Here’s one of my favorite videos… I made it right when I moved to Queenstown, New Zealand!
Daily Photo – The Sheer Cliffs of Thailand
Right around here is that same island the bad guy owned from that James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. I never made it there… it was like another 30 minutes by boat. I was quite tired of being on a boat by then… getting thrown around for a long time kind of takes the energy out of you!
We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends!
Did you know if you click on any of my photos you can get through to the Smugmug site to see all the EXIF info? I’ll go ahead and paste in this one so you can see… but I know people are often curious about exposure time, etc etc…
CAMERA Hasselblad H5D
LENS HCD 28
FOCAL LENGTH 28.0 mm (24.2 mm in 35mm)
EXPOSURE TIME 13s (13)
NAME Thailand Fun (140 of 157)_HDR.jpg
SIZE 7479 x 5771
FILE SIZE 43.13 MB
DATE TAKEN 2015-12-29 16:35:40
DATE MODIFIED 2015-12-29 16:35:40
COPYRIGHT Hasselblad H5D
Daily Photo – Walking Through Art
I'm a big fan of crazy and surprising architecture. I have no mind for it, actually. I wish I could design and build these kinds of things, but it's just well beyond me! I've tried to sit down with CAD/CAM programs and make interesting spaces, but it's just not my thing. I even struggle in Minecraft to make something look really interesting. So I pretty much have given that up and I just like looking at other pieces of amazing architecture. This is a space towards the entrance to Phulay Bay, the Ritz-Carlton resort in Thailand.
Here’s another photo from Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton in Krabi, Thailand. The whole place is a work of art and you can aim your camera almost anywhere to get an interesting photo.
Daily Photo – Another Midnight Walk Discovery
During the family trip, sometimes the only time I had to take photos was at night when everyone was asleep. In the day time, I was kind of in “dad mode” which mostly involves keeping everyone busy with stuff going into and out of their bodies. If we're not having a meal, then they are going to the bathroom, then we find more snacks, then go to the bathroom again. It's crazy and everyone is in a different cycle. While one kid is in the bathroom, another is asking for food. And then it just keeps on goin' from there!
In case you missed it, here’s one of the videos we made in Thailand! If you wanna see more, Ruby made a playlist over on YouTube!
Daily Photo – Isabella on the Path
Here's a photo I took after dinner one evening at Phulay Bay, which is one of the special “Reserve” properties of the Ritz-Carlton. They only have three of these reserve properties around the world and I feel lucky to have been at two of them (the other was in Bali). Yeah so in this photo, the whole family had just finished dinner and we were about to walk back home to our little villa and I saw this perfect little bridge! I stopped everything down and told Isabella to go over there and be my model for a while! These were pretty long exposures, so she had to sit there a while!
As you know, I write these blog entries often a few days or weeks after I take the photos. It takes me a while to work on the photos and get them ready for publishing. Anyway, while writing this one, I’m in Wellington, New Zealand at a restaurant at the Rydges here, and I have a huge plate of deep-fried risotto balls in front of me. I’m eating all of them like some stoned college student and it’s so fun. Anyway, that’s some behind-the-scenes for ya.
Daily Photo – A Private Buffet in Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton at Phulay Bay
Okay… this was a little over-the-top. I'm the first to say that it was completely unexpected and really overwhelming. But our first night here at Phulay Bay we had a private buffet on the beach! The whole thing was just for our little family… so ridiculous and wonderful. This is available actually to everyone that stays there and it was such a treat. Ethan even went back with the chef to cook some of our food. Once again, we ate WAY too much, but we loved and appreciated every second of it!
Which Bond movie was it were the evil villain had his fortress on one of these islands? I forgot! I want to say Dr. No, but I might be wrong!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Archipelago around Krabi in Thailand
Yesterday was a great example of what the Hasselblad can do and today we have another one. We had a wonderful time exploring all around these incredible limestone islands. I had the Hassy with me the whole time and was shooting like crazy. I literally have hundreds of photos, but this is one of my favorite ones.
Now that I’m back home from a the 50-day trip, I’m gonna do a little 5-day recap of the 5 countries we visited along the way! Wow, what a trip… I’m still getting my head around the whole thing. Now, some of you may know how I absolutely love staying at these amazing Ritz-Carlton locations all around the world. I feel so grateful for our partnership and everything…I know I gush about them all the time, but, I mean, comon, really! Check out how beautiful it is there… and the whole team is so nice. Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you! I never want to check out of any location…
Anyway, here’s a few favorite videos of Thailand.
Here’s a few favorite photos of Thailand this trip, both on the property and around the environs!
Here’s the beautiful entryway where I would come to meditate. More on that below for the daily photo!
We had the most amazing boat ride around the archipelago. By the way, this is a pretty good example of the “type” of photo the Hasselblad takes.
My daughter feeds a baby elephant on the beach. How Cute Can You Get?
Isabella pauses after dinner on a bridge before we return back to the room for the night. We were hoping the elephant would be there too, but he was not…
On one of our last nights here, we were treated to an amazing show from all the locals. The kids were enraptured and my camera was in a state of constant motion!
This was one of our nightly walks, from the bar to another beautiful restaurant for dinner. They had so many amazing restaurants on the property that our minds were in a state of constant-blowage!
Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton, Phulay Bay, Thailand
This is a pretty peaceful view on the way to morning meditation, wouldn't you say? By the time I walked through all these bamboo pathways and peaceful shapes, I was already in the right mindset. In fact, I think this is maybe my favorite memory of this place. It's not a specific moment, it's more that I felt like I was in a constant flow of meditation while there. And I can't wait to go back!
If you’re like me, the back of your desk is a total nightmare of wires and plugs! Has anyone ever seen an elegant solution to this? Mostly, what I try to do is make sure all that stuff is outside of my viewcone when I am sitting at my desk. That seems to work… out of sight and out of mind! But I would like another solution if one exists!
Daily Photo – Wiring in Thailand
I see this kinda thing a lot in SE Asian countries. I saw this one while walking down the street in Pattaya and trying to watch out for trannies. I've come up with only one theory for why there are so many wires… I think there are two things happening. Note I have not talked to a Thai electrician to confirm this theory. One: Sometimes the telephone/internet/electricity breaks down. Since there are so many wires, they can't possibly trace the wire to find the route of the problem and it's far easier and faster to make yet another new fresh wire! The second is that there is always new construction and density and new customers require their own telephone/internet/electricity so they create even more wires. I dunno… but it's kinda crazy either way to see this! Sort of the opposite of wireless!
Well, another year, another set of cords. Now that I have switched to the Android Nexus 6p, it has the USB type C connection. It’s great because it’s reversible like the iPhone one, but it does require a bunch of cord-scramplin’ around! I have one on my computer, one in my car, and another I travel with… so it takes a whole new set of logistics and thinking to get my head around all this…haha… oh well. Maybe one day we won’t have to charge stuff anymore!
Daily Photo – Boats in Thailand
Right off the coast of Bang Saray, where I was staying, is an endless supply of really interesting boats. I really know almost nothing about boats, but I never got tired of walking along all the docks and staring out into the sea… also, I noticed, that there never seems to be a bad sunset in Thailand, so it's a winner combination!
It was another incredible day in Thailand. There is so much to see an do here. I got started with a meditation before going into a Thai Boxing class with the family. It got a bit violent sometimes ha! Then we had some good pool time and other relaxing things happening before being treated to an amazing sunset and a fun quad flight!
Daily Photo – The last sunset of 2015 from Thailand…