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Entering the Underground

Daily Photo – Entering the Underground

I think because I grew up without a subway system that I get overly excited in cities that have them. People that grow up in London probably kinda hate the subways. I sort of like the confusion and the challenge of figuring out what the hell is going on down there and how am I supposed to get to where I need to go? Thank god Google Maps helps you out with this stuff… otherwise I would probably take 5x as long to get to the wrong place.

Entering the Underground

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 06:12:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Cool Hotel in London

Daily Photo – Cool Hotel in London

I can’t remember the name of this hotel, as I didn’t stay here. I don’t think I did, at least. It is probably the kind of thing I saw from the street and invited myself in to take photos. When you see these sorts of cool textures, they are kind of screaming out for a photo. It makes me question free will itself.

Cool Hotel in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 07:02:31
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Arcade in London

Passport Sunday Audio Fun!

Today, Passport Members will get to hear the new podcast first. This one is entitled “Molecules I’ve Ingested: Ayahuasca And Hitler.” Yeah so you’ll be getting a full dose of this story! 🙂 Enjoy!

Ayahuasca And Hitler

In this new Podcast called “Molecules I’ve Ingested” you should find something quite unexpected, hilarious, and educational. Each episode features a crazy story about different molecules I’ve tried, from legal to illegal. Mostly the latter. Anyway, episode 3 is: “Aya and Hitler” and this pod will take you on a journey through the underworld to a completely different reality. This is the full story of my first Ayahuasca ceremony (an ancient tradition from the Amazon where you swallow a combination of natural plant materials) and it’s not for the faint of heart. It is quite hilarious, though, in the sheer lunacy of what I experienced in the altered state… you can hear about different things I learned and figured out about myself, and I throw in some references to Hitler just to keep the mood light. Enjoy and Aho!

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Daily Photo – Arcade in London

Here’s another cool spot in London that I found by accident on my walkin’ around day. I try to set aside a few days where I have no responsibilities and I can just get lost. I now live in a little town in the south of New Zealand, so it’s always exciting for me to get to big cities like this. I don’t think I could live there with all that energy all the time, but it is nice to visit.

Arcade in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-11 04:09:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Street Life in London

Daily Photo – Street Life in London

Here’s a little pre-Covid view of street life in London. I guess I could photoshop little masks on everyone and say I took it yesterday. Actually, I don’t even know if there’s a lot of people out on the streets there, but I suppose there are. I know Stu to runs all the tech and stuff for me is in full lockdown in Scotland… so there’s really none of this going on there, I suspect.

Street Life in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 04:57:25
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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London Shopping

Daily Photo – London Shopping

I don’t shop very much at all, being quite the minimalist, but I do love taking photos of cool shopping areas. A lot of the newer ones have great architecture and cool lights at night. I hate to promote an over-consumerist society, but I guess if you’re a consumerist that you may as well shop in a sweet area!

London Shopping

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 04:36:29
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Passport Sunday

Well, it’s another Sunday and that means we have another new video for Passport Members. Today’s was a rather challenging edit… but a lot of fun. You can see the finished result in today’s Daily Photo. Passport members get a little bonus section where they can see the final edit.

Attending the Theatre in London

This was a very fun and somewhat challenging edit. You’ll see, like any good story, this one has some twists and turns. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Unfortunately, I was so into taking photos that I missed the first act of The Book of Mormon in London. I feel bad because I was going with my friend Simon and he was patiently waiting while I was futzing around taking photos… but, at least I ended up with a photo that I liked, even if we did have to sit out the first act. By the way, I can’t recommend The Book of Mormon more!

Late for The Book of Mormon in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 06:22:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Passport Sunday Editing Party!

Another Sunday, so time for another section of the blog to unlock for Passport Members. If you’re not a member yet, then, why not? Now you get access to over 200 videos plus a ton of other goodies!

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral – Making Of

Here’s a fun quick video that shows a few unexpected editing choices for this photo!

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Daily Photo – The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

If you ever go to London to take photos, I recommend setting aside a few hours at night to cross back and forth across the Thames on every bridge you can find. They all have cool perspectives, and this one on the way to St. Pauls is one of the most contemporary ones…

The Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-16 04:48:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Cycling in London

A Fun Edit for today’s Passport Sunday!

This was quite a fun one to edit because of all the movement. If you’re a Passport Sunday member, then you get full access to see the edit!

London Cycle

This one was a little tricky because of all the movement involved. Most of the technique is in prep by choosing which photo you think is the best as a center of action.

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Daily Photo – Cycling in London

I happened to be in London on a non-dreary day. With the sunset going crazy I decided that I should get out there and shoot as much as possible. I tend to go to the busier areas because there’s a lot more activity and options, as you can see in today’s photo! If you’re a passport member, then you can see a behind-the-scenes edit of the photo below!

Cycling in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-12 18:13:54
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The London Eye

Passport Sunday from London!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, then you get to see the edit of today’s photo. Well, not just that, but you get access to over 150 other awesome videos in addition!

Editing the London Eye

This was a pretty quick and easy edit. Sometimes I go a bit fast, so don’t be afraid to pause and rewind to have a second look!

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Daily Photo – The London Eye

This iconic building along the Thames turns out to be a little trickier to photograph than one might think. One of the most important things is to try to find a unique angle or something that’s just a little different than every other photo you’ve ever seen.

The London Eye

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-08 18:03:53
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Rainy Day in Central London

Daily Photo – Rainy Day in Central London

It seems like it rains almost every day in London, so why not head out and take photos? This area between the mayor’s office and the Shard has some incredible lines. It’s really tough to take a bad photo around here because of the shapes and colors. I personally like it even better in the rain since the reflections add another element.

Rainy Day in Central London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-14 16:58:35
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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