Aurora HDR 2018 as well!

Near the Mayor’s Office in London in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:23:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Nintendo Switch Game Suggestions

We got a Nintendo Switch for the family this holiday and we absolutely love it! Here are some game suggestions. Note that some of these allow multiple people to play simultaneously! Like, for example, in Super Mario Odyssey, one person can be Mario while the other is Mario’s Hat that can jump off Mario’s head and go kill baddies or rescue treaure. Others are: the new Zelda, Splattoon 2, and Rocket League!

Daily Photo – The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Ahhh rainy London at night. Any part of London in the rain is fun and moody to me, but one of the brightest and most well-lit areas is here around the Theater District close to the Picadilly tube station. And, as long as you’re here, why not go watch a show? I try to see as many as I can while I am there. I’ve heard there are So Many shows there that you can see a different one every night with no repeats.

The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 03:04:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Last night in London

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa Photo Walks Soon!

Wow I am so excited about our upcoming events in Japan! Check out this page with more information about those events and the Facebook Events at… Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa

Also, here’s the highlight video from #80Stays Europe! 🙂

Daily Photo – Last night in London

I was so busy in London that I didn’t have much of a chance to shoot. I had some alone time on the last night so I went out towards the theater district. I didn’t know if I would find anything that I had not shot before. I don’t mind re-shooting previous things if I think I could improve. But I like the red buses there so much, I found a good spot where they made a nice pattern (or, I hoped they would), and got this one.

Last night in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 06:01:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Cool dad in London

Radio interview

I recently did a Radio Interview on KOMF 104.7 FM in Denver. We talked about weird stuff! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Cool dad in London

We took a little driving tour around London. I’m always taking photos like a crazy person. I never quite know what I’ll grab, but here’s a fun one. A dad was walking along with his kids after shopping and there was all kinds of random family behavior happening. I have no idea who these people are, but they seem like a pretty awesome and British family. I can’t imagine going out shopping with my kids and wearing a blazer with a kerchief in the pocket. But after studying this photo, I might try it. And I gotta get my kids some cool clothes like that. I could never be that cool of a dad, but I can dream.

Cool dad in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-13 18:54:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length66.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Scene in London

Advice: Ignore People on Social Media!

Hehe… I do this quite a bit. I mean, I read all the comments, but I certainly ignore the negative ones. Even more importantly, I don’t mind if a photo doesn’t get much reaction at all. Like today’s photo for example. I really like it… I find it very interesting and kind of clever! I mean, you guys know I don’t take myself seriously and I’m not over-patting myself on the back. But when I posted it, it got basically no reaction. Hey, that’s cool… what’s important is that I like it. So, take that to heart when posting your own work. Don’t try to post photos of things because you think other people will like them – do and share work that pleases you!

City of London???

As I was working on this photo, it suddenly struck me, “Hey London! Why the hell did you pay for this incredibly shitty photo? I mean look at it… this woman looks depressed. It looks like she could be mugged at any second. There’s trash and ugly grass all over the place. Power lines. I mean, what the heck is the point of this picture and how much was it commissioned for? Oh well, who am I to judge.

Daily Photo – A Scene in London

One day we took a few Mini Coopers on a really fun tour around London. I got to see a lot of places I had never been before. A lot of cities have these tours, and I recommend them very much. The drivers tell you all kinds of interesting little facts as you whip around the cities. This tour was called “Big City Little Car” and was a blast. While driving along, I saw this out the window.

A Scene in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-13 17:58:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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