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Recap of the Cayman Cookout!

It was an amazing week at the Cayman Cookout, the annual event hosted by Eric Ripert where he is joined by Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse and other world famous chefs. We even had a fun chance to talk to Anthony Bourdain on Facebook Live. He's an inspirational guy to me! Besides that, I was able to run around and explore the whole island, and especially all around the Ritz-Carlton where the event was hosted. I also started testing the Mavic Pro, so all the aerial shots you see below are from that sweet machine. I think I like it better than the Phantom 4 Pro! 🙂


Grand Cayman from above

Here's a little video I made using the Mavic Pro Platinum! I have been comparing it to the Phantom 4 Pro all week and I think it's going to be my new go to drone!


Why Windows users have not switched to Aurora

I thought I’d write a little analysis that has more questions than answers. So, I guess it’s not really an analysis; perhaps an analysis of good questions!

I’ve speculated (with all honesty and openness) about why the adoption rate for Aurora HDR has been slower with Windows users, especially when they were so vocally angry about it being a Mac-only product for years. It’s racked up over 3 million downloads, has been used to make over 150,000,000 images, and has been a huge success in our partnership with Skylum. If you are interested in my theories as to why this has happened take a look at the blog post here!

We are also offering a 10% discount to existing Windows Photomatix users for Aurora HDR 2018 or my Bonus package that includes a full-length video tutorial and sample files. And, even better, if you don’t like it, you can have 100% of your money back.


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Some new images from the Cayman Cookout...

We got up early one morning to get on some catamarans and sail over to a big eating event called the Beach Bash at the Grand Cayman Cookout. Along the way, there were a bunch of stingrays out in the shallows, so almost everyone jumped in to have a swim with them. Not me... I don't have many irrational fears, but I was stung by one and ended up in the hospital. It seemed a lot safer to stay on the boat and take photos!


There were some security guards at the Grand Cayman Cookout, probably because of all the celebrities. I don't think they had much to do because everyone seemed really happy and chill. I walked out of an event with the mixologist from Charlotte (The Punch Room) Bob Peters and I saw these two gentlemen enjoying the sun.


Enjoying the warm calm seas at sunset here in the Grand Cayman Islands.


This was just before a fun event called Around the World with Anthony Bourdain. There were about 10 different chefs from different countries that set up mini-kitchens and made their favorite meals while Anthony jumped around with a microphone and tried all of them.


Here's Anthony Bourdain at the annual petanque game!


From my tour around Grand Cayman Island


Here we were right in the middle of 7-mile beach. How serene!


One night at the Barefoot BBQ, everyone stopped eating for 3 minutes (the only time we stopped eating, sadly), to watch this guy who rocked up on the beach. It was really amazing... never seen anything like this at night. He did flips and, well, everything was basically a real crowd pleaser. I was worried if he fell in the water he'd be electrocuted.
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