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The Bridges Through Prague

My Camera Bag

Be sure to check out the Camera Bag page to read all about my current camera bag situation! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Bridges Through Prague

Only one night here! That was no bueno… but I tried to take as many photos as I could as quickly as possible. I was quite exhausted after being on the road for so long… but I knew we only had one night here so I had to rally to get out there and get some photos. I was walking across one of the bridges earlier in the day, and I saw a photo from this perspective. I asked the guy selling the photo where the photo was taken, and he pointed up here towards this park. Rene and I ended up there later this night to do our best to re-capture the scene.

The Bridges Through Prague

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-24 21:36:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length208.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Ritz-Carlton Article

Here’s an article entitled Traveling in a Blue State of Mind where they used all my photos to tell some nice stories. The Ritz-Carlton recently re-did their “color” to a special type of blue that happened to coincide with a lot of my photos!

Daily Photo – Inside the Sagrada Familia

Here's a view of the light streaming through the stained glass windows. And just think, it was a rainy day! Imagine how amazing the light would be if it was sunny outside. I think this place will be under construction for the next 20 years or so… I look forward to coming back after that on a sunny day to take more photos. Lord only knows what kind of camera I'll be using then!

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:38:35
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Carnivale in Venice

Venice from Above

Here’s a video I made while in Venice; I hope you enjoy!

Daily Photo – Carnivale in Venice

Speaking of photo adventures (yesterday's post), here's one we did in Venice! It was my very first Carnivale, and I didn't expect to get so many photos of people in costume. I didn't know if you had to pay money to these people or what. It turns out you don't! They just will sit there and pose literally all day long. They love it! It's like what they were born to do… and so it's great practice for a photographer to get out there and work on portrait photography.

Carnivale in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-03 10:07:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waking up Early

Where should we go next?

Africa, Thailand, somewhere in Europe? We usually do one workshop in New Zealand and another at an international destination. We’re trying to decide now! 🙂

Waking up Early

Here's a photo from Lake Hayes where we took our NZ photo adventure workshop one morning. It's kind of a tough workshop, since we make everyone wake up around 6 AM and then go take photos! But the one person to miss this morning was Curits, and he was bummed out! All the more reason to make sure you join the morning outings on our photo workshops.

Waking up Early

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:56:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length134.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • 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

Paddleboarding in Aruba

Paddleboarding Story

I had quite a hard time getting a paddleboarding photo while in Grand Cayman Island. I had this idea to do a 360 photo while paddleboarding. Seems like a good idea, eh? Well, it wasn’t. I had to paddleboard into this protected swimming area and get over a rope. But the back of the paddleboard has this inverse shark-fin thing. It because stuck on the rope. So I had to sit down (not easy) and untangle myself, all WHILE holding a very expensive 360 camera! Wow that was tough… not gonna lie.

Daily Photo – Paddleboarding in Aruba

This is just off the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton there in Aruba. How amazing is that water? It doesn't matter if you are a total beginner in paddleboarding because this is a great place to learn. If you fall, you fall int milky-warm water with snowy-soft sand underneath.

Paddleboarding in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 23:17:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Amseterdam Highlight Video

This is one of my favorite photo walk highlight videos because of the people in it that are smiling. I think Olya did a great job with the edit of this one. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

How cool is Amsterdam? I was walking around across from the red-light district and found this fancy place. Look at all the detail. And yes, I assume you can go inside and get a wide variety of drugs. Many things are legal there… of course pot. And they don't exactly have “Mushrooms” but they have something else called “Truffles.” They didn't work on me, but they definitely worked on my friend Rene. He's already a giggly guy, but this took him 10x the level. We all sat around the hotel room watching comedy specials on Netflix and he was at next-level-Rene!

I like how everyone in Amsterdam looks like a drug dealer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-18 15:35:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Aruba

Discover Weekly Algorithm

A lot of you know I am fans of Spotify and the Discover Weekly playlist. It’s pretty good. Maybe a bit hit-or-miss for me, but it does a generally awesome job. I saw this article about the algorithm which was interesting to me. Maybe a bit techy-nerdy, but still good.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Aruba

I never missed a single sunset in Aruba. Maybe I was just lucky during my four days there, but each one was just as perfect as this one. I love this kind of sunset because it's the only time you're allowed to look at the sun. I mean, I suppose it's okay, right? People say not to look right at the sun, but I figure if it doesn't actually HURT your eyes when looking at it, then it won't actually hurt your eyes physically or permanently at all.

Sunset in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 06:32:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

English-Japanese Teacher!

We’re now deep into our Japanese Tour! Be sure to join us in one of the cities for our events!

In other news, my son, Ethan, wants to come to Japan to teach English after he graduates. I’m really encouraging him to do this! I think it would be an amazing first job.

Daily Photo – The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

That was, by far, the dumbest name I have ever given to any of my photos. But there's no need to be overly erudite when naming photos, eh? Seeing this makes me really want to back and frolic with the Icelandic horse even more. They are so magical looking… they all walk around in slow motion with their hair blowing in the breeze, like they are in some kind of horse-shampoo and conditioner commercial

The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-11 04:03:31
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

New Photos for Spring

If you are a Passport member, then you may well remember the video (reposting below), of the little 360 art tour of my new studio. I am swapping out photos every three months for each season. I’m a bit behind for Spring, but I’m now picking those out!

Daily Photo – The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

We saw some beautiful museums across Europe, and this one in Vienna had one of the most ornate decor of all of them. I don't remember much about what happened to Vienna in WWII, but I believe a lot of these very old buildings were spared. I only had a few days here and would have liked to visit more museums, but this one was definitely a winner for the architecture alone. I didn't see a lot of paintings that I was really into, but that's okay.

The Ceiling in The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-28 10:34:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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