Daily Photo – The Beach in Dubai at Dusk
The beach is actually tolerable at night as opposed to the daytime. I tried to go on a jog here in the daytime and I made it about 10 minutes before I almost overheated with exhaustion. Some of the Muslim women are out on the beach in the daytime wearing a full black burka. I have no idea how they can stand it. Also, why would you even go to the beach if you had to wear a burka?
Daily Photo – Exploring the Four Seasons in Dubai
Before I started doing stuff exclusively with the Ritz-Carlton, I visited a few different Four Seasons around the world. Their one in Dubai had this really cool rooftop area where you can go relax at night. You don’t want to relax there in the daytime or else you’ll end up looking like a roasted pig.
Daily Photo – Exploring Dubai at Midnight
I walked through some open gates and started exploring this area of Dubai. It turned out that I was not supposed to be there, and the security came to get me and call the police. It got really messy. You don’t want to be in prison in Dubai… Believe me. I tried to explain that I didn’t break in and that the gates were wide open for pedestrians. I eventually showed the police the gate and said that I was just an innocent photographer. Not being photographers, the police did not understand why a dude would just wander around and take photos. I eventually convinced them, and they let me out of custody… it wasn’t easy because I have a healthy amount of disdain for authority figures whose authority is based on a fictional construct.
A new Wes Anderson Movie
It’s about time… all of these are winners! 🙂 Here’s the new trailer:
Mavic Pro On the Way!
Well, I broke down and bought a new Mavic Pro Quadcopter! I love my Phantom 4 Pro, but I also wanted not just a backup, but a device that I could quickly get up in the air. My current thoughts are the Mavic Pro will perform perfectly for most daytime flights. We’ll see! I’m headed to Florida and the Caribbean soon, and I’m excited to try it!
Daily Photo – The Bazaar in Dubai
I’ve spent a bit of time in different bazaars all over the middle east and I’ve loved every one of them. I really feel like I should be buying a lot of stuff, but I’m usually so overwhelmed that I don’t know what to buy. I did get about 10 Moroccan lamps to be sent back to New Zealand. So that was fun. Actually, I think I’m usually in “Photo Mode” and therefore not so in the “Shopping Mode.”
Spotify Discover Weekly Algorithm
Can anyone find a website where this algorithm is described? Sometimes it does a great job and sometimes it’s all over the place. I wonder if it is because I have drastically different sorts of playlists.
Daily Photo – Abu Dhabi Night
What cool colors eh? I’d love to talk to the lighting designer for this place and talk to them about how they come up with these ideas. I’m pretty sure it’s all colored LEDs, which makes buildings so much more interesting at night now. Have you noticed that? In the last ten years since LEDs are getting everywhere, it makes for some really beautiful night light installations.
Hot Dubai Tip
There is a nearby beach hotel that you can stay at for much cheaper and it’s part of this same network of hotels. If you book there, then you can eat at the restaurants here in this “7-star hotel” or visit the upstairs bar that juts out over the sea. This is what Rene and I did and it worked out great. They also let us use tripods in here for a while with no issues…
That hotel is the Royal Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Check it out! Note I paid full price for the hotel… not a product placement just a good recommendation! 🙂
Daily Photo – The Insides of the Burj Al Arab
What a building! Some people find it not-so-attractive, but I think it’s kinda fun in a glitzy-vegas jewellery-box kinda way. Hey, I like colorful stuff, what can I say? There’s a very interesting documentary on this you can find on YouTube and it shows how the whole thing was initially painted white. The royal family came in, hated it, and demanded more colors. It ended up like this!
Where are we in Europe right now?
Come out for our photo walks! See more on the European Tour Website! Hope to see you in person soon! 🙂
Daily Photo – A Lonely Walk in Dubai
I was staying at the Four Seasons here along the beach in Dubai and went out for a late night walk. There is ALWAYS construction going on, so I decided not to avoid it and try to make an interesting photo with all the lights. Most of the time, I want a clean beach shot without any of this unsightly construction going on, but I decided to give myself a challenge and see if I could make it more interesting!
Tips on Taking women into mosques
I get a lot of questions about the local ethics and cultural requirements for bringing women into mosques. As you know, I often travel with my wife and two daughters. All I can say for sure is it varies from country to country. Some are very relaxed. Some are not-so-much. But, it’s usually never a problem and I just suggest getting a local guide on TripAdvisor or through your hotel concierge. In some places, like Egypt, the women did not even need to wear headscarves. Others, they need to wear the habib and make sure none of the hair is visible. Anyway, it’s nothing to worry about and once properly dressed, you can go see anything! I certainly don’t get upset by any cultural/religious differences… I just try to think of it as being respectful, like when you put on nice clothes of a certain type for an event like a wedding or funeral. It just is respectful, which isn’t so bad! 🙂
Daily Photo – The Lights in the Mosque
I was at the main mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I eventually came to the Very-Obvious-In-Retrospect idea, hey I can actually go INSIDE. As with most mosques, there is a tremendous number of shots from the outside and the courtyards. But you can go inside most of them anytime (as long as it’s not during the call to prayer). Just slip off your shoes and go inside for a wander! I’ve never had any issues at all… very friendly people!