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

Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

A little embedded action

Here’s a Vimeo of one of the sets at the Mayan Warrior I mentioned yesterday!

DJ Three – Mayan Warrior – Thursday Night – Burning Man – 2016 from Mayan Warrior on Vimeo.

Daily Photo – Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

We asked our concierge for a unique restaurant in Berlin, and they recommended we visit this burger place that used to be a public toilet under the train tracks. Sign us up! And that's where we headed, to the famous Burgermeister. It was a TASTY Burger for sure… while waiting on said burger in said former public toilet, I went across the street to take this photo… you can see the train tracks up above to the right.

Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 01:24:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Berlin Wall

Mini Wall

I’m not sure what that small wall there on the left is. Do any of you? My guess is that is was from another wall in another country that was partially brought here after it also fell. But that’s just a theory.

Daily Photo – The Berlin Wall

This was my fourth trip to Germany, but my first one to Berlin. What an amazing city! I could really see myself living there for a while. It reminded me a lot of New York City, except even more bohemian and artsy. Within 12 hours of getting there, I made the pilgrimage here to the Berlin Wall. This is a continuous stretch of about 1.5km that is still standing, now fully decorated by artists.

The Berlin Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 00:33:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Universe in Cologne

Speaking of Macphun

Don’t forget to grab the new Aurora HDR 2017 that we co-developed with Macphun and these two ladies in the photo below!

Daily Photo – The Universe in Cologne

While we were in Cologne for Photokina, we went out with Macphun almost every night. It was Alex and these two gals, Oksana and Julianna. On the last night there, we all wandered over to the amazing Cologne cathedral. When we walked in, we were totally shocked to see a mostly darkened room along with a huge screen playing an animated slideshow of Hubble Telescope images. There were ethereal, surreal sounds of space playing all through the stone walls. All around the outside were priests that you could talk to about the infinity of space and the universe… it was completely eclectic and amazing!

I didn't have my tripod, so I borrowed one from a random Chinese tourist. Also, I didn't have my wide-angle – just my 35 prime! So I made a panorama. When I took the tripod back, it turns out that the gentleman subscribes to my newsletter of all things — crazy universe!

The Universe in Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-24 04:38:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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 🙂

 


Trey Ratcliff

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.


 
Trey Ratcliff

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.


 
Trey Ratcliff

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


 
Trey Ratcliff

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

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Choosing a drink

Here’s a quick video I did where I talked to the German Cumberbatch about this rather unique bar!



Daily Photo – Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Which one to choose? I figured I couldn't go wrong. I really wanted that one drink that was served inside the small Swedish house that they burn down upon arrival. But I felt like it would be a huge waste and spectacle. I was alone there, reading my Kindle… and it seemed like a very strange, lonely, and elitist thing to be reading a book on anthropology while watching my drink-house burn down.

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 22:56:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Behind the Scenes

Here’s our Facebook Live video that shows us arriving at the Berlin wall (after crossing this bridge) and quite excited. There’s a bit of Berlin Wall trivia in here too!



Daily Photo – Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Upon arrival, Curtis and I jumped in an amazing car (the Audi S8 — thanks Audi!) and we drove immediately over to the Berlin Wall. I've always wanted to visit this place, being an armchair history buff. It didn't disappoint at all, and we took photos here all through the sunset. There's a 1.5 KM stretch of the wall that still stands and has been decorated by hundreds of artists. After that, we crossed the street and want about half a click down the river Spree to see this scene of the Oberbaumbrucke bridge as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 00:59:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Coming to Germany!

Heading to Germany next week for multiple events including a private art show — wanna come? Here’s my schedule (contact assistant Ruby at [email protected] for scheduling)

Sep 21 – 24 — Photokina in Cologne

Sep 24 – 27 — Bits & Pretzels Conference in Munich

Sep 28+ — Berlin private art show (leave a comment or signup for our newsletter if you want one of the 5 limited tickets available)

Here’s a photo of Cologne that I took last time I was there when all my camera gear was stolen! Hopefully, this time it will be a smoother trip! 🙂

Daily Photo – Amazing Cologne

I loved everything about Cologne… except for my train ride back to Dusseldorf.

My whole camera bag was stolen! Can you believe it? I was distracted and before I knew it, my whole camera bag was swiped in a grab n' run! What a bummer! I still was holding my tripod and A7r, so I didn't lose those, luckily. But I did lost an A7ii, two Leica lenses, and a Sony lens. Ouch! Oh well, it's just stuff… But kind of inconvenient now, you know? Ah well…

I filed out a police report and everything. We're checking on insurance now to see what was covered… fingers crossed but I have low expectations!

Amazing Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-14 02:07:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

The Making-Of

The creation of my large format photographs in Dusseldorf…

Daily Photo – Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

This is my favorite area to shoot while in this really cool German town. This is kind of the new media center… lots of crazy architecture and strange stuff happening! Check out those crazy frog-people on the right… Oh, Germany!

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-09 00:16:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

New Article in the Daily Telegraph

Here’s an article that came out yesterday. It talks a bit about me, the blog, and everything! It features a few different “Online Influencers.”

Correcting Alignments in Architecture

I tried doing the automatic adjustments in Photoshop to send all the lines back to vertical. The look was okay, but it was a bit boring on this image, so I kept it with the wacky verts… which I generally like better anyway, but especially for crazy architecture like this!

Daily Photo – Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

How cool is this building? Gehry actually has three buildings here in this “Media Center” area of Dusseldorf that are grouped together. All the buildings are awesome, but this one definitely stands out. The three are very similar in design, but this is the one with the crazy mirrored outside. The “look” and feel of it change dramatically throughout the day and night, but around this time, I felt like it was an entrance to the Matrix!

Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-13 03:19:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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