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Curious Lady at the Library

Daily Photo – Curious Lady at the Library

I don’t often do staged shots, but I did this time! I was at this amazing library in Tianjin with Curtis and one of the ladies from the Ritz-Carlton. I thought the photo would look better with a person in there pretending to read a book, and it does! It was pretty funny because in the first take we realized the book was upside down.

Curious Lady at the Library

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 15:04:02
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Serious Male Lion

Daily Photo – Serious Male Lion

The whole time I was there in Botswana, I think I only saw male lions twice, so you can imagine how exciting that was. There was one surprising thing that made photography a little difficult in that these guys can be surrounded by a huge cloud of flies. So I had to spend about half an hour in Photoshop to get rid of all of them… they were just distracting and made the lion look dirty.

Serious Male Lion

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-05-31 10:56:23
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
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A Miniature Kyoto

Daily Photo – A Miniature Kyoto

I forgot where exactly I saw this intricate little model, but I’m pretty sure it was in Singapore, judging by the windows way in the back. The attention to detail is crazy. It reminds me a little of what Steve Carrell’s character would do in that movie Dinner with Schmucks, which is a fun movie I’d highly recommend!

A Miniature Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 23:21:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Flying over Singapore

Daily Photo – Flying over Singapore

This was actually NOT flying over Singapore, but a picture from my hotel bathroom. I always imagined that I would take some luxurious bath and look out at the window at the city, but I never did it. The only thing I did in the bathtub was to set up my tripod to take this photo. I zoomed in to about 90mm to focus on that rather cool building. The bigger one in the back is the one that has the rainforest and waterfalls.

Flying over Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-25 00:26:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length93.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Daily Photo – Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Every Autumn I try to go on at least 20-30 walks to areas where I have never visited here in Dalefield. This is the hilly area between Arrowtown and Queenstown and there are countless hidden gems. I’m still finding new places tucked in behind little hills here and there. Sure, sometimes I do a little bit of light trespassing, but people are really chill about that here.

Autumn Colors in Dalefield

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:51:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Aruba

New Jason Silva on MDMA and healing with MAPS

Here’s a new video from Jason Silva. He mentions MAPS which is a great organization to which I have donated!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Aruba

Now that I’ve been living in the mountains and trees for so long, I’m thinking about how fun it is at the beach! It might be the opposite for people on the beach. Well, maybe not. I know people that live on the beach that would never even consider living anywhere else. You know how beach people are…

Sunset in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 06:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length124.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

Above the Starbucks

Passport Sunday Party

In today’s Passport Sunday, you’ll see a fun edit of today’s daily photo from Tokyo!

Japanese Girls in the Wild

I make a few inappropriate references in today’s Passport Sunday video, so I don’t apologize for that. You’ll see how this edit does a little bit more of an extreme HDR illustrative look. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Above the Starbucks

This is a fun tableau vivant from an evening scene in Tokyo. I wander around most of the day with my camera trying to find interesting slices of life here and there. This particular spot is right by the Starbucks in Harajuku.

Above the Starbucks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-20 10:16:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

A Little Village near Mount Fuji

Another Show Suggestion

On Netflix, there is a new show called “Have a Good Trip on Psychadelics” that is absolutely hilarious. There are funny stories from Anthony Bourdain, Carrie Fisher, and a ton of others.

Daily Photo – A Little Village near Mount Fuji

It’s hard to believe how huge Mount Fuji is until you see it in person. It’s so big you can even see it from Tokyo! There is a hike that you can take to the top to see the sunrise. I thought about doing that, but I also heard that the way down is quite slippery and dangerous. Sometimes going uphill on a hike is even easier than downhill.

A Little Village near Mount Fuji

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-20 00:54:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.4
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

Busy Day in Shinjuku

Show Suggestion

If you haven’t seen a show called “Devs” – then definitely check it out if you like Sci-Fi. It’s made by the same guy that did Ex Machina, so if you loved that, you’ll love this show too.

Daily Photo – Busy Day in Shinjuku

This area of Tokyo is gold for photos! There’s not a bad angle, and, even better, no one cares if you use a tripod. Or, if they do mind, Japanese people are so polite that they would never say anything anyway.

Busy Day in Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-02 06:07:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square

Gigapixel

Thanks Stu for sending me this… here’s a 48 gigapixel zoomable photo of The Night Watch!

Daily Photo – St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square

Ever since I saw photos of this place when I was a little boy, I wanted to visit Russia. It seemed like it was right out of some kind of fantasy novel with the unique onion domes and cartoonish colors. I ended up there at a good point in the day when the yellow sun was setting, making all the colors really pop in a warm manner against the backdrop of the cool blue sky.

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 19:32:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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