Osaka – Stuck in Customs

Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

Daily Photo – Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

I’ve been lucky enough to take Ethan to Japan twice… I’m glad he has fallen in love with the country as much as I have! When we were in Osaka, we got into a pretty extreme street fight, since these kinds of things happen a lot in Japan. Unfortunately, Ethan lost the fight because I was too busy taking photos. I feel kind of bad about that, but he’ll always live on in my memory.

Ethan in a Street Fight in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2021-02-22 13:55:37
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Out and About in Osaka

Daily Photo – Out and About in Osaka

Oh man, seeing this photo once again reminds me of how much I miss Japan! I really want to get over to Osaka more to explore this area. I usually get stuck in Tokyo or far afield and I end up ignoring Osaka like it is a red-headed stepchild. I hope this doesn’t actually turn out to be true, if I end up with a red-headed stepchild. But if they live in Osaka, then I guess it’s a reason to visit.

Out and About in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-07-19 10:26:06
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
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Street Shooting in Osaka

London Real Documentary

Here’s a great doco about Brian Rose taking Ayuasca and how it changed him… I haven’t tried the full thing yet, but I have tried the active molecule DMT about 15 times… so… yeah, I get it! 🙂

You can watch for free if you put in your email on his website. Check it out here.

Daily Photo – Street Shooting in Osaka

These two guys were totally fun and cool! They were out in the streets trying to get people to come into their restaurant and acting totally crazy. I like that they took their job so seriously, and not seriously at all. They were really happy to ham it up in front of the camera. I got a lot of shots if that, but then I sneaked back by at another time to get them in their more natural element.

Street Shooting in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-11-10 09:53:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
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  • Exposure Time1/640
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  • ISO800
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Boring Photo of Osaka

Peak Design Warranty Video

I know you love the Peak Design Products – my mom came across this cool video about a guy that was trying to use the Lifetime Warranty!

Daily Photo – Boring Photo of Osaka

I’m probably being a bit hard on myself, but I find this photo to be a little bit boring. I was just thinking… if some rando showed me this photo to critique… I’d probably be a bit harsh and say that it is rather boring. And, it’s true! I don’t know. Osaka was such a cool and vibrant city and this photo feels rather staid. Okay, enough self-critique for the day. I’ll see if I can get out there and make something more interesting.

Boring Photo of Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-11-09 11:50:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
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  • Exposure Time2
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  • ISO125
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
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Osaka at Night

Order and Chaos

This is a pretty cool video that shows entropy and order in syncopation.

Mind fucking blown from BetterEveryLoop

Daily Photo – Osaka at Night

Osaka is one of the most underrated cities in the world! When people think about going to Japan, they think mostly about Tokyo. Hey, I mean, Tokyo is amazing, but it’s also worth it to jump on the bullet train and get over to Osaka. The nightlife is really quite unique and it’s fun to wander around and go into random restaurants and bars to see what is going on. It’s a good goal to try to visit five different places per night and not get stuck in one spot or another. It’s tough because each place you go into is so fun and interesting that you don’t want to leave!

Osaka at Night

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  • Date Taken2017-11-11 13:53:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
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Night in Osaka

3 Things About Japan You May Not Know

Here’s a fun little video I made while I was in Osaka with Tane. It’s just a bit of quirky stuff that we found while there!

Daily Photo – Night in Osaka

Here is a view of Osaka, a very underrated city in Japan! I’ve been here twice and the city has a crazy amount of energy. People in Osaka area also very proud of their city and how it is quite a bit different than Tokyo. Each time I was there, I was pretty swamped with work, so I didn’t quite get as much time to explore as I would have liked… that’s okay – another reason to go back!

Night in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:39:32
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  • Exposure Time0.5
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Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Japan Highlight Video

My team and I recently visited four great cities in Japan as part of our ongoing 80 Stays around the World tour. Check out this short video with highlights from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa!

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

To me, this tower looks way cooler at night. In the daytime, it kind of reminds me just of some construction scaffolding. I think it is because of the color patterns of red and white. Also, the shape of the tower can only be compared to the Eiffel Tower, and I think the shape of the Eiffel is more compelling. Hey, I know I’m being really tower-critical, but it is something that I’ve obviously spent too much time thinking about.

Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

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  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:40:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Bridge Crossings in Osaka

Exciting News from Patrick Rothfuss

Okay this is pretty niche stuff… but I am a huge Rick & Morty fan, and it turns out that Patrick Rothfuss (author of The Name of the Wind) is also a huge fan! Well, they are about to make a new series of comic books for Rick & Morty and Rothfuss is going to be writing them… I can’t imagine this mix of two of my favorite things!

Daily Photo – Bridge Crossings in Osaka

This is quite the target-rich area of Osaka! I would just criss-cross the bridges and walk up and down this little river to get as many photos as possible. And, it doesn’t seem to matter which one I process, as they all come out looking pretty good! One “slight” problem is they all come out looking quite similar as well. But since they’re all pretty good, I just pulled a random one here for you to see.

Bridge Crossings in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-07-19 11:12:31
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  • Exposure Time23
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Shopping in Osaka

Common Tourist Scams

I usually waste a bit of time each day on Reddit, but it turns out that it’s not always a waste of time! I found this cool infographic that is full of common tourist scams. Since I travel a lot, I’m pretty aware of most of these, but some were even new to me!

Of course, this is not meant to make you scared of traveling or anything, just something to simply be aware of. And, I would say that most countries are perfectly safe, but some countries may use ALL of these scams! 🙂



Daily Photo – Shopping in Osaka

Wow Japanese people love to shop! There is nonstop shopping all over the place, but especially in this district here called Dotonbori. The exact area of Dotombori is hard to define, but it covers many city blocks. It’s so big, in fact, that I didn’t even find this vast area until my fourth visit here!

Shopping in Osaka

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  • Date Taken2017-11-11 14:20:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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A Rare Set Up Shot

2018 Looks Busy!

This year I’ll be on a plane a lot going to all sorts of places. My year is only half-booked, but I’ll tell you where I’m off to. The rest of the time, I expect to be back home in New Zealand, editing photos like a madman! Here’s the list: Hawaii, Denver, Dallas, Austin, LA, SF, Key Biscayne, Grand Cayman, Langkawi, Tokyo (again!), Hong Kong, Singapore, Burning Man, Koh Samui, plus 6 new places in China starting in Sanya, Beijing, and Shanghai!

Daily Photo – A Rare Set Up Shot

On the Osaka photo walk, we had a fellow photo walker that was also a model! She liked to pose, so we all made good use of this. I was having trouble finding a good spot for her until we came across this really techno-looking building here where the bridge was lit up from underneath. I had her strike a pose while the rest of the photo walk group took photos, well, like Japanese tourists! After this, we all went back to the Ritz-Carlton for a wine party in the garden – how fun!

A Rare Set Up Shot

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  • Date Taken2017-11-11 10:15:11
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  • Exposure Time1/6
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  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
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