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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

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  • Date Taken2019-05-06 16:58:19
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

Behind the Shot

Steve Brazill (@SteveBrazill) asked me to join him on his Behind the Shot podcast (@BehindTheShotTV) to take a look at how I made this image from Burning Man. We also have a little contest to win a “How to Build Real Influence” class I did with @laurenepbath. Check it out here!

The Boshin War

I BET you don’t know much about this war… neither did I until researching this spot in Japan featured in today’s photo. Below is from Wikipedia:

The Boshin War (戊辰戦争 Boshin Sensō, “War of the Year of the Yang Earth Dragon”), also known as the Japanese Revolution, was a civil war fought in Japan between the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate and supporters of the Imperial Court from 27 January 1868 to 27 June 1869.

The Tokugawa Shogunate’s handling of foreigners following the Opening of Japan during the 1850s and decline from increasing Western influence in the economy disillusioned many kazoku nobles and young samurai warriors, who sought to return power to the Emperor’s Imperial Court in Kyoto after 683 years of Shogunate rule. An alliance of court officials and western samurai, particularly from the domains of Chōshū, Satsuma and Tosa, supported by the United Kingdom secured control of the Imperial Court. Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the sitting shōgun, abdicated political power to the young Emperor Meiji hoping that the House of Tokugawa could be preserved and participate in the future government. Military movements by Imperial forces, French support, partisan violence in Edo, and an imperial decree abolishing the Tokugawa promoted by Satsuma and Chōshū led Yoshinobu to launch a military campaign to seize the Emperor’s court in Kyoto. The conflict rapidly turned against the Shogunate, and Yoshinobu personally surrendered after a series of battles culminating in the surrender of Edo. Tokugawa loyalists retreated to northern Honshū where they joined the Northern Alliance against the Imperial faction, but were defeated several months later and fled to Hokkaidō. In January 1869, the Shogunate established the Republic of Ezo on Hokkaidō to continue their rule as a separate state and sued for peace. The Imperial faction invaded Hokkaidō and defeated the Shogunate at the Battle of Hakodate in June, ending the war.

The Boshin War made imperial rule supreme throughout the whole of Japan, completing the military phase of the Meiji Restoration and establishing the Empire of Japan. The victorious Imperial faction abandoned its objective to expel foreigners from Japan, and instead adopted a policy of continued modernization and industrialization to eventual renegotiation of the unequal treaties with the Western powers. Tokugawa loyalists were shown clemency due to the persistence of Saigō Takamori, a prominent leader of the Imperial faction, and many former Shogunate leaders and samurai were later given positions of responsibility under the new government. Around 120,000 men were mobilized during the conflict and of these about 3,500 were killed, and over time the war has been romanticized as a “bloodless revolution” because of the small number of casualties.

Daily Photo – Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

Believe it or not, I got really good at saying all these super-long Japanese names while I was there! I pretty much had to, since hardly anyone spoke English and I had to navigate the serpentine rail and bus system. I didn’t have much time in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, but I wanted to make sure this classic old castle was on the list… It took me down a whole interesting history lesson in one of the many Japanese civil wars.

Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

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  • Date Taken2019-07-21 02:24:58
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Hong Kong From Way Above

I could use your help

In explaining what I just saw!

Wtf did i just watch. And sry for my screen recorder from Unexpected

Daily Photo – Hong Kong From Way Above

Here’s a new shot that I recently processed from a rather exciting quad flight over some government housing in Hong Kong. I was standing in the sun, and it was pretty hard to see the screen to see what I was capturing. This is actually a common problem. I’ve been meaning to pick up a hood, the cool Smart Controller or maybe even one of those FPV headsets.

Hong Kong From Way Above

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  • Date Taken2018-03-15 17:25:30
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/297
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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Floating Over Tokyo

Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

I wanted to link you to a rather interesting podcast with Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris. Here is the link right here. He’s the one I got this interesting tidbit from below!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Tokyo

While in Tokyo last time, I got the quad up a few times to take photos of this incredible city. There are many interesting things about Tokyo. For one, streets do not have names. Blocks have names. It’s the opposite of the west where streets have names but blocks do not. Interesting, eh? Also, Japanese addresses are not in order. For example, address #1 on a block might be smashed between #23 and #38. The number is associated to the first building on said block.

Floating Over Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:31:03
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Over Laucala Island

Hot Gaming Suggestion!

Try the new full release of Astroneer! I’m playing it on Steam now… very fun!

Daily Photo – Over Laucala Island

Here’s one of the many amazing villas that are scattered around the resort at Laucala Island in Fiji. It’s one of those situations where you never see your neighbors and you feel incredibly private. So private, in fact, that I spent most of my time inside and outside completely nude. I don’t know why I needed an adverb in front of nude. The word itself is already complete.

Over Laucala Island

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  • Date Taken2019-01-26 18:46:26
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Heading for Dinner on Laucala Island

DMT

I had my first DMT experience a few weeks ago and it was truly awesome! If you don’t know much about this stuff, I recommend a book called “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan. It’s in my list of books on Kit.com.

Daily Photo – Heading for Dinner on Laucala Island

There are several restaurants at this rather amazing resort. They’re all incredibly beautiful. If you squint a little, you can see a few lights there in the trees just before the islands gets skinny before the peninsula. I took this shot with a drone using that 9-picture panorama Super Zoom option so that it came out to about 10,000 pixels across.

Heading for Dinner on Laucala Island

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  • Date Taken2019-07-21 02:25:00
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Amazing Statue in Sanya

New Book Recommendation

I’m officially adding Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules” to my recommendation list on Kit.com. I first listened to him on a Sam Harris podcast and liked what he had to say. This book is also really good. He makes a few too many Bible references for me, but, even without that, all the stuff he says in there makes a lot of sense. I think I actually may meet this guy one day, and I’m going to ask him why he felt the need to put all these references in the book.

Daily Photo – Amazing Statue in Sanya

Look at the size of this thing! You can see the normal sized Chinese people down at the bottom. I took this with a quad and it was extremely difficult! For one thing, it was extremely windy. Secondly, this was about two miles away from my takeoff location so I was constantly losing the connection with the quad. I had to burn through three batteries before I finally got it out far enough to get this angle that I wanted.

Amazing Statue in Sanya

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  • Date Taken2018-03-18 12:16:58
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2439
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

A New Photography Podcast

There’s a new podcast kicking about that is made by Derrick Story of Skylum fame. It’s called “The Nimble Photographer” and I was on a recent episode which you can hear here!

In it, we discuss one of my more successful photography based business ideas, including how reading about a stuffed shark led me to working out how a fine art business could succeed.

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

Now I’m not technically sure these are abandoned, but they probably are. This is near Sanya, which is an island off the SE coast of China. I flew my drone over about 50 of these ships and got in close. There was definitely nobody aboard the ships, and they don’t appear to be terribly seaworthy. If anyone else has more info on these, let me know!

Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:27:25
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/470
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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Over Tokyo

Book Re-Recommendation

Be sure to check out my Kit.com and see the section on books! I wanted to recommend, once again, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan. Of all the people I recommend it to, 100% of people come back to me with very interesting thoughts!

Experimenting with a new Photoshop feature…

The 2019 Version of Photoshop has a few new features. I like to play with all this stuff just to keep my brain a bit “plastic” and always trying new things. Most of the features in Photoshop are not that useful to me, but these new content-aware options are pretty slick! Check ’em out!

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Daily Photo – Over Tokyo

Here’s one of my new favorite kind of drone photos: a photo of a city where you can’t see the skyline. I like this because you can’t quite work out what city it is. I notice when people look at my portfolio, they are always quite ready to guess (or know) what city it is. Actually, I’d probably be the same way… but now I find it interesting to purposefully confuse people.

Over Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:27:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Floating Over Wanaka

Burning Man Survival Guide

It’s about time to update my Burning Man Survival Guide for this year… I just got my tickets and I am so excited!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Wanaka

New Zealand is just covered with all sorts of secret little places like this. You don’t really realize it until you get up with a quad because the trees hide a lot of these cool spots. I’m trying to do a mission where I get the quad up at least once a day to explore some new areas. There’s no excuse with the Mavic 2 because it only takes less than a minute to launch!

Floating Over Wanaka

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  • Date Taken2016-05-14 07:51:48
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO161
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
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