Pennsylvania – Stuck in Customs

Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

PTSD Treatment

This is a great video from The Economist. If you look more into it, you don’t even need to have severe PTSD to benefit from these molecules.

Daily Photo – Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

I don’t really like watching baseball on TV, but I do enjoy going to the games. I can imagine how especially awesome it was in the olden days before TV and technology and everything. People must have been basically totally bored and starved for entertainment, so going to a baseball game must have been a big deal.

Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

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  • Date Taken2019-08-05 02:02:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Pittsburg from the Funicular

Daily Photo – Pittsburg from the Funicular

I’ve always thought that the word “funicular” was a strange one. I looked it up to see the origin, hoping to find something really interesting, but it’s not. It comes from the Latin word for rope. Anyway, I guess none of that matters, because if you use the funicular in Pittsburg, you get this incredible view. There’s not a great viewing area up there because most of the hill is used up by private homes and restaurants. We sort of sneaked into an apartment lobby and went out to the balcony to get this particular view.

Pittsburg from the Funicular

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  • Date Taken2019-08-04 19:00:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Pittsburg from Above

Daily Photo – Pittsburg from Above

When people ask me which city I was most surprised by during my trip to the US, I always say Pittsburg! I had no idea how beautiful it was. Anyway, it gave me another chance to experiment with a new technique, which you can see in today’s photo. Now, when I take cityscape shots, I purposefully cut off the top of the buildings so you can’t quite tell what city it is. From sharing travel photos from so many places around the world, I notice people really enjoy trying to guess where a place is. Showing the whole skyline, therefore, makes the photo a bit more predictable and boring!

Pittsburg from Above

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  • Date Taken2019-08-04 19:01:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Night View of Philadelphia

Daily Photo – Night View of Philadelphia

What a great city Philly is! On my first night here, I was staying over there on the left at the Ritz-Carlton, and then I went out to take some night time photos. Usually, when I arrive in a new city, I have an unexplained high level of energy. I love to use this energy to go out and get lost in the city and take photos. The whole city felt very safe to me, so I had no problem roaming around and finding scenes like this. That’s the giant City Hall right there in the middle. It’s a well laid out city because there are four long roads that all lead right to that iconic building.

Night View of Philadelphia

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  • Date Taken2019-08-07 20:47:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Trey in Action in Pittsburgh

Daily Photo – Trey in Action in Pittsburgh

Here’s a fun photo captured by Curtis while we were in Pittsburgh together. I don’t normally climb stuff, but in this case, I climbed up one of those bright yellow bridges there! We spent the day with our Brazilian photographer friends Rodrigo and Ricardo Polesso… navigating our way all through the city throughout the day and the night.

Trey in Action in Pittsburgh

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  • Date Taken2020-07-04 12:24:40
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Yellow Bridges in Pittsburgh

Daily Photo – Yellow Bridges in Pittsburgh

I must have walked back and forth across these bridges like 30 times! They were so photogenic and really popped as the night colors came online. The bridges had a great pedestrian walking area too. The city is smartly laid out with parks all over the place so it gives you a reason to wander around from bridge to bridge and park to park. I’ve been in many cities where the downtown area is very poorly planned and they are not walkable at all. A few cities that pop into mind are places like Dallas, Orlando, and Reno. They’re fine cities… don’t get me wrong… just not really a “joy” to walk around like Pittsburgh.

Yellow Bridges in Pittsburgh

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-06 03:23:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Incredible Pittsburgh

Daily Photo – Incredible Pittsburgh

Who know Pittsburgh was this beautiful!?! I certainly had no idea! I didn’t know it was so colorful… that was maybe the most surprising thing to me. There’s a little hillock/mountain that you can ascend via a funicular. We took it up around sunset so we could take a variety of photos as the sun was setting. This tends to be my favorite time to shoot: just after sunset so there is a mix of artificial and natural, ambient light.

Incredible Pittsburgh

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  • Date Taken2019-08-05 01:59:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Diner in Philly

New Way to View EXIF

Now, when you click through to the image on SmugMug, there is a new “button” on the lower left that lets you see the EXIF. It will scroll in from the side and you can see all the nitty-gritty details. I had to do it on this one because I could not remember if I took it in Pittsburgh or Philly!

Daily Photo – The Diner in Philly

Philly had some great neon signs! I would pass this one almost every night on the way back to the Ritz-Carlton. By the way, thanks again to everyone that came out to the art talk there. That was a really special and fun night. It was great to see my friend Joseph Mina (@hawaiianstarman on Insta) again too! 🙂

The Diner in Philly

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  • Date Taken2019-08-07 20:33:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

Ethan goes to Outward Bound

Here’s a fun little 360 video I made when I took Ethan to Outward Bound in New Zealand. The lens is a little messed up with cracks and scratches and stuff, but, then again, so am I. 🙂 Enjoy!

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

Daily Photo – It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

That’s not true. It’s usually sunny. I ended up at a rooftop bar. I forgot which one… they all blur together at some point. But whichever one I was at, I saw this incredible sunset blooming over southern Philly. What a great town! I know it’s called the town of brotherly love, but I really did sense a real brotherhood there. People on the streets were really nice and fun… maybe just a tiny bit more than some other cities! I mean, I find nice people in all cities, but maybe Philly just had them beat by a few molecules.

It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

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  • Date Taken2019-08-08 18:10:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

Luminar 4

The people over at Skylum are hard at work on Luminar 4 and have announced a few new features. First up was a quick and easy way to replace the sky in your images, then some AI Structure functionality and now it’s AI-powered portrait enhancements. I’ll be playing with the beta on my Africa trip and if you’re interested in more info (or to pre-order) you can check out their promo vids here.

Daily Photo – The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

If I was a true baseball fan, I would know the name of this place in Pittsburgh where they play baseball. I at least know the team is called The Pittsburgh Pirates. Maybe it’s called Pirate Stadium? Or, knowing the USA, it’s probably called “Geico Stadium” or some horrible name like that. Now that I spend more time back in the USA vs. NZ, I’m so surprised how everything has to have a brand on it… it’s like this brand-crazy place. It’s not a bad thing or a good thing… just a weird thing.

The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

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  • Date Taken2019-08-06 03:14:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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