Aruba – Stuck in Customs

Perfect Water in Aruba

Machine Elf 44 – Floral Quartz – 4K | Trey Ratcliff & Sam Wave

Ready for a juicy new organic Machine Elf? Sure you are! This one is another creation that includes custom music from ‘Sam Wave’ which you are sure to enjoy. The idea for this one came to me from a colourful meditation where I did a deep dive into an oil painting with infinite recursion that folds, unfolds, paints, and unpaints its way into a visual meditation. When Sam started making the soundtrack he mentioned that “it feels like a flower internalising its underwater getaway… a floral quartz. We hope you enjoy.

Daily Photo – Perfect Water in Aruba

Of all the Caribbean places I’ve been to, I think Aruba may have some of the best water of the lot. I don’t think it’s any more “clear” than the water from most islands, but it’s the pure white sand that really gives it that soft, milky feel. Also, feeling all that white sandy powder under your feet is also incredibly soothing and calming.

Perfect Water in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-18 00:54:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Taking my Pixel on a Beach Run

Daily Photo – Taking my Pixel on a Beach Run

When I was in Aruba, I tried to go on a run on the beach every day. I don’t like to lug around my giant DSLR, but carrying my phone is pretty easy! The pixel takes such amazing photos (This is not a paid post btw!), I mean, why not? Not every photo has to be an amazing work of art, but I notice that as I cover more ground by running, I can see a bunch more stuff and have even more photo ops, right? So, since I run about 3x as fast as I can walk, I figure I get 3x as many photos… the math seems to work out! Anyway, here’s a little sample of a photo I would not have gotten otherwise. It’s not a great work of art for the Louvre, but it’s still more than satisfying to me.

Taking my Pixel on a Beach Run

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 13:05:14
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/5500
  • Aperture2
  • ISO52
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Best of Aruba

Looking at these photos make me really miss Aruba!

Yellow Ring In Aruba

Sunset in Aruba

Paddleboarding In Aruba

Sunset In Aruba

Paddleboard Yoga Class

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Sunset in Aruba

New Jason Silva on MDMA and healing with MAPS

Here’s a new video from Jason Silva. He mentions MAPS which is a great organization to which I have donated!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Aruba

Now that I’ve been living in the mountains and trees for so long, I’m thinking about how fun it is at the beach! It might be the opposite for people on the beach. Well, maybe not. I know people that live on the beach that would never even consider living anywhere else. You know how beach people are…

Sunset in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 06:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length124.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

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The Milky White Waters of Aruba

Photo Workshop!

Photo Workshop party in New Zealand! We do have a formal photo workshop coming up in April, but yesterday I did a personal one with this gentleman, Brandin Cooks. He first visited me a few years ago at my studio here, then became an art collector, and then we started going on photo adventures together! He’s a really good photographer and a hungry student that asks lots of good questions. Brandin is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met too… if any of you follow the NFL, then you probably know who he is. I think he’s actually carving out a very interesting niche by being the only pro photographer who is also becoming a pro photographer. Anyway, we had a fun little one-on-one day here in Skipper’s Canyon, then met his wife at Ferg before heading out to take sunset photos in Glenorchy.

Daily Photo – The Milky White Waters of Aruba

The water was like this each and every day. Not only was it this unusual color, but it was super warm and perfect. On our first day there, we went out paddleboarding, which was perfect for beginners because the water was so smooth. There was a lot of falling off anyway, mostly because Ethan was going around like a battleship trying to sink everyone else.

The Milky White Waters of Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 13:15:23
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture2
  • ISO51
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Secret Swimming Hole

Aruba Video

Here’s a video from our big family trip to Aruba. It has a few photo tips in here as well!

Daily Photo – Secret Swimming Hole

We found this secret swimming hole in Aruba. It looks kind of small, but it’s about the size of a normal swimming pool. It was kind of cool to be in that calm, warm water while huge waves crashed on the rocks all around us. It wasn’t exactly easy to get to because you had to climb over all these slippery rocks. I’m a go-slow-on-slippery-rocks kinda guy. And while I’m crawling like an old man, I see these barefooted kids sprinting this way and that across them, like little fearless monkeys.

Secret Swimming Hole

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 15:42:25
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Horse in Aruba

Pixel 2 Review

Be sure to go check out my review of the Pixel 2 Phone and, even if you don’t get it, I still suggest you sign up for Google Fi. It’s the greatest phone network in the world! Again, they are not a sponsor or anything… I pay full price! 🙂

Daily Photo – Horse in Aruba

This is pretty good for a mobile phone photo, eh? And this was taken with the Pixel 1, which doesn’t even have as good of a camera as the Pixel 2. I’ve been sharing a bunch of my Pixel photos back with the team there at Google. I don’t have any formal relationship with them, but maybe someday… I’m such a fan of the phone!

Horse in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-17 15:09:35
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/8500
  • Aperture2
  • ISO51
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Baths from Above

A Vote for Labradoodles

I don’t know if I spelled that right. But, anyway, these are really great dogs! We’ve had Blueberry (the kids named her) for about 4 years now and she’s a really good dog. And doesn’t shed! Great with the kids… never barks… always a great disposition. She likes to play fetch A LITTLE TOO MUCH and is always bringing us stuff to throw for her.

Daily Photo – The Baths from Above

Birds have it so lucky! They can get this view anytime they want. I wonder if they have any kind of aesthetic sense. They probably do, in a way, prefer to live in beautiful places, since those places often have a great diversity of food supplies and fresh water. I don’t know what made me wonder what birds think. Maybe they spend very little time thinking at all… just sort of “being” in the bird-Om sense.

The Baths from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-30 11:02:57
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Swimmin’ Hole in Aruba

New “People” Portfolio

One of the new Portfolios I have over on Smugmug is all my favorite people and portrait photos. Jump in there and enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Swimmin’ Hole in Aruba

Aruba is one of my favorite islands I’ve ever visited. It has all these secret little spots like this. Well, it’s not that secret, but I guess it’s kinda secret because we were pretty much the only ones there! Here is a Map Link to the location in case you go on an Aruban adventure!

The Swimmin’ Hole in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 15:38:32
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Paddleboarding in Aruba

Paddleboarding Story

I had quite a hard time getting a paddleboarding photo while in Grand Cayman Island. I had this idea to do a 360 photo while paddleboarding. Seems like a good idea, eh? Well, it wasn’t. I had to paddleboard into this protected swimming area and get over a rope. But the back of the paddleboard has this inverse shark-fin thing. It because stuck on the rope. So I had to sit down (not easy) and untangle myself, all WHILE holding a very expensive 360 camera! Wow that was tough… not gonna lie.

Daily Photo – Paddleboarding in Aruba

This is just off the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton there in Aruba. How amazing is that water? It doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner in paddleboarding because this is a great place to learn. If you fall, you fall into milky-warm water with snowy-soft sand underneath.

Paddleboarding in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 23:17:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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