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Stuck In Customs

My daily travel blog to inspire and get you motivated!

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Passport Sunday Critique Party!

I recently held an online contest on Viewbug to win the new Peak Design Tripod and we received over 25,000 entries! Crazy! Anyway, there were 75 finalists selected and for today’s Passport Sunday treat, you can see me critique the first half of them! Enjoy!

The Winner!

This is the official winner of the contest! A big shout out to Marco Tagliarino with this incredible photo!
Marco Tagliarino

Photo Critique Party!

Here are 18 solid minutes of critiques for you! πŸ™‚ I went through to choose the final winners, and, in so doing, I thought you might like to hear my throught process. Note that all of these photos are GREAT, and the minor negative things I say about a few should be taken with a grain of salt!

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Morning in Angkor Wat

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Fossil Hunting with Dr. Jack Horner in Yellowstone

You’ll probably want to check out the video version of this one but I’ll include the audio option as well. πŸ™‚

Join Dr. Jack Horner (part of the inspiration for Sam Neill’s character in Jurassic Park) and I on a short exploration of Slough Creek where he explains the makeup of the landscape while we hunt for some fossils.

Daily Photo – Morning in Angkor Wat

I made it out to this amazing temple three mornings in a row to take photos. Each one was more beautiful than the last. One of my favorite bits was there were a bunch of young Cambodian boys running all over the place offering to bring me coffee. They have this coffee there that they mix with evaporated milk to make it extra creamy.

Morning in Angkor Wat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-06-02 22:43:40
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Workshop Update

Be sure to check out our workshops page to find out about our upcoming Autumn workshop in New Zealand! Remember, it’s opposite-land over here, so Autumn is in April.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

Here’s a photo I took during a recent workshop in Queenstown. See that area down below in the valley with all the farm plots? That’s the area I live… I feel very lucky to have all these magical mountains around me!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

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

Way Above Laucala Island

Burning Man or a Toddler?

Here is a list of 18 things that are identical if you are attending Burning Man or parenting a toddler! How funny and true! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Way Above Laucala Island

Every day I stayed on Laucala Island, I got the quadcopter up as many times as possible. Charging batteries is always a pain, so I had to make sure I saved enough charge to fly at sunset. Almost every sunset was perfect, and this was one of my favorites.

Way Above Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:39:35
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dark Helmet

Crazy Ferrofluid Clock

If I wasn’t trying to be a minimalist, this is the kind of awesome clock I would buy! πŸ™‚

This Ferrofluid clock from Damnthatsinteresting

Daily Photo – Dark Helmet

While I was in Shanghai, I took a fun motorcycle sidecar tour around the city. This is Bagsnob who went along with me. I thought she looked completely ridiculous in this helmet thing so I had to take a photo! We spent about three hours tooling around the city and spent most of the time in the old French concession area. If you get a chance to take a motorcycle sidecar tour, I highly recommend it!

Dark Helmet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-18 13:46:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Pixel Panorama

Documenting Burning Man interview…

Right before I headed out this year, I did a fun interview with Steve Brazill on his podcast called “Behind the Shot.” Check it out below – thanks again Steve!

Daily Photo – A Pixel Panorama

I was visiting some friends over near Jack’s Point for a dinner and I walked down on the beach around sunset. I didn’t have my big-boy camera with me, but I did have the Pixel 3. I often use it to take a series of vertical photos and then I stitch them together later using Lightroom. I don’t like using the panorama mode in the camera app because it doesn’t produce as high-res of an image.

A Pixel Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-03-28 19:49:04
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO68
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ballooning in New Zealand

Article in Elle about Instagram Fraud – “The Social Media Scams Costing Businesses Β£1Billion Per Year”

I was recently interviewed by Elle in their new Instagram article about Instagram Fraud. I hope you enjoy the read! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Ballooning in New Zealand

I took this one beautiful morning at Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand. I’ve always wanted to take a balloon ride here, but I haven’t carved out enough time to make it happen. I’ve never taken a balloon ride before, and I’m often confused about how you steer the thing around. I know there’s air currents and stuff, but how do you know? And what if you blow over the mountain into an area with no roads (which is most of New Zealand)? I don’t know… these are all the questions I will ask the balloonist (is that what they are called) when I finally get on a balloon.

Ballooning in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 07:08:27
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/170
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

My Workflow in Toronto!

Speaking of Canada…

I thought I would share three fun photos from Canada. They’re all quite different, but I hope you enjoy!

I looked through the looking glass

And now on with the show…

My Workflow in Toronto!

At a recent art talk, I got many questions about my workflow. This is a fairly “boring” but important thing, so I decided to make a video for you that shows how I do this! Hopefully I keep it upbeat enough so that it is not too boring!

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The Lightshow in Singapore

Psychedelic and MDMA research expanding at Johns Hopkins

Here’s a new article about psychedelic and MDMA research being done at Johns Hopkins Medicine. I think this is great stuff and I fully support it.

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Dr. Jack Horner on the Conscious Slime Mold

When he’s not discovering and naming Maiasaura, or advising on the Jurassic Park movies (where he was part of the inspiration for Sam Neill’s character) Dr. Jack Horner has some fascinating things to say about slime mold.

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

Or you can watch the 360 versions here.

Daily Photo – The Lightshow in Singapore

Every night in Singapore there is a big light show with lasers and music and all sorts of stuff going on. There are thousands of good photos already, so I was running around trying to find a few unique angles to catch the action. Here’s one that I kinda like. This is the Marina Bay Sands hotel and that huge structure that goes across all three buildings is actually a swimming pool.

The Lightshow in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 01:02:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Thousands of Red Gates in Kyoto

Kyoto Color

Kyoto is such an awesome place in autumn, amazing colors absolutely everywhere. Here’s another of my favorites from there.
Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

Daily Photo – Thousands of Red Gates in Kyoto

Here’s one of my best travel tips when visiting Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto. Go after dinner and stay late into the night. There is no ticket-entrance fee or anything, and you can wander around it all night long! There is pretty good lighting, and where there is not good-lighting, it’s kind of spooky. Most importantly there are almost no humans around to get in the way of your shots!

Thousands of Red Gates in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 05:46:44
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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