Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

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Daily Photo – Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

We were at the Google event in Tokyo and we ended up in an area where many Japanese people were walking about in traditional clothing. It was so cool! It reminded me of playing the Sims or something… everything was so quaint and perfect (except for when things go pear-shaped in The Sims). Anyway, I guess I'm used to seeing this kind of traditional garb on older women in Japan, so it was fun to see these pretty young girls wearing them.

Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Crossing the Hippo Infested Ponds

Hippo Encounter

On one of our boat rides into camp, we got a little too close to a hippo. Well, he took umbrage to this and decided to chase us at full speed! He reared up out of the water at least 4 times as he did everything he could to catch up. It scared the hell out of all of us so much we were laughing! And the guide said he had never seen anything like it before, which made us all just-a-bit nervous!

Daily Photo – Crossing the Hippo Infested Ponds

This is what almost every bridge in Botswana looks like! They all look like they are on the edge of collapse. And I just can't get used to that gap in the middle. I feel like, well, let's just throw a few more logs down in that middle part just in case. These Land Rovers they use there are so immense and heavy… I can only imagine what would happen if just one tire slipped off… forget it! You're down swimmin' with the hippos, and they are hungry hungry.

Crossing the Hippo Infested Ponds

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.7

Strange Bushes in China

4K Video on the Inspire

I’ve been shooting more and more video with my DJI Inspire at 4K. It’s really cool and amazing to watch on the big screen… so smooth and amazing, really! At first I thought 4K video was a bit overkill, but I gotta admit, I’m getting kind of used to it!

I can’t believe the NSF would not let me bring my quadcopters down to Antarctica… it has made me a bit bummed out… I was really looking forward to getting some unique angles. Oh well…

Daily Photo – Strange Bushes in China

Here's a few Minions from Despicable Me that were on the side of the road in China. So strange, I think! Somehow I doubt they paid royalty rights for these…

Strange Bushes in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Natives in the Hot Afternoon Namibian Sun

What I think About Bird Photos

I recently gave this fairly useless critique to Cat Burton inside the Arcanum. Below this quote, I put one of my own photos, which I do not really think of as a bird-photo, but as a weird-photo.

It’s a good photo.

Here’s my somewhat useless analysis, being a non-bird-photographer. I’ve taken a few bird-photos, but I don’t consider myself a bird photographer. I only know a little bit about bird-photographers, but they are mystical, like “The Others” on Lost.

My take is that: bird photos are only interesting to other bird photographers.

Other photographers are, at most, only vaguely interested and will generally comment on the sharpness, but otherwise find the subject matter inscrutable.

Bird photographers also seem to be purists. They’ll sit in one uncomfy spot forever to get a photo of some triple-adjectived rare bird that is only seen on a blood moon in a province of Linkershire when the tide is low. They take great pride in their fortitude and find any artifice to be reprehensible.

And, in your bird-cloning tactic, you have probably given offense to the purists among the bird photographers. I think it is cool, but, as I said repeatedly, I am not a bird photographer. They may find this photo to be incomprehensible and as impure as your original sin soul, but, again, I am not a bird photographer.

I hope this useless critique was of interest, or, something.

Attack On Gaijin

Daily Photo – Natives in the Hot Afternoon Namibian Sun

I won't put much text here, because I think it sort of takes away from the moment. But while in Namibia, we visited a village, and I saw these to gentlemen, high upon a rock.

Natives in the Hot Afternoon Namibian Sun

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

Shooting in New Zealand

Here’s a little Google Glass video I made on one of the final days of a recent workshop we had!

Daily Photo – The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

I've been fortunate enough to take a variety of helicopter flights all over New Zealand. The Southern Alps, which can clearly be seen from planes on arrival into Queenstown, are staggering in their complexity and depth. It's really the layer after layer after layer of incredible peaks that always gets to me. And you think, well surely there can't be more mountains beyond those, but then you fly over them, and sure enough, there are! It's like a never ending fractal… and all very beautiful, especially when you get a bit of snow up there.

The Endless layers of the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

I realized I really don’t Know My Animals

When we were driving around Botswana, we saw all sorts of amazing animals. It was just then I realized I don’t know the names of hardly anything. I mean, I got the easy ones like giraffes and elephants, but they have all these other crazy animals with wonky names. I was constantly getting the guide to repeat what the heck they were… I felt super-dumb! haha. Anyway, to this day, I’m not totally sure I can tell the difference between a springbok and a red lechwe!

Daily Photo – The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

According to a variety of guides I had in Africa, this is the most feared animal there. What a surprise this was… and good to know… Growing up in Texas, I thought they might just be a *little* bit mean like bulls. I wasn't gonna go wrastle the thing to the ground or anything, but especially not after I heard some horror stories.

One of the stories involved a hunter going after one. They got a good shot, and the cape buffalo retreated and limped back into the long grass. The hunter pursued. But the crafty buffalo circled back around and rammed him from the side, killing him.

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Strange Hotel

I often have very strange Chinese hotel experiences. This one was no different. I walked into pretty much the only hotel in the small village of Mutianyu. First, it didn’t really look like a hotel from the outside. But from the inside, I can report, it also did not look like a hotel. It had a bunch of trees and bushes and little pathways here and there. Some seemed to go into closed restaurants where others just went to areas of general detritus. I eventually found the front desk after busting through some palm fronds. When I got there, they indicated that this was indeed the hotel, but there were no rooms. Not that there were no rooms available — just that there were no rooms. I thought this strange and asked if I could still somehow find a way to stay at this supposed hotel. They said, oh yes of course, but you have to go get in the car and go across the street to the hotel.

Daily Photo – Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

The Great Wall has many different sections, being great and everything. I've visited many of them, but this one is by far my favorite. It's called the Mutianyu. Other sections are Badaling, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. But this one is my favorite so far because it's well maintained, beautiful to photograph, and, best of all, not that many tourists! I ended up staying here way too late and was barely able to find my way back down into the village.

Mutianyu

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

Wild Animals and Patience

I must admit that I am not the most patient photographer. That’s not entirely true. I’m very patient for sunsets, sunrises, and most landscape situations. I think I am just animal-impatient. I have a lot of respect for those animal photographers (especially bird photographers!) that will sit there and just wait for something to come out of its hole or come back to its nest. I can wait for a little while, but I usually prefer just to have it all happen automagically for me! I guess I just feel a little too out-of-control for getting a good shot… with Landscape situations, I feel like I control the destiny of the shot a bit more…

Daily Photo – The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

This was a treat to find this guy! We can thank Curtis Simmons for being the spotter here and finding him stalking his prey through the grass in the dark. This is pretty much the tallest cat in the world with the biggest leg length to body ratio. They are extinct in cape regions of South Africa because of loss of habitat, so I felt very lucky to see one!

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Sorry About the Cape Town PhotoWalk!

I wanted to apologize again for needing to cancel that Cape Town PhotoWalk! I was really looking forward to it… if it had not been for One Infuriating Lady at the Botswana Airport, I could have made it with no problem. Who knew you needed a whole blank page on your passport to fly to South Africa? It makes no sense and still infuriates me… I had plenty of room in my passport! I even went in and ripped off one of my Chinese Visa stickers that took up a whole page (which, I assume in itself could be considered somewhat fraudulent), but she still would not take it! Ugh! Anyway, it’s the past Trey, it’s the past…

Daily Photo – A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

After massive immigration problems (and literally getting Stuck In Customs in Botswana), I finally made it to Cape Town. We had a ton of fun there together! On my first full day, my friend Neville had planned an amazing trip through the wine country. I went to probably one of the most awesome wineries in the world there… I've forgotten the name now. It was so good I forgot a lot, in fact. But, I didn't forget to take this sunset photo as we were leaving…

A Wine and Sunset Adventure in Cape Town

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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