Klouds over the Kremlin

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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.

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Daily Photo – Klouds over the Kremlin

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.

Klouds over the Kremlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:35:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Lobster Tennis Ball Machines

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.

The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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

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

More from the Moscow Underground

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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!

More from the Moscow Underground

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 15:17:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Moscow in sunset light

Moscow Highlights!

To reflect today’s photo, here are some highlights from our Moscow photo walk 🙂

Daily Photo – Moscow in sunset light

On the actual day of the photo walk, there was a tremendous thunderstorm. In the 50+ photo walks I've done, there has never been a rain-out. I like to think it is karma, but it's probably just luck. Anyway, on this day, I was 99% sure there would be no photo walk because of the weather, but I was wrong! I went up to the roof of the Ritz-Carlton (where I took this photo), and the sun suddenly came out. I was making a video with Olya. Her dad and mom were there, and, in the middle of the recording, the sun came out and lit everything up. It was amazing, and we were excited because the photo walk was back on!

Moscow in sunset light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

Netflix Suggestion

If you haven’t watched “Chef’s Table” on Netflix, then I highly recommend it. The restaurant featured in today’s photo is from Season 3 of the series. I know almost nothing about cooking (I can make toast, barely), but I still love the show!

Daily Photo – The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

I was lucky enough to visit this amazing restaurant one evening. When I wasn't eating amazing food, I was running around to get as many photos as I could. You may remember another photo of Moscow photo I got of the downtown area. I took it from the balcony which is just outside.

The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 21:10:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Moscow Like You’ve Never Seen It

Back to Moscow

I was only here for a rocket-ship ride of four days. It’s not nearly enough… there’s so much going on in Moscow, so many places to see, much less the rest of Russia. It’s way high on my list to return here… and it was great to have Olya be our translator!

Daily Photo – Moscow Like You've Never Seen It

I would have never recognized this in a million years as Moscow. It was a really hard shot to get and I almost killed myself. There's a famous restaurant called The White Rabbit that you may remember from Season 3 of Chef's Table. Anyway, we were eating here and had a great meal. After we ordered, I jumped up to take my tripod outside to see the scene. This was behind the restaurant and there was no easy way to get the shot… so it required a wee bit of camera parkour!

Moscow Like You've Never Seen It

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 21:40:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Red Square in Moscow

Embarassing Video Appearance

I like how I keep hitting new rock-bottoms. Here’s one I did in Russia… hope you love the sweater. I got to keep it… when I wear it at home, it makes the kids laugh.

Maybe a little more back-story is needed. There’s some below… basically, I was pulled into a room and told to say a phrase completely out of context.

Daily Photo – The Red Square in Moscow

Here's a photo I took on my first night in Moscow from the roof of the Ritz-Carlton. It was a crazy day, I'll tell ya. We arrived just as the sun was setting and the director of marketing met me immediately after getting out of the car and said I needed to do all this stuff. First, the team went to the club to start having champagne and drinking immediately, in true Russian style. Then she took me to the basement and implored me to wear a crazy sweater (see video above) to take part in some video where I had to say a phrase (I had no idea the context or the reason). Then we went to the top floor for some raging party with DJs and fancy people. It was completely chaotic, and at some point, I realized I had not taken a single photo! So I ran to my room to grab my camera to get this shot outside on the balcony, taking a break from the chaos inside.

The Red Square in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-02 21:11:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length89.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Subway Stations of Moscow

Updated Switching Website

Many of you know that I recently Switched from Mac to Windows. I’ve recently updated the article because I’ve added the Microsoft Surface Studio to the mix… what a mean machine! Here’s a little video that shows it off:

Daily Photo – Subway Stations of Moscow

The subway stations of Moscow are legendary. And it's not just this one, but there are at least a dozen stunners. I only had about 2.5 days in Moscow, so not nearly enough time to see them all, but it's certainly on the list when I go back… it's a fun challenge, actually, if you go to Moscow. It's a good idea to set aside two entire days to visit 20 subway stations… seems like a really fun photography scavenger hunt!

Subway Stations of Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 14:54:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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