Another Country, another Portal

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Don’t forget to go to my page to see some of the behind-the-scenes Live Videos from when I was in Istanbul exploring these places.

Daily Photo – Another Country, another Portal

You might notice a repeating theme of doors and portals in my work. It's a fun little game I play to try to do interesting things with doors and people. I stood here outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for about 30 minutes, capturing different natural, organic situations of humans coming and going. This is one of my favorites.

Another Country, another Portal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:30:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Some India Photos

How about a quick 3-batch of photos from India?


Madurai

One place I entered did not allow any cameras at all, so I had to make do with my Android phone. Here’s a panorama made of multiple shots while inside Madurai.

Chennai Quadcopter at Night

Here’s a late-night quadcopter flight near Chennai. Usually, these are more noisy, but we were blessed with a still evening.

Mahamallipurum Detail

Beautiful details on the towers in Mahamallipurum. I could stare at them for hours.

Burning Man Freshness

Here’s some warm cookies for you 🙂


Here’s good old El Pulpo Mechanico lighting up the night!

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Another scene from the BIllion Bunny March. I think I took 500 photos that day!

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Here’s another one of those people at Burning Man that just climbs everything they see!

This photo was taken on accident… but I love the way it turned out.

Bali Fun

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Daily Photo – The Entry to Paradise

Here's a side-view of the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali. The architecture here was so beautiful that there were almost no bad photos of it. I returned here again and again to take photos in different angles and different light. The weather was always perfect. It was all open air and gentle breezes would swirl about… taking photos here (and everything else!) was always calming and relaxing.

The Entry to Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-12 18:30:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Scaffolding 1500 years ago

I can’t imagine the kind of scaffolding they had in place so long ago when this was originally built. The amount of engineering in the scaffolding alone just so artists could get up high must have been a tremendous challenge.

Daily Photo – Repairs to the Hagia Sophia

At first when I walked into the Hagia Sophia, besides being blown away, I was a bit disappointed to see all the scaffolding. It didn't seem “right” to have all that in there, but I certainly understand why repairs and cleaning needs to be done. It also kind of depressed me from a photographic standpoint because I couldn't get a “clean” photo. But then, when I looked at this final image in the viewfinder, I was strangely happy with it. Not only is that scaffolding a sign of the present, but it's also a bit of a strange and delightful interloper. You don't expect to see it, and it breaks up the basic patterns you see everywhere else in the photo. So, in other words, now I like it!

Repairs to the Hagia Sophia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 19:07:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Oktoberfest Fun!

This was my first Oktoberfest in Munich and it was something else. It coincided with a really fun conference called Bits & Pretzels, which is a conference all about Entrepreneurs and Tech, mostly based in Europe. It was interesting to see all the different startups and see what’s going on over there. There were also two speakers at the event I really wanted to see: Kevin Spacey and Sir Richard Branson. They were great! 🙂

Here’s a BUNCH of photos from Oktoberfest. We shot a live show while there, so there’s a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos there too! 🙂 Some random stuff in here, so enjoy 🙂

 


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Here’s my friend Alex Piuitti, who was responsible for us coming to Germany. He’s a great guy! In the middle there is Sascha from Plotagraph Pro. This is one of the only times she wasn’t wearing All Black like a ninja.


 
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Here’s one of the behind-the-scenes shot during our Live FB Oktoberfest show. Everyone here was an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist. This gal was a VC with big funds to invest.


 
It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.

It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.


 
Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂

Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂


 
This was about 3 minutes into the live show.

This was about 3 minutes into the live show.


 
Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.

Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.


 
Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!

Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!


 
Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.

Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph Pro as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.


 
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Here’s Alex and Raphael Fellmer and Martin — these are the founders of Sharecy.org — a new company to combat the wasting of food.


 
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Here’s one of the guys that was at our table… they all had their own startups as well. Great dudes. This guy happened to be a longtime fan from Cairo.


 
Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Daily Photo – This is how I really dress when at home…

This is my new standard Bavarian pose in lederhosen. When I was not engaged in active conversation, I would assume this pose until someone walked up to me.

This is how I really dress when at home…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-27 17:03:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Entering the Blue Mosque

In this video, you can see that my entrances to these grand places are not always as smooth as you might think. You can watch me battle with my basic sense of incompetency and confusion! 🙂

Daily Photo – Peeking inside the Blue Mosque

Believe it or not, this was one of my handheld series. It came out pretty good, I think. The tripod shots came out great too, but I couldn't quite get my tripod into this position, which was too bad. You'll see more shots in the future from the video above when I set up my tripod over on the left side of the mosque. I'm happy with those shots too, but it was a toss-up as to what to post first. I chose this one just to prove that you don't really need a tripod if you're in a pinch! 🙂

Peeking inside the Blue Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:48:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Antarctica Photo Walk

Updated Tripod Recommendations

See more over on the Camera Equipment page! 🙂

I’ve recently switched tripods, then switched back, then switched again. I’m like the Caitlyn Jenner of tripods, and I’m not proud. But I’m ownin’ it girl.

  • High EndThe TQC-14 Tripod from RRS – I love this tripod. Again, I’ve switched around a lot… but this thing honestly fixes all the gripes I had with previous RRS tripods.
  • BudgetAny 3-Legged Thing Tripod – These are also nice tripods. Yes, they are still pricey but with good quality. There are some very inexpensive tripods out there, but they are so flimsy and you should not waste your time.
  • Daily Photo – The Antarctica Photo Walk

    Here we are around 12 midnight on the main continent. We were there with an incredible research team… and we were kind of the useless artists guys that were just eating all the food. But we did bring the party! This was one of the craziest photo walks ever! 🙂

    The Antarctica Photo Walk

    Photo Information

    • Date Taken2015-01-16 22:40:50
    • CameraILCE-7R
    • Camera MakeSony
    • Exposure Time1/30
    • Aperture9.5
    • ISO160
    • Focal Length16.0 mm
    • FlashOff, Did not fire
    • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
    • Exposure Bias+2

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-22 04:03:19
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

The Remnants of Tatooine

Annoying Lines from Star Wars

I’m super excited about the upcoming Star Wars movies, and I have total faith in JJ Abrams to resurrect it! Remember that one line from Episode 2, I think, when Anakin Skywalker said, after growing up on Tatooine, “I hate the sand! It gets everywhere!” I mean, Jesus dude… you’re Darth Vader! Darth Vader doesn’t complain about sand! And don’t you kinda get used to the sand if you live

Daily Photo – The Remnants of Tatooine

How cool is this? Right before I started trekking through the Sahara, I stopped at this Kasbah. The day was unmercifully hot, but I decided to go on a little reccy around the outside anyway. And look what I found! I’m not actually sure what it is… looks like an old jet or something.

The Remnants of Tatooine

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-08 03:27:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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