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The Complexity of Hong Kong

New, Stabilized 360 video!

We recently upgraded the firmware on the Insta360 camera so it is more stabilized. This is the first test of it today for Passport Members! I take you on a tour of my studio and the new art that I have just hung. I swap out the art every three months for each season. I’m a little behind now… as you’ll be seeing the “red” theme for Autumn. I gotta get ready for Winter colors now… as you’ll see the snow outside of the studio too!

Enjoy today’s newly stabilized video of my art hangings in the studio. I’ll stop briefly and tell little stories about each photo. Note that these photos aren’t for sale… just small informal prints to brighten up the mood of the studio.

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Daily Photo – The Complexity of Hong Kong

How beautiful is Hong Kong? I took this from the bar atop the Ritz-Carlton there on the other side of the bay. I tried to not just get the obvious wide-angle shots, but instead to zoom in and get some interesting details here and there. Naturally, there are all sorts of different apartments for different income levels. These are some of the nicer ones over on the Hong Kong side.

The Complexity of Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 00:01:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Food Truck Dinner on the Lawn!

Editing Kid-Sports Photos

Today for Passport Members is something a bit different! I openly admit in the beginning of the video that it may be a bit boring to those not interested in taking photos of kid-sports! My son has been playing a lot of rugby lately, and I’ve been taking more and more photos. So you can see my workflow of my 300 (mostly awful) photos and see how I pick out the winners, along with a few tips on composition.

When I went to Ethan’s (he is 17 now) rugby game on Saturday, I took just over 300 photos. Here’s how I organized them in Lightroom then edited a few of the winners!

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Daily Photo – A Food Truck Dinner on the Lawn!

How fun is this idea? it was a looooong travel day to get here to Sanya, China (which is a small island off the coast). We woke up in Macau, then took the ferry for an hour to Hong Kong before taking a flight here to Sanya. We were pretty exhausted after we landed, but were reinvigorated as we saw them setting up this massive dinner on the lawn. There were about 15 little setups with all sorts of food and drink. They do this out on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton right by the beach there once a week. Anyone can go, and you don’t even have to be a guest.

A Food Truck Dinner on the Lawn!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-17 18:47:34
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO174
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.66

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Exploring Gaudi’s Masterpiece

A new workflow for RAW Photos

Today’s video just for Passport Members shows a slightly improved workflow for RAW photos. I’m always tweaking my workflow this way and that, and this seems to work out pretty well!

I used to just take the RAW file and drag it into Aurora. I still sometimes do that, but I find that I like making just a few tweaks in Lightroom first. You can see how in the video below!

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Daily Photo – Exploring Gaudi’s Masterpiece

The first time I came to the Sagrada Familia here in Barcelona, I didn’t go inside. There is a ton of construction going on, and I didn’t even realize you could pay to get inside. And I would not have thought it would look so bright and colorful on the inside because the outside is very dark and gothic. It’s too bad Gaudi didn’t stay alive long enough to see it completed!

Exploring Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:23:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Singapore from the roof of the Ritz-Carlton

Making super-smooth and dreamy reflections

Today, for Passport Members we have a new video up that shows a technique I’ve been using for creating smooth reflections. It’s kind of a hack, honestly, but as far as hacks go, I think the final result is very beautiful!

Here is an example of the effect in the reflection of Doubtful Sound below:

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In this video, you can see how I use the Oil Paint filter in the reflective part of the photo.

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A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

All 400 of my mostly lousy photos of Doubtful Sound!

Today for Passport Members, I go through the ~400 photos I took over two days in this area. You’ll see how most of them are absolutely atrocious. I’d like to blame the bad weather on day 1, but I really only have myself to blame!

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Take a tour through my favorite photos from Doubtful Sound in today’s video. Also included on the tour, are about 395 terrible photos that sent me into a shame spiral.

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Daily Photo – A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

I just finished my first overnight journey with Real Journeys down in Doubtful Sound. I’ve lived here on the South Island of New Zealand for about six years, and I had always wanted to do this overnight adventure. I went down there with Curtis and Tane and we had a great time. The first part of the voyage was a bit “moody” with some crazy wind and rain, but that subsided to some beautiful calmness afterward.

One great thing about having lots of rain is that you get to see hundreds and hundreds of waterfalls. I often find it difficult to get a good photo of a waterfall, but I’ll share some attempts in upcoming posts!

A Silent Morning in Doubtful Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-09 08:51:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Mystery Ceiling

Today on Passport

Usually, I give photo tips, but for today’s Passport I give some travel tips. Mostly these are travel tips in Tokyo, but the idea of exploration will work almost anywhere. You’ll also see me use the Explore for Food options using Google Maps. I use that all the time now to find tasty places to eat!

Today are some travel tips from Tokyo! I take you to a few cool places around there, show you how I find good food, show you my favorite crazy store Don Quixote, and more! It’s all in 360, so feel free to spin the camera around to watch whatever you wanna watch! 🙂

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Daily Photo – The Mystery Ceiling

Here’s a little trick for taking photos of ornate ceilings like this. It’s not actually that difficult once you know the trick. The first thing is to find the very very middle of the room. If you’re a little bit off, it’s tough to fix. Then, take set up your camera for a longer exposure. If you have a mirrorless camera, you can just look up and see if the exposure looks right. If you have a DSLR, do a few handheld shots and look at the results. Sure, it will be blurry, but you’re just making sure the brightness is good. Last, turn on the timer (I do 2 seconds), set it on the ground, take the photo, then jump away so you are not in the shot!

The Mystery Ceiling

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 18:28:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Today for Passport, Part 7 in Antarctica!

In today’s video for Passport Members I show how I am getting pictures of snowflakes on black wool gloves in Antarctica while camping out in the Dry Valleys. This is the seventh part of some Antarctica videos I have created for Passport Members, so enjoy!

If you want to jump to the “Lesson” part of this video where I talk about shooting snowflakes, then go right to the middle. In the beginning, I talk about peeing in a bottle and in the end I show the extremely awkward way of getting into and out of the little hole entrance for our tent.

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Daily Photo – The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

I visited this lighthouse many times while there in Key Biscayne. On my final night, there was a great sunset so I got the quadcopter up to see if I could get a better shot. It turned out to be 100x better than the shot on the ground. My first idea was to line up the sun with where the light comes out of the lighthouse. It looks pretty good but felt a bit forced. I then moved it over just to the left and thought it looked a lot better.

The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:44:30
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Landscape or Portrait?

Today’s photo is obviously a quad shot, aiming straight down. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t really matter how it’s oriented: portrait or landscape. The only place it seems to matter is on phones and tablets! Since most people view things on mobile nowadays, I tend to twist things around to portrait mode so you can see more on the screen at once.

I’ve been to Hong Kong many times, but not until this last time did I go tramming! I don’t know if that’s an actual word or not, but I define it as the ability to get on a tram for just a few bucks and ride it all day. It goes through some of the older sections of Hong Kong and just kinda casually rolls along. Sometimes old people get on the top level and share a bottle of wine and just watch the city go by for hours and hours. I was only on there for a short time, but I made the most of it!

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Daily Photo – The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

If you click the “Singapore” category above, you’ll see some previous photos of these Gardens by the Bay at night time when they light up to an amazing light show. This is what they look like in the middle of the day from above. I think it’s quite a mesmerizing little scene! You can see a curve there along the left side. That’s a bridge high above everything that connects a few of the trees. Unfortunately, it was closed this time, but I do recommend the little trek!

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 16:50:18
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO109
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Baby Burner

My friend (and awesome aviation photographer!) Jessica Ambats came to her first Burning Man this year. I only got to see her once at the photo walk, and she was happy to have her baby there. I always think it’s awesome and brave for people to bring their kids to the Burn. She just sent me this cute video she made while there.

Passport 360 Special from Tokyo pt 2

Passport Members get back-to-back videos. Today I give tips on how to capture the busiest intersection in the world!

Tokyo 360 pt 2!

This second video has a few more practical tips about how I take street photos at the world’s busiest intersection ( Shibuya, Tokyo). If you missed yesterday be sure to go back and take a look!

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Daily Photo – Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

This beautiful little spot in Koh Samui is a serene location to watch the sunset. Anyone can go here and have drinks to watch the sunset, and you don’t have to be a guest of the Ritz-Carlton. They actually do set up little drinking tables on these stepping stones, but no one was out there, so I quickly removed them so they wouldn’t get in the way of the shot!

Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 00:40:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Getting Drinks in Tokyo

Passport 360 Special from Tokyo

Passport Members get back-to-back goodies… two 360 videos in two days!

Bonus Picture

This is related to the story before…

Tane’s Brother Nemo At F/.24 Alcohol Content

I made three cool 360 videos on my most recent trip to Tokyo. The first one of them is Very Passive! It’s just me and my son getting off the subway and walking around Shibuya. I tried not to talk during it just so you could see the sights and hear the sounds of Tokyo. The second you will see tomorrow!

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Daily Photo – Getting Drinks in Tokyo

This is one of those hundred tiny bars in Golden Gai. I think one reason we came in here is because the bartender was pretty cute. It’s a shallow reason, I know, but it’s as good as any. She didn’t speak a lick of English, but she seemed to know the name of every cocktail, which was more than suitable for the evening. I went in here with my 17 year old son Ethan and our friend Nemo (pictured above).

Getting Drinks in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 02:46:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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