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From Vienna... thoughts on symmetry

The photo walk photo challenge in Vienna was to focus on symmetry and also to analyze all of the so-called "rules" of photography. Whenever anyone tells me anything, I, by default, don't really believe them and I question what made them say the things they said. That's kind of built into me for some reason. Anyway, the same certainly goes for photography, so whenever I hear some "rule," I have to break it down myself to its premises, and you can see me do some of that in the video below.

Books to expand your soul and mind

I've got all my gear on Kit.com and I decided to put some of my favorite books on here too. Not that you want to know The Mind of Trey, but, if you do, this is a very sophisticated set of 40-50 books that have been influential to me. You'll notice there are no books on photography; I believe it's best to get inspiration from outside of this navel-staring realm. It's an equal collection of fiction and non-fiction. I hope you find something you like!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, is a book for everyone, much like The Alchemist. It's a fictional book about a genius boy that loves music and figures out a mischievous way to get into a mysterious academy filled with dark and light secrets. It's an important book for anyone who is on their own personal creative quest.

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Here are some more of my favorite photos from our #80Stays Tour :)

Mystery City
Guess what city this is? I'll tell you at the end of this paragraph if you want to look away and guess on your own! It turned out to be one of my favorite new cities but one that is really hard to get to. For my visa to get in here, I had to list every country I've been to for the last 10 years including dates of entry and exit! Uhhh that's a lot. Well, I didn't have to do it, Ruby did it for me (thanks, Ruby), but it nearly drove her to the madhouse. I find the whole Visa process to be completely antiquated. If I just give them my Passport number, I AM SURE they know everywhere I have been and when I have been there. All that is in computers and so easy to look up. I've never understood the reason to fill out Visas or even those little pieces of paper as you land in countries. All these places already know everything about you before you even arrive. Anyway, rant done... but after going through all these motions, I finally made it here, to Moscow, Russia.
Life Powered by Windmills
Beautiful windmills in a small village near Amsterdam. We saw this just after our bus arrived here after crossing the English channel from the London event.
Sky on Fire
We had great sunsets everywhere, but one country that delivered night after night was Hungary. This was taken from a rooftop bar in downtown Budapest called The 360.
Picturesque Parliament
Here's the amazing parliament building we walked by during the photo walk in Budapest. It was a welcome surprise that Hans Zimmer and his entire band came out to join us for the event!!
The Red Square
Moscow's Red Square - if you missed the live video I did here, be sure to check the Videos section of my Facebook page.
Budapest by Panorama
Here's a panorama of beautiful Budapest. It was made out of five different photos shot from a quadcopter on a still evening. Right down below is where we began the photo walk in front of the ferris wheel.
Getting lost in Budapest
This shows the middle part of the city; my favorite to get lost in. There were so many quirky cafes, bars, restaurants... I wanted to try them all! I got lost so many times wandering around, that I eventually actually started to learn the way. In some back alley, I found a super-retro camera shop. I went in there and bought my son a cool retro camera as a gift... he's getting more into photography thanks to his class at school. I always bring the kids presents when I come home... I got some winners this time so I hope they like them.
The mighty Duomo
This is the mighty Duomo in Milan with the nearby entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This was taken right at the end of the photo walk before we ran off into the night to get some food and drinks.
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