Hong Kong – Stuck in Customs

Hong Kong

Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

Here is another of the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.

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Hong Kong Nights

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Nights

To get this look, I used my Movie Night Presets pack which I really recommend. It doesn’t work on all photos, but if you want to give your night photos a little bit of an interesting look, I recommend it. It’s heavily inspired by Blade Runner and a lot of other “dark movies” that I enjoy.

Hong Kong Nights

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 03:26:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length76.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The 50 Cities Drop

OpenSea Preview for Passport Members

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll see a fun sneak peek of an upcoming drop over there. I have a new strategy that will either be awesome or crash and burn. We’ll see! 🙂

The 50 Cities Drop

Here’s a sneak preview of the drop and a little bit about the pricing strategy. I don’t really know if it will work or not. I have very low expectations… so I guess we will see!

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Heading to Tosca Di Angelo in Hong Kong

Daily Photo – Heading to Tosca Di Angelo in Hong Kong

When we started the tour across Asia, we began here at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. It’s quite the showpiece! All of these hotels are nice, but this one was like extra-ritzy. This is one of the restaurants there called Tosca Di Angelo. The food was amazing and so was the photography options!

Heading to Tosca Di Angelo in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 17:56:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the Architecture of Hong Kong

Daily Photo – Exploring the Architecture of Hong Kong

Photography is a great sport because it’s solitary and gives you some amazing adventures to have at night. It also gives you a reason to walk around the city and discover new things. The muggles like to explore cities too, but they are usually on their way for an actual purpose: bar, restaurant, or shopping. It’s nice the photography has no real purpose other than wandering and finding things you did not expect.

Exploring the Architecture of Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 20:16:01
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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More Cool Architecture in Hong Kong

Daily Photo – More Cool Architecture in Hong Kong

I was chatting with my friend Milly the other day about architecture photos. She was asking if I get bored of it because I’ve made thousands of them. I told her, no, not really, because it’s a fun personal challenge either to get a cool angle or to process it differently. If I was the architect, I’d love to stumble upon one of my photos and think, hey that’s cool! Perhaps it a bit of an homage, even though it’s inherently a derivative work.

More Cool Architecture in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 20:37:51
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hong Kong Street Nightlife

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Street Nightlife

I haven’t been back since the protests, but I know Hong Kong was a very safe place to take photos at night. There are so many cool lights and the city really comes alive at night. I just sort of wander around randomly to find cool scenes like this. Often times, I’ve got my earphones on and listening to cool music to inspire me even more.

Hong Kong Street Nightlife

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:54:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Hong Kong Party

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

Photo Information

  • 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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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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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

Photo Information

  • 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
  • Exposure Bias

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