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Making friends on Papua New Guinea

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I’ve always seen this acronym when referring to a travel destination, and it wasn’t until I got there did I realize that it stands for Papua New Guinea! I’ve posted a lot of photos from here before, but here’s a few new ones from some of the amazing tribes there.


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Daily Photo – Making friends on Papua New Guinea

And here's another one of my favorites. Whenever I re-visit and work on these photos, it reminds me I need to take more people photos, eh?

I love how the mudman here has a little statue of himself. He really pulls it off too.

Making friends on Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 08:52:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fresh Burning Man from our camp!

Here’s a view of our camp’s (Camp Walter) recreation of Da Vinci’s tank from atop the Peace Train.

Here’s a view of our camp’s (Camp Walter) recreation of Da Vinci’s tank from atop the Peace Train.

Here you can see the same tank on the left while the main party is around the great Kalliope!.

Here you can see the same tank on the left while the main party is around the great Kalliope!.

And here’s one of our other art cars: Big Red, a huge VW Bug!

And here’s one of our other art cars: Big Red, a huge VW Bug!

And here’s yet another art car – Walter, the giant VW Bus! :)

And here’s yet another art car – Walter, the giant VW Bus! 🙂

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Choosing a drink

Here’s a quick video I did where I talked to the German Cumberbatch about this rather unique bar!



Daily Photo – Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Which one to choose? I figured I couldn't go wrong. I really wanted that one drink that was served inside the small Swedish house that they burn down upon arrival. But I felt like it would be a huge waste and spectacle. I was alone there, reading my Kindle… and it seemed like a very strange, lonely, and elitist thing to be reading a book on anthropology while watching my drink-house burn down.

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 22:56:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Entering the Blue Mosque

In this video, you can see that my entrances to these grand places are not always as smooth as you might think. You can watch me battle with my basic sense of incompetency and confusion! 🙂

Daily Photo – Peeking inside the Blue Mosque

Believe it or not, this was one of my handheld series. It came out pretty good, I think. The tripod shots came out great too, but I couldn't quite get my tripod into this position, which was too bad. You'll see more shots in the future from the video above when I set up my tripod over on the left side of the mosque. I'm happy with those shots too, but it was a toss-up as to what to post first. I chose this one just to prove that you don't really need a tripod if you're in a pinch! 🙂

Peeking inside the Blue Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:48:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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The Hagia Sophia at Nightfall

Giving Back

Here’s an article more about some of the volunteering and things our family has been doing around the world. Article here! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Hagia Sophia at Nightfall

Here's another photo from one of my favorite hot-photo-spots in Istanbul when I was eating dinner atop the Seven Hills Hotel at the restaurant there. I didn't stay at this hotel, but anyone can go to the top for dinner. I recommend getting there about an hour before sunset so you can have amazing Turkish appetizers and just munch while waiting for the sun to go down. Then, just before things start getting really good, order dinner… it should be out right as soon as it begins to get dark. Then you can eat food and take photos until you get every last drop of light.

The Hagia Sophia at Nightfall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 00:00:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Roman Cistern in Istanbul

Eels in the water?

Has anyone else been here? At one point, I looked down and saw about a hundred strange slithering creatures in the water. Usually, I saw gaping mouths and slimy twisting. It creeped me out the maximum level. I couldn’t figure out what they were, and also I didn’t want to lean over the edge too long. The idea of falling in was the stuff of horrors!

Daily Photo – The Roman Cistern in Istanbul

I heard there were two Medusa head statues hidden around the cisterns. I went down here with the mission to find both of them… I've always been a big gamer, D&D guy, etc etc, so having a mission like that was very exciting for me. I found both of them and had many other “events” along the way. I'll save those for future posts and photos from this incredible underground structure.

The Roman Cistern in Istanbul

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 22:05:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Phantom 4 Review

Yes, yes, I’m excited about the new Mavic from DJI! But before I get that review up, don’t miss the “Phantom 4 Review” here on the site. Here’s the video review below that features the same location as today’s Daily Photo!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Here's a photo I got a bit earlier during the quadcopter flight. Note it wasn't a lot earlier — maybe just 10 minutes. But you can see the difference in the video above how the light went from This orange to That pink in such a short time. These kind of sunrises are rare, so, to me, I end up taking hundreds and hundreds of photos to get the full range of colors over that limited 20-30 minute span. Another reason is because when you are watching the sunset, minute-by-minute, you don't even notice the subtle color changes… looking back through Lightroom later on really reminds you of all the amazing color changes.

Approaching the Ruined Dock in Dunedin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-05 19:54:26
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Behind the Scenes

Here’s our Facebook Live video that shows us arriving at the Berlin wall (after crossing this bridge) and quite excited. There’s a bit of Berlin Wall trivia in here too!



Daily Photo – Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Upon arrival, Curtis and I jumped in an amazing car (the Audi S8 — thanks Audi!) and we drove immediately over to the Berlin Wall. I've always wanted to visit this place, being an armchair history buff. It didn't disappoint at all, and we took photos here all through the sunset. There's a 1.5 KM stretch of the wall that still stands and has been decorated by hundreds of artists. After that, we crossed the street and want about half a click down the river Spree to see this scene of the Oberbaumbrucke bridge as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 00:59:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Burning Man 2016

Be sure to check the Burning Man Category to see other photos from this year’s Burning Man! 🙂


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Here’s a view of Black Rock City in the distance under beautiful clouds on Burn Night (the night they burn the man).

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And here is the man burning later that night. We sat through two or three massive sandstorms while waiting… but it was great. I’m at the point now where I really enjoy the storms!

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A scene from the annual Billion Bunny March!

Remember those five German girls from the first set of Burning Man photos I posted from this year? Sure you do! Well, here they are, back for more!

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