Beautiful Hallway in Hong Kong

Fun Creative Gadget for Kids

Here’s a cool music maker I recently got for my 13-year-old daughter. I wasn’t sure if she would want it or not, but we watched a few videos and she got super excited.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Hallway in Hong Kong

Check out this hallway in the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. This hallway leads to some absolutely amazing restaurants where I ended up eating way too much food! Also, this hallway seemed to be very popular among Instagrammers. I had to be pretty patient to wait for all of them to get out of their egoic selfie zones so I could set up with my tripod.

Beautiful Hallway in Hong Kong

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  • Date Taken2018-03-15 04:20:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture10
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Checking out Books in the Tianjin Library

Kalebra Kelby Interview

I do a lot of interviews, but I think this might be my favorite one! 🙂 Right after Burning Man last year I flew to Florida to make some classes there. I sat down for a long-format discussion with Kalebra. You can see the full 1-hour interview here. Note you have to sign in and stuff, but you don’t have to put in your credit card number or anything… not a paywall! 🙂

Daily Photo – Checking out Books in the Tianjin Library

This library was both amazing and confusing, in more ways than one. I spent about three hours inside of here taking all sorts of photos. They would not let me use my “big boy” camera, so I had to use my Pixel 2 phone. But hey, I must say, that Pixel 2 phone is pretty incredible. Now I’m using the Pixel 3, and it’s even better!

Checking out Books in the Tianjin Library

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  • Date Taken2018-06-13 14:50:43
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Rainy Evening in Shanghai

Cool Tools with Kevin Kelly

During my 150km hike with Kevin Kelly and a bunch of other awesome people, we took a break to record this podcast below. Kevin has this show called “Cool Tools” where he talks to people about what kind of tools they use. Enjoy!

https://kk.org/cooltools/trey-ratcliff-photographer/

Also, if you wanna see the 360 video I did with Kevin, check this blog post!!

Daily Photo – A Rainy Evening in Shanghai

One of my favorite kinds of photos is to take photos of other people taking photos. I’ve been taking photos for quite a while now, and I see a lot of people just now getting into the sport. I think it is very interesting to watch how people pose other people to try to get the best shot. There’s always some level of confusion as they move people this way and that. The only problem with these sorts of photos is when they see me with a big camera and then think, “Hey, that guy knows what he’s doing, let me hand him my phone so he can take photos of us!” I always say yes, and then I, of course, try my best to get them a memorable photo.

A Rainy Evening in Shanghai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:47:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Laura Troy in Beijing at the Water Cube

Influencer Hats

Speaking of influencer hats (you’ll see one in today’s daily photo), I thought I would include a blurb from the new book I am writing. This is related to this “Influencer Kit” that Nicole S. Young told me about!

Oh, this book is not yet available… still adding the finishing touches.

If you’ve been wondering where to get one of those “influencer hats” or any of the typical tropes, well here’s just what you need. There’s a website at Tomorrowland that offers you all the props you need to take the perfect Instagram photo. The package includes Mohave fedora hat, an Aztec blanket, a set of fairy lights, and a kerosene lamp. I haven’t tested it, but I’m pretty sure that kerosene lamp is battery powered.

There are lots of reviews for these packages. One reviewer, who is “verified” named K***n gives this package five stars and says:
“I’ve been taking pictures for a while now but I just wanted to spice it up a little 🙂 So, I went ahead and bought this pack and I have to say it was one of the best purchases I’ve done towards my hobby. I love playing around with these props to get the best shots and now I can imitate some of my favorite creator’s shots too! I’m so happy. Thank you Tomorrowland!”

That’s some classic K***n right there!

Another review of this Wanderer pack shows how people have become fully immersed in the mass delusion. This one from E***e (also verified) says:
“I was skeptical of the pack at first but went ahead and took the leap. I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I love all four pack items. Definitely a boost to my Instagram game and now people look at me differently when I go out and shoot with these props. It’s like I’ve become a professional. I love it!”

I have to say that it sounds so serious, as if, perhaps, they really had to say it, otherwise it would remain unsaid.

Daily Photo – Laura Troy in Beijing at the Water Cube

Is that an influencer hat I see? Yes! And it’s being worn by Laura Troy, mother of dragons and influencers. I don’t normally feature influencers in my photos, but I decided to do this as an abstraction. We were there on tour with the Ritz-Carlton and spending the day around the Olympic park area. This is the famous “Water Cube” where all the aquatic events were held. I spent a long time here this evening, taking photos all over the place. I started to feel bad, though, because it was getting pretty cold outside. I run pretty hot, like a werewolf, so I never feel the cold. But Laura will get cold in a Starbucks that is 80 degrees, so she was really not in a good place. I eventually tore myself away from taking photos of these radical longboarders to get her back into a warm place! 🙂

Laura Troy in Beijing at the Water Cube

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 23:16:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Fake Music at the Hot Pot in Chengdu

Simon Shackleton

I’m getting to be friends with this DJ now. I’ve always liked his music and we’ve started chatting a little. I first discovered him at Burning Man. Here’s a link to his page on Soundcloud if you wanna have a listen.

Daily Photo – Fake Music at the Hot Pot in Chengdu

This was sort of a funny scene.

People love their hot pot restaurants in Chengdu. If you don’t know, a hot pot is when they bring you a lot of raw meat and veggies and then you dip them into a communal boiling pot. I don’t really enjoy this sort of activity, because it feels like I’m doing too much work at the restaurant. I would prefer, when paying, to have maximum laziness.

Anyway, during dinner, performers come onto a stage in the middle of the restaurant and perform a dance or play music. This lady was playing some Chinese instrument (forgot the name – I’ll call it supine-guitar) and the music was coming through speakers everywhere. I thought she was very pretty so I took a bunch of photos. But then, I looked closer, and I realized the supine-guitar was not hooked into the speaker system and there was no microphone. So she was just faking it. But at least she was pretty, so that was entertaining for a little while.

Fake Music at the Hot Pot in Chengdu

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  • Date Taken2018-06-14 22:27:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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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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 Metal Underpants

Beijing From Above

Below is one of my more popular videos clocking in at a good 1.6 million views! It’s one of my first quad videos. I see SO MANY problems with it. I’ve learned a lot since then… but, I suppose it has its moments.

Daily Photo – The Metal Underpants

I took this photo from a cool tapas restaurant where I had one of my favorite meals in Beijing. I wish I could remember the name to share it with you. I’m a terrible blogger because that’s exactly the kind of information that would be useful to you. I’m really more of a photographer than a blogger, so all my focus was on getting this photo at dusk.

The Metal Underpants

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-12 00:04:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

Galaxy Soho Complex, Beijing, China

This is an 18-story building (3 are underground) that only took about 30 months to finish, in typical Chinese style. It was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Ever since I first saw photos of it on the internet, I wanted to visit!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

There’s something interesting about some of the buildings throughout China and here in Beijing, especially. They have some of the craziest and most interesting architecture in the world, and the vast majority of it comes from Western architects. The Chinese educational system has lacked an emphasis (in the past) on the creative arts, so there was a dearth of innovative architects for many generations. But some city planners decided to make statements by bringing in Western architects that were really able to experiment.

Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

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  • Date Taken2018-06-11 21:55:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

Hot a7R Mark 3 Tip

I should not have gotten extra batteries for this a7R Mark 3! I was worried, I think because the batteries on the Mark 2 were so bad! The other thing I did not realize is that you can charge them in-camera using USB-C. That is perfect since I use USB-C on almost all my devices now. So, I haven’t taken the battery out of my camera in like 2 months! 🙂

Sony a7R Mark 3 Review

Don’t forget to check out my Sony A7R Mark 3 Review!

Daily Photo – Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

On my walk-around day in Beijing before I visited the Great Wall, I randomly walked around the city to visit areas I had never seen before. Beijing can honestly get a bit monotonous after a while, especially in the hot sun. But I still forced myself to move around with my camera because I knew I would eventually find something interesting.

Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-05 16:11:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Longboarding in Beijing

Upcoming Event in San Francisco!

I’ll be heading out to San Francisco tomorrow for about a week to attend this Burning Man Art Auction – The Artumnal! It should be a great event, and I have a few pieces in the auction. I think there are still some tickets available – see you there! All the money goes to Burning Man artists (none for me).

Daily Photo – Longboarding in Beijing

How cool is this gal? This picture doesn’t even illustrate how graceful she was. I guess I haven’t seen a lot of longboarding, but there is almost kind of a dance that takes place while they are rolling from place to place with an occasional stunt thrown in. There were probably over 100 longboarders out. In the background, you may notice the famous “Bird’s Nest” from the Olympic Games.

Longboarding in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 23:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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