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Tom Anderson

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Former MySpace first friend, enjoying being retired :-)

Occupation: It's my Job to live life to the fullest ; I've been trying to do that for many years :-)

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Trey Ratcliff8,846,015*Huge Beijing PhotoWalk - Join Me Soon (Free event!) - May 28, 6 PM - Win a Sony A7r!* I'm so excited to come back to China — I love it so much there! And we're going to do this in one of my favorite areas for taking photos in Beijing - at 798!  And, as a special prize, I'll be giving away my camera, the Sony A7r — see my review at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/sony-a7r-review  We'll also be joined, all the way from Hong Kong, by Ms. Leona Yayan Xu ( her Weibo at http://weibo.com/p/1005051861918502 ) our famous model for the night!  I'm going to bring her some goodies from all the way from New Zealand from Diamond ( http://www.diamondformula.co.nz/ ) — my friend here in Queenstown makes this new baby formula, so I thought I'd bring her some for her new baby!  Day:  May 28 Time: 6PM Location: 798 Creative Square -  http://goo.gl/3Mmxo6  (more below) Location Photos on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/2iNDkY  Length: At least an hour or two... or as long as you want! :) Unofficial Afterparty:  Yes, at a secret location that will be announced while there!  Prizes:  Grand Prize - a Sony A7r, my camera!  Hashtag for event: #BeijingPhotowalk2014 More on my Weibo at http://weibo.com/treyratcliff  This is a family-friendly event, so feel fee to bring friends, loved ones, and kids. If you've never been to a PhotoWalk before, no worries — these are very fun and I'll explain everything. We'll weave through the streets of 798 together and take photos all over the place.  I'll set up for many shots and talk through all my settings, composition, etc etc... I'm also available for any questions or whatever... this is a very fun, zen, and laid-back event... so get ready for a great time! :)  Closest Address: Originality Square   Area: Chaoyang, Dashanzi (Outer NE 4th Ring Rd) Jiuxianqiao Rd, 798 Art Zone 798创意广场 大山子, 东四环北路外 朝阳区酒仙桥路, 798艺术区 机场高速的大山子出口;酒仙桥2号入口(797路)往东400米路北 From Airport Expressway, exit Dashanzi; gallery is 400m down Jiuxianqiao #2 entrance (797 Road) on your left Here's the same event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/676456352389503 Huge Beijing PhotoWalk - Join Me Soon (Free event!) - May 28, 6 PM - Win a Sony A7r!2014-05-28 12:00:0078  

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2013-07-06 00:12:01 (432 comments; 596 reshares; 4,240 +1s; )Open 

Was in Vegas a few nights ago and there were several fires on the horizon, courtesy of lightning during extreme heat (118 degrees!). The smoke from one of the fires covered the sun, turned it red and made this beautiful sky. 

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2013-07-06 00:12:01 (432 comments; 596 reshares; 4,240 +1s; )Open 

Was in Vegas a few nights ago and there were several fires on the horizon, courtesy of lightning during extreme heat (118 degrees!). The smoke from one of the fires covered the sun, turned it red and made this beautiful sky. 

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2014-04-23 03:33:14 (186 comments; 167 reshares; 4,593 +1s; )Open 

Spent a few days in Oregon and was amazed at the trees and diversity there. This is a tree native to Japan, but I've never seen one like this on my several visits to Japan. Go figure. Will definitely be spending a lot more time shooting in this incredible place! Go Oregon :) !

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2017-05-17 18:27:50 (30 comments; 8 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

This is kind of a fun news/entrepreneus website. I like it ! They just did a little story on me :) 

This is kind of a fun news/entrepreneus website. I like it ! They just did a little story on me :) ___

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2017-05-10 22:33:27 (20 comments; 4 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

I have the coolest story for you! It’s a story about dreams coming true! :-) Stick with me here, this is long!!

When I first began taking photos, I searched the interwebs for help. I quickly found +Serge Ramelli, a French photographer with a Youtube channel. Not only did his videos teach me Photoshop & Lightroom, I found Serge engaging & fun to watch. Like most all Americans, I liked the French accent! :)

Fast forward a few months later and I’m in Paris taking photos and who should I happen to run into… SERGE RAMELLI, my YouTube teacher! (We photographers are like sheep, always flocking about together in the same spots!) I approached the jovial Frenchmen, “Serge, I’ve watched everything on your Youtube channel! You’ve really helped me.. Thank you!” We added each other on Facebook and I said Bonjour.

Fast forward a year later, and Serge called me askingfor help. He ... more »

I have the coolest story for you! It’s a story about dreams coming true! :-) Stick with me here, this is long!!

When I first began taking photos, I searched the interwebs for help. I quickly found +Serge Ramelli, a French photographer with a Youtube channel. Not only did his videos teach me Photoshop & Lightroom, I found Serge engaging & fun to watch. Like most all Americans, I liked the French accent! :)

Fast forward a few months later and I’m in Paris taking photos and who should I happen to run into… SERGE RAMELLI, my YouTube teacher! (We photographers are like sheep, always flocking about together in the same spots!) I approached the jovial Frenchmen, “Serge, I’ve watched everything on your Youtube channel! You’ve really helped me.. Thank you!” We added each other on Facebook and I said Bonjour.

Fast forward a year later, and Serge called me asking for help. He told me he wanted to get an 0-1 visa to come to the US to produce feature films. He wanted to work in Hollywood and make movies! I was happy to help. So from a dusty tent some place in Arizona, I typed up a letter on my laptop… when I got back to civilization a few days later, I sent off the letter.

Like magic, after just one month, Serge told me his Visa had been approved and he was coming to Hollywood. He thanked me profusely and told me he never would have been able to come to America without my “star power” endorsement. (Take that Donald T!!) I thought it was funny that immigration would care what I thought, but I felt warm & fuzzy thinking I’d helped Serge! The man who'd helped me so much through his videos! This was in Sep 2014.

Now fast forward again to just a few months ago! (The story is getting better…) I started feeling social again (as some of you may have noticed by my recent postings!)

I had stopped scaling mountains, stopped squeezing into ice caves, and stopped jumping over lava to photograph volcanos. I was sleeping in my house in Los Angeles, not in a tent in Patagonia. I noticed I actually have a nice bed & house here in Lalaland. Lol.

Anyway, I started thinking about Serge, and I messaged him:

“Serge, how are things going, did you ever make that movie?”

To my surprise, he wrote back, “YES! It comes out in a month!” And he sent me a link to the trailer.

When I watched the trailer, the biggest smile came to my face. I was overcome! Not only does it look like a great movie (I’m such a sucker for these feel-good movies), but Photo Serge, the would-be producer was not just a producer.. Serge was the freakin STAR of the movie!! I was shocked. He’s so good in the trailer. Watch this trailer!!! OK! Did you watch it? I watched it like 15 times that night. Haha.

That’s my Serge. :-) I immediately began peppering him with questions.. How did this happen? How did you learn how to act? How did you end up being the star!? I got so pumped up. I was so proud of him!! As an actor, Serge is a natural! America hasn’t had a goofy, lovable foreigner in awhile. Now we have Serge. I think he’s going to be the next Gerard Depardieu!

The next morning I had lunch with Serge. It felt so Hollywood… we were sitting on a sunny street side cafe discussing his life in movies over the last 2 years. It turns out Serge has wanted to be an actor for a long time! And now his dream has come true! I began to ask Serge about producing movies and the budgets, costs, issues, etc. I was asking because I’ve had what I might call a “fantasy” of making a movie myself. I first thought of it back in 2000 when I was getting a Masters in Film at UCLA. Didn’t know that about me, did ya? Haha.

Now here’s where the story gets even more interesting. Serge’s movie, “The Hollywouldnts” is an independent movie financed on a small budget. It’s currently in pre-order status. There have been 500 preorders already.. wow! If Serge can get 347 more pre-orders, he will actually set the all time record for pre-orders on an independent film! Completely nuts!

If that happens, Variety and a bunch of industry magazines will write about the power of social media driving recognition for his movie! And if that happens, the movie just may get enough attention for big distributors to see it. If that happens, Serge’s little movie will be taken to the next level! And finally, if this movie becomes a financial success, Serge will be able to produce and develop more movies. I was so excited about his story. I told him I wanted to help!

Side note: Lately I’ve made a point of trying to help people with anything they need.. It’s kinda my new thing. :) I meet someone that I know, or someone I just met for the first time and I ask: what do you need in life? If I can help, I do help! I connect them to the right person, or whatever… It’s been pretty awesome and fun! (This relates to my earlier post a few weeks ago about having the best day in my life. I felt that way because I helped so many people in one day!) It’s nice to not think about yourself, ya know? Haha. So yah, I immediately told Serge I wanted to help!

The first thing I did was pre-order my own copy… a small gesture. But now I’m here spreading the word, a bigger gesture! WAVE!!. If you like this movie and you want to help Serge and the creative team behind this movie, pre-order it on iTunes… It’s just $9.99 for the SD version! Remember the key is to pre-order. If you order before the movie comes out on May 16, then that’s the key metric that is going to make the industry notice this little indie film.

There were 60 people employed by the production of this movie — some young & hungry and just getting in the industry, others more seasoned and lending a hand to this passion project… I want to blow this out and make it a success for them, and make it possible for them all to do it again. They’re already in preproduction for the next project! You can help to by pre-ordering the movie. Please do!

I’m super excited to watch the movie when it comes out! I normally only get this excited about the release of Star Wars movies… Haha. I’m supposed to be in Amsterdam on the release date. Anyone there? Maybe we can organize a little release party. :-)

For my own part, I want to say that through meeting Serge (he doesn’t even know this yet), I’ve made some key steps to start producing a movie myself. It’s an idea I’ve had for many years, and its starting to become a reality. How nuts is that?! Haha. It’s something I literally never thought I would actually do, but now I’m actually working on it. Thank you Serge for the inspiration! That's the second time Serge has helped my creative life - first with photos, now with movie-making.

So whether you want to pre-order and help out Serge or not.. I hope you found this little story entertaining and use it as inspiration to step outside your normal routine of thinking and make your own dreams come true!!

Serge went from being a Youtube Photoshop tutorial guy to realizing his dream of producing and acting in a movie in just two short years! And it’s clear even from the trailer that he has a real talent for it! I’m totally blown away by what he’s achieved.

I’m gonna watch the trailer again… it always makes my heart swell. :-) Enjoy !___

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2017-05-08 17:08:48 (43 comments; 15 reshares; 432 +1s; )Open 

I love animals. Why? I'm asking myself... In part, I just think they're so cute and fun to watch.

It's funny we humans will spend countless creative hours from hundreds of individuals with budgets at $200-$300 million dollars to create something entertaining like Game of Thrones or a blockbuster movie, but I'm just as entertained watching a puppy roll around on the floor, or a guinea pig sit there and do nothing but sniff and turn his head from side to side. Is this normal? I mean do you guys feel the same way? Haha

I literally watched these monkeys for about 7 hours! I arrived early in the morning and didn't leave until it was getting dark. This photo was taken in Japan in a very cold climate... Like shivering & shaking cold. I don't like being cold, trust me. But I still sat there and watched these guys for 7 hours!

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I love animals. Why? I'm asking myself... In part, I just think they're so cute and fun to watch.

It's funny we humans will spend countless creative hours from hundreds of individuals with budgets at $200-$300 million dollars to create something entertaining like Game of Thrones or a blockbuster movie, but I'm just as entertained watching a puppy roll around on the floor, or a guinea pig sit there and do nothing but sniff and turn his head from side to side. Is this normal? I mean do you guys feel the same way? Haha

I literally watched these monkeys for about 7 hours! I arrived early in the morning and didn't leave until it was getting dark. This photo was taken in Japan in a very cold climate... Like shivering & shaking cold. I don't like being cold, trust me. But I still sat there and watched these guys for 7 hours!

I think part of why I love animals so much is that they seem pure and incapable of deception. That's probably not true. I've seen some tricky Penguin behavior. But it's almost as if I wish we humans were as simple as animals -- that we'd just relax and enjoy the now. Animals might fight over scarce resources, but at least it's up front and honest: big monkey, "my food! my woman!" small monkey "ok, we cool." That's about the extent of it. I've also read that there's something genetic in human beings that we respond to cuteness. We like cute things so we will be inclined to protect our own human offspring... As long as they're cute. Once they become obnoxious teenagers, all bets are off. :)

The reason these Snow Monkeys are in the water is because it's a natural hot spring. The monkeys live in the valley that surrounds this spring, and they forage for food and hang out. While I was freezing cold watching them, they're doing their thing and when they get to cold, they jump in and take a nice hot bath to warm up! Maybe that's why they're looking at me...? They're wondering why I don't get in, or wondering how I'm handling the cold? Haha.. I was really hoping it would start snowing so their heads would have some snow piled on top.. It did snow a bit, but not enough for the desired effect. Still, I had a great time and I'm pretty satisfied with the photos I took of them. ___

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2017-05-03 20:55:12 (102 comments; 54 reshares; 888 +1s; )Open 

Many years ago, I joined Google+ and started poking around. Through that experience I met +Trey Ratcliff - I think you all know him! We became fast friends and I picked up a camera because that was his thing. What a change it made in my life...

For years ever since, I've been on the road experiencing the physical beauty of the world. Using a camera was a revolution to me -- it made me stop and notice the world around me. Truly, I was not looking before. I would let beautiful moments like this pass me by... Not now. (There's more, keep reading)

Adding this piece of technology to my travel bag has literally transformed my attention & perception, and the way I see the world. How fortunate are we when the simplest things like clouds and light can bring so much joy into our hearts?

If you don't feel this way when you see a sunset, try a little experiment.... more »

Many years ago, I joined Google+ and started poking around. Through that experience I met +Trey Ratcliff - I think you all know him! We became fast friends and I picked up a camera because that was his thing. What a change it made in my life...

For years ever since, I've been on the road experiencing the physical beauty of the world. Using a camera was a revolution to me -- it made me stop and notice the world around me. Truly, I was not looking before. I would let beautiful moments like this pass me by... Not now. (There's more, keep reading)

Adding this piece of technology to my travel bag has literally transformed my attention & perception, and the way I see the world. How fortunate are we when the simplest things like clouds and light can bring so much joy into our hearts?

If you don't feel this way when you see a sunset, try a little experiment. Make sure you're outside during sunrise or sunset. Look at the clouds. Just make a small effort to notice. Bring your cel phone and take a photo. Try this experiment and see what it does for you. For anyone that tries it, come back and comment on here a week from now. If you post something about it on your own profile, please hashtag #myspacetomphotoexperiment so I can find it. I'm curious to see what this little experiment does for you :)___

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2017-05-02 19:39:00 (62 comments; 32 reshares; 670 +1s; )Open 

Lavaflow on the Big Island of Hawaii. Amazing!

This is one of my favorite photos of the last year. I put myself in some semi-serious danger to take this shot. I walked, climbed and hopped over lava to get to this point, not exactly smart. :) Also not too wise to stand on a cliff with lava running underneath you and large chunks of the cliff falling into the ocean! Put another way: I'm not recommending this to you. That said, this is truly one of the most exceptional things I have ever witnessed. Hopefully you can be satisfied with my photo and not try this yourself... Here we are seeing the formation of Earth right before your eyes!

The lava flow is so dynamic that sometimes it changes within hours, which makes this photo all the more special to me. I shot this at sunset as little bits of rain were falling and got some water spots on my lens, so I woke up at 4am and came back the... more »

Lavaflow on the Big Island of Hawaii. Amazing!

This is one of my favorite photos of the last year. I put myself in some semi-serious danger to take this shot. I walked, climbed and hopped over lava to get to this point, not exactly smart. :) Also not too wise to stand on a cliff with lava running underneath you and large chunks of the cliff falling into the ocean! Put another way: I'm not recommending this to you. That said, this is truly one of the most exceptional things I have ever witnessed. Hopefully you can be satisfied with my photo and not try this yourself... Here we are seeing the formation of Earth right before your eyes!

The lava flow is so dynamic that sometimes it changes within hours, which makes this photo all the more special to me. I shot this at sunset as little bits of rain were falling and got some water spots on my lens, so I woke up at 4am and came back the next morning. By then it was just too hot to stand in the same spot. I could only last for a few seconds each time I tried. The lava flow had completely changed as well. It looks different every time you go.

I was thinking of going back for NYE last Dec.I thought it would be an awesome place to be on NYE - no crowds, no clubs, no countdown. Just me and the Earth. Luckily I didn't, that was the night that a massive amount -- acres, I believe - fell into the ocean. Capturing lava flowing into the ocean has been a dream of mine for many years... Dreams do come true :)___

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2017-05-02 00:02:58 (67 comments; 14 reshares; 295 +1s; )Open 

This is an interesting read. Apparently Facebook data analysts can tell if you're depressed, or feeling confident, or other emotional states. There was a bit of an upset when people believed that FB was using this data to target advertisements. Facebook then denied using this data for ad targeting. What if they did target ads using the data. Do you think this is wrong? Or smart? If someone is feeling down, and FB can advertise a product that might make them feel better (either temporarily or more seriously), do you think this unethical? 

This is an interesting read. Apparently Facebook data analysts can tell if you're depressed, or feeling confident, or other emotional states. There was a bit of an upset when people believed that FB was using this data to target advertisements. Facebook then denied using this data for ad targeting. What if they did target ads using the data. Do you think this is wrong? Or smart? If someone is feeling down, and FB can advertise a product that might make them feel better (either temporarily or more seriously), do you think this unethical? ___

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2017-04-29 21:21:43 (48 comments; 16 reshares; 614 +1s; )Open 

I just spent a few days in Yosemite. It's one of the first places I ever photographed when I started photography 5 years ago... Honestly, I have to say that the first time I went there I was not so impressed. For that reason, I have only driven through Yosemite a few times since... I would just stop at Tunnel view for a sunrise or a star shot. That thinking--that Yosemite was not all that--was reinforced by the landscape photographer community I've become a part of over the years. It seems to be that among my photography heroes, no one really shoots Yosemite so much... I think that's because most serious landscape guys feel like it's too easy. It's a place that tourists go, and landscape photographers would rather go find something few people ever see! Maybe I'm wrong.. but I think that's what most guys think? I don't know. You tell me? In any case, what a mistake I made! ... more »

I just spent a few days in Yosemite. It's one of the first places I ever photographed when I started photography 5 years ago... Honestly, I have to say that the first time I went there I was not so impressed. For that reason, I have only driven through Yosemite a few times since... I would just stop at Tunnel view for a sunrise or a star shot. That thinking--that Yosemite was not all that--was reinforced by the landscape photographer community I've become a part of over the years. It seems to be that among my photography heroes, no one really shoots Yosemite so much... I think that's because most serious landscape guys feel like it's too easy. It's a place that tourists go, and landscape photographers would rather go find something few people ever see! Maybe I'm wrong.. but I think that's what most guys think? I don't know. You tell me? In any case, what a mistake I made!

Yosemite is truly stunning if you take the time to explore, and more importantly go when it is RAINING! Did you hear that? RAIN RAIN. Or at least when there has been a lot of rain. The waterfalls just BLEW MY MIND.

Now I'm super eager to go back during next year's snow as well. When I get the time I'm going to go back and hike a lot of the trails and see a lot more. Last weekend I only did the Mist Trail and a lot of the waterfalls in the valley. I love you Yosemite, sorry I thought you were just so so before :) haha!!

Here's a shot I took from the Tunnel View on the second morning I was there. There are some serious crowds there at sunset. It's not so crowded in the morning. Give it try next time you go :) ___

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2017-04-29 01:25:04 (81 comments; 29 reshares; 800 +1s; )Open 

Hello Google+! Finally a new post from me. I'm really going to try and start posting again -- there I said it, better stick to it! Here's a shot from Kauai, Hawaii.

I love seeing untouched places like this. It leads your mind back to what life was like on the islands before people came. The waterfalls were stunningly tall -- this shot is from a helicopter. I think Hawaii has some of the best helicopter tours in the world. The mountains are like nothing you've ever seen... especially on Kauai :-)

Anyone been here? Next time I'm going to see if we can land down near the base of those waterfalls. I know some people have done it... Looks incredible!

Hello Google+! Finally a new post from me. I'm really going to try and start posting again -- there I said it, better stick to it! Here's a shot from Kauai, Hawaii.

I love seeing untouched places like this. It leads your mind back to what life was like on the islands before people came. The waterfalls were stunningly tall -- this shot is from a helicopter. I think Hawaii has some of the best helicopter tours in the world. The mountains are like nothing you've ever seen... especially on Kauai :-)

Anyone been here? Next time I'm going to see if we can land down near the base of those waterfalls. I know some people have done it... Looks incredible!___

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2017-02-17 07:40:21 (65 comments; 7 reshares; 652 +1s; )Open 

Oh Google+ - Oh how I've missed you. I drifted away from sharing online for years, posting only photos at instagram.com/myspacetom and mostly without commentary. But I'm back and with words. Starting to feel like maybe I should share again and get the creative juices flowing like they were when Google+ first began. That was a special time... Is anyone out there. Say Hello and let me know. And of course, here's a photo... one of my latest from Kyoto, Japan. 

Oh Google+ - Oh how I've missed you. I drifted away from sharing online for years, posting only photos at instagram.com/myspacetom and mostly without commentary. But I'm back and with words. Starting to feel like maybe I should share again and get the creative juices flowing like they were when Google+ first began. That was a special time... Is anyone out there. Say Hello and let me know. And of course, here's a photo... one of my latest from Kyoto, Japan. ___

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2015-09-15 21:31:27 (180 comments; 69 reshares; 1,114 +1s; )Open 

I've been to Iceland twice now, first in the Winter and now in the Summer. The place is truly wonderful... I learned to love the ice and snow on the first visit, which was a big surprise. On the second visit, this summer I was also surprised how green, and non-icy Iceland is. The climate is quite moderate. People were camping outdoors all over the island. This shot is from Dettifoss, a waterfall which is reputed to be the most powerful in Europe. It was an awesome scene even without the great sunset we saw. Enjoy :) 

I've been to Iceland twice now, first in the Winter and now in the Summer. The place is truly wonderful... I learned to love the ice and snow on the first visit, which was a big surprise. On the second visit, this summer I was also surprised how green, and non-icy Iceland is. The climate is quite moderate. People were camping outdoors all over the island. This shot is from Dettifoss, a waterfall which is reputed to be the most powerful in Europe. It was an awesome scene even without the great sunset we saw. Enjoy :) ___

2015-02-25 04:21:59 (234 comments; 70 reshares; 741 +1s; )Open 

Poll for single people: Do you plan to get married?

Poll for single people: Do you plan to get married?___

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2014-12-21 22:54:03 (143 comments; 126 reshares; 2,923 +1s; )Open 

Notes from Iceland: I've been here about two weeks. What an amazing place. Ice caves (captured in a photo I took here a few days ago), Northern Lights over snow-capped mountains,, shockingly blue glacier chunks on black sand beaches, waterfalls everywhere you turn, quaint houses, hip cities (Reykjavik / Akureyri), and endless fields of snow -- so much snow I feel like I'm looking at Hoth from the Empire Strikes Back. I love this place. 

When I arrived in the airport, all the rental car offices were closed. I finally found a way to call the place I'd made a reservation with and they came and picked me up... They drove me out to this warehouse filled with strange mechanical devices, lumber and a small desk. The rental car employee apologized saying they were just getting up and running. I thought I'd entered some crazy outpost at the end of the world with no facilities... In fact,... more »

Notes from Iceland: I've been here about two weeks. What an amazing place. Ice caves (captured in a photo I took here a few days ago), Northern Lights over snow-capped mountains,, shockingly blue glacier chunks on black sand beaches, waterfalls everywhere you turn, quaint houses, hip cities (Reykjavik / Akureyri), and endless fields of snow -- so much snow I feel like I'm looking at Hoth from the Empire Strikes Back. I love this place. 

When I arrived in the airport, all the rental car offices were closed. I finally found a way to call the place I'd made a reservation with and they came and picked me up... They drove me out to this warehouse filled with strange mechanical devices, lumber and a small desk. The rental car employee apologized saying they were just getting up and running. I thought I'd entered some crazy outpost at the end of the world with no facilities... In fact, I soon learned that Iceland's main towns are as cosmopolitan and convenient as anyplace I've been. 

The weather has been insane. The day I arrived, 20 meters per second winds (we also experienced 30 mps, technically they call this a Hurricane) are knocking me around as I try to get in my car. Snow and rain is blowing everywhere. On the first night the road to the hotel I'd booked in Vik had been closed, so I drove to Reykjavik instead.. at first I'm terrified of driving in the snow and worried about snow tires and the chains they're also demanding you put on your car in America. Within a few days, I'm doing 80KM an hour during near blizzard conditions. You get used to it!

It's so different than anything I've experienced growing up in California, I'm in awe of this place. I'm truly smitten, and decided to stay through Christmas and New Years Eve. I never had any appreciation for snow or cold weather places, but with my (relatively) new love for photography, I find the opportunities here overwhelming. I've been happily shooting away each day (all 4 hours of them- the sun rises at 11 and sets at 3 during this time of year!) and on many nights when the skies are clear.

Strange Iceland Facts:

* I've had the best hamburger I've had in years at an N1 gas station. 
* Skalmold, "folk-metal" based on ancient Icelandic sagas is on sale everywhere like it's Miley Cyrus
* You can get your car unstuck from the snow with a children's toy shovel and a car mat
* You don't really need to take tours to see things, except the ice caves 
* Lots of guys are named "Thor" (even my ice cave guide pictured here was named Thor)
* You will see some of the biggest monster truck wheels you've ever seen in your life
* It's hard to find anything open in the rural towns after 6:00pm
* Hotel desks in rural areas are unstaffed at night (Eek! Car sleeping is no fun)
* The ring road is awesome, you can get to almost all the big sites by following this one road
* There is no entry fee for all the natural wonders, parks, etc. 
* People seem helpful and not trying to rip you off 

I have not learned a word of Icelandic, or I'd say Farewell, thank you in Icelandic. Everyone speaks English... So Farewell for now,  thank you :) ___

2014-10-16 20:40:30 (243 comments; 12 reshares; 473 +1s; )Open 

I'm thinking of heading to Europe at the end of October and staying through January. Can anyone recommend the best places to photograph during these months (i.e. spectacular fall color displays (or am I too late)). Have I missed the best time for Croatia's fall colors, for example? Or how about the most likely places to capture some nice snowfall? I'm flexible and will go just about anywhere from Iceland to Russia. +Max Huijgen I figured your network might have some suggestions :)

I'm thinking of heading to Europe at the end of October and staying through January. Can anyone recommend the best places to photograph during these months (i.e. spectacular fall color displays (or am I too late)). Have I missed the best time for Croatia's fall colors, for example? Or how about the most likely places to capture some nice snowfall? I'm flexible and will go just about anywhere from Iceland to Russia. +Max Huijgen I figured your network might have some suggestions :)___

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2014-05-10 18:13:36 (56 comments; 40 reshares; 1,639 +1s; )Open 

I'm headed back to Beijing in a few weeks. I can't believe its been a year since I was last there. On our last trip we stopped by this crazy restaurant and took some photos. It was gigantic and empty, and I began wondering how the restaurant sustains itself... I'd actually been to the restaurant before and it was fairly empty too. I'm guessing if you rent one of the many rooms for your private party, they charge enough to keep the lights on from that single meal. Anyway, having it devoid of people really helps to set the mood. This place is just crazy inside. The interior was designed by non-other than Phillippe Starck. 

I'm headed back to Beijing in a few weeks. I can't believe its been a year since I was last there. On our last trip we stopped by this crazy restaurant and took some photos. It was gigantic and empty, and I began wondering how the restaurant sustains itself... I'd actually been to the restaurant before and it was fairly empty too. I'm guessing if you rent one of the many rooms for your private party, they charge enough to keep the lights on from that single meal. Anyway, having it devoid of people really helps to set the mood. This place is just crazy inside. The interior was designed by non-other than Phillippe Starck. ___

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2014-05-06 16:41:50 (225 comments; 275 reshares; 3,155 +1s; )Open 

Manhattan Beach Pier, in California. I've been out here several times trying to get a good sky and photograph of the place. The sunsets are usually good in this location, but I'd never quite seen the "wow" moment I was looking for until a few days ago. Thank you mother nature :-) 

The funny thing is I was not out there planning to shoot. I just happened to be in the neighborhood picking up my "new" (its from 1984) "classic" (I'm not sure everyone would agree) Vanagon. To me its a very beachy car, and I happened to have the Beach Boys on the stereo driving right past the pier. Luckily I had my tripod and camera with me... All in all, it was a very summer-sy moment. :-) 

Manhattan Beach Pier, in California. I've been out here several times trying to get a good sky and photograph of the place. The sunsets are usually good in this location, but I'd never quite seen the "wow" moment I was looking for until a few days ago. Thank you mother nature :-) 

The funny thing is I was not out there planning to shoot. I just happened to be in the neighborhood picking up my "new" (its from 1984) "classic" (I'm not sure everyone would agree) Vanagon. To me its a very beachy car, and I happened to have the Beach Boys on the stereo driving right past the pier. Luckily I had my tripod and camera with me... All in all, it was a very summer-sy moment. :-) ___

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2014-05-02 05:35:04 (71 comments; 131 reshares; 3,578 +1s; )Open 

Trying to stir things up a bit. Despite the number of films and TV shows that have been shot here, I couldn't find a composition that was interesting on its own in this beautiful spot (Alabama Hills / Lone Pine, CA). The sky was looking like it was gonna be good for sunset, so we decided to stir things up a bit. You Star Trek geeks might appreciate this location. Can any trekkies say what's been filmed here? Btw, for those who use 500px, please follow me there 500px.com/myspacetom

Trying to stir things up a bit. Despite the number of films and TV shows that have been shot here, I couldn't find a composition that was interesting on its own in this beautiful spot (Alabama Hills / Lone Pine, CA). The sky was looking like it was gonna be good for sunset, so we decided to stir things up a bit. You Star Trek geeks might appreciate this location. Can any trekkies say what's been filmed here? Btw, for those who use 500px, please follow me there 500px.com/myspacetom___

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2014-04-30 17:43:57 (245 comments; 297 reshares; 3,831 +1s; )Open 

A storybook moment out in Canyonlands, Utah. I gave this photo more of a painting-quality, it felt like such a timeless moment that day. This was my first visit to the park. It's an incredible place and I've returned once since then. I know I'll go again and again... so much to see here. Utah has some amazing scenery!

A storybook moment out in Canyonlands, Utah. I gave this photo more of a painting-quality, it felt like such a timeless moment that day. This was my first visit to the park. It's an incredible place and I've returned once since then. I know I'll go again and again... so much to see here. Utah has some amazing scenery!___

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2014-04-23 03:33:14 (186 comments; 167 reshares; 4,593 +1s; )Open 

Spent a few days in Oregon and was amazed at the trees and diversity there. This is a tree native to Japan, but I've never seen one like this on my several visits to Japan. Go figure. Will definitely be spending a lot more time shooting in this incredible place! Go Oregon :) !

Spent a few days in Oregon and was amazed at the trees and diversity there. This is a tree native to Japan, but I've never seen one like this on my several visits to Japan. Go figure. Will definitely be spending a lot more time shooting in this incredible place! Go Oregon :) !___

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2014-01-27 18:18:56 (198 comments; 183 reshares; 3,114 +1s; )Open 

Back in Las Vegas and finally got up for an early morning sunrise view of Red Rock Canyon out here.  It's a beautiful place, and, I know, not what most people think of when they think Vegas, but you can drive out here in just 20 minutes... A good break from the Casinos. I recommend you visit next time you're in Vegas. 

Back in Las Vegas and finally got up for an early morning sunrise view of Red Rock Canyon out here.  It's a beautiful place, and, I know, not what most people think of when they think Vegas, but you can drive out here in just 20 minutes... A good break from the Casinos. I recommend you visit next time you're in Vegas. ___

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2013-12-05 16:48:15 (126 comments; 152 reshares; 3,256 +1s; )Open 

I'm in Cambodia now. Last night I may have witnessed (and photographed) something never before seen in the storied history of the 900 year old temple of Angkor Wat!  I'm being dramatic, yes :-) 
 
It began with my desire to take a sunrise photo. Its my first time in Cambodia, and I'd yet to visit the famous temple at dawn. I got up at 4:30am to be in place for the  sunrise. I was up so early, there were still stars in the sky. My trusty Tuk Tuk man Heng greeted me and we began the 30 minute drive out to the temple through the old town of Siem Reap. 

As we drew closer, we both noticed strange lights shooting up from the general direction of the temple and into the starry night sky. Heng has lived here since he was 11 years old and told me he'd never seen these lights. I speculated that they must be practice/preparation for some kind of show they're planning atthe ... more »

I'm in Cambodia now. Last night I may have witnessed (and photographed) something never before seen in the storied history of the 900 year old temple of Angkor Wat!  I'm being dramatic, yes :-) 
 
It began with my desire to take a sunrise photo. Its my first time in Cambodia, and I'd yet to visit the famous temple at dawn. I got up at 4:30am to be in place for the  sunrise. I was up so early, there were still stars in the sky. My trusty Tuk Tuk man Heng greeted me and we began the 30 minute drive out to the temple through the old town of Siem Reap. 

As we drew closer, we both noticed strange lights shooting up from the general direction of the temple and into the starry night sky. Heng has lived here since he was 11 years old and told me he'd never seen these lights. I speculated that they must be practice/preparation for some kind of show they're planning at the temple.

When we arrived outside the temple itself, the number of people there took me by surprise. Loads of tourists were walking across the bridge that crosses the moat, their flashlights and headlamps looking like tiny fireflies off in the distance.  Instead of following everyone in. I stopped at the exterior moat and began to take long exposure photos for several minutes.  Here's one of them.  

To the naked eye, the lights looked white and not terribly interesting, so I was quite surprised to see what showed up in my camera after leaving the shutter open for awhile. (Over on the left you can barely make out the tourists walking across the bridge.)

I've yet to see any other photos like this of the ancient temple, but as of last night, there must be a bunch in existence. I wonder if anyone got photos like this up close to the temple itself? (In my photo, the temple is that tiny structure in the middle that looks like a Disney castle...)

Anyway, hope you get a chance to visit someday. I'm loving the people and place. Cambodia has been an unexpected delight.___

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2013-11-23 04:47:36 (219 comments; 253 reshares; 2,873 +1s; )Open 

I've spent a nice few weeks in Thailand, going all over the country... from the beaches in the south to the country's highest mountain in the north. Once you leave Bangkok, it's a very relaxed, laid back place. I've not been able to get many photos I'm happy with, but here's one. This shot is from Ko Phi Phi Leh, a small, uninhabited island with a few pristine beaches. It might look familiar to you from the movie "The Beach" which was filmed very close to here.

I've spent a nice few weeks in Thailand, going all over the country... from the beaches in the south to the country's highest mountain in the north. Once you leave Bangkok, it's a very relaxed, laid back place. I've not been able to get many photos I'm happy with, but here's one. This shot is from Ko Phi Phi Leh, a small, uninhabited island with a few pristine beaches. It might look familiar to you from the movie "The Beach" which was filmed very close to here.___

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2013-11-08 03:34:49 (253 comments; 386 reshares; 3,238 +1s; )Open 

A major typhoon is touching down in the Philippines right now. I just left the country a few days ago and took this photo on the flight out. The Philippines has faced so much natural disaster... While there I visited the earthquake damage in Bohol. Over 300,000 people were displaced from their homes just a few weeks ago after the 7.1 quake. In Manila I stayed with a family who's home had been flooded multiple times over the years. In the worst flood, they lost their most treasured possessions. The Typhoon today (Haiyan/Yolanda) is the strongest storm on Earth this year and one of the largest tropical cyclones ever recorded in terms of wind speed (235mph). Catastrophic damage is expected. Fortunately, they think it's blowing by so fast that the flooding won't be as bad as the wind damage. For info on donations, safety and volunteer work, check the Red Cross:... more »

A major typhoon is touching down in the Philippines right now. I just left the country a few days ago and took this photo on the flight out. The Philippines has faced so much natural disaster... While there I visited the earthquake damage in Bohol. Over 300,000 people were displaced from their homes just a few weeks ago after the 7.1 quake. In Manila I stayed with a family who's home had been flooded multiple times over the years. In the worst flood, they lost their most treasured possessions. The Typhoon today (Haiyan/Yolanda) is the strongest storm on Earth this year and one of the largest tropical cyclones ever recorded in terms of wind speed (235mph). Catastrophic damage is expected. Fortunately, they think it's blowing by so fast that the flooding won't be as bad as the wind damage. For info on donations, safety and volunteer work, check the Red Cross:  http://www.redcross.org.ph/___

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2013-11-03 02:38:46 (297 comments; 291 reshares; 3,269 +1s; )Open 

I've been in the Philippines for about a week now. I didn't expect Internet to be so hard to come by, but I ended up driving up North of Manila -- Baguio, Banaue, Bontoc, Sagada.  The rice terraces were the standout for me. I never made it to the place where they're supposed to be the most beautiful. This shot was just from the road on the way to Banaue from Bontoc. We got lucky with the timing and the distinctly purple hue of the sunset.... So nice :) 

I've been in the Philippines for about a week now. I didn't expect Internet to be so hard to come by, but I ended up driving up North of Manila -- Baguio, Banaue, Bontoc, Sagada.  The rice terraces were the standout for me. I never made it to the place where they're supposed to be the most beautiful. This shot was just from the road on the way to Banaue from Bontoc. We got lucky with the timing and the distinctly purple hue of the sunset.... So nice :) ___

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2013-10-25 05:17:24 (239 comments; 211 reshares; 2,404 +1s; )Open 

In just 2 hours I'll be on a plane to South East Asia.... So looking forward to this trip. I'm hoping to drift a bit... I want to visit many countries, but have no particular agenda. I love being in rural areas and slowing down of the pace of life. If things go as planned, I'll get Internet access and will share photos and thoughts about the trip. Here's a shot I took last October in an out-of-the-way part of China. It was one of my favorites of the trip and I still like it a year later... (Which is rare with me and photos!)   So excited :-)

In just 2 hours I'll be on a plane to South East Asia.... So looking forward to this trip. I'm hoping to drift a bit... I want to visit many countries, but have no particular agenda. I love being in rural areas and slowing down of the pace of life. If things go as planned, I'll get Internet access and will share photos and thoughts about the trip. Here's a shot I took last October in an out-of-the-way part of China. It was one of my favorites of the trip and I still like it a year later... (Which is rare with me and photos!)   So excited :-)___

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2013-09-18 21:54:40 (87 comments; 91 reshares; 2,547 +1s; )Open 

I spent a few days on Kauai, the "Garden Isle" in Hawaii. A really beautiful place and one that I'll return to again and again to try and capture it's beauty... This is from a rainy/cloudy afternoon, when the sun peaked through for just a minute. Of course, even when it rains in Hawaii it's still warm and people enjoy the outdoors. It never really gets cold here. :-)

I spent a few days on Kauai, the "Garden Isle" in Hawaii. A really beautiful place and one that I'll return to again and again to try and capture it's beauty... This is from a rainy/cloudy afternoon, when the sun peaked through for just a minute. Of course, even when it rains in Hawaii it's still warm and people enjoy the outdoors. It never really gets cold here. :-)___

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2013-08-27 23:14:13 (102 comments; 133 reshares; 2,068 +1s; )Open 

Burning Man 2012 - That's the man off in the distance. I sat here for awhile with my camera and was taking long exposures as there was barely any discernible light left from the sun... Luckily, while I was waiting, some cyclists with the perfect color lights rode into my shot and into the distance and I got a long exposure with light trails. :-)

Burning Man 2012 - That's the man off in the distance. I sat here for awhile with my camera and was taking long exposures as there was barely any discernible light left from the sun... Luckily, while I was waiting, some cyclists with the perfect color lights rode into my shot and into the distance and I got a long exposure with light trails. :-)___

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2013-08-26 19:16:58 (136 comments; 173 reshares; 2,211 +1s; )Open 

From last year's Burning Man. I don't know these people; they didn't pose for me... That's one thing that's so wonderful about Burning Man, all these wonderful moments happen left and right... You don't have to set anything up. The opportunities are endless. I'm packing up my RV right now, getting ready to go to this year's Burn. I like to arrive a little late after the chaos of entry has subsided somewhat :-) 

From last year's Burning Man. I don't know these people; they didn't pose for me... That's one thing that's so wonderful about Burning Man, all these wonderful moments happen left and right... You don't have to set anything up. The opportunities are endless. I'm packing up my RV right now, getting ready to go to this year's Burn. I like to arrive a little late after the chaos of entry has subsided somewhat :-) ___

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2013-08-23 17:56:10 (68 comments; 105 reshares; 2,007 +1s; )Open 

A scene from Burning Man 2012. This was an awesome moment that is both combination sandstorm (blowing down below) and some very unusual clouds (up above, obviously hehe).  I've been working on getting my stuff together to go on Tuesday.. I'm planning to arrive a day late and avoid the wait on the way in. Are you going?

A scene from Burning Man 2012. This was an awesome moment that is both combination sandstorm (blowing down below) and some very unusual clouds (up above, obviously hehe).  I've been working on getting my stuff together to go on Tuesday.. I'm planning to arrive a day late and avoid the wait on the way in. Are you going?___

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2013-08-21 17:40:47 (86 comments; 169 reshares; 608 +1s; )Open 

Have you heard about the boy in China who was born with blue eyes and can see in the dark? "Nong's night vision has sparked interest around the world by vision scientists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. And this is good news for science as we may eventually be able to use genetic technologies to deliberately create such a condition ourselves." 

If they'll be offering night-vision as a for-purchase genetic mutation, I'll sign up :-)

Have you heard about the boy in China who was born with blue eyes and can see in the dark? "Nong's night vision has sparked interest around the world by vision scientists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. And this is good news for science as we may eventually be able to use genetic technologies to deliberately create such a condition ourselves." 

If they'll be offering night-vision as a for-purchase genetic mutation, I'll sign up :-)___

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2013-07-29 23:18:17 (81 comments; 80 reshares; 2,414 +1s; )Open 

On the top of the Empire State Building, New York, New York. Last Night I watched the movie Oblivion, and thought to myself "I've been up there!" (the Empire State lookout / observatory plays an important part in the movie). Here's a photo I took from that location on Thanksgiving last year. :-)

On the top of the Empire State Building, New York, New York. Last Night I watched the movie Oblivion, and thought to myself "I've been up there!" (the Empire State lookout / observatory plays an important part in the movie). Here's a photo I took from that location on Thanksgiving last year. :-)___

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2013-07-22 22:12:20 (302 comments; 325 reshares; 2,971 +1s; )Open 

Makapu'u on Oahu. Just one of the sites you'll see as you drive around the island in Hawaii.

Makapu'u on Oahu. Just one of the sites you'll see as you drive around the island in Hawaii.___

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2013-07-16 20:59:14 (171 comments; 276 reshares; 1,072 +1s; )Open 

I've got a GoPro and haven't used it for anything too interesting yet. Now I realized that all I needed was a remote-control Quad Copter. Bravo!!  If you google Quad Copter on Youtube you'll find a lot of other cool videos :-)

I've got a GoPro and haven't used it for anything too interesting yet. Now I realized that all I needed was a remote-control Quad Copter. Bravo!!  If you google Quad Copter on Youtube you'll find a lot of other cool videos :-)___

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2013-07-06 00:12:01 (432 comments; 596 reshares; 4,240 +1s; )Open 

Was in Vegas a few nights ago and there were several fires on the horizon, courtesy of lightning during extreme heat (118 degrees!). The smoke from one of the fires covered the sun, turned it red and made this beautiful sky. 

Was in Vegas a few nights ago and there were several fires on the horizon, courtesy of lightning during extreme heat (118 degrees!). The smoke from one of the fires covered the sun, turned it red and made this beautiful sky. ___

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2013-06-24 08:34:06 (288 comments; 406 reshares; 3,478 +1s; )Open 

The "SuperMoon" in Hawaii. I got some shots without clouds, but this one I liked more... It really seems much brighter than it does larger. Makes a big difference in night shots. 

The "SuperMoon" in Hawaii. I got some shots without clouds, but this one I liked more... It really seems much brighter than it does larger. Makes a big difference in night shots. ___

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2013-06-17 23:27:22 (188 comments; 234 reshares; 3,459 +1s; )Open 

Here's another shot from my recent Beijing/China trip. This one was taken atop the Beijing TV tower and facing some brilliantly lit buildings.   On the right bottom corner here, the dark area is a construction zone. I can't wait to see how this area changes as new buildings are completed. The last shot I shared here was taken from the same location, but looking in the opposite direction.  Note: I uploaded this one in full resolution, try zooming in and looking at the detail. Pretty nifty :)

Here's another shot from my recent Beijing/China trip. This one was taken atop the Beijing TV tower and facing some brilliantly lit buildings.   On the right bottom corner here, the dark area is a construction zone. I can't wait to see how this area changes as new buildings are completed. The last shot I shared here was taken from the same location, but looking in the opposite direction.  Note: I uploaded this one in full resolution, try zooming in and looking at the detail. Pretty nifty :)___

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2013-06-11 23:27:10 (418 comments; 348 reshares; 2,405 +1s; )Open 

Here's a shot from Beijing, China, taken a few weeks ago during my visit. I wasn't able to post much there because G+ was blocked. As many of you who have been to Beijing may attest, the skies are quite muggy and polluted there. I only saw a blue colored sky once in 10 days. Though I'm not completely certain, this appears to be a nuclear power plant, so what's coming out of those towers would be steam. Maybe that's one step to cleaning up the air in Beijing.  

Here's a shot from Beijing, China, taken a few weeks ago during my visit. I wasn't able to post much there because G+ was blocked. As many of you who have been to Beijing may attest, the skies are quite muggy and polluted there. I only saw a blue colored sky once in 10 days. Though I'm not completely certain, this appears to be a nuclear power plant, so what's coming out of those towers would be steam. Maybe that's one step to cleaning up the air in Beijing.  ___

2013-06-11 06:46:15 (38 comments; 1 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Does anyone know how to access other photo albums besides the camera roll when using the IPad on Google+? This is about the fifth time I've thought "I'm going to post a photo to google+" and then find I can't, because the photo I want to post is in an album I created. Then after about 5 weeks I'll forget you can't do it, and I try again and doh! Im stuck again. I also can't find a way to choose photos from my Android phone, I can only select photos I've already uploaded to G+ or take a photo. This omission makes me think I'm really missing something / just being brain dead :-)

Does anyone know how to access other photo albums besides the camera roll when using the IPad on Google+? This is about the fifth time I've thought "I'm going to post a photo to google+" and then find I can't, because the photo I want to post is in an album I created. Then after about 5 weeks I'll forget you can't do it, and I try again and doh! Im stuck again. I also can't find a way to choose photos from my Android phone, I can only select photos I've already uploaded to G+ or take a photo. This omission makes me think I'm really missing something / just being brain dead :-)___

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2013-06-08 22:49:26 (295 comments; 52 reshares; 717 +1s; )Open 

Android Experts?  Hey Folks - I'm looking into a new phone here soon. I don't mind waiting if something else is coming out in the next 1-3 months. Right now I have a Galaxy SIII, which I'm not super happy with because of the changes to the OS made by Samsung. Before that, I had a Nexus phone whichI loved, and, as I understood it, was the OS the way Google intended it. What I'm looking for is the fastest phone, with the largest screen that has a straight Android OS (by straight I mean, no modifications by the phone manufacturer). What phone is that? Or is a new one coming out? (On a side issue, the camera does matter to me as well... But I'd probably give up the best camera quality for the first 3 requirements.)

Android Experts?  Hey Folks - I'm looking into a new phone here soon. I don't mind waiting if something else is coming out in the next 1-3 months. Right now I have a Galaxy SIII, which I'm not super happy with because of the changes to the OS made by Samsung. Before that, I had a Nexus phone whichI loved, and, as I understood it, was the OS the way Google intended it. What I'm looking for is the fastest phone, with the largest screen that has a straight Android OS (by straight I mean, no modifications by the phone manufacturer). What phone is that? Or is a new one coming out? (On a side issue, the camera does matter to me as well... But I'd probably give up the best camera quality for the first 3 requirements.)___

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2013-06-03 21:18:48 (377 comments; 558 reshares; 3,899 +1s; )Open 

I've arrived back in America -- Hawaii specifically -- and witnessed a spectacular rainbow yesterday evening just before sunset. I wanted to post it up now even though I haven't shared some of my favorite China shots yet. This shot almost didn't happen because raindrops kept getting on my lens. Finally I was able to wipe it clean and snap off a shot before the rainbow disappeared.. Life is good :-) 

I've arrived back in America -- Hawaii specifically -- and witnessed a spectacular rainbow yesterday evening just before sunset. I wanted to post it up now even though I haven't shared some of my favorite China shots yet. This shot almost didn't happen because raindrops kept getting on my lens. Finally I was able to wipe it clean and snap off a shot before the rainbow disappeared.. Life is good :-) ___

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2013-05-26 06:31:00 (170 comments; 210 reshares; 4,540 +1s; )Open 

Finally got on a VPN to sneak another shot through while I'm in China. The Internet highways are harder to cross than the Forbidden City's Moat! I'm loving Beijing. This really is a special place :-)

Finally got on a VPN to sneak another shot through while I'm in China. The Internet highways are harder to cross than the Forbidden City's Moat! I'm loving Beijing. This really is a special place :-)___

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2013-05-23 16:02:15 (199 comments; 180 reshares; 2,040 +1s; )Open 

I've been in China for a few days now, and finally got Google+ to work. Sadly it seems to be blocked here. There are so many things to love about Beijing, such as the Forbidden City at night... I took this photo in October on another visit. I went up here last night to enjoy the view again. Hope to post some new photos soon :-)

I've been in China for a few days now, and finally got Google+ to work. Sadly it seems to be blocked here. There are so many things to love about Beijing, such as the Forbidden City at night... I took this photo in October on another visit. I went up here last night to enjoy the view again. Hope to post some new photos soon :-)___

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2013-05-16 17:19:16 (159 comments; 143 reshares; 2,950 +1s; )Open 

I'm enjoying this new G+ layout. Here's another Tall Photo I hadn't shared before. Taken in Sydney, Australia in January.  This dramatic sunset was going off and I was scrambling trying to find the best spot to take a photo. Fun times!  

Tomorrow I'm headed to South Korea for two nights. Does anyone have any suggestions on cool buildings or landscapes to photograph for my two quick nights there in Seoul? 

I'm enjoying this new G+ layout. Here's another Tall Photo I hadn't shared before. Taken in Sydney, Australia in January.  This dramatic sunset was going off and I was scrambling trying to find the best spot to take a photo. Fun times!  

Tomorrow I'm headed to South Korea for two nights. Does anyone have any suggestions on cool buildings or landscapes to photograph for my two quick nights there in Seoul? ___

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2013-05-16 05:52:47 (294 comments; 338 reshares; 3,384 +1s; )Open 

Trying out the new Tall Photos in G+!  I took this one in France, at Mt. St Michel. +Trey Ratcliff and I spent some time in this wonderful place, and this was one of my favorite photos from the adventure. I never shared it here on G+ because the old format favored landscape-wide photos. What do yo think? :) 

Trying out the new Tall Photos in G+!  I took this one in France, at Mt. St Michel. +Trey Ratcliff and I spent some time in this wonderful place, and this was one of my favorite photos from the adventure. I never shared it here on G+ because the old format favored landscape-wide photos. What do yo think? :) ___

2013-05-13 21:35:13 (35 comments; 11 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

A lot of people ask me about my workflow - how I process photos and that sort of thing. Lightroom 4 is a big part of it, and the new Lightroom 5 (currently in Beta) will be as well. I find Lightroom to be so much easier than Photoshop (though I use that too!) On Wednesday, the Lightroom product team will be hosting a hangout where we can all ask questions and hear what's going on with the new product. My photographer friends 
+Dallas Nagata White and +Ed White are going to be acting as the Google+ community representatives and help field the questions from the user base.  Don't miss it, it's Wednesday at 11:00am PST. Here's the event link: 
https://plus.google.com/events/c8trrra6064daff60ul6ukltleo

A lot of people ask me about my workflow - how I process photos and that sort of thing. Lightroom 4 is a big part of it, and the new Lightroom 5 (currently in Beta) will be as well. I find Lightroom to be so much easier than Photoshop (though I use that too!) On Wednesday, the Lightroom product team will be hosting a hangout where we can all ask questions and hear what's going on with the new product. My photographer friends 
+Dallas Nagata White and +Ed White are going to be acting as the Google+ community representatives and help field the questions from the user base.  Don't miss it, it's Wednesday at 11:00am PST. Here's the event link: 
https://plus.google.com/events/c8trrra6064daff60ul6ukltleo___

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2013-05-09 00:19:05 (167 comments; 172 reshares; 2,113 +1s; )Open 

Here's a shot I took from the Google Office in Japan several weeks ago. Tokyo is an amazing town. How fun would it be to work for Google in such an exciting city?  We had a dramatic sunset that night, it started looking ominous (captured here), but it happied itself up after awhile... :-) 

Here's a shot I took from the Google Office in Japan several weeks ago. Tokyo is an amazing town. How fun would it be to work for Google in such an exciting city?  We had a dramatic sunset that night, it started looking ominous (captured here), but it happied itself up after awhile... :-) ___

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2013-04-25 21:30:43 (350 comments; 344 reshares; 2,787 +1s; )Open 

The London Tower Bridge. I shot this on a cold day in November last year. It's really an amazing site and fascinating when you consider construction started in 1886. I've never seen the drawbidge portion go up and down. Apparently it's a rare event these days :-) 

The London Tower Bridge. I shot this on a cold day in November last year. It's really an amazing site and fascinating when you consider construction started in 1886. I've never seen the drawbidge portion go up and down. Apparently it's a rare event these days :-) ___

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2013-04-23 23:26:18 (200 comments; 189 reshares; 2,108 +1s; )Open 

Here's a shot from Queenstown, New Zealand I took in January. You don't have these sorts of views in Los Angeles, where I am right now. I wonder where the closest place to see stars like this is outside of LA? Joshua Tree? Not really sure.  I've not been shooting for a few days and am itching to shoot something epic :-) 

Here's a shot from Queenstown, New Zealand I took in January. You don't have these sorts of views in Los Angeles, where I am right now. I wonder where the closest place to see stars like this is outside of LA? Joshua Tree? Not really sure.  I've not been shooting for a few days and am itching to shoot something epic :-) ___

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2013-04-18 17:13:12 (151 comments; 103 reshares; 1,638 +1s; )Open 

It feels nice to be back in Los Angeles using my desktop computer with a large screen and updated versions of my photo software. One of the joys of geekdom, I suppose. As I was backing up my files from the trip and updating everything, I pulled up this photo of the Manhattan Beach pier I took over a year ago when I was just getting started with photography. It was really fun to process an old shot on my big screen, and using an actual mouse. Such  a nice zen morning, and I vivdly remember the feeling of being at this pier back on this special day. I'm happy :-) 

It feels nice to be back in Los Angeles using my desktop computer with a large screen and updated versions of my photo software. One of the joys of geekdom, I suppose. As I was backing up my files from the trip and updating everything, I pulled up this photo of the Manhattan Beach pier I took over a year ago when I was just getting started with photography. It was really fun to process an old shot on my big screen, and using an actual mouse. Such  a nice zen morning, and I vivdly remember the feeling of being at this pier back on this special day. I'm happy :-) ___

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2013-04-18 03:26:25 (153 comments; 115 reshares; 1,614 +1s; )Open 

I'm back in Los Angeles... looking forward to a night of rest in my own bed. Here's another shot from Japan. I spent a few days in Kyoto on this trip and was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a real-life Geisha slipping inside a traditional inn on the streets of Gion. Not my typical kind of shot, but it's probably still one of my favorites from the trip. 

I'm back in Los Angeles... looking forward to a night of rest in my own bed. Here's another shot from Japan. I spent a few days in Kyoto on this trip and was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a real-life Geisha slipping inside a traditional inn on the streets of Gion. Not my typical kind of shot, but it's probably still one of my favorites from the trip. ___

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2013-04-17 05:00:17 (98 comments; 81 reshares; 1,217 +1s; )Open 

Spent the final night in Japan at the Robot Restaurant (see +Trey Ratcliff's post) and wandering around Kabukicho shooting street scenes. It's pretty wild there, but I caught this more peaceful moment as things were shutting down very late. This shop owner was putting away his lanterns for the night. 
The Japan adventure is over for now. Jumping on a flight to Los Angeles in a few hours, but I'll definitely return to Japan soon. I love it here.

Spent the final night in Japan at the Robot Restaurant (see +Trey Ratcliff's post) and wandering around Kabukicho shooting street scenes. It's pretty wild there, but I caught this more peaceful moment as things were shutting down very late. This shop owner was putting away his lanterns for the night. 
The Japan adventure is over for now. Jumping on a flight to Los Angeles in a few hours, but I'll definitely return to Japan soon. I love it here.___

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