Sony A7R – Stuck in Customs

Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

United Airlines Nonsense

I admit that I am very spoiled flying on some great airlines, almost exclusively 100% outside of the United States. Whenever I come back to the US, I am struck by how bad airlines are, and how ridiculous so many little things are. For example, look at this crazy upsell from United.


 

Daily Photo – Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

The two best times to explore Venice are at sunrise and sunset/night. In the middle of the day, cruise ships dump off thousands and thousands of people, so it’s quite touristy. That, in itself, is not bad, but it can have a certain feeling of chaos. It can also be hard to get photos when there are people crawling all over everything. In the middle of the day, after the crowds arrive, I usually go to a quiet non-touristy place to eat an early and long lunch, have wine, and then go back to the hotel for a 2-3 hour nana nap so I am fresh for the night!

Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-10 12:39:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1
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Inside Cape Evans Hut

Time for our regular Wednesday episode!

Every Wednesday we share a new one of these educational (and hopefully inspirational) videos that we shot in Africa. In this one, I get hands-on with a nice sunset shot…

Daily Photo – Inside Cape Evans Hut

I was lucky enough to visit all three of major expedition huts in Antarctica. This is the final one visited – Cape Evans Hut. If you don’t know your Scotts from your Shackletons, here is some info from Wikipedia:

Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott. In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of reoccupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904.

This first hut was located at Hut Point, 20 km south of Cape Evans. Two factors influenced this decision. One was that the hut was extremely cold for living quarters and the other was that Scott’s ship, the Discovery, had been trapped by sea ice at Hut Point, a problem he hoped to avoid by establishing his new base farther north.

Some confusion arises because Discovery Hut can technically be referred to as Scott’s hut, in that his expedition built it, and it was his base ashore during the 1901–1904 expedition, but the title Scott’s Hut popularly belongs to the building erected in 1911 at Cape Evans.

Inside Cape Evans Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-20 11:29:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Tim Chang on Hacking Consciousness

Hey, this is another great podcast. They talk about so many interesting things… and it turns out that Tim Chang is a fan of my Burning Man photos. This is cool, because it gives us a chance to hang out and just tell each other how much we like each other. Haha… actually I do have lots of questions for him!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

It’s absolutely one of my favorite places, but you really have to be lucky/patient to get the right kind of weather. It’s usually quite dreary and grey. So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got a great sunset! Anyway, I have recently processed this with the new Aurora HDR, so be sure to get that if you haven’t!

Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-07 00:08:14
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture18
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Not a Doll in Morocco

Japanese Doll Town

I can’t figure out if this is creepy or kind of Japanese-cool. There is a town in the south of Japan called Nagoro where they place life-sized dolls of people that used to live there on permanent display. See the article here. Okay, maybe I’m leaning more towards creepy now that I look at the photos again. I’d like to go there and take photos at night.

Daily Photo – Not a Doll in Morocco

In this perfect little mountain town of Chefchaoen, women dress lavishly with so many different colors. Everyone I saw seemed to have a lot of character and were simply just interesting to watch. Sure, of course, I took photos from time to time, but I mostly just walked around and watched people.

Not a Doll in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-18 00:58:32
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Lava in Tokyo

A plug for my friend Clayton

Clayton Morris was nice enough to help me out a bit with my new book, so I wanted to plug his website over at www.ClaytonMorris.com – go check it out and his new book!

Daily Photo – Lava in Tokyo

I took this from the window of the Google offices in Tokyo. I was there giving an art talk one evening, and I took this a little bit before that. It was a great evening and I made some new friends. A whole lot of us went out that night and they showed me what salary-men do on a typical Friday night. I can tell you there was a lot of drinking and hilarity involved! We ended up getting Ramen around 3 AM. Man, that hit the spot!

Lava in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-19 22:02:48
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hi Philly!

USA Aerial Highlights

Here’s a cool video I haven’t shared in a while! During our USA tour, we got a ton of quad footage, so I decided to cram it all into this cool drone-only highlight video!

Daily Photo – Hi Philly!

During our USA Photo Walk, we had a cool situation when we got to Philadelphia because one of the photo walkers brought a cool lightstick. If you don’t know what that is, it’s actually pretty tough to explain! Basically, it’s a long stick that has LEDs that change. If you do a long exposure as the stick passes in front of the camera, you get some pretty cool results!

Hi Philly!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-07 13:10:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

Spotify Playlist Fun

Here is a new playlist of mine on Spotify for you to enjoy. It’s made up of songs that I listen to on a lazy, relaxing afternoon at Burning Man.

Daily Photo – A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

I only spent a week in this country, but I’m just going to go ahead and assume it’s always blazing hot. While I was there I met this tribesman and we had a hard time having a discussion. Initially, I told him I thought he looked awesome and I liked all the decor. He sort of nodded as if he understood what I was saying. And then I said he looked pretty fit and asked him if he worked out…He was a bit more confused by this question.

A Hot Day in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 13:22:52
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Burning Embrace

Android Jones Video

Here’s another video from one of my favorite artists, Android Jones. We happened to be at the same place at the same time at Burning Man. I love his interpretation of the scene.

First, I can share my “Before” photo of Embrace, before yet another genius, Matthew Shultz and the Pier Group completed the work with its burning a few days later.

Embrace 2014

Daily Photo – Burning Embrace

Schedules are a little bit lax at Burning Man, to say the least. I think this was originally meant to burn right at sunrise, but it took a few extra hours to actually get going. No matter. It gave us all a chance to sit down and have some good conversations with whoever happened to be seated beside you.

Burning Embrace

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-08-30 03:32:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Fishing in Guilin

Categories here on the site

Don’t forget you can click on the “China” category here in the post to see all of my photos from China… I probably have over 100 here on the site, so don’t be afraid to scroll down and click NEXT to see another page full of travel goodness!

Becoming an Artist, Episode 1!

Hey, I’ve decided to start releasing this great season for free on YouTube. I actually premiere them every Monday at 1600 PST / 1900 EST. Be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Click the Little Bell then you can be sure to see them all first.

Anyway, let’s get started with Episode 1! (And be sure to set a reminder for the next episode here.)

Daily Photo – Fishing in Guilin

This picture is all kinds of fake, and I’m not 100% happy with myself for taking it! You know, most photographers won’t tell you this, but I will. These are not even fishermen, really. I mean, they definitely know how to fish, but they make more money now by being photo-models than fishing… so… why fish? Lots of photographers go down there to get this kind of shot, and I’m not usually one to do the same thing as every other photographer. It just doesn’t seem that original. But, I figured, hey, if I’m gonna do it, let’s see if I can make something unique in my own style. So, in that way, I’m pretty happy with the shot.

Fishing in Guilin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:51:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sleeping in an Ice Cave

Passport Goodies

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ve seen about half a dozen of my videos from Antarctica. Here is a link to all the Passport videos published over the past few years and you’ll find them in there!

Daily Photo – Sleeping in an Ice Cave

On my first day in Antarctica, I was shipped off to survival training. This was a great idea, because I’m not much of a survivalist and I could do with a bit of training. We spent most of the day building an ice-block kitchen to protect fro the wind so we could cook some food, set up some blizzard-proof tents, and digging out an ice-cave to sleep in. Now, I didn’t dig out most of this cave, but I definitely got down inside to enjoy its benefits. By the way, in the winter it never gets dark there, so this is what it looks like around midnight.

Sleeping in an Ice Cave

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-08 10:16:05
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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