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Some More Antarctica Photos

Passport Member for Christmas?

Hey, how about getting a friend or loved one a membership to the “Passport” here on Stuck In Customs? Or, even better, get one for yourself! πŸ™‚ Here’s a little video that talks more about it.

Antarctica Video with Photo Tips

Today for Passport members we have our third Antarctica video; this one is chockful of photo tips for a panorama I took of thousands of penguins. If you’ve missed the previous Antarctica videos, be sure to visit the Passport area here on the site.

Some More Antarctica Photos

And here is another collection for you! In the first one, if you look close, you may see my friend Stu standing way on the left out by the glacier.


Spreading out across Antarctica

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

The Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

Enjoy! You may even hear the part where Stu laughs in the background while filming me πŸ™‚

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More Passport Antarctica Love

Last week we released the first Antarctica video exclusively for Passport Members. In this one, you see me in survival training, digging an ice cave, and getting rested up for some photography the next day!

More Antarctica Photos

And staying in the spirit of it, here are some more favorite photos from Antarctica!

The Smoothness Of Antarctica

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

Alone in the Vast Expanse of Antarctica

Hacking through the Ice

Minecraft: Antarctica Edition

And here you go, enjoy!

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Antarctica Videos!

We’re about to launch several videos that I made while in Antarctica to Passport Members. I think you’ll really enjoy them. I’m getting started with kind of a fun one today, getting outfitted by Antarctica New Zealand in all our Emergency Conditions Weather Gear. It is NOT EASY to wear all this stuff and take photos at the same time, I assure you! I felt a bit like a space-man or something! You’ll see me up in the cockpit of the C-130 on the way in, trying to get a few decent photos!

First, here’s the new “Promo” video we made for potential Passport Members

Some favorites from Antarctica!

To celebrate some of this fun Antarctica news, here’s a few photos from the several weeks I spent there!

Approaching the Glacier

Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica

Digging In For The Winter

Mount Erebus from the Air

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Two for Today for Tokyo!

Behind-the-Scenes for this shot

I give a handful of tips and settings info for this particular shot of Tokyo for Passport Members. Thanks again Passport Members! And don’t forget, this makes for a fabulous Christmas present for your photo friend!

The daily photo below is a detail from very close to this shot at:

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I could have broken this into three different videos, but decided to cram a bunch of tips and ideas into one. Enjoy!

I have MORE photos coming from this experience as well in coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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Daily Photo – Two for Today for Tokyo!

I was inside an office-area of Mori Tower (not the observation deck) to get this shot. In the observation tower, they have a bar or restaurant or something that covers up this view! I never understood why observation towers, 100% as far as I can tell, occlude part of the view with such pedantic services. Put those in the MIDDLE PART people, the MIDDLE PART. We are not going to the observation deck to get a wine or a croissant, we are going to get a 360 view. I’m sure this was designed by a committee, and that is why you never see a statue of a committee

Two for Today for Tokyo!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

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The Whale Shark in Okinawa

Some goodies coming up for our awesome Passport Members!

I’m back from Japan and ready to share a whale-load of videos, photos, and special behind-the-scenes stuff. If you are a Passport Member then you’ll get to see a whole new video here about my crazy workflow, juggling different photos, HDRing, Lightroom, and more. It is a bit of a frenzied process, as I am trying to crank out as many photos as possible in a compressed time. Anyway, that’s today’s Passport video below that will be automatically unlocked if you are a member!

Here’s a video of my somewhat crazy (but amazingly efficient) workflow now that I am back in the saddle of my studio. Apologies for the sound getting strange around the 10-minute mark! I think my mic is broken… or something. I just can’t figure it out. I’m using a pro Samson mic. Anyway, I’ll try to figure it out or get a new one!

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Daily Photo – The Whale Shark in Okinawa

As much as I don’t think any creatures should be in captivity, this was still pretty awe-inspiring. On the northern tip of Okinawa is a popular aquarium. I was asked to go take photos there even though I didn’t really want to. Sometimes in life, you gotta do stuff you don’t wanna do, right? Well, anyway, I showed up and tried to get the best photo I could. I wasn’t going to half-ass it just because I didn’t want to be there. So I put Tane and Olya up there right in front of the tank as the mighty beast swam past.

The Whale Shark in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-17 16:06:05
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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The Outflow

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Here are four behind-the-scenes videos for Passport Members. It starts with me and the team flying out to this remote location to get some photos for a patron. And then by part 4 I am in his private home in Beverly Hills trying to figure out where to hang the final selection.

Behind the scenes

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Daily Photo – The Outflow

On my many trips to Earnslaw Burn while working on that project for the patron, we would always pass over this in the helicopter. I asked the pilot to bank this way and that so I could get some straight-down shots at the beautiful patterns below.

The Outflow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-10 06:34:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Tip from Sagrada Familia

There is a bonus Passport Video below that I filmed from the place where the Pope sits when he visits. Note that if you get a media pass ahead of time, someone will guide you up to this secret area to get some photos. To me, it’s some of the best perspectives of this place.

Thoughts on symmetry and more for you today! By the way, if you’re enjoying the Passport, why not get a friend or two to sign up! I don’t really do advertising around here, so I’m depending on word-of-mouth! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Tane spends a lot of time rubbing his young fingers all over his phone. As long as he was doing that here inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, I thought I would take his photo while the world moved on around him! πŸ™‚ Note that all these colors are real, formed by the multicolored stained glass windows that illuminated the ceiling. I was actually here on a rainy day, so I imagine on a sunny day, it’s even more vibrant.

Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:41:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Visiting the Fish Market

No trip to Tokyo is complete without visiting the Tsujiki fish market. It’s getting harder and harder to get in there as a random photographer. We got a guide from our hotel at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s also definitely not a place for kids – not because of the fish-violence but because of the danger levels of these little trucks that whiz around right and left.

If you’re a Passport Member then you get a little extra special bonus video!

Here’s a bit of what I was dealing with there!

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Speaking of this amazing hotel that set up our fish market visit, this is the view from the restaurant called Hinokizaka. We had a fabulous meal there while taking photos out the window all the time. Note that the hotel bar is on the same level and looks out in the same direction. It’s the tallest building in Tokyo, so the views are pretty incredible!

Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 11:31:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Two Women in Kyoto

Using a new Treybot

Well, not exactly a bot. It’s me… but I can kind of pre-seed some cool messages using FB Messenger. I used it not long ago to show all the “before” pictures of today’s photo. You can subscribe here if you wish! πŸ™‚

Packing for Burning Man

Here’s a quick video I made that shows off the kit I’m taking to Burning Man! πŸ™‚ Here are links to my Kits on Kit.com

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Daily Photo – Two Women in Kyoto

It was fun to return to the Bamboo Forest here in Kyoto once again. It was funny how much I remembered and how much I forgot. It’s still just as beautiful as ever. One key thing I figured out this time was to get there early before the crowds arrive. It’s always open, so that isn’t an issue at all. Anyway, there were still a few people moving around, like these two gals that were in these beautiful red outfits.

Two Women in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-21 23:44:15
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Panorama of the Valley

Fun, Free, and Passport-Only Content today!

I used today’s photo from here in Queenstown, New Zealand, as part of a series of fun videos. For those of you that are Passport Members (Thanks btw – and recommend to a friend if you don’t mind!), you’ll get to see a little bit extra about the animation process in Plotagraph. By the way, here is a Facebook Link to the animated version of today’s photo.

A Beautiful Way to get rid of Noise

Here’s a video that shows an unusual technique I came up with to get rid of noise.

And then I decided to animate it also using Plotagraph. Here’s a video showing how I did that. (If you watched the other video above you can skip through the first bit of this)

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Daily Photo – A Panorama of the Valley

So this was taken directly over my home. It was made of 4 or 5 photos with the DJI Phantom quad. I stitched them all together using Lightroom, then ran them through Aurora HDR before doing those finishing touches you see above with the noise reduction tip. It was a fun project! πŸ™‚

A Panorama of the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-30 17:51:46
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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