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

A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

Lens Skirt

Over in my Kit.com I recommend getting this thing called a Lens Skirt because it allows you to take photos out of windows with no reflection. I use it almost all the time when shooting in cities. It’s a strange looking thing, and it sounds weird to put a skirt on your lens, but hey, my camera is in touch with its feminine side.

Daily Photo – A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

I got back to my hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton there in Tokyo, which happens to be in the highest building in the city. Every night, I would turn out all the lights in the room and sit on the window sill to take photos like this. They all came out great, and they look even better full-screen.

A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 14:45:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time24
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Relaxing Monkey

Back to the Snow Monkeys!

I’m excited to go see my snow monkey friends again in late October. This time, we’ll bring the video crew and everything and make some cool content. It’s gonna be great. I wonder if the snow monkeys will remember me fondly. Let’s hope so.

Daily Photo – Relaxing Monkey

Man, these snow monkeys really know how to relax. You can just tell they're not worrying about anything. Whenever I take a nap, even on a Sunday afternoon, I feel guilty as shit. Probably just because I work too hard and am kind of obsessive… but I do like hanging out with these monkeys. They make me feel a little less guilty about taking a nap!

Relaxing Monkey

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-17 07:27:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture3.4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Izzy’s Bar in Golden Gai

Updating my Kit

I’m always making tiny adjustments here and there in my carry bag. I also keep updating my Kit page as I go. I really like that site because I can categorize things a bit differently.

Daily Photo – Izzy's Bar in Golden Gai

Here's another photo from my favorite little drinking area of Tokyo. I didn't take a photo inside any of this places… maybe I will next time. But even this angle shows you how quaint and intimate each little bar is, only seating less than 10 people. They all have tiny little doors too. I've bumped my head on them many times (even before drinking!).

Izzy's Bar in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 16:13:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Tokyo

Smugmug Portfolio

I’m always updating my SmugMug Portfolio so be sure to pop over there to see the latest!

Live on The New Screen Savers!

I had a fun time talking about Plotagraph on The New Screensavers with Leo and Scott. You can see the episode here. I splash onto the scene at the 17:50 mark. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Amazing Tokyo

I know I've been posting a bunch of photos of downtown Tokyo! But I took so many and a lot of them turned out pretty cool. They've all been a thrill to edit in the new Aurora HDR 2018 as well. The tool gets better and faster each year, so it saves me a ton of time during the editing phase. And now, I'm pretty sure I can get results that are different than I used to be able to create.

Amazing Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 10:35:12
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Google Fit App

If you have an Android phone, be sure to grab the Google Fit app. It keeps track of your steps, your workouts, your runs, etc. It’s very smart… I notice my wife uses her Fitbit all the time… I don’t like wearing another thing. Whenever we walk together anywhere, my Google Fit shows just about exactly the same number of steps as her Fitbit.

Daily Photo – Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Here's the view from the deck at the Ritz-Carlton in Okinawa. When we were here, this was the perfect spot to watch the sunset. I didn't realize how hot it got here in the summer, so it was a good excuse for a nice cool cocktail. Although, I never really fully “relax” at sunsets because I often have one or two different cameras going!

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 09:47:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Shinjuku!

Before Photo

Here’s the “Before” photo for today’s Daily Picture:

Daily Photo – Shinjuku!

…and here's the after photo! Thanks again Aurora HDR and the team at Macphun for helping to create such fun software! I've been using it a ton, and I'm really excited about going back to Japan to make more photos like this. I need to go out and shoot more at night around the city. It's so much fun… I always feel like I leave something on the table there. This next trip, I don't want to feel like that! 🙂

Shinjuku!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 15:56:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Kit Goodies

Kit Screenshot

Here’s a photo of my main kit! Pretty simple, eh? You can check out Kit.com to see more and read a description I wrote about my set-up.

As for today’s photo, it was taken with that Hasselblad and the 90mm lens.

Daily Photo – Contemplative Snow Monkey

I notice most of my photos of snow monkeys catch them in kind of a contemplative mood. I can't imagine what all these monkeys are contemplating all the time. I don't think they get caught up in any kind of ego or unconscious thoughts… lucky for them. And I know we tend to anthropomorphize all animals, but that's probably just the way they are. He's probably not worrying about taxes or running out of coffee or getting the kids through school. I think this is probably the look of not worrying about anything.

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-17 07:37:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Osaka at Dusk

My Kit and Lens Skirt

Don’t forget to check out the my Kit page to get a listing not just of my cameras, but also of all the little goodies that come with it, like the Lens Skirt I used to get this photo.

Daily Photo – Osaka at Dusk

I took this out of the room of the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton. Tane and I spent about an hour taking photos right out the window starting at sunset and going into the night. I'm glad I brought that Lens Skirt; it was a real reflection-saver. Even though we turned out all the lights in the room, there were still occasional tiny lights here and there that caused annoying reflections.

Osaka at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:35:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Robot Toilets

Every time I go to Japan I forget about how fun Robot Toilets are. You never know what you’re gonna get. Each robot is just a little bit different. My favorites are the ones with no English. You can just push buttons and see what happens. One thing is universal, though: They all have warm toilet seats, and you can’t go wrong with that.

Daily Photo – The Red Castle in Okinawa

Okinawa was quite hot in July! I don't know why this surprised me so much, but it did. It must have been over 95 degrees and extremely humid. Okinawa is a big island that is quite far south, a 2-hour flight from Tokyo. About an hour away from the Ritz-Carlton is the downtown area of Naha. There's a large hill there and on top is this impressive castle complex.

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 06:09:39
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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