China – Stuck in Customs

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If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll know today is Sunday and it’s time for a new video! We have about 200 in here now and you can see all kinds of goodies in there. Enjoy!

A Tight Shot of Hong Kong

Let’s give this shot some HDR love…

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Daily Photo – Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

More and more, I like to take photos of cities where you can’t quite tell exactly which city it is. If you’re a Passport Member, then you’ll get to unlock the making-of where you can see how I processed cropped it using Aurora HDR. Enjoy!

Hong Kong from Mod-Building Level

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  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:42:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Inside the Old Tea House

Daily Photo – Inside the Old Tea House

While in Chengdu, China, we visited this really old tea house. I thought it was pretty incredible watching these guys make tea in the old way like they have for thousands of years. These places are become and rarer… the only people inside that seemed to be enjoying the tea were people that seemed to be at least 100 years old, so I don’t see their target market hanging around a lot longer…

Inside the Old Tea House

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  • Date Taken2018-06-15 15:21:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong

Daily Photo – Shanghai Tower in Pudong

I’ve never actually been up inside this thing, but maybe I should go sometime. Well, I don’t have any plans to go to China soon… at least in the next five years or so. I kind of had my “fill” of China after being there about 10 times. Maybe that sounds a bit snobby or something… I don’t really mean it to sound like that. But the pollution and the not-living-in-balance-with-Earth stuff kind of grates on me after a while, you know? But they do have some cool cities, on the other hand!

Shanghai Tower in Pudong

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  • Date Taken2018-06-21 02:24:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Best of Hong Kong!

Going through my favorite photos of each location has been great fun! Here are some favorites from Hong Kong. Well, the first one is not really from Hong Kong… it’s from the Chicago airport during my first journey there.

The Underground Peoplemover to the International Terminal I found this on the way to Hong Kong… so I stopped for a quick shot while security eyed me with suspicion… But they have those cool TSA badges that makes them look all official and everything, but I just ignored them.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Hong Kong in the Fog

The Pullman in Hong Kong

Asian Blade Runner

Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

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Best of… Shanghai!

Continuing our “Covid-fun” to get people excited to travel again… well, even though China may NOT be the first on your list, here are some favorites from Shanghai!

The Wormhole Shanghai has this incredible tunnel that goes under the river to the Bund.  It's just wild inside!  They have a series of robotic trains that shuttle people back and forth.  Robotic doors whir open then shut again.  The front of the capsule has a bubble-window that allows for a stunning view as you dip below the river and back up again.  Colored lights in every lighting configuration fly by in beautiful colors.  This is an amazing experience that I recommend if you ever get to Shanghai!  - Trey Ratcliff Read the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Asian Blade Runner

Shanghai, China

Shanghai,, China

A Rainy Evening In Shanghai

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Starting Point for the Shanghai Photo Walk

Updated my /Now page

It’s been a while, but I finally updated my Now page!

Daily Photo – Starting Point for the Shanghai Photo Walk

See that obelisk thing there in the lower left? That was the gathering spot for our big Shanghai photo walk! That was a particularly fun one! I saw an old friend from Jesuit High School, Liam Gowing. I was completely surprised that he randomly happened to be there in the middle of Shanghai! I had not seen him in about 20 years and it was really fun to catch up. Thanks again to everyone that came out for that event!

Starting Point for the Shanghai Photo Walk

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  • Date Taken2018-06-19 00:04:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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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