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The Red Light District in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Highlight Video

Speaking of highlight videos, like the one yesterday, here’s one from our Amsterdam photo walk! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Red Light District in Amsterdam

The red light district goes all day long. It's great people-watching, as you might expect. I think once you get over the discomfort of looking a woman in a window smiling at you, it can be interesting just to observe and not judge or anything. It's all legal here and heavily controlled so nothing fishy goes on and the women are kept safe. No photos of course (I didn't try), but you can take ones that are a bit far away. Fun Fact: If you see a BLUE light inside of one of the windows, then you're looking at a transvestite.

The Red Light District in Amsterdam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-18 17:37:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Naples

Highlight video from Naples

This next new year, we are repeating our family trip across Florida and the Caribbean to all new places. Where will we end up? Only the shadow knows… meanwhile, here’s the highlight reel from our time in Naples!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Naples

This was the view from our room every sunset while in Naples, Florida. It was a family trip, and I always try to balance that with taking photos. I'm always stuck with two decisions: 1) Where do I take the photo? 2) Do I make the family wait till like 8:30 PM to eat after I'm done taking photos?

There are no bad answers for number 1 and all bad answers for number 2.

Sunset in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-02 06:36:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Downtown Road in Osaka

3 Unexpected Things About Japan

Here’s some random videos I crammed together from Japan. If you like this sort of thing, let me know and I can do more. It really has nothing to do with photography… really.

Daily Photo – Downtown Road in Osaka

I was once again blown away by Osaka as soon as I started getting out and about more. There are a ton of these streets weaving all around and around the downtown area. It's just perfect for this style of photography, you know? I was also pleased to see that Kyoto was less than an hour away by train. You can take the bullet train or normal express train. They are so close together, it almost doesn't matter which one you take.

Downtown Road in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-19 12:05:06
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Jamming out with Hans Zimmer

Concert Photos

This is only my second time taking photos at a concert, so I still have a lot of learning to do. I figured out a lot of stuff the first time after I made mistakes! The key seems to be to have a 2-camera setup, both with fast, prime lenses. One is a 35mm and the other is 100mm or stronger. I didn’t quite have all the equipment I needed, but I did the best I could with what I had.

Pre-concert Sound Check

Here’s a FB live video we did during afternoon sound check. You also get to hear Lisa Gerrard belting out some of her work from Gladiator.

Daily Photo – Jamming out with Hans Zimmer

What a fun series of nights, following around Hans Zimmer's band from Budapest to Frankfurt. This was a really special night because this is Hans Zimmer's birth city. It was a massive stadium and the German fans were insane for their man here. We also went backstage after the event as well to hang out with the band; it could not have been more awesome! 🙂

Jamming out with Hans Zimmer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 22:44:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

From one coast to the next

The New Store is Open!

Go check it out at Store.StuckInCustoms.com – a fresh re-launch! And we’re doing a special 25% off everything with the code NEWSTORE. And here’s a little video I made that shows it off!

Dropbox or Google Drive?

I’m constantly debating about switching over to Google Drive. I don’t really have a compelling reason yet… Dropbox works perfectly. Sometimes I will use Google Drive to send very large files, however. We upgraded to the corporate Dropbox account, so now the entire team has a massive amount of storage. It’s a bit expensive, I suppose, but not the end of the world.

Daily Photo – From one coast to the next

During our never-ending European tour, we saw many different coastlines. Yesterday's shot from France was preceded by this one in Italy. This was taken in Cinque Terre, looking out into the stormy sea. There was a rain storm coming in and I was mesmerized by all the moody blues. Not long after this, I got in a few final shots of the city in the pouring rain. You can see the one I got if you click on the Cinque Terre category.

From one coast to the next

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 19:31:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Floating over Mont St. Michel

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Daily Photo – Floating over Mont St. Michel

This was my second time to this amazing place in Normandy, but my first time with the drone. So I decided to make the most of it and was hoping karma would bring me a good sunset, and it did! 🙂 I alternated between taking photos and making videos. This amazing light did not last that long, so I did my best to get as many shots as possible. For a Zen guy, I was in a little bit of a panic mode!

Floating over Mont St. Michel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 21:06:29
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Manual Focus

Here’s a new technique I’ve been doing for the last year or so… now at sunset and night, I only do manual focus. I don’t completely trust the autofocus at night… and since I’m using a mirrorless camera, I’m guaranteed to get a sharp shot if I zoom into 100% while manual focusing.

Daily Photo – The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Or maybe this is better described as the main side. When we stopped here in Monaco, we had an uber drop us off. He asked where we wanted to be dropped off, and I just said, “The Harbor where all the boats are.” Then he told me there were two of them, and I had no idea. I picked the wrong one… I picked the one that is more boring and there's really not much around it. I MEANT to go to this part… but, in the good news category, it gave me an excuse to climb this mini-mountain to get this shot right after dinner.

The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 19:55:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Aquaduct at Penha Longa

A little confusion

Today’s photo is a good example of using the quadcopter to make things a bit confusing. Maybe on the photo walks you’ve heard me talk about this idea… purposefully confusing people with your photos!

Daily Photo – Aquaduct at Penha Longa

I'm always a sucker for an aqueduct. I think they're just the coolest things in the world. I would have loved to see this back in the day when it was in full operation. I can't imagine the amount of time it took to build and then simply maintain. Some of these aqueducts go through extremely remote places. There must have been maintenance men that would just wander through the countryside to look for problems. It just seems like problems would be everywhere. I think about this a lot and I don't know why.

Aquaduct at Penha Longa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-16 20:02:19
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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