New York City – Stuck in Customs

Taking photos at The Vessel

Video about psychedelics

If you know, then you know! Here’s a little video I saw on Reddit that you might find informative. If you want to know more, I recommend “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan.

The Case for Making Psychedelics Legal from DMT

Daily Photo – Taking photos at The Vessel

I was trying to be the last one in The Vessel to get some of these cool dusk shots after the sun set. I like to do this one simple trick where you simply put the camera on the ground (with a wide-angle lens) and shoot straight up in the air with a timer on. I wanted to set it right where that guy was standing… so, while I was waiting for him to move, I decided to take a photo!

Taking photos at The Vessel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:58:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Closing Time at The Vessel

Deceptive FedEx Passport Site

The FedEx website for Passport Renewal is incredibly deceptive. It APPEARS Fedex does everything for the prices in the photo below BUT:

1) All FedEx does is forward you to a third party where you fill out forms

2) I have to print out everything myself (I would expect my packet to be ready and waiting at FedEx)

3) That $349 does not include the actual cost of the renewal, which is about another $200. I saw that after filling out all the forms on a third party site and was wondering, correctly, “hmmm, well is that included in the $249 I already paid?

4) This third-party site has not gotten back to me in 2 days… either via email (immediately after filling out the forms) or phone. I’ve sent one email and left two phone messages.

5) All FedEx provides is an ENVELOPE. Oh, and Passport photos, which you have to pay extra for.

It’s this kind of stuff that makes me not trust big US businesses. Super shady, FedEx. Now that I have been able to unravel everything and figure out what is going on, it’s too late for me to renew my passport before I go back to New Zealand.

As a customer, when I go to FedEx to use their Passport Renewal service, I expect:

1) FedEx to prepare the entire package for me, including:

2) To pay once. They can sort out splitting that into a cashier’s check for the government.

3) To fill out everything online without signing into a third party website (they use GovWorks).

4) After I fill everything out, they print it out at branch where I will show up with my Passport for renewal.

5) I walk in, hand them my Passport (and if I need Passport photos, they were included in the price), and they pop it in an envelope and say thank you.

I mean, right?

Last, it’s totally unclear who I ask for a refund. FedEx apparently forwarded most of my money to this third party, and they kept the money for the envelopes. Oh man…

I called up and I ended up talking to a lady at “Passport Center.” I said, “Wait, is this FedEx?”

She said, “No, this is Passport Center.”

I said, “What is that? Is this the government?”

She said, “No, is there a problem with your passport sir?”

I was very confused and said, “Wait, you say this is ‘Passport Center’, but I started at the FedEx website, which forwarded me to a website called ‘GovWorks.com’, and then I got an email receipt from ‘RushMyPassport’ – what the heck is going on over there?”

She said, “It’s all very simple. We’re a sister company with FedEx.”

I said, somewhat exasperated, “Are you all sister companies? Oh never mind, I don’t actually care. Anyway, it’s taken you, or one of your sister companies, over 2 days to get back to me. I don’t think I can make my flight anymore, so I need a refund.”

She asked, “Where are you going?”

I said, dumbfounded, “Why does THAT matter? Let’s say the MOON via North Korea.”

Finally, I rushed through this pedantic conversation and she said she would send me another form to fill out for a refund. I was like, omg. I said, maybe you should tell one of your four sister companies to change its name to KindaRushMyPassport.com.

Also, look at how there is a timer up there on the top right to pressure you to buy, as if they are really limited on reservations like a hotel that is running out of rooms. Sketchy, Fedex, really sketchy.

Daily Photo – Closing Time at The Vessel

This was my last day in New York, so I was trying to be the absolute last person to leave The Vessel. It was such an amazing structure that I tried to squeeze every last photo out of that place, I tried a bunch of different lenses, but a place like this is really screaming for a super wide-angle lens. I almost wish I had my fish-eye with me… oh well… I’ll have to go back! 🙂

Closing Time at The Vessel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:56:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Manhattan from Redhook

Wanna see something weird?

Sure you do! Does anyone know what software they use to make this?

Daily Photo – Manhattan from Redhook

When I was out in Brooklyn a few months ago working on a commissioned piece, it gave me the chance to really get to know the area. I had always heard about this “Red Hook” part of Brooklyn but never really experienced it. Walking around is great, but getting up there with a drone is even better for getting a sense of the geometry of the place.

Manhattan from Redhook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 12:57:01
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Exploring The Vessel at Sunset

Scariest Halloween Pumpkin

I saw this frightening carving!

Most terrifying pumpkin ever from funny

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Kevin Kelly on the Wider Application of Burning Man Principles

NOTE: If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

As we walk the Camino de Santiago Kevin Kelly (founding executive editor of Wired magazine, check him out on kk.org ) and I talk about how Burning Man might influence wider society.

And for the audio inclined…

Daily Photo – Exploring The Vessel at Sunset

I think the best time to visit this artistic beast is while the sun is setting. While there, a good challenge is to see how many different sorts of shots you can. The obvious one is to capture the whole thing with a wide-angle lens, but some of the more interesting shots are zoom-ins like this one. It’s kind of fun for me to wait for people to be in interesting positions to make the whole thing seem more alive.

Exploring The Vessel at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:24:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the new World Trade Center of New York

Great Show on Netflix

I found another good one! Watch Inside Bill’s Brain. It’s a 3-part show about Bill Gates…

Daily Photo – Exploring the new World Trade Center of New York

Right by the site of the disaster, I walked into this tremendous building that was designed by Calatrava. I didn’t know anything about it ahead of time, and I was excited to go inside and see what was happening. Much to my surprise, it was just like a shopping mall with Apple Stores, etc. I don’t know what I expected, but I wasn’t all that excited by seeing a Sephoras and stuff like that.

Exploring the new World Trade Center of New York

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-20 16:05:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Continuing our Tour of New York

Daily Photo – Continuing our Tour of New York

As you can tell, I’m posting a lot of my favorite photos from the recent tour across the Americas! One of the best cities for taking a ton of photos was New York, especially here around the previous site of the Twin Towers. This building was designed by Calatrava, and I think it’s absolutely amazing. It was my first time seeing it in person. The structure reminded me of whale bones for some reason. I was excited to see what was inside, but it turned out to be kind of a boring shopping mall.

Continuing our Tour of New York

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-20 15:54:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Museum Reflections in New York City

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Matt Hackett on the Mysteries of Startups

Check out the latest episode of my podcast below. On this walk n talk I’m with Matt Hackett, one of the guys who took Tumblr to 100m+ regular visitors before co-founding Beme with Casey Neistat… a company which went on to be bought by CNN.

If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

Find out more about Matt on his Medium site at https://medium.com/@mhkt !

Or check out the audio version here…

Daily Photo – Museum Reflections in New York City

This area around the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City is absolutely beautiful. There are great shots in every direction. This particular one is taken along the windows at the big museum there. I didn’t go into the museum… although now I wish I would have because I had a bunch of people tell me online that it’s quite awesome inside! Oh well… next time!

Museum Reflections in New York City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-20 15:49:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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More from The Vessel

Daily Photo – More from The Vessel

Wow, this is such a cool place. There’s not a bad photo of it! I was trying to figure out the economic model for this place. It must have cost tens of millions to build. But there is no entrance fee or anything. It’s part of the “Hudson Yards” project, so maybe that was something they agreed to build for free for the city in exchange for taking over that area of the city to build commercial and residential real estate buildings. That’s my guess, and I’m probably right. I didn’t take the time to look it up… I find it’s more fun to wonder about things and try to figure them out independently.

More from The Vessel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:15:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture16
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length46.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Near the Flatiron Building in NYC

Daily Photo – Near the Flatiron Building in NYC

Every time I am in NYC, I end up near the Flatiron Building for some reason. I usually just randomly wander the streets, but this is definitely a place that always enters my field of view. On my very first night, there was this incredible fog out that made for some very moody shots.

Near the Flatiron Building in NYC

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-18 21:56:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Freedom Tower

Analytics can be boring, but also surprising. For example, over on my Kit.com page where I list all my gear, favorite books, and more the camera people most look at is not my a7R III but the Fuji X-T2. Those are not the top item overall though. If anyone can guess that, I’ll happily buy you one of that item…

Daily Photo – Freedom Tower

We took a Lyft into downtown New York to shoot the financial district. Literally the second I popped out of the Uber, I saw this perfect scene with the cloud centered right on top. I had to quickly get my settings right to snap the photo even before I was fully out of the car! I’m sure the driver thought I was some lame tourist… and, well, I guess I am! I’m okay with that.

Freedom Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-02-18 08:12:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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