Ming’s Tomb

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Daily Photo – Ming's Tomb

I spent a day here several hours north of the city at Ming's Tomb. Everything lies along the “Central Axis” in Beijing. That is, if you walk in a straight line out of Ming's Tomb, you'll end up going through the entrance to the Forbidden City. Actually, these tombs are a series of tombs, all oriented along the same axis — you can get a sense of this in the video above.

Ming's Tomb

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Adi with Umbrella

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live 🙂 We did this one right BEFORE the one you saw in yesterday’s blog post with Sir Michael Hill.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! 🙂

More from this scene

You might remember this scene from the video below! That’s my assistant there, Adi, carrying the umbrella. Many Chinese girls carry around umbrellas to keep their skin as white as possible.

Oh, and here’s another picture when her umbrella suddenly got inverted on a windy day!

A windy day at the Forbidden City

Daily Photo – Adi with Umbrella

Here we are exploring the ming tombs… In many ways, actually, in MOST ways, she was a terrible assistant. She was super duper skinny and had virtually zero arm strength. She couldn't carry my quadcopter or camera or bag or anything! She said that just carrying the umbrella exhausted her. It was the strangest thing… it was almost comical in its strangeness. It wasn't like she was malnourished or anything. She simply preferred not to carry anything because she found it tiring.

Adi with Umbrella

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  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Happy Guy in China

A reference to China

One of my favorite parts of this video below is when Alan Watts talks about China.

Daily Photo – Happy Guy in China

This was the happiest guy in the monastery! I had never been to this one before in Beijing, and I arrived on the day that all the monks we re-supplying with fresh groceries and drinks. This guy was taking all the groceries in, load after load after load. He was so happy the whole time. And then I looked what he was carrying on the last load, and it was a huge crate of Red Bull!

Happy Guy in China

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This guy doesn’t seem so confident in his proposal

I think I’m blocked in China?

A few people have told me that they can’t access Stuck In Customs from mainland China. Can anyone confirm this?

Daily Photo – This guy doesn't seem so confident in his proposal

I come across so many strange wedding-photography scenes in Beijing. Each one is so quirky and funny… strange outfits, signs, props, everything you can imagine! Since I tend to visit some of the most photogenic places, so do the wedding photographers, but they're always clogging up all the scenes with these strange setups. It's not so bad, I guess… always entertaining to watch. Here's one of those in-betweener shots!

This guy doesn't seem so confident in his proposal

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Walking through Ming’s Tombs

The Tips Page

Don’t forget to check out the Aurora HDR Tips page that I created here on the site. I’ll keep adding more videos in the future! 🙂

Daily Photo – Walking through Ming's Tombs

One day in Beijing, I drove about an hour north of the city to visit Ming's Tomb. It was really a nice trip… and more like a walk in a 5km park than visiting a mausoleum or something. I expected crypts or catacombs or something with a name in “Ming's Tomb” but it was nothing like that… There were beautiful garden paths and many of these sorts of structures, all aligned along the central axis that connects everything from The Forbidden City to the Summer Palace and countless other Chinese monuments around Beijing.

Walking through Ming's Tombs

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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

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  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
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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

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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

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

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This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For

A little live Periscope

Here’s a silly clip of some of my family playing Rummikub! Thanks Kalebra Kelby for the amazing gift!

More From This Crazy Park

You’ll probably see a few more highlights from this World Park place in this video from Beijing! 🙂

Daily Photo – This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For

This is a little fake Eiffel Tower in Beijing. It’s in a sups-weird place called World Park or something. They have tons of the world’s greatest structures here… I guess this is to quell the populace that is generally never going to leave China!

This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For

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