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The Tumble

Daily Photo – The Tumble

The very “top” of a waterfall is called the crest. It makes a lot of sense, but I had to google that first. There’s a name for everything. Anyway, check out the crest on Victoria Falls, eh? It’s interesting how much green there is in there. It must be a ton of biomass. I googled a little to see what percentage of this waterfall is actually water, but came up dry.

The Tumble

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-28 03:53:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Along the Beachfront

Daily Photo – Along the Beachfront

While in Madagascar, we spent quite a few days staying on the beach in Morondava. Every day, we’d see all sorts of local people walking up and down the beach, mostly engaged in fish-related activities. Late one day, while out preparing to take sunset photos, I saw this mom with her kids walking back home. I had on my Bose headphones, so I put it on the heads of her kids to dance while I took mom’s photo.

Along the Beachfront

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-10-03 09:54:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Selling Typewriters

Reality as it is?

One of my good friends that is obsessed with reality shared this with me… I thought it was beyond interesting.

Daily Photo – Selling Typewriters

There is a huge set of stairs in Antananarivo that connect the lower part of the city to the upper part. All along both sides are people selling pretty much anything you can imagine. It’s mostly the sort of stuff people in the west would consider antiques. But people here actually still use this stuff. It’s both strange and not-strange. The whole thing is a bit of an anachronism because people that are selling this stuff are always behind the tables on their smartphones.

Selling Typewriters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-10-09 09:23:18
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/430
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO54
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Queenstown Gardens Edit

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The image from today’s video was taken during our Queenstown, New Zealand Photo Workshop which is coming in soon in just a few weeks! It’s going to be a great time and this is one of the many locations we visit together. If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the edit of this video… If you were there at the workshop, you got to see it live!

Queenstown Gardens Edit

This was a fun edit. I really enjoy these situations where you get to mix together soft areas with defined areas all in the middle of a soup of pretty colors. Enjoy! 🙂

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Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

To brighten your day

Here are some dogs walking to the BeeGees.

Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

You can either approach this amazing place from the bridge or via the sand down below. I’ve read a few accounts of people that get stuck in the sand as the sea goes into high tide. It’s not exactly quicksand, but it has the same effects. I’m not sure if anyone has actually died from this excursion, but it seems like an excursion I’ll skip nonetheless.

Mont Saint Michel over the quicksand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:06:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Rene Contemplating Life

Savvy Awards

It appears I have mistakenly recently become a winner in the Savvy Awards. I’m in that list right under Elon Musk.

Daily Photo – Rene Contemplating Life

This is a rather unique area of Zimbabwe where these huge granite boulders are just kind of sitting on top of a hill. You can see Rene up there sitting on top of one while Neville and Deanie are having a G&T over on the left. We asked our guide if we would get in trouble if we rolled one of these down the hill. He said, yes, of course. But then we said, “How about if we roll two new ones up the hill in exchange?” He didn’t know what to say… but he was pretty sure it was wrong. Then we said, “Okay, how about if we roll up a new one and don’t roll down any at all?” That one really stumped him.

Rene Contemplating Life

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-24 10:31:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bel and Sam in flying raven

Sinkhole

Watch this sinkhole expand in this swamp… really mind-twisting!

https://www.reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/comments/e8pnga/sinkhole_swallows_entire_group_of_trees/

Daily Photo – Bel and Sam in flying raven

I actually don’t know the name of this pose. It’s probably something like flying raven. I think it’s great to watch these yoga experts do this kind of thing… It’s both motivating and de-motivating. I think, “Wow, I wish I could do that. I should practice. Oh, forget it, I could never do that.” And then I go to eat a bag of chips and watch Netflix. It’s a pose I like to call, “Resting Netflix.”

Bel and Sam in flying raven

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-18 13:22:48
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

On the way to Haast

How LSD Created the Internet

Here’s an interesting and short documentary about something you may not know about!

Daily Photo – On the way to Haast

How beautiful is the West Coast of New Zealand? It’s foggy and moody and full of mystique. I absolutely love it here. This makes me want to do more road trips all over the South Island… I’ll try to do a few a year! Next time, I think I want to get a little more drone action going because the views from up high are even more spectacular.

On the way to Haast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-24 01:44:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length96.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Hobbiton

Funny Wax Figure Prank

This was a great concept and even better in execution.

Daily Photo – Exploring Hobbiton

The Hobbiton tour is definitely worth a visit if you’re up on the North Island of New Zealand. After you go on it, I find it impossible that you would not actually want to live in a hobbit hole. I also suggested to the management team there that they open up a few of the hobbit holes for people to sleep in at night. I’m sure that they could charge whatever they wanted. I’m a diehard LOTR fan, but there are people that are even way more hardcore than me!

Exploring Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-10-19 02:29:30
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

Clubbing, as Described by Sir David Attenbourough

Click the video title to see the full frame…

Who actually like Clubbing ? So many (bad) memories… from funny

Daily Photo – Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

Everywhere… everywhere… people are addicted to their phones. I’m pretty sure this is a giant source of increased anxiety. It is fun and stimulating to be on your phone, but it is an “unnatural” way to navigate the planet. Just getting out in nature and walking around is really a great counter to this. Also, being around other humans is important too. I was thinking about those African villages where the grownups and kids had so much happiness and absolutely zero screens to stare at. I’m not saying it’s one or the other, but a bit of balance is nice!

Checking Social Media in St. Petersburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 16:06:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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