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! πŸ™‚

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!

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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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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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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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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

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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.

Copyright Trey Ratcliff www.StuckInCustoms.com

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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The Impossible Library and Passport Sneaky Peaky

Here’s a quick video preview

Starting tomorrow, on “Passport Sunday” you awesome Passport Members are getting the first in a series of photo edits where I sit down with my neighbor Harriett and edit photos. Here’s a video below that shows some behind-the-scenes of today’s photo of The Impossible Library.

Daily Photo – The Impossible Library

The Impossible Library

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 13:53:20
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO158
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring More of the Impossible Library in Tianjin

Don’t miss my Pixel 2 Review

The photo below was taken with the Google Pixel 2. They are not a sponsor or anything and I had to pay full price for mine! But it was totally worth it… They would not let me use a DSLR in the library below, but I think the Pixel 2 did just fine.

Here’s my Pixel 2 Review!

Daily Photo – Exploring More of the Impossible Library in Tianjin

This is the second photo I've published from this amazing place. Tianjin has lots of other great locations too, but I was a bit fixated on this one for obvious reasons. I forgot this lady's name, but she's not a model I hired or anything. I never hire models and just kind of wait for things to organically happen. I saw her walking down the stairs, so I quickly slid into place to take a quick vertical photo. After I took it, she started to giggle, and we exchanged WeChat (the popular service there) info so I could send her a copy of the pic.

Exploring More of the Impossible Library in Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 15:29:40
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A New Quadcopter Video from China!

Flying Over China

I spent a few months in China this year and got quite a lot of quadcopter footage! I made a little highlight video here of some of my favorite scenes… I visited a lot of new places… huge cities like Tianjin and Chengdu (each with about 15 million people – Chicago has around 2 million for comparison). I took around 20,000 photos that I’m going to start feeding into the blog soon.

Here are some handy links…

The music is at: Kalliopestage on Soundcloud.

I have a new Quadcopter/Drone video tutorial up on the store – It’s included for free if you’re a Passport member at https://www.stuckincustoms.com/passport.

Thanks again to the team in the credits for making all of this possible. πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Ferris Wheel in Tianjin

Tianjin was a really cool city and I am a bit bummed out that I only spent two days here! But it's on my list for a return trip. You may remember this city from the crazy library photo I pasted a few days ago. I'd even like to go back to that library! They didn't let me use a real camera, so everything was done with my mobile phone. That worked out okay, actually, but I think if I go back in a few years that my mobile phone will be 4x as good! Anyway, this is the same ferris wheel that you can see in the sunset shot from the video above!

The Ferris Wheel in Tianjin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-14 00:30:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

China Daily Article

While I was in Shanghai, I was interviewed by the biggest newspaper in China, this China Daily. Here is a link to the article. There are a few factual errors in there, but that’s okay… I don’t think anyone there will mind too much, nor will they see this, since I am pretty sure my blog is still banned in China. That is too bad, because I actually have lots of nice things to say about the place and lots of pretty photos of China! Oh well. Here is a link to the article.

Daily Photo – Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

How amazing is this library? I made a special point to go here while in Tianjin, China. It's almost an hour outside the city, but it's totally worth it. There are some secrets about this library I won't tell you, but you would thank me if you actually knew the secrets! Anyway, it was full of lots of young girls who were taking way more selfies than reading books.

Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 14:42:14
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO149
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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