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FRIDAY MAY 30, 2014
Daily Photo: Yohiuri Tokyo Giants #1 Fan

I was 25% interested in the game.  25% interested in the Japanese cultural experience of a baseball game.  And 50% interested in taking pictures.  By the 7th inning, the Japanese fans were accepting, and a few started to get looser than a line on a fishing reel.  This guy, and the woman he was with, were very interested by then in getting their pictures taken.  Multiple intimidating facial expressions were busted out.  I liked this one the most.  I’m not sure on the literal translation.  But the figurative one from Japanese to English would be, “What now Sucka!”

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THURSDAY MAY 29, 2014
Daily Photo: You Talking to Me?

I just finished watching Taxi Driver.  Now here I am taking a few pictures of someone who may or may not be completely insane—he was after all sharing food, mouth to mouth, with this animal.  After a few pictures I start getting mean mugged.  Yikes!

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TUESDAY MAY 27, 2014
Daily Photo: Staring Up at the East Cupola at Tokyo Station

I’m not a model hater by any means.  But sometimes it is easier, cheaper, and more convenient to BYOM.  That’s Be Your Own Model for those that don’t know.  Does your camera have a timer?  Does it have a remote control possibilities?  Then you’re set.  Just make sure when you try this Hitchcock like stuff that you keep your Jedi sensing powers on your equipment so it doesn’t vanish into an opportunistic thief’s possession.

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FRIDAY MAY 23, 2014
Daily Photo: Tokyo Station Panorama

As you can see, this is not exactly how the originals looked.  Essentially, I wanted to highlight the Tokyo Station itself and make it stand out.  To achieve that I darkened everything else in the image, and then I used Topaz Labs to add detail and glow (glow through Topaz Star Effects) to enhance the building itself.  That one-two punch got me most of the way there.  The rest was just some digital blending and brushing to add finishing touches.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 21, 2014
Daily Photo: Tokyo Station from the South

Simple concept at work here.  Find a cool urban scene you like.  Start looking around at different rooftops, accessible top story windows, and sometimes even patios.  Then try to access it.  I recommend bringing some cash, an old credit card, a lockpick kit, a leatherman, and some rope.  But you and I both know MacGyver wouldn’t need any of that.  The only real essential item is your camera.

The Tokyo station building, pictured here in the front, was super difficult in this photo.  It was hard to get the color and vibrancy right for it.  I eventually decided to darken it and blur it a bit so we wouldn’t have to look at it so closely. 

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TUESDAY MAY 20, 2014
Daily Photo: Colonial Charm - This is also Tokyo

I never knew Tokyo had so much Old World charm mixed in with its new age extravagance. Pictured here is the Tokyo Station building, a fantastic architectural piece worthy of being photographed over the next couple of days.

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MONDAY MAY 19, 2014
Daily Photo: Now That's a Temple Gate

So I decided that this gate needed someone to teach it a lesson.  Here I am posturing to it showing it I am not afraid.

Seriously though, things that are this grand in scale need serious perspective to be included in a photo to properly respect it.  Without me standing there, it wouldn’t be near as obvious how magnificently overpowering and large this gate it. 

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THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014
Daily Photo: Taipei 101 Counterweight

This huge counterweight weights tons and tongs.  It hangs from the top of the tower to counterbalance it when the wind or an earthquake causes it to shake.  This might be the only time in my life I will be in a high tower hoping for a hurricane or sudden earthquake.  Don’t blame me for wanting to see this thing in action!

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SATURDAY APRIL 12, 2014
Daily Photo: Beautiful Monet Pond at the Ancient Ninh Binh Capital of Vietnam

I had been inside one of the darkly lit temples for about 30 minutes shooting.  When I walked out my eyes were hurting a little bit from the sunlight.  I rubbed them, opened my eyes a little, and the moment before the darkness from rubbing receded and the bright highlights from dilated pupils evened, this is the image my brain told me existed.  It was only there for that split second, like a Green Flash.  Luckily though, I was able to pull out a bag of processing tricks and recreate that image using HDR, Lightroom, and Topaz Labs Star Effects and Lens Effects.

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FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014
Daily Photo: Bread Baskets Balanced on their Heads

How many times have I said it?  Digital cameras are OVERRATED.  Just get a super cheap one and spend the extra money you saved on tutorials, classes, preset downloads, and vacations.  This was shot with a 2008 Cannon 880 Powershot.  It is smaller than an Iphone length and width wise, but just a little bit thicker depth wise.  I often keep it in my pocket for cute moments just like this…when I get super impressed by two kids ability to fling bread off the top of their head with out looking like a old fashioned Paper Boy.

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THURSDAY APRIL 10, 2014
Daily Photo: Much Worse than a Black Cat Crossing

The original photograph had already been slightly edited by me some 5 years ago.  So unfortunately, we don’t have the original original.  I can tell you though that I distinctly remember being freaked out by this cat.  I was just meandering down one of the picturesque brick alleys when this cat went exorcist on me.  It flashed out of nowhere on my left, jumped onto the wall on my right only to spring off back to the left, spring off that wall, and then bound up onto this ledge and crouch and look at me like this.  Like I said, “much worse than a black cat crossing.”

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 09, 2014
Daily Photo: Postcard Shot of Traditional Fiji People Building a Bure Home

My Grandma says I was born about 150 years too late, because I have the soul of a pioneer.  It’s so true.  I love building—homes, barns, benches, tables, anything.  Give me some tools, or don’t (I’ll make them myself), and I’m gone. The original composition and photograph is lovely. But it was definitely missing some warmth and lens flaring. Don't you think?

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TUESDAY APRIL 08, 2014
Daily Photo: Diving Seagull about to Nab a Salmon

I love fishing.  Well, certain kinds of fishing.  I love active fishing: fly-fishing, spear fishing, bow fishing, deep sea fishing.  But bait fishing?  Not so much.  I was hanging with my dad and brother right here.  After about five minutes, I decided to change my rod in for my camera.  If I could fish like this, diving down from the sky at high speeds to nab a salmon stirring under the surface, I think I could do that all day!  My favorite part of this picture is if you look closely, you can see all the disturbances in the surface of the water.  The fish definitely saw him coming and tried to make a break for it.

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MONDAY APRIL 07, 2014
Daily Photo: Stalking Liger

I just love the JPG setting on my cameras.  It’s so simple.  And I love pocket cameras.  They’re so small.  Sometimes I wonder what the heck I am doing with anything bigger than an altoids box size camera.  It is that necessary to be geeky in public with camera straps, lenses, bags, and a photo vest?

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SUNDAY APRIL 06, 2014
Daily Photo: Stalking Liger

This is legitimately a Liger.  I didn’t realize I was about to go Napoleon Dynamite in China, but it happened.  A few tidbits here: first, you can definitely see the mixture in the face.  Lions do not have spots like that.  Second, you can definitely see the difference between a Liger and a male lion.  It was like looking at Shaq next to a normal human being.  This beast made a Mufasa look small. 

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SATURDAY APRIL 05, 2014
Daily Photo: Airplane Window View of Harbin

Taking good pictures out of airplane windows is really hard.  Blurry and dirty double pane windows.  Small openings.  Glare.  Wings.  That’s okay.  Have fun.  Push your skills.  That has been my motto on my latest flights.  Here I had fun trying to capture what I felt like was a little bit of a Matrix view.

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FRIDAY APRIL 04, 2014
Daily Photo: Reason 358 How the World is Short Person Biased

I would think this type of place would be in one of those magic museums or one of those psychological mind-bending museums.  But no, this is a real restaurant.  They expected me to somehow dine here.  The waiter escorted me to this little cubby hole, and I gave him a look like was absolutely crazy for suggesting I crawl in there.  Then I changed my mind because I thought it would make a funny photograph.  I set up my tripod, did a couple of test shots.  Then as soon as I hit the timer and got into position, the bird just came out all on it’s own.  I thought it added a little dry humor to the situation given the context.

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THURSDAY APRIL 03, 2014
Daily Photo: Defrosting in a Bar or was it a Club?

When it is really cold outside and you go into a warm environment, your lens fogs up.  A lot of people go through elaborate steps to try to prevent this from happening.  Some of the better steps I have found have been to carry a battery powered hairdryer.  To tell the truth though, I like the effect.  I will purposefully frost up my lens a bit get this fuzzy look.  I think it’s wild and cool.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 02, 2014
Daily Photo: Action Shot of Two Tigers and a Chicken

This was shot at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin.  At the end of the tour, there was a lady selling live chickens and pheasants to feed to the Tigers.  I think I am her favorite client ever.  I bought every animal she had.  Tragically, none of the birds lived.  This one came the closest.   It managed to escape the initial onslaught (pictured here) as well as the second effort.  The third one was too much though. Philosphically speaking, to me this is a better way to die than by a cleaver on a chopping block or by injection. Poetry and glory exist here. However, I am sure many people disagree.

Technical Note: When I lined up to shoot the tigers this day, I had in my mind that I wanted to do some photojournalistic shots for the day.  That meant that I wouldn’t want to process / edit my photos that much if at all.  Just for fun though, and to waste unnecessary disk space, I set my camera to Raw + JPG and cranked up the sharpness and saturation of my jpg processor in my camera.  You can tell the difference between the JPG and the RAW.  The JPG is already finished.  Sure I had to tone the blue down in the snow a bit, but that was all.  It totally nailed the nuances of the coloring and shading on the tigers.  If I had just shot the Raw, then I would have had to tinker in Lightroom, Aperture, or Phase 1 for a decent amount of time just to try to get the same coloring that the JPG’s already have.

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TUESDAY APRIL 01, 2014
Daily Photo: A Night Girl of the Ice

I’m not sure why no one ever told me there were TWO DIFFERENT ICE FESTIVALS in Harbin.  Not one.  Two.  I want everyone to know that before they go.  This was shot at the smaller one located in the city center, right next to my hotel.   I made my way there late one night and happened across four ladies who could have been anywhere from models to prostitutes frolicking in the park taking pictures of each other.  I of course semi-followed them around in as non-creepy of a way as a 6’7’ foreigner wearing a bandit-mask (remember it was cooold) could. 

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