I upgraded from the Pixel 2 and I’m happy I did! This one has been absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite things is the little charging dock. It looks kind of like… hmmm… how do I describe it. Well, let me put a picture below. What I think is cool about it is that, even with a case on, you can just set your phone there and it charges… no need to plug it in. And it acts like a photo-frame while there, showing me family photos while it happily charges.
Daily Photo – St. Basil’s Cathedral
It was a perfect day in the Red Square in Moscow for photo taking! This was my very first time in Russia and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be such an interesting-crazy place. There is something about that Russian mind I cannot quite put my finger on, but I think it is interesting. Besides all these hot tourist spots, our videographer Olya took us around with all her nutty friends to see all sorts of places tourists don’t normally get to see. It was great fun, and I’ll share more of those photos soon!
As you can see in the photo walk highlights below, it definitely didn’t rain and a good time was had by all!
Daily Photo – Moscow on a Moody Day
There were great views from the rooftop bar in at the Ritz-Carlton there in Moscow. It was pretty easy to pop up there at different times of the day to get different light situations. I took this right before our photo walk, when rain was threatening. This was the final city of our 10-city European tour, and we had not had rain at all. I was afraid our luck was about to run out!
Here’s a live video I just made that shows off some of the new features of Aurora HDR 2019. If you pre-order prior to October 4th you save $$ and get tons of freebies! Existing users can check this link to see if you qualify for an upgrade for just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for just $89.
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Getting to Burning Man
For next year I’m looking to buy a truck that can haul a 15,000 lb fifth wheel. If anyone has any contacts, please let me know. I feel quite dumb because when Rene and I bought this monster, I didn’t realize you also should really own a truck to haul it. But, hey, now I know… All this simply reminds me that one’s freedom is indirectly proportional to one’s possessions.
Four Quick Hits for Passport Members
This isn’t part of the regular Sunday Passport special days… so these are just some quick hits that may be helpful for you. One tip is how to fix that sloooow previews in Lightroom for Presets. Tip 2 is about “Trello” which is one of our favorite apps. Tip 3 is all about MOO cards. Tip 4 is about the new Screenflow Pro!
On my first day in Moscow I was treated with some amazing clouds. This has been a city I've always wanted to visit, but it turns out to be a pretty difficult place to visit. It's not really a hot-spot for tourists, but there are so many interesting photo spots all over the place. The Kremlin here is perhaps the most iconic spot in Russia with all of these unusual onion-shaped domes. I wanted to end up back here to take some night photos, but Moscow is such a craze place that I ended up becoming distracted by all sorts of strange parties.
Be sure to check out my newly updated People Portfolio
I now have four different portfolios over on SmugMug. Follow this link to go see some of my favorite people photos!
Daily Photo – Fun in Russia
It was a wild four days in Russia, I tell ya! I took a lot more people photos than normal… to me that was one of the most interesting things about the country. There were so many charismatic people all over the place! They all we very open to having photos taken as well. I don't think I got a single rejection!
This is a very random review of the Lobster Tennis Ball Launcher. Those of you that watch my Instagram stories know about my ongoing battle with this thing. I don’t recommend it. After only a handful of uses, it started to malfunction. Now we’re stuck with this tennis ball machine that doesn’t work. Where do you put something like that? I guess I’ll carry it to the garage until we can get it fixed… which is not easy at all when it comes from a different country.
Daily Photo – The Colors and Towers of Moscow
Russian architecture is quite unique, and I gave myself a little challenge while there. I tried to get as many zoom-in telephoto shots as possible to focus on the most distinctive aspects of the architecture. The most obvious default photo is to get a shot of the entire building, so I took extra care to zoom in on some of the most remarkable elements. I try to give myself different challenges from time to time so that I don't fall into predictable patterns.
Here are a few highlights of the trip to Grand Cayman taken from above. This was mostly done with the DJI Mavic Pro and a bit of the Phantom.
Daily Photo – Girl in St. Petersburg
As soon as our train rolled into the station in St. Petersburg, we got out and went to breakfast at a great place. Sitting near us was this interesting-looking girl who was a local. That got me started on a long day of taking photos of interesting people here and there. And they all seemed happy to have their photos taken, except for this one old lady at an ice cream machine.
I’d love the chance to get back to Moscow to take some more photos. I particularly enjoyed the street photography. People were just sort of a little-bit-wacky. I can’t quite describe it, but if you spend any time on Reddit, then you know what I mean!
Daily Photo – Stalin Looks like Kind of a Nice Guy
He wasn't actually a nice guy; not really that nice at all, really. It's a bit strange how all these mass-murderers now have some kind of kitchy mass-appeal on the streets. I mean, you'd never see a Hitler look-alike on the streets of Berlin posing with people. Can you imagine? I wonder why it's cool in one country but not in another. In China, Mao is super-popular, but that's also because young Chinese people don't even really understand what he did there. Hey, it's a weird world!
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!
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!
I haven’t mentioned this in a long time, but I wanted to make sure you picked one up! Pop into the store to see the Textures Tutorial
Daily Photo – More from the Moscow Underground
We had a fun day exploring Moscow with Olya. She knows the city really well and also knows the subway system. I found it completely confusing so it was great to have her running around to show us the way. I was thinking at some point she would play a joke on us and just abandon us to make us find our way home… I still wouldn't have found my way back!