Earth curvature from the Hoover Tower



Earth curvature from the Hoover Tower. Was out visiting a friend and we did a quick walk around the Stanford Campus and decided to go up the Hoover Tower. You can see for miles up there. I liked how this panoramic turned out from the iPhone 6. View the larger version on Flickr

The Powell Street Turnaround



The Powell Street Turnaround. I had all but forgotten the Powell street car turn around point. Little did I know it was going to be right outside my hotel. Managed to snap a quick shot before I caught my first Uber ride. View the larger version on Flickr

Memories of World Cup



Memories of World Cup. This is me at the Germany v France World Cup Final in the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. What a croud and what a game! Love this stadium as well. I kind of miss Rio, at least now that it's raining here. View the larger version on Flickr

The Lonely Church



The Lonely Church. I took out my LensBaby lens the other day and decided to have some fun. Like usual with my LensBaby, I took something like 200 photos, and this was the only one that I liked. You can get some super cool effects, but I should probably restrict myself to using it when I'm super high up shooting down, give the impression of miniature worlds! But the gassian blur I got on this old church worked out well View the larger version on Flickr

On Top Of The World



On Top Of The World. This shot was taken from the top of Sugar Loaf, you can see the smaller mountain in front of Sugar Loaf, and the city below. In the center of the shot, or hte left most mainland is Copacabana beach, and if you look SUPER closely, there is a dark 1/2 circle; that's Fifa Fan Fest. Additionally, if you look closely above the cable car lines, you can see Christ the Redeemer on the highest mountain peak as well. pretty darn cool view if you ask me. Would be amazing at sunset. View the larger version on Flickr

Up Up and Away!



Up Up and Away!. Another Sugar Loaf mountain view from the bottom. What mountains just leap out of the sea, so straight up like this? Such a natural wonder. I spent far too long just looking UP at sugar loaf... View the larger version on Flickr

To the Top of Sugar Loaf



To the Top of Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf Mountain was more impressive than Chris the Redeemer in my opinion. And what made it cool was that it's a two stop journey to the top. The first, smaller mountain you get up to actually has amazing views as well, and from there things don't look super small, like you're on an airplane. Instead if just feels like you're really high. We went in the morning, where they say to go later on for the sunset, but that didn't work into our schedule. There was also no line in the morning, which was nice. This is a few from the first mountain, overlooking Sugar Loaf, the cable cars, and off to the left, the smaller local airport (not the international one which is further left and farther away than you can actually see). The other cool thing is that planes destined for this airport actually buzz this mountain on their approach. Very fun to watch. View the larger version on Flickr

Ipanema Surfers



Ipanema Surfers. Apparently you can surf here 24/7, the turn on a set of lights and you can surf all you want! For me, I was here during the day, and the views were just awesome. I like how all the poeple are super little in this one. it's like a little miniature Rio! View the larger version on Flickr

Model Bridge



Model Bridge. Trains are definitely interesting to shoot. What makes this train track even more interesting, is it's super small. Human ride-able, but you straddle the train and go down this 1km track. This bridge is just a fun little bridge across nothing (i.e. they could have just filled it in, but that woudn't be so fun would it. View the larger version on Flickr

That's a Big Rock!



That's a Big Rock!. The absolute coolest thing about Rio De Janerio was the build up of the city between all these crazy mountains. This one was breath-taking at sunset, as the sun just hit the wall of buildings and the mountains, and it reflected perfectly in the lagoon below it. What is crazy is I think the cement pillars in the mountain are there to prevent the rocks at the top from falling down. I wonder what building insurance goes for under that thing? View the larger version on Flickr

Caught in the Fly Trap



Caught in the Fly Trap. As I mentioned earlier, the street art really got to me in Rio. So colourful, and awesome. I actually saw a video on the World Cup, that featured all the other talents that Brazil has created, and one was this street art. They pay people to do this stuff to prevent tagging. Amazing. This one looked like a fly stuck in a venus fly trap! View the larger version on Flickr