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Walking Around Osaka

Daily Photo – Walking Around Osaka

I can see why people in Japan like photography so much – there is always something interesting to shoot! I often wonder if because it’s such a photography-driven culture that the buildings and environs are designed to be more photographable. Know what I mean?

Walking Around Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-11 10:13:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables in the Fall

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in the Fall

I took this on a little walk I do a few times a week from my home. It’s really hilly around here and every hilltop has a new view of The Remarkables. This one is a favorite angle that peeks out over all the Autumn trees. This is a panorama of 5 different photos combined into one using Lightroom.

The Remarkables in the Fall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 14:25:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dance Party in Zimbabwe

Daily Photo – Dance Party in Zimbabwe

During our amazing gathering in Zimbabwe, this guy came up to me and gave me the most loving smile. There is an amazing energy there in the middle of all the villagers coming together to dance and celebrate. Of my few trips to Africa, this was one of my favorite moments.

Dance Party in Zimbabwe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-22 05:38:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length53.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Passport Sunday Blast from the Past

I was just showing this video to some friends, and that reminded me of the “Making Of” video! That is now one of many videos unlocked with your Passport membership which release every Sunday!

And here is the Passport vid…

The Making Of 80 Days

How about a blast from the past? Here’s one of my first how-to videos. I just watched it again, and it’s kinda lame… I’m not really selling it, I know, but it’s interesting to see how much better I’ve become at explaining things. Anyway, enjoy this 18-minute video of me rambling and trying to explain something.

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Rainy Evening in Tokyo

Daily Photo – Rainy Evening in Tokyo

I took this in a relatively “seedy” area of Tokyo near Kabuchiko. It’s not really as dangerous as it used to be. Many years ago, it was pretty rough while I was there with a bunch of Nigerians who were under the control of the Yakuza, so things can go sideways at any time. Luckily, I knew about these things so I never got in any serious trouble. It’s still a bit sketch around there late at night, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.

Rainy Evening in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:22:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A sunset in Mont-Saint Michel

Daily Photo – A sunset in Mont-Saint Michel

While on the European Photo Tour, we stopped in Normandy for the evening while on the way to London. We parked the bus in a car park and I jumped out to walk along the coast to enjoy the sunset. It turned out to be a rather beautiful one. I took a lot of photos of the old monastery, but some of the best light was in this direction.

A sunset in Mont-Saint Michel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:43:39
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

Daily Photo – Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

What’s better than a personalized meal in Japan by a master chef? Not much else, as far as I can surmise. This is a photo from our tour across Japan where we visited several different locations all around the country. I think if I had to choose one country’s food for the rest of my life, it would probably be Japan. Most people think it’s just sushi, but the broad range of options is never-ending.

Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-01 03:20:58
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+5/3

Across the Beach in Okinawa

Daily Photo – Across the Beach in Okinawa

Okinawa, although an island by itself as part of Japan, is like a country of its own. The culture there is like a small parallel universe of Japan, which is like its own parallel universe. The country does not have much of a “beach culture” where families go out to hang out on the beach, so most of them are quite empty. In the middle of the summer, the weather is still pretty hot, but the beaches are mostly empty and ready for you to explore. Like many islands, the clouds are often multilayered and idyllic for photography.

Across the Beach in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 02:17:56
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Over Sintra

Daily Photo – Over Sintra

This is the first spot we took people during the Portugal workshop in Sintra. We were staying there in the Ritz-Carlton, and it was quite cool because there were many ruins within walking distance. You can see a bit of the old Roman aqueduct there on the top. Obviously, they built a golf course all around it. I decided to get this vantage point with the quad to make the photo a little confusing on purpose.

Over Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-16 20:08:06
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Daily Photo – Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

If it’s not on a street, it’s still considered Street Art, right? I guess. Anyway, this was on the 2nd level of an old, abandoned WWII listening station just outside of Berlin. We stayed a little too late and got in trouble for being here, but it was worth it!

Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 20:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3