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Decisions, Decisions

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Daily Photo – Decisions, Decisions

Which one to swim in? Is it better to swim in the pool that is body-temperature or the ocean down below where it's also body-temperature? These are the kind of life-or-death decisions you have to make on vacation sometimes. In this particular case, I chose both and was pretty happy with both decisions. This was shot at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora โ€” what a spot!

Decisions, Decisions

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 12:09:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Sailing Design

Worth a Wikipedia Stop!

Whenever I look something up in Wikipedia, I tend to go down a little rabbit hole. But I found the Burj Al Arab entry to be pretty interesting! I’m just into buildings and architecture, even though I really don’t know much about it at all…

Daily Photo – Another Sailing Design

Yesterday's Sydney Opera House photo and today's photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai have a lot in common. They are both inspired by things-nautical. The opera house is based on waves and this is based on a huge sail. There's something else about this building that causes a lot of confusion with the scale of it. It's absolutely massive and I believe it's one of the tallest hotels in the world.

Another Sailing Design

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 19:58:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Shark Infested Waters

We were on a fabulous yacht in the middle of Sydney bay with my friend Dave Maxwell. At one point, we convinced him to somehow do a backflip off the boat into the sharky waters. He did it without hesitation! I declined the temptation to try it myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – The Amazing Sydney Opera House

This is just one of those buildings you never get tired of seeing. I think it was built sometime around the time I was born. I don't remember if it was a controversial design at the time or not. Sometimes this stuff comes out and people really dislike the boldness of the lines. I believe the same thing happened with the triangular Transamerica building in San Francisco.

The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 11:21:26
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1160
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Entering the Blue Mosque

Photo Tip: Include People!

My first instinct when taking photos of incredible places like the Blue Mosque is to try to get a “clean” shot without anyone in it. I still do that as my “main” photo, but I also try to get shots with some or even a bunch of people in it. I think we shy away from this because it feels like a shot that all the “tourists” get too, but it can still be quite interesting.

Daily Photo – Entering the Blue Mosque

After I took off my shoes and walked inside, this is what I saw. It was majestic! It's fun to be in a place like this where you know 99% of people are seeing it for the first time too. There's kind of this collective “awe” energy that is very fun. Everyone is in there depositing good vibes and it makes the whole spectacle more spectacular! ๐Ÿ™‚

Entering the Blue Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 16:04:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama of Boomrock

A Live Show

We could not do a live show at this location because it was too remote, but there was ANOTHER Boomrock we visited. Here’s that Live video here:

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Boomrock

Our amazing day at Boomrock ended here at sunset. We raced cars, shot skeet, then knocked golf balls off the edge of this cliff into the ocean. Awesome! This is also the spot of the ill-fated golf-shot were we took out one of our quadcopters. The battery shot out the other side and will probably never be found again. (We did recover the quad then our friend Jonatas somehow magically fixed it!)

A Panorama of Boomrock

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-17 12:36:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

DC Highlight Video

Here’s highlights from our great photo walk there. Thanks again everyone for coming out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

Here's one of the fun shots I got during the DC Photowalk. I was laying on the stomach with my daughter Scarlett right beside me. I let her help… all kids love taking photos of animals. It's a great way to get them started.

A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-08 12:13:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length101.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Hollywood Hollywood!

All on Smugmug

Yes, I’m still hosting all my images on Smugmug. They’ve been a great partner and service for us through the years. Thanks Smugmug!

Daily Photo – Hollywood Hollywood!

I'd like to sincerely thank my good friend Caleb for taking me behind the Hollywood sign one evening for a beautiful photo session. The only thing missing was some of his yoga instruction! It's really hard (as in pretty much IMPOSSIBLE) to get into this position. He told me the incredible and unbelievable story about how he got access. Just amazing. This place has so much security… we're talking Dept. of Homeland Security level activity. We got waved through so many guards to get back here… I'll never forget it!

Hollywood Hollywood!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-24 00:50:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

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Daily Photo – Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

One day when I choppered over the main continent, I got to see more glaciers than I had in my entire life combined. They were everywhere. Most of them terminated on this hard black rock here which made for quite a stark contrast. Also, the glaciers here are not melting, so most of them just end with white ice terminating on black rock. Each one of them seems to have a nice perfect shape too, a wide tongue of shining white.

Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-16 13:10:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

More from the property

Here’s a live broadcast we did from this amazing venue on Facebook.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Wow we had an amazing time here! Curtis, Dave, and I were like kids in a candy store. There were so many beautiful sights and such incredible food. I can't wait to go back and spend even more time there.

At one point, I was sitting down for lunch and I felt this TREMENDOUS bite in my crotch area. I looked across the table and saw hollow-legged Richard (the proprietor) was sitting there, so that knocked him off the suspect list. I immediately went to the bathroom and took off all my clothes to figure out what bit me. And there was a BEE in my yoga pants! I couldn't believe it. I have no idea how that bee got in there, but it wasn't happy, and neither was I.

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-19 07:49:22
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Fragrances in Berlin

Making a Special Drink

Here’s a live broadcast where I show more of the interior of this place and the unique way in which they make drinks.

Daily Photo – Fragrances in Berlin

If you look close, you can see a bit of ghosting from the bartender here in Fragrances (the bar inside the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin). When I was shooting, people were asking if they could get out of my way. I usually tell them no, because I like a bit of ghosting and some mystery in there. It's also funny when I walk into a place with a tripod that they think there is something QUITE SERIOUS going on. It's actually just the opposite… complete silliness and fun!

Fragrances in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 23:04:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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