Japan – Stuck in Customs

Happy Woman in Kyoto

Daily Photo – Happy Woman in Kyoto

Every night I try to make it a point to roam up and down the streets of Japanese towns to take photos. I’m never disappointed. A lot of restaurants have a woman that stands out front to greet new customers. They are not pushy at all and are simply full of smiles and awesomeness. It’s one of the hundreds of things I love about Japan. I don’t have to do anything at all for women to smile at me.

Happy Woman in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-11 13:54:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Train Journeys in Northern Japan

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Daily Photo – Train Journeys in Northern Japan

I absolutely love going on trains in Japan. It’s probably my absolute favorite form of travel in the world… like even better than first class on some middle eastern airlines. The things you see out the window are so interesting and ready for photography. Plus, every 15 minutes a lady comes by to give you snacks and Asahi. You can sit there in comfort, listen to music, have a drink, and just stare out the window, taking photos whenever you feel like it.

Train Journeys in Northern Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-17 18:28:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Miniature Kyoto

Daily Photo – A Miniature Kyoto

I forgot where exactly I saw this intricate little model, but I’m pretty sure it was in Singapore, judging by the windows way in the back. The attention to detail is crazy. It reminds me a little of what Steve Carrell’s character would do in that movie Dinner with Schmucks, which is a fun movie I’d highly recommend!

A Miniature Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 23:21:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Little Village near Mount Fuji

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Daily Photo – A Little Village near Mount Fuji

It’s hard to believe how huge Mount Fuji is until you see it in person. It’s so big you can even see it from Tokyo! There is a hike that you can take to the top to see the sunrise. I thought about doing that, but I also heard that the way down is quite slippery and dangerous. Sometimes going uphill on a hike is even easier than downhill.

A Little Village near Mount Fuji

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-20 00:54:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.4
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

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Busy Day in Shinjuku

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Daily Photo – Busy Day in Shinjuku

This area of Tokyo is gold for photos! There’s not a bad angle, and, even better, no one cares if you use a tripod. Or, if they do mind, Japanese people are so polite that they would never say anything anyway.

Busy Day in Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-02 06:07:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Torii Gate in Kyoto

Daily Photo – Torii Gate in Kyoto

If you go to Kyoto, I recommend you visit this area with thousands of red gates at night. It’s open all night and there are absolutely no tourists. It can get a little creepy because you’re totally alone and there are no other humans around, but I like the creepy factor of the place. To add to the creepiness, there are lots of cemeteries sprinkled all around.

Torii Gate in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 05:20:17
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-5/3

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Museum Randomness in Tokyo

Daily Photo – Museum Randomness in Tokyo

While I was in Tokyo with my son Ethan, we ended up visiting a few different museums. This is from the Mori Art Museum, which is on the top floor of the Mori Building in Roppongi. They seem to swap out the exhibition every three months or so. This one had all kinds of cool stuff in it, mostly related to optical illusions.

Museum Randomness in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 16:40:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Kyoto closing up shop at night…

Daily Photo – Kyoto closing up shop at night…

I was walking up and down the tiny streets one night, getting snacks and sake in different places while taking photos. Most of the places there are quite tiny, as you can see here in this one. Everyone is super friendly and it’s easy to make friends, especially because the Japanese people are some of the nicest people in the world!

Kyoto closing up shop at night…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 03:21:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories + Bad Idea Memes and Why You Should Not Believe Them

Here’s a new Video from my cabin about why your should doubt and question all conspiracy theories!

Before I piss off MOST people that will watch this, let me say one thing… When people feel like they are “out of control” of their own lives (which many people do now), they may seek to believe in outlandish ideas that confirm their navel-gazing victimhood. If you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll believe in anything. This video, while fun, will give you another perspective. Many people will be insulted by this video (especially those of you that believe in scientific properties of Essential Oils). If you can, try not to let your ego be affronted; instead, use it as an opportunity to do more critical thinking on your own rather than adopting the ideas of other people because they sound good.

The world and the universe are not out to get you. It’s not happening against you; it’s happening for you. A positive frame of reference is important. Don’t adopt other people’s ideas because they confirm your own nascent notions of self-doubt and that you are a victim of some globalized or localized plot against you. All of these self-fictional instantiations are creations that spring from an over-active ego and self-identity which will make you think you are the center of the universe. You’re not. You’re here to help, love, and take care of other people, yeah! 🙂 I hope this video helps you to put yourself in a more positive place, rather than many other videos out there that will take you down a spiraling rabbit hole of your own demise.

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Daily Photo – An Autumn Walk in Kyoto

I believe that Kyoto has hundreds of temples, and at almost every one, you can see scenes like this. I don’t know a lot about trees, but I’m pretty sure those red ones are Japanese maples. Well, now I’m not so sure because the Japanese maples in my yard turn red in the Spring. Maybe they turn red in the Autumn too? Well, I guess I had should pay better attention!

An Autumn Walk in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-06 16:45:35
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-10/3

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Moody Clouds in Okinawa

Daily Photo – Moody Clouds in Okinawa

This is a shot of the top level of the Ritz-Carlton there in Okinawa. It’s a beautiful property, as you can see. This area is not really a pool, even though it looks like a pool. It’s more an area where you can walk around and take in all the environment and architecture. I thought the clouds piled up very nicely there along with the shape of the roof.

Moody Clouds in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 04:41:43
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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