Travel – Stuck in Customs

Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

Daily Photo – Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

There’s something interesting about some of the buildings throughout China and here in Beijing, especially. They have some of the craziest and most interesting architecture in the world, and the vast majority of it comes from Western architects. The Chinese educational system has lacked an emphasis (in the past) on the creative arts, so there was a dearth of innovative architects for many generations. But some city planners decided to make statements by bringing in Western architects that were really able to experiment.

Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

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  • Date Taken2018-06-11 21:55:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Last Landing

Daily Photo – The Last Landing

I was with my friend Ben and his family… they were loving the trip around NZ for sure. I got this photo of Ben as he was walking along the beach… it was a windy and wild day and the waves were super intense. In fact, when we got back in the helicopter, a huge wave came and washed up under the chopper!

The Last Landing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-06-05 18:39:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

Daily Photo – Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

After being stuck out in the Dry Valleys for days longer than expected, our friend Hef finally came in with a pickup. There’s actually a ton of equipment that has to be picked up too in addition to all our poop and pee. They take poop and pee very seriously out there… not one drop left behind.

Emergency Pickup in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 20:43:27
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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A Gentle Kiss in the Hot Tub

Daily Photo – A Gentle Kiss in the Hot Tub

These snow monkeys are the greatest. I spent so long with them, we almost had a three-way.

They are all wild (in the natural sense, mind you), and they come down from the mountains near Nagano, Japan, for several hours a day to play in the natural hot springs. They gallivant around, have fights, play with their kids, have a bit of sweet carnal monkey fun, check their email, and pose for my camera.

These two monkeys spent a lot of time together… they were in maximum “relaxation mode”. They lounged around in every possible position and took occasional breaks to do a bit of mutual grooming.

A Gentle Kiss in the Hot Tub

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2023-01-26 14:26:12
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted The Slavers

Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted The Slavers

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

This is a Aït Benhaddou, an incredible kasbah near Ouarzazate, Morocco. I’ve always wanted to visit this place ever since I saw it in Gladiator. It’s the place where Russell Crowe was taken on a stretcher and where he learned to become a gladiator. You may also remember it if you watch Game of Thrones. It’s one of the spots where Daenerys took her dragons with the unsullied.

I don’t set up for a lot of selfies because I’m not a vapid Instagram influencer that tries to sell you a special tea that helps your chakras. However, this is a rare selfie.

Where Daenerys Targaryen Dragon-Roasted The Slavers

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-11 00:03:01
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Action of New York City

Daily Photo – The Action of New York City

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

This was difficult to process right but it was a lot of fun. Shots in Manhattan are often filled with all kinds of complex activity, and Times Square amps that all up to the next order of magnitude.

The weather was perfect on this day, and I know that isn’t always the case. Since everything was more or less idyllic, I decided to make the most of it and see how many compositions I could squeeze into the afternoon. The only time I spent waiting around was watching for a few Yellow Cabs to streak by.

The Action of New York City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-11-20 22:23:54
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Water Wall

Daily Photo – The Water Wall

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

It was my first time in Maui, and all I knew about it I got from Lost. I loved that show. Too bad it ended so badly. But I always loved this talk by JJ Abrams that he gave at the TED conference. He talked about having a “Magic Box” and you never really show people what is inside. I ended up speaking with him at a future Google TED-like conference. He went after me and said amazing things about my photography. God I was so… I don’t know the word. There may be some German word for what I was feeling.

The Water Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-03-02 23:11:53
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Eclectic BBQ With Neal Stephenson

Daily Photo – Eclectic BBQ With Neal Stephenson

My plane arrived in the evening, and I went out immediately to start taking photos of the city. Just as I was getting into a groove, I received a text to come over to Neal Stephenson’s house to help build a unique steampunk BBQ Grill. To this, I cannot say no.

So I arrived and then spent about four hours with Neal, Chris Young (master chef who wrote Modernist Cuisine), Nels Peterson (paleontologist++), and a few other people to build a crazy BBQ setup. Neal has this crazy BBQ every year and they try to do something off-the-wall. For this one, instead of spinning the pig over the fire, it was decided that the fire should spin around the outside of the pig.

Many hours later, the creation was assembled, and we turned it on to watch the giant columns of metal begin to spin around the central base. It felt a little like a wormhole generator that would enable fully-cooked pigs to come into our world.

Then, the next day, when the BBQ officially started… here is a photo of the festivities. You can see Neal there in the middle, looking like his usual inscrutable self.

Eclectic BBQ With Neal Stephenson

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-08-06 17:29:48
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Daily Photo – A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

After massive immigration problems (and literally getting Stuck In Customs in Botswana), I finally made it to Cape Town. We had a ton of fun there together! On my first full day, my friend Neville had planned an amazing trip through the wine country. I went to probably one of the most awesome wineries in the world there… I’ve forgotten the name now. It was so good I forgot a lot, in fact. But, I didn’t forget to take this sunset photo as we were leaving.

A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-09 04:57:54
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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When the Songs Were Forlorn

Daily Photo – When the Songs Were Forlorn

When you are surrounded by constant strange-light, everything feels like a waking dream. And when I reached this point, my iPod playlist started getting into the forlorn songs. It did nothing to help the reality of the situation if there was one to begin with…

When the Songs Were Forlorn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-14 17:56:39
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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