Take Me to Your Leader

Fleabag and Killing Eve

These are two of my favorite shows by one of my new favorite people: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This gal is super-creative… I can’t wait to see what she does next. Be sure to check out those shows. As of right now, they are not on Netflix, but if you poke around, you can find them.

Daily Photo – Take me to your Leader

I’ve never been in this rainforest area of Singapore at night before. I thought it looked amazing and moody with all the lights + the mist that comes down from the upper walkways. I was walking around here with Dotz Soh and a few other people. We just slowly wandered around, taking photos, and drinking in all the sights and sounds. Even though this place is quite touristy, I think it is worth it!

Take me to your Leader

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:12:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

New Favorite Comedy Series

Okay, here’s a crazy new show for you to watch. It’s not appropriate for all audiences, to say the least… but this Phoebe Waller-Bridge really cracks me up. She’s only made one season, and it’s just six episodes long. Here’s a trailer for you.

Daily Photo – Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

Only in a place as wealthy as Singapore would they consider an idea like having air conditioning outside. And that is exactly what happens in this eclectic part of the city. Singapore is incredibly hot and humid (reminds me of growing up in Texas). This outdoor shopping area was designed to have cold air blasting out from vents to keep customers from melting. I can't imagine how expensive it is to provide cold air outside of a building, but I imagine the rent for these stores is pretty insane.

Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 00:45:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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I don’t know what to call this

More about the Camino de Santiago

You can find out more about my upcoming week-long hike in Spain on the Wikipedia entry for Camino de Santiago. Here’s a little blurb about it… (note I’m not doing this for religous reasons)

Known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

Passport Bonus Day

Today I’m adding a bonus inspirational video for Passport Members that compares taking photos for the right reasons to reading books for the right reasons. I filmed it inside of this library below.

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Taking Photos for the Right Reasons

Hi awesome Passport Member! Even though I am doing a new Passport Video just for you on Sundays (Passport Sunday!), I wanted to throw a bonus one in now. This one is a bit more inspirational and I talk about how my reasons for taking photos are a lot like my reasons for reading books. I’m recorded this in China in the Tianjin library.

Note this is kind of a pre-pre-release of these new videos I am working on. I have about 30 of these… still trying to round up a few more sponsors that make sense. But, as long as some are already finished, I thought it would be nice to show you first and get your feedback!

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Daily Photo – I don't know what to call this

I am not sure exactly what this is or why it exists, but I thought it was interesting. I also have no idea what even to call it. I found it inside a the National Museum of Singapore up on the top floor. Nobody was here and there was no art or anything on the walls up here. I guess the thing itself is considered art entombed in some sort of modern architecture. I mean, it's not ugly or anything. I almost didn't take a picture of it because I couldn't figure out what I was taking a photo of, exactly. But, I thought it was interesting in its mysteriousness.

I do recommend going to this museum, however. There are lots of great photo spots and the architecture itself is quite interesting.

I don't know what to call this

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 16:39:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Singapore layover

If you end up in Singapore during a layover that is over 5 hours, you should definitely grab a taxi and head into this area of the city. The Singapore airport is one of the best (and most efficient) in the world, so it is definitely worth making the transit through customs and give the city a visit. Even better, in Singapore they love food, so you’re sure to grab some good grub.

Daily Photo – The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Right after I took this photo, someone leaned over and told me the lion had been moved and it was not in its original location. They said this fact with such earnesty that I could not refute it. Anyway, for one week per year, they light up the lion in various ways, and this happened to be one of those nights. Actually, the entire area around this body of water is lit up with beautiful lights. It's almost a smallish Burning Man!

The Famous Merlion in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-28 01:31:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Indoor Rainforest

Combining Libraries in Lightroom Tip

Note: If what I say below doesn’t make sense, be sure to get my Organize Your Photos! Tutorial here on the site.

When I come back from photo trips, I take the Lightroom Catalog from my laptop and merge it with the mommy catalog on my main computer. This can be very time consuming, but I figured out a faster way to do it.

1) The first step is to move everything manually over to the destination drive. That means moving the .LRCAT and the photos in a directory.

2) After that, open up the .LRCAT on the main (mommy) computer. It may not be able to find where all the files are, so be sure to r-click the photos directories and find their new location.

3) Then, when you go back to your main catalog, go ahead and import the new one, but select “Add”. Don’t select “Move” because that takes forever for some reason.

4) After they have been added, you can then move the photo directories from within Lightroom!

Daily Photo – The Indoor Rainforest

This isn't like a fake rainforest like in the Rainforest Cafe (which I find to be extremely annoying). But, instead, it's an actual rainforest. One big difference is that this doesn't have any food inside. Well, I guess if you are a vegetarian, it's full of food. There's sort of a path everyone walks along. Right in the beginning, you come to this very still little pond. The reflection was so perfect that I set up for a nice vertical shot here.

The Indoor Rainforest

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 23:57:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Landscape or Portrait?

Today’s photo is obviously a quad shot, aiming straight down. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t really matter how it’s oriented: portrait or landscape. The only place it seems to matter is on phones and tablets! Since most people view things on mobile nowadays, I tend to twist things around to portrait mode so you can see more on the screen at once.

I’ve been to Hong Kong many times, but not until this last time did I go tramming! I don’t know if that’s an actual word or not, but I define it as the ability to get on a tram for just a few bucks and ride it all day. It goes through some of the older sections of Hong Kong and just kinda casually rolls along. Sometimes old people get on the top level and share a bottle of wine and just watch the city go by for hours and hours. I was only on there for a short time, but I made the most of it!

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Daily Photo – The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

If you click the “Singapore” category above, you'll see some previous photos of these Gardens by the Bay at night time when they light up to an amazing light show. This is what they look like in the middle of the day from above. I think it's quite a mesmerizing little scene! You can see a curve there along the left side. That's a bridge high above everything that connects a few of the trees. Unfortunately, it was closed this time, but I do recommend the little trek!

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 16:50:18
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO109
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Tane Versus the Durian

Radio Interview in Singapore

There’s sort of an “NPR” in Singapore and they sent out a nice woman to interview me while there. Here’s the interview in its entirety below!

Daily Photo – Tane Versus the Durian

It was quite rainy in Singapore while we were there, but it made for some great photos and reflections. This is the Esplanade Theater and a lot of the locals think it looks like a durian, possibly one of the worst fruits that ever evolved. This affronting fruit must have somehow stayed in the food chain thanks to monkeys or something. But, I actually know a few humans that like it. It smells so bad to most people that it is banned in hotels and airplanes.

Tane Versus the Durian

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 01:58:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Singapore from Above

Glenorchy Tip Video Part 3

And here’s part 3 in the series of videos from Glenorchy. This shows me editing more photos and also illustrating how different the light can be on Lake Wakatipu after only a few hours.

Daily Photo – Singapore from Above

I took this from the roof of the Ritz-Carlton on my first night after arrival. It wasn't easy to get up there, I tell ya. It was quite assassin's creed. I went up with security (you have to get permission) and step over all these pipes, duck under air conditioning units, slither through other pipes, and this sort of thing. But, after all that, it was worth it. I had 360 degree views of the whole city, but I think this is probably one of the best angles. I'd love to come back up here and take photos of the fireworks some time!

Singapore from Above

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  • Date Taken2018-03-25 00:36:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Dots in Dots

Some Book Suggestions For You

I don’t know if you’re more into Fiction or Non-Fiction. Personally, I alternate between the two. But I’ve recently updated my Book list over on Kit.com. I hope you find something you enjoy there! 🙂 Note that these are the top 10% of my favorite books… I won’t bother listing ones I’ve read that I think would be a waste of your time.

Daily Photo – Dots in Dots

If you are in Singapore, don't miss a visit to the ArtScience Museum. You can't miss it, as it is around that central lagoon. It's very family-friendly and there are very interesting visual displays inside. I have a bit of an “issue” with some of these Instagram-roadside-bingo collection points. Instagrammers love to go here to fuel their egocentric lives, but I decided to go anyway because it looked pretty awesome! As you can tell, I did not do a selfie here. Maybe it's because I can't find an “Influencer Hat” that fits my cabeza in the right proportions… but I was with my new friend @Dotzsoh and she struck a better silhouette than yours truly.

Dots in Dots

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 23:13:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Singapore Flower Party

New Tip Video!

Here’s a “making” of video from a shot during a beautiful pink sunset in Milford Sound. You can also see a bit about my organization and selection style.

Here’s the final photo that was produced above:

The Cotton Candy Fjord

Daily Photo – Singapore Flower Party

These beautiful flowers light up every night in an amazing LED and music show. The music is a little campy for my tastes with the Jurassic Park theme song and such, but it is still worth it. I tried a few different positions up on the hillside during the show, but this was one of my favorites. I used my 16-35mm on the Sony for this one. It was just barely wide enough!

Singapore Flower Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:47:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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