Every week on this same day we bring you a new episode we filmed in Africa! Remember to pop over to our Africa Photo Workshop page if you’re interested in the next one!
As for the video, in this one, you’ll get some fun quadcopter action and a few post-processing tips too!
Daily Photo – Rain on the Bund in Shanghai
When I look back on photos like this, it reminds me to get out and shoot more in the rain! It’s not gonna kill me, ya know? What’s a little bit of water on your head and camera? Both can take it. The head was built to be waterproof as long as you are above the waterline. And sure, you get a little wet, but, in 47 years, I’ve become a total expert at drying myself, right? Maybe one exception is when it is really cold… don’t want to get into the hypothermia zone, like I am probably in right now in Japan!
Hey, this is another great podcast. They talk about so many interesting things… and it turns out that Tim Chang is a fan of my Burning Man photos. This is cool, because it gives us a chance to hang out and just tell each other how much we like each other. Haha… actually I do have lots of questions for him!
Daily Photo – Beautiful Guilin at Sunset
It’s absolutely one of my favorite places, but you really have to be lucky/patient to get the right kind of weather. It’s usually quite dreary and grey. So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got a great sunset! Anyway, I have recently processed this with the new Aurora HDR, so be sure to get that if you haven’t!
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Daily Photo – Walking in Chengdu
I didn’t even realize Chengdu had one of these cool bamboo forests like Kyoto. It might even be a little better because of the red walls that complement the green so well. This was my hostess here, and she offered to act as a model, walking slowly right down the middle. At first, I had a shot without a person, but I think it’s a little better with her in there. I kind of wish she wasn’t wearing that color shirt, but, hey, I’m really looking for stuff to complain about, I suppose.
I feel like this Blade Runner trope is getting old. I wish I had another comparison to make. Fifth Element, maybe? Yeah, either way, even though I am a total introvert, I do enjoy spending a bit of time in these crazy cities. Maybe because I live in a tiny town of less than 50,000, I get overly excited with my camera when hitting these megacities in China.
Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee? I have it almost every day and it provides a very good energy balance through the first chunk of the day. There is a recipe on the official site, but I will reduce the recipe to something more simple. That site seems to be trying to upsell some products. The recipe actually works, but you don’t have to follow their links. Here’s my recipe, link-free:
1) 1 full cup of coffee (made from coffee beans or instant)
2) 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil (available from any health food or bodybuilding shop)
3) 1-2 tablespoons of Unsalted butter
I know it sounds strange to mix butter and oil into your coffee, but it actually helps to slowly deliver the caffeine to your body in the most efficient manner.
Daily Photo – Between Operas
I was in Chengdu near a hot pot place that was entertaining the diners with a little opera variety show. Between shows, the girls would go sit outside and eat snacks, still with all their makeup on. I just kinda sat there and watched them for a while, drinking the whole thing in.
Don’t forget you can click on the “China” category here in the post to see all of my photos from China… I probably have over 100 here on the site, so don’t be afraid to scroll down and click NEXT to see another page full of travel goodness!
Anyway, let’s get started with Episode 1! (And be sure to set a reminder for the next episode here.)
Daily Photo – Fishing in Guilin
This picture is all kinds of fake, and I’m not 100% happy with myself for taking it! You know, most photographers won’t tell you this, but I will. These are not even fishermen, really. I mean, they definitely know how to fish, but they make more money now by being photo-models than fishing… so… why fish? Lots of photographers go down there to get this kind of shot, and I’m not usually one to do the same thing as every other photographer. It just doesn’t seem that original. But, I figured, hey, if I’m gonna do it, let’s see if I can make something unique in my own style. So, in that way, I’m pretty happy with the shot.
I just finished listening to this podcast. It was really good… I like them both a lot… I’m definitely more in Sam Harris’ side in this discussion. I think Russell will come around to his way of thinking eventually.
Daily Photo – Shanghai Skyline
Here’s another shot I took out of my hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton there in Shanghai. It was the end of our Asia tour and I was feeling exceptionally lazy, so sometimes I would just relax in my room, read books, and then lazily walk over to the window and take some photos. I’m not used to being lazy, and it made me feel rather lame, actually. I’m generally much more stimulated when I’m running around doing ten different things. I mean, I can still be quiet and meditate for a while, but, when that is done, I’m ready for extreme action!
Next time I go to Macau, I want to learn more about some of these crazy casino games they have. I’m a big math guy, so I always enjoy learning these games and figuring them out. But they had some of the strangest games they concocted… it might be fun to spend a week there and learn and try to master a different game every day.
Daily Photo – Portuguese Tiles in Macau
I only got to spend one day in Macau, but I tried to use all the time I could to get the drone up for some shots. Macau is a really unique Chinese city because of all the original colonial Portuguese settlers. All these city streets in the old part of the town looked pretty much exactly like their counterparts in Portugal.
Christmas idea – Invite your friends and family to Passport Sunday!
Hey guys, this is a little self-serving for sure, but it is also you-serving! I find that finding good Christmas presents is Very Difficult! I want to give something unique, and never sure what to give. Anyway, why not give the weekly present of the Stuck In Customs Passport?? It’s a fun thing for anyone who is either creative, into photography, or maybe just curious. Today is Passport Sunday, where I release a new video every week… It’s a fun gift because every week, your family member or friend will be reminded of how much you love them! 🙂
And here is the image I created in today’s video… quite a bit of Photoshop gymnastics was required but that’s all part of the fun!
Eliminating Window Glare
Here’s a rather tough edit from an older photo from Chicago where I had quite a bit of glare on the window. That’s perhaps the best part of the lesson, and I clean that up pretty quickly. Most of the end of the video is about me trying to correct the buildings to make them look more upright. That was sort of a bear!
Tianjin is kind of an interesting city and kind of a strange city, like most Chinese cities. All cities there remind me like some kind of parallel universe where people use some of the same rules as Western cities and also do some incredibly random stuff. It’s clear the Chinese have a different aesthetic to city living than Westerners. I’m not saying it’s good or bad; it’s just different. Anyway, Tianjin is one of the first cities I’ve visited that has a ton of bridges crisscrossing the river. Here’s one of the best views from the most centrally located bridge.
Don’t forget you can hover over the daily image (or click on it) to get all the EXIF info you need… like today you might be wondering about how many seconds the exposure was. Well, I’ll save you the time here: 1.3 seconds.
Daily Photo – The Tunnel Under Shanghai
What a cool tunnel eh? I first visited here about eight years ago and got a similar photo. I didn’t end up going back to this tunnel until my final night in Shanghai. I was thinking, oh, why bother… I already have that shot. I wasn’t too enthusiastic, but then I got back in and forgot how fun it was to get these sorts of shots. I like them because you really are not in too much control over how the long exposure will finally look