Quadcopters – Stuck in Customs

Pena Palace from the Air

TV Interview in Toronto

Here’s a fun video I recently did while on tour!

Daily Photo – Pena Palace from the Air

This is one of the coolest castles in the world. I actually don’t know if it qualifies as a “castle,” but I like to think of it as one. I don’t know if the Disney castle was inspired by this one or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
This was taken with a quadcopter and quite a difficult shot… I had the quad almost three miles away from me, and I kept losing the transmission signal… so there was a lot of guesswork and luck in play!

Pena Palace from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 19:32:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Three Sisters in Fog

Burning Man Bike Stolen and Taken to New Zealand!

This is a great story about my friend (and camp-mate at Walter!) who had his bike stolen. Read the story here!

Daily Photo – The Three Sisters in Fog

Here’s a new photo I recently finished from Shanghai, China. I woke up early to get a sunrise photo, but it was too smoggy/foggy for any good light. I figured, well, as long as I am awake, I should try to be productive… I walked around for a while and the only interesting thing I could see was this… so I launched the quad to get a photo of three of the tallest buildings in China.

The Three Sisters in Fog

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  • Date Taken2019-08-25 13:12:45
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  • Camera Make
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Close-Up of the Harbor

It’s Podcast Time Again…

There are now 8 episodes of my audio podcast available on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

In this weeks episode with Doug Moores, he and I are walking along the coast on the North Island of New Zealand near Te Arai. Doug does many things… podcaster, healer, yogi, builder, and well, you name it! Our talk spans from everything consciousness to psychedelics!

Monolink at Burning Man at the Mayan Warrior

This guy is one of my favorites… and a great set too.

Daily Photo – Close-Up of the Harbor

Remember yesterday’s shot of the harbor, this is a close-up on another evening. You’ll notice how different and dramatic the skies are each evening. This is one thing that I like most about taking photos on islands… you almost always get incredible skies as the sun is going down. That only seems to happen about 20% of the time here in the mountains.

Close-Up of the Harbor

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:20:01
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

The Only Evidence of a Middle Child Winning

Click the video title to see the full frame…

Middle child asserting dominance over all others from r/funny

Daily Photo – Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

Fiji has a lot of beautiful places, but this one may be the best! I was lucky enough to stay here for about a week and explore the whole resort. Over there on the left, you can see the pool. What you can’t see is how absolutely gigantic it is! They say it’s the 2nd biggest pool in the Pacific Ocean.

Docking at Laucala Island for the Evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:44:07
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Party Tree in Hobbiton

96,000,000 Black Balls in LA Reservoir

I found this short documentary on Reddit pretty interesting. The only thing I didn’t understand is why the balls are black instead of white. Also, it’s hard for me to believe that a little bit of that plastic doesn’t leech into the water supply. They never exactly gave the molecular make-up of the balls.

Daily Photo – The Party Tree in Hobbiton

It’s been a few years since I have been to Matamata on the North Island and seeing these photos make me want to return. The farmers that originally owned (and still manage) the Hobbiton Movie Set have always been very generous and kind to me, so I try to repay them with as many photos as possible. In a way, this is an easy task, since it’s impossible to take a bad photo there.

The Party Tree in Hobbiton

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  • Date Taken2016-05-25 09:12:46
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

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The Wood Comes Down the Valley

Detail Shot

Today’s Daily Photo is about 20,000 pixels across, but here is a detail of one of the photos that went into the massive panorama.

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Daily Photo – The Wood Comes Down the Valley

After I dropped off Ethan, I began a random drive around Picton and the north island to find some new scenes. Almost immediately, I came upon this tremendous logging operation. It was impressive to watch all these huge logs being dropped off and then transported to this ship. I assume (but not sure) that this ship then takes all of these logs to China.

The Wood Comes Down the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-06 16:22:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Beautiful Walk Near Te Arai

Te Arai Lodge

Here’s the amazing place we were staying at the Te Arai Lodge. This was taken with the Mavic 2 Zoom with a 9-photo panorama.

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Daily Photo – The Beautiful Walk Near Te Arai

On our first full day, we went on a great walk along this coastline on the North Island of New Zealand. The first half of the walk was along a trail up and down through the trees. The second half was down there, along the coast. It was quite rocky, as you can see… I was focused on not twisting my ankle or anything! At the end, we were walking along a nice soft beach, so I took off my shoes and let my feet sink into the sand.

The Beautiful Walk Near Te Arai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-29 17:34:00
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Mont Saint Michel From Above

Here’s Episode 4 of My Audio Podcast!

Matt Mullenweg is not just the founder of WordPress and now Automattic, but he was also my lucky roommate on this week-long 200km hike through Spain. Not only is he warm at night, but he really knows how to work that loofa in the shower. We share many commonalities including the love of writing, Burning Man, hiking, and experimental and self-exploration use mind-expanding substances.

What do we talk about?

His inspiration for WordPress and his mindset
Comments on blogs
What is his main gig now, Automattic?
Texas boys say hi to their moms
What did Matt learn that he didn’t expect to learn?
Meditation and the Stoic philosophers
Why do we blog?

You can also subscribe via your favorite platforms here… iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play.

And here is lovely Matt…



Sri Lanka Fashion Party!

It appears one of my photos was used for some funky dresses at a fashion show in Sri Lanka. Nothing says the effective end of a religious non-Catholic civil war better than a flowing gown adorned in a Catholic cathedral.

Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel From Above

This was one of my most scary quad flights! I ended up getting some really cool photos of this place (this one included), but there was a lot of concern in getting the quad safely back home. Luckily, Curtis and Tane were there as spotters to make sure nothing went awry. You’ll see a scene from this same spot in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht video I posted a few days ago.

Mont Saint Michel From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 20:31:07
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Behind the Scenes for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Today, you’ll get to see some of the “making of” of the new yacht video. It took me about 9 months or so to finish off… lots of back and forth with the team there… and I think it turned out great!

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Here’s a cool video I hope you like! While I was on tour across Europe a few years ago, I would give art talks at different Ritz-Carlton hotels along the way. One of the gentlemen there that helps run the show, Nick Teare, asked me if I’d be interested in making the video for the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It was a very fun project! I ended up with about 22 iterations before we finally ended up with what you see now. If you end up staying at some of the Marriott Luxury locations, you will probably see this video playing in your room on a loop! Also, a big thanks to Sam Mehrtens for composing the music!

The making-of video

This is just about the editing part of the video… I’ve been collecting footage for the past 8+ years, so luckily I was sitting on a ton of data.

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The Red Fields of Blenheim

Team America

This was a hilarious movie… totally worth watching if you’ve never seen it.

Daily Photo – The Red Fields of Blenheim

I don’t even know what kind of plants these are, but they are quite beautiful. I was driving back from Picton to Queenstown, and I made as many side-stops as I could. I drove to the end of a random road near Blenheim and found this cool area… it was great from the ground level, but even more mesmerizing from the air.

The Red Fields of Blenheim

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-06 16:58:19
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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