Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Macau Gambling

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.

Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 16:42:53
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/560
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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Bridge Views in Tianjin

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! 🙂

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!

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Daily Photo – Bridge Views in Tianjin

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.

Bridge Views in Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 00:16:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Tunnel Under Shanghai

EXIF Info

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

The Tunnel Under Shanghai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 02:01:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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.

Copyright Trey Ratcliff www.StuckInCustoms.com

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

Photo Information

  • 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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