An Amazing Adventure in India, a recap

India Recap

This was my second time to India but my first time to come with my family. We chose Bangalore as our home-base for a few reasons. First, there was yet another amazing Ritz-Carlton there which was great and relaxing for the whole family. This is where my son learned to fall in love with Indian food! This is saying a lot because hitherto we had only seen him eat hamburgers and pizza! We even got an extended cooking class at Riwaz that the kids loved. And to my surprise, after the cooking class, we got to eat everything and more. I ate SO MUCH FOOD in India it was absolutely ridiculous. And they kept bringing more and more. I’ve heard you’re not supposed to eat to make yourself happy, but I don’t believe that at all!

The second reason was this is where our train trip on the Southern Splendor started and ended! It was my first long train ride like this where you live on a train for a whole week. It was an incredible way to see the country and the whole family had fun. So Much Indian Food and I think we all learned to love it even more as the week went on! You can see a lot more in the videos below :)

India Videos Recap

And here’s all the videos from India!

India Photos Recap

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Here is a view of Bangalore at sunset. I took this from the rooftop bar on top of the Ritz-Carlton. I have another photo of this funky bar down below!

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Here are my two beautiful daughters. We went out almost immediately in Bangalore to get them a few traditional Indian dresses.

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Not far from the hotel was this amazing old fortress-palace that we spent a bit of time inside.

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Well this is obviously not Bangalore, but I wanted to throw it in as one of my favorite photos I took while in India. This is on the very southern tip, where three seas smash together in a Game-of-Thrones scene!

And here is the amazing rooftop bar I mentioned earlier. I had a major geek-out moment here when I was all alone editing photos and there was a huge bridal party blowing up all around me.

Here’s the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton… we had so many long and adventurous days, and this was always a welcome site to see at the end of the day!

Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India

Here is the entrance to one of my favorite restaurants in Bangalore. This is Lantern, and it's one of the many great places to eat inside the Ritz-Carlton. Look, it's lined with wine on the way in! So much wine, so little time! :)

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture19
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Ritz-Carlton, Phulay Bay, Thailand

A Thailand Recap!

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…

Thailand Videos

Anyway, here’s a few favorite videos of Thailand.

Thailand Photos

Here’s a few favorite photos of Thailand this trip, both on the property and around the environs!

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Here’s the beautiful entryway where I would come to meditate. More on that below for the daily photo!

Exploring The Archipelago Around Krabi In Thailand

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.

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My daughter feeds a baby elephant on the beach. How Cute Can You Get?

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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…

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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!

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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!

The Ritz-Carlton, Phulay Bay, Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

My 35mm Lens

I must say that the Leica Lens I use the most for people/family shots is my 35mm f/1.4. I bought it a few years ago… and it’s great for most any situation! My people shots DO look better with the 90mm f/2 I think, but the 35mm is more general purpose. You can see more in my Leica Lens Buying Guide. If you want to see some samples with the 90mm f/2, check out my Papua New Guinea Photos.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

Once again, it was a perfect day in Utah. I don't think I had bad weather more than 5% of the time… I don't know if that is normal or not for Utah? Who knows… Anyway, I was thankful for all these magical mornings that felt like the cover of a Larry McMurtry novel!

A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

This guy doesn’t seem so confident in his proposal

I think I’m blocked in China?

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Daily Photo – This guy doesn't seem so confident in his proposal

I come across so many strange wedding-photography scenes in Beijing. Each one is so quirky and funny… strange outfits, signs, props, everything you can imagine! Since I tend to visit some of the most photogenic places, so do the wedding photographers, but they're always clogging up all the scenes with these strange setups. It's not so bad, I guess… always entertaining to watch. Here's one of those in-betweener shots!

This guy doesn't seem so confident in his proposal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

Sun Dog in Utah

Burst Mode on my Android

I’m currently using the Nexus 6P Android phone and I noticed it has a really cool photo mode if you hold down the photo button. I tried it with my kids the other day, and it automatically took like 10 photos then picked the best one AND automatically made a cool collage. It was like a hidden feature I didn’t know about!

Daily Photo – Sun Dog in Utah

I think this thing is called a Sun Dog? I'm not totally sure… but it was a really cool phenomenon that I had not seen before. I suppose it happens when there is a little bubble of wet, humid air floating around… it definitely was not raining and this whole part of the desert in Utah was as dry as a bone.

Sun Dog in Utah

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length147.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A strange scene in Namibia

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Something secret coming from Africa!

From the Heart of Darkness itself, we have made something Very Awesome from Africa! I don’t know when we’ll be releasing it, but I’m super-excited to share it with y’all.

Daily Photo – A strange scene in Namibia

It was a very cold morning in Namibia. I had no idea that Africa was gonna be so cold! I didn't bring nearly enough warm clothes… the nights were especially rough. Anyway, one morning we went out to take some photos and I looked over at my travel friends and saw this rather strange scene. I had to take a photo because it was so surreal! :)

A strange scene in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Walking through Ming’s Tombs

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Don’t forget to check out the Aurora HDR Tips page that I created here on the site. I’ll keep adding more videos in the future! :)

Daily Photo – Walking through Ming's Tombs

One day in Beijing, I drove about an hour north of the city to visit Ming's Tomb. It was really a nice trip… and more like a walk in a 5km park than visiting a mausoleum or something. I expected crypts or catacombs or something with a name in “Ming's Tomb” but it was nothing like that… There were beautiful garden paths and many of these sorts of structures, all aligned along the central axis that connects everything from The Forbidden City to the Summer Palace and countless other Chinese monuments around Beijing.

Walking through Ming's Tombs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Ascending Mount Aspiring

Everest

I still have not seen that movie. I understand it gets a little serious, to say the least. I almost took the kids to see it then someone warned me against that!

Daily Photo – Ascending Mount Aspiring

Well, I ascended it by air, which was much more civilized. I am so impressed by these mountain climbers that do it for real. Those are real dudes for sure… There're a lot of mountains here in New Zealand that are huge destinations for serious mountain climbers. I understand there are a few extra challenges here because of the ice, snow, and glaciers… I know people die all the time trying to climb Mount Cook, which is not too far away from this one… those guys have some balls! (and some frozen ones!)

Ascending Mount Aspiring

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Black Venice Water at Night

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Venice Photos Galore

I already have a ton of photos of Venice, but I’m about to be flooded with them, so to speak, with yet another amazing trip to Venice here. I hope you don’t get tired of them… I sure don’t!

Daily Photo – Black Venice Water at Night

At night in Venice, the water takes on another character to me… it seems black and oily and even a little bit evil! I know that's a strange thing because in the daytime it's so happy and colorful and full of life. But at night, it's just a different thing altogether. Maybe because you gotta stay away from it and you're always worried about falling in, like my friend Rene! :)

Black Venice Water at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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