JBR LIFE Photography

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  1. JBR LIFE Photography

    Twilight Aerial Image for $7.5M Property

    Bonus: A shot from inside showing the view. This image was not shot with a drone, but rather a Sony a7r3. It's a single exposure using a handful of radio strobes scattered about.
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    Twilight Aerial Image for $7.5M Property

    Aloha friends, Tonight I'm sharing a recent work project photo, shot for a luxury home listing on the island (Maui). This home was listed at $7.5M and I was delighted to provide the entire photo & video media kit. I've been enjoying the M2Z telephoto feature to help create a shallow depth of field via lens compression. The compression @ 48mm seems to help stretch the background, making mountains feel tall, rather than squashed flat. I keep pushing this little camera for all it's worth, and it keeps surprising me along the way as I discover limits. Mahalo for viewing, feel free to fire any questions my way, I'm happy to share.
  3. Anyone here ever hear of the Pe'ahi Challenge? Today's video is not from the WSL event itself, but from another day of swells for fun. These waves maxed out around 25ft or so, which is a medium sized day at this break. Waves have been known to reach heights over 60+ft, and these crazy mo-fos ride these mountains, like the bad-a$$ MF's they are. I was delighted to have a clear sky, no helicopters, and only one other UAV buzzing around. From what I hear from my friends in the boats (photographer boats), the other drone kissed the water later on, after I left. Gotta love the M2Z for getting the shots but staying outta the action!
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    I recently wrapped up another luxury property video, a place on the north side of the island. Windward Maui is a tough cookie...either it's so windy the drone is dancing all over the sky, or the sky is calm, cloudy and threatening rain. There's only a small window of time each day to capture a fairly nice sky and keep the drone stable for smooth video...and that window of time varies daily. On this day, however, we got extremely lucky. Beautiful clear skies, barely any wind of which to speak, all day long through sunset! The house itself is kinda odd, the designer being a steel worker, so he used...you guessed it...lots of steel. No matter the project, it can be tricky to make surface rusted steel look cool, but fortunately this house had some dark finish tones that complimented it. Probably the ONLY time I've been grateful the place was oddly dark (many of these high end luxury homes are poorly lit, and I have no idea why). Side Notes: Pardon the dirty mirrors please...the owners 'cleaned up', but I guess that doesn't mean the same as what we imagine for the shoot. In their defense, windward Maui is a tough area to live and not have dirt flying around. Also, please excuse the lazy front yard dog. Damn thing was so lazy it wouldn't even raise it's head when I cruised the drone just a few feet overhead. Just raised its eyes to watch it pass, kept on lounging. Actually, my kinda dog! Anyhow, enjoy! https://vimeo.com/312505804
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    @Luke This is cool, I dig it! I had totally forgotten that there are places in the world where being only a minute or two from the highway is cool. lol I like the extra details you included, and the music wasn't overbearing. Nice work!
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    Actually, @Av8Chuck, I had a tricky time leading through this property to make it flow. The layout of the house is such that it's not really the easiest to create a walk-through. In fact, I found myself actually walking all over the place, discovering more rooms here and there. lol Thanks for the compliments and the feedback, that's one of the main reasons I post this stuff here -to grow and learn. Have you booked your flight here yet for 2019??
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    Just wrapped this one tonight, thought I'd share. I usually keep the videos under the 3min mark, but the client wanted a longer video, and this home lent well to it. So much goodness packed into 3500+ sq.ft., it would be tough to keep it under 3min anyhow! For this project, I used a good bit of lighting on the interior view shots, as the dark wood trim just ate up all the available natural light. The home is beautiful, but definitely kinda dark by design. Color grading was quite an undertaking as well, trying to squeeze all the available data for everything I could. This one is best viewed in 4k on a large screen with premium sound. Enjoy!
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    I did NOT get to drink that coffee, can you believe it?! They just grabbed the cup, tossed it into the sink like it was yesterday's trash! #richpeopleproblems Yes, I recall that article about Mr. Lik. He's not necessarily loved amongst most photography circles, although I'm guessing there's a bit of hater-ade some folks tend to drink out of jealousy now and again. But to each his own, I suppose. I've met folks who don't think our complimentary beach photo sessions are a great way to do biz, but it works for us. Thanks for all the support and feedback about the videos. I keep trying to get better with each one, and sometimes I'm my own worst critic, as I can see room for improvement in everything I produce. So, an 'attaboy' goes a long way!
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    What does a $6M Maui beachfront home look like? Step inside and have a look!
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    Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    Well, how was the gallery experience? I see you already started with your own gallery image of that area!
  11. JBR LIFE Photography

    Miami Beach // South Pointe Park at Sunrise

    Np, glad you like the edit! If you have any questions, hit me up and I'll gladly assist. Enjoy delving into the catalog!
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    Miami Beach // South Pointe Park at Sunrise

    Sorry, I realized I had the exposure too high on this, re-worked it. Here's the correct version I meant to send you. Catalog should match this one now. This also means there wasn't as much data loss in the highlights as I had thought initially.
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    A little south Maui sunset work

    *spell correction: Lana'i - only one letter 'I' in the mix.
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    Miami Beach // South Pointe Park at Sunrise

    Mahalo, Alan! I had a run through the image, and here are a few notes: In the future, if you'll pull the drone back another 300ft or so, there will be room to straighten the lines of the buildings, without losing the desired scene. I tried straightening this image, but it suffered a loss of sky or the pier, have to choose. Instead of sacrificing the scene, I omitted the process altogether. Found some critical data loss in the sky highlights, toward the center of the frame. I recommend shooting at least -1/3 EV, sometimes even -2/3, and on rare occasions, a full stop below. The Hasselblad seemed to do well recovering shadow tones, so I wouldn't fear exposing for the highlights a little more conservatively. The key to an image like this, as you'll find in the catalog, is brush tool, brush tool, brush tool. Over the years, I've created a few import presets that really help me get close. It reduces the editing time a LOT, because they're custom built to fit the settings I use. It makes shooting for your edit process a ton easier. Enjoy! Lightroom Catalog --------> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a7iwnifhjsochj7/AABK8dUSp3Wy1Iflc5FZL7MBa?dl=0 Edited image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/66osevynonhns92/DJI_0074_original.jpg?dl=0
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    A little south Maui sunset work

    Aloha friends! Today I'm sharing an image shot for a recent work project. On this island, we have only 2 seasons - summer and winter. Winter cloud cover tends to bring some of the most dramatic sunsets, with fire in the sky, almost every single evening. In the distant left of the frame, you can see the island of Kaho'olawe (Kah-ho-oh-la-vay), with Molokini (Moh-loh-kee-nee) crater in front of it (looks like a little tiny island). In the distant right of the frame, you can see the edge of the island of Lanai'i (Luh-nah-ee), an island that is currently privately owned in it's entirety by Larry Ellison, of Oracle. 7 shots, 1 HDR merge, all manually exposed. Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing!