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Favorite Photos from the Newsletter

Since we’re all waiting around on the big announcement… I thought I would share some of my favorite images that have gone out with previous newsletters! :)

Through The Mists of Milford Sound The mornings are the best in Milford Sound, I think. I’ve been here about seven times now. Even though I had one amazing sunset, I think that the mornings tend to have better luck for photos. Note this is all anecdotal, and I’ll be more sure after I visit 100 times, which I plan to do, by the way! It’s only a few hours from my home… I really have no excuse, do I?- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Romantic Evening in the AlpsThe best time of day.  (To me.)When you are in a new place and there are too many things to see and do.  There are too many places to eat and explore.  There are too many streets and alleys to visit and photograph.  This is a good thing.  It is a nice feeling of being overwhelmed by it all.  So, in these times, there are no bad decisions.  Just go whichever way the night takes you... get lost and find pretty little things.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds I had a wonderful evening with Eden Brackstone, even though he uses a Canon.  I can overlook these trifle matters, but I do not forget them lightly.We were in Gibbston, New Zealand, about 20 minutes from Queenstown.  After a wonderful dinner with his delightful family, I popped out onto his farm to shoot some HDR.  He started recording video on his aforementioned Canon-thing, and put together the little dealio at the link below.  Enjoy!Here is the final photo that was taken just before I we started recording the video.- Trey RatcliffSee the video here at Trey Ratcliff's travel photography blog, Stuck in Customs.

The Chinese Technopolis How boring does the "Beijing Planning Museum" sound?  Very!How surprisingly awesome is the "Beijing Planning Museum"?  Very!The museum features a few giant city-models.  And I mean GIANT!  You can get a sense of the size of this thing by looking at the waist-height red rope around the outside.  Not only is this a fully detailed model, but each of the buildings light up individually in a cascade, corresponding to a dreamy Chinese voiceover.  The voice describes each sector of the city and what makes it unique.  There is music playing in the background that I could have sworn was the same music as "Jurassic Park", so that was a very strange addition to the scene.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Magical CaveThe Baths on Virgin Gorda are filled with many tiny little caves here and there. For some, you have to crawl through sand or swim to get there. This one was one of the tightest and one of the most awesome! I thought it would be a great place to take a photo… I first went inside here with Justin Troupe and it was so awesome, I decided to return inside with my camera!Because the light levels were so extreme in here, I went with a 7-exp shot in this situation.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Alone at the Raging Waterfall of Gulfoss After two weeks of being alone I was getting a bit, shall we say, lonely. I was getting in the habit of waking up around 4 or 5 PM, having a leisurely dinner, and then jumping in the car to explore new parts of Iceland throughout the white nights.  On this particular day, I decided to head deep into the center of the island.  My goal was to go to the parts where all the major roads do not.Along that path, I arrived here at Gulfoss about 11 PM.  I've been here many times before, but there was always a few people around admiring the falls.  This time, I was alone.  It's so strange walking around a place like this while the sun is setting and no one is around.  The feeling is like those apocalypse movies where all humans have just disappeared...  just me... my gun... a trusty dog... maybe a few Icelandic elf-zombies lurking about...  the more and more time I spend alone, the more reasonable this begins to sound...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Adventuring in the Valley Argentina is gorgeous.  Have I said that before?  Doesn't it go without saying by now?You really get to know a set of mountains when you have to hike around them.  Fortunately, in the middle of these death marches, I was able to stop and drink in some of the scenery.  It took a lot longer than necessary to get to the destination, but at least I arrived with a camera full of photos.  That beautiful peak in the distance is Fitz Roy.  I was very lucky to see it, because 90% of the time it's covered with clouds.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo I stopped at Lake Tekapo on the way to Christchurch for the great event there. Jason Law had told me all about the lupins here, so I was keen to see for myself! It was good to meet Jason and his crew there for a bit of shooting at sunset!I enjoyed this spot so much that I came back on my drive home from Christchurch. And, if I were to speculate, I think I’ll visit this place about 1,000 more times!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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