China – Stuck in Customs

Shanghai Around Midnight

Schitt’s Creek

There’s another great Netflix show recommendation for ya! 🙂 That Steven Levy cracks me up! 🙂

Daily Photo – Shanghai Around Midnight

I took to many midnight walks around the Pudong area of Shanghai. It’s very beautiful and great to photograph, but it feels a bit organically dead. There are no restaurants or bars that are open late. There is no activity. This is purely a business district and everyone leaves after the work is done… it’s almost like a ghost-town… or an apocalyptic scene where no humans remain.

Shanghai Around Midnight

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  • Date Taken2018-06-21 02:29:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

No Pain

I came across this really interesting article about a woman that has no pain and no fear. They’ve been studying her DNA to see if they can figure out why and found a few things.

Daily Photo – Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

I shot this while in Shanghai one day. Almost anywhere you go, you see couples out in lavish outfits taking photos. They usually have their photographers that are dressed in ostentatious ways too. I do find it interesting how the Chinese can be quite homogeneous in many ways, but, at the same time, have such individualistic outfits for their nuptials.

Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

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  • Date Taken2018-06-19 15:03:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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In the Chengdu Tea House

Blog Report!

Here is a rather detailed report about bloggers. It’s based in the UK, but is a pretty good sample size for the whole world. If you ever wanted to know more about the “biz” side of blogging, that is chockfull of data.

Daily Photo – In the Chengdu Tea House

Man, these old dudes in the outskirts of China really seem to get a kick out of drinking tea and smoking all day. It seems like the thing to do. And everyone seems really quite old… someone they just keep tickin’ along. Although, I guess this is not really a fair sampling because I’m technically not seeing all the dead ones.

In the Chengdu Tea House

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  • Date Taken2018-06-15 15:00:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
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  • ISO400
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  • Exposure ProgramManual
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China Wander

Passport Sunday – China Wander!

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see me wandering all over Beijing to get these shots!


Power Boxes In China

Girl Outside RestaurantI normally don't re-process photos. Most of you may know this about me. But, I went over to have a little session with Jaime Ibarra (at the same time I talked him into writing an eBook for us!), and I took a few photos with me to work on. This is one of them. He has a very interesting technique, and I thought this would be a good candidate.I found this girl sitting outside of a restaurant. There's a dead time around 3 to 4 PM... to late for lunch and too early for dinner. I suppose she worked in the restaurant and was just taking a break...- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Child in a New Hutong

Little Girl Eating Rice near Yangshao

Clowning Around In Beijing

Waiting For The Bus In Beijing

Girl in Park in Beijing I was walking around a park in Beijing -- and it was quite unusual.  It was a city park, but it had all sorts of rides like Disneyworld.  Except, it wasn't really very good.  It was quite dated and everything was spread out all over the place.  To get from one attraction to the other, you had to walk for almost a mile along lonely pathways.There would be occasional clusters of people here and there, mysteriously milling about.  Inside one of the clusters was this girl, so I grabbed a quick shot with my 50mm lens on the D3s. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest at the Stuck in Customs blog.

China Wander

Okay, this is maybe the dumbest video I’ve ever made. I don’t even know the purpose of it really! But maybe it’s so pointless and strange that it is interesting! I flipped on my 360 camera just to show random stuff in Beijing. I had a free day, so I just kind of wandered around with no goal. I was taking photos here and there… and, well, you just maybe can get a sense of what Beijing is like!

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Ribbons in Sanya

Thanks again to Origin!

I’m really loving my Origin PC! I’m using it 75% for running Lightroom really fast and the other 25% for gaming!

Daily Photo – Ribbons in Sanya

We were by one of the giant Buddha statues on Sanya, and, like at most temples, there is a place for visitors to make a symbolic donation. Every religion has some sort of area like this… There’s a big difference between ones in China and the ones in Japan. Chinese ones are almost entirely uniform, as you can see here. The ones in Japan are much more varied and interesting on an individual level. It’s kind of a key indicator of how different the cultures are…

Ribbons in Sanya

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  • Date Taken2019-06-20 03:40:37
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Haircut in Chengdu

The Headmaze!

I’m Sooooo excited about this art piece… I want to mention it to help raise money to make it happen. It’s created by some of my favorite artists at Burning Man, so I hope you can contribute!

Here’s the link!

Daily Photo – Haircut in Chengdu

It’s a pretty fun little photo idea to go to old barber shops in old parts of distant cities. There’s always a bunch of characters in there and no one seems to mind the photography even though nobody speaks English. I think they are just happy to be interesting enough to get some attention!

Haircut in Chengdu

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  • Date Taken2019-06-20 03:40:37
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Randomness in Macau

Tim Chang on Kevin Rose

Here’s another reminder to listen to Tim Chang on the Kevin Rose show. That guy is amazing… I’m not often inspired, but he definitely inspires me.

Daily Photo – Randomness in Macau

On our only day in Macau, we went to the old Portuguese sector to explore and take photos. At the top of this stairway, this random girl appeared while carrying a massive amount of luggage. To me, she was clearly lost and pretending that she knew where she was going. I know this look because I am often also lost but I don’t want people to think I’m an idiot. But, in this case, she was clearly not near any sort of hotel and in the middle of a tourist area. Anyway, I happened to catch this shot of her with all her stuff.

Randomness in Macau

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  • Date Taken2019-06-20 03:40:38
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The Beautiful Great Wall of China

No Man’s Sky

This is a GREAT game and I really recommend it. They made a bunch of fixes after the first release was a little underwhelming… but now it’s great!

Daily Photo – The Beautiful Great Wall of China

This is actually what 99% of the Great Wall looks like, with nature slowly pulling it back into the earth. I took this one above with a quadcopter… we slept not too far from here, up on top of the Great Wall. I think that is technically illegal, but we didn’t find that out until too late!

The Beautiful Great Wall of China

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  • Date Taken2018-06-06 13:26:40
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

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Shopping Street in Hong Kong

Luminar and Looks

I recently made some videos that show off Luminar and my Luminar Looks. By the way, they are called Looks now… not presets, but I still say it wrong all the time.

Daily Photo – Shopping Street in Hong Kong

Here’s a fun new photo I’m quite happy with! I took it about half a year ago when I was in Hong Kong, but haven’t processed it until recently. I used one of my Luminar presets from above!

Shopping Street in Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-14 23:46:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length82.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Amazing Statue in Sanya

New Book Recommendation

I’m officially adding Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules” to my recommendation list on Kit.com. I first listened to him on a Sam Harris podcast and liked what he had to say. This book is also really good. He makes a few too many Bible references for me, but, even without that, all the stuff he says in there makes a lot of sense. I think I actually may meet this guy one day, and I’m going to ask him why he felt the need to put all these references in the book.

Daily Photo – Amazing Statue in Sanya

Look at the size of this thing! You can see the normal sized Chinese people down at the bottom. I took this with a quad and it was extremely difficult! For one thing, it was extremely windy. Secondly, this was about two miles away from my takeoff location so I was constantly losing the connection with the quad. I had to burn through three batteries before I finally got it out far enough to get this angle that I wanted.

Amazing Statue in Sanya

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  • Date Taken2018-03-18 12:16:58
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2439
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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