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The Matterhorn at Epcot

Passport Sunday NFT Fun

If you’re a Passport Member then today you’ll get a little tour of what I’ve learned about NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens). You can think of them like bitcoin but for digital art. Strange, right? I’ll break it down for you!

A little lesson on NFTs

I’ll show you two different marketplaces and a little bit about the way NFTs work. It’s a strange world we live in, and it just got stranger! But maybe also a bit more awesome!

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Daily Photo – The Matterhorn at Epcot

As cheesy as it is, Disney World offers all kinds of great photo opportunities. I guess they are still going strong in the middle of Covid, but I haven’t been there in a few years. One of my best recommendations for a photographer is to go to Epcot and take your time taking photos, well into the night. Even after they close, the security is very nice and they let you take as many photos as you like.

The Matterhorn at Epcot

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:06:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Russian Girls on their Phones

Daily Photo – Russian Girls on their Phones

Everywhere I went in Moscow had a really interesting mix of people. Russians definitely have their own way of doing things… and that Russian mind, I can’t quite get my head around it. One thing is for sure, they are very direct, which is great. They tend not to be mysterious in that way… this is one big difference I’ve noticed in my small sample size of Russian women. There is no mystery. If they are cold, they will say, “Go turn on the heat!” instead of “Are you cold?” Whenever I get the “Are you cold?” question, my answer is a very simple, “No,” and I am relieved to get such a simple question and answer. The man’s ape brain cannot go to the next step in thinking, “Oh, maybe she is cold and wants me to turn on the heater.”

Russian Girls on their Phones

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 12:45:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

Daily Photo – A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

If you make it down to Glenorchy in the southern island of New Zealand, be sure to find this amazing walking path through the wetlands. It’s particularly beautiful in the morning just as the sun comes over the mountain to light everything with a yellow light. Another great reason to come in the morning is that it’s much more likely that the water will be smooth and reflective.

A Morning Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:02:01
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Rainy Night in Tokyo

Machine Elf 62 – The Consciousness of Appearing

Sometimes when I get bored, I listen to all sorts of podcasts about the nature of reality. It’s also been influenced a lot by my morning meditations with the Sam Harris Waking Up app. Once you start to just notice things appearing in your sensorium, it can be quite the spectacle. So, I started working on this fractal based on a more organic formula to explore this idea further. The music I coupled it with is also a favorite that was introduced to me by a shaman in LA and it’s called “Devi Prayer” by Craig Preuss & Ananda. Enjoy the journey! 🙂

Daily Photo – Rainy Night in Tokyo

How awesome is the rain in Tokyo? It’s one of my favorite times to go out and take photos. The Blade Runner reflections go off the chart and all these cool Japanese people carry interesting umbrellas. I think I stayed up till around 2AM taking photos and walking the streets to find different subjects. By the time I got back to the hotel with Ethan, I was completely soaked and freezing, but it was worth it! 🙂

Rainy Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:21:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO8000
  • Focal Length47.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Matching Moms

Daily Photo – Matching Moms

While we were in Zimbabwe, we had a special surprise while on a beach. A group of local villagers came down to give us a fun show & dance. It’s always a golden opportunity for photos… I’m sure they thought we were a little weird, taking so many photos of something they do all the time, but I’m used to people thinking I’m a little weird.

Matching Moms

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-21 10:44:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

Daily Photo – Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

I’ve been lucky enough to take Ethan to Japan twice… I’m glad he has fallen in love with the country as much as I have! When we were in Osaka, we got into a pretty extreme street fight, since these kinds of things happen a lot in Japan. Unfortunately, Ethan lost the fight because I was too busy taking photos. I feel kind of bad about that, but he’ll always live on in my memory.

Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-02-22 13:55:37
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
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Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

Daily Photo – Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

When we stayed on Waiheke for a few days, we ended up heading over to try out a few different wineries. I don’t have a perfect memory, but I seem to remember this beach was the home to Man o’ War wineries. I didn’t know what was over on the other side of the dock, so I launched the quad to swing it around and get a sense of the whole coastline.

Morning Winery Tour on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-08 14:10:36
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Passport Sunday Edit Party!

I ended up at this rather unique place in New Zealand, so I thought it would be a fun place to make a mini tutorial for you. If you’re a Passport Sunday member then you’ll get to see the making-of.

Editing the Yellow Carpet

I jumped across for you… Oh, what a thing to do… ‘Cause you were all yellow…

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Daily Photo – The Yellow Carpet

This area of New Zealand is about exactly halfway between Queenstown and Te Anau. What a cool spot, eh? You pass a little “Scientific Research Area,” which I thought sounded a bit mysterious and Area 51ish. So, I happened to park the truck to get out to pee, and I ended up walking into the bush to see this. At first, I thought it was all yellow because thousands of people were doing what I was doing, but that is not the case. And no, did not pee in this stuff… I went over to some dead bushes or something to make them, perhaps, more dead.

The Yellow Carpet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-17 15:05:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Stewing Away

Daily Photo – Stewing Away

It looks like this lion is just kind of naturally angry. I suppose that is some sort of a natural selection trait. Lions that look super friendly and happy may be easily slain by other lions. However, I wonder if animals that look happier (like dolphins and dogs) are actually the ones surviving more because humans think they look more cute and affable, so we kill less of them.

Stewing Away

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-17 19:18:46
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length338.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Boat Action in Thailand

Daily Photo – Boat Action in Thailand

Out on the island of Koh Samui, pretty much everyone seemed to have a boat, and pretty much everyone had a perfect upper body from moving the boat around all day. I thought, man, it might be fun to move here for a year and just get in super good shape and enjoy the island life. I can actually see the appeal of moving here for a while!

Boat Action in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 19:00:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias