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Blade Runner Tokyo

Movie Night Presets

I hope you enjoy using these presets as much as I do!

Daily Photo – Blade Runner Tokyo

When I look back at this amazing rainy night in Tokyo, it just makes me want to return! This night was actually completely freezing and below zero. Most of the “rain” was actually sleet. I stayed up extra late, roaming the streets of Shinjuku, hoping that the sleet would turn into snow but it never did.

Blade Runner Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:29:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length102.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In Studio in Bang Saray

Daily Photo – In Studio in Bang Saray

My friend Chris Craker has an amazing music studio a bit south of Pattaya in Thailand in a little beach town called Bang Saray. I stayed here for about a week and it was cool to watch so many music artists at work together. I don’t really hang out around musicians… I’m kind of a loner artist on my own, so it was super interesting to watch how they all worked and collaborated together.

In Studio in Bang Saray

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-07-28 19:50:45
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Shanghai in a Storm

Check out these amazing people as they use the Coronavirus to make their fans think they are even more awesome.

Daily Photo – Shanghai in a Storm

The view out of my room at the Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai was absolutely amazing. I could just sit in the easy chair and watch the world go by. One day, a rather wicked storm came blowing through the city. I was about to go out and take photos (I like taking photos in the rain), but it was a little too rainy and stormy… so I decided to have a lazy afternoon and just take photos out the window!

Shanghai in a Storm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-19 18:25:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length64.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

Shadows of the Southern Alps

New SmugMug Film

Our friends over at SmugMug have released a new film about this cool photographer named Bella Kotak. Hope you like it!

Daily Photo – Shadows of the Southern Alps

If you get out to Glenorchy early enough in the morning, you can see these amazing shadows from one set of mountains projected across the lake onto another set of mountains. One of the more stunning things about the mountains around Lake Wakatipu is how they have very steep faces jutting out of the water. It’s basically the same mountain shapes as in the fjords not too far away. If I’m not mistaken, all of this used to be a fjord at the beginning of the most recent ice age.

Shadows of the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-01 09:08:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length67.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Lake in Montana

Part 2 for Passport Members

Hey if you’re an awesome Passport Member then today you get to see part 2 of the analysis comparing RAWs to JPGs when it comes to using various combinations in Aurora. Enjoy! You’ll also get to see how I edited today’s photo!

Part 2 of the Analysis Series!

You can see Part 1 here. In today’s, we get a little deeper and work on a new photo from Montana. Not only will you learn a thing or two, but you’ll also get to see a rather beautiful photo get created!

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Daily Photo – Glacial Lake in Montana

I was happy to be sitting on a few photos from Montana that I had yet to edit. Pulling a few different brackets from this magical place seemed like the perfect way to experiment with the different settings I alluded to above.

Glacial Lake in Montana

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2008-08-09 07:30:28
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Into the White Sands

Sea Cucumbers

I don’t know how I came across this, but I found this short video about Sea Cucumbers to be rather fascinating!

Daily Photo – Into the White Sands

On the way to the photo walk in Phoenix, we stopped at White Sands National Park to spend the afternoon and evening. It was absolutely beautiful and exceeded all my expectations. I don’t know if you’re allowed to camp out there overnight, but I think it would probably be okay. I didn’t see any police or rangers around… it was incredibly lonely, except for my friends here in the photo.

Into the White Sands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 21:14:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Spa in Chefchaouen

Anti-Vaxxer Expose

I saw this fun anti-vaxxer video on reddit… enjoy!

Anti-vaxxers exposed: Hidden camera investigation from r/videos

Daily Photo – Spa in Chefchaouen

This is the basement level of an amazing hotel I stayed at in Chefchaouen. I wish I could remember the name of it, but it escapes me at the moment. Whenever I am at a hotel with a really cool pool, I often regret not taking time for a dip. I’m usually out taking photos like a crazy person, so the luxury of having a swim is a bit off the radar. I did, however, take the time to have a Hamam. It was my first one with a Muslim woman who was wearing a headscarf the entire time while I was completely nude. She basically removed the entire top level of my skin and left me bleeding and crying like a little boy. But it was still great.

Spa in Chefchaouen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-05 05:59:13
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Suspicious Mama Fox

Strangest Video on the Internet

I might have found it! (Click the title to see the full video frame.)

This is the most random video on the internet 🤣 from r/funny

Daily Photo – Suspicious Mama Fox

This is the first photo I’ve ever taken while I was super high on weed. I actually like other drugs much better than weed; pot tends to make my head feel dizzy and tired. I was out at a ranch in Yellowstone and one of my friends there had one of those pot pens. Anyway, I tried some and then decided to go take pictures of wild animals. I don’t know why. But I sat in a bush for about an hour and then a mommy fox appeared! Did you know a female fox is called a “vixen”? I didn’t know that but now I do…

Suspicious Mama Fox

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-10 00:44:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Cooking with Paris

My friend Pete sent me this video of Paris Hilton making lasagna. I always thought she was an idiot, but I was wondering if she was faking it. Now, I’m completely convinced she’s not just an idiot, but a self-deluded idiot. I think she was trying to be funny sometimes, but some of the things she said to be funny are things an idiot would say to be funny.

Daily Photo – Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Remember Google+? Yeah, that was the best! Actually, it was an absolute blast for a while. I made a lot of great friends including this guy: Vic Gundotra! He was kind, he made me laugh, and he was always full of surprises. That’s about all I ask for in a friend! 🙂 I gave a talk at the Google HQ in Tokyo after a fun photowalk (where I took this photo).

Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-10-03 08:27:29
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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