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Exploring Shirakawa-go

Speaking of Netflix

I decided to take a screenshot of My List on there… I put arrows to some of my favorites of the favorites!

Daily Photo – Exploring Shirakawa-go

I was glad I chose to spend several nights in this mountain town and jump around to a few different ryokans to stay in. All of them were very similar in that I had a very tiny little room. That’s okay. I don’t need much. But there was barely room for my bags and my body. I slept on the ground, on a futon, that was prepared for me while I was having dinner. It was so cozy to get back into my little room when it was freezing outside and curl up inside my cocoon.

Exploring Shirakawa-go

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:45:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Over Lake Hayes

Living in the Moment at Coachella

Coachella, The content farm. from r/Instagramreality


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Daily Photo – Over Lake Hayes

This balloon company has given me many opportunities for a free balloon ride, but I still haven’t taken them up on it. Why not? I don’t know! I’m kinda busy, but not THAT busy. And I’ve always wanted to do one… well, I’ll let this act as a reminder to officially get this on my to-do list!

Over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:59:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length89.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Walk in Glenorchy

Cool New Competition!

New Photo Contest about your favorite travel memory! It’s a great contest with about 2K worth of goodies for you. We’ve hosted a few photo contests over at Viewbug and I think this will be one of our best. The Grand Prize Winner gets ALL the Peak Design goodies including the new tripod!

Chinese Buffet

I’ve spent enough time in China to know this is not uncommon behavior.

Daily Photo – Another Walk in Glenorchy

I’ve done the walk through the wetlands in Glenorchy about half a dozen times. Each one is different, but my favorites are when the waters are still on windless mornings. You get these sorts of perfect reflections. I know, a “walk through the wetlands” sounds a bit swampy and dull… but not around here!

Another Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 02:24:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To on Passport Sunday

If you’re a passport member, then today you get my newest video I just made in Japan about the creation of photos from this location:

Ginzan Onsen

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To

Here’s some of the behind the scenes and my thoughts on composition and story-telling around these shots. And, thanks again for being a Passport member! Btw, hint hint… it’s a good gift to get for a friend! 🙂

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Kobe, Japan

Next Trip to Japan

I’m in the middle of planning one right now! This time I’m going to try to visit more places in the deeper part of the south… I may start with Hiroshima. I’ve heard it’s really beautiful and there are a few interesting things to see from the war. I wonder how long the radiation stayed around… it could not have been that long because it’s totally clear now. I thought radiation would hang around for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t that big of a bomb. Well, I mean, it was big, but not like the ones we have today. I need to look this up!

Daily Photo – Kobe, Japan

I had one extra day at the end of the Japanese tour, and I decided to visit a new place I had never visited before: Kobe. It was another awesome Japanese town, although I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there. You can see another town there in the distance across the way. That’s actually Sakai, which is near Osaka, and I was there a few weeks early to watch a blacksmith craft swords and knives using the old traditions.

Kobe, Japan

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  • Date Taken2017-11-12 10:16:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length122.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Pantheon

#1 on Amazon!

Hey thanks everyone for getting the new book! You helped get it to #1 in its category!! 🙂 It’s officially released now, and you can get the paperback version if you want that too. 🙂

Jim Gaffigan Comedy Special

Make sure you check out his new special on Netflix. This guy cracks me up…

Daily Photo – The Pantheon

Here’s the Pantheon in Rome. It’s hard to believe this building is 2,000 years old! I edited this single RAW photo using Aurora HDR 2019. This is an old photo, from probably over eight years ago. I still have SO MANY unprocessed photos, and it’s fun to go back to them now and process them using new tools.

The Pantheon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 19:20:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Afternoon Walk in Moscow

Russia Highlight Video

Below is the highlight video from our photo walk in Moscow… it was a great way to end the event. If you look closely, there were two undercover marines following me for protection.

A Week in Dusky Sound

Here’s a fun video that shows a boat I was living on for about a week with some friends down in the fjordlands of New Zealand. What a great time we all had! I also recommend this a fun guy trip to anyone. I think everyone pitched in around $800 bucks or so. You get a captain and a chef and basically an unlimited week of freedom!

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Daily Photo – Afternoon Walk in Moscow

We were all pretty tired by the time we made it to the last stop in our 10-country tour of Europe a few years ago. But there’s something about being a new city that gives me a little boost of energy! So I tried to use every possible calorie left in my body to see as much as I could… this is the view from one of the bridges as you approach the Red Square.

Afternoon Walk in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:56:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Nunatak

Train Journeys

I don’t really make New Years Resolutions because if I decide to make a change in my life, I go ahead and make it immediately. But, I do try to set aside generalized goals for the next twelve months. One of them was to have more long train journeys. I did a few in Japan in a few weeks ago, but I want to do more where I actually live on the train. So far, I’ve scheduled zero of them. Maybe that’s a good thing for me to spend a few hours on this afternoon.

Daily Photo – The Nunatak

Now here’s a word you may not know: nunatak. I sure didn’t know it until a few years ago, even though I briefly had a double-major in geophysics. I was at a retreat at Aro-Ha in Glenorchy and one of my fellow retreaters was a geologist. Each day, we would go on long hikes, and he told me about this word. Even though that looks like a perfect pyramid, almost volcanic in shape, it’s actually formed when two glaciers come together and carve out that particular shape. It’s one of many forms of a nunatak and the only Greenlandic word I know.

The Nunatak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 02:24:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Fleabag Season 2!

One of my favorite comedies is back on the air with Season 2. I think this gal Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a genius. She also wrote Killing Eve, which I recommend as well.

Daily Photo – The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

As far as religious buildings go, I tend to enjoy taking photos in mosques rather than churches or cathedrals. This is not a blanket rule, of course, because a few cathedrals can be rather stunning. They all get a little boring after a while, though… kind of predictable. But as you can see here, inside the Blue Mosque, the level of design and color blows away most of the rather dreary cathedrals in the world.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 16:05:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Austria

Toast of London Voice Acting Highlights

Here are some highlights of the voice acting bits from the first two seasons of Toast of London. This is the sort of inane malarky that makes me laugh.

Daily Photo – Austria

Before I went to Austria, all I knew about it was that the country birthed Arnold Schwarzenegger, so I had high expectations. But, it turned out to be pretty much like every other central European country. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just right there in the middle of the bell curve. And if there’s one thing that bell curve does well, it’s museums. as you can see in this photo. The actual exhibits were mind-numbingly dull, but that’s more a function of my taste than that of the curator’s.

Austria

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-28 12:01:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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