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

Photo Information

  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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On the Bund in Shanghai

Google Keep!

Hey, I’m going to recommend Google Keep for note-taking. I used to use Evernote, but I find it a bit too cumbersome. And, it’s constantly telling me to update and send them more money. I thought I was a paying member, but one day it locked me out and would not let me add more notes. Confused, I went over to Google Keep. Note this is not a paid sponsorship or anything… I just really like it!

Daily Photo – On the Bund in Shanghai

You don't know how difficult it was to get this photo! It seems pretty easy because there is an entire mile of railing on the Bund side that looks across to the Pudong side of Shanghai. But, on this evening (the evening of the photowalk), people were stacked 6 deep along the railing. And not just any people. Chinese people. Their stacking density is 4x normal cultural stacking density. The means that getting up to the front with a giant tripod was a bit like a salmon trying to swim up a waterfall. And none of them knew any English, so I had great trouble explaining I was only going to be there 30 seconds and they can get back to their normal uncomfortable situation.

On the Bund in Shanghai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-17 23:12:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Mighty Bridge in Chengdu

Delaying Scotland

Right about now I was supposed to be in Scotland for an epic adventure! But it looks like it’s gonna be postponed a few months. I’m kind of bummed out about that, but I assume Scotland won’t change too much in a few months. I’m looking forward to seeing Stu as well. Stu, don’t drink all the whiskey in Scotland before I get there! ๐Ÿ™‚

What will Stu be doing instead?

He’ll be fuelling himself with Irn-Bru and haggis before sorting things out for the Aurora HDR 2019 launch! There is only about 24hrs left to pre-order and get all of the bonus items with your purchase. Check out the video below to see just how great it works with single RAW files and then grab Aurora HDR 2019 here.

Daily Photo – The Mighty Bridge in Chengdu

Man, these Chinese really know how to add a bit extra to their bridges. I can't figure out if it had some kind of a military advantage. It must have. In Europe, some of the biggest castles are on the waterways so they can charge taxes and enforce the flow of foreign boat traffic. I can only assume it was the same in China. Except, in China, many military installations are like this one, right on TOP of the river. It's not easy to sneak through there.

The Mighty Bridge in Chengdu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-15 00:39:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length61.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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More Selfies in China

A New Interview

Here’s a new article from Lightfoot Travel called “Around the World with Photographer Trey Ratcliff” that you might enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting A Little Deeper Into the Festival Presets…

… which are not just for festivals!

Daily Photo – More Selfies in China

Wow, they are selfie crazay there! They do it so often, I started to make a little sport of taking photos of Chinese girls taking selfies. No one ever seemed to mind. One of the best things about their selfie-taking is that they are very very slow and they stay in the same position for like five minutes. This gives me more than enough time to move around and try to get interesting shots like this one! Again, this isn't a portfolio shot or anything… I think it's just these little fun composition games that photographers play.

More Selfies in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 17:19:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Moody Night in South China

Thanks Again

I wanted to thank my awesome art collectors for helping make Series 1 such a success. Below is another photo from this same area of Guilin. It was the very first work to sell out. One fun thing for collectors is that, since there were only three sold, they now have the chance to re-sell them into the secondary market.

Poking The Front Of Your Face Through The Veil

Giving Architecture Photos Some OOMPH!

Here is another quick video about Aurora HDR 2019. This time focusing on how the new HDR Engine has greatly enhanced quality for anyone doing architecture photos. Right out of the box, no more nasty halos just nice crisp edges!

Daily Photo – A Moody Night in South China

Right when Tom and I got to Guilin, a big storm hit. We had scouted this mountain (well, big hill) we could hike to the top of for sunset shots. It was hot and humid and you could just tell rain was on the way. And then the lightning started to hit everywhere and we realized we were going to the highest and most dangerous place in the city. Everyone else was running down the path while we were running up!

A Moody Night in South China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-03 00:34:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length61.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Night time in Beijing at Olympic Park

First Video form Beijing

Here’s one of my first quadcopter videos I ever made. I don’t really like the way I edited it, but, it’s okay. Anyway, it has over 1.6 million views, which isn’t so bad!

Daily Photo – Night time in Beijing at Olympic Park

I was really impressed by how there were thousands of people walking around at night at the Olympic Park in Beijing. The Olympics were there in 2008, right? Usually, Olympic areas are pretty much abandoned after. I think I heard the ones in Brazil are being taken over by drug gangs or something. Anyway, that's not the case here. Everyone was walking around and very happy. I can't figure out WHAT they were actually doing. They seemed to be in a random amble.

Night time in Beijing at Olympic Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 00:14:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Spending the Night Under the Stars on the Great Wall

Updated Gear Page

Pop over to my Kit page at Kit.com/TreyRatcliff to see all the latest goodies. I try to keep that refreshed every month or so with new stuff.

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!

Copyright Trey Ratcliff www.StuckInCustoms.com

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

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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

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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

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