Here’s another image from the new NFT drop on Foundation. It’s a varied collection with images from across the globe and was a whole load of fun to create. I hope you enjoy seeing them. 🙂
Daily Photo – The Long and Not So Winding Road
This is something I don’t see so much nowadays, living on the South Island of NZ. The geography around Queenstown and the alps just doesn’t allow it, so it’s a nice change when I’m in the US to grab shots like this. (This one really did go on for ages, even with the zoom lens compression it’s a distance!)
Daily Photo – The Slot Canyons
Man, I have SO MANY photos from this place, but I’ve hardly processed any of them. This is one that I worked on recently. They are actually very difficult to process, even in HDR, because of the brightness of the sky. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out, but I think I can do better on future ones.
Jim Carrey Video
If you haven’t seen this one… it’s great!
Daily Photo – Long Roads in Utah
I had one of my best road trips in Utah a few years ago. I had never visited the state before, so I got an RV and made treks back and forth across the whole thing. I was really impressed with all the diversity and serenity there. I was constantly worried that my RV was gonna break down and I’d be stuck in the middle of the desert for days. I mean, I wasn’t THAT worried about it, but I often found myself doing scenario-planning, just in case.
I hope you had a good Christmas and got some cool toys. If you didn’t go buy yourself some… kids of all ages should get toys on Christmas, I think!
Daily Photo – Storm Over Utah
I was only here for one day, but I had great luck with the weather! Well, I did for a while, because right after sunset all those clouds dumped endless gallons of water on me while I was just finishing my photos. It was totally crazy, actually! There was lightning and thunder and I felt like I was in the middle of a Michael Bay movie. I usually don’t get scared by thunderstorms, but this one had me shaking while I was running through the forest with my tripod trying to get back to the safety of the car!
New Video today on Passport Sunday!
Today for Passport Members, you’ll get to see my decision process for choosing the composition of today’s photo as well as the edit. I still have so many “old” photos from Utah to edit, and I kind of randomly pulled this one off the pile.
Editing this photo from Utah
In this video, I’m with Harriett again as I go through about 20 photos I took of this rock to pick my favorite composition. You can see how I am sometimes indecisive on the scene, but then later when I get back in LR, I take my time and go through the options. After I choose my favorite one, I do some simple edits in Aurora HDR.
Daily Photo – The Phallic Rock and Edit
This is some Wile E. Coyote kinda rocks going on here, eh? I’m still amazed that formations like this can exist. You know it gets so windy and stormy there. You’d think a big stiff wind would just topple that thing over, right? And there’s another rock barely hanging on back there on the left as well. There were quite a few tourists around too… I was wondering how scary it would be if the rock chose a moment to topple over while there was a gaggle of selfie-taking tourists down below.
Go to Zion!
I didn’t go to Zion National Park until way too late in my life. It’s just amazing, and I really need to get back to Utah! I think Utah may be one of the most underrated states in the US, at least as far as photography goes. It’s pretty highly rated as far as Mormonism goes. It’s gotta be in the top 10 there.
Daily Photo – The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2
It’s actually about the Goats that Stare at Men. This is exactly where I was when I fell asleep. It was one of those loooooong days where I was just exhausted in the mid-afternoon. I was sitting down, taking a photo, and a wave of fatigue came over me. Since I was sitting down, I thought, hey it’s not too far from here to lay down. So I did… zonked out and woke up with a goat over my face.
If you all follow me on Instagram, you might notice I’m adding more and more Instagram Stories. These are just completely RANDOM things from my day. I promise they won’t be educational or add anything significant to your life. So I recommend you don’t waste time watching them.
Daily Photo – Falling into the Slot Canyons
This is the second photo I’ve ever shared from the Slot Canyons. I went there, oh, maybe three years ago? I took a ton of photos, of course. I’ve played with them a bit over the years, but never really found anything I really love. I worked on this one for a few hours until I was happy with it. In some ways, you just can’t take a bad photo there. But I was trying to do so something a bit different, I suppose. I don’t know what that means, but maybe I have something interesting here.
My 35mm Lens
I must say that the Leica Lens I use the most for people/family shots is my 35mm f/1.4. I bought it a few years ago… and it’s great for most any situation! My people shots DO look better with the 90mm f/2 I think, but the 35mm is more general purpose. You can see more in my Leica Lens Buying Guide. If you want to see some samples with the 90mm f/2, check out my Papua New Guinea Photos.
Daily Photo – A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley
Once again, it was a perfect day in Utah. I don’t think I had bad weather more than 5% of the time… I don’t know if that is normal or not for Utah? Who knows… Anyway, I was thankful for all these magical mornings that felt like the cover of a Larry McMurtry novel!
Burst Mode on my Android
I’m currently using the Nexus 6P Android phone and I noticed it has a really cool photo mode if you hold down the photo button. I tried it with my kids the other day, and it automatically took like 10 photos then picked the best one AND automatically made a cool collage. It was like a hidden feature I didn’t know about!
Daily Photo – Sun Dog in Utah
I think this thing is called a Sun Dog? I’m not totally sure… but it was a really cool phenomenon that I had not seen before. I suppose it happens when there is a little bubble of wet, humid air floating around… it definitely was not raining and this whole part of the desert in Utah was as dry as a bone.