On Friday, I lost my $2,800 Apple MacBook Pro by following standard TSA security protocols at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). I look back on the series of events that led to the lost computer with incredulity, and although all of the TSA staff and LAX airport police were courteous, I am still without my computer and am unsure whether or not I will be reimbursed for my loss.Read More
From a natural history perspective, the underwater ecosystem is actually very accessible. You can have close encounters with wildlife, even with big animals, and many of the relationships between animals are easily observable -- commensalism, which includes symbiosis and parasitism, is literally everywhere.
I love learning about natural history, and it's as important to me is the photography itself.
On land, it can be very hard to see wildlife up close, and if you do happen to get close to a big wild animal, it is often dangerous.
People say they wish they could be doing what I'm doing. I do feel extremely fortunate that I get to do what I do, but I also feel like almost anyone can get into photography if they spend enough time doing it.
We live in a time of unprecedented access to camera equipment--there are literally billions of cameras on the planet--more cameras, in fact, than there are people. Interesting subjects are also almost everywhere on the planet, and subjects become interesting when a compelling stories are created about them and shared.
The last pieces are having an audience, and most importantly, spending a lot of time behind a camera. Audiences are easy these days because of the Internet, which leaves time spent taking pictures... which takes me back to what goes through my mind when someone says that they wish they could do what I do. If you spend thousands of hours doing something, you will probably become an expert, especially you are naturally predisposed to being a storyteller. It's really simple: go out and spend all of your free time capturing and telling stories about something you care about, and after a year or two, you will suddenly find that you have an interesting body of work. At this point, you'll also probably discover that you are very knowledgeable in both photography and in whatever domain you have chosen as your subject of choice. Good luck!
Mako fell asleep during our morning walk, so I sat around for a few minutes filming this banana slug eating a flower in our entryway (played back at 14x realtime). Shot handheld with iPhone 6s and stabilized in post.Read More
During the time my dad battled stage IV lung cancer, Craig Blower, a friend of a friend, was also going through the fight. It helped me to see how Craig dealt with his struggle (he and my father had very different methods of doing it), and Craig documented the whole thing on his blog,Read More
I'm cobbling together a synchronized shutter-release / timelapse controller for triggering Sony a7 series cameras, and it seems to work! Although, as is usual when chaining remote cables together, I'm observing some strange behavior. For example, when I connected only a 2.5" to Sony Multi-Terminal cable plus a 2.5" to 3.5" cable adapter, all physical controls on the Sony camera disabled themselves (but I was able to trigger the camera via remote). Moving to a wired Satechi remote from a wireless Neewer remote seemed to free up physical controls, although I haven't done exhaustive testing. Still, the proof of concept is sound, and I'm going to order the remaining cables to get 4 cameras synchronized. I haven't tested how accurate the sync is (yet), but I'm targeting long-exposure timelapse, so having extremely accurate sync isn't required.
I processed 3D models / maps using Pix4DMapper Pro and DroneDeploy using the 569 aerial images I took at Cosson Hall on Treasure Island the other day, and the results are pretty spectacular. The images in this post are actually renderings of the texture-mapped 3D model, and are not photographs.Read More
Do people answer random phone calls anymore? I basically do not answer the phone unless Caller ID matches a (good) friend, or I have a scheduled call in my calendar.
I also use Google Voice to transcribe voicemails (I never listen to them). The transcriptions are never perfect, but I usually get the gist. It's much more effective to hang up and send an email or text, but if someone just writes "call me" without saying why, I usually do not call.
And this is coming from me! A middle-ager! Imagine what happens when you cold-call an actual millennial: you've just advertised yourself as someone who has not adapted, probably will never adapt, and possibly doesn't ever want to adapt.
The two, six-arm Cosson Hall BEQ housing buildings on Treasure Island, San Francisco, are abandoned and scheduled to be demolished. The field on front of Cosson Hall is a common drone flight area, and many aerial images of the building can be found online. The trees surrounding the building were recently removed, so I flew some mapping missions this morning with a DJI Inspire 1 and Zenmuse X5 camera (with Olympus 12mm lens). It's a beautiful place from the air.Read More
Cellist Philip Sheppard came by this morning to borrow my cello for a couple gigs in the SF Bay Area, and the Avegant Glyph happened to come up in conversation. This (of course) led to an impromptu photo shoot during which I wanted to get a picture of the display reflected in his eye. Also, I've shared a few notes after my first couple of hours using Glyph.Read More
In January of 2014, the Glyph personal theater launched on Kickstarter, raising $1,509,506 from a $250,000 goal. 2 years later, the Avegant Glyph is finally here! I stopped by Avegant HQ on Feb 4, 2016, to pick up my Glyph Founder's Edition, which is finally shipping to backers this week.Read More
On January 25, 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Pacifica, California, after king tides and storm surge pummeled the coastline. Many of the apartments in Pacifica are hanging off of soft sandstone cliffs and are in danger of falling off.Read More
My friend, Leyan, pointed out today that I'm on the front page of Facebook's new 360 video guides page (a surprise). It's a photo taken by Ragnar Sigurdsson of me piloting a DJI Inspire 1 over a volcano in Iceland. The internet is a strange place!
Today, I received my "surprise" 40th-birthday gift from Pam: an AwesomeBox! What a great gift—I absolutely love it. A diverse set of 63 friends from various parts of me life (family, school, music, photography, technology) submitted pictures and heartfelt messages (which are printed on the back).Read More