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Come to my New Zealand Workshop!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member you get to see a new 360 video from our recent workshop in Africa! We had a ton of fun… and you’ll get to hear a little from some of the guests!

You can see more about what happens on the workshop here.

More from Africa!

A few weeks ago, I shared a 360 video where I talked to a few of the workshop members that joined me in the wilds of Africa. This year you get to hear even more… I think my favorite one was when Phillipa and I were talking and lemurs were jumping all over us! 🙂

(As always with 360 video you can turn the video around while watching.)

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Behind the Scenes in Budapest

Budapest Passport Sunday Day!

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see a little behind-the-scenes in Budapest when Hans Zimmer joined my little photo walk. What a great time! Below, I’ll add a few photos from Budapest including one from Hans’ concert there.

Beautiful Budapest

Olya in the Turkish Bath

Sunbathing In Budapest

There’s Parliament Again

And now, video time…

Behind the Scenes in Budapest

Here’s a new video you haven’t seen before! This shows some of the behind-the-scenes when I was in Budapest when we were doing the 10-city tour across Europe. You’ll also see a bit from our photo walk when Hans Zimmer showed up with his whole band! 🙂

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Passport Sunday!

We’re in Africa for Passport Sunday this week and in glorious 360 to boot as I chat with some of the lovely people below. This was taken just as we were heading off to another location on part 1 of my Africa photo adventure/workshop.

Delving into the minds of my workshop friends

I’m out in Africa at the moment (probably Madagascar when you’re reading this) running a couple of back to back photography adventures. During the first workshop I grabbed a few of the attendees for a quick chat about what they will take away from the experience. It’s always fun to hear what people pick up on, especially those who’ve joined one of my trips before. (Next up on the workshop front is New Zealand in April… which is fall/autumn in upsidedownland… Come join me!)

Oh, and remember, you can grab the camera view and spin it to look around as you watch. 🙂

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Workflow Fun on Passport Sunday!

Well, I try to make workflow as fun as possible today for Passport Members. Today, you see the process I went through before Burning Man to make sure I had a clean library for the event. I did this again before Africa!

Speaking of Burning Man…

Here are a few of my favorite photos for you!

There in the gypsy’s creation.  It pulsed around us like a thick red vein; a timeless conduit that promised to hold a time machine between worlds.  And, I’d have it no other way, as every time machine should come appointed with the comforts of the sultans as they slowly wind throughout the edges of the Orient.  The colored lights cast new tones and shadows upon the rich, supple textures.  Small windows around the edges gave outward portal-glances to worlds and times that whizzed by, each one inviting a new pause to the story.  The light, I noticed, did something unexpected as it tumbled and flowed and rolled across the skin, drifting over small sinuous shapes as the crimson rays slid up and over the flowing curves of a dune in the middle of a faraway desert.  The lines would only stay a moment before the wind blew them into a new form.  The light tore time away from the shapes, and I could not figure out what was happening until much later in the story.

The ground shook and the air crackled as the metal bent and strained around my body.  The screams went animal and blood fell folded back into the sand.

Now on with the show…

Workflow Fun on Passport Sunday!

This is another common question I get: how do I set up different LR Catalogs for the road? Well this shows what I did to set up my catalog for Burning Man this year!

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Photo Critiques Part 2

Passport Sunday Critiques

Today, for Passport Members, I have unlocked the 2nd half of the 75 photo critiques from the finalists in our recent contest for the Peak Design Tripod and Goodies. We had over 26,000 entries, and I thought it would be valuable to let you know my thought process as I went through them.

Below are the three winners for the contest:

GRAND JURY WINNER: MARCO TAGLIARINO

Peoples Choice: Harry Colquhoun

Amateur Winner: Robert Gilchrist

Photo Critiques Part 2

Ready for more photo critiques? Well, you’re in the right place. I learn so much by watching other people critique photos, even if I don’t agree with them 100%. It makes me question aesthetics and beauty in many ways. I hope you approach watching my critiques with the same idea!

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Passport Sunday Critique Party!

I recently held an online contest on Viewbug to win the new Peak Design Tripod and we received over 25,000 entries! Crazy! Anyway, there were 75 finalists selected and for today’s Passport Sunday treat, you can see me critique the first half of them! Enjoy!

The Winner!

This is the official winner of the contest! A big shout out to Marco Tagliarino with this incredible photo!
Marco Tagliarino

Photo Critique Party!

Here are 18 solid minutes of critiques for you! 🙂 I went through to choose the final winners, and, in so doing, I thought you might like to hear my throught process. Note that all of these photos are GREAT, and the minor negative things I say about a few should be taken with a grain of salt!

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My Workflow in Toronto!

Speaking of Canada…

I thought I would share three fun photos from Canada. They’re all quite different, but I hope you enjoy!

I looked through the looking glass

And now on with the show…

My Workflow in Toronto!

At a recent art talk, I got many questions about my workflow. This is a fairly “boring” but important thing, so I decided to make a video for you that shows how I do this! Hopefully I keep it upbeat enough so that it is not too boring!

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My First Photo of Toronto

Passport Sunday! Toronto Photo Processing

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, you get to see the edit of one of my newest photos of Toronto that I took a few weeks ago. Remember, every Sunday, a new Passport Video for you! 🙂

Toronto Skyline Processing

This is a really cool editing video where you get to see my process for editing this photo of the stunning Toronto skyline. I decided to edit one where the plane was taking off to add a bit of flair to the final shot.

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Daily Photo – My First Photo of Toronto

I took this one all the way back in 2013 when I went to Toronto to speak at a travel blogger convention. It was a really fun event, and after the talk, we all went over to Centre Island to take photos of the city. It was a stormy night, as you can see, but I managed to get in a pretty decent photo!

My First Photo of Toronto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-01 22:20:41
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Montreal from the Hilltop

More Montreal Behind-the-Scenes for Canada

Last week, Passport Members got to see the 360 video that I took up here while preparing to take the photo. Today, the actual processing in Aurora HDR has been unlocked! I hope you enjoy!

Montreal Downtown Processing

Today, you get to see my process one of the final photos that I shot during my 360 video session from last week’s Passport Sunday. I really like the way this photo turned out and I hope you enjoy watching the process! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Montreal from the Hilltop

This spot reminded me a lot of The Peak in Hong Kong, except with about 10,000 less people! If you saw last week’s video, then you can see how easy it was to belly up to the bar to get a clean shot. Unlike China, you’re not constantly getting elbowed in the ribs by rather rude people. In Canada, it’s the total opposite. If someone even gets remotely close to you, they immediately utter a heartfelt apology!

Montreal from the Hilltop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Montreal from Above

Passport Sunday 360 Video

When I was in Canada a few weeks ago, I took time to make a 360 video for you awesome Passport Sunday members. It was a beautiful spot up there to capture the city from above. In an upcoming video next Sunday, you get to see me process it!

Montreal in 360

Remember you can grab the video any time you want and look around…

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Daily Photo – Montreal from Above

What a great city! It was my first time to Montreal and I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it! My very first international trip was to France with my dad, and that made my sort of a francophile for life. I was surprised at how deeply ingrained the French culture is here in Montreal. I thought it would just be a “light dusting” of French, but I think I heard more French than English!

Montreal from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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