The Ancient Town of Lijiang

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Amazing time with Tom

So if some of you follow me on Google+, you might have noticed I’ve gotten to be pretty good friends with Tom Anderson. Remember Tom from MySpace? He’s the guy that was your first friend on there. He eventually sold the company to Murdoch for $580 million. Since then, he’s been doing all sorts of things, but when Google+ got started, we both ended up in the Top 25 list. We got to be friends through there. I liked his clever writing and he liked my photos… Since then, he joined me at Burning Man and then for a week down in the south of China and we discovered a panoply of things we like about one another. Tom’s become very interested in photography, so it was a great time we had together down there… exploring this old town and photography together.

Daily Photo – The Ancient Town of Lijiang

This was a very long exposure — about five minutes or so. I did this so I could help make most of the people disappear from the scene. It also had a nice side-effect down in the river. People would light candles and float them downstream, and the path they followed came out as little golden streaks.

The Ancient Town of LijiangThis was a very long exposure -- about five minutes or so. I did this so I could help make most of the people disappear from the scene. It also had a nice side-effect down in the river. People would light candles and float them downstream, and the path they followed came out as little golden streaks.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry and some info on tonight's huge YouTube Live hangout here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    This is beautiful Trey – super awesome – I love the story of those little candles and the notes on them – charming place to visit I bet!

  • http://none louis

    I’m gearing up at the moment, Trey you sure know how to wet a persons appetite for photography. I have 6 weeks to go so if you don’t mind I’ll drop a line where ever I’m at when possible.China sure has nice spots,nicely captured.

  • Andy Bird

    I like all your HDR shots Trey however this is the best one i’ve seen in a while – tremendous scene :)

  • http://none louis

    Just watched your video on the great wall very interesting but don’t think I’ll be going to those parts my legs may not get me there. I liked the video all the same.Thanks for sharing.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Superb shot!

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Trey, this is fantastic. Do you HDR the single exposure?? Or just pump up the saturation and exposure in post?? I know you don’t use filters, but an ND filter would work pretty good for this too. That is a good trick to blur most of the people in the frame. I love the end product. Nice work Trey.

  • Juliano

    Nice photos, but you’d pay more attetion in your customers, I bought your HDR course and your support team didn’t even answer a single email. I tried to ask for your help in your facebook, and ofr my surprise, you seem to not even notice…

  • Juliano

    Hope that this way you maybe listen… shame on you man, I was a big fan of you…

  • http://www.pixelstoproveit.com Eric Pearson

    Trey, did you get to go with Tom on the first photography shopping trip he took? That would have been fun. “Caddyshack” comes to mind. “I’ll take two of those, six of these, five of those, ….”

  • Darren N

    Trey, yet another fantastic image. For me, the colors make the image. One technical question: is this made from one single exposure? Your comment about it being a 5 minute exposure suggests that it is a single-image HDR. Just curious… thank you

  • http://www.themarkeworld.com Mark Esguerra

    Beautifully done long exposure Trey. And congrats on the YouTube channel. That’s awesome news!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    THanks!

    – Adam I still do work in post — and this was still a single RAW with room for HDR inside.

    – Eric hehe – well kinda but only over the internet!

    – Darren – no this still came from a few exposures.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kazinvan/ Mike

    Trey, fantastic shot. I love the candlelight trails. I see it’s 28mm, was it shot with the 24-70?

  • Jake

    That Tom Anderson guy you talk about also went to a local high school I pass by everyday (San Pasqual High School). I know, crazy from my perspective, but pointless to everyone else.

  • George

    Wow – fantastic HDR photo. Long exposure created a lot of ghosts floating candles down the river. For such a long exposure there is very little noise. Great processing.

  • http://www.silver7photography.com Phil Stefans

    That is amazing…the floating candles truly make this image…

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