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

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

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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  • Camera Make
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  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
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Close to Blast Off

Photos in China

If you’re looking to experiment with city photography and not getting hassled by the authorities, I really recommend China. I hardly ever see anyone taking photos while there, so it’s pretty much the wild wild east.

Daily Photo – Close to Blast Off

Here’s one of the many cool-shaped buildings around the CBD area of Beijing. It’s worth spending a whole night just wandering around this area and getting all the little bits here and there. Once you start shooting details of architecture, it can be a little addicting, because there is always more to see. When do you stop? Only when you get super hungry or super tired!

Close to Blast Off

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

Drifting slowly towards the Burning Man Photo Walk

Now there’s a little break in the Photo Walks as I get prepped for Burning Man… it’s gonna be great!

As for the photo walk, it will be on September 1. Check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com website for the deets! Of course, since Burning Man is a non-commercial event, we won’t be talking about all the sponsors and that stuff…no ticket sales… none of that stuff… just free love! :)

Daily Photo – Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

One day I was able to get up on the roof of one of the skyscrapers in the CBD area of Beijing. I spent a lot of the time zoomed in as far as I could go. It gives everything quite a different look as it pulls the far away close…

Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length114.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

From inside

Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…

Daily Photo – The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

As you can see from the video above, this is a really cool place, but no one is ever there! This is the one other visitor I saw. I think she was also surprised to see me, so we took photos of each other to mark the occasion!

The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Flying Over the Ming Tombs

Want a Deep Deep hardcore dive into the new bag??

This Week in Photo’s Frederick Van Johnson came over to the Peak Design headquarters to get the scoop! You can see his full article on his site.

This is actually a really good interview… Fred is great… and you get to find out a lot more about Art, one of the great people behind the bag from PD!

Quadcopter Photography

I took this with the GoPro that was attached to the Phantom 2. I absolutely love taking photos from the sky… maybe I’ll get tired of it some day, but I doubt it!

Daily Photo – Flying over the Ming Tombs

Just north of Beijing is a long vertical series of buildings that leads to the Ming Tombs. It’s not exactly convenient to get here, but it’s a nice walk and interesting visit along the way. In many regards, these Chinese temples are all pretty much the same. I try not to be jaded like that, but there really is little variation in each one. They are all striking and interesting, yes, but in many ways they are quite cookie-cutter. But I guess that’s why they are so in many places, like Starbucks… you kinda know what you’re gonna get.

Flying over the Ming Tombs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/850
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone in China

The Last Teaser Video

No need for more teaser videos… since the Kickstarter is less than 48 hours away! Check out http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/kickstarter

The Chinese Visa System

You have no idea how much trouble I’ve had getting visas into China. Visas are such an antiquated system, and I can’t believe they still exist in today’s world. I know they are ways to get extra money and keep track of you, but there are much more efficient means for doing this nowadays.

Daily Photo – Alone in China

This is absolutely one of my favorite photos from the past year, but I don’t think anyone else likes it as much as I do.

Alone in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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