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Over the past few weeks I've shared about 30 photos from Burning Man 2018 on my social media accounts, but if you want to see ALL 200+, then pop over to my gallery on SmugMug. Those are my favorite 200 of the 8,000 or so photos I took this year. I'm adding my favorite ones from that gallery into my overall Burning Man gallery over the last 8 years. Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends! 🙂


These are my two hilarious roommates. Jô Eridani from Brazil on the left and Rene Smith from New Zealand on the right. We have honestly never laughed as hard as we did in that week. It's also fun that they are both photographers so there are a lot of common interests that keep us jazzed up all the time.


Aurora HDR 2019 is now available to download!

If you pre-ordered Aurora HDR 2019 then you can follow the link in your order confirmation to download it now! If you haven't purchased it yet, I really encourage you to give it a whirl. It's hands-down the BEST version yet... NO halos, NO noise, NEW "Looks". And, of course, if you're not thrilled with the results you can have a full refund. There's no risk, yo. Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for just $49. Check this upgrade link to see if you qualify. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for $99.

Unlock the power of a Single RAW file in Aurora HDR 2019

I would say that about 70% of my current HDR images come from a single RAW file. I only need 3 - 5 exposure bracketing in extreme light conditions. With Aurora HDR 2019 a single exposure is typically all you need.


Trey's Experimental Looks for Aurora HDR 2019

i-88nsqP3-X2.jpgIf you have Aurora HDR 2019, then you already have a few of my Looks (formerly know the as Presets) pre-installed with the product. I then decided to go a little out-of-the-box (they call it out-of-the-square in New Zealand because they think in 2D) and make these "Experimental Looks". They use a variety of new techniques that tweak out some of these cool features of the new version including LUTs and the new HDR algorithm.

There are some great ones in here for experimentation and two of my favorite ones are "Barbie Sliplotion" and "Mistaken Jamaican". There are many that can make a sunset scene more than dreamy like "Doctor Handsaplenty" or "Flemish Foot Fetish". Some also work great for interior situations like "Groping for Darkpants" or "Orgasmic but Miasmic". Don't forget that there is an overall Looks slider on each one that allows you to adjust the intensity from 0% to 100%. I would suggest 100% on "Hurry! Turtlehead!"


Enter to win 5DayDeal's $10K Giveaway!

It's time again for the BIG 5DayDeal. They're kicking things off with a $10,000 Prize package. Click here to enter now! You can also click here to register for my live webinar scheduled for October 9th or 10th. The main sale begins on October 11th so watch this space for more details.


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Reminder: The Text HDR Tutorial is Always Free!

I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.


Here's a few more images from Burning Man 2018

Yoga Time on the Playa! Note, this is not me. I was in this position one time, but only for a millisecond after falling off my bike.

The latest in 3D TV technology?

Another random happening I found while pedaling on my own bike down 9 o'clock on the way to 3 o'clock.

Linnea in the Dust. I take a LOT of people photos at Burning Man, and for this year, this one might be my favorite.

On Day 6 of Burning Man (always a Saturday night), we burn down the man himself. Everyone kind of takes their own meaning into it, or perhaps no meaning at all. For me, it's a reminder that the dissolution of the ego is the greatest creative gift one can give oneself.

The Temple at sunrise

"In every lifetime, I will find you." Who will you find in every lifetime? This is the last photo I took at Burning Man this year. You probably won't believe me, but I had a transcendent vision of this four nights prior, two days before I even discovered this place. If I were to try to describe either what I saw or how I was in a state to envision it, you would probably think I am crazy. But I told my roommates the next morning what I saw, and then I emailed them this photo a few days later and they were like HOLY CRAP. If I ever meet you in person, I can try to describe the whole experience. I'm not sure I can, but I know it was real.
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