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Oscars Party!

Vanity Fair Special for Passport Members

Today, for you cool Passport Members, you can see how I put together the proposal for this Vanity Fair / Ritz-Carlton / Conde Nast show during Oscars week. It was a lot of hard work, but I think you’ll be happy just seeing the process. I’ll make a follow-up video soon that talks more about their final shot selections, the hanging process, and other behind-the-scenes stuff!

Proposal for the Vanity Fair Exhibition

I was approached a few months before the Oscars with this opportunity. It was pretty much 100% sure they wanted to hang about ten of my photos, but which ones? There was a BIG group of people deciding, which made things quite complex and time consuming. I decided that a wide variety of choices was better than just a few. I am never quite sure what people will like… anyway, enjoy!

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Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

PTSD Treatment

This is a great video from The Economist. If you look more into it, you don’t even need to have severe PTSD to benefit from these molecules.

Daily Photo – Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

I don’t really like watching baseball on TV, but I do enjoy going to the games. I can imagine how especially awesome it was in the olden days before TV and technology and everything. People must have been basically totally bored and starved for entertainment, so going to a baseball game must have been a big deal.

Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-05 02:02:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Katie Ann on the Beach

Jim Carrey Graduation Speech

One of the best I’ve heard!

Daily Photo – Katie Ann on the Beach

While in Fort Lauderdale, I was taking a ton of beach photos but they started to get a little boring. They looked pretty much like every other beach shot, especially during the day time. So I decided to invite over one of my model-friends, Katie Ann to do a bit of posing.

Katie Ann on the Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:08:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Colors of Venice

Lemurs Getting High

I didn’t see any Lemurs doing this in Madagascar, but I wish I would have! It’s really hilarious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Colors of Venice

I’ve spent about three months in Venice in total and I can tell you that most days are foggy and moody like this. I think three months over three different trips is enough of statistical sampling to make this statement true. To me, this is a good thing because it makes for amazing photography. I think when a lot of people go on vacation they want it to be sunny and perfect all the time, but that doesn’t always make for the most romantic photos.

Colors of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-03 09:36:24
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Laminar Flow Water

We’ll here’s something that’s bizarrely cool! And I learned it’s called Laminar Flow. (Open the vid to see it.)

This very still water from oddlysatisfying

Daily Photo – Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Here is a view of the Southern Alps here in Queenstown in the middle of summer. You can see a little bit of snow on The Remarkables in the background, but it really doesn’t snow at all here in the summer. Maybe there’s an occasional swell or a cold night where a bit collects on the top of the peaks. But the mountains come alive with different colors when everything starts to grow in the Spring and Summer. There’s also a lot of great magic mushrooms that grow around here.

Beautiful Colors of New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:32:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Mudmen of Papua New Guinea

New Techniques in 3D Printing

This is a pretty cool video! How do people come up with this stuff?

3D printing revolutionised by rapid liquid printing from Damnthatsinteresting

Daily Photo – The Mudmen of Papua New Guinea

I should really go back to PNG! I only spent a very small amount of time there, but I got so many interesting photos. I can’t say there is any place like it anywhere else in the world. The tribes and all their crazy costumes made it feel a lot like Burning Man. Well, a Burning Man where they will cut off your head instead of give you a hug… so I guess it’s a BIT different.

The Mudmen of Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 13:22:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Belem Tower in Lisbon

Fierce Grace Yoga

I’ve gotten really into this new yoga studio that opened in Queenstown. It’s a chain that started out of London… maybe you have heard of it before. I like it because it’s pretty chill, they play groovy music, and they encourage you to experiment and fall over and stuff… a very sweet ego-free zone too!

Daily Photo – Belem Tower in Lisbon

This is officially the second place with Rene where he fell into the water. The first time was in Venice, and omg is that an epic story. He actually almost died there because it was the middle of the night. This time, he didn’t die, but he did get a little hurt in a funny way. He had the camera really low to the water and a wave came in and started to carry it away. He ran after it and slipped on the moss, making him land on his ass in a rather hilarious manner. Guys are the worst… we just sit around and laugh whenever our friends get mildly injured by doing something silly.

Belem Tower in Lisbon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-20 20:50:35
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Lonely Road in Montana

Part 3 of the Analysis

Here’s the last and final part of the analysis being delivered today on Passport Sunday to all you Passport Members. I had never taken the time to do a fully immersive comparison of different ways to use Aurora with JPGs vs. RAWs.

Part 3 of the analysis

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 for you. In this final one, you get to see the final analysis and make up your mind for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – The Lonely Road in Montana

I took this one when I was out on a dinosaur dig with Jack Horner. One day we jumped on some quad bikes and just kind of rode off into the wild. I had my son Ethan on mine, and it was his first time. His mind was totally blown away! We took a break to jump off and take a photo just at the perfect time.

The Lonely Road in Montana

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2008-08-11 02:43:03
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Choppy Deep in Papua New Guinea

A Good Travel Article

While I was on my 80 Stays around the World tour with the Ritz-Carlton, this article came out about some of the various destinations. I hope you enjoy!

Daily Photo – Choppy Deep in Papua New Guinea

My first time in Papua New Guinea could not have been more crazy, and that’s saying a lot after leaving a week at Burning Man. I think the thing that made it the craziest was having Choppy there. I’m not exactly sure, but she seems to somehow inject a level of insanity into every situation. And I love it! I’ve figured out one simple thing I like from my friends… to surprise me! And she always does that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Choppy Deep in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 12:02:41
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Blade Runner Tokyo

Movie Night Presets

I hope you enjoy using these presets as much as I do!

Daily Photo – Blade Runner Tokyo

When I look back at this amazing rainy night in Tokyo, it just makes me want to return! This night was actually completely freezing and below zero. Most of the “rain” was actually sleet. I stayed up extra late, roaming the streets of Shinjuku, hoping that the sleet would turn into snow but it never did.

Blade Runner Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:29:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length102.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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