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My daily travel blog to inspire and get you motivated!

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Preparing for the Dance

Daily Photo – Preparing for the Dance

While in Zimbabwe, we ended up having this local dance crew come perform for us on by the river. They were all dressed up in fun costumes and they really got into the performance. This is one of the dudes who had one of the more kooky outfits on… he was actually one of the stars of the show, being the silliest one.

Preparing for the Dance

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-21 10:35:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Thailand Deep into the Night

Growing Up without Borders Interview

Here’s a fun interview I did a few days ago! 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

Daily Photo – Thailand Deep into the Night

I rarely take long exposure shots in these tropical places at night, but, when I do, I’m always surprised! It looks a little weird, right? Like it could be daytime but with really strange lighting? I think that’s what I like about long exposure night photography… in that everything comes out a bit surprising!

Thailand Deep into the Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 04:39:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Curvy Road and The Remarkables

New Zealand Highlights

Here’s a fun video that Stu edited together for me (thanks Stu!) of some of my recent quadcopter footage from around here. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Curvy Road and The Remarkables

What a cool spot, eh? This is one of the many places we take our photo tours when they come to New Zealand. Naturally, we cancelled the previous one because of the outbreak, which was kind of a bummer. We haven’t put a new one up yet because I have NO IDEA what the travel landscape looks like for the next year!

Curvy Road and The Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 08:09:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Touring the World at the Cayman Cookout

Daily Photo – Touring the World at the Cayman Cookout

On one of the days of the Cayman Cookout event, there are about 12 different “booths” set up where they make their absolute best meal from their country. It’s incredible and you get absolutely filled up with every possible food… then you have to go take a nap for a while because it’s almost impossible to move!

Touring the World at the Cayman Cookout

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  • Date Taken2020-06-06 17:28:24
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Wet Pudong at Night

Beard on Beard

That recent Elon Musk video reminded me of this classic one.

Daily Photo – Wet Pudong at Night

Wet Pudong sounds kind of naughty, eh? This is the “business” area of Shanghai where nobody really lives. So, at night, it’s pretty much empty! That makes it great for nightcrawlers like me that enjoy taking nighttime cityscapes without a bunch of people getting in the way.

Wet Pudong at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 04:26:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Inside Rainforest

Elon Musk vs. Elon Musk

I don’t know who took the time to make this video but it’s hilarious.

Daily Photo – Inside the Inside Rainforest

Here’s another view of this rather ridiculous monstrosity in Singapore. I guess when you have a ton of money you come up with ideas like, “Hey let’s build a rainforest with waterfalls indoors!” And then everyone else around the conference table would ring in with cheers. I do actually wonder how these things are funded. I assume its a mix of government money and private capital. It might be boring, but a documentary about the financing of these kinds of projects would be quite interesting.

Inside the Inside Rainforest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:07:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunrays through the gardens

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Daily Photo – Sunrays through the gardens

Today’s photo exemplifies the idea of sunrays through the Autumn scene… Just another in a set of using Aurora and Luminar to create something amazing!

Sunrays through the gardens

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 09:50:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

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  • Date Taken2020-06-06 17:28:26
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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

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