Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…
Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…
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!
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!
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.
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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.
Here’s another… what are we about to release with Peak Design? Less thank a week now! To see the latest, pop over here!
100 points to whoever can figure out the name of this store!
I have a bad habit of walking by a lot of stores that would probably be interesting to explore. I’m often out shooting in the streets, the architecture, the everything… and once you pass a few storefronts, you end up passing more and more. But this place was a real treat — I’m glad I decided to go inside!
Which one is your favorite, or which ones have you seen? After a while, they all kind of blend together or me. I guess my favorite was “O” that I saw at the Bellagio in Vegas a few years ago.
I was invited to this crazy scene in Beijing. I knew it was gonna be intense before I went, but I did not anticipate the weirdness of it. And it wasn’t a good-kinda weird like Cirque de Soliel. It was the strange-kinda weird where you feel like it was designed by somebody completely insane. Everything was happening all the time… a lot of dangerous stuff too — I have a feeling the Chinese have less stringent safety standards than in the west.
I was able to get this focus trick working with the Leica 35mm F/1.4. Be sure to check out the Leica Lens Buying Guide here on the site!
Okay this is a really stupid title for this photo but I still like it! Haha! Yeah here we are back in the Beijing Planning Museum. All the big cities in China have these museums that are open and free. They are always totally empty too, allow tripods, and have limitless photos inside… one of my best possible hot tips for China.
This is the first place I got in trouble for flying the quadcopter. But it was worth it because I got some amazing photos and videos from the air. There are really no laws about them in this area because nobody owns one. So, since it’s impossible to get permission for something they don’t understand, I just went for it. It’s such a new “category” that many remote places don’t have any rules about them at all…
I was invited to a special event in the Summer Palace where we got to see a traditional Chinese theater show. These girls would dance around and do all sorts of things. I was wondering a pole would come out at some point, but then it occurred to me this would probably not happen. But if it did, boy my camera was ready for action!
Live Photo Event – Organize Your Photos! – Thursday 6 PM PST, 9 PM EST (or check your local time on the event page)
Join me as we do a live Google+ Hangout soon. It’s a free event and I’ll be talking about how I organize my photos —I have a pretty good system I think that I believe would work for anyone because there are a few levels of “extremity” depending on how organized you want to be!
I know some of you have enjoyed the “Organize Your Photos!” tutorial and even if you already have it, you’ll enjoy seeing this, as I’ve added a bit of stuff! Some of it has to do with merging photos I take “on the road” back with the mother lode. I’m also putting together a strategy around the new all-encompassing Photos app for the Mac.
As always, there will be a live Q&A. I’ll also be looking at questions in the Stuck In Customs community — it’s always great to watch the activity in there!
Here’s a little video that shows what we’ll be talking about a bit!
This place is always mega-crowded and a place most everyone visits when they come to China. It's hard not to ignore with that huge photo of Chairman Mao floating up there. It's amazing, actually, how popular Mao has become once again, especially with young people…I've heard many talk about what a great man he was, apparently not knowing he killed an estimated 40-70 million people during the revolution. Many carry his photo or come here to pay homage. Can you imagine huge photos of Stalin in Moscow or Hitler in Berlin? My goodness…
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Here’s a video that talks more about our workshops!
I found this old monastic area of Beijing that was right in the middle of the city. Inside there was really no one but monks. If you look close here, you can see that it is “resupply day” and the monks were carrying goods from the entrance back towards their living quarters. I looked inside one of the boxes, and I'm not kidding you, it was full of Red Bull!
Today’s photo is related to this video I made below! You can read the whole story about the incarceration here on the blog!
Here's my assistant in China, getting wind-blown and umbrella-inverted at the Forbidden City. As much as I like to tease her for being a rather useless assistant who could carry little more than an African swallow, she did get me out of incarceration with her fast-Chinese-talkin'. It wasn't too long after this that we ended up behind lock & key for flying the quadcopter in the video above…