The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

Passport Sunday Party at the Great Wall!

I had a great time re-creating this photo in our latest video for Passport Members. Today you’ll see how I remade this one from scratch for your viewing pleasure. Actually, I’m still working on it a little bit. There are a few more changes I have in mind, but I’ll share it here as a work in progress!

By the way, here’s another part of the Great Wall that is abandoned. This is a view from above, taken from a drone.

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The Great Wall Remastered

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Daily Photo – The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

This was one of my favorite trips to the Great Wall. Maybe because it was my first time! Anyway, I got a room at this place north of Beijing called “The Commune.” It was a very strange hotel, I must say, but kind of cool in its strangeness. I stayed here specifically because they had access to this old, classic part of the wall. It was a very lonely trip; that was for sure. But I quite enjoyed being the only one on the way for hours and hours.

The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

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  • Date Taken2011-09-24 04:51:20
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Passport Sunday Party!

Today for Passport Members is a special and fun edit because you get to see me re-master the photo from Kyoto below and transform it into the new version. This is the 2nd of 3 photos I am re-mastering for Series 2 of the fine art series at TreyRatcliff.com.

First, here is the photo I made about 7 years ago. I still quite like it… but I think I’ve improved upon it a bit.

The Temple Protects Kyoto

Kyoto Remastered

Want to follow along and edit with my same files? Well you’re in luck because here are my 5 RAW files for this temple in Kyoto.

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Daily Photo – The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Ahhh, beautiful Kyoto! It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, so going back to re-master this one, seven years later, was still as much of a joy as the first time. It was also great to use better tools like Aurora HDR. to give it a better “look.” Before, I think I might have just used the sliders in Photomatix and not even done any touchup in Photoshop. I’ve also learned a lot more about color theory and this sort of thing in the time betwixt.

The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-09-29 03:54:08
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Selling Cars in the Barcelona Airport

Thanks again Barcelona!

We had such a great time there during our European tour. We stayed there at the fab Barcelona Arts Hotel and that’s also where I gave my little art talk on the top floor after the photo walk. Speaking of that photo walk, here is the highlight video from the event!

Daily Photo – Selling Cars in the Barcelona Airport

I think this might be the most reflective airport in the world! I took a lot of photos when I was there, but now I wish I had taken a lot more. I don't know much about flooring, but the effect was so amazing that I wish there were more floors like this in other airports, shopping malls, etc. It might even be cool in a few rooms in your home. I assume it's quite durable; I think it might have been a white marble. If you ever find yourself here, to maximize the reflection in your photo, be sure to get as close to the ground as possible.

Selling Cars in the Barcelona Airport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-26 07:21:50
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Sunset in Ibiza

New How-To video Hot Tip for Sunrays!

Here’s a new video I made that shows how I used the new sunrays filter in Luminar to make the sun look so awesome. It’s a really fun trick. I used to do this sometimes in Photoshop, but that is very time consuming. One of my favorite things about this filter is how you can make so many adjustments and even randomize the sun rays.

Daily Photo – A Sunset in Ibiza

A Sunset in Ibiza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-24 17:34:22
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Returning to China!

In a Taxi in Beijing

This is kind of a funny video from a LONG time ago. It’s actually one of the first videos I ever released. I’m sorry to say that I have not improved much with my communication skills in the interim.

Daily Photo – Returning to China!

I'll be back in China for several months in June! I'll be going lots of places, but I'll start here in Beijing. Besides here, I'll be visiting the Great Wall, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Tianjin. I might also stay a few extra days and go far afield to see what I can find. I do like the big cities, but I also enjoy going way out into the hinterlands to see what I can find.

Returning to China!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-11 22:11:49
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length48.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Walking around Phoenix City at night

Bulletproof Coffee

I’ve become quite the fan of Bulletproof Coffee. I have it almost every day and it really seems to work wonders!

Daily Photo – Walking around Phoenix City at night

My usual routine when I visit a new city is to wander all over in the afternoon, then find a good place for sunset, then wander and take photos through dusk, then go have a dinner and a wine, then wander around as late as my energy will carry me. That last bit is what brought me to this place! I'd really like to get back here to Fenghuang and do some more night-wandering!

Walking around Phoenix City at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 10:42:29
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Waterfall in Iceland

Jim & Andy

If you have Netflix, I’ll recommend the new Jim Carrey documentary called Jim & Andy. I thought it was really great… I’m a big Carrey fan, and I think all of his recent musings on consciousness are right on.

Daily Photo – Waterfall in Iceland

There are so many waterfalls in Iceland that I could not hope to see them all. It's a great goal… I remember going into the fjords area in the North East and thinking, “I'm going to see every waterfall!” It turns out I had the enthusiasm, but then after I realized there were thousands, I pretty much wrote off that promise. But, I did see a few pretty ones for sure, like this one.

Waterfall in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 08:21:05
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture22
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hearst Castle Pool Party

New Kit Goodies

Be sure to check out my kit.com where I have a few new goodies in there. One of my favorite new upgrades is the JBL Pulse 3! I like it even better than the JBL Pulse 2, even though I have a few friends that still prefer the Pulse 2 design.

Daily Photo – Hearst Castle Pool Party

Can you imagine the pool parties here back in the day? I heard you can actually still rent this out and have your own pool party. I don't have enough fancy friends, but if I did, this would be on my to-do list. I visited this place probably about seven years ago, and I'm still processing photos from that trip. I just recently finished up this one.

Hearst Castle Pool Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-01-30 01:26:50
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sitting at the Lake at Sunset

Interview Around the World

You all may know one of our partners is the Ritz-Carlton. I often do interviews and share photos about their various destinations. Here’s a new article where I talk about 10 different fun destinations!

Daily Photo – Sitting at the Lake at Sunset

I'm not sure there are any bad sunsets in Iceland. I've heard it's “overrrun” with tourists now, but I don't really think that could be the case. It's a big country and there are so many isolated spots that you can be alone as you want to be. I suppose there are a few well-known waterfalls and whatnot that may be crowded, but that is not really what Iceland is about to me. It's more about being alone with nature and light.

Sitting at the Lake at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 01:26:33
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

English-Japanese Teacher!

We’re now deep into our Japanese Tour! Be sure to join us in one of the cities for our events!

In other news, my son, Ethan, wants to come to Japan to teach English after he graduates. I’m really encouraging him to do this! I think it would be an amazing first job.

Daily Photo – The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

That was, by far, the dumbest name I have ever given to any of my photos. But there's no need to be overly erudite when naming photos, eh? Seeing this makes me really want to back and frolic with the Icelandic horse even more. They are so magical looking… they all walk around in slow motion with their hair blowing in the breeze, like they are in some kind of horse-shampoo and conditioner commercial

The Five Horsemen of the Icelandopacalypse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-11 04:03:31
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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