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Contemplative Snow Monkey

Kit Goodies

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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

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Daily Photo – Your Valhalla is at hand

Yes, for Mac and WINDOWS, finally! I'm sorry it took so long to come out for PC. I know, I know, it sounds easy to make a version for Windows, but it actually takes a tremendous amount of engineering work. Anyway, you don't care about all that… you just want to make beautiful photos, right? Well, your Valhalla is at hand. I'm actually using it right now to work on some new photos… You're going to love it, and I hope it takes your photography forward in a fun and innovative way! Here is an image I recently created with Aurora HDR 2018. 🙂

Your Valhalla is at hand

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

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

Chefchaouen in Morocco

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Daily Photo – Chefchaouen in Morocco

Two days in a row for Morocco photos! You can probably tell by now what a colorful country this is. It makes me think a lot about the west, and how drab and neutral-colored our homes can be. It's not quite like that in Morocco, where they are not afraid of color! I have a soft-spot for that, of course, being the HDR-kinda-guy I am! 🙂

Chefchaouen in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-06 00:25:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

Getting Lost in Fes

This is my best recommendation here! First of all, you barely even need to try to get lost. It’ll happen quite naturally. You’ll eventually find your way back… or, if not, just take a business card with you from your lodgings and the locals are more than friendly.

Daily Photo – Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

This is one of the best places to photograph in Fes, but it's not without its downsides. I went here three different times, and it was always a different experience. There are plenty of people milling around outside, convincing you to buy some mint sprigs to keep close to your nose and mouth so you don't choke on the fumes. I tried it once, and it helped, but I didn't mind the smell so much. Maybe I'm just strong-minded or something. I figure all those workers out there could handle it, so I could to!

Besides the mint thing, each time a different guide took me up. After taking photos, they would guide me out a 5-story leather shop… really giving me the hard-sell! It's almost like they don't understand that photographers are only there to take photos and not to buy anything. Maybe other non-photographer tourists will buy things… The prices seemed pretty good, but I'm not much of a leather-guy. I guess I'd look pretty cool in a leather suit, but it was about 100 degrees and it didn't seem very practical.

Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-16 01:29:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mighty Statue

LA Photo Walk Tonight!

I’m doing a special photo walk tonight in LA with Air New Zealand! Come on out… it will be a free and amazing event. Here is a link to the event!

A B&W from this same spot

Below is another version of this shot, taken about 30 minutes later in the morning. For some reason, I think I like the Black and White one even more!

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Daily Photo – The Mighty Statue

Where three seas meet on the southern tip of India, this massive statue just out of the ocean. Here's one that I took at sunrise one morning after we got off the train. It was a disorienting morning because the train rumbled down the tracks all night then we got out of the train about 4 AM. Everything is a bit confusing when waking up at 4 AM! Then it was even more confusing navigating a bunch of tiny and crowded Indian streets in the dark of morning. I had no idea what I was really seeing until a little bit of light hit the scene, and then I was totally blown away!

The Mighty Statue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-09 01:33:12
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length70.0 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

Derek Sivers in a Field of Fake Horses

More on Derek Sivers

You might enjoy his podcast he did with Tim Ferris. I found it fun, funny, and interesting~

Daily Photo – Derek Sivers in a Field of Fake Horses

This is kind of a strange photo haha. Derek said he had this dream about laying in tall grasses, and that was sort of his dream about moving to New Zealand. He ended up in Wellington, but wanted to lay down here to see if it was like his dreams! I was out testing the new Hasselblad at the time, so I had fun taking photos of him rolling around in the grass.

Derek Sivers in a Field of Fake Horses

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:48:47
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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