France – Stuck in Customs

Stopping for Breakfast in Nice, France

Never seen a seahorse giving birth?

Well, after you see this, you won’t be able to say that anymore! (Click the video title to see the full frame)

Seahorse giving birth from WTF

Daily Photo – Stopping for Breakfast in Nice, France

After we left Monet’s home in Giverny to continue the road trip across Europe, we stopped here in Nice, along the French Riviera. I remembered this rooftop restaurant from about 20 years before when my dad had brought me out to this area. It was fun to take new friends there to experience it as well.

Stopping for Breakfast in Nice, France

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 11:19:59
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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After the Bullfight

If you’re a Passport Sunday member then you’ll get to see how today’s photo was made. Every Sunday I come to you with a fresh video and we have a huge archive of other videos that you will also enjoy. Thanks!

The Bullfight How-to

This was a pretty simple photo to post-process, as you’ll see in the video below. Not everything has to be super difficult, eh?

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Daily Photo – After the Bullfight

As I say in the video below, I think bullfighting is one of the more inhumane sports in the world for sure. I certainly don’t endorse it with sharing this photo… but, hey, I was there. And it was kind of a cool visual palette, so I took a photo!

After the Bullfight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-18 17:58:04
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Roman Bullfighting Amphitheatre

Passport Sunday Fun!

It’s another Sunday, so that means it’s time for yet another Passport Sunday video if you’re a member! In today’s video, you get to see the full edit of the daily photo.

The Final Edit of the Roman Amphiteatre in Nimes, France.

This was a fun edit that had a few little tricks in it… I hope you enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Roman Bullfighting Amphitheatre

Not too long after they cleaned up the blood from the rather inhumane bullfighting, they converted this whole place into a concert venue for Sting! We went a bit later to hear one of the coolest concerts I’ve ever experienced… that Sting… what a dude, eh?

The Roman Bullfighting Amphitheatre

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-18 17:28:53
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Paris at Dusk

Daily Photo – Paris at Dusk

It’s a fun challenge to walk around the Eiffel Tower and try to get photos without tourists in them. I mean, getting some tourists in the shot is not a bad thing at all, since it kind of goes with the territory. In most cases, I would recommend finding some shrubbery and trees and getting the camera down quite low to the ground with a wide-angle lens.

Paris at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-16 18:19:57
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Louvre on a Summer Day

Paris Passport Sunday!

I know there’s gonna be no travel soon, but it’ll come back after this season passes! In the meantime, join me in Paris for this fun edit of the Louvre if you’re a Passport Sunday member!

Editing the Louvre Photo

This photo from Paris was quite a fun photo to edit… I hope you enjoy watching the process!

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Daily Photo – The Louvre on a Summer Day

I took this one with quite a wide-angle lens, but I like how everything is a bit warped and strange. I believe I took this back in the Nikon days with my 14-24mm lens. Man… that still is one of my favorite lenses of all time and I wish I had the equivalent on the Sony!

The Louvre on a Summer Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-16 11:40:02
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

To brighten your day

Here are some dogs walking to the BeeGees.

Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

You can either approach this amazing place from the bridge or via the sand down below. I’ve read a few accounts of people that get stuck in the sand as the sea goes into high tide. It’s not exactly quicksand, but it has the same effects. I’m not sure if anyone has actually died from this excursion, but it seems like an excursion I’ll skip nonetheless.

Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:06:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Montreal from Above

Passport Sunday 360 Video

When I was in Canada a few weeks ago, I took time to make a 360 video for you awesome Passport Sunday members. It was a beautiful spot up there to capture the city from above. In an upcoming video next Sunday, you get to see me process it!

Montreal in 360

Remember you can grab the video any time you want and look around…

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Daily Photo – Montreal from Above

What a great city! It was my first time to Montreal and I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it! My very first international trip was to France with my dad, and that made my sort of a francophile for life. I was surprised at how deeply ingrained the French culture is here in Montreal. I thought it would just be a “light dusting” of French, but I think I heard more French than English!

Montreal from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Mont St. Michel at Dusk

Gets Funnier with Every Loop

If you don’t see the full size vid, click the title to open it on Reddit…

Best thing I have ever seen from r/BetterEveryLoop

Daily Photo – Mont St. Michel at Dusk

It’s not a short drive to get from Paris to London, but we decided to make it a little longer by stopping here in Normandy. We actually had our bus overnight here at the castle and in the morning we drove over to the famous beaches from World War II. If you click up there on the “France” category, you can see one of the amazing sculptures on the beach there.

Mont St. Michel at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:46:38
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Mont Saint Michel From Above

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Sri Lanka Fashion Party!

It appears one of my photos was used for some funky dresses at a fashion show in Sri Lanka. Nothing says the effective end of a religious non-Catholic civil war better than a flowing gown adorned in a Catholic cathedral.

Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel From Above

This was one of my most scary quad flights! I ended up getting some really cool photos of this place (this one included), but there was a lot of concern in getting the quad safely back home. Luckily, Curtis and Tane were there as spotters to make sure nothing went awry. You’ll see a scene from this same spot in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht video I posted a few days ago.

Mont Saint Michel From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 20:31:07
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hanging in Beverly Hills

The Original

Here’s the photo below from the fine art collection at www.TreyRatcliff.com. This Paris museum shot is made from over 250 photos… We only do 3 prints of each of these, and this one is sold out.

Where Jules Verne Would Perform Experiments On Animal Kind

Daily Photo – Hanging in Beverly Hills

Here’s the above piece hanging in the home of one of my collector’s homes in Beverly Hills. He actually has two pieces hanging in here and another two in two more of his homes. As with all collectors, I am very thankful to him!

Hanging in Beverly Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-11 09:35:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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