The Painted Elephant

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Daily Photo – The Painted Elephant

I am pretty sure the elephant is my favorite animal there in Africa. It was so fun to watch them walk around. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed it! Something else very interesting that I found out — there are over 90,000 elephants in Botswana. That's quite a few! I thought there were less for some reason… but you absolutely see them everywhere. Every turn around a bank of trees has a good chance of seeing elephants. It was so fun…

The Painted Elephant

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Kolmanskop and a New Facebook Page

New Facebook Page!

We’ve started a new Facebook Page for Trey Ratcliff! I’m moving it all off my personal page over there… so stop by and have a Like! :) We’re doing a special week-long event there, and it ends with an AMA, so stay tuned! :)

New Visual Interview with Adobe

I did an interview with Adobe… but it’s kind of a cool interview because they asked me to answer each question with a photo!

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Kolmanskop

This is an amazing place! It's an abandoned diamond mining town near Lüderitz in Namibia. The nearby desert has blown in and covered the entire town with sand dunes. It's so wild there! This is the first of a TON of photos I took while there… I'll post more here soon.

Kolmanskop

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Air New Zealand, Behind the Scenes

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I did a fun photoshoot with Air New Zealand, and some of the photos are just now starting to come out. We also made a cool behind-the-scenes video there, which we will release for free to newsletter subscribers (which is also free!)


HDR Photo

Here’s one of the unofficial, behind-the-scenes photos I took in between scenes… That’s Rosanna there – I love the elf ears!

rosanna1

Daily Photo – The Seats on Air New Zealand

I set this shot up in New Zealand… it was pretty challenging to shoot, but you'll see more in the behind-the-scenes video! But I'm very happy with the way it turned out…

The Seats on Air New Zealand

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Sunset in Southern China

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Southern China

This was one of my favorite areas to visit in China a few months ago. And, even better, we were treated with a truly remarkable sunset. Sunsets like this don't happen there much, so I felt very lucky to be in the right spot at the right time. It was certainly hard to get up to this position… many cuts, bruises, and lots of blood was spilled to get here. But I forgot about all that quickly enough.

Sunset in Southern China

Sunset in Southern China

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Reflections at Milford Sound

Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Five!

Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer!

Here’s some footage taken with Google Glass while recently in Japan. You can also see me shooting my friend Lindy Nsingo in the middle of the busiest intersection in the world. At the end, I have a little slideshow of my favorite shots from the area. You can see the full-screen versions of all these photos right here.

You can also see my friend Brian Matiash trying sushi for the first time… some craziness at a Marble Slab Creamery, some street photography in Harajuku, and other random things like me breaking into a maid cafe because I was too lazy (and embarrassed) to stand in line!

Tide App?

Does anyone know of or use a good app to keep track of tides near your location? I always forget to check when I am near beaches… and then I get there and wish there was a quick way to look! It would be even better if it could download the info and it was available offline since I often don’t have internet at remote locations!

Daily Photo – Reflections at Milford Sound

One of the coolest bits of visiting Milford Sound is all the little reflection pools that appear in low tide. It's usually hard to get a perfectly clear reflection of Mitre Peak off the waters of the fjords because of winds. Sometimes in the morning it is still, but usually not. But there are at least ten or so of these little reflective pools around and about. On this particular day, I was lucky to get that moon in position over the peak! What are the odds?!?! Not high I tell you!

Reflections at Milford Sound

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture13
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Dragon Teeth

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Down below I mention that I have several shots from Milford Sound here on the blog. Don’t forget you can click on “Milford Sound” right under the title there to see all the photos!

Daily Photo – Dragon Teeth

You've now seen me post MANY shots from Milford Sound down here on the South Island of New Zealand. It's such an awesome place, and I enjoy trying to do “new” photographic things while down there. As you can imagine, there's nothing wrong with a straight-up shot, but I thought of this sort of idea on my most recent sojourn down there!

Dragon Teeth

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Walking on an Alien Surface

A great blog post

Here’s a very nice blog post about Being Brave from Marjorie McDonald. Thanks so much Marjorie! She’s one of the lucky Apprentices to get into The Arcanum and her Master is the great Ron Clifford!

New Post on the Flatbooks Blog

Did you know that we started a new blog over at Flatbooks? We’re posting articles full of tips & tricks from our authors over there. A new one just went up from Scott Wyden Kivowitz on neutral density filters.

We also have a new Facebook page as well – make sure you follow it to get all the latest!

Daily Photo – Walking on an Alien Surface

I don't know if I could ever find this place again! But wow, it was so cool!

I was about 25 minutes outside of Te Anau, and I pulled over to take a break. I walked over a little hillock and saw this massive sea of hot yellow sponge on the ground. It was amazing! It was SO SOFT to walk on… each footstep had me sink down about 2 inches! It then sprang back up, good as new. I even laid down on it for a while to watch the clouds soar overhead… oh New Zealand, you are full of surprises!

Walking on an Alien Surface

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hay it is Flooding

Beaming Into the Geekhouse

Here’s a video clip of an appearance I made a few weeks ago when I virtually visited Cali and John at their new Geekhouse. Here’s more on their website!

Daily Photo – Hay it is Flooding

Okay that may be one of my dumbest photo titles ever, but I'm gonna stick with it.

We had a ton of rain here in Central Otago at the end of winter so there was quite a bit of flooding. Flooding is the wrong word, really… it never really got into houses or over roads or anything… just a TON of ponds everywhere because it is so hilly here. I was driving by this area and saw the hay with the perfect reflections, so I jumped out of the car to try to find a good angle on things…

Hay it is Flooding

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Into Skipper’s Canyon

The Arcanum, a Game Changer

Molly Kate, one of the Apprentices in The Arcanum, just wrote a beautiful piece all about her experience on her blog. Wow! Thanks so much Molly – that means a lot to all of us!

From Molly Kate's blog post at http://thingsthatkeepyoudreaming.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/the-arcanum-a-game-changer/

Daily Photo – Into Skipper's Canyon

I'm embarrassed to admit two things. The second I just realized.

The first is that this place here, Skipper's Canyon, is literally 15 minutes from my home here in New Zealand and it took me over a year to find it! I felt so lame when I finally realized where it was and why people talked about it so much. It's worthy of a lot more exploration I think!

The second thing I just realized is that my whole life I've never really spelled “embarrassed” correctly. If it wasn't for that red squiggly, I would always mess it up!

Into Skipper's Canyon

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

A Pair of Winter Trees

Five Days of New Tips/Tricks Videos on the Blog! Day Four!

Let me know if you have any questions… happy to answer!

This was shot inside the Beijing Planning Museum. This sounds like a boring place eh? But it’s not! You can see how I chose to compose this shot…

Processing like Cooking

I had a great time processing this photo. I had no idea what I was going to do with it and started with half an idea. I’m not sure I could ever process this photo exactly like this again… I try new stuff all the time. I was thinking that processing photos is a lot like cooking food in that you never get exactly the same dish twice. But maybe my processing is much more extreme than that! I dunno… anyway, perhaps it is an apt analogy.

Daily Photo – A Pair of Winter Trees

I don't know what drew me to these trees! I was driving around with some friends and suddenly I pulled over and jumped over a fence to go to these trees. I'm sure my friends thought I was crazy! Maybe it's because I've been looking for an interesting pair of trees by themselves for so long. Anyhoo, I was obviously super-happy to find these two!

A Pair of Winter Trees

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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