Driving Through Remote China

Tripod like a Marine

Have you seen those videos of Marines disassembling and reassembling their gun blindfolded? I can do this with my tripod and camera. It’s not nearly as cool or impressive, and I usually do it while I’m alone. It’s just really from habit, since I’m always opening and closing my system. It’s become more of a meditation than a hassle.

Daily Photo – Driving through Remote China

I took a six hour drive through part of the Hangzhou. At some point, it began to get very hilly and moody. The ride was a little rough, so I would pull over from time to time to take breaks.

One time when I popped out, I thought the road and the scene felt fairly cinematic. I went through the old routine of opening up the tripod for a shot…

Driving through Remote China

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  • Casper van Zyl

    like the texture over the print looks like a painting.
    here are some of my photos not as good but inspired by Trey.

  • Casper van Zyl


  • susan ratcliff

    Awesome shot – love the textures!

  • susan ratcliff

    Hi Casper – this link doesn’t work on either of your posts – I went to g+ and there are several people with your name so am not sure which one is you!!

  • Casper van Zyl

    the number should read as 100315203087580534990 but not sure what is going on strange may ask my daughter when she gets home tonight

  • Casper van Zyl

    If there is a picture with someone in the snow crouching down thats me.
    I’ve tried so hard to get this blog up and running but seem to blow it somehow thanks Susan for trying

  • DennyLittle

    Great shot

  • Wow, wonderful photo, Trey. I love it!!!! Have a great Monday!!!

  • Loving the texture on that image. Very nice.

  • Yeah – I’m at that point too with my tripod. I like to do it with a bit of a flourish, and hear the clicks of the legs and snaps of the locks as I get it into place.

  • I’ve been to China 4 times over the years and one of my frustrations was that any time I had to hire a car it came along with a driver. Now given the chaotic nature of traffic in the cities that old rule is probably a blessing. But when exploring the country there’s nothing I’d like more than to be behind the wheel exploring backroads and the like. Did I read your article right Trey. Were you, wide-eyed foreign devil that you are, actually able to drive in China unaccompanied?

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey,

    You seem to be very comfortable traveling in China. Do you travel alone there? Do you speak Chinese? I am just curious because I do travel alone quite a bit and did have a chance to travel to China in 2009 but that rare time I was with a travel group. It did not appear to me or other group members that English is widely spoken in China so I do not think any of us would feel comfortable being alone in China. I admire your photography.

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