Soaring Back Home

Across the Crown Range

If you ever come to Queenstown, there are two short drives I recommend. The first is to Glenorchy, and the second goes through the mountains below (see that green valley?), across the Crown Range, and into Wanaka.

Daily Photo – Soaring Back Home

There was a fresh dump of snow as I was flying back from San Francisco to Queenstown a few days ago. This is the last flight of the day that lands at the little airport with the strange callsign ZQN. They don’t allow any night flights currently because it is such a tight and dangerous landing… but this may change in the future.

Soaring Back Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.1 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

Packing for the USA!

Here’s a silly and random video we made a few hours ago…

Deep Dive Video

Here, you can see me talking a bit more about the bag, the inspiration, and even more! Thanks again to our amazing partners at Peak Design! :) Check the Kickstarter page here.

Dubai Nightwalking

If you do ever make it to one of these very hot places like Dubai or Vegas, I recommend sleeping a lot during the day and staying up a lot at night to take photos. Not only is it cooler, but often everything looks more awesome and the photography comes even easier.

Daily Photo – Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

The water here is not that deep, but it’s very wet, as you’d expect water to be. Sometimes when taking photos I lose track of my surroundings… I almost fell in not once but twice! I had my friend Rene with me and he would have died laughing I’m sure… sometimes I wish I would have just so I could have seen his reaction! :)

Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

The Huffington Post Article

HuffPo published an article all about the upcoming Photo Walks — I did a little interview with them you may enjoy! :)

Again, go here for more: tour.treyratcliff.com

From the Autumn Photo Adventure

I took this photo with our group during the amazing photo adventure a few months ago. Be sure to check out our Photo Adventures page to see if there is anything coming up! :)

Daily Photo – Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

This is the little path that runs in front of my friend’s little cottage you can rent along Lake Hayes. It’s about 10 minutes from my house and really awesome… be sure to look up “The Barn at Lake Hayes” and tell them Trey sent ya!

Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

New Presets for August! Get them while they’re hot!

New Presets!

Every month new presets come out and are half price just for 24 hours to reward those of you hardcore lovers of it that keep coming back! Thanks so much! Pop on over to the Stuck in Customs Store to find out more! :)

What’s in Trey’s Bag?

New and updated! I also updated the Camera Equipment page that lists out my stuffola.

Daily Photo – The View From the Top of the Bar

This is the bar atop the Burj Al Arab, which styles itself as the world’s only 7-star hotel. This bar itself is really cool because it juts way out of the hotel and looks like it would be almost impossible, defying physics. When I got inside, I was really shocked at the outrageous and eye-jamming decor! The drink menu was also like 30 pages and totally outrageous… they even had a drink called “The Burning Man,” which of course I had to get!

The View From the Top of the Bar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Clouds Over Vietnam

Some silly video from Vietnam

In case you missed it, here’s Robot Trey on Snapchat (treyratcliff) after landing.

Daily Photo – Clouds Over Vietnam

Here’s a photo I got out of the airplane window when flying from Ho Chih Minh city to Phu Quoc. As you can see, the sky was pretty crazy, and these are some of my favorite (and quite rare) light situations! I started shooting casually with my RX100, but then when things really started hotting up, I decided to go for the big A7r!

Clouds Over Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length19.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Walking Around the Glacier

Interview with Scoble

See more about the bag on Kickstarter! This was a quick flash interview I did with Robert Scoble in San Francisco… very fun. Be sure to follow Robert over on Facebook too! :)

We’re editing together video now

Stu and I got a ton of footage down south here… the team is editing it together right now! :)

Daily Photo – Walking Around the Glacier

On another daily hike to the glacier, I came around the bend to see this. Besides the massive nature of the ice wall, I think one of my favorite parts might be those soft-looking giant marshmallows of snow along the bottom. Each one of those is quite massive on its own, often towering over me.

Walking Around the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length120.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Rainy Colors in Dubai

Thanks again for the Dubai Photowalk

It was great meeting everyone out there… and I’m very excited about our upcoming 13 photowalks in the USA! Be sure to check Tour.TreyRatcliff.com to find out more!

Daily Photo – Rainy Colors in Dubai

As far as I can tell, it doesn’t rain much here in the city. Rene and I happened to be still out after the photowalk when the rain started to fall. We got pretty excited and started taking photos like cray cray. This is a really cool area of town that goes right along the beach. Over to the right is just a 30 second walk out to the ocean.

Rainy Colors in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

A Quick Pano from Venice

A Review of the Presets

Good man Scott Bourne did a very nice review of the presets on his site on Photo Focus. If you’re still undecided, please go check that out! You can jump right over to the Photomatix Presets page here on the site too.

Making a Quick Pano

Here’s a photo I made with the built-in pano maker on the Sony. It’s very fast and easy! The only downside is that it doesn’t create a RAW file — just JPG.

Daily Photo – A Quick Pano from Venice

This is a cute little side-street off one of the major thoroughfares. I noticed that many of the best canal-bending shots are just a little bit too wide for a normal shot. So you kind of have to go uber-wide with a bit of pano action.

A Quick Pano from Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Aro-Ha from the Trigger Point

Wow!

Thank you all AGAIN for helping us reach such a crazy level of support… holy moly! Here’s the Kickstarter page if you want to join in the fun! :)

HDR Photo

Great Workshop Events!

Over on our workshop page, you can see what’s going on now and in the future. I believe this yoga one at Aro-Ha is sold out, but other offerings should be available soon!

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Daily Photo – Aro-Ha from the Trigger Point

There are countless hikes around Aro-Ha, and this is one of the easier ones, so I am sure the group that we bring there soon will be doing it. You can see the whole Aro-Ha retreat there on the left and the massiveness of Lake Wakatipu on the right. One of the best things about getting up here is not just the scenery, but it’s knowing you don’t have to go up any more! :)

Aro-Ha from the Trigger Point

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Flying Over the Ming Tombs

Want a Deep Deep hardcore dive into the new bag??

This Week in Photo’s Frederick Van Johnson came over to the Peak Design headquarters to get the scoop! You can see his full article on his site.

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!

Quadcopter Photography

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 it!

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.

Flying over the Ming Tombs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/850
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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