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Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

United Airlines Nonsense

I admit that I am very spoiled flying on some great airlines, almost exclusively 100% outside of the United States. Whenever I come back to the US, I am struck by how bad airlines are, and how ridiculous so many little things are. For example, look at this crazy upsell from United.


 

Daily Photo – Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

The two best times to explore Venice are at sunrise and sunset/night. In the middle of the day, cruise ships dump off thousands and thousands of people, so it’s quite touristy. That, in itself, is not bad, but it can have a certain feeling of chaos. It can also be hard to get photos when there are people crawling all over everything. In the middle of the day, after the crowds arrive, I usually go to a quiet non-touristy place to eat an early and long lunch, have wine, and then go back to the hotel for a 2-3 hour nana nap so I am fresh for the night!

Beautiful Venice in Morning Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-10 12:39:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Driving Across Iceland

Netflix Show Recommendation

Okay, this is a really dumb but funny show. For whatever reason, I find it hilarious at times. It’s called “Toast of London.” I even had this crazy dream where I met this guy and we got to be best friends. Even better, he was exactly the same way in real life.

Daily Photo – Driving Across Iceland

Here’s a photo from one of my many road trips across Iceland. I’ve been thinking about going back here for another solo road trip during the summers there when it never gets dark. It’s hard to explain how different it is at the latitude of 66 degrees. I thought New Zealand would be similar, but we’re only at 45 degrees. The summers here keep the sunlight all the way past 10 PM, but there are still many hours of darkness until the morning. I find it hard to force myself to be awake for 4 hours in total darkness to wait for the sunrise, but it’s a lot easier in Iceland where there is no wait at all!

Driving Across Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 02:12:51
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Midnight in Tokyo

Little Drawings from Around the World

I follow the really fun Recomendo newsletter and I recently got this little gem. These are ten nice drawings of small rituals around the world.

Daily Photo – Midnight in Tokyo

I’ve recently had quite a bit of insomnia. This is strange for me, because I’ve always been an epic sleeper! I don’t sleep much… maybe 6 hours a night, but sometimes I just can’t get to sleep. Rather than toss and turn in bed, now I just get up and work. There are always photos to edit or new photos to take. When I have insomnia in Japan, I go out and take photos! I took this one around 2 AM in the middle of Tokyo… it’s probably the safest city in the world to wander the streets in the middle of the night. I basically walk 5-10km until I am exhausted and then barely make it back to the hotel before crashing.

Midnight in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-10 06:02:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Night in Osaka

3 Things About Japan You May Not Know

Here’s a fun little video I made while I was in Osaka with Tane. It’s just a bit of quirky stuff that we found while there!

Daily Photo – Night in Osaka

Here is a view of Osaka, a very underrated city in Japan! I’ve been here twice and the city has a crazy amount of energy. People in Osaka area also very proud of their city and how it is quite a bit different than Tokyo. Each time I was there, I was pretty swamped with work, so I didn’t quite get as much time to explore as I would have liked… that’s okay – another reason to go back!

Night in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:39:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Wanaka

The Quantum Garden

I found this on Reddit and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I wish he was selling them or something! He just built it for a fun project… If I had one, I have no idea where I would put it… It might be fun on the front door.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Wanaka

This is one of my favorite sunset situations… pastel pink clouds on top of a pastel blue sky. When I see this, it reminds me that I need to get over the hill more often to Wanaka. It’s only an hour away, so I really have no excuse!

Sunset in Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-14 03:39:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture11
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over Tokyo

Book Re-Recommendation

Be sure to check out my Kit.com and see the section on books! I wanted to recommend, once again, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan. Of all the people I recommend it to, 100% of people come back to me with very interesting thoughts!

Experimenting with a new Photoshop feature…

The 2019 Version of Photoshop has a few new features. I like to play with all this stuff just to keep my brain a bit “plastic” and always trying new things. Most of the features in Photoshop are not that useful to me, but these new content-aware options are pretty slick! Check ’em out!

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Daily Photo – Over Tokyo

Here’s one of my new favorite kind of drone photos: a photo of a city where you can’t see the skyline. I like this because you can’t quite work out what city it is. I notice when people look at my portfolio, they are always quite ready to guess (or know) what city it is. Actually, I’d probably be the same way… but now I find it interesting to purposefully confuse people.

Over Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:27:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

Night Sight

If you have the Pixel Phone, be sure to try out the new “Night Sight” option that is under More. The photos it takes are just incredible. I think what is happening is it takes a little movie with like 100 frames and then combines them all into a noiseless, bright, colorful wonder!

Daily Photo – Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

I mean, come on… how great is this low-light (taken around midnight) shot in Tokyo. I actually had my big Sony A7r with me, but I didn’t have the best portrait lens on. This guy looked so radical and I didn’t want to miss his photo. He was very confused about why I held my phone instead of the huge camera in his other hand… that is, until he saw the final result!

Pixel 3 Phone for the Win!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-11 20:35:38
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO127
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Floating Over Wanaka

Burning Man Survival Guide

It’s about time to update my Burning Man Survival Guide for this year… I just got my tickets and I am so excited!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Wanaka

New Zealand is just covered with all sorts of secret little places like this. You don’t really realize it until you get up with a quad because the trees hide a lot of these cool spots. I’m trying to do a mission where I get the quad up at least once a day to explore some new areas. There’s no excuse with the Mavic 2 because it only takes less than a minute to launch!

Floating Over Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-14 07:51:48
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO161
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Heights of Antarctica

The Egg

Have you ever heard of this short story called The Egg? It takes less than three minutes to read… I have many intellectual and conscious friends that think this may not be a story.

Daily Photo – The Heights of Antarctica

Whenever I was lucky enough to get into a helicopter while in Antarctica, I went absolutely photo-crazy. It was so cold when holding my camera out the window, but I toughened up so that I could get some clean shots. I also had a very strange problem with my camera where the internal shutter kind of shattered. I don’t know how the wind got INSIDE the camera… maybe some blasted in through the edge of the lens. Either way, the camera was a goner but at least I had a backup!

The Heights of Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 11:20:20
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

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Daily Photo – Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

My original plan was to stay here for two nights, but I ended up just staying one night. It was actually a very small little town and you could easily see the whole thing in just half a day. I am glad I stayed the night though because everyone really clears out around sunset to get the bus back to the main town.

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-18 21:48:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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