Wet, Dark London at Night

Reflections

I’ve often thought about how awesome it would be to have a team of people around me all the time, each person holding a huge bucket of water. We could all work together to go wet down an area for a photo. It’s hard for me to think of a time when a dry pavement is better than a wet pavement! Of course, this idea is crazy, until I have my personal robot-bucket army, that is.

Daily Photo – Wet, Dark London at Night

Not far from here, I had a bit of a sketchy moment! Locals will know where this is, and there is a long alleyway with all kinds of intersecting and twisting bridges above. It's an awesome street and absolutely Dickensian! Anyway, I was walking there, and one guy ran up to me and said in a thick accent, “You better be careful around here, people get mugged all the time!” Of course I was thinking this was all a trick and he, or one of his secret friends behind me was about to mug me! Well, no worries… it was all fine after all.

Wet, Dark London at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Lost in the Souk

The finishing touch by MacPhun!

I used MacPhun Intensify to get some of this final sharpness. I use it a lot now… another cool one is MacPhun Tonality which is a quick black&white kinda program I also recommend!

Not having a plan…

…still seems to be one of the best plans of all when going out for an evening of photography. I mean, you can make one decision as to a starting point, but then let it flow from there. That’s what we did here below… I think if we would have had a set plan, we never would have found this incredible place!

Daily Photo – Getting Lost in the Souk

Rene and I had a magical time running around this Medinat and souk area near the coastline of Dubai. We got hopelessly lost and we had to occasionally go into Assassin's Creed mode to get up high to see where we were going! We'd use the distant Burj Al Arab as a beacon. If we kept walking towards that, we could make our way to the beach and back home again.

Getting Lost in the Souk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

Dubai-fest!

Sorry for the multiple photos of Dubai two days in a row! I’m just so excited by the photos there… Also I’d like to thank Dubai Films for their incredible team and support. What a week!

Daily Photo – The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

The city looks like a thousand sparkling jewels at the bottom of the sea, and the Burj Khalifa is the most grand. I have absolutely never seen anything like this in my life and I can't get over how full of awe I was the entire time. I've seen a lot of pretty things, but nothing compares to this. It is probably the same feeling the first hot-air-baloonist had when flying over Paris at night 100 years ago. I took thousands of photos and it will take me a sweet forever to go through all of them, but here is another for you.

The Burj Khalifa from a Chopper

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Live Photo Editing!

Promoting the Landscape Photography Tutorial – Quick Sale!

Like it says in the video, the video and the special deal will disappear in just a few days, when the month ends.

Not long ago, I released a video tutorial series about Landscape Photography Video Tutorial at  – I thought it would be fun to process a photo live on the air!

The Landscape Tutorial is 40% off for a few more days, so that’s a good deal. It is normally $80, so you getting it for $47 is a quite a deal!

Best Version

Here is the best, interactive version to watch. You can do things like jump ahead to certain questions, give thumbs up/down, and more.

Regular YouTube Version

And here is the embedded one you know and love! (Still, I recommend the embedded one above)

Promo for the Landscape Tutorial

Here’s the promo for the full Landscape Photography Video Tutorial!

Daily Photo – While taking the photo

And here's one of the shots I showed during the video… a photo of my while I took the photo I edited last in the video.

While taking the photo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Getting a little higher

I know that title sounds like a little recreational drug use, and maybe it does, but really it’s talking about this quadcopter shot! I got this one with the DJI Inspire, and I pretty much went straight up, maybe about 100 meters or so. But I find the perspective to be maybe just a bit more interesting than the ground-based shot.

Daily Photo – Flying over the Lindis Pass

This is the place most people cross the Southern Alps when getting from one side of the South Island of New Zealand to the other. It's fairly mountainous, but not as rocky and impenetrable as the rest. But in this strange transition zone, all the landscape scenes are just strange and different. I think it is because of the strange weather and erosion patterns… never seen a situation quite like this anywhere else in the world.

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Cute Snowy Seal

Animal Photos

This last year I’ve taken more animal photos than ever before! I quite like it… I like it much more than I thought I would. Maybe I thought it would be boring or too difficult or something. I don’t know what I was worried about. As usual, the worries didn’t add up to anything but a waste of time!

Daily Photo – Cute Snowy Seal

I stayed with this seal for quite a while, watching it roll around and play in the snow. It must have been about 10 meters from me. It would just roll around and get itself snowy, shake off the snow, then go do it all again. It was so fat and ungainly on land that it was comical and cute. I know they are lithe and fast in the water… it kind of reminded me of how I, being the worst of both worlds, am ungainly both on land and in sea.

Cute Snowy Seal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Palm Jumeirah

Live Event Reminder!

It’s right around the corner! I’ll be processing some photos live on the air… don’t forget to check out the live event page!.

Daily Photo – Palm Jumeirah

What a beautiful and amazing place this is! They started building this artificial island in 2001 – and when it is all done, it will add an additional 520 kilometres (320 mi) of beachfront to the coastline. We had the photowalk right over there on the right by the Marina… Thanks again to Dubai Films for hooking us up with a chopper for the day! :)

Palm Jumeirah

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Photo Fashion Party!

Photo Fashion Party!

Come see more at http://shopvida.com/collections/trey-ratcliff

I was really confused when my friend Connie from Vida approached me with this idea! I couldn’t figure out what the heck she was talking about, but then I saw some samples… wow! Their team has taken a selection of photos and abstracted them into these very nice looks. I got a few scarves and gave them to my mom… she loves them!

Here’s a coupon code to use for 20% off: VIDATREY

You can see more options too from other artists, including my friend Karen Hutton at http://shopvida.com/

And here’s more about their vision: http://shopvida.com/pages/our-story

Photographing Dubai… and Join me for a Live Event!

Live Event Soon – Sunday in the US!

Below is a photo that my friend Rene Smith took of me last night here in Dubai while we were shooting on top of a skyscraper. I thought about editing some photos from Dubai live on the air! :) Click here for the event info (It’s free).

Not long ago, I released a video tutorial series about Landscape Photography. I thought it would be fun to process a photo live on the air!

I’ll invite a few people from the Stuck In Customs community at https://plus.google.com/communities/114805630646077487810 to join in as well! :) I’ll be watching all the questions that are happening live as well as taking live questions during the hangout.

Also, I’ll probably edit some of my new photos from Dubai and Germany so you can get a sense of what I do. Anyway, this is a free event… just to give back… hope you enjoy it! :)

Daily Photo – The Yacht Marina in Dubai

What an amazing place Dubai is! I've been taking photos like a man possessed, and only had time to process a few of them. It's really a beautiful place. There are two main areas that are full of buildings. This is the Marina area where we had our amazing Dubai photowalk! Thanks again everyone for coming… this is one I took at the end of the night, as Rene and I were trying to find a taxi back downtown.

The Yacht Marina in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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