China – Stuck in Customs

Hong Kong Forever

Dennis Highlights

Some of you may know that one of my favorite shows is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – and here is a funny Youtube video I found that has some Dennis highlights.

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Forever

I’ve been taking more and more photos when I don’t show the horizon. So many cities are recognizable by their skyline… so sometimes I like to obscure that information. Hong Kong is also known for this particular shape of building. I think in the 70’s and 80’s that the Chinese government built about 100 buildings of this same design and crammed them all together like this.

Hong Kong Forever

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  • Date Taken2018-03-16 00:20:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Exploring Hong Kong

Soul Anarchist Podcast

Here’s a really fun podcast I did that revolves around Burning Man with the Soul Anarchist, Paul Duane!

Daily Photo – Exploring Hong Kong

One day my friend Simon started showing lots of cool secret spots all over Hong Kong. Some of these places were really hard to get into… especially because it was illegal. I don’t know why I keep engaging in illegal activities in China. It doesn’t really seem that smart, now that I think about it!

Exploring Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-15 20:30:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Three Sisters in Fog

Burning Man Bike Stolen and Taken to New Zealand!

This is a great story about my friend (and camp-mate at Walter!) who had his bike stolen. Read the story here!

Daily Photo – The Three Sisters in Fog

Here’s a new photo I recently finished from Shanghai, China. I woke up early to get a sunrise photo, but it was too smoggy/foggy for any good light. I figured, well, as long as I am awake, I should try to be productive… I walked around for a while and the only interesting thing I could see was this… so I launched the quad to get a photo of three of the tallest buildings in China.

The Three Sisters in Fog

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  • Date Taken2019-08-25 14:43:00
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Alley in Hong Kong

New Two-Propeller Drone flies twice as long

Check out this new concept.

Daily Photo – Alley in Hong Kong

This was my first time to visit this radical area of Hong Kong. I think I had maybe been here ten years before, but that was in the middle of the daytime in the sweltering heat. You can only hang out in Chinese fish markets in blazing heat for a short time before you’ve had enough. I had never thought about how beautiful it would be at dusk with all the colorful lights spilling into the streets, though.

Alley in Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-14 23:44:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Communist Housing in Shanghai

Death and Taxes

This video is too funny. (Click the title to see the full frame.)

Where did all my money go?? from r/funny

Daily Photo – Communist Housing in Shanghai

This is kind of an interesting place, I think! This is part of the old “French Concession” in Shanghai. This particular apartment complex had five different units. As you can see, each unit had it’s own set of water pipes so that the government officials could keep track and make sure one person did use too much of the shared water. It’s the same way up in the bathrooms, where you have to choose one of the five valves for the shower and toilet.

Communist Housing in Shanghai

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  • Date Taken2018-06-18 14:20:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Having Fun in the Library

Episode 6 of My Audio Podcast

There are now 6 of my audio podcasts available on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

In this episode, while walking on the El Camino in Spain, I talk with Kevin Kelly about one of his many projects, the 10,000 Year Library. And yes, you can participate! It’s a really fun concept… I won’t spoil it!

Flight Simulator in a Japanese Hotel Room

Check out this amazing idea for a hotel room.

Daily Photo – Having Fun in the Library

When we went to the crazy library in Tianjin, we decided to have some fun and do some posed shots. That Curtis there on the right and the lady on the left was one of the ladies from the Ritz-Carlton that brought us here. She is probably the most giggly person I have ever met in my life. Literally, anything I would say or do would make her giggle uncontrollably. But, I actually like this quality in people… I like when they laugh at my jokes even when they make absolutely no sense.

Having Fun in the Library

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  • Date Taken2018-06-13 14:42:28
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO197
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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Phoenix City, China

Badass Sloth

I’ve never seen a sloth look so cool! (If you can’t see the full vertical video, click through via the video title.)

This might be the most badass sloth i’ve ever seen from r/Damnthatsinteresting

Daily Photo – Phoenix City, China

The ancient town of Fenghuang in China. This was not an easy place to get to and required a long and bumpy drive from the closest airport. As you can see, it was definitely worth the long journey… I basically spent all day taking photos, drawing, and eating… it was a great few days!

Phoenix City, China

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  • Date Taken2010-10-07 05:09:44
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Gifts to the Gods in China

David Spade Hates Coachella

Daily Photo – Gifts to the Gods in China

I visit a lot of temples in China. And I mean, a lot. I know this sounds jaded, but they are all pretty similar at some point. So similar as to be almost mind-numbingly similar. But, in a way, this is good because it challenges me to find new perspectives and ideas with a fairly limited palette. Here are some of the offerings that pilgrims come to hang and twist in the breeze, clacking away.

Gifts to the Gods in China

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  • Date Taken2011-09-10 22:33:49
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Rain in Shanghai

Final Warning!

Okay, this is the Last Day Warning to get the new tripod here. So far, there have been over 23,000 people that have purchased, raising a total of well over $10million! Grab it now… I’ve been using it all around the world for the past few months… you can watch behind-the-scenes videos and more on my YouTube channel.

Here is the most recent of the vids…

Burning Man Traveling Art Show

This piece started a Smithsonian Exhibition and now they are on tour. The first stop is in Cincinnati – worth going to take a look at if you get a chance! You can see more at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

Daily Photo – Rain in Shanghai

China is definitely a weird place. There are a few little spots that are very artsy, hip, and cool. Other places are not like that at all! You never know what you’re gonna get. In this case, I found a cool wall that was made out of beautiful plants and flowers… it made for a nice reflection as the rain was beating down.

Rain in Shanghai

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  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:32:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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The China Galaxy

Passport Sunday Fun!

Thanks again to all of you that have subscribed to the Stuck In Customs Passport! Today I’ve got some fun behind-the-scenes from a very interesting place in China. I’ll add a few of my favorite photos below… and if you’re a Passport member, you can see the video in the expanded section.

Beautiful Shapes In Beijing

Evening at the Summer PalaceI didn't make it to the Summer Palace until my final evening in Beijing, and I was graced with a delicate sunset.This place is also called the "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony" and it rests on top of "Longevity Hill", a very Chinese-folk-sounding name.  What is kind of interesting is that this entire area was manmade, and the huge hill was built out of dirt when they excavated the man-made lake!It is a truly beautiful place, as you can plainly see.  I could not have asked for a better place to explore on my last night in China.- Trey RatcliffRead more (and check out a new TWIT Photo Webcast) here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Resting Egg National Centre for the Performing Arts in China is one of the easiest AND most challenging things to photograph. This is an interesting duality, I think. Obviously, it’s a beautiful structure, and it’s easy to access and circumnavigate, but that is not the “easy” that I mean. I suppose it’s easy because it’s hard to take a bad picture of the the structure. The challenging bit is doing something very interesting. And that comes with the use of light and composition. I have hundreds of photos of this thing — and the challenging part to me is picking “the most interesting” — it’s a fun task that never gets old!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Farming in Deep Southern China

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The China Galaxy

Here’s some behind-the-scenes from a rather unique area of Beijing that I always wanted to visit!

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