China – Stuck in Customs

Ornate Taxi in Beijing

Daily Photo – Ornate Taxi in Beijing

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

This little taxi reminded me a bit of those crazy Burning Man cars! It parked here for just long enough for me to grab a photo. After it left, I realized that I think wanted a ride in it… but I was too busy getting lost in taking the photo to keep my wits about me.

Ornate Taxi in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-29 05:37:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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The Commute Across the Bay in Hong Kong on a Rare Foggy Morning…

Daily Photo – The Commute Across the Bay in Hong Kong on a Rare Foggy Morning…

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

On our last day here, we took a ferry over to Macau. Right before the ferry, we went through customs because there’s still a whole process to go from Hong Kong to Macau, even though they are both in China. I had to get a multi-pass (Fifth Element Style) entry Visa for China because I was going in and out so much. I still find the whole customs process to be so slow, especially in light of new tech. Anyway, at least it was a pretty morning!

The Commute Across the Bay in Hong Kong on a Rare Foggy Morning…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 13:25:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Lijiang at Night

Daily Photo – Lijiang at Night

This is the old town of Lijiang, China, where I spent the week with Tom Anderson (the MySpace guy).

Tom had first been here many years ago when he was setting up the MySpace office in Beijing. He had great memories, and he thought it would be great for a big return after getting more into photography. So, it was definitely a week full of non-stop photo action.

One late night after the sun had set, we weaved through the old streets until we found this place. Looking up, I knew it would be a wonderful place to take a photo, so I set up for this one.

Lijiang at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-09-11 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Shanghai in the Rain

Weird bug today … so if you see this text twice, sorry! 😀
Here’s a photo of Shanghai on a rainy evening that I recently re-processed with Luminar Neo (this is not a paid post – I don’t do those). I’ve been using it a ton lately and trying to wean my way off of Lightroom. I still keep my master library of 800,000 photos in there, so I kind of have a foot in both camps. If you are confused by this, then you should be in my brain where confusion also abounds.

Daily Photo – Shanghai in the Rain

Shanghai in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:38:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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a movie set, like in a school play that never happened

Daily Photo – a movie set, like in a school play that never happened

This is a place most of the world has never heard of with millions of people that live, work, have tea, and worry if their kids are getting the right kind of education. There is an idea put that just like the human body grows cells to support life that the Earth grows humans. It’s a nice idea, and it’s not unusual, I suppose, that the thumb only has a vague idea that the left ear exists.

I climbed up a mountain to take this photo. I started in the late afternoon and arrived at dusk. There were many crazy-bright-red Chinese snakes, which seemed more evil than interesting, bright yellow spiders that seemed too jumpy, and other unmentionables, all of which were looking at me like a walking bag of warm blood meal.

Guilin, China
TreyRatcliff.com

a movie set, like in a school play that never happened

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-03 00:37:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Commune

Daily Photo – Commune

Because of the intense density of China, most of the public and private space can be very confining. The Chinese people themselves, I notice, often stand closer to me than any other culture. After generations of being mashed together, they have a different sense of space.

Hong Kong, China
TreyRatcliff.com

Commune

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 17:22:10
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/580
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Fine Art

Daily Photo – Fine Art

It’s been a pretty manic month or two with my first time outside NZ since 2019. Almost all my focus has been on family time and now I’m off to Burning Man, so for the next week or two I’ll share some of my Fine Art images and their story rather than new/unpublished images. That should allow you to prepare your brain for the deluge of Burning Man 2022 image awesomeness in September. Hopefully you won’t have seen some of these before or if you have, hopefully your eyeballs will appreciate them anyway. 🙂

“The Impossible Library”

This library holds more secrets than I am willing to share. The secrets are so good, in fact, they would absolutely ruin the photo if you knew them. This is the dangerous nature of secrets, right? I suggest you don’t try to discover them to save yourself the disappointment.

Tianjin, China

(Fun fact… this is a Google Pixel image. It had to be worked quite hard to get it ready for fine art printing at a decent size but it held up well and collectors LOVE it!)

Fine Art

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 13:53:19
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO158
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Chunk of Hong Kong

Daily Photo – A Chunk of Hong Kong

I had a lot of fun flying around the city a few years ago, grabbing some of the less common angles and then creating some fun abstract images. Here’s one of the more normal takes.

A Chunk of Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-15 17:28:29
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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Shanghai With the Lights

Daily Photo – Shanghai With the Lights

Following on from yesterday, here’s a chunk of Shanghai with the lights…

Shanghai With the Lights

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-18 23:32:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Shanghai Without the Lights

Daily Photo – Shanghai Without the Lights

Shanghai is one of those cities that absolutely comes alive at night, just so amazingly vibrant. During the day though and especially when there is a storm or mist in the mornings it has an entirely different feel.

Shanghai Without the Lights

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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