Upcoming Live “Organize Your Photos” Event!

Come Watch Live on Thursday!

Here’s the event (Click!) and where you can watch Live!

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!

Daily Photo – Late Night in Beijing

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…

Late Night in Beijing

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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A Special Event in Wanaka and…a Panorama of Hong Kong

Upcoming PhotoWalks and events including the Venice Photowalk

We’re about to announce a whole new slew of photowalks and events! Be sure to check the Events page for more!

Follow me on Instagram

Here’s me, @TreyRatcliff ! And we also started a live-feed Instagram page here on the site!

DJI Inspire Review

We now have two quad reviews up! The newer one is the DJI Inspire Review, but we also have up the DJI Phantom Review.

An Instameet in Wanaka on Saturday!

I’m gonna pop over to Wanaka on Saturday to meet with a bunch of Instagrammers and have a fun day/evening of photos!

It sounds like a good group of people going, and it’s led by Liz Carlson, also known as Young Adventuress! People coming include Chris Burkard, Folk Magazine, Hello Emilie, Elizabeth Gadd, Matt Glastonbury, Johan Le Backpacker, Steen Jones, Matt Vandeputte, and Shaun Jeffers. We’ll all meet down by the famous tree in the lake at 4PM. I think any camera including mobile phones are cool. She tells me tags at #LoveWanaka and #InstameetWanaka and tagging @lakewanakanz. You can see more on Liz’s blog here!

Even though we’re meeting at the tree at 4PM, I’ll be at Gin and Raspberry a few hours beforehand having a wine! :)

P.S. This is the tree I’m talkin’ about, just ask any local if you’re driving in! :)

Peaceful Evening in Wanaka I had a peaceful evening in Wanaka. There is this tree that sits out in the middle of the lake. It’s so unusual. I love the way it reflects back on itself in the smooth water. I was by myself, listening to music on my iPod, and just watching the water as it would calm down then get excited, then calm down again. I swapped out lenses a few times and kept moving around to admire it from different angles. This one was one of my favorites. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Hong Kong

I think this is still called Hong Kong even though it's across the bay in the Kowloon area. I was looking at some old photos of Hong Kong from about seven years ago, and I could see this building just in its beginning stages. Now it's complete, and quite magnificent as you can see! This was a panorama made from about four shots with the DJI Inspire.

A Panorama of Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/351
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Two Chinas Together and Workshop Update

Upcoming Photography & Yoga retreat in New Zealand!

New Events:

*New Zealand Autumn 2015* – Sold out
*New Zealand Photo & Yoga Adventure*http://www.stuckincustoms.com/photography-workshop-yoga-retreat/
*Venice* – Not yet announced, watch our Newsletter at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/news

Here’s a video that talks more about our workshops!

Daily Photo – Two Chinas Together

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!

Two Chinas Together

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A windy day at the Forbidden City

Beijing From Above

Today’s photo is related to this video I made below! :) You can read the whole story about the incarceration here on the blog!

Daily Photo – A windy day at the Forbidden City

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…

A windy day at the Forbidden City

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Drones or Quadcopters

I’m afraid the word “drone” is now in the popular vernacular, even though I think most quad pilots wished everyone referred to them as “quadcopters.” I think the “drone” word gets confusing because that’s what the military uses in a weaponized manner. But then again, “quadcopter” doesn’t always make sense either because some of them have 6 rotors! Anyway… a semantics issue… I don’t lose a lot of sleep over it… just noticing. These things are about to be everywhere based on sales.

Daily Photo – The edge of Hong Kong from Above

It's hard to believe the water is this color on the edge of Hong Kong, isn't it? It's not always that color, but I happen to be right by the ferry terminal, and so many boats come and go that it churns up a bunch of small bubbles that make everything seem a bit more Caribbean! After I took this photo straight down with the quad, I aimed it up and got a big panorama of the city. I'll share that one soon too!

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO137
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

YouTube Channel

Don’t forget to pop over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe! There’s always cool stuff happening there! :)

Here’s one I posted several months ago with the long title: “Shibuya Station – What is it like to ride the subway to the busiest intersection in the world in Tokyo?” You don’t hear me talking… no instruction or anything… just some uninterrupted Google Glass footage.

Daily Photo – Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

What an awesome building this is! I spent the better part of a day in here during a recent trip to Hong Kong and I was awestruck at the amazing interior. After all my banking-work-work was done, I roamed the halls a while to get some photos. Of the hundreds I took, I think this one is my favorite.

Banking at HSBC in Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Everyone check out the white dude!

The video behind it

I happened to have on my Google Glass while doing some photography here. When these nice people came up, I just kept it rolling!

Daily Photo – “Everyone check out the white dude!”

I don't know if this is how it translates exactly from Chinese to English, but I'm pretty sure that is what these people were saying when they surrounded me in Tiananmen Square. I find the vast majority of people around the world to nice, smiling, and very happy to meet new people. This is one of those patterns I see time and time again and it gives me faith in the whole human race — this was kind of one of those shining examples!

“Everyone check out the white dude!”

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Summer Palace, late in the day

Drought in California

I keep hearing about how bad the drought in California — is it as bad as people say? I saw these amazing pictures, taken three years apart.

Daily Photo – The Summer Palace, late in the day

Even though I've been to Beijing many times now, I'm often confused as the relative distance of one thing to the next. Here, at the Summer Palace, it turns out is very close to almost all the key stuff along the Central Axis (which is kind of a spiritual line that goes north-south through Beijing. But the first time I came here, it took over a 2 hours, and not just because of lousy Beijing traffic! So, I had this thing in my mind that this place was really super far. I was low on time but decided to try risking coming back again. This time it literally took 5 minutes. I'm still confused by the whole experience!

The Summer Palace, late in the day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Bushes in China

4K Video on the Inspire

I’ve been shooting more and more video with my DJI Inspire at 4K. It’s really cool and amazing to watch on the big screen… so smooth and amazing, really! At first I thought 4K video was a bit overkill, but I gotta admit, I’m getting kind of used to it!

I can’t believe the NSF would not let me bring my quadcopters down to Antarctica… it has made me a bit bummed out… I was really looking forward to getting some unique angles. Oh well…

Daily Photo – Strange Bushes in China

Here's a few Minions from Despicable Me that were on the side of the road in China. So strange, I think! Somehow I doubt they paid royalty rights for these…

Strange Bushes in China

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
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Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Strange Hotel

I often have very strange Chinese hotel experiences. This one was no different. I walked into pretty much the only hotel in the small village of Mutianyu. First, it didn’t really look like a hotel from the outside. But from the inside, I can report, it also did not look like a hotel. It had a bunch of trees and bushes and little pathways here and there. Some seemed to go into closed restaurants where others just went to areas of general detritus. I eventually found the front desk after busting through some palm fronds. When I got there, they indicated that this was indeed the hotel, but there were no rooms. Not that there were no rooms available — just that there were no rooms. I thought this strange and asked if I could still somehow find a way to stay at this supposed hotel. They said, oh yes of course, but you have to go get in the car and go across the street to the hotel.

Daily Photo – Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

The Great Wall has many different sections, being great and everything. I've visited many of them, but this one is by far my favorite. It's called the Mutianyu. Other sections are Badaling, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. But this one is my favorite so far because it's well maintained, beautiful to photograph, and, best of all, not that many tourists! I ended up staying here way too late and was barely able to find my way back down into the village.

Mutianyu

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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