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A day with the great Hans Zimmer

Here's a new article over on the blog about a recent day I spent behind the scenes with Hans Zimmer while he was recording a soundtrack in LA. It also contains a story about one of the most awkward situations I've ever gotten myself into.

I was invited to join him at the “Eastwood Scoring Stage” (Eastwood of Clint) at Warner Bros one afternoon in Los Angeles. It’s a huge gymnasium-sized recording studio where Casablanca and Rebel Without a Cause (among others) were scored. The space is massive and more than big enough to fit a fully realized symphony orchestra. Hans was recording the soundtrack for his latest movie (his other soundtracks you may know from Inception, The Lion King, Gladiator, Batman, Interstellar, etc etc etc!) — it was under embargo until the movie actually came out — Enjoy! :)

Check out This Week in Photo's podcast!

Have a listen to this fun podcast that I did a few months ago with This Week in Photo about how I got started with photography and HDR.

I also talk about our tutorial series Becoming an Artist as well as family photography and our month long family trip around the world we took at the start of the year!

Book recommendation - One of my all time favorites!

I can't recommend the book 'The Untethered Soul' by Michael A. Singer enough! It's one of the greatest creative gifts you can give to yourself. If you find yourself being creatively blocked or have trouble getting into the flow, the problem may NOT be you. This book is full of counter-intuitive advice about how to let go of all the nonsense in your life that is causing you to have creative blockages. I have a million more things to say about the book, but I'd like you to discover them yourself.

Grab a copy for yourself, you can find it in my Amazon list of favorite things :)

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Recent photos from over on the Blog :)

There's no chance of falling asleep while hanging out of a helicopter. I can't think of a time I've been less sleepy, in fact. Come to think of it, the idea of taking a nap didn't even cross my mind. Wow, I took so many photos on that day in Dubai — probably over 500. And there weren't many stinkers in the bunch. It makes choosing the “best” ones more challenging, but it's a good problem to have!
This is one of my favorite areas (Hobbiton) to shoot. You'd think I'd become a little tired of the subject-matter after a while, but I never have! Each little hobbit hole (there are 44 I think?) is perfectly adorned and unique in its own way. Plus, it changes a little with every season. So beautiful!
One night a year in Denver, they shut down one of the main squares and everyone eats outside. Each restaurant gets a block of about 20-30 tables and patrons eat under the lights in the summer air. The weather was just perfect this night… I was a bit worried because the Denver days were quite hot — not what I expected.
Here's another shot from Social Media day from another perspective. This one is atop Mount Alfred looking back up the lake towards Queenstown. Maybe it gives some perspective of how huge this lake is. Another thing that you may notice is how pretty much no one lives along the lake! It shows how sparsely populated the south island of New Zealand actually is.
I like this photo, but I don't think it's the best one over made from this standpoint by a longshot. This is a very famous scene from Venice and most people that go there get this shot. I'm not so much of a “shot collector” but it is too pretty to resist. And even though I've crossed this bridge probably 50+ times, I'm never had “perfect” conditions (which I would consider a stunning sunrise with amazing clouds). That's okay… but I'm still pretty happy with this photo.
I look like I may be alone here, but I assure you I was not. There were literally thousands of Indians that were there with me watching the sunrise. It was crazy! This is a famous pilgrimage location for all Indians, to come here and watch the sunrise. I was amazed how many people there were when the sun finally came up. We had all gotten there in the dark of night so it was hard to tell how many people were around us.
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