Our first award-winning collaboration!

Excited to be able to finally share this! Almost exactly a year ago, my artist partner Agnieszka Rowińska and I won the Creative Filmmaking Award at the Syrp Everyday Humans Short Film Competition for our very first collaboration, a profile on her that we made at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. It features my video and time-lapse work alongside her art and animations, along with music from fellow resident, American composer Jason Richmond. You can watch it below:

Since then, Agnieszka and I have collaborated on numerous other projects, including more short films, an installation, and a photography series. We now call ourselves Kometa—check out some of our other work here!

A Day in the Life of a Creative Solopreneur: Christine Herrin of Everyday Explorers Co.

This week I hang out in Manila with Christine Herrin, a graphic designer, hand letterer, and the creative entrepreneur behind the Everyday Explorers Co.! She also happens to be one of my oldest and closest friends. I visit her in her studio in Escolta and we chat about the life of a working artist and solopreneur.

Hope you enjoy this new in-the-city episode and that it provided you with some useful insight!

Find Christine Herrin here:

https://everydayexplorers.co/ (International)

https://www.everydayexplorers.ph/ (Philippines only)

http://instagram.com/everydayexplorersco

http://instagram.com/christine.herrin

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Shooting the Supermoon! (with no moon)

No super blood wolf moon in the Philippines, but a supermoon is always worth shooting for! Today Angelo and I rendezvous in Quezon City and try to figure out if we can find a good spot to catch what could be an epic full moonrise despite the very cloudy conditions.

Our previous all-night astrophotography adventure in Zambales: https://youtu.be/XVz5ax20iRw

Follow Angelo Mendoza on Instagram: https://instagram.com/angelomendo

Gear used:

Sony A7RII

Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

MeFoto Roadtrip Aluminum Tripod

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Better Mobile Phone Milky Way Photos via Exposure Stacking

Using Starry Landscape Stacker to see if I can improve the quality of my mobile landscape astrophotography! Watch to see the result.

I HIGHLY recommend you watch this in 4K on your computer! It's hard to see the details on a mobile phone.

I shot 11 images at f/2.0, 32s, ISO 3200 in RAW using my 2016 Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and brought these into Lightroom then Starry Landscape Stacker and back into Lightroom.

Shooting the Milky Way with a Mobile Phone

Manual Stacking Tutorial on Lonely Speck

All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales

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All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales!

An all-night astrophotography adventure in search of great night skies in Zambales to practice shooting with my new star tracker, the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini. Photographer Angelo Mendoza and I explore more areas of San Felipe and Botolan for landscape photography, starry landscapes, and time-lapse.

Mobile astrophotography stacking tutorial

Our previous photography road trip to Zambales

Follow Angelo Mendoza on Instagram

Don't forget to subscribe to see the final time-lapse film!

Gear used:

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Business Contact / Licensing: aaron [at] aaronpalabyab.com

Is Travel a Good Investment? (Royal Air Inaugural Boracay flight!)

On today’s vlog, I join Royal Air's inaugural flight from Clark Airport to Caticlan Airport (Boracay)! Along the way, I share some real talk on the results of my decision to invest so much time and money in travel.

I love to fly so it was a treat to be one of the very first to experience this flight. I found Royal Air's 96-seater BAe 146-100 to be comfortable, with more legroom than much larger Airbus A320s operated by other airlines.

Thanks to Royal Air for having me onboard this inaugural flight! For more information or to book flights on Royal Air, visit https://flyroyalair.com/

My other videos mentioned in the episode: To Those Who Would See Wonderful Things https://youtu.be/K7Sbq81K88E

Time on Earth https://youtu.be/sahkvoJBts4

On pursuing experience over money as an artist

On winning 200,000 miles

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A Time-lapse and Landscape Photography Trip to Zambales!

Behind-the-scenes vlog of a landscape photography and time-lapse road trip with photographer Angelo Mendoza in Zambales, Philippines, in search of spots for sunset, astro landscapes, and sunrise. We explore the area and I share some insights and shooting tips along the way!

Find Angelo's amazing work at http://instagram.com/angelomendo

Special thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for sponsoring my sunnies. I'm impressed with their high quality but affordable HD polarized sunglasses that I've traveled with a lot over the past few months. In this video I'm wearing their Jetsetters. Find them here:

https://sorrentosunwear.com

https://www.instagram.com/sorrentosunwear

My gear in this video:

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4

  • Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8

  • MePhoto RoadTrip tripod

  • Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND Filter

  • Rode Videomic (2nd gen)

  • iPhone X

  • Boya BY-MM1 mini shotgun mic

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3 Uncommon Steps to a Happier, Better New Year

For my last video of the year, I go through three powerful steps you can take to guarantee that next year will be better than the last.

My primary resource for this video was Tim Ferriss's book, Tribe of Mentors: https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Mentors-...

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Shooting Beautiful Landscapes on my iPhone X

This week I’ve made two YouTube videos on my experience with the iPhone X as a photography tool!

The first video talks about how, ever since I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X, I’ve been leaving my Sony A7RII at home more, for reasons including improved image processing, the telephoto lens, 4K video at 24p and 60p, portrait mode, and RAW shooting and editing. If you’re into the more technical side of things and been wondering if you should upgrade from a previous generation iPhone, this is the episode for you!

The second video talks about how my most popular landscape photo on social media this year was shot on an iPhone X and what that unexpected occurrence taught me. In this video I address the issue of the gap that exists between how we regard our work and how the audience receives it by digging into the question: If an iPhone photo that took me seconds to capture and edit is more popular than photos that took so much more effort to shoot and process, does that mean that the effort I put into the latter actually doesn’t matter?

Hope you enjoy and learn something from this week’s twin episodes! The truth is that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the iPhone X as compared to my iPhone 6 and have gotten surprisingly good results from it. Check out my current gallery of iPhone X photos below (click on each image to see larger):

A morning in Sagada. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens.

Elevated view of Bontoc. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens, unedited.

Flying into Siargao. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Spectacular morning landing in Rome. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Tappiya Falls, Batad. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.

Dead tree on Sabang Beach, Baler. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.