Hasselblad X1D – Stuck in Customs

In the Sagrada Familia

Behind the Scenes!

Here’s a video that I made while taking photos inside here. It was originally released to Passport members over a year ago, but here’s the whole thing for you now!

Daily Photo – In the Sagrada Familia

The first time I went to Barcelona, I didn’t even realize you could go inside. It’s obviously under construction from the outside, so I just assumed that it would be closed. That was dumb of me! Actually, as far as I can tell, the inside is basically finished, and there is not a bad angle anywhere in there!

In the Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:44:18
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

New Origin PC!

I’m getting my new Origin PC all set up now… it’s kind of fun for me to set up new computers! Maybe it’s KIND of a drag to reinstall all the Adobe software, move over my preferences, and this sort of thing. But, at the same time, it makes for a nice clean re-start.

Daily Photo – Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

This came from a single RAW file, which was actually the case with over half my HDRs I processed from Japan. I processed this one with the new Aurora HDR 2019, which I think handles RAW files a little bit better! It’s exciting too because I still have about 30 unprocessed photos from other gardens around the area as well! It’s hard to choose from these gardens because everywhere you look is just as stunning!

Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:27:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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Awesome Tokyo

Interview on USA Today about the New Book!

I was just interviewed by USA Today about the new book. Here it is for ya! This was a fun interview and I hope it helps to ease some of the undue anxiety out there on social media! You can find the audio below and here’s a link to the book.

Daily Photo – Awesome Tokyo

I feel like I jump on here every week and talk about how awesome Japan is. It reminds me a little bit of Austin in a strange way… in that, in Austin, everyone sits around coffee shops and talks about how awesome Austin is. It’s sort of a strange thing, and quite the existential self-compliment. But, I do the same thing in Japan when I meet another English speaker. It’s always the same conversation: “Can you believe how awesome Japan is?” then they say, “Yes, how about the Japanese people?!?” then I say, “Yeah, like totes.”

Awesome Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 00:43:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Chaos of Tokyo

For Passport Members, as special Tokyo Travel Vid Full of Tips!

If you’re a Passport member then today you get one of the coolest videos I’ve ever made! It took about a week to make this, shooting all over Tokyo, and I hope you enjoy it!

Awesome Tokyo Video!

Here’s a special treat for you! You get to follow me around Tokyo for a while and find out more about my mission there, creating order from the chaos!

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Daily Photo – The Chaos of Tokyo

Here’s one of the photos we’ll be releasing in Series 2 of the fine art collection. It’s one of my favorites of Tokyo because you can’t really tell it’s Tokyo!

The Chaos of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

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Night in Tokyo

Weekly Hikes

I’ve taken to doing three hikes a week in the mountains around Queenstown. I usually do 8-12 kilometers while listening to audiobooks or podcasts on a Bluetooth speaker. I don’t see a lot of other people on the hikes… maybe five or so. They always give me a confused look because they can hear Christopher Hitchens blaring from my speaker about 30 seconds before they see me. The confusion is often them trying to work out exactly what they are hearing compared to what they see.

Daily Photo – Night in Tokyo

This is the view out of my window at the top of the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo. Almost every night, I would go sit by the window with a blanket, my camera, and a glass of wine and take photos while listening to music. I know a lot of people like to read before bed to allow the day to wind down a bit, but this was my Tokyo routine and it worked like a charm.

Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 14:41:58
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time91
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Night in Osaka

3 Things About Japan You May Not Know

Here’s a fun little video I made while I was in Osaka with Tane. It’s just a bit of quirky stuff that we found while there!

Daily Photo – Night in Osaka

Here is a view of Osaka, a very underrated city in Japan! I’ve been here twice and the city has a crazy amount of energy. People in Osaka area also very proud of their city and how it is quite a bit different than Tokyo. Each time I was there, I was pretty swamped with work, so I didn’t quite get as much time to explore as I would have liked… that’s okay – another reason to go back!

Night in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:39:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Jamming Out in Tokyo

The Creation of Life Raft for a Death Trip

Hey, how about another mesmerizing making-of video from one of my favorite artists, Android Jones. I find his process to be quite inspirational.

Daily Photo – Jamming Out in Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing in the middle of Tokyo is a paradise for photographers. If you enjoy taking photos of people, this place will provide the maximum bandwidth for you. One time when I was there, I saw a live band playing on one of the corners. They were all dressed in gas masks and I have no idea what they were singing about (it was in Japanese). But, they looked pretty awesome, and I grabbed this shot whilst listening to their inscrutable music.

Jamming Out in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-22 10:50:39
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Japan Highlight Video

My team and I recently visited four great cities in Japan as part of our ongoing 80 Stays around the World tour. Check out this short video with highlights from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa!

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

To me, this tower looks way cooler at night. In the daytime, it kind of reminds me just of some construction scaffolding. I think it is because of the color patterns of red and white. Also, the shape of the tower can only be compared to the Eiffel Tower, and I think the shape of the Eiffel is more compelling. Hey, I know I’m being really tower-critical, but it is something that I’ve obviously spent too much time thinking about.

Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:40:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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Derek Sivers in a Field

Sam Harris Meditation App

I have many meditation apps… this is a new one from Sam Harris that I really like. I think it’s perfect for people just getting into it for the first time. I’ve been meditating for a while, but it’s still fun to “start over” with a new set of techniques. That Sam Harris, he’s a cool cat.

Daily Photo – Derek Sivers in a Field

I think I really nailed it with the title of this photo. It came to me instantly. I don’t know what force brings about these amazing photo titles, but I am very thankful for it.

Man, I miss this guy! We were gonna do a big road trip across New Zealand, but we were both too busy to make it happen. He’s in Portugal now. Maybe I should make a trip over thataway and we’ll do a road trip there!

Derek Sivers in a Field

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:50:19
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Moody Night, This Time in Geneva

Check out David Whyte!

I was lucky enough to be invited to hear David Whyte live in Glenorchy. What a cool guy… I didn’t really know what to think beforehand, but I was sold!

Of all things, he told two poems about The Camino, which I just walked a few months ago. You can read Part 1 here or Part 2 here. Anyway, here is the bit from his TED talk where he says that poem.

Daily Photo – Another Moody Night, This Time in Geneva

This one kind of reminds me of yesterday’s photo, though it wasn’t raining quite as hard. We stopped in Geneva for just one evening on the European tour. It was such a cruisy town; I wish we could have stayed longer. As it was, we generally were not getting enough sleep and were hitting every town and immediately it was boots on the ground, doing stuff. This was supposed to be a “rest day” but I ended up wandering the streets till midnight taking photos.

Another Moody Night, This Time in Geneva

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-06 20:59:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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