sunnuntai 19. elokuuta 2018

Stuck In Customs: The Phallic Rock + Edit

New Video today on Passport Sunday!

Today for Passport Members, you’ll get to see my decision process for choosing the composition of today’s photo as well as the edit. I still have so many “old” photos from Utah to edit, and I kind of randomly pulled this one off the pile.

Editing this photo from Utah

In this video, I’m with Harriett again as I go through about 20 photos I took of this rock to pick my favorite composition. You can see how I am sometimes indecisive on the scene, but then later when I get back in LR, I take my time and go through the options. After I choose my favorite one, I do some simple edits in Aurora HDR.

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Daily Photo – The Phallic Rock and Edit

This is some Wile E. Coyote kinda rocks going on here, eh? I'm still amazed that formations like this can exist. You know it gets so windy and stormy there. You'd think a big stiff wind would just topple that thing over, right? And there's another rock barely hanging on back there on the left as well. There were quite a few tourists around too… I was wondering how scary it would be if the rock chose a moment to topple over while there was a gaggle of selfie-taking tourists down below.

The Phallic Rock and Edit

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-20 10:35:18
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias


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lauantai 18. elokuuta 2018

Stuck In Customs: More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

New Videos on the Way!

While we have been all over Asia, we’ve been creating a ton of different videos for you. Some are instructional, but I’d say most are kind of inspirational. Little ideas to get your creative juices flowing! We’re just wrapping up a few more sponsors before we unleash them to you! 🙂

Daily Photo – More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Now I'm not exactly sure what this place of business is offering since I can't read much Japanese. I see that it says “Peep Show” but all the imagery on the outside seems to be of a 3D animated character. It would not surprise me at all if you went inside and were watching Anime Manga Porn of not-real people. The Japanese people certainly have their kinks. Actually, thinking about it now, I really should have gone in to see exactly what was going on… but I was with my son Ethan, and it would be strange to say, “Hey dude, wait here for 2 hours while I go inside to investigate.”

More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 02:38:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias


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perjantai 17. elokuuta 2018

Tips & Tricks for Photographers: Sony a7iii High ISO Sample Images

Sony a7iii High ISO Sample ImagesThe cameras in Sony's Alpha range are well-known for their superb sensors. I've been shooting with the latest model, the Sony a7iii, at high ISOs to find out how well it performs in real-world shooting in low-light conditions at high ISOs. Here are the results and some examples.


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Stuck In Customs: Before the Opera

Ordering Birth Certificates

I’ll go on a little rant here about how hard it is for me to get my birth certificate. This is the only missing piece for me to get my New Zealand citizenship and new passport (I’ll be a dual citizen in NZ and the USA). Well, firstly, I don’t really understand why NZ needs my US birth certificate, as I already provided it to them when I applied for residency. It’s gotten lost in the move, I guess. Anyway, they need it again.

I was born in Texas, and after spending hours navigating their 1998 tech web page, I learned I cannot do it online because I don’t have a Texas driver’s license. What does that have to do with anything? And I can’t send a friend, because it has to be a family member. So, I guess I have to FLY TO TEXAS to get a copy of a piece of paper that proves that I was born, a fact which I believe is more than self-evident. Oh, governments… It would be a lot better if you just got out of the way instead of slowing down an otherwise productive life.

Daily Photo – Before the Opera

This is one of my favorite little photos from the time I spent behind the scenes the opera. All the men and ladies were getting ready, and they take quite a long time putting on all the make up. These to ladies were sitting on opposite sides of a mirror, doing very similar but very different things.

Before the Opera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 21:38:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias


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torstai 16. elokuuta 2018

BBC Travel: The unexpected animals roaming Cuba

It’s off the radar of visitors to Cuba – and most Cubans

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Stuck In Customs: Photo Friendsies at the Song Museum

What’s a Friendsie?

A Friendsie is when you would gladly take a selfie, but you have your friend do it because they can get better angles. I noticed this in spades all over China. While I did see a lot of selfies, I saw an equal number, or greater, of Friendsies. They would go out in groups of two or three and just take photos of one another all day long. Note that the word Friendsie doesn’t exactly exist yet, but I’m kinda inventing a new “name” for it. Elodin would be proud.

Daily Photo – Photo Friendsies at the Song Museum

We visited the Song Museum north of Beijing one day. It's a very contemporary and modern museum with clean white lines and elegant shapes. Inside the museum was the usual fair, but the outside of the museum was teeming with a hoard of girls taking photos of one another. Groups of two or three would all spend hours just taking photos outside the museum of one another in different poses. They were all stylishly dressed and quite avant-garde. Of course, I got into the fun and started taking photos of the whole scene as well, then sharing the photos back with them on WeChat (the most popular social network there).

Photo Friendsies at the Song Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 20:11:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias


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keskiviikko 15. elokuuta 2018

BBC Travel: Palestine’s secret stretchy ice cream

It has survived more than 77 years of conflict

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