St Petersburg – Stuck in Customs

Abandoned Rubber Factory in St. Petersburg

Michael Singer’s Surrender Course

I’m a big fan of Singer’s books and he has a new online course about Surrender that I recommend. If you read “The Untethered Soul,” then you have a pretty good idea of what this course is about. I don’t think most people can take it… but, if you’re ready, you’re ready.

Daily Photo – Abandoned Rubber Factory in St. Petersburg

While in our crazy-long day here in this classic old city, we spent a chunk of it in this abandoned rubber factory. They would make shoes and all sorts of things with rubber back during the Communist days. I can’t imagine how miserable a job that would have been! People complain about their jobs nowadays, but being a common worker in Communist Russia would not have been a joyride.

Abandoned Rubber Factory in St. Petersburg

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  • Date Taken2017-06-05 17:35:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

Clubbing, as Described by Sir David Attenbourough

Click the video title to see the full frame…

Who actually like Clubbing ? So many (bad) memories… from funny

Daily Photo – Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

Everywhere… everywhere… people are addicted to their phones. I’m pretty sure this is a giant source of increased anxiety. It is fun and stimulating to be on your phone, but it is an “unnatural” way to navigate the planet. Just getting out in nature and walking around is really a great counter to this. Also, being around other humans is important too. I was thinking about those African villages where the grownups and kids had so much happiness and absolutely zero screens to stare at. I’m not saying it’s one or the other, but a bit of balance is nice!

Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

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  • Date Taken2017-06-05 16:06:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
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  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Happy Woman in St. Petersberg

A New Episode of My Podcast

In this episode, part 2 of a conversation while walking on the El Camino in Spain, I talk with Kevin Kelly about one of his many projects, the 10,000 Year Library. We also talk about what to do with all the existing libraries in the world… access to information… the future of libraries and knowledge curation… and more!

And if you missed it, part 1 is here.

Funny lady laughing at herself on YouTube

This reminds me a lot of today’s daily photo 🙂

Daily Photo – Happy Woman in St. Petersberg

I only had one quick day in this awesome city. I tried to make the most of it by taking as many people photos as possible. Some of these Russians had the grumpiest faces I’ve ever seen. I think they were so confused while I was taking the photos… it doesn’t seem like a hobby over there at all. I hardly saw anyone else carrying around cameras for street photography. My theory is that the older generation that lived in Communism for so long are just generally distrusting of others… especially others with cameras. But that didn’t stop me.

Happy Woman in St. Petersberg

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  • Date Taken2017-06-05 11:24:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Origin PC!

I’d like to thank my friends again at Origin PC for sending me that new computer! Man, Lightroom is SO FAST on it… even faster than my Macbook. They don’t pay me to write this stuff… it’s just the truth! It brings me a stability and a pleasure knowing that I’ve got a super-fast computer there helping me take care of my photos!

Daily Photo – Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

While in Russia, we had a day-trip to St. Petersburg. We went to a coffee shop that was full of women that seemed to be right out of some modeling catalog. I don’t know if it’s like that all the time, but I will assume it is so. It’s hard for me to sit still for long, so I started running around with my camera to take photos of some of the inhabitants.

Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

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  • Date Taken2020-02-18 06:16:22
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Girl in St. Petersburg

Grand Cayman from Above

Here are a few highlights of the trip to Grand Cayman taken from above. This was mostly done with the DJI Mavic Pro and a bit of the Phantom.

Daily Photo – Girl in St. Petersburg

As soon as our train rolled into the station in St. Petersburg, we got out and went to breakfast at a great place. Sitting near us was this interesting-looking girl who was a local. That got me started on a long day of taking photos of interesting people here and there. And they all seemed happy to have their photos taken, except for this one old lady at an ice cream machine.

Girl in St. Petersburg

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  • Date Taken2017-06-05 10:47:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Stalin Looks like Kind of a Nice Guy

Back to Moscow

I’d love the chance to get back to Moscow to take some more photos. I particularly enjoyed the street photography. People were just sort of a little-bit-wacky. I can’t quite describe it, but if you spend any time on Reddit, then you know what I mean!

Daily Photo – Stalin Looks like Kind of a Nice Guy

He wasn’t actually a nice guy; not really that nice at all, really. It’s a bit strange how all these mass-murderers now have some kind of kitchy mass-appeal on the streets. I mean, you’d never see a Hitler look-alike on the streets of Berlin posing with people. Can you imagine? I wonder why it’s cool in one country but not in another. In China, Mao is super-popular, but that’s also because young Chinese people don’t even really understand what he did there. Hey, it’s a weird world!

Stalin Looks like Kind of a Nice Guy

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:21:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Drone Shots

I had a lot of fun flying the drone through this factory. Wow did it throw up a lot of dust! I can’t wait to see how the final footage turns out.

Daily Photo – The Abandoned Rubber Factory

This was one of the strangest places we visited in St. Petersburg. I’m not sure how Olya knew about this place. I guess this is just the kind of place that Russians hang out in. There certainly were a bunch of others around there! It was kind of dangerous, actually… I’m not really much of an adventure-seeker in these abandoned places that are falling down all around you. But it was fun for a bit of hardcore HDR action!

The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 17:44:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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