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Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Fasting Time

I ate and drank so much on my 60-day trip around the world that I added a few LBs! You may remember one point in Grand Cayman where I gained Many Pounds in just a few days. Yes, that was an all-time low. Rock bottom. Anyway, now that I am home I just finished a 3-day fast and am going 0-carb for a few weeks to reset the system. In general, I’m enjoying being a human except for that bit! πŸ™‚

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Tips and Tricks from the beach in Naples

Here are some tips and tricks I shot for you while on the beach… It was this same evening, I believe.

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Daily Photo – Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Here are my two lovely daughters (not screaming at one another for once!) coming out of the water at the end of the day. This was their saddest time, when the mean parents made them come out of the ocean to go inside and get ready for dinner. Two little water-bugs, I tell ya! πŸ™‚

Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:46:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Don’t miss the new HDR Tutorial

One of the first few lessons was shot right here inside this amazing church in Venice with Lisa Bettany. We had great fun in here… and no one ever stopped us for our tripods. See more in the All-New HDR Tutorial!

Did you know as a Passport Member you have full access to the New HDR Tutorial? (Both the Mac/Aurora and Windows/Photomatix versions) Here’s the lesson shot in San Rocco that I refer to above. Click Here if you want to see all the lessons in our Table of Contents!

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Daily Photo – Lisa Bettany in San Rocco

You may remember this scene from the new HDR Tutorial. Lisa Bettany, pictured in an inappropriate church-pose, is pictured here trying to get a very low-angle shot of this place. I still haven’t seen how it turned out… that reminds me, I should ask! I’ll link here if she has posted it! πŸ™‚

Lisa Bettany in San Rocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-28 12:18:26
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Gardens of Bangalore

Random Tip 3/3

I’m gonna start a new tradition on 3/3 where I give you three random tips. This tradition will go swimmingly until NEXT 3/3 when I will forget all about it. First up…

How do you insert 360 metadata into a Photo

I’ve been using my Panono to make 360 photos. It works great, and when I download from the Panono site, it’s ready to upload to FB and it will recognize it as a 360 file. However, you may see in this Photo of the Baths that I went into Photoshop and erased myself. That deleted all the 360 data. So how to get it back in? My man Stu and I looked into it and here’s how you do it.

There are a few ways to inject 360 information into an image which has lost it during post processing. More technical people can use ExifTool, a command line tool. There is also http://thexifer.net/ an online service which allows you to upload an image and edit the data. By far the easiest though is a local application such as Exif Pilot ( http://www.colorpilot.com/exif.html ). Simply open Exif Pilot, navigate to/select your image and then click “Edit EXIF/ITPC.”

Click the PhotoSphere tab and set the “panorama projection type” to “Equirectangular”. Click “ok”.

Tip 3 is in Passport Section

I added a video for Passport Members but I can give you the skinny here… Tip 3 is all about Google Fi my new Mobile Phone service! Note it’s not a paid placement and I pay full price for everything… but I love it!

Google Fi Tip

And here’s Tip #3! Like I said above, this is not a paid thing from Google or anything… I just love Google Fi! What is it? It’s a new sim card/mobile service that automagically connects to the fastest mobile service in any country around the world. You only pay Google, then they turn around and pay the other services… and any “extra” data you buy that is not used through Google is refunded to you at the end of the month. What mobile phone company does that? NONE! It was not around when I went here to India (today’s photo), but I know it works now… I’ll use it when I go back!

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Daily Photo – The Gardens of Bangalore

This was my first time in Bangalore, India. What a cool city… I took my family to their first Bollywood movie and then we walked through the gardens and danced around a grapefruit tree just like in the movie! Not long after this, we boarded a train for a week to explore the countryside. What an adventure!

My 2nd hot tip is if you’re in a Crazy Big City with chaos all around and you find it photographically overwhelming, find some parks. All the green and nature will calm you down… and give you a chance for some more relaxed photography.

The Gardens of Bangalore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-04 13:32:30
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Amazing Milford Sound with Silky Fog

First 360 Passport Video

Hey for those of you that get Passport Access, you’ll get to see my first ever 360 video! It’ll be at the bottom of this post for you if you’re logged in. You can watch in YouTube or Google Daydream/Cardboard, or whatever! In the video, I shoot it at night down on the water… but I actually shot the photo below with a quadcopter the next morning. I have a cool night shot that I’m still working on and will post in coming weeks.

My first 360 Video!

Enjoy my first ever 360 video with tips and thoughts. I hope you enjoy! Any questions, leave in the comments as usual! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Amazing Milford Sound with Silky Fog

Some friends and I just made the trek down to Milford Sound for a little photo getaway. you NEVER know what the weather is gonna be like down there. We had good karma I suppose and ended up with incredible weather! It was a great road trip… great tunes, good friends, good wine, and good snacks! Oh, and a few good photos here and there too… a lot more to edit! Oh btw, that is the famous Mitre Peak there on the right sticking out through the clouds.

Amazing Milford Sound with Silky Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 09:38:55
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

Go to Old San Juan!

Even though it’s my 2nd time in Puerto Rico, I never had the chance to go to this great old place in the city. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon and an evening… the food and drinks are amazing to grab in between photo shooting sessions!

Travel Photography Thoughts from San Juan

Here’s a little tip video I made while there. Now that you see the video, you might see me drop in a few more “detail” shots over coming weeks and years from this place.

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Daily Photo – A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

I kept coming back to this corner again and again… one time I got here and there was this gal crossing the street in a shapely black dress, and I thought it made the scene so much more interesting.

A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 01:04:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Streaming Light in the Mosque

Local Guides

If you’re a Passport Member and you see the bonus video below, you’ll see the incredible value of having a local guide. In this case, he found a gentleman in the mosque that sings the verses and stories inside of this beautiful old room. You can also see me talking about taking photos in the same mosque as today’s Daily Photo!

Amazing Singing in the Mosque

And here is that video I mentioned from above. I sent this to our man Stu that helps out around here and he said it was his favorite passport video so far! I hope you like it too… it’s a bit different!

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Daily Photo – Streaming Light in the Mosque

How pretty is this place? This is one of the oldest mosques I’ve ever been inside. It’s the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and it began construction in 1356! The back room has this enclosed area where the light goes absolutely crazy when you use a tripod.

Streaming Light in the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 16:14:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Favorite Timelapse

Timelapses are SO time consuming. I guess that is inherent in the name itself, but I really get so busy I don’t have time to do these too much. But I thought I’d share with you my favorite timelapse… I made this after my first 30 days living in Queenstown… I decided to make a time lapse every day!

Failed Time-lapse Story!

So I thought I’d talk about a little failure… maybe it will save you time in case you’ve had a similar idea!

When you watch this video below, you’ll see a rather failed attempt at a timelapse. I had this bright idea to try hovering the quadcopter (DJI Phantom 4 Pro) in the air for about ten minutes and then have it automatically take a photo every 3 seconds. This is one of the many photo options. Anyway, I did it, but I could tell the quad was moving a bit in the wind (up, down, right, left, forward and back). It was basically like the worst tripod in the world.

Now, the quad will TRY to stay as still as possible. It uses a lot of tech to do this, including over 15 GPS satellites to try to keep it still.

So, I copied all the pictures to a directory then used LRTimelapse to do a bit of tweaking before rendering it. Then, it looked like this:

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Then I figured I needed to stabilize it. I found two ways to do it. One would be to auto-align all the images in Photoshop (put them in layers then run a script to export each layer). But that was kind of a Rambo mission for 468 photos. The other way to do it was to use After Effects and “Warp Stabilizer VFX.”

As you can see in the 2nd video below, it still looks pretty ropey. Unusable for me. It’s kind of a cool effect but to me. it just doesn’t feel quite right. Anyway, that’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back… but thought you might enjoy the failed journey anyway! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

I took this around the same time I made the 30 Days and 30 Nights time-lapse above. The winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on the balcony, and this was our amazing view!

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-06-04 15:53:16
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Adventuring on Everest!

Passport Plug

I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.

Animal Kingdom Tip

And here’s the behind-the-scenes for the photo below – enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here’s a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It’s one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It’s WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! πŸ™‚

Adventuring on Everest!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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The Swimming Platform

Great Hard Drive Suggestion

My friend Tony showed me an amazing little external drive when he was out here for our New Zealand workshop. It’s just incredible! So small and functional. It’s called the Samsung T3 and it’s smaller than an iPhone. It comes in two flavors – the 1TB and the 2TB. It’s a bit pricey, but so convenient!

Editing Glenorchy shots in my studio

And here’s the screencast of me editing three different photos from the behind-the-scenes you saw yesterday. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Swimming Platform

And here’s another photo from the same location as yesterday, but looking in the opposite direction. It’s a good tip β€” always turn around and look behind you. We tend just to walk forward and look forward. It’s a good skill to work on (even I need to work on it…). And I often surprise myself to turn around and see something so different and stunning!

The Swimming Platform

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:32:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Deep into the Dart River Valley

Book Suggestion

I recently finished a good book called “Zen and the Art of Archery.” It’s a great book (a bit older) about a Westerner that goes to Japan for five years to learn archery (and himself). It’s a nice short read… I finished it during 5 hot tub sessions!

Behind the Scenes at the Glenorchy Dock

Here’s some video footage of when I was on the famous dock in Glenorchy. Tomorrow, I’ll be editing a pile of photos I took while in this very spot. Here’s a challenge for you! First, my photos and try to edit them yourself. See how they turn out… and then, tomorrow, brave Passport holder, you can see how I edited them! It’ll be a fun exercise. Again, there is no right or wrong way to edit, just different interpretations of the light and scene.

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Daily Photo – Deep into the Dart River Valley

For those of you that are Passport members, you can see the behind-the-scenes video above from when I took this photo. Tomorrow, I’ll have the video where I edit this photo above along with two others. I had great difficulty choosing my “favorite” out of the three. I have a feeling that yours might be different than mine. I like this one though the most. It’s more epic to me, and I really like the tiny figures in the photo to give all those mountains in the background some scale.

And if you’re not a Passport member yet, please join! You’ll get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff like this as well as the brand new HDR Tutorial that was released just a few weeks ago!

Deep into the Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 09:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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