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Okinawa Adventure

Daily Photo – Okinawa Adventure

I feel lucky to have gone to Okinawa twice in one year! Lucky me! Regular readers know I love Japan, and Okinawa is a special little island that has its own little cultural ecosystem. Things are a little bit different here and it’s fun to notice the delta between the two. This is a photo of the Ritz-Carlton where we stayed on both occasions. What a cool spot, eh? It’s also just a short walk down to the beach where you can relax… Most Japanese people don’t go to the beach to relax, but it’s more common down here on this island.

Okinawa Adventure

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  • Date Taken2017-07-13 22:32:38
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO120
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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Over Budapest

Daily Photo – Over Budapest

Right after we arrived in Budapest and checked into the Ritz-Carlton there (they were hosting my European tour), we went up to the roof for a drone flight! It always feels kind of “naughty” to go up on the roof of a building, but we had the security guards with us to make sure nothing too terrible happened. I think the security guards actually like these little missions because they get to do something a bit different. I also usually let them fly the quadcopter a little bit too… everyone loves flying a drone! Anyway, this photo is a panorama of several different shots taken across this beautiful city.

Over Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:57:22
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

Budapest Video

Here’s a video I made about Budapest and our photo walk while I was there. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

On our first night here, we went up to the roof to launch the drone and take some photos. This was my first time to Budapest and I was really impressed at how beautiful everything was. Also, the food was incredible while being quite inexpensive.

The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:53:15
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO680
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

Daily Photo – Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

We stopped at an amazing restaurant here after our train ride into these amazing little towns along Cinque Terre. This was one of my favorite places, mostly because it was the most photogenic. Usually, after I order food, I get a bit restless and want to go out to take photos, especially in a place like this! So I headed out to launch the drone to try to get a bit of a unique view of this cool little town.

Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Floating over Cinque Terre

New Alan Watts Video

You may recognize today’s photo from one of my latest videos…

Daily Photo – Floating over Cinque Terre

Here’s one of the many photos I got with the quad while flying over Cinque Terre. It was an absolutely amazing place and I could definitely see myself living there. What could be better than an amazing coastline with Italian food every night?

Floating over Cinque Terre

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:13
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Morning Sunrise in California

Daily Photo – Morning Sunrise in California

I got up early with the quadcopter in hopes of a good sunrise and I was lucky! I was staying here at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay with my family and they are used to me trudging out of the room in the dark trying not to wake everyone up. That doesn’t always work usually because I have to get my stuff together from all over the room. Anyway, after I got outside I was able to get the quad way out over the Pacific Ocean. Flying it over the water always gives me a little extra anxiety… I don’t know why. It’s just as likely to crash and break over land too!

Morning Sunrise in California

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:33:33
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Above Center Camp

Funny video

Just like the Reddit title says, I’d love to have this guy read me the news every night.

I’d love to hear this guy reading the news every damn night from funny

Daily Photo – Floating Above Center Camp

Back when it was easier to use a drone at Burning Man, I got quite a few cool shots. This is one of them that shows “Center Camp” there to the left. That’s the area that people come to for all sorts of activities. There’s yoga, juggling, coffee, art, beat poets… man, you name it. Now, it’s quite a bit harder to get the license to fly a drone there. I applied the last two years but was denied 🙁

Floating Above Center Camp

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-30 14:24:19
  • CameraPHANTOM VISION FC200
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length5.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Ballooning in New Zealand

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

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

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)
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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
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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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