Girl in Mall in Moscow

Moscow Photowalk Recap

Here’s a re-cap of our photo walk in Moscow!

Daily Photo – Girl in Mall in Moscow

I really enjoyed taking photos of people in Russia. Girls and guys, it makes no difference… I just found them all to be really interesting-looking. I can't quite explain it. It's sort of a parallel universe, in a way. If you click on the Russia category above, you'll see a few more of these interesting people!

Girl in Mall in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 12:56:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridges Through Prague

My Camera Bag

Be sure to check out the Camera Bag page to read all about my current camera bag situation! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Bridges Through Prague

Only one night here! That was no bueno… but I tried to take as many photos as I could as quickly as possible. I was quite exhausted after being on the road for so long… but I knew we only had one night here so I had to rally to get out there and get some photos. I was walking across one of the bridges earlier in the day, and I saw a photo from this perspective. I asked the guy selling the photo where the photo was taken, and he pointed up here towards this park. Rene and I ended up there later this night to do our best to re-capture the scene.

The Bridges Through Prague

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-24 21:36:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length208.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Ritz-Carlton Article

Here’s an article entitled Traveling in a Blue State of Mind where they used all my photos to tell some nice stories. The Ritz-Carlton recently re-did their “color” to a special type of blue that happened to coincide with a lot of my photos!

Daily Photo – Inside the Sagrada Familia

Here's a view of the light streaming through the stained glass windows. And just think, it was a rainy day! Imagine how amazing the light would be if it was sunny outside. I think this place will be under construction for the next 20 years or so… I look forward to coming back after that on a sunny day to take more photos. Lord only knows what kind of camera I'll be using then!

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:38:35
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Paying to take photos of Street Performers

Here’s a tip. If you see an interesting street performer, go ahead and pay them a dollar or two first, AND THEN take photos. They will really perform for you and take it up a notch. They actually really enjoy having their photo taken, but just be sure to pay them first and not later.

Daily Photo – Hey Vlad, whattup?

You would not believe the number of people that think this is a real photo. I guess it does look SO MUCH like him that it is believable. And, yes, I do get into some pretty unique places… but I can't imagine a situation where I am actually cold-chillin' with Putin on the streets of Moscow. This is a look-alike. But boy, does he ever look alike!

Hey Vlad, whattup?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 13:54:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Amseterdam Highlight Video

This is one of my favorite photo walk highlight videos because of the people in it that are smiling. I think Olya did a great job with the edit of this one. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

How cool is Amsterdam? I was walking around across from the red-light district and found this fancy place. Look at all the detail. And yes, I assume you can go inside and get a wide variety of drugs. Many things are legal there… of course pot. And they don't exactly have “Mushrooms” but they have something else called “Truffles.” They didn't work on me, but they definitely worked on my friend Rene. He's already a giggly guy, but this took him 10x the level. We all sat around the hotel room watching comedy specials on Netflix and he was at next-level-Rene!

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-18 15:35:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

English-Japanese Teacher!

We’re now deep into our Japanese Tour! Be sure to join us in one of the cities for our events!

In other news, my son, Ethan, wants to come to Japan to teach English after he graduates. I’m really encouraging him to do this! I think it would be an amazing first job.

Daily Photo – The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

That was, by far, the dumbest name I have ever given to any of my photos. But there's no need to be overly erudite when naming photos, eh? Seeing this makes me really want to back and frolic with the Icelandic horse even more. They are so magical looking… they all walk around in slow motion with their hair blowing in the breeze, like they are in some kind of horse-shampoo and conditioner commercial

The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-11 04:03:31
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

New Photos for Spring

If you are a Passport member, then you may well remember the video (reposting below), of the little 360 art tour of my new studio. I am swapping out photos every three months for each season. I’m a bit behind for Spring, but I’m now picking those out!

Daily Photo – The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

We saw some beautiful museums across Europe, and this one in Vienna had one of the most ornate decor of all of them. I don't remember much about what happened to Vienna in WWII, but I believe a lot of these very old buildings were spared. I only had a few days here and would have liked to visit more museums, but this one was definitely a winner for the architecture alone. I didn't see a lot of paintings that I was really into, but that's okay.

The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-28 10:34:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Beaches of Omaha

More about Les Braves

I was interested in the origins of this sculpture, so here is some data that I got from this article at Les Braves Memorial of Omaha Beach.

Les Braves is a war memorial that is located on the shores of Omaha Beach in the village of St. Laurent-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and commemorates the fallen American soldiers, of World War ll who have lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, June 6th 1944.

The memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity. French sculptor Anilore Banon, created the monument in 2004, commissioned by the French government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion Of Normandy. In the center, there are seven stainless steel columns and a group of five columns that curve upwards, two columns stand upright, with the tallest reaching 30 feet. Stainless steel wings gracefully stand on both sides.

Intended only as a temporary art piece, the sculpture still stands on the shores of Omaha Beach widely due to public interest and petition. The sculpture has been described as a blend of art and nature and has been able to withstand the forces of nature surprisingly well.

Daily Photo – The Beaches of Omaha

I woke up with quite a hangover here in Omaha beach. We had spent the previous evening at Mont Saint Michel doing a rather significant amount of wine-drinking and taking photos. I still can't believe my photos there turned out so well. Anyway, we drove overnight to Omaha beach. The bus just kind of rocked me to sleep… and then when it finally stops, I know we are at a new location! So I dusted myself off and jumped outside with my camera to see this amazing sculpture.

The Beaches of Omaha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-11 08:45:04
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Amsterdam at Night

@80Stays Instagram

You can see one of the Mushroom Menus in Instagram on my side-account at @80Stays if you dig down a bit. By now, we are deeper into Japan, and you’ll start to see more #80Stays photos appearing there. Follow along with the adventure if you choose! 🙂

Daily Photo – Amsterdam at Night

I don't remember a lot of Amsterdam, except for the photo walk. Luckily, that was on the first day. After that, I went a bit mushroom-nutty. Wow it was fun and I saw some amazing things, but none of them were easy to capture with my camera. Probably none of that makes sense if you have not tried mushrooms. But, yeah, well. One night crossing one of the canals, I saw this beautiful scene at dusk.

Amsterdam at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-17 20:07:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridge of Locks in Paris

Collective Consciousness

I’m a big believer in the super-organism of humans coming together with tech and AI. Here’s an interview with Dan Brown about Collective Consciousness

Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

Daily Photo – The Bridge of Locks in Paris

This is Marin, the daughter of my friend Serge Ramelli with an umbrella, looking forlorn and sad during our photo walk in Paris. She's not, of course, she's just acting. But, if you were feeling forlorn and sad on a rainy day, this would definitely be the best place to be. You can come here and see all the locks that represent people's love, half of which has deteriorated into a bitter romance that would make for a great reality show. That's what she's thinking about here: a very low-quality reality show about one of those locks that did not turn out so well. Maybe a bit cynical, but, well, you know.

The Bridge of Locks in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-07 19:26:24
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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