China – Stuck in Customs

Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

A New Photography Podcast

There’s a new podcast kicking about that is made by Derrick Story of Skylum fame. It’s called “The Nimble Photographer” and I was on a recent episode which you can hear here!

In it, we discuss one of my more successful photography based business ideas, including how reading about a stuffed shark led me to working out how a fine art business could succeed.

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

Now I’m not technically sure these are abandoned, but they probably are. This is near Sanya, which is an island off the SE coast of China. I flew my drone over about 50 of these ships and got in close. There was definitely nobody aboard the ships, and they don’t appear to be terribly seaworthy. If anyone else has more info on these, let me know!

Abandoned Ships in the South China Sea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:27:25
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/470
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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More from the Opera

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Daily Photo – More from the Opera

For all you awesome daily visitors, this is from the same opera in Chengdu that was mentioned yesterday. We were allowed into the dressing room to take photos as the stage actors did their make-up for the event. I didn’t actually stay for the entire opera because I’ve already been to four Chinese operas. This sounds very jaded, but they are all the same as far as I can tell. There are a few very interesting Chinese musical instruments that I have never heard played live, but, otherwise, the singing and tenor of speech becomes a bit grating (at least, to me).

More from the Opera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 21:44:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Young Girl in Chengdu

Ping Pong

I used to play a lot of ping pong. I was never very good… but I had a lot of fun with it. I’d like to think this is the Chinese version of me. One important note, however: I am not nearly this skilled.

Daily Photo – Young Girl in Chengdu

This is a five-year-old girl who arrived early at a Chinese opera so she could be dolled up for the event. I was here for about 15 minutes taking photos of her while I had an extremely broken chat with her mom and dad. After a bit of work, I got the mom’s WeChat and sent her the photos. WeChat is kind of like the Facebook Messenger of China. Anyway, I often wonder why parents subject their kids to this sort of thing… it’s clearly 100% for the amusement of the parents. Well, 99%, as the other 1% was me. Nothing wrong with it, I suppose… 5-year-old kids have very little idea what the hell is going on, anyway. As long as everyone was happy and kind around them all the time, it’s all okay.

Young Girl in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 21:15:28
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Old Street in Chengdu

Pixel 3 Phone

I’m convinced this is the best phone out there! I haven’t had time to write a full review yet… but, quickly: It’s awesome and it’s the best. No, they didn’t pay me to say that. Yes, I did get a free phone, but that has nothing to do with it… for reals.

Daily Photo – The Old Street in Chengdu

A lot of the “old feel” of China is being wiped clean and more and more of these old streets are lost every year. Finally, there is a movement to keep some of the old charms and keep a few streets here and there preserved. Chengdu is one of those “smaller” Chinese towns with over 7 million people, so it’s safe to say most of the city does not look like this.

The Old Street in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 15:53:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Colorful Courts

Red Dead Redemption 2

Man, I’m loving this game! I don’t really have enough time to play it, but I try to squeeze in a few hours a week. There’s another huge video project I’m working on… and I don’t really mind working on it because it’s fun… so I get a little guilty when I flip that off to start playing some video games. I tell myself it’s better for my mind to jump around to a few different things!

Daily Photo – Colorful Courts

Drone photography is so fun! In some ways, almost anything is interesting from a top-down perspective. One of my challenges with this is to choose the MOST interesting things. I like to try to find simple patterns or interesting colors that are a bit confusing. Like, what kind of court is that on the top of the photo? I’m really not sure… is it badminton? I always thought that was such a silly sport, but what do I know? I mean, why not play Tennis or Ping Pong, each of which seems to be a lot more fun to me.

Colorful Courts

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 17:20:37
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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I’m 99% Sure this is Hong Kong

India Photo Adventure?

We’re just about to start planning one of these, and I’m quite excited! We’re trying to figure out how many people can go on it with me. I think we’ll keep it pretty small, but pay attention to the Workshops page to see when it goes up.. and don’t forget on that page to sign up for our newsletter! 🙂

Daily Photo – I’m 99% Sure this is Hong Kong

…with a 1% chance it is Tokyo. I have a ton of photos like this from Tokyo, and I don’t exactly remember taking this photo. I mean, I know I took it because it ended up on my camera. It might have been after one of those long nights out with the guys, taking photos and then having a long dinner with a lot of wine. I usually like to take a long walk back to the hotel and take photos along the way, and maybe this is how this photo came to be!

I’m 99% Sure this is Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 23:55:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

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Daily Photo – An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

Who is tan, chiseled, and pours tea like this? This guy. He had quite a style of pouring tea, I tell ya. I tried to pour tea like this for my kids when I got back home and I made a giant mess while wrenching my back. The kids thought it was really funny, so I guess you can say it had a success of sorts.

An Ancient Tea House in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 16:55:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Rain on the Bund in Shanghai

Becoming An Artist Day!

Every week on this same day we bring you a new episode we filmed in Africa! Remember to pop over to our Africa Photo Workshop page if you’re interested in the next one!

As for the video, in this one, you’ll get some fun quadcopter action and a few post-processing tips too!

Daily Photo – Rain on the Bund in Shanghai

When I look back on photos like this, it reminds me to get out and shoot more in the rain! It’s not gonna kill me, ya know? What’s a little bit of water on your head and camera? Both can take it. The head was built to be waterproof as long as you are above the waterline. And sure, you get a little wet, but, in 47 years, I’ve become a total expert at drying myself, right? Maybe one exception is when it is really cold… don’t want to get into the hypothermia zone, like I am probably in right now in Japan!

Rain on the Bund in Shanghai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:41:58
  • 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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Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Tim Chang on Hacking Consciousness

Hey, this is another great podcast. They talk about so many interesting things… and it turns out that Tim Chang is a fan of my Burning Man photos. This is cool, because it gives us a chance to hang out and just tell each other how much we like each other. Haha… actually I do have lots of questions for him!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

It’s absolutely one of my favorite places, but you really have to be lucky/patient to get the right kind of weather. It’s usually quite dreary and grey. So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got a great sunset! Anyway, I have recently processed this with the new Aurora HDR, so be sure to get that if you haven’t!

Beautiful Guilin at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-07 00:08:14
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture18
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Walking in Chengdu

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Daily Photo – Walking in Chengdu

I didn’t even realize Chengdu had one of these cool bamboo forests like Kyoto. It might even be a little better because of the red walls that complement the green so well. This was my hostess here, and she offered to act as a model, walking slowly right down the middle. At first, I had a shot without a person, but I think it’s a little better with her in there. I kind of wish she wasn’t wearing that color shirt, but, hey, I’m really looking for stuff to complain about, I suppose.

Walking in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 18:44:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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