Indonesia – Stuck in Customs

Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

Daily Photo – Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

I think it’s probably obvious to those who read this blog, even occasionally, that I’m delving deep into NFTs. One of the more interesting aspects of the whole experience has been the negativity towards them from some people. It reminds me a lot of the negative feedback I was getting in the early stages of my journey into HDR photography. Which is great as that turned out not too bad a life choice! 🙂 Here’s one of those early HDR examples from back in 2008. Fourteen years! Yikes!

Exploring the Future (and fear of the new)

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2022-01-14 21:59:22
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Prambanan, Indonesia

Daily Photo – Prambanan, Indonesia

A huge storm was washing over Java just as I arrived here at Prambanan just outside of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. One thing I’ve come to know about big storms in the late afternoon: if you’re patient, you may end up with a crazy sunset. It rarely happens, but if the sun dips below the clouds, you get incalculable layers of crepuscular light. This is an 8th-century Hindu temple that is an expression of God as the Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, for those of you that know the Marvel superhero awesome gods of India). The complex is actually quite huge, second only to Angkor Wat, and has 240 temple structures. Most were destroyed in Earthquakes, but they are slowly being rebuilt.
From the Worship collection on Foundation.

Prambanan, Indonesia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-12-23 17:50:49
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2.2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sunset in Bali

Daily Photo – Sunset in Bali

There is a beautiful cliff walk in one of the more rugged areas of Bali that features this simple but iconic temple. There were a bunch of tourists around, so this isn’t usually my bag, but I figured: why not? So I spent a few hours walking around this area preparing for the final shot… I’m actually not 100% happy with the composition of this shot, but it’s the best I could do. If I could go back, I’d take my quadcopter and try a few different looks.

Sunset in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 18:05:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Camels in Indonesia

Daily Photo – Camels in Indonesia

I had to look up in the metadata where I took this photo! Man, my memory is terrible! Anyway, I zoomed into Smugmug to check the tags and realized it was in Bali. I hate having to look it up because it makes me feel dumb… and this one should be easy to figure out because one rarely sees camels by the sea.

Camels in Indonesia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-10 14:17:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Entering the lobby in Bali

Machine Elf 37 – String Theory 4K

Oooookay… welcome to my favorite Machine Elf fractal animation so far! This one explores an infinite poly-helix of DNA as it transforms from one form to the next. You’ll see many patterns in here that remind you of things… I won’t tell you what they are, as they are your own memory patterns. Enjoy! And be sure to check out our new Machine Elf website below. There are many more Machine Elf creations in the works!

Daily Photo – Entering the lobby in Bali

There are a few of these Ritz-Carltons where you walk into the lobby and you are completely blown away. This is probably one of my favorites in Bali. There are actually two different RCs in Bali. One is a “Reserve” which means it’s “extra special” where you get a butler and stuff. But, both of them have a stunning entrance lobby like this!

Entering the lobby in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-12 18:23:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Photo adventure in Bali

Daily Photo – Photo adventure in Bali

I had an amazing time in Bali, but I didn’t actually get out to see much of the island. This is the most popular area along the coast for photographers and I only made it there with a few days to spare. It’s actually quite difficult to get a shot here, so I walked around for a few hours trying to find the best place to set up for the big sunset image.

Photo adventure in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 18:40:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length83.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Mandapa in Bali

Incredible Drone Pilot

Sometimes I tell people I’m a pretty good drone pilot, but I’m nothing like this guy. This guy makes me feel like I can barely operate a tricycle. Check out this video below!

Daily Photo – Mandapa in Bali

Here’s a shot of the rather remarkable Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The hotels are nice enough on their own, but these “Reserve” locations take everything to the next level. This photo was taken as a “vertirama” where I stitched together a few vertical photos.

Mandapa in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-13 10:35:05
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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Man Carrying Rice in Bali

This Rice Field from Above

If you want to see this same location from above, jump forward to the Bali location in one of my favorite videos below!

Daily Photo – Man Carrying Rice in Bali

Man, this guy was so fit! I spent a few hours in some of those tapered rice fields in Bali, and this guy was all over the place. It was hot and muggy and I felt like a chubby blob rolling around the fields, and this guy was chopping and carrying rice like a man possessed. He must have been in his late fifties but he was in amazing shape. It made me think I should really do a lot more hard labor and not be in front of a laptop right now writing about it.

Man Carrying Rice in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-14 07:40:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Rice Fields in Bali

Lisbon Photo Walk Highlights – A challenge in Street Photography

Lisbon was the first stop in our tour across Europe and it did not disappoint. We had a big enthusiastic crowd show up for the photo walk. Along the way I provided some tips for Street photography. I hope you enjoy and learn something new!

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali

Here’s a view from one of the rice fields I worked while staying at this hotel! This is the Ritz-Carlton in Bali (there are two… I stayed at both- this one is the Mandapa Reserve. Anyway, they had a “fun” (actually it was fun) thing you can do there where you plant rice with local farmers. So I put on my Thai fisherman pants, plopped off my shoes, ripped off my shirt like rice-farm-baywatch and got to work! You can see some of my amazing rice-planting here in this photo… I was a natural!

Rice Fields in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-13 11:58:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Bali Rice Fields

More angles on Rice Fields

Oh, trivia first! Do you know why there’s all that water in rice fields? I only just found this out! I thought, before, it was obviously because the rice needs lots of water! But then, when you think about it, the rice grains are actually pretty small, and there’s really no need for THAT much water. Well, here comes the reason: the water keeps the weeds from growing! Mind-blowing, eh?

If you click on the “Bali” category, you’ll see I have a few different rice field shots – I think some of the from the drone are my favorite.

Daily Photo – Bali Rice Fields

This was my first time ever to shoot these terraced rice fields. I saw a few in China, I guess, but they weren’t nearly this pretty. I thought shooting these would be easier than it was… I found a bit of difficulty in finding the best angles and compositions! I’ve heard some of the best rice fields and in the Philippines, so that’s definitely on my list!

Bali Rice Fields

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-14 07:44:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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