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The Swordsmith

Daily Photo – The Swordsmith

This was like a little Japanese Anime show made real! I ended up at this cool blacksmith’s place in Osaka where this guy was making Japanese knives and swords in the traditional manner. I almost bought one, but I wasn’t sure how I could take a sword home on the plane. Maybe I should have just gotten one and had it shipped down. Yes, that makes a lot more sense to me now.

The Swordsmith

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-10 07:19:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Burlock Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

Daily Photo – Burlock Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

What a cool-looking place eh? I love these kinds of funky restaurants that have all kinds of crazy lighting. This is one of those open-plan styles where the chefs are in the middle and you get to watch them all the time. I’m not a chef, but I think it would be more fun to be out in the open like this rather than stuck in some back room.

Burlock Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-10 06:58:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Sunset in Bali

Daily Photo – Sunset in Bali

There is a beautiful cliff walk in one of the more rugged areas of Bali that features this simple but iconic temple. There were a bunch of tourists around, so this isn’t usually my bag, but I figured: why not? So I spent a few hours walking around this area preparing for the final shot… I’m actually not 100% happy with the composition of this shot, but it’s the best I could do. If I could go back, I’d take my quadcopter and try a few different looks.

Sunset in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 18:05:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Anchored Boat in Aruba

New Ritz-Carlton Article

I was recently interviewed for a new article about travel and photography and you can read that article here!

Daily Photo – Anchored Boat in Aruba

Aruba has some of the prettiest water I’ve seen in the world. Well, I guess that’s not true because I’ve been to several places and I’m always like THIS has the prettiest water in the world. It’s tough to be sure about these things. It makes me think that I’m very judgy of water and there is no need for that.

Anchored Boat in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-18 22:57:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length87.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Red Gates in Kyoto in the Evening

Great video on psychedics with Jordan Peterson

The words below are from the YouTube description:

Dr. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., is a professor of neuroscience, psychiatry, and behavioral science and director of the Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of over 400 scientific research publications and has trained more than 50 postdoctoral research fellows. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and numerous pharmaceutical companies in the development of new psychotropic drugs.

Dr. Roland Griffiths and I discuss the research with John Hopkins University. We spoke about how he got into psychedelics and convinced ethic committees to approve such research, why he chose the scientific path, specifics about his studies with psilocybin, transformations of cancer patients with family members, the impact of psilocybin in existing institutions, the ongoing studies he is performing with long-time meditators and religious leaders, how the integration of psilocybin into society may look and more.

Daily Photo – Red Gates in Kyoto in the Evening

The best time (for me) to visit these red gates is around sunset and into the evening. It’s open all the time, but there are hardly any tourists there at night. It’s great to walk around the 1,000+ gates and find different compositions and different sorts of lights… It makes me think of all the Japanese anime shows I’ve ever seen for some reason.

Red Gates in Kyoto in the Evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 07:00:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Learning to Surf in San Juan

Daily Photo – Learning to Surf in San Juan

Man, surfing is not an easy sport to learn. Here in San Juan is where I had my first lessons. I got up a few times and enjoyed it. I definitely see the appeal, but also didn’t get quite the thrill out of it I expected. It seems that certain hobbies either just click or don’t click. For me, photography… I’d much rather take photos of surfers than actually surf.

Learning to Surf in San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-23 01:18:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Minimalism in Milford

Daily Photo – Minimalism in Milford

You never know what the weather conditions will be like in Milford Sound. It’s a 4-hour trip to get there, and, whatever happens, happens. I think it’s beautiful in any kind of situation. Most of the time there is rain and fog and moodiness, as you can see here and as always with that place it’s still like a cover of a sci-fi novel.

Minimalism in Milford

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-04 05:05:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

Daily Photo – Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

I’ve always wanted to visit this Stairway to Nowhere in Hudson Yards, so I was sure to block off an entire day for it. There are literally no bad photos of this thing, so it’s what I call a high-target environment! In these situations, I challenge myself to get as many “different” kinds of photos as possible. This one is probably one of my favorites.

Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

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  • Date Taken2019-06-22 21:05:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Walking Around Osaka

Daily Photo – Walking Around Osaka

I can see why people in Japan like photography so much – there is always something interesting to shoot! I often wonder if because it’s such a photography-driven culture that the buildings and environs are designed to be more photographable. Know what I mean?

Walking Around Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-11 10:13:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Daily Photo – Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

If it’s not on a street, it’s still considered Street Art, right? I guess. Anyway, this was on the 2nd level of an old, abandoned WWII listening station just outside of Berlin. We stayed a little too late and got in trouble for being here, but it was worth it!

Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 20:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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