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Stuck In Customs

My daily travel blog to inspire and get you motivated!

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Bora Bora Bora. Bora Bora.

Daily Photo – Bora Bora Bora. Bora Bora.

Here in Tahiti is one of the first places I took my family on an exotic location. The kids loved it. They basically stayed in the water 100% of the time. When I wasn’t playing with them, I would sneak away to take photos of this incredible archipelago.

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Bora Bora Bora. Bora Bora.

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  • Date Taken2014-06-29 16:24:32
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture18
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

Daily Photo – Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

I’ve never really been the kind of person that attaches too much mystical meaning to shapes, but in this picture, I think I see a genie coming out of that geothermal vent. This was shot in Iceland on a rather chilly day. Here’s a fun fact. “Geysir” is the only Icelandic word that is used in English. I’m 98% sure this is true.

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Geothermal Genie. Iceland.

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  • Date Taken2021-12-02 22:07:39
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Sunrise Florida. USA

Daily Photo – Sunrise Florida. USA

Maybe I’ve been lucky, but every sunrise I’ve seen on the east coast of Florida has been absolutely beautiful. Even on days when it’s quite cloudy, the sun somehow manages to pop through and make the whole scene epic. Besides that, nothing beats a morning walk on the beach to clear your head and get you ready for the day! 🙂

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Sunrise Florida. USA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-13 06:34:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Remarkables. New Zealand.

Mist and cloud on the mountains… from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains. It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there. But I guess there is this idea of relative drama. If you are actually there on the mountain, it’s probably quite mild and pretty. But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.

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Lenticulars. New Zealand.

Daily Photo – Lenticulars. New Zealand.

This is a new area I discovered near Arrowtown and Queenstown in New Zealand. When the grasses get long in the late summer, they move in the breeze. It’s almost like you can see the wind itself while standing there. Those flying-saucer-shaped clouds are quite rare and are called Lenticulars. When you’re a photographer, you get to collect all sorts of useless information like that.

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Lenticulars. New Zealand.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-10 11:23:07
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Secret Beach. USA.

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This spot is well known to people that photograph the Big Sur region a lot, but it remained unknown to me for a very long time! Even though I have shot in the Big Sur area many times, this spot always eluded me. So, when I parked and started the short walk, you can imagine how excited I was to find such a beautiful scene right under my nose!

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  • Date Taken2013-04-22 06:28:35
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Glacial Power

Daily Photo – Glacial Power

This is one of the largest pieces I have ever made; the giant TIFF is about 21,000 pixels across. I shot it one cool and crisp morning at Glacier National Park in this crystal-clear lake that is fed by glacial runoff. It is comprised of 90 different photos that took a small eternity to mix into an epic HDR. I do huge prints for collectors around the world, and some are printed up to 3 meters across, so this is a technique I’ve come to enjoy.

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Glacial Power

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  • Date Taken2021-11-27 19:57:53
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3 AM. Iceland.

Daily Photo – 3 AM. Iceland.

When I started getting hardcore into photography, I spent four summers in a row in Iceland. The middle of the summer is quite special there because the sun never really goes down. So, I would sleep during the day and then go out to hike during a 5-hour sunset followed immediately by a 5-hour sunrise. It was very peaceful and moving…

3 AM. Iceland.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 01:37:56
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Game of Thrones. France.

Next up from the Earth’s Landscapes Alive: Genesis Series is “Game of Thrones. France.”

Mont Saint-Michel is one of my favorite places to visit in Normandy. It’s always captured my imagination because, as I a kid, I loved castles. Well, I still love castles. While not exactly a castle, this location is very special because when the tide comes up, this whole place becomes an island. There are many reports of people dying trying to get off the island as the tide is coming in. (Give it a sec to load 🙂 )

Good Morning. Vietnam

One of the 30 images from my new collection on Foundation. This was my first time in Vietnam and this was the view as I was flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Phú Quốc. SE Asia is great for these sorts of photos because there is often a lot of humidity in the air that helps to create these crepuscular light patterns.