China – Stuck in Customs

Adventures on the OpenSea

Dipping into NFTs with my Burning Man images has been a fun experience so I’ve selected a handful of my other art, converted into animated content and listed on OpenSea. You’ll find a whole range of options from straight up purchases to auctions and a couple of other twists. For example, if you’ve been considering one of my massive fine art prints for a while then this is a great way to get in on the action, you can bid on one as an NFT and receive the 1.66 x 2.5 meter physical print if you win!

Here is a little preview of one NFT…



Trey Ratcliff NFT OpenSea Preview

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The Great Wall into Infinity

Passport Sunday Great Wall Challenge

Today’s photo has a little how-to if you are a Passport Sunday Member. If you are, then you’ll get this video in addition to hundreds of others.

The Making Of

In today’s video, you’ll see how I used HDR and LUTs to really make the wall stand out. Later, in Photoshop, I get rid of a lot of distractions… and as a bonus, you can hear about our harrowing night we spent inside one of those towers!

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Daily Photo – The Great Wall into Infinity

Here’s a pretty good perspective of the Great Wall in one of the more mountainous sections. How they built this, I have no idea. They say that there are tons of dead Chinese workers that are actually buried in the wall as they died from the harsh conditions. Somehow, knowing how China works (especially in the olden days), I would not be surprised by this at all.

The Great Wall into Infinity

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-06 17:08:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture11
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length53.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

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The Great Wall of China at Sunset

Passport Sunday

Today, you’ll see a cool video where I show the how-to for processing this bad boy. Enjoy, Passport Members!

The Making of

Watch as I get rid of a few of the problems that HDR-ing causes in this situation… and hang around till the end to see how I make the Great Wall look a little bigger!

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Daily Photo – The Great Wall of China at Sunset

This is right where we stayed for the night in one of those guard towers. It was not exactly luxury, unless you call putting a sleeping bag on hard stone to be “luxury.” It was one of the worst sleeps of my life, but it was still worth it… the next day I was a wreck and I had to show up for a photography meeting in Beijing. It was a tough one!

The Great Wall of China at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-06 23:35:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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Moody Clouds over the Great Wall of China

Daily Photo – Moody Clouds over the Great Wall of China

We illegally camped out on top of the Wall, but we didn’t realize it was illegal until our guide dropped us off and ran away. He told us what to do if the military came to get us, but this didn’t exactly inspire the crew. There was no mobile phone coverage or anything… so, if anything did happen, we’d be up shit creek. But, luckily, nothing happened except for a great night with lots of photography.

Moody Clouds over the Great Wall of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-07 09:22:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Hotpot Dining in Chengdu

Great Video on Darkness Retreats

I just finished watching this illuminating video on darkness retreats. I think I’ll try one.

Daily Photo – Hotpot Dining in Chengdu

Chengdu is famous for its hotpot restaurants, which basically means you have a pot in the middle of the table and everyone dumps various ingredients inside to cook. Then people just kind of use their chopsticks to pull out random stuff to eat. This particular restaurant was pretty cool and extra Chinese-extravagant.

Hotpot Dining in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 23:46:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The UNIQLO Store

Passport Sunday Edit Day

If you’re one of our awesome Passport Members then you’ll get a fun, quick, and easy tutorial that shows how I made today’s photo.

Uniqlo Processing

Today I do a pretty extreme treatment with a little overexposure trick at the end to make all the people feel a little more surreal. (Also, we’ve made a few changes to the site this week and a couple of people reported issues playing the last Passport video. If you are affected by this email [email protected] and he’ll sort you out with a link until we fix the prob. 🙂 )

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Daily Photo – The UNIQLO Store

One thing is for sure about Asian megacities: They really know how to make some cool-looking shopping areas. The lights always call for some sweet sweet night photography. Also, I am pretty much usually the only one out there taking photos. People must be wondering what the hell I am doing. They would come up and ask, but they are too polite. Also, they don’t speak the same language.

The UNIQLO Store

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 01:59:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

Passport Sunday How-to

Every Sunday you get a new how-to video and today’s is a pretty cool one from China. You can always unlock it if you are a Passport Member and you’ll get access to another 200+ videos as well. Enjoy!

The Edit of the Mysterious Bridge

In this video, you’ll see how I HDR the three base shots in Aurora and then how I use Photoshop to make a few final edits to make the bridge look bigger (relatively) and use vignetting to bring focus to the bridge itself.

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Daily Photo – The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

While I was working on this video for today’s Passport Sunday, I was convinced this bridge was in Chengdu. But now maybe I think it’s in Tianjin. It totally doesn’t matter, but I’m amazed at how so many Chinese cities blend together in my mind. Many of them have cool bridges like this. I don’t know. I guess it is Tianjin. Or maybe even Beijing, but probably not. Who cares, it’s a cool bridge and I think it would be pretty cool to live inside of a bridge.

The Bridge that is Either in Chengdu or Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 00:36:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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Detail of the Bird’s Nest

Daily Photo – Detail of the Bird’s Nest

I don’t know if that is the official name of this building in Beijing, but that’s what everyone calls it. The building is actually incredibly cool and there are no bad photos of it. I’ve never been inside, but I reckon it’s pretty amazing as well. It’s too bad this place is so far from the old city, so you’re basically stuck in a car in traffic for at least an hour each way just to visit it.

Detail of the Bird’s Nest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 00:07:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Shanghai at Midnight

Daily Photo – Shanghai at Midnight

Pudong is the Blade-Runner area of Shanghai and it’s pretty much empty at night. There are not many hotels there and there are no living areas for the Chinese, so it’s pretty much a ghost town every night. You can just walk around and take as many photos as you can until you are exhausted. It’s a bit weird and lonely in a way because there is nobody else around… no convenience stores… no restaurants… no bars… it’s just a bunch of office buildings sleeping for the next day of activity.

Shanghai at Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-21 00:24:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Pool at the Ritz-Carlton in Sanya

Daily Photo – The Pool at the Ritz-Carlton in Sanya

Sanya is a bit of a strange place, I must say. It’s considered the “Hawaii” of China because people vacation here to have the tropical beach life. But the strange thing is that the beaches were totally empty, as all the tourists (99% Chinese mainlanders and 1% me) would just hang out at the pool all day. This made it great for me, who actually enjoys the beach and ocean… so I was out there all by myself. However, as you can see, the pool was pretty awesome.

The Pool at the Ritz-Carlton in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 03:59:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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