Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Are you caught up on Game of Thrones?

I’m curious if you watch Game of Thrones. I now know a lot of people that aren’t even into fantasy fiction that are totally into that show! I’ve read the books and loved them… but also loving the show!

Daily Photo – Front Row Seat at The Buddha

This turned out to be one of the coolest areas of the Tanzhe Temple in near Beijing. This room is full of hundreds of little statues, each of which were purchased and a simulacrum of the once-living so they could be close to Buddha in the afterlife. Each one was bright and shiny and was clearly well-maintained. I took many angles of this room, and this one turned out to be my favorite. I took another from the ground level, but I felt like all the lines pointed in a better direction here.

Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Front Row Seat at The Buddha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

What’s in Trey’s Bag?

What’s in my camera bag?

I have all the gear listed here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/camera-equipment/ ! :)
The Sony A7r review
Leica Lens Buying Guide

Frederick Van Johnson and I recorded this here in New Zealand recently for The Arcanum - Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – Marching in Tiananmen Square

This was a really awesome and strangely clear day in Beijing! It's the only photo of Tiananmen Square I've ever gotten with a clear sky. It's usually kind of grey and depressing around here.

While I was taking this photo, a big group of Chinese tourists came up. They were from a very remote part of China and I think they were pretty excited to see a white person! They all got their photos taken with me… I was quite the freakshow! :)

Marching in Tiananmen Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Glow of Beijing

The Real Beijing From Above

I posted this video last month, but maybe you missed it… as opposed to the city model below, here is what it really looks like!

Daily Photo – The Glow of Beijing

I know… you are probably getting sick of seeing shots from this boringly-named “Beijing Planning Museum”, aren't you? Haha well, I keep posting them because I'm fascinated by it… I don't know why… I think I got a fresh spark because my most recent visit included a new idea to try some shallow DOF stuff at f/1.4. I think the way the buildings look in miniature at a wide-open aperture is so interesting. Anyway… don't worry… there are even MORE coming in the future!

Don't forget you can click on “China” up there in the category to see even more.

Beijing, China

The Glow of Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beijing at f/1.4

City Planning Museums

Is this simply a Chinese thing? The way they have these huge museums that are tributes to the city planning itself? It feels like a very “Chinese” top-down thing to do… to talk about how wonderful top-down design is and then build a museum around that idea.

Daily Photo – Beijing at f/1.4

I love taking photos in these Chinese city planning museums. It sounds so boring, I know… but they really are beyond wonderful. Maybe mostly guys like them because they are such cool models. I've taken photos of this from every angle, but I decided to get down low and take a prime photo at f/1.4 — I really dig the way it turned out!

Beijing at f/1.4

Beijing at f/1.4

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

SmugMug Review

Don’t forget to check out the SmugMug Review here on the site if you haven’t lately!

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth with Chris Burkard

Here’s an amazing new film from SmugMug and Anton Lorimer. Check it out!

Daily Photo – Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Here's one of the many ornate bridges I saw while walking around the many lakes at the Summer Palace. I decided to do a treatment with the new Analog Efex Pro 2 from Nik/Google. The original photo was pretty good, but it felt a little boring or something. The texture and the feel was not right… so I spent a fun 15 minutes in AEP2 to make it the right kind of interesting!

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Monk on a Trike

Upcoming PhotoWalk in Dallas!

It looks like it’s gonna be on September 5! I’m very excited about it… details to come, but block off that evening!

Denver PhotoWalk Winners!

And now, for the two Grand Prize winners in Denver! Sorry it took me so long! Both of you receive Trey’s Complete HDR Tutorial! Just contact luke@stuckincustoms.com and he can get you set up.

Prize #1 for Dan Sanabria – A very interesting shot of as the evening light splashed across one of the facades.

Prize #2 for Michael Kleih – what a smart shot!

And here’s a bunch of the #StuckInDenver photos that were posted on G+!

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Daily Photo – Monk on a Trike

I visited this wonderful monastery and temple in Beijing. I arrived there just as they were getting a delivery. Monks would ride these specialized trikes back and forth to ferry the goods back to their living area. You'll never guess what is under that blanket. And I'm not kidding. About 100 Red Bulls!

Monk on a Trike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Summer Palace and New Gear Page!

Updated Camera Gear Pages

Since Sony has now kinda renamed all their NEX stuff to Sony Alpha stuff, we’ve redone the “Trey’s Gear” page here on the site with Good, Better, and Best. I know it looks like I’m a total Sony shill, but they actually don’t pay me to say any of that… I love my A7r so much that I even bought a second one! Hehe… anyway. Related to that, btw, is the Leica Lens Buying Guide if you want to equip your new Sony with some Leica lenses. Be sure to look at the R-lenses there too — they are quite affordable!

Also new on there is the DJI Phantom Review, among other things.

Denver PhotoWalk Prizes

Sorry for being a bit recalcitrant in the Denver PhotoWalk Grand Prize winners! I will get on that soon – I will not forget. I promise! :)

Daily Photo – The Summer Palace

This is my third time to visit The Summer Palace in Beijing and the first time I've ever gotten a photo I liked! This is one of those places where you're gonna walk for many many miles if you want to see all the angles. This spot was about 4 miles from where I entered, and the palace was closing soon. Luckily, I found another exit so I didn't have to walk back all that way. Honestly, I could have used the exercise, but, also, honestly, I didn't really want to do it.

The Summer Palace

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Police Protection in China and a new Travel Podcast Interview

New Podcast on the Daily Travel Podcast

Nathaniel from the Daily Travel Podcast interviewed me recently. I’ll put the soundcloud player embed below. It was a fun discussion – thanks Nathaniel!

From their website:

What We Cover:

— How travel inspired Trey into a creative life of travel, photography, and creativity.
— How taking a creative approach towards your travel photography can help you get more from your travel experience, enhance your memories of the places you’ve been, better share the “feeling” of the places you’ve been, and expose and connect others to the world.
— HDR photography, what it is and why Trey went looking for it before it went mainstream.
— How the human race is becoming more and more connected, like a super organism and how travel relates to this.

Daily Photo – Police Protection in China

You really can't negotiate with these guys, you know? I mean, if they want you to do something, you better go ahead and do it. They are kind of no-nonsense kinda guys that are used to following orders.

I was at the Summer Palace to go up on stage for an opening ceremony event, and there were a bunch of these guys on the perimeter keeping the peace. It was quite a docile crowd, really, so they weren't really needed. While I was waiting to go up on stage, I snapped this quick photo.

I actually originally had this as a portrait orientation and you could see his whole body. But I was editing this in the car in Lightroom and my friend Tom saw it while it was zoomed in. When I zoomed out, he was surprised! He said, wow, I like the zoomed in one better. And so do I! :)

Police Protection in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The View from Tiananmen Square

John Oliver – Tiananmen Square

Here’s a funny video about what is happening in China now around the Tiananmen Square issue… (I could not embed it for some reason)

Daily Photo – The View from Tiananmen Square

Two military police stand guard in the square here, with the photo of Chairman Mao in the background.

What I find very amazing every time I go back to Beijing (I've been six times now) is how young people there are really into Chairman Mao, talking about how awesome he was. This most recent time, my hosts saddled me with this 28 year old Chinese female assistant. She was annoying in many ways (in fact, most ways) — all she did was talk about how important it was to get married and how happy she would be if that happened. It was non-stop. But, anyway, she kept talking about how wonderful Mao was. I said, “Uhhh, you know he's kind of in the big three, right, along with Stalin and Hitler?” She just waved her hand and started talking about how happy she will be once she gets married.

The View from Tiananmen Square

The View from Tiananmen Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Getting ready for the Wedding

Cheesy Wedding Photos

Do you know of any sites with crazy wedding photos? I’ve seen some crazy Russian ones… here, let me try to find it. Here’s a crazy one. Oh, and here’s another!

Daily Photo – Getting ready for the Wedding

We were on the outskirts of the Forbidden City then went into a temple area and there were about 20 couples taking their wedding photos. It was so funny to see everyone posing and all the photographers taking photos. They were all trying to find angles where they wouldn't see the other couples. The men wore the craziest tuxedos, but the girls mostly had on really pretty dresses. I took this one while she was moving from one position to the next.

Getting ready for the Wedding

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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