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The Road to the Misty Mountains

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Kevin Kelly on The Long Now

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 his passion project, the long now. Put in very simple terms, how we can live in a way that will benefit our descendants.

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

And here is the audio version:

Daily Photo – The Road to the Misty Mountains

Here’s a view of the road along the west coast of New Zealand as it heads into the Haast area. It’s absolutely epic and I want to do more road trips in this area! You would not necessarily know it from this shot, but the best thing about this part of New Zealand are the trees. There are some of the most Dr. Seuss looking trees as you drive along the road. They look even more surreal when they are framed in fog.

The Road to the Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-06 17:05:04
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Montreal from the Mountaintop

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Abstract! Watch it… the new season is out now. It’s a show all about art and design and I find it rather inspiring.

Daily Photo – Montreal from the Mountaintop

I’m not ashamed to go get photos from the obvious places in cities! Montreal backs onto this mountain/hill place. I’m not really sure if it qualifies as a small mountain or a big hill. Either way, there’s a perfect vantage point up there for photos of the beautiful city.

Montreal from the Mountaintop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 17:46:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

Daily Photo – Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

Maybe I’ve been lucky, but every sunrise I’ve seen on the east coast of Florida has been absolutely beautiful. Even on days when it’s quite cloudy, the sun somehow manages to pop through and make the whole scene epic. Besides that, nothing beats a morning walk on the beach to clear your head and get you ready for the day! 🙂

Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-13 06:34:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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

Photo Information

  • 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

Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

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If you haven’t wanted “Succession” yet, be sure to put it on your list. It reminds me a little of “Billions,” but the writing and characters are even better.

Daily Photo – Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

This is one of my favorite random shots from Zimbabwe. Check out this mother and son while they are walking to the big festival. I loved her white outfit and the shape of the lines across her body as they matched with her son. I’m not sure why she was wearing white; I should have asked her! 99% of everyone else at the festival was dressed in all kinds of fanciful colors.

Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-22 02:57:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Autumn Light in New Zealand

Mayan Warrior 2019

Here is one of my favorite art cars from Burning Man. It’s actually more than just an art car… their entire team amazing. Plus, whomever they get to make these videos is seriously talented! Check this out:

Daily Photo – Autumn Light in New Zealand

I love it when I get to introduce new people to New Zealand during my workshops! These are incredible events and we usually end up visiting Queenstown Gardens. There are so many different kinds of trees and the colors are completely ridiculous. Often times, we begin here in the gardens so that everyone immediately gets some good photos to share with friends and family back home.

Autumn Light in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 09:58:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture20
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Mobile in Madagascar

Passport Sunday 360 Video

Today, for you awesome Passport Members, I have a new 360 video when I am taking photos in Madagascar!

Exploring Madagascar

While on a 4-hour road trip in Madagascar, we stopped for lunch in some random town. I recorded a quick video here to show you a little bit of what I saw while there. Sorry in advance for the abrupt ending – the battery on the 360 ran out! 🙁

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Daily Photo – Mobile in Madagascar

Here’s one of the many mobile phone photos I took while in Africa. If you want to see some of my favorites here is a link to my favorite 20 or so. Enjoy!

Mobile in Madagascar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-01-29 09:57:28
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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

New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

New Words from the Year I was Born

My friend Stu sent me this interesting thing from Merriam Webster that shows what words were used for the first time the year I was born.

Daily Photo – New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

Here’s a photo I took during the Autumn Workshop (which you should sign up for!) when we went up to the top of Coronet Peak. I have a list of like 10 of my favorite places to take the group… I usually wait till the very last minute to decide based on the weather. All the spots are good during any kind of weather, but some are better than others… It’s only taken me about 10 years to figure out all this stuff!

New Zealand during the Fall Workshop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 09:19:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Toronto from the Railways

Daily Photo – Toronto from the Railways

When photographing new cities, I often randomly walk from bridge to bridge to see what I can find in terms of new perspectives. Most of the time, it’s a total bummer. But when you jump on Google Maps, you can often find bridges that go over railways. That’s usually a guaranteed winner situation because it makes for amazing leading lines the head towards an epic skyline… and it’s hard to do better than the skyline of Toronto.

Toronto from the Railways

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-02 02:33:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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