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Take Me to Your Leader

Fleabag and Killing Eve

These are two of my favorite shows by one of my new favorite people: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This gal is super-creative… I can’t wait to see what she does next. Be sure to check out those shows. As of right now, they are not on Netflix, but if you poke around, you can find them.

Daily Photo – Take me to your Leader

I’ve never been in this rainforest area of Singapore at night before. I thought it looked amazing and moody with all the lights + the mist that comes down from the upper walkways. I was walking around here with Dotz Soh and a few other people. We just slowly wandered around, taking photos, and drinking in all the sights and sounds. Even though this place is quite touristy, I think it is worth it!

Take me to your Leader

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:12:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Moody Night, This Time in Geneva

Check out David Whyte!

I was lucky enough to be invited to hear David Whyte live in Glenorchy. What a cool guy… I didn’t really know what to think beforehand, but I was sold!

Of all things, he told two poems about The Camino, which I just walked a few months ago. You can read Part 1 here or Part 2 here. Anyway, here is the bit from his TED talk where he says that poem.

Daily Photo – Another Moody Night, This time in Geneva

This one kind of reminds me of yesterday’s photo, though it wasn’t raining quite as hard. We stopped in Geneva for just one evening on the European tour. It was such a cruisy town; I wish we could have stayed longer. As it was, we generally were not getting enough sleep and were hitting every town and immediately it was boots on the ground, doing stuff. This was supposed to be a “rest day” but I ended up wandering the streets till midnight taking photos.

Another Moody Night, This time in Geneva

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-06 20:59:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

I Love Rain in Tokyo

Movie Night Presets!

Today’s photo was made using my Movie Night Presets. Go have a look and see if you are interested! Here’s a little promo video for them below.

 

Daily Photo – I Love Rain in Tokyo

I know you may be getting tired of my rain-in-Tokyo shots, but that’s just too bad. I probably took about 500 photos over the three nights it was raining there. I mostly stuck around Shinjuku, although I should have gotten over to Ginza. It was very very cold, and I was kind of hoping for some snow. I’ve seen some snow photos in Tokyo that are so beautiful. Oh well, maybe next time!

I Love Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:08:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO8000
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Knife

New Re-Mastering Video for Fine Art on Passport Sunday!

If you are a Passport Member then you get a special treat today! I am just releasing Series 2 of the fine art over at TreyRatcliff.com and decided to go re-master this one from Patagonia.

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Hey here’s the video of me working on the final image. You can see how I dealt with a lot of different problems. One thing I forgot to put in the video is how I gave the mountains a little bit of vertical stretch at the end… or as I like to call it, Mountain-Viagra.

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Daily Photo – The Knife

When I went back to re-edit this one, I had to fix up more than I first thought. Something happened with some of the fringing, which was very very difficult to fix. If you watch the video, you’ll see all the trouble I went through. It reminds me not to move the sliders too far in one position because it can cause tiny little niggling problems that you can’t solve later.

The Knife

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-31 06:10:16
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Longboarding in Beijing

Upcoming Event in San Francisco!

I’ll be heading out to San Francisco tomorrow for about a week to attend this Burning Man Art Auction – The Artumnal! It should be a great event, and I have a few pieces in the auction. I think there are still some tickets available – see you there! All the money goes to Burning Man artists (none for me).

Daily Photo – Longboarding in Beijing

How cool is this gal? This picture doesn’t even illustrate how graceful she was. I guess I haven’t seen a lot of longboarding, but there is almost kind of a dance that takes place while they are rolling from place to place with an occasional stunt thrown in. There were probably over 100 longboarders out. In the background, you may notice the famous “Bird’s Nest” from the Olympic Games.

Longboarding in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 23:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

Mavic 2 on the way!

Well, after my Mavic Pro had a dramatic crash, it’s time for a new unit with the Mavic 2! I’m excited about it… will try to pick one up on my upcoming trip to San Francisco! It looks like a nice little upgrade… I’m not materialistic at all, but I do kinda get excited about new creative tools like this.

Daily Photo – A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

This is a good example of those 1/7 days where there is absolutely no wind at all. I took this with my quadcopter right in the middle of the lake. I’m always more worried flying it over water for some reason. I suppose that’s because it could always crash and that would be the end of it all. Although, realistically, 90% of the crashes over land if you’re 10 meters up could be catastrophic as well!

A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-27 04:00:03
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Moscow on a Moody Day

Moscow Photo Walk Highlights!

As you can see in the photo walk highlights below, it definitely didn’t rain and a good time was had by all!

Daily Photo – Moscow on a Moody Day

There were great views from the rooftop bar in at the Ritz-Carlton there in Moscow. It was pretty easy to pop up there at different times of the day to get different light situations. I took this right before our photo walk, when rain was threatening. This was the final city of our 10-city European tour, and we had not had rain at all. I was afraid our luck was about to run out!

Moscow on a Moody Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 12:39:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length223.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

White Sands National Park

The Great Sam Harris

I’m a really big fan of this guy and his podcasts. This one is a recent favorite with Yuval Noah Harari, one of my favorite authors who wrote Sapiens and Homo Deus.

Daily Photo – White Sands National Park

I took this about an hour after the sun dipped below the distant mountain. Incredible, isn’t it? It looks like it’s freezing cold because that’s what snow normally looks like, but it was actually quite balmy and perfect.

If you want to see more photos of White Sands National, just click on the category above.

White Sands National Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 21:15:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length219.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Amazing Rotterdam

The Story of Everest

This is one of my favorite funny skits from a show you may or may not remember called “Mr. Show.”

 

Daily Photo – Amazing Rotterdam

This turned out to be an incredible city for a photo wander! This is one of the most famous bridges in the Netherlands. There is a rooftop bar up here where we gathered for some cocktails and photo time. Getting this exact angle was a little difficult, as I notice very few bars actually build these bars with photographers in mind. Not that they need to, mind you, but if I built a rooftop bar, I would definitely make it photo-person friendly.

Amazing Rotterdam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 21:08:23
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Venice

Venice from Above

Here’s one of my favorite quadcopter-only videos… this time, all from Venice!

Daily Photo – Venice

This is not something you see every day. I was on the most famous bridge in Venice when I saw this nude bunny girl going underneath me in a boat. “That’s odd,” I thought, correctly. Anyway, the boat pulled over nearby and then she hopped off.

Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-09 01:34:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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