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Burning Man Freshness

Here’s some warm cookies for you 🙂


Here’s good old El Pulpo Mechanico lighting up the night!

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Another scene from the BIllion Bunny March. I think I took 500 photos that day!

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Here’s another one of those people at Burning Man that just climbs everything they see!

This photo was taken on accident… but I love the way it turned out.

Bali Fun

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Daily Photo – The Entry to Paradise

Here's a side-view of the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali. The architecture here was so beautiful that there were almost no bad photos of it. I returned here again and again to take photos in different angles and different light. The weather was always perfect. It was all open air and gentle breezes would swirl about… taking photos here (and everything else!) was always calming and relaxing.

The Entry to Paradise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-12 18:30:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Scaffolding 1500 years ago

I can’t imagine the kind of scaffolding they had in place so long ago when this was originally built. The amount of engineering in the scaffolding alone just so artists could get up high must have been a tremendous challenge.

Daily Photo – Repairs to the Hagia Sophia

At first when I walked into the Hagia Sophia, besides being blown away, I was a bit disappointed to see all the scaffolding. It didn't seem “right” to have all that in there, but I certainly understand why repairs and cleaning needs to be done. It also kind of depressed me from a photographic standpoint because I couldn't get a “clean” photo. But then, when I looked at this final image in the viewfinder, I was strangely happy with it. Not only is that scaffolding a sign of the present, but it's also a bit of a strange and delightful interloper. You don't expect to see it, and it breaks up the basic patterns you see everywhere else in the photo. So, in other words, now I like it!

Repairs to the Hagia Sophia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 19:07:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Oktoberfest Fun!

This was my first Oktoberfest in Munich and it was something else. It coincided with a really fun conference called Bits & Pretzels, which is a conference all about Entrepreneurs and Tech, mostly based in Europe. It was interesting to see all the different startups and see what’s going on over there. There were also two speakers at the event I really wanted to see: Kevin Spacey and Sir Richard Branson. They were great! 🙂

Here’s a BUNCH of photos from Oktoberfest. We shot a live show while there, so there’s a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos there too! 🙂 Some random stuff in here, so enjoy 🙂

 


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Here’s my friend Alex Piuitti, who was responsible for us coming to Germany. He’s a great guy! In the middle there is Sascha from Plotagraph Pro. This is one of the only times she wasn’t wearing All Black like a ninja.


 
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Here’s one of the behind-the-scenes shot during our Live FB Oktoberfest show. Everyone here was an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist. This gal was a VC with big funds to invest.


 
It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.

It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.


 
Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂

Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂


 
This was about 3 minutes into the live show.

This was about 3 minutes into the live show.


 
Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.

Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.


 
Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!

Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!


 
Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.

Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph Pro as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.


 
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Here’s Alex and Raphael Fellmer and Martin — these are the founders of Sharecy.org — a new company to combat the wasting of food.


 
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Here’s one of the guys that was at our table… they all had their own startups as well. Great dudes. This guy happened to be a longtime fan from Cairo.


 
Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Daily Photo – This is how I really dress when at home…

This is my new standard Bavarian pose in lederhosen. When I was not engaged in active conversation, I would assume this pose until someone walked up to me.

This is how I really dress when at home…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-27 17:03:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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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