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Traveling around New Zealand with the Peak Design Travel Tripod

Last week I brought you the world exclusive, first (only?!), one-handed unboxing of the new Peak Design Travel Tripod. Now I've got 2 hands on it as I travel around the South Island of New Zealand testing it out. You can get it too on Kickstarter. I'm spending the next week traveling around New Zealand putting it through some proper field testing so keep an eye out for more vids soon...

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Walking With Doug

In this episode, Doug Moore and I are walking along the coast on the North Island of New Zealand near Te Arai. He works there at the Te Arai Lodge where we stayed for a few nights. It’s a really cool family-run operation and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well (or healthily!) in my life. Doug does many things... podcaster, healer, yogi, builder, and well, you name it! Our talk spans from everything consciousness to psychedelics! Big surprise there, eh? Anyway, enjoy!

If this is your first time seeing a 360 video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

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Unboxing my new custom Origin PC

The amazing team over at Origin PC custom-built me a new PC! I was soooooo excited to receive it! Here is my rather random and silly unboxing video. It’s probably the WORST unboxing video they have ever asked someone to do. But, nevertheless, I finally got it done and I absolutely love the system.

This machine is screamingly fast, and it was a great move to put my main Lightroom library on here. It’s great to have my ~800K photos all in one place with no external drives (except for backups). And the speed… the SPEED! It’s so fast that not even the sloppy programming of Adobe Lightroom can slow it down!

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Here's the specs if you're interested

ORIGIN PC M-Class Desktop
850W EVGA SuperNOVA G3 PSU
Blue Individually Sleeved Cables
Supermicro X11SRM-F Motherboard
Intel Xeon W-2145 8-Core 3.7GHz (4.5GHz TurboBoost)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
64GB SUPERMICRO DDR4 2666MHz ECC Registered (2 x 32GB)
MS Windows 10 Pro
500GB Samsung 860 EVO Series SSD
1TB Samsung 860 EVO Series SSD
12TB BarraCuda Pro Seagate SSHD
12TB BarraCuda Pro Seagate SSHD
…and some LED lighting.

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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.

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Some recent photos from StuckInCustoms.com

Dolphin over Tokyo
Not until after I took this photo did I realize that the cloud was in the shape of a dolphin! We were having a crazy-good sushi dinner in the Ritz-Carlton there, and this was the view out the window. Luckily, the window was right by the table, so classic lazy-me only had to take 5 steps every 10 minutes or so to rattle off more photos of cloud animals jumping over Tokyo!

Way back in Burning Man 2011
Wow it's hard to believe I've been going for so many years. This is the temple from that year, but this is a new photo I recently processed!

Queenstown Workshop
This is one of our regular stops during our annual photo adventure. I even love repeating these places because the light is always different. Around this time of year, these long golden grasses get long and sway in the wind... it's right out of a fantasy novel.

Ribbons in Sanya
We were by one of the giant Buddha statues on Sanya, and, like at most temples, there is a place for visitors to make a symbolic donation. Every religion has some sort of area like this... There's a big difference between ones in China and the ones in Japan. Chinese ones are almost entirely uniform, as you can see here. The ones in Japan are much more varied and interesting on an individual level. It's kind of a key indicator of how different the cultures are...

Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg
While in Russia, we had a day-trip to St. Petersburg. We went to a coffee shop that was full of women that seemed to be right out of some modeling catalog. I don't know if it's like that all the time, but I will assume it is so. It's hard for me to sit still for long, so I started running around with my camera to take photos of some of the inhabitants.

Soviet Soldiers on Break in Moscow
I walked into a random shopping mall to see what one was like in Russia. I think shopping in far-flung countries is always interesting... I like to see how they do things differently. Anyway, while walking around, I saw these two young soldiers sharing an ice cream. I told them it looked like much more fun than invading Germany and they nodded.

Randomness in Macau
On our only day in Macau, we went to the old Portuguese sector to explore and take photos. At the top of this stairway, this random girl appeared while carrying a massive amount of luggage. To me, she was clearly lost and pretending that she knew where she was going. I know this look because I am often also lost but I don't want people to think I'm an idiot. But, in this case, she was clearly not near any sort of hotel and in the middle of a tourist area. Anyway, I happened to catch this shot of her with all her stuff.

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