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Third Man on the Matterhorn

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Reports  •  9 Comments

This covers our visit to Zermatt, Switzerland, where we spent approximately 85% of our time gazing longingly at the Matterhorn, which is arguably one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Along with a recap of our trip, we’ll offer a few tips for seeing Zermatt, and thoughts on Switzerland, in general. As for […]

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Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  20 Comments

Yosemite National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful location in all of California (or even the United States) with great options for photography ranging from unique mountains to rivers to waterfalls to even gorgeous lodging. It’s truly an oasis for landscape photographers, and it’s no surprise that it draws us in herds. If you’ve […]

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Our Visit to Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Reports  •  11 Comments

Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schloss Neuschwanstein in German, is one of the world’s most famous castles, most notable to Americans for inspiring Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. To be perfectly honest, this was our big motivation for visiting, and because of the epic landscape opportunities of the castle. In this post we’ll share our experience visiting the […]

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Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  34 Comments

Universal Studios Japan is a theme park in Osaka. Due to its location, size, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is an incredibly popular park. This post covers some tips for visiting Universal Studios Japan, and tricks for seeing as much as possible in a single day. At USJ, you’ll need all of […]

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Universal Orlando Resort Trip Report

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 Comments

After promising this months ago, my Universal Orlando Resort trip report is finally done. This trip report covers my first visit to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade areas opened. Actually, my first visit in a long time. Not to date myself, but my last […]

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Tips for Photographing Sunsets

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

Sunset landscape scenes can make for some of the most beautiful photography subjects, and this guide will offer you tips for taking better photos of sunsets. Sunset photography can be really challenging, as it (along with sunrise) is typically the time of day when there is the most dynamic range in a single scene. Add […]

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Winter Hiking Packing List

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

Planning a winter trip to a place with cold weather? Wondering what to pack to stay warm for your hike or photography expedition? This post has you covered! Growing up in the snow belt of Michigan where the “Lake Effect Snow Machine,” as our local weatherman typically called it and attending college just south of […]

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Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Griffith Observatory is an observatory, planetarium, and astronomy museum in California with great views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory is a popular spot for […]

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5 Great Photography Uses for Neutral Density Filters

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  14 Comments

In the digital age, there are few filters for photography that can’t be replicated in post-processing. Neutral density filters are one such filter, and while they are commonly used to allow using a wide-open aperture in bright sunlight, I prefer using them on a tripod to take longer exposures, for the purposes of playing with […]

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Château de Chambord Photos & Tips

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most famous châteaux in the world, featuring French Renaissance and medieval architecture. This post offers a photo tour of Chambord, info about the chateau, and my tips for making the most of the experience. For starters, Chambord is the largest château in […]

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