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Stuck In Customs

My daily travel blog to inspire and get you motivated!

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Details of Sintra, Portugal

Smart Light Bulbs

I urge you NOT to watch this video… It’s so bad that at first, I thought it was a joke.

Daily Photo – Details of Sintra, Portugal

I usually don’t post photos like this, but I actually take them all the time! I do like to get the bigger, epic shots. However, while wandering around, I sometimes try to focus on little details here and there. Also, there’s something about Europe where small vignettes like this just kinda FEEL European… you know what I mean?

Details of Sintra, Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 07:45:59
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

Look what happens when…

…lightning strikes sand!

Daily Photo – Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

It’s amazing what people carry on their heads here! I noticed they start training the girls quite early with lighter loads. They actually put a little ring on their heads (sort of like a bean bag) that sort of flattens out the surface area so they can put anything on top. We went out to watch the sunset and saw these ladies walking miles back to their homes across the sand. It makes you wonder why people in the modern West complain about doing the laundry.

Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-23 03:00:14
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length600.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Oman

Boy sees color for the first time

This is a very nice little video (open the link to see the full frame of the video).

They were studying color… the school principal brought in some glasses that allowed this youngster see color for the very first time from aww

Daily Photo – Exploring Oman

I’m really looking forward to getting back to Oman to explore it some more. I absolutely loved it while I was there. Sometimes, one might expect (if you watch the news that tries to scare you all the time) that countries in the middle east don’t have the nicest people. Well, it’s just not true. And, when it comes to Oman, they might just be tied for the nicest people in the world with Japan!

Exploring Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-13 08:18:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Awesomely Cute Campervan

I saw this cool campervan on Reddit. I think this would be fun to own but I would have no idea how to actually build the thing.

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Daily Photo – The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Chengdu is known for its hot pot restaurants. It’s basically a huge boiling pot where everyone tosses in meats and veggies and stuff. It’s sort of a fun communal thing, I guess… but it’s also one of those places where they trick the customers into cooking their own food. During dinner, there is this Chinese opera that is being performed. However, while I was taking photos and really paying attention, I realized they were all lip-syncing and the performance was not actually real!

The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 23:16:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Edward Norton Print

Passport Sunday Fun

In today’s Passport Sunday video, you’ll see some of the behind-the-scenes that went into the creation of a new work I did for a celebrity in Hollywood. It was a mammoth project that took about half a year. The final photo is a deconstructed panorama made out of 54 different photos. I hope you enjoy!

Edward Norton Print

Here’s a special thing for Passport Sunday! I recently made a print for the actor Edward Norton. It was a custom print of Brooklyn that’s made out of 54 different photos I took from a drone. Here’s how it came about!

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Hans Zimmer in Concert

Here’s something you may not have expected

I’ve been working on some fractal math… I suppose many of my followers know that my major was in computer science and math, so I’ve been working on some intense stuff lately now that I understand more about the fabric of reality. I’ll post this to r/DMT as well.

Music is by Shpongle – “Brain in a Fish Tank”

The compression on YouTube is not that great… now generating a 4K version now for Vimeo.

Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer in Concert

While in Frankfurt, we went to go see Hans Zimmer in concert. It was a rather special concert because it was for his birthday, and, even more, this is where Hans was born! People were going absolute apeshit when he came out on stage. Here he is with his old friend Trevor Horn. They got their start together decades ago as The Buggles.

Hans Zimmer in Concert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 16:12:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length181.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Hippie and a Seth

Lisbon Photo Walk Highlights

You’ll see a little behind-the-scenes from today’s shot in the Lisbon photo walk highlights video below!

Daily Photo – A Hippie and a Seth

I have no idea what this guy was saying to Seth while we were in Lisbon, but you can tell it was pretty intense. We were doing a bit of filming on the way to the photo walk and we came across the band down by the shore. They saw all of our equipment and started really engaging with us. Seth is such a nice guy that everyone talks to him about everything – he must find it exhausting at some point!

A Hippie and a Seth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-23 02:16:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Max Patte Art at the Hills

Fleabag Season 2

I talk about this show all the time… Here’s a trailer for Season 2 of one of my favorite comedies. I think this lady is a genius:

Daily Photo – Max Patte Art at the Hills

Max Patte is a very interesting artist from here in New Zealand. Any of you that have been to Wellington may have seen this same sculpture on the harbor. If you’re at The Hills, you’ll see the same piece in a slightly different setting. It’s amazing how much a setting can change the way you read a sculpture.

Max Patte Art at the Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 05:04:16
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More of Tokyo in the Rain

Movie Night Presets

This is one of the photos that encouraged me to release my Movie Night Presets. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Daily Photo – More of Tokyo in the Rain

I have a hot tip for you as a photographer on a rainy night in a city. See if you can convince a friend (or hire someone) to carry around a giant golf umbrella for a few hours while you take photos. Photographers really need two hands, so having a buddy do this for you is a huge game-changer. It’s kind of boring for your friend, but promise you’ll buy them a burger or something!

More of Tokyo in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:16:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Adventuring in Botswana

World Animal Population

I thought this little graphic animation was kinda interesting!
https://www.reddit.com/r/educationalgifs/comments/dfwfld/animals_population_comparison/

Daily Photo – Adventuring in Botswana

Male lions may be the laziest animal of all. I just looked it up to confirm and they literally sleep 20 hours a day. It does make me think about the nature of sleep… I think when you sleep, you get into another world. Maybe they’ve evolved so that they can be in that other world way longer than humans. We call it “lazy,” but maybe they actually have a bit more insight into the nature of reality than we do.

Adventuring in Botswana

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-17 19:28:54
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length571.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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