Soaring over Queenstown

Tip for shooting out of airplane windows

I usually set my f-stop as low as it will go so that I don’t see all the muck and water-spots on the window. If you’re focused on infinity, which surely you will be, everything really close to the lens will not even be visible… a fun little optics trick there! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Soaring over Queenstown

This is the Kelvin Heights area of Queenstown. Pretty eh? This is one of those places you fly over as you are coming into or out of Queenstown Airport (depending on the wind). Be sure you grab a window seat if you ever fly in here… some of the best views in the world. Oh, and have your camera ready to go!

Soaring over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 22:11:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Having a Night Ski at Coronet Peak

Following along in Europe

Try out the #80stays hashtag on Instagram to follow along and see some of the photos people are taking while joining me on the European Photo Walk Tour!

Daily Photo – Having a Night Ski at Coronet Peak

This is kind of a crazy photo, eh? In a lot of ways, I think it is kind of a crappy photo, but in another way, it's sort of an abstract. I was going back and forth between how to process this photo, and I finally decided on this other-worldly look. The whole thing reminds me of something sci-fi in a way… the idea of skiing at night is pretty awesome. I can see this lit-up ski field atop Coronet peak from my home down at the bottom of the mountain.

Having a Night Ski at Coronet Peak

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 18:46:24
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO649
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (8176)
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

An old public bathroom to buy burgers

Late May in Berlin for Photo Walk

Make sure to check out our our 80 Stays Tour Website for all the info on our FREE Photo Walk in Berlin on the 20th May!

Daily Photo – An old public bathroom to buy burgers.

Welcome to one of the most famous burger places in Berlin! We asked our concierge at the Ritz-Carlton where to go get a cool meal. He said, well, there is a place under the railroad tracks that used to be a public restroom and has been converted to a place to get great burgers. Say no more! Curtis and I went straight there! πŸ™‚

An old public bathroom to buy burgers.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 01:30:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Inside the Hagia Sofia

Broadcast from the Hagia Sofia

When I was in Istanbul, I published this live Facebook video while I was there in the Hagia Sofia… Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Inside the Hagia Sofia

Look, a wonder of the world! At least, it's a wonder in Civilization. There are many different lists for Wonders of the World, and I never know which one to believe. Oh well, no matter, because this is on MY list. At first, when I went in here, I was a bit bummed out about the scaffolding. But then I decided to embrace it as a moment in time… and I think in embracing it and in the post processing, it came out quite interesting. I think it actually looks kind of cool, and it reminds me of a space station building a starship or something like this…

Inside the Hagia Sofia

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

Party Boat for Intellectuals!

Summit Series

They’re not doing this cruise any more, but Summit has other events and goodies going on. You can see more at their website in that linky!

Daily Photo – Party Boat for Intellectuals!

This was a weird scene for sure! This was the Summit at Sea, where we took a cruise with all these “TED Speaker” kinda people. For some reason, on this cruise, they would not serve ANY alcohol until 6 PM. I've never heard of such a thing… and we were in international articles. Quinten Tarantino was on the boat too, and he said something funny about this bar on the boat called “Margaritaville” where you can't get any drinks during the day, and not even any margaritas for 24 hours a day! And, also, this was days after the election, so there was a lot of pent-up-TED-angst, so when the bars were open, people finally went nuts, like caged animals set free.

Party Boat for Intellectuals!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-12 06:35:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Magical Sunset in Naples

#80Stays!

Be sure to check out the latest on our European Tour! We’re right in the middle of it now and having a blast! I hope you can join us! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Magical Sunset in Naples

Every night I went out on the beach here in front of the Ritz-Carlton to get a good sunset. I was rewarded 40% of the time over my 5 nights… Usually, I get better stats than 2/5 on Florida sunsets… but there were some strange storms, which make the sunsets both unpredictable but also quite amazing when they actually do happen. It reminds me once again that it's most important just to show up with your camera and hope it all works out!

A Magical Sunset in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:55:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Family Chaos

Chaos and Order

I noticed that most kids seem to have no preference of chaos over order, whereas parents almost universally prefer order. Well, at least my kids seem to thrive in chaos, as you can see in today’s photo!

Daily Photo – Family Chaos

Here's a crazy shot from Aruba. We thought it'd be a “great idea” to get the kids out for a little bit of family paddleboard action. Well it was pretty great for about 10 minutes until Ethan started using “ramming speed” and trying to capsize his sisters. They started fighting back (good for them), and then it turned into WWF on paddleboards!

Family Chaos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-18 00:36:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Lamps in Cairo Bazaar

Abstract on Netflix

Here is another great Netflix suggestion: Abstract! It’s all about designers from various disciplines. I just finished episode 4 which was about a Danish architect… all are recommended! I wish I could make “playlists” on Netflix… I wonder if they are working on that?

Daily Photo – Lamps in Cairo Bazaar

Here's one of many lamp stores I visited with my family in Cairo. Of course, my daughters just HAD to have a lamp, and it was quite a selection process. I don't know if you've noticed this, but little girls can be both incredibly decisive and indecisive at the same time. I was trying to figure out what kind of behaviors to reinforce so that they become more decisive as they get older, but I am probably doing the wrong thing and encouraging indecisiveness! πŸ™‚

Lamps in Cairo Bazaar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 21:59:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Singapore from Across the Pond

Singapore Tip

If you connect in Singapore and you have more than 5 hours, be sure to leave the airport and explore the city! You don’t need a Visa from most countries and it’s really easy to jump into a taxi and head down into this area to check things out! I highly, highly recommend it!

Daily Photo – Singapore from Across the Pond

I took this photo up in the club lounge area of the Ritz-Carlton, where I stayed just for one night on my way to the USA. What a pretty view, eh? I've gotta get back here with more time soon. After I took this, I went down and had a fabulous dinner before heading out into the night to take even more photos!

Singapore from Across the Pond

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-05 19:34:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Speaking of…

Today’s daily photo features one of the founders of Plotagraph! If you look around the Plotagraph site, you’ll probably see even more photos of her… the full story below! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

One day while we were staying at one of my art collector's homes in Beverly Hills, we had the team from Plotagraph over, Troy and Sascha. We were having a little catch-up session on Plotagraph, and my friend Tom Anderson was there too (you know, MySpace Tom!). Anyway, we were both ready to take some photos, and since Sascha is a model, she offered to slink around the pool a bit. Troy was really funny – he's a Photographer as well – but he knows how to talk to models… so he was yelling out this and that and cracking me and Tom up… I'll get a recording next time!

Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-13 06:12:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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