Red Prayers

A Red Votive

I think it’s interesting how Asian cultures do the sort of thing you see below and Western cultures use votives. I think it’s also interesting how both are red. It seems to be a fairly convenient way for the masses to contribute and be part of the movement.

Daily Photo – Red Prayers

Many temples throughout China have these hanging just outside the main entrance. People that go visit buy them and write little thoughts or hopes or prayers on them and let them hang in the breeze outside.

Red Prayers

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dining on the slow river

Back to Venice?

When I was on this boat, I was thinking of Venice a bit! I went there a long time ago, before I was into photography. Now I want to go back… maybe we should do a big workshop event there next year? That would be fun!

Daily Photo – Dining on the slow river

I took this photo behind our boat driver/captain/guy-with-long-stick. I actually don't even know what you call these guys? Anyway, while walking around this little town in Guilin, Tom and I and our two guides found this amazing raft by a restaurant. It was a big square raft with a little roof. Everything was made of bamboo. There was a table in the middle, so we found the nearby building and asked if we could eat on the boat while someone pushed us around the river. And then it was done! 15 minutes later, I was having a delicious omelette while taking high bokeh photos of the driver/captain/guy-with-long-stick!

Dining on the slow river

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

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  • 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

Way Above Guilin

Editing videos?

I find myself editing more and more videos… what is your favorite movie editing tool and why?

Daily Photo – Way Above Guilin

Doesn't this look like the kind of city that would be full of casinos? When I got to the top of this strange karst mountain in Guilin, China, I saw the sprawling city below and all the crazy lights and it just struck me as a gamblin' town. But it isn't. The only place you can gamble in China is Macau, and that is very big on my list. It also looks amazing for photos.

But, anyway, as for this place, it is one of the main hikes in China. I wasn't totally thrilled about hiking up here because it was super hot and muggy… AND I was in a huge hurry to get up here before the sunet. I barely made it, but I was a wet, hot, soppy mess while taking this photo. It's honestly one of my least favorite feelings… I know that makes me sound like such a primadonna, but I do have a violent hate for being hot and supa-sweaty unless I am in some kind of a “workout” mode!

Way Above Guilin

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length59.0 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

The New Arcanum Trailer and the Sun Drifts Away Into Time

The New Arcanum Trailer!

Here it is! We also just put this up on The Arcanum website. I know thousands and thousands of you have applied and are still waiting in the Neverending Orphanage of Lost and Forgotten Souls. You drift about like wayward wraiths, waiting for a Master to choose you, plucking you out of your perennial purgatory.

But we are going slow on purpose and hand-choosing Masters and training them up on the culture and the leveling system. We currently have between 20 and 30 Masters, each of which are averaging about 17 Apprentices each. We could amp it up at any time, but we’re trying to do this right. No one has ever built a system like this, so the whole team is keeping this as organic and special as possible. We’ll hit scale soon enough, so we really appreciate your patience! :)

Here’s one of the newest blog posts from one of our Apprentices, Tricia Booker!

Heroes of The Arcanum – Volunteers Creating a Magical Experience for You!

Check out the Heroes Of The Arcanum! I’m so happy to have these amazing people behind the scenes volunteering to make the whole Arcanum experience even more rewarding.

Thank you Tania Court, Tiff Gilleland, Tanya Wallis, Chris Thompson, and Daniel Levy so much! You’ll get to know these five better over time… Pete, Curtis, and I are very thankful for yalls, as is everyone else in The Arcanum!

Daily Photo – The Sun Drifts Away Into Time

Southern China! It's so wild and untouched! Well that's not totally true. It's mostly untouched. When you do find the occasional town, they can be a bit third-worldy in terms of trash and architectural squalor. They are not terrible and dangerous, just a bit, well, rough-looking. There are quaint parts that are authentic and charming, but often times there is too much detritus strewn about to make you feel totally comfortable. At least, this is the way it is to me. But I like escaping kind of far away from those places, up into hills like this where everything is back in its natural and beautiful state.

The Sun Drifts Away Into Time

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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

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