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

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

Photo Information

  • 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

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

Ethan in Glenorchy

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Daily Photo – Ethan in Glenorchy

Here's a picture of my son walking through the wetlands of Glenorchy. We had a nice family hike there on Mother's Day, and I liked the way he stood out in these yellow grasses… he kind of looks like a human in the wild… a creature of New Zealand… his gait kind of reminds me of that old video footage of a sasquatch! :)

Ethan in Glenorchy

Ethan in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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

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How did I find awesome spots in Thailand?

New Video: How did I find awesome spots in Thailand?

I made this video that shows how I used Stuck On Earth (free app!) to find some cool spots. This video might show you some stuff about Stuck On Earth that you don’t know too! BTW, we just updated all versions. There seems to be something quirky with the Mac version and the way the update is (not) working. You may have to uninstall then re-install to get it to work right!

Daily Photo – Entering the Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth, or, as I like to say, the ปราสาทสัจธรรม, is probably the most awesome temple I've ever seen. Everyone one of these statues is carved from wood. What is particularly interesting about this temple is it was started by a Thai businessman in 1981. That is kind of mind-blowing when you see the sheer epicness of this thing! You can see a bit more in the video above as well…

Entering the Sanctuary of Truth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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