Chengdu – Stuck in Customs

Communist Relics in Chengdu

Sir Patrick Stewart and Ricky Gervais

I don’t know if you’ve seen this or not, but both the final scene and the outtakes are hilarious!

Final Scene:

Outtakes:

Sir Patrick Stewart and Ricky Gervais cannot stop laughing while filming a scene from videos

Daily Photo – Communist Relics in Chengdu

A lot of these old communist tea houses have been destroyed in the new age of China, but I found one that still existed. I think (artistically) some of the colors and lines look really interesting. My favorite bits are the old propaganda posters on the back wall. I decided to give this one a rather harsh HDR treatment because I like how it emphasises the blacks and reds.

Communist Relics in Chengdu

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  • Date Taken2018-06-15 17:00:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Awesomely Cute Campervan

I saw this cool campervan on Reddit. I think this would be fun to own but I would have no idea how to actually build the thing.

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Daily Photo – The Hot Pot in Chengdu

Chengdu is known for its hot pot restaurants. It’s basically a huge boiling pot where everyone tosses in meats and veggies and stuff. It’s sort of a fun communal thing, I guess… but it’s also one of those places where they trick the customers into cooking their own food. During dinner, there is this Chinese opera that is being performed. However, while I was taking photos and really paying attention, I realized they were all lip-syncing and the performance was not actually real!

The Hot Pot in Chengdu

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  • Date Taken2018-06-14 23:16:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Teahouse HDR

More from Chengdu

Today’s Passport Sunday how-to-video is from Chengdu, China. I do a rather aggressive edit today, as you’ll see! Either way, here are some of my other favorite photos from Chengdu.


Five Year Old Girl In Chengdu, China

Haircut in Chengdu

Chengdu, China

Hot Pot In Chengdu

Chinese Opera in Chengdu, China

Teahouse HDR

Here’s a RATHER extreme HDR treatment! I don’t usually go this whole hog, but this place had such a Communist dystopian feel that I decided to go for it anyway! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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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
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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 Taken2020-07-08 15:20:04
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More from the Opera

New Zealand Workshop!

It’s not long now until our New Zealand Workshop! If you can’t make it this year, that page has a new link to next year’s event!

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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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

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  • 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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Between Operas

Trey’s Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee? I have it almost every day and it provides a very good energy balance through the first chunk of the day. There is a recipe on the official site, but I will reduce the recipe to something more simple. That site seems to be trying to upsell some products. The recipe actually works, but you don’t have to follow their links. Here’s my recipe, link-free:

1) 1 full cup of coffee (made from coffee beans or instant)
2) 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil (available from any health food or bodybuilding shop)
3) 1-2 tablespoons of Unsalted butter

I know it sounds strange to mix butter and oil into your coffee, but it actually helps to slowly deliver the caffeine to your body in the most efficient manner.

Daily Photo – Between Operas

I was in Chengdu near a hot pot place that was entertaining the diners with a little opera variety show. Between shows, the girls would go sit outside and eat snacks, still with all their makeup on. I just kinda sat there and watched them for a while, drinking the whole thing in.

Between Operas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 22:34:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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