Archive: Wide Angle

I Took Some Pictures of Rocks

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  No Comments

Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park is one of my favorite spots in California. This is the location famous for its mysteriously moving rocks, and in this post, I’ll share the best photos I’ve taken out on Racetrack Playa, from the couple of times I’ve camped out there. First, I feel behoved to reiterate […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Japan, both inside and outside, to showcase this impressive feat of theme park design. This castle is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. All of the interior […]

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Moulin Rouge Info & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Moulin Rouge, with its red windmill pop culture prominence, is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. On our first trip to France, we visited this iconic show. By “visited” I mean that quite literally, as we went to the location but didn’t go to an actual show. In the process, we […]

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Palace of Versailles Tips

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  7 Comments

The Palace of Versailles is a royal palace with gardens built by King Louis XIV and located just outside of Paris, France. This post covers tips for visiting and making the most of your time at the Palace of Versailles (or the Château de Versailles, as it’s known in French), plus a ton of my […]

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Tips for Night Photography

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  11 Comments

Taking photos at night can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. This post covers what you need to know about nighttime photography, what equipment you need, and some best practices to get great photos at night! Nighttime photography can be intimidating, especially for beginner and novice photographers. The primary reason […]

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Super Bloom at Death Valley National Park

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  16 Comments

Due to an abnormally rainy fall, Death Valley National Park is in the midst of a rare Super Bloom with millions of wildflowers coloring miles of the park that are otherwise barren. This is due to a confluence of events: an El Niño-fueled October brought more rain to the park than it sees in an […]

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Colors of Christmas at Montage Laguna Beach

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

It’s Christmas season in Southern California, which means two things: palm trees covered in lights and gorgeous sunrise and sunset skies! After a week of traveling when I landed at LAX last night, I decided to check the weather and noticed conditions were predicted to be ripe today in Laguna Beach for a nice sunrise. […]

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Christmas in Paris

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

Christmas is beautiful in Paris. Everything you can imagine: romantic, lavishly decorated, and a bit on the cold side. On our first visit to France, Christmas celebrating was in full swing when we were in Paris in mid-November (since there’s no Thanksgiving, I don’t think anyone gets miffed by Christmas starting in November), and it […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine at Night

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 Comments

Fushimi Inari is a popular temple in Kyoto, Japan, and is one of the few places that does not close. This knowledge is one of the best travel hacks for Japan, as it’s Fushimi Inari is a great place to visit in the evening, and it’s almost totally devoid of crowds. It’s also especially beautiful […]

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Cathedral Lakes Hike Report – Part 2

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  7 Comments

We left off Part 1 of the Cathedral Lakes Hike Report with our heroes faced with a dilemma that could* have a ripple effect that would impact the fate of mankind: scramble up the mountain for a higher sunset vantage, or stay at ground level to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, […]

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