Japan – Stuck in Customs

Exploring Shirakawa-go

Speaking of Netflix

I decided to take a screenshot of My List on there… I put arrows to some of my favorites of the favorites!

Daily Photo – Exploring Shirakawa-go

I was glad I chose to spend several nights in this mountain town and jump around to a few different ryokans to stay in. All of them were very similar in that I had a very tiny little room. That’s okay. I don’t need much. But there was barely room for my bags and my body. I slept on the ground, on a futon, that was prepared for me while I was having dinner. It was so cozy to get back into my little room when it was freezing outside and curl up inside my cocoon.

Exploring Shirakawa-go

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  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:45:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

Tip Videos on YouTube

I have several playlists on YouTube. You may enjoy this playlist that has all of my Tips & Tricks videos on it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

Kyoto has so many temples that it’s almost impossible to visit them all unless you set aside at least one day a week for an entire year. In some ways, they are all the same. The temples are usually not the main event, as opposed to buildings from other religions. The most charming part of all the temples in Japan are the gardens, and that is the reason most people come. Japan is more about the worship of nature rather than a deity that has supposedly inspired a particular building.

A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:20:33
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Over Tokyo

Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

I wanted to link you to a rather interesting podcast with Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris. Here is the link right here. He’s the one I got this interesting tidbit from below!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Tokyo

While in Tokyo last time, I got the quad up a few times to take photos of this incredible city. There are many interesting things about Tokyo. For one, streets do not have names. Blocks have names. It’s the opposite of the west where streets have names but blocks do not. Interesting, eh? Also, Japanese addresses are not in order. For example, address #1 on a block might be smashed between #23 and #38. The number is associated to the first building on said block.

Floating Over Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:31:03
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Japanese Children Emerging from an Egg

Borat Compares Horse to Man

Daily Photo – Japanese Children Emerging from an Egg

This is a fun quick Pixel shot I got while in Tokyo. Man, I love that camera so much. Here’s a quick tip for it (and I believe the iPhone and other cameras have something similar). Whenever I see something cool, the fastest way to get a photo is to double-click the power button. This gets the camera right into photo mode. Then, just push the volume up and you get a quick snap. Easy peasy!

Japanese Children Emerging from an Egg

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  • Date Taken2019-02-11 14:20:19
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO56
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Dolphin Over Tokyo

Matthew Walker on Why We Sleep

I’ve finished this audiobook recently and it really blew my mind. This guy is a neuroscientist and he spent 20 years studying what the heck is going on when we sleep… I added it to my Kit.com for Books and here is a link below to his interview on Joe Rogan.

Daily Photo – Dolphin Over Tokyo

Not until after I took this photo did I realize that the cloud was in the shape of a dolphin! We were having a crazy-good sushi dinner in the Ritz-Carlton there, and this was the view out the window. Luckily, the window was right by the table, so classic lazy-me only had to take 5 steps every 10 minutes or so to rattle off more photos of cloud animals jumping over Tokyo!

Dolphin Over Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2019-06-20 03:53:09
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More of Golden Gai in Tokyo

Cool Tiger Woods Inspirational Video

Daily Photo – More of Golden Gai in Tokyo

Yeah, a photographer can never get tired of this area! Well, maybe if you’ve had a few too many bar visits, then you do physically run out of energy at some point… that’s why I try to spend as long taking photos before going inside any of them! πŸ™‚

More of Golden Gai in Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2019-06-20 03:53:09
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Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To on Passport Sunday

If you’re a passport member, then today you get my newest video I just made in Japan about the creation of photos from this location:

Ginzan Onsen

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To

Here’s some of the behind the scenes and my thoughts on composition and story-telling around these shots. And, thanks again for being a Passport member! Btw, hint hint… it’s a good gift to get for a friend! πŸ™‚

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Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

Hi Passport Members!

If you’re a Stuck In Customs Passport Member, today you get a super-cool travel tip video from Kyoto!

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from that area for you! πŸ™‚


Two Women In Kyoto

The Golden Pavilion (or Kinkaku-ji for my new Japanese friends)This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, so of course I had to go.  It's sort of like going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rudy's BBQ in Austin.It was originally built back in 1397 and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times.  The building itself is as meticulous as the gardens around it.  The Japanese really know how to tend a garden!  There was a fleet of workers all over the grounds, sweeping up and rearranging little bits here and there.  It was all very quaint and wonderful.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Monk In Kyoto

Finding Dinner in the Alleys of Kyoto After exploring an area (and era!) of ancient temples in Kyoto, I was absolutely starving.  I tend to get in a "shooting mode" where I do not undertake basic human necessities like eating, sleeping, and making regular bathroom breaks.  In fact, Nikon makes this great set of diapers you should try.  They're Japanese so there are little buttons that dispose of everything and leave you fresh as a daisy.  Anyway, after shooting, I headed down into the old part of Kyoto to find a traditional Japanese dinner.  I sat there for a long time, enjoying myself thoroughly.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

I hope you’ve been enjoying these RATHER high-quality videos we’ve been making recently. I really wanted to thank the team for making it all happen. Here are more tips, tricks, and mind-vitamins from Japan… this time, Kyoto!

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Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

New Origin PC!

I’m getting my new Origin PC all set up now… it’s kind of fun for me to set up new computers! Maybe it’s KIND of a drag to reinstall all the Adobe software, move over my preferences, and this sort of thing. But, at the same time, it makes for a nice clean re-start.

Daily Photo – Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

This came from a single RAW file, which was actually the case with over half my HDRs I processed from Japan. I processed this one with the new Aurora HDR 2019, which I think handles RAW files a little bit better! It’s exciting too because I still have about 30 unprocessed photos from other gardens around the area as well! It’s hard to choose from these gardens because everywhere you look is just as stunning!

Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:27:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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The Owl Cafe

I don’t actually like this place, so I am not sure why I am posting a photo. Well, I guess it is to honor how awesome this owl looks! When Ethan and I were in Tokyo, we decided to go to an “Owl Cafe.” There are all sorts of cafes all over the city where you can dine with all sorts of animals. It took us forever to find this place, and we had to walk up about six flights of some pretty sketchy stairs. We were instructed to wait outside until our “seating time.” We stood out there looking at a bunch of other Japanese owl-seekers, whom all seemed pretty excited.

Finally, the door opened and we were ushered in. It wasn’t a cafe at all unless you consider humans feeding owls the goopy entrails of mice to be a cafe. We each got a little apple juice carton like we were in kindergarten. There was a small green circle sticker on it. They instructed us to take the green circle sticker and put it on the wall to signify our favorite owl. I voted for this one, which already had about 500 stickers… but there was this one really ugly owl that was not even close to symmetrical. It had only three stickers. It was both super sad, and I was wondering what three crazy people would vote for that owl.

Anyway, I don’t recommend going to an owl cafe… I thought the owls would be happier or get to fly around some big awesome owl Disneyland or something, but I was wrong.

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What the F-Stop? In Okinawa

In the spirit of today’s post about Japan, here’s a video I made about F-Stop when I was in Okinawa. BTW, Okinawa is ALMOST like a different country than Japan… many different customs, food, drinks, and even weather. Also, people in Okinawa are some of the longest-lived people in the world.

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