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  • Last Flight Out Photography!

    I get this question a lot..."Scotty, why Last Flight Out Photography?".

    Well, let's say you are on a trip to some exotic location like....uh....Iceland, for example. There are three flights heading home on the last day of your trip...one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and the last flight leaving just after dinner. Which one do you choose? If it were me, I would choose the Last Flight Out because I want to spend every last minute I can getting just ONE more shot....know what I mean?

    This blog/website highlights my favorite photographs from trips I make around the world. There's nothing I love more than sharing my passion for photography.

    I am a High School Photography Teacher at the Jakarta Intercultural School in Jakarta, Indonesia. If you are ever in this part of the world, give me a call, and we can go out shooting together. Thanks for visiting my site, and please come back again and again...

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. You know, it’s Christmas time…shopping, spending time with family….blah blah blah…

I bought myself a nice present yesterday. A new lens. The Sony 85mm f/1.4 Grand Master. Woo Hoo. I am really excited to start using this lens. I had to hold back, though. Tika (my wife) told me I can’t use it until Christmas day. So, it is wrapped up and under the tree.

It was an unusually nice day today in Jakarta. Not too hot, breezy, blue skies and big fluffy white clouds. So, I jumped on my motorbike, and made the trek downtown with a good friend to take some shots. I wanted to get up on the roof of the Hyatt, but they said we needed a permit and had to apply at least a week in advance. Well, that was not happening…and who knows what the weather would be like in a week…most likely WHITE skies as usual. So, we went across the street to the Pullman, and they were very kind. A manager guided us to the top sky bar that is only used for special occasions, and let us take photos from the balcony. So, big score for Pullman, and the Hyatt gets a bit thumbs down.

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I have known Steve Huff (virtually) for many years, and have written a couple of articles for his website. He is always so gracious in letting just about anyone write a guest post. It’s a win/win thing, I guess. He gets to share many different views and experiences of his readers with his readers, and we get some extra exposure for our own work in return. Like I said, a win/win for all involved.

So, a few days ago, Steve posted my article I wrote about the Nikonos 15mm lens (underwater lens) used with the Sony A7R and Nauticam Housing. Have a look…

CLICK HERE TO READ MY POST

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I took a trip to Myanmar (Burma) a couple of years ago. I told my travel agent I wanted to avoid the tourist areas and go off the beaten path. That is exactly what I did. I headed to the small town of Mrauk U, which is near the border of Bangladesh. They call it the “mini-Bagan”. It was amazing, but a difficult place to reach. You could count the number of tourists on your hands…we counted only 8, and only saw them in our hotel.

It was a fantastic trip, but I didn’t get to see the famous areas of Bagan, Inle Lake or Mandalay. So, this trip, I will hit the tourist spots. There was an earth quake a few months ago, and many of the temples in Bagan were damaged. It will be interesting to see how they have coped, and what kind of repairs will be made.

I leave on the 2nd of January for a week….can’t wait.

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the last trip to Myanmar…

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I have said this a few times before, but I have almost as much fun processing my photos in Photoshop than I do actually taking photos! I have kind of fallen off of the “HDR” bandwagon, but from time to time, I like to play around with it. I especially like the way colours “pop” when different layers of exposure are combined…and I do like the “painterly” feel…especially when printed on canvas. In any case, here is a cool “before/after” rendition of a photo I took today in a Kampung close to where I work…

The BEFORE shot (straight out of the camera)

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And here is the AFTER shot….I used Lightroom, Aurora, and Photoshop to create this final image…

kampungafter

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