Oktoberfest Fun!

This was my first Oktoberfest in Munich and it was something else. It coincided with a really fun conference called Bits & Pretzels, which is a conference all about Entrepreneurs and Tech, mostly based in Europe. It was interesting to see all the different startups and see what’s going on over there. There were also two speakers at the event I really wanted to see: Kevin Spacey and Sir Richard Branson. They were great! 🙂

Here’s a BUNCH of photos from Oktoberfest. We shot a live show while there, so there’s a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos there too! 🙂 Some random stuff in here, so enjoy 🙂

 


Trey Ratcliff

Here’s my friend Alex Piuitti, who was responsible for us coming to Germany. He’s a great guy! In the middle there is Sascha from Plotagraph Pro. This is one of the only times she wasn’t wearing All Black like a ninja.


 
Trey Ratcliff

Here’s one of the behind-the-scenes shot during our Live FB Oktoberfest show. Everyone here was an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist. This gal was a VC with big funds to invest.


 
It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.

It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.


 
Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂

Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the major of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang the mayor Happy Birthday! 🙂


 
This was about 3 minutes into the live show.

This was about 3 minutes into the live show.


 
Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.

Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.


 
Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!

Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there!


 
Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.

Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph Pro as she sends a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.


 
Trey Ratcliff

Here’s Alex and Raphael Fellmer and Martin — these are the founders of Sharecy.org — a new company to combat the wasting of food.


 
Trey Ratcliff

Here’s one of the guys that was at our table… they all had their own startups as well. Great dudes. This guy happened to be a longtime fan from Cairo.


 
Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Another one of the revelers… everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

Daily Photo – This is how I really dress when at home…

This is my new standard Bavarian pose in lederhosen. When I was not engaged in active conversation, I would assume this pose until someone walked up to me.

This is how I really dress when at home…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-27 17:03:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Choosing a drink

Here’s a quick video I did where I talked to the German Cumberbatch about this rather unique bar!



Daily Photo – Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Which one to choose? I figured I couldn't go wrong. I really wanted that one drink that was served inside the small Swedish house that they burn down upon arrival. But I felt like it would be a huge waste and spectacle. I was alone there, reading my Kindle… and it seemed like a very strange, lonely, and elitist thing to be reading a book on anthropology while watching my drink-house burn down.

Fragrances in the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 22:56:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Behind the Scenes

Here’s our Facebook Live video that shows us arriving at the Berlin wall (after crossing this bridge) and quite excited. There’s a bit of Berlin Wall trivia in here too!



Daily Photo – Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Upon arrival, Curtis and I jumped in an amazing car (the Audi S8 — thanks Audi!) and we drove immediately over to the Berlin Wall. I've always wanted to visit this place, being an armchair history buff. It didn't disappoint at all, and we took photos here all through the sunset. There's a 1.5 KM stretch of the wall that still stands and has been decorated by hundreds of artists. After that, we crossed the street and want about half a click down the river Spree to see this scene of the Oberbaumbrucke bridge as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

Oberbaumbrucke bridge across the Spree river in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 00:59:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Coming to Germany!

Heading to Germany next week for multiple events including a private art show — wanna come? Here’s my schedule (contact assistant Ruby at [email protected] for scheduling)

Sep 21 – 24 — Photokina in Cologne

Sep 24 – 27 — Bits & Pretzels Conference in Munich

Sep 28+ — Berlin private art show (leave a comment or signup for our newsletter if you want one of the 5 limited tickets available)

Daily Photo – Across the River from Cologne

Here's a photo of Cologne that I took last time I was there when all my camera gear was stolen! Hopefully, this time, it will be a smoother trip! 🙂

Across the River from Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-14 02:07:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

The Making-Of

The creation of my large format photographs in Dusseldorf…

Daily Photo – Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

This is my favorite area to shoot while in this really cool German town. This is kind of the new media center… lots of crazy architecture and strange stuff happening! Check out those crazy frog-people on the right… Oh, Germany!

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-09 00:16:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

New Article in the Daily Telegraph

Here’s an article that came out yesterday. It talks a bit about me, the blog, and everything! It features a few different “Online Influencers.”

Correcting Alignments in Architecture

I tried doing the automatic adjustments in Photoshop to send all the lines back to vertical. The look was okay, but it was a bit boring on this image, so I kept it with the wacky verts… which I generally like better anyway, but especially for crazy architecture like this!

Daily Photo – Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

How cool is this building? Gehry actually has three buildings here in this “Media Center” area of Dusseldorf that are grouped together. All the buildings are awesome, but this one definitely stands out. The three are very similar in design, but this is the one with the crazy mirrored outside. The “look” and feel of it change dramatically throughout the day and night, but around this time, I felt like it was an entrance to the Matrix!

Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-13 03:19:25
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Camera Bag Stolen in Germany and… New April Lightroom Presets, Live!

April Lightroom Presets, only $2.50 instead of $5

The monthly tradition continues with my Lightroom Presets! I hope you have enjoyed the previous month packs, and here comes a funky-fresh one!

Daily Photo – Amazing Cologne

I loved everything about Cologne… except for my train ride back to Dusseldorf.

My whole camera bag was stolen! Can you believe it? I was distracted and before I knew it, my whole camera bag was swiped in a grab n' run! What a bummer! I still was holding my tripod and A7r, so I didn't lose those, luckily. But I did lost an A7ii, two Leica lenses, and a Sony lens. Ouch! Oh well, it's just stuff… But kind of inconvenient now, you know? Ah well…

I filed out a police report and everything. We're checking on insurance now to see what was covered… fingers crossed but I have low expectations!

Amazing Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-14 02:07:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Exploring Dusseldorf

Freezing Germany

I’m just came back to Dusseldorf for a second time this year. The first time it was SO COLD and I decided to buy a good coat. I’ve never actually had a good, proper winter coat, but now I do. It’s super amazing and keeps me crazy-toasty. It’s got a big German-furry hood, tons of pockets, and, well, I’ve just never liked a coat so much!

Daily Photo – Exploring Dusseldorf

I am really getting to know Dusseldorf! What a cool city. There is this one really quirky area called the Mediahoffen that is full of some crazy-cool architecture. I spent quite a while there goofing around and taking photos. This is just one of about 50 cool places I found around there…

Exploring Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:59:33
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Leipzig at Night

Photography Gadgets

I was checking out my website stats with Woopra yesterday, and I noticed that one of my most clicked links is that Green Cube On My Camera That Everyone Asks About. Funny! You would not believe how many people ask me about that in person. It’s a $7,000 camera, and all anyone wants to know about is the $9 green cube on top! Hehe…

I have a few more things I will add to the Photography Gadgets page as soon as I get some time… I actually don’t use a whole lot of stuff. I’m pretty bare bones. I keep a running list of my stuff in the HDR Camera equipment section here on the site as well.

Daily Photo – Leipzig at Night

When I was changing planes in Zurich, I had to go through some of the Customs run-around. It turns out that the customs officer was German. He asked where my ultimate destination was, and I said, “Leipzig”. I pronounced it “Leap-zig”.

“What?” he asked.

“Leap-Zig” I repeated, careful to annunciate each syllable.

“I have never heard of that.” he asked, regarding me suspiciously.

I was in a pickle. This guy was clearly German, as I could tell from his accent. I was a bit surprised because he was in Switzerland, but I figured that all nationalities come there to work. No big deal. But, still, how could a German not know about Leipzig. It’s not the biggest city, but I think it’s in the top 5.

I tried again and again. He seemed to be serious and not joking.

Finally, after about four more back-and-forth sessions, he said, “Do you mean Leipzig?” He pronounced it “LIPE-ZEEG”.

“Yes!” I exclaimed.

He gave me a little self-satisfied smile and signed my paperwork, sending me through…

The Flying Buttress

Thanks Christchurch!

I very much enjoyed the photowalk and talk yesterday. Everyone was genuinely nice and engaged. I got a bunch of good questions. People in NZ were even nicer than I expected! I look forward to seeing the Flickr group for the event…and perusing people’s shots! Feel free to post it below!

Daily Photo – The Flying Buttress

I mentioned during the photowalk tonight this effect of the wide-angle lens. Whenever you aim it above the horizon, everything leans in a bit. Now, I occasionally get negative comments that think that this “leaning” looks bad, unprofessional, and unrealistic. I have to disagree! It doesn’t bother me a bit. My eye adjusts, and, well, I think it just looks cool.

The church below is from Dresden, Germany.  I am 98% sure of this… I don’t know why I am having trouble remembering…  I think I am getting old.  I did have to wake up at 5 AM to go to the bathroom last night… a bad sign.

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