China – Stuck in Customs

Shanghai in a Storm

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Daily Photo – Shanghai in a Storm

The view out of my room at the Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai was absolutely amazing. I could just sit in the easy chair and watch the world go by. One day, a rather wicked storm came blowing through the city. I was about to go out and take photos (I like taking photos in the rain), but it was a little too rainy and stormy… so I decided to have a lazy afternoon and just take photos out the window!

Shanghai in a Storm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-19 18:25:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length64.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Weddings in China

Funny Comedian

I thought I knew all Mitch’s work, but this new one just surfaced!

Daily Photo – Weddings in China

I found a place in the Forbidden City that had about 20 brides there, all competing with their photography team for the best spots. It was quite a funny scene. They were extremely aggressive. A lot of Chinese people are really only looking out for themselves and want to make sure they have the best shots. It’s all kinda weird. One thing that is cool, however, is the Chinese wedding dresses. They are all completely different and most are wildly colorful like this one.

Weddings in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-25 18:30:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Kindergarden in Beijing

Daily Photo – Kindergarden in Beijing

I was randomly walking around when I saw this teacher walk out of the classroom with her students. They were having a big party day. You can tell, because the teacher is wearing her party hat.

Kindergarden in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-31 15:30:54
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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Bullet Train in China

Funny scene…”Turn your shoe 45 degrees anticlockwise”

I don’t know the context, but I can only assume this is from a Bollywood Movie.

45°anticlockwise from funny

Daily Photo – Bullet Train in China

I was a bit worried about riding the bullet train in China because I’ve had such terrible experiences with travel situations there before. Planes have always been fine. The airports are amazing. But car trips are a disaster, as were all previous train trips. I remember taking one train trip that was the stuff of nightmares. But, I heard the bullet trains were cool, so we decided to try one while there on the Asia tour. Much to my amazement, they were absolutely incredible. They were on par, if not better, than the Japanese bullet train system!

Bullet Train in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-12 14:35:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Awesomely Cute Campervan

I saw this cool campervan on Reddit. I think this would be fun to own but I would have no idea how to actually build the thing.

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Daily Photo – The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Chengdu is known for its hot pot restaurants. It’s basically a huge boiling pot where everyone tosses in meats and veggies and stuff. It’s sort of a fun communal thing, I guess… but it’s also one of those places where they trick the customers into cooking their own food. During dinner, there is this Chinese opera that is being performed. However, while I was taking photos and really paying attention, I realized they were all lip-syncing and the performance was not actually real!

The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 23:16:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Teahouse HDR

More from Chengdu

Today’s Passport Sunday how-to-video is from Chengdu, China. I do a rather aggressive edit today, as you’ll see! Either way, here are some of my other favorite photos from Chengdu.


Five Year Old Girl In Chengdu, China

Haircut in Chengdu

Chengdu, China

Hot Pot In Chengdu

Chinese Opera in Chengdu, China

Teahouse HDR

Here’s a RATHER extreme HDR treatment! I don’t usually go this whole hog, but this place had such a Communist dystopian feel that I decided to go for it anyway! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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Passport Sunday Fun!

Today’s video for Passport Members is a quick and dirty edit from a single RAW file that I think you’ll really like. I was pretty sure that this overexposed photo was a goner, but I was shocked at what Aurora HDR did to it!

The Overexposed Pirate Ship

I use Aurora HDR so much and I’m often surprised how I am still amazed by it. I almost just deleted this photo altogether. It was completely overexposed but somehow Aurora just made it look perfect! Enjoy!

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Textures of the Li River

Textures Tutorial

Today’s photo uses one of my favorite techniques! Make sure you pick up my Textures Tutorial in the store. It comes with a ton of textures that you will love too!

Daily Photo – Textures of the Li River

Finally, something not from the USA! I’ve been sharing a ton of photos from my USA tour recently… mostly because I’ve been away from home in NZ for three months and don’t have access to my mother lode of photos! I edited this photo for a few hours on the plane. I love using textures… I hope you try out the tutorial above and enjoy it too!

Textures of the Li River

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-04 00:19:05
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Dark Helmet

Crazy Ferrofluid Clock

If I wasn’t trying to be a minimalist, this is the kind of awesome clock I would buy! 🙂

This Ferrofluid clock from Damnthatsinteresting

Daily Photo – Dark Helmet

While I was in Shanghai, I took a fun motorcycle sidecar tour around the city. This is Bagsnob who went along with me. I thought she looked completely ridiculous in this helmet thing so I had to take a photo! We spent about three hours tooling around the city and spent most of the time in the old French concession area. If you get a chance to take a motorcycle sidecar tour, I highly recommend it!

Dark Helmet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-18 13:46:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Sunset in Sanya

Ethan at Outward Bound

Here’s a Fairly Random Video I made with Ethan! He recently went to Outward Bound in New Zealand and I thought you might like to see some of it… the camera is a little messed up because the screen was cracked! But, if you can ignore that, maybe you’ll still like it! 🙂

And remember, this is 360 so you can spin the view all over the place.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Sanya

Some of my favorite photos I got in Sanya were from the main beach while using a drone. This is yet another place in China where I am not sure if it is legal to fly drones or not. But since Sanya is in a more remote area of China, I figured it was okay. I’m 99% sure that all these huge boats out here are abandoned… at least they looked abandoned when I got close with the drone!

Sunset in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:26:35
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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