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The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Passport Sunday Editing Party!

Another Sunday, so time for another section of the blog to unlock for Passport Members. If you’re not a member yet, then, why not? Now you get access to over 200 videos plus a ton of other goodies!

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral – Making Of

Here’s a fun quick video that shows a few unexpected editing choices for this photo!

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Daily Photo – The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

If you ever go to London to take photos, I recommend setting aside a few hours at night to cross back and forth across the Thames on every bridge you can find. They all have cool perspectives, and this one on the way to St. Pauls is one of the most contemporary ones…

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 04:48:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Hong Kong Party

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll know today is Sunday and it’s time for a new video! We have about 200 in here now and you can see all kinds of goodies in there. Enjoy!

A Tight Shot of Hong Kong

Let’s give this shot some HDR love…

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Daily Photo – Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

More and more, I like to take photos of cities where you can’t quite tell exactly which city it is. If you’re a Passport Member, then you’ll get to unlock the making-of where you can see how I processed cropped it using Aurora HDR. Enjoy!

Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:42:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Flying Home from Antarctica

Antarctica How-to Today for Passport Members!

If you are part of my family of Passport Members then I have a fresh one for you this Sunday from Antarctica! Every Sunday, I release something new, and it’s been a while since I processed a new photo from Antarctica, so here ya go! Passport members of course get to see how I edited the photo

Antarctica Boarding

I hope you enjoy the creation of this process and some of the last-minute decisions I made! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – Flying Home from Antarctica

Here’s one of the last photos I took before leaving Antarctica. You can tell what countries people are from because they all wear different uniforms. The Kiwis are the ones in the orange coats and the Americans are in the red ones. There were also a few people from the Korean and Italian bases too… The Italians had, by far, the coolest uniforms… they all looked like they raced for Ferrari!

Flying Home from Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-21 07:49:53
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ginzen Onsen at Dusk

Passport Sunday Fun

In today’s photo, you’ll see I used the technique I mention in last week’s exclusive Passport Sunday how-to video. I love how it turned out on this one, which I feel is sort of a combination of landscape and architecture.

The Processing of the Onsen

I think you’ll really enjoy today’s how-to video which is a combination of HDR and the new filtering technique!

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Daily Photo – The Ginzen Onsen at Dusk

This area of Japan was one of my latest discoveries right before Covid Corona 19 kicked in. I had decided to spend some extra time exploring the snowy recesses from the north. This is actually the place that inspired Spirited Away, if you’re a Japanese Anime geek like me… it’s called Ginzen Onsen and I stayed right over there on top of that cool old Japanese cottage. Down underground was a little network of beautiful, natural onsens all fed by hot natural mineral water. It was incredible. I was the only non-Japanese person in there, and no one else I saw spoke any English, so there was just a lot of nodding and smiling, which I interpreted as, “Yeah, this is really awesome, fellow human!”

The Ginzen Onsen at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-18 21:40:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Part two of the Latest Passport Sunday Series

Okay now we’re getting into the good stuff if you’re a Passport Member. Now, you’ll see how I get this unusual but rather cool look! Here’s one of the photos I reference in today’s video.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
And here is the video…

The Technique, Part 2

I hope you enjoy this fun little trick. It can be a little confusing until you try it a few times, and I recommend you go give it a whirl on some of your favorite landscape and architecture photos! Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

If you saw //last Sunday’s photo// then you’ll recognize today’s photo sans the filter. I must say that this technique does not work on every photo, but I do really like the feel it gives to architecture. It’s definitely not for purists, but I think it gives it quite an interesting film look.

The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Passport Sunday Time!

Today for Passport Members you’ll get part 1 of 3 that show some cool processing tricks. If you’re not a member now, today is a good time to join up! You’ll get over 200 video tutorials plus a ton of other things.

Today is the first step on the way to showing how I get this sort of look that I got on my recent road trip to the north island.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
And now on with the show…

HDR Processing before the Special Filter

On some of my photos, I use a variety of drastically different techniques. First, I’m going to push it hard in the HDR realm (as shown below), and then in next week’s video, you’ll see how I add a special custom filter that will reduce the contrast and give it a rather unique look!

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Daily Photo – Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

While on a random wander through the modern area of Dusseldorf, I came across this amazing building… I took shots from a few different angles, but this was my favorite. You can unlock the part below if you want to see the processing video!

Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Welcome to the Rejects

Passport Sunday

Today, for you awesome passport members you’ll get to see all the “rejects” from a recent art commission I did. At first, I did not think about sharing these, but I thought you may be interested in seeing the ones that didn’t make the cut. They’re not terrible photos or anything… but that final selection process is always a little difficult!

Welcome to the Rejects

I proposed a final 10 with 3 alternates to the clients, and they loved all of them. I just recently sent them all these “rejects” which I now share with you. There are definitely still some winners in here that I’ll be sharing soon on the blog and social media… but I hope you enjoy seeing them in the meantime!

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Passport Sunday Over the Top Helicopter Video!

Today, if you’re a Passport member, then you’ll get to see some clips from the amazing 8K footage we captured for Over The Top Helicopters here in Queenstown, New Zealand for my friend Choppy! What kind of equipment did we use? We took up two helicopters, one of them had the first 8K flight setup anywhere in the world โ€“ specifically, the Shotover P1 MK ll dedicated 8K gimbal with a Red Monstro camera and Angenieux 36/435 zoom lens.

And here are a few of my favorite photos I captured on those amazing few days of shooting!

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For those of you who missed it, here is the previous video on the project. A 360 vlog on location…including inside the helicopters. ๐Ÿ™‚

Over the Top 5 min Trade Show Cut

Here are some of the best video shorts we got from helicopter to helicopter! They are going to be using these in HD at trade shows and stuff to run in the background and other edits will be used for different purposes. Thanks again to the whole team for helping out!

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The 13 selects

Passport Sunday!

If you are a Passport Member then today you’ll see some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks on the north island of New Zealand. You’ll see my 13 selects… and in a future week, I’ll show you my 71 rejects, some of which are actually pretty good.

The 13 selects

I went back and forth with Stu and the team about the best photos. It’s funny how everyone has a slightly different opinion… in the end, I chose these 13. I hope you like them too!

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Passport Member Update for Sunday!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, I have a cool new video that shows some of my favorites that I’ve selected so far while working on a new photo project. Actually, I’ll show you some that I really like and others that I don’t like and explain why… a little self-critique time. In fact, one of them I think I hate!

Te Arai Selections so far

I’ve been taking photos at this epic golf course called Te Arai to make some prints for some members. I’m about halfway through the process but thought you would like to see the selects so far… I may make another video after I finish the next round of photos and show you where the project is at!

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Daily Photo – Te Arai as the sun sets

Here’s a new photo from my road trip around the North Island of New Zealand. This is one of the coolest golf courses in the world called Tara Iti. It runs right along the beach and when the sun gets low, you get some pretty incredible shadows along the fairways. I like shooting on golf courses, but I don’t always like making it obvious it’s a golf course. I like the idea that it’s a beautiful place that’s just convenient for playing golf if you want to.

Te Arai as the sun sets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-08-05 00:00:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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