Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

Sad Apple Macbook Pro

I had to send away my poor sweet Macbook Pro because my D and E keys weren’t really working very well… like only 80% of the time. I thought I could live with it but turns out that after trying to live with it for just one hour, YOU GO ABSOLUTELY INSANE.

So I’ve sent it off to Christchurch to Service Plus — take good care of it Y’all..

Daily Photo – Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

I was in a small town near Yangshuo when I heard all these fireworks going off by the water. Chinese people are always celebrating one thing or another and shooting off all kinds of stuff! It sounded like a party, so I darted through some alleys and homes to get down there… I missed the party, but I saw this incredibly cute kid standing on a pile of red used fireworks. He still looked a bit shell-shocked!

Young Boy in China in Fireworks Residue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-02 22:08:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Happy little girls in China

My silly Chinese Photo Editor

I think I can safely say this since my blog is banned in China after I flew a quadcopter over the Forbidden City. But while I was there, I was taking photos as part of a team. There was some SUPER LAME photo editor that demanded I send him RAW photos. I told him no. He then asked again, and I stopped talking to him since I already gave him the answer. And then he said he didn’t want me to take photos of people, but, you see, I had stopped talking to him quite a long time ago.

This group that invited me had always been super-cool before. But they had some self-important guy there that didn’t know jack… once I figured that out, I just ignored him. Ignoring people is one of my greatest skills

Daily Photo – Happy little girls in China

When I was here it made me realize that little girls are the same all around the world. They like to wear pretty dresses that are kinda fancy and strut around in them. It’s totally a girl thing… super cute. Since I have two girls, I completely understand. It’s one of those little gentle threads that ties the whole human race together.

Happy little girls in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-31 15:35:28
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Looking down on Hong Kong

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Quadcopter Racing

Have you ever seen this? Definitely worth a gander!

Daily Photo – Looking down on Hong Kong

Aren’t these all great shapes? Even though I was standing on the ground down there, I didn’t think it would look this cool. I was too busy trying to avoid those wires that are over the intersection that the electric buses use. I can’t imagine it would be a good move for the DJI to touch one of them!

Looking down on Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:45:24
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO181
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking Fo

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! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8I5Z01OKv

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

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:45:29
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Another Strange Selfie from Above

New Tripod

I’m always experimenting with different kinds of equipment! Be sure to pop over to the Camera Equipment page to see my latest goodies

Daily Photo – Another Strange Selfie from Above

Look at me with all these selfies…two days in a row! I’m like a teenage girl, teehee. I’m a bit harder to spot in this one, maybe. I saw this awesome reflection under a building in Hong Kong one night, so I went exploring underneath it to try to find a nifty angle.

Another Strange Selfie from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 20:37:13
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Missing the Food Fight

Photo Tip: Repeating Structures

If you ever have the chance to have the same object repeat itself into the distance, try to make it happen! It gives the viewer an immediate sense of depth.

Daily Photo – Missing the Food Fight

My friends were inside a restaurant right by here in Hong Kong having a food fight while I took this. I found this out later when I saw them all outside, covered with various bits of food. I’m not sure it’s excusable, but it must be a bit less excusable when it’s a 1-star Michelin restaurant!

Missing the Food Fight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-04 03:58:42
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Another Rooftop Bar in Hong Kong

A Good Google Search

I don’t know why I never thought about this before, but when you’re in a new city and looking for good photo spots, google “Best Rooftop Bars in [cityname].” Invariably, I end up finding great photo ops from up th

Daily Photo – Another Rooftop Bar in Hong Kong

We tried to find as many of these as possible while there, and luckily, there were a ton! It’s the complete opposite of Venice (see yesterday’s photo), where you would expect a lot of rooftop bars and restaurants, but there are hardly any. I forgot where I was here, but I really liked the look of this building here with these porthole windows.

Another Rooftop Bar in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:31:45
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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 eas

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 Taken2014-05-25 04:02:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Using the Lines of Cities

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Daily Photo – Using the Lines of Cities

Since I’m not a big-city guy any more, I do certainly notice all these bright and bold lines in them, like here in Hong Kong. I took this one night while crossing the street. I used an extra wide-angle lens to really stretch those lines out and give them a nice feel. These two colors seem to go well together (yellow and blue), especially with a lot of black around.

Using the Lines of Cities

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-05 21:57:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Quadcopter over Hong Kong

And here’s the video!

That I got while with Kai from Digital Rev TV in Hong Kong!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h_y-Y7UQM

Daily Photo – Quadcopter over Hong Kong

This is the result of a panorama I stitched together from a few photos I got from the air. I just used Photoshop for this… I usually use that for the small panoramas like this, but for major productions, I use Autopano, which generally seems to be better at stitching together complex things. But I do hate the interface in Autopano… it’s terrible!

Quadcopter over Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:45:59
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/140
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

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