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Montreal from the Hilltop

More Montreal Behind-the-Scenes for Canada

Last week, Passport Members got to see the 360 video that I took up here while preparing to take the photo. Today, the actual processing in Aurora HDR has been unlocked! I hope you enjoy!

Montreal Downtown Processing

Today, you get to see my process one of the final photos that I shot during my 360 video session from last week’s Passport Sunday. I really like the way this photo turned out and I hope you enjoy watching the process! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Montreal from the Hilltop

This spot reminded me a lot of The Peak in Hong Kong, except with about 10,000 less people! If you saw last week’s video, then you can see how easy it was to belly up to the bar to get a clean shot. Unlike China, you’re not constantly getting elbowed in the ribs by rather rude people. In Canada, it’s the total opposite. If someone even gets remotely close to you, they immediately utter a heartfelt apology!

Montreal from the Hilltop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Snowy Fantasyland in Japan

Podcast Saturday!

Before Passport Sunday, it’s Podcast Saturday again…

Season 8 Episode 1 of “Walk n’ Talk with Trey” This Episode: “Patrick Crawshaw and the language of Interior Design”

I was up in the Bay of Islands and stayed at this incredible place called Donkey Bay ( https://www.donkeybayinn.co.nz/ ). I was invited there by my friend David Maxwell who runs https://www.eighthwonder.travel/ . It just so happens that his half-brother, Patrick Crawshaw did the interior design for this unique place!

Check out the other episodes on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

Trailer for 7 Days in Hell

This is, by far, my favorite sports mockumentary!

Daily Photo – Snowy Fantasyland in Japan

I slept inside one of these old farmhouses for a few nights. They look very cozy, don’t they? Well, let me assure you… they were absolutely freezing! The only warm room was the dining room in the middle where they made my dinner, but when I went back to my little room, it was way below freezing. I had about 30 seconds to get onto my futon under a blanket before I froze to death. The worst thing was waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, which was quite a long way away!

Snowy Fantasyland in Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:57:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Pena Palace from the Air

TV Interview in Toronto

Here’s a fun video I recently did while on tour!

Daily Photo – Pena Palace from the Air

This is one of the coolest castles in the world. I actually don’t know if it qualifies as a “castle,” but I like to think of it as one. I don’t know if the Disney castle was inspired by this one or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
This was taken with a quadcopter and quite a difficult shot… I had the quad almost three miles away from me, and I kept losing the transmission signal… so there was a lot of guesswork and luck in play!

Pena Palace from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 19:32:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hong Kong Forever

Dennis Highlights

Some of you may know that one of my favorite shows is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – and here is a funny Youtube video I found that has some Dennis highlights.

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Forever

I’ve been taking more and more photos when I don’t show the horizon. So many cities are recognizable by their skyline… so sometimes I like to obscure that information. Hong Kong is also known for this particular shape of building. I think in the 70’s and 80’s that the Chinese government built about 100 buildings of this same design and crammed them all together like this.

Hong Kong Forever

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 00:20:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Inside the Cologne Cathedral

Hilarious video with terrible voice acting

Look at these “highlights” – haha I could not stop laughing.

Daily Photo – Inside the Cologne Cathedral

I was so surprised to walk into this cathedral at night and see this! They were showing images from deep space and playing all this crazy minimalist music… something like Phillip Glass. I sat in here for about half an hour just kind of staring at this giant movie screen. It’s definitely one of my best church experiences! 🙂

Inside the Cologne Cathedral

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-24 04:53:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Exploring Hong Kong

Soul Anarchist Podcast

Here’s a really fun podcast I did that revolves around Burning Man with the Soul Anarchist, Paul Duane!

Daily Photo – Exploring Hong Kong

One day my friend Simon started showing lots of cool secret spots all over Hong Kong. Some of these places were really hard to get into… especially because it was illegal. I don’t know why I keep engaging in illegal activities in China. It doesn’t really seem that smart, now that I think about it!

Exploring Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 20:30:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Three Sisters in Fog

Burning Man Bike Stolen and Taken to New Zealand!

This is a great story about my friend (and camp-mate at Walter!) who had his bike stolen. Read the story here!

Daily Photo – The Three Sisters in Fog

Here’s a new photo I recently finished from Shanghai, China. I woke up early to get a sunrise photo, but it was too smoggy/foggy for any good light. I figured, well, as long as I am awake, I should try to be productive… I walked around for a while and the only interesting thing I could see was this… so I launched the quad to get a photo of three of the tallest buildings in China.

The Three Sisters in Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-25 13:09:53
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Montreal from Above

Passport Sunday 360 Video

When I was in Canada a few weeks ago, I took time to make a 360 video for you awesome Passport Sunday members. It was a beautiful spot up there to capture the city from above. In an upcoming video next Sunday, you get to see me process it!

Montreal in 360

Remember you can grab the video any time you want and look around…

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Daily Photo – Montreal from Above

What a great city! It was my first time to Montreal and I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it! My very first international trip was to France with my dad, and that made my sort of a francophile for life. I was surprised at how deeply ingrained the French culture is here in Montreal. I thought it would just be a “light dusting” of French, but I think I heard more French than English!

Montreal from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Close-Up of the Harbor

It’s Podcast Time Again…

There are now 8 episodes of my audio podcast available on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

In this weeks episode with Doug Moores, he and I are walking along the coast on the North Island of New Zealand near Te Arai. Doug does many things… podcaster, healer, yogi, builder, and well, you name it! Our talk spans from everything consciousness to psychedelics!

Monolink at Burning Man at the Mayan Warrior

This guy is one of my favorites… and a great set too.

Daily Photo – Close-Up of the Harbor

Remember yesterday’s shot of the harbor, this is a close-up on another evening. You’ll notice how different and dramatic the skies are each evening. This is one thing that I like most about taking photos on islands… you almost always get incredible skies as the sun is going down. That only seems to happen about 20% of the time here in the mountains.

Close-Up of the Harbor

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:20:01
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

The Only Evidence of a Middle Child Winning

Click the video title to see the full frame…

Middle child asserting dominance over all others from r/funny

Daily Photo – Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

Fiji has a lot of beautiful places, but this one may be the best! I was lucky enough to stay here for about a week and explore the whole resort. Over there on the left, you can see the pool. What you can’t see is how absolutely gigantic it is! They say it’s the 2nd biggest pool in the Pacific Ocean.

Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:44:07
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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