Category Archives: Random

30 Inspiring Photos from Various Blogs

I made a post recently listing some of my favorite blogs, and over the course of the past few weeks while clicking around each of them I’ve saved random photos that I found inspiring in some way. I don’t want to turn my own blog into another aggregate site, but I thought it would be cool to share some of the things that resonate with me.

*NOTE: I didn’t shoot any of these photos and I don’t know where most of them came from… Props to all the respective photographers for capturing such incredible images and ideas!

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My Top 10 Favorite Blogs – Round 2

About a year and a half ago I made a post about my favorite web sites that help me to get inspired, to stay motivated, and most of all, to waste time. While some things stayed the same, others changed, so I’m back at it with another round of my top 10 favorite blogs.

Be sure to share your favorite blogs in the comments so I can check them out!

Fat-Tony-in-Australia

This photo of me was published in an Australian newspaper while I was there in January.

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My Current Health and Fitness Plan – 8 Things I Do To Stay In Shape

I feel the need to start this by stating the obvious…this is my personal health and fitness plan, and I’m not necessarily recommending it to anyone else. The purpose of sharing it is to inspire you, motivate you, and give you some ideas. This is not meant to be a guide of how I think you should structure you own personal fitness plans.

With that out of the way, here goes…

Over the past two years I traveled more than I was at home and never had any sort of structure to my life. My “routine” or sense of normalcy was to be on the road constantly traveling. The idea of a schedule and a fitness plan always sounded like something I would like, but just wasn’t possible with the amount of time and energy I was putting into my travels. However, I recently found myself a little burnt out on traveling and I’m staying at home a lot more often, so I’ve been able to shift my focus towards my health and fitness…and I love it!

Since switching to a very clean and natural vegan diet in January 2013 I’ve also started a pretty solid workout routine that I truly feel is doing great things for my body and mind. Here’s what all I have going on in the kitchen, in the gym, on the road, and more…

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This photo of me carving a fullpipe was taken in Gold Coast, Australia at the Elenora skatepark this January. Photo by Danny Josa.

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Random Photo: Jumping Dolphin

A few weeks ago I took a whale watching cruise out of Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor, and although we didn’t see any whales, we did come across a mega pod of dolphins with an estimated 1,000 dolphins in it.

As we were leaving there were several dolphins surfing in the wake of the boat and I managed to capture this shot of a dolphin jumping out of the water.

Dolphin jumping out of the water.

PHOTO INFO

Date: April 25, 2013
Location: Long Beach, California
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF-L f/2.8 70-200mm @ 200mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Aperture: f/5.0

Homemade Raw Vegan Fruit Granola Bar Recipe

Since transitioning to a vegan diet a few months ago I’ve gotten really into trying new foods, especially ones that I make myself. I really liked a recipe I found online for raw vegan granola bars, but through several attempts I’ve altered the recipe and found a perfect mix that is high in protein, doesn’t contain any added sugar, and taste amazing! Here’s what I came up with!

Raw Vegan Granola Bar Recipe

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How-To Go Vegan – 10 Common Questions Answered

I got a great response from a previous blog post I made about switching to a vegan diet a few months ago. (For the record I began my transition on January 20, 2013.) Since the post went live, people have hit me up through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram asking questions about veganism, so I figured I’d break down some of the basics. This will not only help explain my personal choices, but more importantly it will help educate, motivate, and inspire others so they can make their own choices too.

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Hanging  out with a kangaroo in Australia.

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How I Went Vegan – Documentaries That Changed My Life

After more than 30 years of eating meat every day, I never thought I would stop. Switching to a vegetarian diet (much less vegan) was a joke to me. However, it only took a couple of hours for me to make a powerful mental shift and completely turn my way of thinking upside down—and just like that, I went vegan.

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How to Be a Better BMX Rider

Most little boys ask Santa Claus or their parents for a bicycle as their Christmas gift. Having that two-wheel vehicle is one of the most wonderful things that a child could have. The BMX bike gained popularity in the United States during the late 1980s and soon became famous in other parts of the world. Riding a BMX used to be just a hobby, but it later on evolved into a popular extreme sport. There are now many young adults who want to follow the footsteps of the late Kyle Bennett and other world champion BMX riders. To achieve your dream, let me give you some tips on how you can become a better BMX rider.

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Kyle Bennett

Practice Makes Perfect
I know you have heard this line many times, but it is essential in acquiring new skills. Riding a BMX is just like playing poker, you have to practice regularly to familiarize yourself with the game. With BMX, you have to ride it a lot of times to learn new tricks and styles. With today’s technology, you don’t need a pack of cards to learn to play poker. There are many online gaming sites that feature various poker games such as partypoker.com. Those who are new to the game can learn easily by reading the basic poker rules, how to play a hand, knowing the positions and blinds, and other poker tips. Instead of hiring a trainer, you can download the “Poker Trainer” application at PartyPoker. This standalone application lets you practice Texas Hold’em against the computer. You can play as much as you want using play money and even get some advice on what moves to make. Professional players can improve their knowledge by visiting the “Master the Game” tab in the site. Now you can apply that same theory to learning how to ride your BMX. Don’t stop practicing and improving your skills.

Be Confident
Some people are apprehensive when trying new tricks. It is important to be confident and courageous so you can push yourself into learning a more difficult trick. Fearing a fall from a high ramp is normal, but you need to try and overcome that feeling. You need to believe in yourself that you are capable of doing it. Even if you fall during the first try, don’t let it discourage you. Continue trying and things are bound get be easier the second or third time around.

Ride with Others
Experience and camaraderie will teach you how to become a better BMX rider. Being with friends who also love to bike can help you improve your skills since you will be sharing new styles and tricks with them. There are some people who feel insecure being around talented bikers. This should not be the case because it is a great opportunity for them to learn from professional BMX riders. Who knows you might be the next Olympic BMX champion.

2012 By The Numbers

2012 was an incredible year for me! While a lot of people say I stay “busy”, I prefer to say I stay “active.” To me, the word “busy” feels more stressful and less enjoyable than “active”, and I’ve absolutely enjoyed myself with very minimal stress these past twelve months. I plan to reflect on 2012 in a deeper blog post at some point as I look back on my first full year working for myself, but for now he’s a quick look at some numbers from the year along with one photo from ever place I’ve visited throughout 2012. Here’s to another amazing year in 2013!

2012 By The Numbers
Days Spent Traveling: 206
Days Spent Working: 130
Trips Taken: 25
States Visited: 13
Countries Visited: 10
Countries Visited with Danny Josa: 7
BMX Contests Attended: 16
BMX Contests Announced: 5
BMX Contests Organized: 1
Shutter Clicks: 75,000
Videos Produced: 80
Magazines Published In: 5
New Hobbies Acquired: 1
Helicopters Flown In: 1
Computers Lost/Stolen: 2
Curse Words Prompted by Said Computers: 4,736
Instagram Photos Posted: 1,291
Facebook Birthday Wishes: 292
Most Likes On An Instagram Photo: 12,700
All-Nighters Pulled Building My Soon-To-Be-Launched New Web Site: 4
Number Of Pages In My Soon-To-Be-Released Flatland Photo Book: 80

For the past few years I’ve used a Facebook album to post one photo from every place I visit, so here are all the images I posted during 2012 in order of when I visited them…

Interview With Me on High Snobriety

High Snobriety, a lifestyle-based fashion/art/music site recently did an interview with me through Braun’s Built To Perform series.

The interview is super candid and really straight forward… I talk about what got me into BMX, my beginnings in the industry, and I even divulge some advice for aspiring photographers. And of course, I talk about my bike, which for the sake of this feature is my “Built to Perform Prized Possession.”

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71 Years Later – Pearl Harbor Memorial From Above

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking a helicopter tour of Oahu, Hawaii, and it just so happened to be one day before the 71st anniversary of the day that Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces. The air raid resulted in 1,177 deaths of US sailors and was the catalyst that led the United States to become active in World War II. I thought it was fitting to post this photo of the resting place of the sunken USS Arizona that I shot from above exactly 71 years later…

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial Photo from Above
Thanks to all of the men and women who have served our country in the past, are serving our country right now, and who will server our country in the future!

To learn more about Pearl Harbor, you can visit their official Web site at pearlharboroahu.com. I visited the memorial in November of 1997, and it was a great experience!

Snorkeling In Southern California 2012 (GoPro Video)

This summer I picked up a new hobby and started snorkeling around Southern California. I brought my GoPro Hero2 camera with BacPac and Dive Housing with me to La Jolla Cove and various areas of Laguna Beach and filmed some of what I saw from August through October. Here’s a glimpse of what I saw including sea lions, garibaldi (California’s state fish), bat rays, sea stars, leopard sharks, and more…

Filmed with GoPro Hero2.

Artist: Flight Facilities
Song: Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

First Look: Nokia Lumia 900 Photos

Nokia recently hooked me up with a Lumia 900 smartphone to test out the camera on it and share the results on my blog.

I have to start out by saying I’ve been an avid iPhone user and supporter since the first one came out, so keep that in mind. But of course I was down to try out a different camera phone just for the sake of it. Why not, right?

Next week I’ll make a blog post with some side by side photos comparing the Lumia 900 to my new iPhone 5, but until then, here are 10 photos shot with the Nokia phone and a few bullet points of what this smartphone camera is all about.

Nokia Lumia 900 Camera Specs:
– 8 megapixels
– Digital zoom
– 28mm focal length
– Carl Zeiss Optics
– Flash
– Auto, landscape, sports, night, and portrait mode.
– Auto, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, and daylight white balance modes.
– Manual exposure control.
– Black/White, sepia, negative, and solarize effects.
– Minimum, low, normal, high, and maximum contrast settings.
– Minimum, low, normal, high, and maximum saturation settings.
– Normal and macro focus modes.
– Option to change image and file sizes. (8MP 4:3, 7MP 16:9, 3MP 4:3, 2MP 16:9)
– Center weighted, frame average, and center spot metering modes.
– Options for auto, 100, 200, 400, and 800 ISO.
– “Auto-Fix” option for photos.

All photos shot in Southern California in September 2012 by Fat Tony using the default/automatic settings. Some may have been “auto-fixed” by the camera.


If you would like to see these images at their original size, you can download them all by clicking here.

Random Photo: Stonehenge

Right now I’m nearing the end of a month-long trip around Central Eastern Europe. I haven’t been posting anything on my blog from the journey because I’m focusing on enjoying the time with my friends and my bike with minimal work, responsibilities, or deep thought. I’ve kept my camera packed away for the most part while traveling through and visiting France, Belgium, England, Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary, but while making a quick stop at Stonehenge I managed to snap a photo of the massive rock formations without any tourists obstructing the view. There’s nothing too special about the photo, and it’s far from a portfolio piece, but for me, simply getting the opportunity to see such historical and iconic relics in person is worth the share…

Stonehenge Photo by Fat Tony