Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

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Wild Great Wall

Just right by where we slept, I got the quadcopter up nice and high so you can see how wild some parts of the Great Wall have become!

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Daily Photo – Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

This is the last picture I took of our little cozy tents before we drifted off to sleep. I didn't end up getting a great night of sleep that night, but I technically slept, I think. That was especially tiring after an entire day of hiking in blazing heat. Even worse, Tane and Curtis were with me and they had just gotten off a plane the same morning!

Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-07 01:40:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hong Kong Party

Hong Kong from Above

In the video below, you’ll be seeing a little bit of Hong Kong action. My favorite scene is that one shot of the yacht that’s been abandoned in the middle of government housing.

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Party

This was taken on our first night in Hong Kong when they threw a big party for us at the Ritz-Carlton there. It was the beginning of our Asia-Pacific leg and all the wonderful ladies from that location put together a really nice soiree there in the bar on top of the hotel. The funny thing was, they did it right at sunset, so I kept leaving the party for 5-10 minute stints to go take photos!

Hong Kong Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-12 23:47:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Bund in the Rain

A Little Intro to Aurora HDR 2019

Here is a little video we put together for the Aurora HDR Pre-Order launch. If the idea of low noise, no halo HDR images appeals to you, then check it out here where you will also get loads of pre-order bonuses.

Moo Cards

If you’re looking for really cool business cards, try Moo Cards. I love it because I can upload dozens of photos and then each card is unique. It’s kind of fun to give people your card and splay them out so they can pick their favorite photo!

Daily Photo – The Bund in the Rain

One of my favorite things about Asia is you can ask anyone in public to do anything at any time and they will say yes. This comes in very handy for trying to set up a shot! For example, I was here taking photos of this amazing reflection of the Bund in Shanghai in the rain. People were walking around with umbrellas, but they were moving too fast for me to get a good exposure. There were a couple of girls taking photos of one another and I went over to offer to take their photo together. After that, I asked if this girl would walk slowly with her umbrella. She was excited to do that… I generally find if you're really nice to people and ask them to do things they always say yes.

The Bund in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:38:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Outside Armani

Discover Weekly on Spotify

I’m sometimes a big fan of this, and sometimes not. I can’t figure out how the algorithm works. It probably has no grip on my music tastes at all, because I listen to everything from EDM to Oldies. There’s plenty of music I don’t actually like to listen to, and that seems to be the type of music it suggests! It used to do a great job of recommendation, but now it’s kind of all over the place.

Daily Photo – Outside Armani

Here's an example of one of the hundreds of photos I take every day and usually don't publish. In this one, there are a bunch of low-paid Chinese laborers repairing bricks outside of an Armani store in Beijing. It's actually one of the biggest Armani stores that I've ever seen. It was enormous. I shared this photo on social media, and absolutely nobody liked it. Hey that's okay. If you're passport member, then maybe you saw the video where I talk about taking photos that are interesting to yourself, not necessarily to other people.

Outside Armani

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 17:10:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Clowning Around in Beijing

God of War

Time for another game suggestion! I recently started playing God of War on the PS4 and it’s pretty crazy-awesome. I don’t do a lot of action-y games like that, but it’s still worth it. The story is good, I guess… maybe a bit harsh because this kid’s mom dies, he burns her, and then his dad makes him go out and hunt while her body is burning and yells at him the whole time because he’s not killing deer the right way. I’m like jeez, give the kid a break!

Daily Photo – Clowning Around in Beijing

My very first day in Beijing I dedicated to 100% street photos. I had a lot of energy (I often do after getting to a new place), and I decided just to randomly walk all around the city. Well, not around the whole city, but mostly around the Drum Tower area. There's always a lot of action and stuff to see there as well as many hutongs to get lost inside. Anyway, just before I was going to stop for lunch, I saw this interesting scene unfold right in front of me.

Clowning Around in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-05 18:03:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Abandoned Ships in Sanya

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to my #1 Fan! πŸ™‚ Thanks mom! πŸ™‚

Processing the Sunrise

Here is another video which was shared with Passport members previously. On the blog yesterday, you saw me taking this photo. Today, watch me process it in a few different ways. A bit of Aurora, a bit of Lightroom and a bit of Photoshop. It’s all going on here! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Abandoned Ships in Sanya

Well, I don't know if these are actually abandoned, but they certainly appear to be so. On my final night in Sanya (which is a small island off the coast of China), I took the drone out over a bunch of ships that were anchored off the coast. I had seen them a few times, and I wondered what they were doing out there. It turns out they were doing absolutely nothing. It was kind of like a giant parking lot for boats that are no longer useful.

Abandoned Ships in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-19 18:37:18
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mild B&E in Tianjin

A Beautiful Sunrise

Here’s a video that shows a really amazing sunrise out in front of my home here in New Zealand. For this sunrise, I was using the good old Hasselblad! Tune in tomorrow on the blog to see how I processed the photo! πŸ™‚

The new bag is still killin it!

Go visit their Kickstarter page to see all the features for yourself!

I’ve been checking in every few days to see how the new bag is holding up over there. Pretty good! People seem really excited. Remember, now is the best time to get this because you get a discount AND you get your bag first!

Daily Photo – Mild B&E in Tianjin

This was a heck of a cool city, and I would love to spend more time here. We met a local photographer who really enjoyed a bit of breaking and entering of office buildings to get unique angles. To get into this place, we had to come in some back entrance at the bottom of the building then take the service elevator up. There were all these other people on the elevator too, so we had to act like we knew what we were doing (I did not). After we got close, we got off the elevator then went up several flights of service stairs until we reached the right level. Well, we were on the wrong side of the building, so we had to duck, climb over, and crawl through all matter of ductwork and electrical cables until we finally got to the very edge of the building. I'm glad I'm not too afraid of heights!

Mild B&E in Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-12 23:55:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A 360 Video from the Tianjin Library

A Cool Video for Passport Sunday!

Today, exclusively for Passport Members, you get to see me carry around this 360 video cam and talk about the sort of shot I’m trying to create. I ended up going a slightly different direction, but it was nice to come back with so much raw material to work with. A funny story about this little 360 camera… when I walked in, they made it very clear no cameras other than mobile phones are allowed. I assured them this was not a camera and simply a small “starter” vibrator.

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Copyright Trey Ratcliff www.StuckInCustoms.com

A 360 of the Tianjin Library

There is a secret thing about this library that I can barely bring myself to tell you. But, that’s not actually what this video is about. This talks a lot about the photo that I am attempting to accomplish in this library without it being so far away that you don’t even realize you are looking at a library.

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Light Projections in Hong Kong

Amazing Light Projections

Not far from here, over in Sydney, they have a yearly festival where everything gets lit up in crazy ways. This was the winner from a few years ago… prepare for mind blowage. By the way, the music is “Set in Stone” by AMB.

Daily Photo – Streaming Light in Hong Kong

Every night in Hong Kong they do a light show here at the waterfront. Note this post-processing effect here is not the light show, lest you be confused. Anyway, I got all in position ready for a crazy light show, and I thought it was actually kinda lame. It didn't seem very coordinated and I think it would have been better with some kind of music. You know, like when the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas are timed to music. It would also be cool if all the buildings were like some kind of a giant equalizer that showed bass, midtones, and treble bouncing up and down to the music. Anyway, I've got all these great ideas for these megacities… maybe in some of these Chinese cities where the government has a lot of control, they can force this to happen… It would be cool if China appointed a Minister of EDM.

Streaming Light in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-13 03:06:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Three Sisters

Pudong on Video

See these three buildings in today’s photo? You can probably pick them out in this new video below. Just look for the three tallest ones in Shanghai. I think I show them 2 or 3 times in this video.

Daily Photo – The Three Sisters

I'm not 100% sure that these three buildings in Shanghai are called “The Three Sisters” but I will continue to call them that because I like the ring of it. They are three of the tallest building in Shanghai, and they're all clustered together in Pudong. This photo was really difficult to take because it was raining at the time… it's not exactly easy to keep the rain off your lens when you're aiming straight up! I could only go as wide as 24mm here, and I wish I would have had a lens that let me get down to 12mm or so, as I think it would be a much more impressive shot. Still, it's okay, I think.

The Three Sisters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 04:14:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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