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Passport Sunday Edit Party!

I ended up at this rather unique place in New Zealand, so I thought it would be a fun place to make a mini tutorial for you. If you’re a Passport Sunday member then you’ll get to see the making-of.

Editing the Yellow Carpet

I jumped across for you… Oh, what a thing to do… ‘Cause you were all yellow…

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Daily Photo – The Yellow Carpet

This area of New Zealand is about exactly halfway between Queenstown and Te Anau. What a cool spot, eh? You pass a little “Scientific Research Area,” which I thought sounded a bit mysterious and Area 51ish. So, I happened to park the truck to get out to pee, and I ended up walking into the bush to see this. At first, I thought it was all yellow because thousands of people were doing what I was doing, but that is not the case. And no, did not pee in this stuff… I went over to some dead bushes or something to make them, perhaps, more dead.

The Yellow Carpet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-17 15:05:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Temple

Full Edit for Passport Members

If you’re a Passport Member then you know every Sunday has a brand new video! This week’s is a bit more complex than others because there is quite a bit of work to do in Aurora and Photoshop to make it even better. Enjoy!

The Temple Edit

This has one of those extreme saturation problems that can be difficult to fix in Aurora, but I show you a little bit about how I do it. There is a final cleanup in Photoshop as well in a last step.

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Daily Photo – The Temple

I sneaked down through security to get this photo right at dusk. I don’t know why they didn’t want people down there… probably because it is under construction and they didn’t want anyone to get hurt. But I wasn’t worried about that… I did actually go inside for a while… it was really wild to be in here totally alone.

The Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-07-28 01:11:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Editing Photos from the Singapore Bar

Editing Older Mobile Phone Photos

I’ve been having a great time going through older photos I got on my mobile phone and processing them in Aurora. If you’re a Passport Member, then today, you’ll get to see me edit these two previous photos from Singapore. I went a little extreme with the HDR, but I was just kinda in that mood!


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And now on to the video…

Editing Photos from the Singapore Bar

I just can’t remember the name of this place, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. If I wasn’t so lazy, I would do a Google reverse image search to find it, which I have to now from time to time because my memory fails. Either way, you’ll see how I use these JPGs in Aurora along with different presets to create different looks from two different angles of the same place.

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Simon’s Headshot

Passport Sunday Party Pics!

Today is a fun party day here for you if you’re a Passport Member. In today’s how-to video, I edit one of these photos from a fun party I went to on the North Island of New Zealand for a friend. First, here’s a big pile of party pics for you… you can see how I used a bunch of cool filters of my own and just had a good time of it!


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Editing a Portrait in the New Interface

Today, you’ll get to see the updated interface for Luminar AI. They made a few simple changes in the 1.0.1 update that are really good, and you can see me over-edit this photo just for the sake of showing you the controls! If you want to grab it be sure to use the coupon STUCKINCUSTOMS to get a discount on the above link 🙂

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Daily Photo – Simon’s Headshot

My friend Simon Lee asked me to take a headshot for him… he happened to be there at the party, so I snapped this quick one of him. Btw, if you want to see more about him, check out his yoga website. If you ever have the chance to practice with him, I highly recommend it. He actually made me cry during one of his Yin classes! And it wasn’t because he was making fun of me because I am not very flexible!

Simon’s Headshot

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-01-16 18:42:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Funday!

Well, today Passport Sunday Members are in for a real treat because I give a little behind-the-scenes and how-to of my latest fractal.

The Making Of

Today’s video is a little bit long, but there is a lot of good information in there about the creative process and a little bit about starting up a new business. I don’t know if anyone else will like using this tool as much as I do, but I wanted to share it nonetheless! Oh, and it’s a free tool, so if you grab it and create something please do share. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – A Still Frame from Machine Elf 83

Creating these animations almost has nothing to do with Photography other than the desire to create a really cool frame. It reminds me a lot of taking photos of complex architecture… except you get to build your own. As long as I know I have a good frame, I’m sure the rest of it is gonna be amazing.

A Still Frame from Machine Elf 83

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-01-22 15:02:43
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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Party Pictures Before and After

If you’re a Passport Member then today you’ll see a lot of photos I just took about 24 hours ago! You’ll see the before and after photos from the event and see a little bit more about my techniques. 

The Best Photos from the Boat Party

If you all follow my silly Instagram stories, then you’ll get to see some of the frivolity behind the scenes… In today’s video, I’ll show you about a dozen new photos and the reasoning behind the editing. In some cases, it’s a bit over the top, but that is cool too 🙂

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Daily Photo – Beach Walk

From the party pics, here is one of my favorites.

Beach Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-01-16 22:22:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Passport Sunday

Well, it’s another Sunday and that means we have another new video for Passport Members. Today’s was a rather challenging edit… but a lot of fun. You can see the finished result in today’s Daily Photo. Passport members get a little bonus section where they can see the final edit.

Attending the Theatre in London

This was a very fun and somewhat challenging edit. You’ll see, like any good story, this one has some twists and turns. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Unfortunately, I was so into taking photos that I missed the first act of The Book of Mormon in London. I feel bad because I was going with my friend Simon and he was patiently waiting while I was futzing around taking photos… but, at least I ended up with a photo that I liked, even if we did have to sit out the first act. By the way, I can’t recommend The Book of Mormon more!

Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 06:22:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Driving through the Lindis Valley

Happy New Year from Passport Sunday!

Today I have a rather cool video tutorial if you are a Passport Sunday member! You’ll see the complete end-to-end processing of the daily photo… and if you’re not a member yet, then why not? You’ll get access to over 150 videos and all other sorts of goodies!

Editing the Lindis Photo

In today’s video, you’ll see me begin by only choose 2 out of the 3 source photos, doing some cool editing in Aurora HDR and then ending up in Photoshop for some final and fun tweaks. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Driving through the Lindis Valley

New Zealand is full of beautiful roads, and this one is probably in the top 10 as far as scenery. There is this crossing of the Southern Alps right in the middle of the South Island that has a look you don’t see anywhere else in NZ (that I know of). It’s a mix of barren and beautiful, and the road flows beautifully from the west coast to the east coast.

Driving through the Lindis Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-19 13:20:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture13
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

Passport Sunday Fun

If you are a Passport Member then today you’ll get an advanced look at one of my newest creations. It’s just halfway done, but you’ll get a sense of it nonetheless a find out more about the creation process.

Machine Elf 48 in the Works

So here is my latest one that is still being created. I’ve decided to make this one pretty much 100% symmetrical. It’s actually a bit more difficult than it looks. The music is not final, but I do quite like it. I build these in 10-second intervals – that is – since its 30 frames per second, I choose what the scene looks like every 300 frames and it extrapolates in between. Whenever I see a 10-second span that doesn’t quite look right, I go back in and make some adjustments to the math for that particular keyframe.

Also, if you missed the Passport newsletter last week keep an eye on the eBooks download section of your account for my latest book being added in the coming days. 🙂

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Daily Photo – Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

I’m headed off for a fun festival on an island over there called Ancient Future. Since don’t have any active cases of Covid19 here in New Zealand, everyone is out and ready to enjoy the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) in just a few days. I didn’t get to go to Burning Man for year 11 in a row, so the chance to get to a big festival where no one is wearing facemasks sounds pretty radical. Why not? The whole event is sold out, so I’ll be one of the 300 hippies out there. Even better, I’ll be taking my son Ethan. I took him to the burn about 7 years ago, so this will be another fun experience for him. I’ll be out doing everything from taking photos doing yoga, hiking, listening to music, dancing, reading, attending workshops, and seeing friends. It’ll be epic.

Ancient Future Festival in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-06-13 02:39:20
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length135.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

Passport Sunday Fun

Today, I have a new video that shows off the new Luminar AI if you are a Passport Member! You can get it now via that link for a pre-order and it’s released in just a few days. I think you are really going to like it!

Sunday: Mountains on top of Mountains

Today’s video will entertain you with a quick tour-de-force all around the new Luminar AI. I start off with a rather silly example of how you can add mountains on top of mountains… Hey, I would not doctor a photo quite that much, but it’s kind of cool how easy it is. Besides that quirky feature, I show off a lot more that are more practical.

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Daily Photo – Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

While at the festival, we would visit 20-30 different tribes. They all had their unique outfits and singing patterns. There’s a big competition with which tribes have the coolest outfits and the coolest song & dance routine. I think the contest is pretty unofficial, but it’s still quite competitve. In fact, it can turn quite violent and the military has to come in with tear gas and stuff. When that happens, it’s time to leave the scene quickly!

Singing Circle in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 09:15:35
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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