Italy – Stuck in Customs

Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

Daily Photo – Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

We stopped at an amazing restaurant here after our train ride into these amazing little towns along Cinque Terre. This was one of my favorite places, mostly because it was the most photogenic. Usually, after I order food, I get a bit restless and want to go out to take photos, especially in a place like this! So I headed out to launch the drone to try to get a bit of a unique view of this cool little town.

Manarola While Waiting on Pizza

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Floating over Cinque Terre

New Alan Watts Video

You may recognize today’s photo from one of my latest videos…

Daily Photo – Floating over Cinque Terre

Here’s one of the many photos I got with the quad while flying over Cinque Terre. It was an absolutely amazing place and I could definitely see myself living there. What could be better than an amazing coastline with Italian food every night?

Floating over Cinque Terre

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:13
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When Venice Flooded

Officially a New Zealand Citizen!

I’m working on getting my passport now… and in the meantime, they sent me this welcome video, which was nice. I think it’s kind of funny how they are using country music in the background! 🙂

Warning… terrible quality recording!

Daily Photo – When Venice Flooded

I didn’t capture it at the peak of the flood when the entire St. Mark’s square was ankle-deep (or deeper). There was still enough water to make for some really nice reflections. I was looking at a lot of stores and stuff around the square, and I can’t imagine how they handle the floods. The doors on most of the spots did not look terribly waterproof!

When Venice Flooded

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:05:37
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Colors of Venice

Lemurs Getting High

I didn’t see any Lemurs doing this in Madagascar, but I wish I would have! It’s really hilarious! 🙂

Daily Photo – Colors of Venice

I’ve spent about three months in Venice in total and I can tell you that most days are foggy and moody like this. I think three months over three different trips is enough of statistical sampling to make this statement true. To me, this is a good thing because it makes for amazing photography. I think when a lot of people go on vacation they want it to be sunny and perfect all the time, but that doesn’t always make for the most romantic photos.

Colors of Venice

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  • Date Taken2016-02-03 09:36:24
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Another Day in Venice

This is what 320 Lasers Look like

I’m not sure what show this is, but these lasers are out of control!

that geometry tho from DMT

Daily Photo – Another Day in Venice

I gotta say, taking a decent photo in Venice is pretty easy. One challenge (if any) is to try not to get too many tourists that “stand out” in the photo. Removing all tourists is almost impossible, so I at least try to wait a few minutes until all the tourists in the photo are non-descript. That is, as you can see in this photo, you can see they are tourists around but they don’t distract from the main point of the photo.

Another Day in Venice

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  • Date Taken2015-05-01 00:27:08
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Waiting for a ride in Venice

6 Days to Air

This documentary is so funny… Here is a link to one of my favorite parts where Trey is voicing the part of a Japanese guy. This particular episode is about people agreeing to Apple’s T&C’s and not reading exactly what is involved.

Daily Photo – Waiting for a ride in Venice

Venice is one of the most romantic places in the world. I absolutely love it, especially when it gets foggy and moody. I like how these gondoliers have these incredible outfits. Have you ever noticed that Italians look cool wearing everything?

Waiting for a ride in Venice

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  • Date Taken2016-01-31 19:08:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length92.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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A Final Night in Venice

Incredible Talent

Watch how this artist makes these carvings in wood… just wowsers!

Daily Photo – A Final Night in Venice

Here’s a new photo I edited from Venice. I was there for about three weeks, and it wasn’t until the last few days that I finally stopped getting lost! This was edited with Aurora HDR 2019, btw…

A Final Night in Venice

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  • Date Taken2016-01-22 17:21:54
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture11
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
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Beautiful Details in Venice

Joe Rogan and Elon Musk

This entire video is worth watching… it got some flak because Elon does a little weed towards the end of the show, but who cares? That’s just a lot of overly conservative people that complain that think they know something about drugs, but actually do not. Anyway, forget about that… the entirety of the subject matter covered is extremely interesting.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Details in Venice

It goes without saying that this is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. The obvious things are the canals and bridges, but each day, I would give myself a quota of taking photos of 50 detailed objects. This light was really beautiful, and it was hanging over an intersection of two canals. I have no idea how they would change the lightbulbs… they would need a really tall boat or a really tall Italian.

Beautiful Details in Venice

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:32:58
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The Pantheon

#1 on Amazon!

Hey thanks everyone for getting the new book! You helped get it to #1 in its category!! 🙂 It’s officially released now, and you can get the paperback version if you want that too. 🙂

Jim Gaffigan Comedy Special

Make sure you check out his new special on Netflix. This guy cracks me up…

Daily Photo – The Pantheon

Here’s the Pantheon in Rome. It’s hard to believe this building is 2,000 years old! I edited this single RAW photo using Aurora HDR 2019. This is an old photo, from probably over eight years ago. I still have SO MANY unprocessed photos, and it’s fun to go back to them now and process them using new tools.

The Pantheon

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  • Date Taken2016-01-19 19:20:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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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

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  • 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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