Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

Custom Screensaver

I’ve ended up with a lot of really cool aerial footage from around the world… I was thinking of making a screensaver that randomly shows different scenes. Maybe I should do it? I dunno… have a lot of projects in the works but that one sounds particularly fun!

Daily Photo – Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

This guy was so cool. That bird was like is familiar… they go out fishing all the time, so I guess they get to know a lot about one another. And that bird can clearly see that his fisherman human is a total bad ass. If I was that fisherman, I could not even manage to stand up on that bamboo raft… probably I'd be falling in backwards while the bird was pecking my eyes out.

Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

Lightroom Slowness

Has anyone else noticed that Lightroom gets REALLY slow sometimes? It’s driving me nuts lately… sometimes it’s quick. Other times, I click on a preset and it takes like 10 seconds. I can’t figure it out! I have a fast computer and stuff… Oh Adobe!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

I spent a lot more time on boats this time around in China. Isn't the water a strange color? It's sort of an oily, thick green, isn't it? I don't think it was really dirty with human waste or anything… just a massive amount of silt and organic runoff from this area in the Li Valley. It was sort of a hypnotic because these long thin boats would make these long horizontal wave patterns through this strange viscous fluid… I watched the waves for like 5 minutes in a row like I was stoned or something!

Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Going Vertical in Hong Kong

Massive Chalice

If you like turn-based games, I have a suggestion! Go check out a great game from Doublefine called Massive Chalice! Okay, there’s my game suggestion for the month! :)

Daily Photo – Going Vertical in Hong Kong

I'm not sure there's any bad views from the top of anything in Hong Kong. You can just sort of aim the camera in a random direction, and you're good to go! I was at a rooftop bar here that had incredible views! I think I shot in all four directions and the hardest thing was choosing which photo to edit first. I do like the way this one came out very blue and Blade-Runnery.

Going Vertical in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Chinese Day Care

More favorites from China!

Today’s photo is a little different haha… so I thought I’d share a few of my other faves from China! :)

Dragons Coming

The Temple of Heaven One too-early morning brought me to this very important place for the Chinese called The Temple of Heaven.  It's the most important Taoist structure in all of China and millions flock to it every year, especially during the National Holiday.  It was built in the early 1400's during the reign of the Yongle Emperor.  I was lucky to get private access in the morning during the sunrise.  After waking up in the dark at the hotel, my driver took me out to the location, where I met one of the directors while members of the military let me inside the giant doors.  Since it was a special celebration week, there were throngs of people waiting to get inside.  I'm sure they were wondering what in the heck some white dude was doing busting through the doors with a giant tripod!  I nodded to them all in a mysterious way before I went through the doors.(btw, a few questions as to whether or not I photoshopped the moon there.  The answer is no... I'm not one of those guys that will "photoshop in" something major like a moon.)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And Then There Were a Few Billion

Dark and Light in Lijiang

Daily Photo – Chinese Day Care

Haha, I was walking around a houtong and happened to hear a bunch of kids playing and screaming. I went around the corner to see this! All the kids were getting out and rushing to find their parents. They each had these balloons and were screaming and going nuts for them… it was so funny… especially the grown-up in charge with that hat. I think if I ran a daycare, I would wear the EXACT SAME HAT.

Chinese Day Care

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Hiking The Great Wall

Instagram

I’m a little inconsistent on my Instagram about what photos I post and how often. I do all those posts myself… but I often use a cool app on the Mac called “Uploader.” Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop, it’s just an easier way to post… I recommend it!

Daily Photo – Hiking The Great Wall

On this day, I think I used more calories than the whole week! It was very beautiful in this section of the Great Wall, so I definitely did not want to miss a single sight. It's kind of awesome too because even though the whole Great Wall ostensibly looks the same, after just 50 steps, there is another slightly different view of something so beautiful.

Hiking The Great Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Misty Evening in China

The Man in the High Castle

If you haven’t seen this new show on Amazon Prime, I really recommend it. Most people already know I’m a hardcore Phillip K. Dick fan, and this was always one of my favorite books. The show itself is quite different than the book, but that’s totally okay. I’m not one of those people that gets all huffy when a movie is different than the book… just another version of a nice story! :)

Daily Photo – A Misty Evening in China

I love these karst mountains so much. They look good almost any time of the day, but perhaps they look best when there is a touch of fog or mist in the air. The whole place is surreal enough, but when it hits this state, the fantasy level just goes off the charts!

A Misty Evening in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wedding Fun in Beijing

Speaking of Wedding Photos

Have you ever seen any of those Crazy Russian Wedding Photos??!?

Daily Photo – Wedding Fun in Beijing

I went to a new temple inside The Forbidden City where I had never visited before. Inside, there must have been at least FIFTY couples getting their wedding photos made there. It was quite a scene! No one wears the kind of wedding outfits we've come to know in the west. The girls have lavish amazing dresses, often red in color rather than white. And the guys… boy howdy is that a scene! They basically dress like the Harry and Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber that time they put on those crazy suits for the charity event. I got a ton of photos… need to share more of them!

Wedding Fun in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

Sad Apple Macbook Pro

I had to send away my poor sweet Macbook Pro because my D and E keys weren’t really working very well… like only 80% of the time. I thought I could live with it but turns out that after trying to live with it for just one hour, YOU GO ABSOLUTELY INSANE.

So I’ve sent it off to Christchurch to Service Plus — take good care of it Y’all…

Daily Photo – Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

I was in a small town near Yangshuo when I heard all these fireworks going off by the water. Chinese people are always celebrating one thing or another and shooting off all kinds of stuff! It sounded like a party, so I darted through some alleys and homes to get down there… I missed the party, but I saw this incredibly cute kid standing on a pile of red used fireworks. He still looked a bit shell-shocked!

Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Happy little girls in China

My silly Chinese Photo Editor

I think I can safely say this since my blog is banned in China after I flew a quadcopter over the Forbidden City. But while I was there, I was taking photos as part of a team. There was some SUPER LAME photo editor that demanded I send him RAW photos. I told him no. He then asked again, and I stopped talking to him since I already gave him the answer. And then he said he didn’t want me to take photos of people, but, you see, I had stopped talking to him quite a long time ago.

This group that invited me had always been super-cool before. But they had some self-important guy there that didn’t know jack… once I figured that out, I just ignored him. Ignoring people is one of my greatest skills.

Daily Photo – Happy little girls in China

When I was here it made me realize that little girls are the same all around the world. They like to wear pretty dresses that are kinda fancy and strut around in them. It’s totally a girl thing… super cute. Since I have two girls, I completely understand. It’s one of those little gentle threads that ties the whole human race together.

Happy little girls in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Looking down on Hong Kong

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Quadcopter Racing

Have you ever seen this? Definitely worth a gander!

Daily Photo – Looking down on Hong Kong

Aren’t these all great shapes? Even though I was standing on the ground down there, I didn’t think it would look this cool. I was too busy trying to avoid those wires that are over the intersection that the electric buses use. I can’t imagine it would be a good move for the DJI to touch one of them!

Looking down on Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO181
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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