Quick Tip - Give Your Photos the Blade Runner Feel
To get this "Blade Runner" effect, make sure your exposure is somewhere between 1 and 5 seconds. Less than, or more than, is hard to make smooth. Let's say it's a 5-second shutter speed. Well, leave the camera alone for the first 2 seconds, then for the last 3 seconds, do a slow zoom out or zoom in to see what you get. It usually takes 10-15 tries, but you'll get it!
15 Minute Deep Dive into Aurora HDR
In this video I walk you step-by-step through the processing of two different images using Aurora HDR 2018. A night scene in London with lots of interesting details plus a four shot panorama I shot using the DJI Phantom 4 drone.
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I climbed up a mountain to take this photo. I started in the late afternoon and arrived at dusk. There were many crazy-bright-red Chinese snakes, which seemed more evil than interesting, bright yellow spiders that seemed too jumpy, and other unmentionables, all of which were looking at me like a walking bag of warm blood meal.
How beautiful is Dubai? I love coming here to take photos and explore the city. For this shot, I was invited through the royal family and a friend to get up onto a building that was about half a mile in the air. This allowed me to be able to shoot straight across at the Burj Khalifa. Most photos you see have it leaning inwards because it's so tall and shot with a wide angle upwards... those are cool, but so is this angle!
Feng Huang, China
I remember at the time I took this that I almost DIDN'T take it. The colors seemed muted, it was quite steamy/foggy/moody, and also, I was quite tired. Maybe I was feeling a bit melancholy or something. Anyway, for whatever reason, I took it. And then, when processing, I recalled the melancholy mood and decided to give it a nudge in that direction.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Here's a favorite photo I took from the top of the Gondola here in Queenstown one night. I should really go up there more, you know? It's kind of expensive… and I guess I always cheap-out a little bit because I live here. I'd actually like to go up here one night and spend the whole night, doing time-lapses and maybe seeing the Aurora. That would be epic… I wonder if I'm allowed to?
My time here was way too rushed, but I tried to get all the photos I could as quickly as possible. It was so crowded down below that it was almost impossible to find a clear place to launch the quadcopter. As soon as I did, hundreds of men surrounded me to look at the screen. It was total chaos! I was trying to fly around and get good photos and videos while buried in this mass of people! And then, when it came time to land, things got really crazy because now there was ZERO room to land. So I had to reach up and snag it out of the air. It was quite heroic, really. I wish someone had been filming me!
I took a lot of aerial photos from the DJI Quad. I like most of them, and I like this one too, but it's not my favorite. BUT, whenever I show people all my aerial photos from Venice, this one is often the most-favorite of other-people! This is interesting to me… why my favorites often differ from other people… it's a strange thing, tastes and preferences. Just noting…
What an awesome city! The first time I was here with my wife, I was sick as a dog. I still went out and took photos because I'm a real trooper, but it was very difficult to get into the flow-state. This time, since our #80stays Tour took us there, I was able to take more time. This is the view from the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton. This is where we had my little after-party art talk at the end of the photo walk. Pretty much everyone went out on the balcony to take a photo or three!
I took this out of the room of the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton. Tane and I spent about an hour taking photos right out the window starting at sunset and going into the night. I'm glad I brought that Lens Skirt; it was a real reflection-saver. Even though we turned out all the lights in the room, there were still occasional tiny lights here and there that caused annoying reflections.
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