China – Stuck in Customs

Old Woman at the Summer Palace

Daily Photo – Old Woman at the Summer Palace

When I went on the “around the world” trip with my family a few years ago, our first stop was in Beijing. Besides the Great Wall, we also visited the Summer Palace. It’s a sprawling layout that is serene and beautiful, as opposed to the rest of a rather dreary Beijing. A lot of old people come here to walk around and get their exercise. This gal was not really doing a lot of that…

Old Woman at the Summer Palace

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:13
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Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see the creation of this fun panorama from Shanghai. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Shanghai Surprise

This is made out of 9 different photos that I stitched together in Photoshop. I was trying to get an “angle” on Shanghai that no one has ever seen before, so I flew it out over the Bund to get this angle.

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Daily Photo – Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

I’m pretty sure flying a drone in China is illegal. I mostly think this because I was arrested a few years earlier for doing it. But I figured, hey, if I can talk myself out of Chinese prison once, I can do it twice, right? This is how I think… anyway, when I went to launch this down by the coast, I saw about three other Chinese dudes launching their own quadcopters. This only emboldened me!

Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

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  • Date Taken2018-06-23 19:12:21
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO194
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Happy Cowboy in Beijing

Daily Photo – Happy Cowboy in Beijing

When I took the family to see the Summer Palace, we saw all sorts of characters. But this was my first time ever see some dude wearing a cowboy hat and a poncho. I don’t even know where you could buy these things in the city. I wish I spoke Mandarin to find out where he got this getup! 🙂

Happy Cowboy in Beijing

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:05:37
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Wet Pudong at Night

Beard on Beard

That recent Elon Musk video reminded me of this classic one.

Daily Photo – Wet Pudong at Night

Wet Pudong sounds kind of naughty, eh? This is the “business” area of Shanghai where nobody really lives. So, at night, it’s pretty much empty! That makes it great for nightcrawlers like me that enjoy taking nighttime cityscapes without a bunch of people getting in the way.

Wet Pudong at Night

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  • Date Taken2018-06-23 04:26:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Curious Lady at the Library

Daily Photo – Curious Lady at the Library

I don’t often do staged shots, but I did this time! I was at this amazing library in Tianjin with Curtis and one of the ladies from the Ritz-Carlton. I thought the photo would look better with a person in there pretending to read a book, and it does! It was pretty funny because in the first take we realized the book was upside down.

Curious Lady at the Library

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  • Date Taken2018-06-13 15:04:02
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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The Old Trams of Hong Kong

Machine Elf 26 – Devs Cube | Menger Sponge

When I was watching Devs (which I highly recommend, especially if you like films like Ex Machina from Alex Garland), I recognized the computer lab was in the shape of a cool mathematical fractal called a Menger Sponge. This is a fractal curve, a three-dimensional generalization of the one-dimensional Cantor set and two-dimensional Sierpinski carpet. It was formalized by Karl Menger in 1926. I’ve been working on lots of fractals lately at night in my lonely isolation and thought this was bizarrely mindbending. And, yes, I’m a math nerd.

The music is also from Devs, specifically the opening of Episode 4 of Season 1. The composers for the show at Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, and, if you’ve seen the show, then you know what a unique soundscape it has. Well done guys! 🙂

It took about 48 hours to render at 1080p on a rather beefy Xeon and high-end GeForce based Origin PC… just to give you an idea of the complexity of the math.

Daily Photo – The Old Trams of Hong Kong

Here’s something most people don’t get to experience because it’s not really high on the touristy list of Hong Kong. If you head over to where the fish markets are, you can see these old-timey tram cars. They cost almost nothing to ride in, and you can just jump in and ride around all day! Those windows on the 2nd floor up top are particularly cool.

The Old Trams of Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-14 22:36:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture8
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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The Lines of Hong Kong

Daily Photo – The Lines of Hong Kong

Here’s one of my favorite new techniques I’ve been employing quite a bit when I am working on these super-techy looking cities. It’s a fairly simple technique where I duplicate the layer and then give it a vertical blur. You have to use a pretty high number where the buildings are almost unrecognizable. Then, you can change the blending mode to overlay and then just mask out the bits you don’t like.

The Lines of Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-13 03:16:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length68.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Abandoned Ship in a Chinese Harbor

Kevin Rose UFO Episode

I am just as fascinated by UFOs as Kevin Rose is! This is a fun podcast episode where he talks to Navy Fighter Pilot Ryan Graves. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ship in a Chinese Harbor

One day on the beach in Sanya, I took the drone out over some ships that were anchored about a mile off shore. It was about the limit for my drone, but it was really cool to explore these abandoned ships. I could have done it all day! Here’s one of the many shots my fun little drone friend brought back to me.

Abandoned Ship in a Chinese Harbor

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  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:35:19
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO155
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Phoenix City in the Evening

Daily Photo – Phoenix City in the Evening

Here in Feng Huang, it’s good to go on a bit of an adventure at night to get the best shots. Then the entire city is very walkable, but there can be a lot of confusing twists and turns. I love getting lost in these old cities because inevitably, you end up finding some incredible photo locations.

Phoenix City in the Evening

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  • Date Taken2010-10-07 15:35:39
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Shanghai in the Rain

Daily Photo – Hong Kong in the Rain

On one of our crossings, the rain started to howl down so we popped out the umbrella. I usually don’t include the umbrella as a prop for these sorts of scenes, but I thought it made for a nice contextual element. There is a ferry that goes back and forth, but we ended up staying on it for three trips just so we could get lots of photos!

Hong Kong in the Rain

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  • Date Taken2018-06-22 23:20:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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