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Here’s Lord Snort enjoying his afternoon with the humans.

On the third day, the Da Vinci tank was completed and here’s what it looks like in all its glory.

Paris Sinclair, clothes designer extraordinaire.

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A girl and her fire-breathing swan dragon!

An Ancient Hamam

Try it in Istanbul

Here’s the Link to the amazing Baths below. I highly recommend it!

Daily Photo – An Ancient Hamam

I'm not exactly an expert on these, but now I've had five or six hamams. They're alwyas a bit different, but I always emerge like a smooth dolphin in the water. I probably lose about a pound each time from having my outer layer of skin completely removed… It's like a forced moulting or something. But it is always a great time to be pampered like that for so long! πŸ™‚

An Ancient Hamam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 21:38:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paddleboard Yoga

Floating over Bora Bora

Here’s one of the first quadcopter videos I ever made here in Bora Bora… a little throwback video time! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Paddleboard Yoga

Here's one of my favorite yoga instructors in the world. She was Spanish and always had the funniest little sayings. I would always laugh while she was teaching yoga… something I don't usually do. One day I was flying the quad and she took the paddleboard out and started goofing around on it so I could get some fun photos like this one! πŸ™‚

Paddleboard Yoga

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-25 07:51:30
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/950
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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 β€” 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

The Last 7 Years of Burning Man, Some Highlights

Here’s a photo from above. I took this while flying in an experimental plane in which I should not have been experimenting.

And here’s a closeup of the same place.

Teastorm

This was taken during the worst year of sandstorms ever at Burning Man. I was in a rather severe one and completely lost, but I kept walking in a random direction, because it was as good as any. Out of the sand came this Japanese tea ceremony. Right after I took this photo, I sat down and was served tea with floating gold leaf. When I was done, he folded up a small piece of origami and gave it to me. Upon it, the message read, “You are a God.” Finally! The thing I’ve always wanted my wife to say was confirmed by this sand-swept Japanese gentleman.

Almost anywhere on the playa you can see all kinds of acroyoga. I don’t ever pose my shots by the way, I just look for organic happenings.

Everyone is in costume or fanciness all week long. And many of the women really take it to some impressive extremes.

Why is anything There?There are many things that happen here and there and everywhere and happen without reason or forethought.  Terrible things fall around us and into us, random events of trauma, and worse, doubt.  Not everything in this world is there for a useful purpose.  So why not have huge white flowers in a desert?  If you ask why about everything, then you're probably not always asking the right questions, I tell myself.

There are many things that happen here and there and everywhere and happen without reason or forethought. Terrible things fall around us and into us, random events of trauma, and worse, doubt. Not everything in this world is there for a useful purpose. So why not have huge white flowers in a desert? If you ask why about everything, then you’re probably not always asking the right questions, I tell myself.

Charon crosses the river Styx, ferrying a lost soul into the beyond, forever.  This is where the souls go that have no hope, the endless void.  Travelers come and pull and twist and spin and see the strobes alight upon the skeleton bones.  The neck tilts and the head bows in a deathly pose, a skinless grimace pulls back a macabre grin of hate; the hate of a man who dies alone, between worlds of understanding.

Charon crosses the river Styx, ferrying a lost soul into the beyond, forever. This is where the souls go that have no hope, the endless void. Travelers come and pull and twist and spin and see the strobes alight upon the skeleton bones. The neck tilts and the head bows in a deathly pose, a skinless grimace pulls back a macabre grin of hate; the hate of a man who dies alone, between worlds of understanding.

Istanbul Wedding Crasher

Crossing into Asia

Here’s the first time I’m not going to recommend you watch a video. It’s maybe the most boring one I’ve ever made! But, you know, a lot of getting to-and-fro from one photography location to another can be rather banal. The most notable thing is what it was like to go from the Ritz-Carlton over on the European continent in Turkey across a cool bridge over to the Asian side with a lot of traffic. Sound exciting eh? Well, it’s not really… but here it is anyway! πŸ™‚



Daily Photo – Istanbul Wedding Crasher

After I got over to the hilltop right before sunset, I decided the spot was actually rubbish and I had wasted my time. It's another one of those times when locals tell you about “amazing” places to go for photos, and then you get there are realized they are not photographers at all. It's way too far away from the city, and it's hard to get a decent sunset shot here. I figured this out after 5 minutes, barely found a taxi, and then in Extremely Broken Turkish + Google Maps, explained that I wanted to go down to the seaside on the Asian side. I walked along the shore for about 2 km during sunset. It was great! Right when it started to get quite dark, I came across this scene… That's the “Maiden's Tower” on the island in the background on the left there. A beautiful spot!

Istanbul Wedding Crasher

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-04 00:22:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Spring or Autumn in New Zealand

Well, any season is great, really. It’s a true 3-month cycle here where each season is quite different. My wife prefers the Spring, but I think I like Autumn a bit better because of the slightly more pronounced colors. But, you really can’t complain because Spring is great too. That’s what we’re in right now and everything is blossoming and alive.

Daily Photo – More Color Change in Arrowtown

This was taken during our Autumn workshop. Our group spread out here along the lakeside to try to find different compositions. It was one of those difficult situations where there really wasn't always a great place to stand because of bushes and marhsy areas. The challenge was trying to get a clean shot without a big bush or some reeds dominating the front part of your photo. It's okay, we like a bit of a challenge!

More Color Change in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:26:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ponte dell’Accademia at Sunrise

Alan Watts Video

Here’s one of my favorite videos I made last year… you’ll recognize the photo below from the first scene of the movie!

Daily Photo – Ponte dell'Accademia at Sunrise

I was in Venice for about a month, out taking photos every morning at sunrise all the way through the sunset. Then there was always lots of heavy Italian food and bridge-wine on the way home with my friends. I'm not quite sure how I survived it or how I got up at every sunrise. I'm a trooper! But I guess we don't want to miss any sunrises like this, do we?

Ponte dell'Accademia at Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 07:44:13
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Burning Man Freshness

Here’s some warm cookies for you πŸ™‚


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

I was thinking about hosting a photo adventure in Bali. Would anyone be into that? If so, be sure to sign up for our newsletter β€” and we’ll announce something if I get around to planning it!

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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

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