White Church from Above

New Deep Dive Video

I’ve had a blast designing and building these bags with Peak Design. Here’s a new update from the team:

Two million dollars! We hit that milestone on Sunday afternoon and we couldn’t be more stoked. Over the past week the campaign has really picked up some steam…we’re now seeing nearly three times as many new backers every day as we did 2 weeks ago. You guys must be telling your friends or something. Absolutely incredible. Thank you, backers, for your continued support and sharing.

Sit down with Peak Design founder Peter Dering and head designer Art Viger as they take you through an up-close, personal, dare we say sensual journey in and around the Everyday Backpack:

On a personal note, I want you to notice how smooth Art Viger’s skin is in this video. It’s incredible. Smooth Dolphin in the Water!

Daily Photo – White Church from Above

When we were on Waiheke Island, we took a fun Heletranz chopper ride over to visit the Man o' War winery. This is the cute little church we saw upon landing. After we landed, we got out the quadcopter and then started seeing everything again from the air!

White Church from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-27 11:47:07
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Evening in Venice

The new Hasselblad Mirrorless Medium Format

I’m patiently waiting for my friends at Hasselblad to send me one for a play! At the same time, I’m interested in trying out the Phase One. It’s gonna be an interesting year of toys! In the meantime, though, I’m perfectly happy with my Sony! 🙂

Daily Photo – Evening in Venice

I feel like I've used that title before, but that's okay. It just sounds kind of romantic, eh? This is when I was shooting with the medium format Hasselblad. Do you see how it has this kind of nice “effect” — I still can't quite put words around it, but maybe you know what I mean.

Evening in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:02:06
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Three new videos to show off the three new bags!

The New Backpack Video

I had a blast working with the team at Peak Design on this project! Here’s one of three new quick videos that show off our new bags on Kickstarter at Peak Design — Here’s some fun facts we just got. This is the most funded active Kickstarter project. These are not only the most funded bags in Kickstarter history but the most funded photo gear ever! Thanks again to all the backers for making this such a huge success – you guys rock!

Check out our new Sling video! I know it appears the guy using this bag is engaged in semi-illegal activities, but just note you can use this bag for completely legal purposes. See more here.

Here’s a nice quote from Peta Pixel:

– “So how popular is the Everyday line of bags? Well, in the first day of being on Kickstarter, the new campaign has already blown past the $500,000 campaign goal and is rapidly approaching the $1 million mark, meaning it’s doing even better than the wildly popular initial campaign.”

and here’s another nice one from The Manual:

– “We have to hand it to the team at Peak Design. They know the Devil is in the details. From careful consideration of space and storage, to materials, to the craftsmanship of the straps and closures, every aspect of their products are on point. As Peak Design says themselves, ‘This ain’t just a camera bag’ “

and one more from Popular Photography:

– “We love camera bags, but it’s not often you see one generate genuine excitement outside the photography nerd set. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag was a runaway hit, however, and now the company is using Kickstarter to expand the line with a Backpack, Tote, and Sling bag option.”

Here are the other two videos…

The New Sling Video

The New Tote Video

Yes sir, Yes sir, Four bags Full! We launched a new Kickstarter with Peak Design.

Visit Our New Kickstarter!

Last year I worked with the great Peak Design to launch the Everyday Messenger on Kickstarter. Raising nearly $5M, it was Kickstarter’s most funded bag ever, and garnered prestigious design awards from National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Popular Photography, IDEA, Carryology and Resource Magazine.

What’s next? Using the iconic Everyday Messenger (EDM) as a foundation, we have spent the last year developing the Everyday bag line: a collection of bags offering unrivaled adaptability, access, expansion, and organization. We proudly introduce our 4 new bags: The Everyday Backpack (in 2 sizes), The Everyday Tote, and The Everyday Sling. (and yes, the bigger backpack easily fits a big DSLR and those three Holy Trinity of those three giant lenses… you know the ones I mean!)

 

PD Screenshot

 

Like the EDM, our new bags also feature weatherproof construction of premium, lightweight materials, all-custom hardware, elegantly clean aesthetics, and a lifetime guarantee. All bags feature dedicated carry for laptop/tablet devices and tripods, and have discreet built-in luggage straps.

 

all-4-bags

 

These bags are Ideal for carrying, protecting, and accessing camera gear, but let’s make one thing abundantly clear: these are way more than just camera bags. They’re Everyday bags—crafted by a team of designers, engineers, and photographers to meet the needs of everyone in the modern world. Adventurers, travelers, commuters, cyclists, parents, and everyone in-between, we made these bags for all of you.

See the new Kickstarter now and pick out your favorite bag (or two!)

 

See the new Kickstarter bags in person at our Workshop Events in Dallas and Denver

I’m currently carrying one of the bags around Denver, getting ready for our workshop here on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to have a close-up look! After that, I’ll be back in my hometown of Dallas for the next workshop. It’s a great all-day experience — both will be held at the amazing Ritz-Carlton in each respective city.

Register now, limited slots are available.

One Day Workshop Banner Allall-4-bags

Daily Photo – The Everyday Backpack!

Here's a photo of the smaller backpack. To find out more, visit the Kickstarter page! 🙂

The Everyday Backpack!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-03 15:03:06
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Antarctica Photo Walk

Updated Tripod Recommendations

See more over on the Camera Equipment page! 🙂

I’ve recently switched tripods, then switched back, then switched again. I’m like the Caitlyn Jenner of tripods, and I’m not proud. But I’m ownin’ it girl.

  • High EndThe TQC-14 Tripod from RRS – I love this tripod. Again, I’ve switched around a lot… but this thing honestly fixes all the gripes I had with previous RRS tripods.
  • BudgetAny 3-Legged Thing Tripod – These are also nice tripods. Yes, they are still pricey but with good quality. There are some very inexpensive tripods out there, but they are so flimsy and you should not waste your time.
  • Daily Photo – The Antarctica Photo Walk

    Here we are around 12 midnight on the main continent. We were there with an incredible research team… and we were kind of the useless artists guys that were just eating all the food. But we did bring the party! This was one of the craziest photo walks ever! 🙂

    The Antarctica Photo Walk

    Photo Information

    • Date Taken2015-01-16 22:40:50
    • CameraILCE-7R
    • Camera MakeSony
    • Exposure Time1/30
    • Aperture9.5
    • ISO160
    • Focal Length16.0 mm
    • FlashOff, Did not fire
    • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
    • Exposure Bias+2

Another Midnight City hike

Long Exposure Tip

If you ever do go the Hasselblad way, you’ll note one of the coolest features is you can set your exposure to be longer than 30 seconds. I think you can set it up to 10 or 15 minutes or something. That’s awesome! I don’t know why all cameras don’t have that natively… there’s this whole 30-second cap thing that’s just rediculous… Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc — they all do it. Sometimes I think there is very little free-design thought in those companies.

Daily Photo – Another Midnight City hike

My first night in Abu Dhabi, I arrived around 7 PM and vowed to stay up all night and take photos. This technique worked so well in Dubai, and I thought I'd experience it again. It turned out that I didn't stay at the most “downtowny” area of the city, so I had limited things to shoot. But one of them was this area, where I tried some very long exposures to see what I got… and I quite like the result. When I got back to the hotel, boy was I tired!

Another Midnight City hike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 03:29:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rain in Milford Sound

The Last photo of the day

Here’s the video from Facebook where we drove down to get this photo!

A photo-quad road trip to Milford Sound in New ZealandJoin me and Curtis and Ruby as we take our DJI quadcopters and Osmo and Hasselblad on a drive down to Milford Sound on the south island of New Zealand! 🙂 Fun fun! See the Phantom Review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/dji-phantom-review/ from DJI

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Monday, March 21, 2016

Daily Photo – Rain in Milford Sound

This is about the only photo we got from the Inspire One quadcopter before we had to bring it down. It was really raining quite hard! I was surprised it could even fly… probably pretty risky but we went for it anyway. The lens was getting wet, but those blades are so powerful that it just kind of blew it dry!

Rain in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 21:20:15
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Standing Guard at the Tomb

Aurora HDR Pro 1.2 is here!

Check it out, Aurora HDR Pro 1.2 has been released with a whole lotta improvements and some sparking new features! 🙂


Here’s one of my favourite recent photos from my family trip that was done in Aurora HDR Pro! Look at all that glow action!

NEW FEATURES:
1.Photos for Mac editing extensions support
2.Leica M Monochrome (type 246) RAW file support
3.Open/Save for .HDR and .EXR image formats

IMPROVEMENTS:
1.Better RAW file handling for Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji images
2.Updates to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins
3.Enhanced masking brush
4.Improved clipping results for overall HDR effect
5.Improved chromatic aberration reduction
6.Better UI support for 11″ and 13″ displays
7.Improved performance and various bug fixes

Well, this day started out great

You’ll read more about it below, but about 30 minutes after this I was in a car crash! My taxi hit another car in downtown Rabat that had run a red light. We t-boned it and I had on no seat belt! Half of me ended up in the front seat with a super-bruised right knee! Everyone jumped out of their cars and it was like a crazy Moroccan street fight. I was thinking I GOTTA GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE! So I jumped out very clumsily, pulled my suitcase from the trunk and limped away for about half a km till I was way out of that area… jumped in another cab, then hit the train station to exit stage left!

Daily Photo – Standing Guard at the Tomb

I was only briefly in Casablanca before moving on here to Rabat, Morocco. The first place I visited here was the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. I arrived way too early and it was closed. So I kind of loitered around… it was my first real day in Morocco so I was just wandering like a babe in the woods… it was so awesome. I made friends with the other guards that were waiting to get in, then I was able to be first and get a few choice shots while everyone set up for the day of guarding the tomb!

Standing Guard at the Tomb

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-01 21:26:41
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Day trip to Milford Sound with the Hasselblad H5D-50c and DJI X5

Another Video!

Here’s a video from just a few days ago when part of our crew went on a road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. I’ve been testing out the Hasselblad H5D-50c and you can see some of my shots in this video! We also had the Inspire (see my DJI Inspire One Review here on the site) with the X5 camera. We had a lot of fun with both, as you’ll see. Anyway, enjoy the video! 🙂

Daily Photo – Tree in Wind

And here's one of the photos I nabbed on the way… I jumped over a fence and did a little jig through a field to get to this spot.

Tree in Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 02:34:47
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-22 04:03:19
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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