I find myself using Tripadvisor more and more on trips to find hotels and places to stay. It’s a very handy resource, I must say… and it gets stronger every day with all the community feedbac
Daily Photo – Exploring Every Possible Path
There’s a little town beside Yangshuo and I can’t quite remember the name right now! But it was full of these tiny little alleyways and tunnels that darted this way and that. Here’s a quick scene I captured while there…
This is where I first came up with the idea of crazy presets… It’s because I walked around the first Burning Man with these orange goggles that made everything look like this. I then set out to see if I could re-create the effect in Lightroom… and from that point, I was hook
Daily Photo – Hello Farmer Friend!
Here’s a very out-of-the-way place on a little river that feeds into the Li River. We walked along it for a while, and even boated along it. It was really awesome to see this guy crossing over the river with his animal on this old bridge… well it could be new! I don’t know… things like this in China could be very old or very new and just quickly-run-down.
Drifting slowly towards the Burning Man Photo Walk
Now there’s a little break in the Photo Walks as I get prepped for Burning Man… it’s gonna be great!
As for the photo walk, it will be on September 1. Check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com website for the deets! Of course, since Burning Man is a non-commercial event, we won’t be talking about all the sponsors and that stuff…no ticket sales… none of that stuff… just free l
Daily Photo – Into the Hazy Air in Beijing
One day I was able to get up on the roof of one of the skyscrapers in the CBD area of Beijing. I spent a lot of the time zoomed in as far as I could go. It gives everything quite a different look as it pulls the far away close…
Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…
Daily Photo – The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum
As you can see from the video above, this is a really cool place, but no one is ever there! This is the one other visitor I saw. I think she was also surprised to see me, so we took photos of each other to mark the occasion!
This is actually a really good interview… Fred is great… and you get to find out a lot more about Art, one of the great people behind the bag from PD!
I took this with the GoPro that was attached to the Phantom 2. I absolutely love taking photos from the sky… maybe I’ll get tired of it some day, but I doubt i
Daily Photo – Flying over the Ming Tombs
Just north of Beijing is a long vertical series of buildings that leads to the Ming Tombs. It’s not exactly convenient to get here, but it’s a nice walk and interesting visit along the way. In many regards, these Chinese temples are all pretty much the same. I try not to be jaded like that, but there really is little variation in each one. They are all striking and interesting, yes, but in many ways they are quite cookie-cutter. But I guess that’s why they are so in many places, like Starbucks… you kinda know what you’re gonna get.
You have no idea how much trouble I’ve had getting visas into China. Visas are such an antiquated system, and I can’t believe they still exist in today’s world. I know they are ways to get extra money and keep track of you, but there are much more efficient means for doing this nowada
Daily Photo – Alone in China
This is absolutely one of my favorite photos from the past year, but I don’t think anyone else likes it as much as I do.
100 points to whoever can figure out the name of this store! 🙂
Daily Photo – Crazy Model and Curio Shop in Beijing
I have a bad habit of walking by a lot of stores that would probably be interesting to explore. I’m often out shooting in the streets, the architecture, the everything… and once you pass a few storefronts, you end up passing more and more. But this place was a real treat — I’m glad I decided to go inside!
Which one is your favorite, or which ones have you seen? After a while, they all kind of blend together or me. I guess my favorite was “O” that I saw at the Bellagio in Vegas a few year
Daily Photo – Crazy Chinese Opera-Circus-Thing
I was invited to this crazy scene in Beijing. I knew it was gonna be intense before I went, but I did not anticipate the weirdness of it. And it wasn’t a good-kinda weird like Cirque de Soliel. It was the strange-kinda weird where you feel like it was designed by somebody completely insane. Everything was happening all the time… a lot of dangerous stuff too — I have a feeling the Chinese have less stringent safety standards than in the west.
Be sure to visit Trey’s Texture Tutorial to see how I make these kinds of photos. They are very fun, and anyone can do it!
Daily Photo – The Tapestries of China
This whole area around Guilin has become one of my favorite areas to visit and explore in China. The shapes around here are epic and timeless, and they put me in quite a creative and contemplative mood!
These birds below, the cormorants, are used to fish in an unusual way. They dive into the water to catch a fish, but they have a ring around their neck to prevent them from swallowing the big fish. The fisherman then yanks the fish out of their mouth and throw it into that basket there. Seems kinda cruel but clever, I suppose.
Daily Photo – Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China
Here in the Guilin area of southern China, you can see this sort of fishing activity. It gets a little touristy, because whenever one of these guys is about, there can be many photos taken! But I thought this guy looked like a real badass — like he could fish at the same time he was kicking your ass, which is a super duper combo!