Road Trip New Zealand!

The Museum Art Hotel in Wellington

This hotel is mega-awesome! I really recommend it… Every time I go to Wellington I stay here. It’s very quirky because the lobby and most rooms are filled with all kinds of random modern art. It’s like everywhere… you can’t turn around without your eyes catching onto something you never expected to see! It was recently bought by the QT Hotels company (I think), and I’ve stayed at some of their amazing properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast as well. Anyway, if you’re lookin’ for a great hotel in Welly, be sure to go here!

Daily Photo – Amazing New Zealand

I know I know… I keep talking about how lovely it is here. I think I just want everyone to come experience it for themselves. This is one of the first photos I ever took here, when I came on a road trip with my family. We did the whole rent-a-camper-van thing and it was totally radical. In fact, the family keeps begging me to rent another one of those to do another road trip even though we actually live here!

Amazing New Zealand

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An amazing three days in Muscat, Oman

Oman Recap

You’ll see a lot of footage of the Al Bustan Palace, the Ritz-Carlton here where we stayed. What a property! We had just come from India and seen how the royal people lived, and now we felt like them! They made amazing suggestions and we got to see everything from incredible souks to picturesque deserts. You’ll see more below and in weeks/months/years to come as I pour through the photos and share them here.

One of the greatest things that happened in here was totally unexpected! Isabella lost her tooth and it seems the Tooth Fairy went crazy and had a party in the room! You’ll see that and more in the video.

Oman Video Recap

Wow…I just watched this again and it makes me want to go back! We were only here for three days… not nearly long enough!

Oman Photos Recap

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Here’s the view from the beach of the Ritz-Carton hotel there. I think they have something like a mile of private beach… and it’s mostly empty all the time!

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How beautiful is this hotel?

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Not too far away is this incredible mosque. I felt lucky to be able to visit it!

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And here we are inside the mosque. The girls loved getting dressed up for the big event!

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A short drive from the hotel was a great old souk. I found this lamp store and wanted to buy everything but Tina would not let me! :(

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Here’s the main pool there at the Al Bustan Palace at night. These gentle fountains come on and dance across the water.

Daily Photo – Al Bustan Palace, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman

Check out the lobby! We couldn't believe our eyes when we walked in. The grandeur of the chandelier alone was enough to stagger all of us. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the entire property, but especially the pools and the ocean. We couldn't get them out of the water!

This was my family's first trip to the middle east and they were a bit nervous, to be honest! I wasn't worried one lick, but they were all extremely surprised at how open, warm, and welcoming the Omanese people were. I think everyone felt very safe and happy the entire time, exactly as I suspected!

Probably one of my favorite memories from here was when we took a little family catamaran trip one night… being out on the open ocean and seeing such amazing rock/mountain formations was really mesmerizing.

Al Bustan Palace, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman

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  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
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Trees in Namibia

Featured in Modern Luxury Dallas

I got some news that our photo walk finale in Dallas was featured in Modern Luxury Dallas — that was the final shot we got right before going back to have the after-party at the Ritz-Carlton where a dozen feet-masseuses awaited us! What a treat! :)

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Daily Photo – Trees in Namibia

I've forgotten the names of these sorts of trees, but they were everywhere in the desert and canyon areas of Namibia. One of the most striking things about them is how unique each one was. You never saw two that had a similar branch or leaf patterns… I'm really not much of a tree guy (obviously), but I did find myself drawn to each and every one and how they were so different! You may even remember this kind of tree from one of my favorite star photos from Namibia. Oh yes, I just remembered! Quiver trees. That's what they're called… funny how memory works and doesn't work!

Trees in Namibia

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
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Boating Around Venice

The Blue Hour

This is my favorite time to take photos. I’m not always in amazing places like Venice, but when I am, it’s A VERY EXCITING TIME. The city looks amazing all the time, but things go gangbusters at the blue hour. And it’s a fun kind of nervousness inside too since you want to see as much as possible in a short time!

Daily Photo – Boating Around Venice

Whenever I get in one of these boats, I probably literally take at least 500 if not 1000 photos. Everything looks so awesome, and you're moving so fast, so the stimulation is at an extreme factor. Normally, you are kind of used to a walking-pace, so stuff appears very slowly, and you have a moment to get used to it. But these boats go about 10x that speed… and 10x the visual excitement!

Boating Around Venice

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A fire Sunset over Venice

Getting to the top!

I’ve never done any of the basic touristy things in Venice. Why? I don’t know! But I’ll get there early with my family before the Photo Adventure Workshop and do all of them. Who knows, maybe I’ll discover something cool! Like, for example, I’ve never been to the top of that tower you see there in this photo below in St. Mark’s Square.

Daily Photo – A fire Sunset over Venice

I can’t wait to get back to Venice! We took this during the amazing photo walk while there. It was really wonderful, but next time, I think we need a wine sherpa. It was SUCH a long walk and I started to get quite tired…. Even after I took this, it was another 3km until our final destination! Now I’m making all photo walks quite short… with a high probability of a wine sherpa!

A fire Sunset over Venice

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
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  • ISO200
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
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Burano, Italy

New Under 60s video!

Newly released over at The Arcanum now you can sign up in under 60 seconds and also use Facebook login – cool! What is The Arcanum? It’s an amazing new way to learn Photography (other skills coming soon) with the tried & true Master & Apprentice system, but with a modern twist… think of it like Uber for creative brains! :)

Burano and Murano

These are two different places! I didn’t know this before I went. Murano is the place to go for all the glass blowing and that sort of thing. Burano is quite a bit further away, but as you can see, it’s more than worth it!

Daily Photo – Burano, Italy

I took SO many photos here. I was already completely overloaded while in Venice, but then I got here and started lighting it up even more. It was about 10x as colorful as Venice, which was already pretty insane!

Burano, Italy

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  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

Back to Utah

Okay after three days of this, I’ve decided I gotta get back to Utah! :)

Daily Photo – Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

And then after the storm I was treated with this. How lucky! Whenever I see a rainbow I still get excited like a little girl. I know they just don’t last too long so I snap away while the magic is happening!

Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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