The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  1 Comment

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “gee, I really want to go to a park where I can interact with and feed a bunch of deer” then it’s time to book your tickets to Nara, Japan! Nara is a place many are unfamiliar with, but it was actually the first permanent capitol of Japan, and […]

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Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 4

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  23 Comments

This is the final installment of my Universal Orlando Resort trip report. You should read Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 before reading this installment. Since I think I’ve mostly covered all of the attractions worth covering in detail in previous installments, I’m going to make this installment solely my big picture recap […]

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Technique Tuesday: 50% Grey Dodge-Burn Layer

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  7 Comments

Today I wanted to focus on a new technique I recently learned that provides a way to non-destructively dodge and burn in Photoshop. For those unfamiliar with the dodge/burn tools, they are ways to extend the dynamic range in a single image in Photoshop, but the problem is that they normally a “destructive” ways to […]

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The Consummate Carnivore’s Guide to In-N-Out Burger

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Restaurant Reviews  •  23 Comments

Welcome to my ‘Consummate Carnivore’s Guide to In-N-Out Burger’. I don’t want to hype it up too much, but this post could change your life. It was originally going to be an In-N-Out Burger review, but that didn’t seem appropriate. In-N-Out is a California institution standing alongside Disneyland, Space X, Steve Jobs, and Terminator, and […]

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California Beaches: Laguna’s Victoria Beach

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  12 Comments

This post features some photos I just took of Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, California, along with some tips for finding this quiet beach, among other things. One of the things that I’ve discovered the last few months is that California has some exceptional beaches, and I don’t mean the typical tourist hotspots where you’re […]

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Many Glacier Hotel Review

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  4 Comments

This post reviews Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, featuring photos of the rooms, common areas, restaurants, and a look at the view and location. Speaking of location, you know what, if the photo above doesn’t sell you on Many Glacier Hotel, there’s nothing I can write that will, so I’m going to devote […]

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Technique Tuesday: Blending Image Layers

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  9 Comments

One of the big reasons I work in Photoshop and not Camera Raw or Lightroom exclusively is the ability to play with layers. In this ‘Technique Tuesday’ post, I’m going to explain how to use multiple layers and layer masks to combine the “best” elements of multiple photos. This post assumes a basic knowledge of […]

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Fukuro No Mise Owl Cafe Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Restaurant Reviews  •  4 Comments

Fukuro No Mise is a popular Owl Cafe in Tokyo, Japan where you literally dine and interact with a variety of owls. This review features photos of the owl cafe, and answers the question whether it’s worth the money. Animal cafes are a distinctly “Japanese” experience, with a variety of different animals, from cats to […]

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Universal Orlando Summer Trip Report – Part 3

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  16 Comments

Picking up where Universal Orlando Trip Report – Part 1¬†and Part 2 left off, I’m back for the first half of my second day at Universal Orlando Resort. This portion of the trip report focuses mostly on Universal Studios Florida, namely the non-Wizarding World of Harry Potter stuff there. Since this portion of the trip […]

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Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  2 Comments

The Park Hyatt Seoul is a luxury hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. This review features my photos of the hotel, thoughts on the service and design, and general impressions about its location and a myriad of other little details that come to mind or tips I might have about staying at the hotel. Let’s […]

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