Sake for Ethan

Behind the Scenes in New Zealand

I went out on a moody day to the end of the road past Queenstown to New Zealand. In this video, I talk a little about composition and trying to create an interesting photo in these moody conditions.

Daily Photo – Sake for Ethan

When I was in Okinawa, we visited this cave network that was full of aged sake. You can buy a bottle here and store it for a number of years. I have one waiting down there for me and Ethan for when he turns 21. It seems like the perfect chance for us to make another trip to Japan together!

Sake for Ethan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-14 19:36:41
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time45
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

Inside the Harry Potter bookstore

The Whole Staircase

Here’s another photo I posted last year of this same location. It’s a must-visit in Porto! It’s called “Livraria Lello”!


The Harry Potter Bookstore In Porto

Daily Photo – Inside the Harry Potter bookstore

This is a detail of the stairs from above. What a beautiful place, eh? I kind of was bummed out that the stairs were scuffed up a bit. If I owned this place, I'd make sure these stairs were always as red as can be. I was too busy taking photos to do any book shopping… besides, my reading list is already flowing over!

Inside the Harry Potter bookstore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-25 18:45:40
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Purple Night in Okinawa

Reminder for Passport Members

Remember you can log into the Passport Members home page and see all kinds of goodies in there. I recommend watching all the unreleased footage from Antarctica. There’s more of that coming too! 🙂

Daily Photo – A Purple Night in Okinawa

This was the little walkway at the Ritz-Carlton there in Okinawa where we returned every night. These islands often have incredible sunsets, and it was fun to combine them with the architecture. By the way, Ritz-Carlton doesn't pay me to post this stuff on the blog… I just do it because I'm a huge fan of those guys! We do partner up on other things… I just do these photos on the blog out of the goodness of my heart. I'm such a nice guy.

A Purple Night in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-17 02:01:29
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time45
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2/3

A Monk in Kyoto

Netflix Suggestion

Try out Altered Carbon if you’re a sci-fi nut! It’s beautifully shot with an amazing storyline. It’s probably one of the prettiest shows on TV (except for the violence) as the new Star Treks.

Daily Photo – A Monk in Kyoto

This was my first Autumn in Japan. I've always wanted to experience Japan in this time of year, and it didn't disappoint. I was actually there about two weeks too soon, I think. There were a lot of colors out, but I didn't see a lot of the bright reds that I expected. Oh well, I guess that is another reason to go back! I also want to go back in the cherry blossom spring season as well and follow the sakura from the south to the north.

A Monk in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-06 17:25:02
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

Tokyo from Below

Did you miss the new Sony Review?

Be sure to check out my Sony A7r Mark 3 Review if you missed it! I’ve recently added a few new photos to it as well!

Daily Photo – Tokyo from Below

Tokyo has so many amazing buildings. I could probably spend all day walking around and just taking these “upwards” photos. They are so easy! This is one great feature I like about the Sony cameras. It has this flip out screen that lets me look straight up. I hate that position where you have to get down underneath the camera and crook your neck all sideways. The moving screen lets me see the scene without the need to hurt myself!

Tokyo from Below

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 23:55:51
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

Tokyo Tower

EXIF Info

Remember that if you zoom in on any photo to jump to the SmugMug version you can see all the EXIF if you click the little “i” in the lower right. For example, this was shot with the 90mm prime lens on the Hasselblad X1D.

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower

I can't ever figure out if I like this tower or not. At night it looks coolest with a bright red glow. It sort of looks like the Eiffel Tower, but I wasn't sure if it was bigger or smaller. So, I googled it! It turns out that the 90m antenna atop made it taller than the Eiffel by 13m. That is a surprise because the Eiffel just feels taller. This is probably because there are no tall buildings around it like in Tokyo. Another interesting factoid is that the Tokyo Tower weighs about half of what the Eiffel Tower weighs (Tokyo is 4,000 tones which is 3300 less than the Eiffel).

Tokyo Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:46:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Spotify Playlists

I have a bunch of different Spotify Playlists, but one of my favorites is Feelin’ Groovesalad. It’s one of my most active ones that I add to the most… Right now it has over 200 songs and I add about 5 more cool finds a week. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Every time I make a trip to Glenorchy I come away with a winner photo or two. The whole place is so photogenic! I should be driving over there once a week or something. Actually, I'm home for a little six-week stint now before a SE Asia trip, so I'm going to set aside more time to visit some old favorite haunts and get some photos! I've been pretty busy organizing all my photos and preparing some unique content for Passport members, but most of that is finished now so I can take more photos.

A Dreamy Day in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:31:45
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Tane Going Home in Kyoto

Funny Announcement Video from Taiki Waititi

I don’t know if you’ve seen Thor: Ragnorak, but you should! I was kind of getting tired of super hero movies, but this one was so funny. I think mostly because of the director! He’s a New Zealand guy… check out his intro to the new DVD below.

Daily Photo – Tane Going Home in Kyoto

This shows one of my favorite tiny cultural things in Japan. It's not just the polite bowing, but it's the over-the-top polite bowing even as you are walking away! I always feel strange not spinning around and acknowledging the nice bow, but then I'm afraid they would just bow again when I walked away. It would be an infinite loop, and I'd not make it too far.

Tane Going Home in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 01:30:54
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.4
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-7/3

Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

The Tokyo Photo Walk

Here is a video from our Facebook live in Tokyo for the fun event. It was great to see some old and new faces! 🙂

Daily Photo – Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

Right after our photo walk in Tokyo, I decided to have about an hour of wander-around time. I put on my earphones and off I went! It was a really great hour and the colors were amazing. I had been so busy in Tokyo over the previous days that I didn't really have a lot of chances to get out there and shoot by myself, so this was great fun for me.

Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-04 04:48:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

Owl

Hot Tip for Traveling

This doesn’t work for all cities, but it does for many big cities. I used it quite a bit on Tokyo. See this article on 101 Things to do in Roppongi, which is one of about 8 different neighborhoods in Tokyo. They have a 101 list for many different areas. I surf through there, look for fun or quirky places to go and then I add them to my own Google Map. I have a few different Google Map lists like, “Rooftop Bars,” “Cool Restaurants,” or “Must Visits”. Having your own Google Map is awesome while walking around because you can see everything that is close by as you navigate around the city.

Hasselblad Behind the Scenes

I thought you might like to see a special Hasselblad video I made. As you may recall, I was named a Hasselblad Ambassador, which sounds VERY important, but it isn’t really. Anyway, one of my esteemed duties as an Ambassador is to make a video like this.

Also, for those of you that read closely here, you’ll know that even though I love that Hasselblad, I’m mostly shooting with the Sony A7r Mark 3 now! Be sure to check out that Review Here!

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Daily Photo – Owl

This is the best photo title I have ever created. It really gets to the point.

For a little background on this, when my son and I were just in Tokyo, he wanted to go to an Owl Cafe, which supposedly is a cafe where you go eat food and an owl is there with you the whole time. It sounded really strange, so I said yes. And I was hungry.

Anyway, inside, it was really strange, I must say. The place was almost impossible to find in vertical Tokyo. I got to the address and saw a Very Tiny Owl sticker up on the fourth floor of this building. I still can't believe I even found the sticker. Anyway, up a narrow stairway we go to our “lunch appointment time” of 1 PM. I had set up the appointment via the online site that also explained to me that the owls were available for purchase.

After we got in, there were three giggling Japanese girls waiting for their “lunch appointment” too. I was ready to get on with it, because I was getting quite hungry. So, we go into this tiny room that has a fridge on one side and about 14 owls on the other. They were all on little pedestals. There were no tables or chairs. Strange, I thought, for a cafe.

And then the guy that works there, who was very nice, gave us all a very tiny juice box. It turns out that the lunch part was for the owls, as he went around and fed them mouse hearts while we watched.

He also explained to us how not to get attacked by the owls while we stroke them from above. The guy also spent five minutes explaining we had a small round sticker on our tiny juice boxes that we could remove and re-stick on a poster to indicate our favorite owl. This one poor owl only had a few stickers because he attacks all the humans in the cafe. I gave him a sticker to try to improve his mood.

Anyway, I can't really say I recommend this place unless everything I said above sounds really awesome to you.

Owl

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-29 17:03:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length91.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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