The Tapestries of China

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Daily Photo – The Tapestries of China

This whole area around Guilin has become one of my favorite areas to visit and explore in China. The shapes around here are epic and timeless, and they put me in quite a creative and contemplative mood!

The Tapestries of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Stuck In Customs Internet Research Team

I wonder who in the audience can find her YouTube channel? A great challenge for this seemingly can-find-anything audience here!

Daily Photo – On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Here’s one of the gals that was running around with us during the crazy photowalk in Tokyo, Japan. I had no idea what was happening for most of the photowalk, but there were awesome sights and people everywhere. It turns out that this gal is a fairly major YouTube star in Japan, and she doesn’t speak a lick of English. I have completely forgotten her name, but I remember looking up her YouTube channel and being completely flummoxed by what was happening.

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

Perfect Water Out There

It gets pretty hot here in Dubai most of the year, so that Arabian Sea comes in very handy. Either you’re inside, slathered with AC, or if you’re outside, you should be in that water! If you go out and keep swimming in a straight line, you’ll end up in Iran.

Daily Photo – The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

This is the view from the topside bar at the Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach. These places are so intricately and perfectly designed. People that can design these sort of geometric landscapes that incorporate gardens and pools and beaches — that is a pretty cool skill. It’s one of those strange art-forms that I really appreciate, mostly because I find it to be completely unfathomable.

The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Approaching a Small Island in Vietnam at Sunset

The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh

The airlines played THIS song for us upon arrival… and as you might suspect from what you read below, we were all singing along!

Daily Photo – Approaching a Small Island in Vietnam at Sunset

I was only in Ho Chi Minh for a few nights before jumping on a plane with some friends to go visit Phu Quoc. There were 5 of us on the plane and it was a Friday night. They didn’t serve any alcohol on the plane, so we bought a whole bottle of whiskey before the flight and just passed it around like pirates. It was insanely fun… and we were all taking photos out the window all the while.

Approaching a Small Island in Vietnam at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length94.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Gliding Over the South Island

BTS Video

Here’s a quick video I made with Google Glass while creating this photo!

Daily Photo – Gliding Over the South Island

I had a wonderful time out in a glider over the middle part (the Canterbury area) of the South Island of New Zealand. I had been learning more and more about currents of air and clouds from my paragliding training, and I learned a lot more on this day. Right under those clouds there is often a vertical shaft of air that is handy if you need some altitude. It’s kind of a revelation to me, really. I guess I thought 99% of wind went north/south/east/west, but there’s just as much that goes up and down… you just don’t feel that bit on the ground.

Gliding Over the South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Sweet FVJ

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Daily Photo – Sweet FVJ

I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.

Sweet FVJ

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Following the Icebreaker

New YouTube Cards

I started adding “Cards” to our YouTube videos. These are those little things under the “i” there on the top right of the video. It’s pretty slick for sure… although I don’t know if people are actually using them or not! Here’s an example below…

Daily Photo – Following the Icebreaker

You can see our shadow there while Hef was flying. Now, this ship you see here is on the Icebreaker, but it was right behind it. When the Icebreaker arrives every year down in Antarctica, it’s a big deal! They they can finally get in some much-needed supplies. All the countries down there generally share space on the ships that bring supplies… there are all sorts of logistics that go into it.

Following the Icebreaker

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Best Venice Shooting Time

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Daily Photo – The Best Venice Shooting Time

Whenever it started to rain in Venice, I would drop everything and get out there to shoot. Even better, it was just about to get dark so all the little businesses started to turn on their lights. That reflection of the ground simply cannot be beat. Luckily, this cute waitress gal happened to be walking right through the frame, so I was sure to grab a photo of her just as she passed in front of that bright spot.

The Best Venice Shooting Time

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Elephants on the Move

The Koloss

In a way, these remind me of the Koloss from the Mistborn series, which is a book series I recommend. They were these crazy creatures from the book that just have extra skin that they grow into, and as they get older, it gets super-stretchy and starts to crack. But I’ve always wondered why elephants seem to have so much extra skin!

Daily Photo – Elephants on the Move

The thing that struck me most about the elephants was how silent they were as they moved about. I don’t know what the bottom of their feet are like, but they appear to be super-soft and cushy. I doubt they are, since they can walk on anything, any time, at any temperature. I don’t know how something can be so tough and quiet at the same time!

Elephants on the Move

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length82.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In the Hospital with Pneumonia!

Well I guess I’ve over-done it a little… here’s a photo of my two little girls visiting me in the hospital here in Queenstown a few hours ago. We had a little CookieTime partay! :)

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(Note: Hi friends that live here! Please, NO NEED to come by and see me or bring me anything or send anything at all… I have trouble talking in person anyway and I could be contagious…so just in case… anyway, just wanted to tell ya!)

It all started about 10 days ago, about a week after I got back from Vietnam and Venice. I started coughing and I had that feeling in the back of my throat like, “Uh Oh Trey, you’re gettin’ sick.” This often happens after I do little photo adventure events where I just totally overdo it. And on top of that, we’ve got many projects going on that are really sucking up all of my wake (and sleep!) time… so it all just caught up with me.

Last week I had to fly to Wellington because of some antiquated system with the US Embassy that requires me to be present to sign a document so that my kids can get new passports. That took all of 5 minutes, but it was still a multi-day trip while my sickness got worse. Things were really bad there… I could not even sleep from all the coughing. I usually ignore all sickness and just tough-it-out, but I could tell this wasn’t going away.

So I begrudgingly went to the doctor in Wellington. She was a good doctor and diagnosed me with pneumonia (most of my left lung didn’t work) and got me an antibiotic. Turns out it was the wrong one, which I discovered about four days later when I got back home and went to another doctor here. My new doctor, awesome Doctor Pond, could tell that something was wrong and got me on a new script for a different antibiotic. That one showed minimal improvement, but today, another four days later, she thought it best to get me into the hospital, where I now am, getting pumped full of The Good Stuff. They’re sending off a few samples to see if I have Legionnaire’s but they don’t think so.

So, 10 days into this thing, and I’m at the worst point, but I think it will start to get better. I’ve hardly been able to do anything at all… it took all my concentration, guile, and focus just to write this! But I know people are worried or might have seen a few posts out there on social media… but just wanted to let people know everything is looking good now and you don’t have to worry… great doctors here and should be on the mend quickly!

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