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DC After a Snowstorm

Daily Photo – DC After a Snowstorm

I arrived in DC at about the same time as a giant snowstorm. It was great for me because I had most of the day free just to walk around and get photos. I didn’t have a lot of winter-gear with me, but I was able to stay out taking photos for a solid three hours before I retreated back inside to the warmth to process some photos.

DC After a Snowstorm

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  • Date Taken2019-01-13 15:56:49
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/469
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO55
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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Chinatown in Boston

Speaking of China…

Check out this crazy structure they are building up the side of this cliff in China. I wonder what they are building…

Daily Photo – Chinatown in Boston

Whenever I’m in a big city, I usually try to find their Chinatown to see what it’s like and what kind of food they have kicking around. If it’s a big enough city, there’s often also a Japantown and a Koreatown, each with their own kinds of foods and shops.

Chinatown in Boston

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  • Date Taken2019-08-15 01:19:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Intense Baboon

Virtual Barber Shop

My friend Rene sent this to me… close your eyes and use headphones! 🙂

Daily Photo – Intense Baboon

These guys look pretty docile but you don’t want to get on their bad side. Some of you may know this already, but the more forward-facing the eyes are (like a wolf), the more of a predator they are. The more the eyes are on the side (like a horse), the more they are often prey. So this will give you a pretty good idea what side of the equation the baboon is on! 🙂

Intense Baboon

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  • Date Taken2019-09-21 17:20:05
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length459.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Beautiful Toronto at Night

Daily Photo – Beautiful Toronto at Night

One of the best views of Toronto is from a place called Central Island where you can grab a little ferry for cheap. This particular day was actually pretty rough because most of the island was flooded, meaning we spent most of the shoot ankle deep in water and mud.

Beautiful Toronto at Night

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:16:08
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Returning From Fishing

Daily Photo – Returning From Fishing

About the middle of the day everyone starts bringing in their boats with their morning catches here on the beach on Madagascar. It’s cool to see all these guys carrying the boat while almost running full speed. I would have asked to help but they could probably just look me up and down and know I was useless.

Returning From Fishing

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Floating over a seafront villa on Laucala Island

Machine Elf 25

This is the most mathematically complex fractal I’ve been working on for a few months. If you’re a math nerd, it’s a variant on the Menger Sponge but I ended up messing with the coefficients so much that you will only occasionally see the source pattern.

Last month, I did another hardcore version of the Menger with the short “Devs Cube (based on the Alex Garland show)” – which is a bit dark and unsettling. Most of my other weird Machine Elf creations have been more calm and meditative. Choosing (or creating) music is very difficult. For this one, I decided to use one of my favorite Jon Hopkins tracks. It’s quite glitchy and full-on, but it works more than enough for me. This song (Everything Connected) is from his latest album.

We’re in the middle of generating a 360 version of this now… so if you have a VR set, it’s quite a ride. Enjoy…

Daily Photo – Floating over a seafront villa on Laucala Island

When I was running around taking photos all over the island, they told me that this is where George Clooney stayed when he came. It’s a little hard to tell from this angle, but that pool is surrounded by this cool angled black basalt rock. It made the blue pop out even more.

Floating over a seafront villa on Laucala Island

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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The Gold Coast Panorama

Passport Sunday from Australia!

If you’re a Passport member then today you’ll get that little bonus section where you see how I made the photo. I hope you enjoy it! It was a bit of a challenge…

The Gold Coast Panorama – making of Gold Coast

I was a little worried during the edit of this one that it may not work out… but, I should have had more faith in myself, because it did in the end!

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Daily Photo – The Gold Coast Panorama

This is a photo made out of 9 different shots from the Mavic in a 3×3 grid. I love the way it turned out, but when you watch the making-of video below, then you’ll see it didn’t start out so perfect!

The Gold Coast Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 21:06:06
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

Daily Photo – Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

We stopped at an amazing restaurant here after our train ride into these amazing little towns along Cinque Terre. This was one of my favorite places, mostly because it was the most photogenic. Usually, after I order food, I get a bit restless and want to go out to take photos, especially in a place like this! So I headed out to launch the drone to try to get a bit of a unique view of this cool little town.

Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Liz in Kuala Lumpur

Daily Photo – Liz in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to hang out with my friend Liz in Malaysia! We visited this mosque and they force women to cover their hair and other parts that may be enticing to men. I suppose that is the reason. I’m not a Muslim or anything, but it does seem a bit weird to suppress the human form to reinforce a mutually agreed-upon fiction. Anyway, after this, we went out with the team and had an amazing meal, sans silky self-sheeting.

Liz in Kuala Lumpur

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Floating over Cinque Terre

New Alan Watts Video

You may recognize today’s photo from one of my latest videos…

Daily Photo – Floating over Cinque Terre

Here’s one of the many photos I got with the quad while flying over Cinque Terre. It was an absolutely amazing place and I could definitely see myself living there. What could be better than an amazing coastline with Italian food every night?

Floating over Cinque Terre

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:13
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