A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Thank You Again

For all the people that come out to our Photo Workshops, I really want to thank you for not only trying so hard, but being so open and ready to learn… some of the kindest, most open-hearted people come on these things. I think that’s a surprising thing to so many attendees — the other participants and how they quickly become close after only a few days!

Daily Photo – A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

We went out with our group from the New Zealand Fall Photo Adventure to see a sunrise, but instead got clouds. Not so bad, I say! I like a good set of blue moody clouds in the morning… you never know what you’re gonna get around here! But you can see those nice bright red and yellow trees in the distance… you can imagine how they look when the sun hits!

A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Finding Secret Spots!

Here’s a video of how I used Stuck on Earth (a free app) to find this place below.

Daily Photo – Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

I lost about five pounds in water weight during this shoot! It happened to be an extremely hot day, but I was still in the mood for taking photos. This spot was actually very close to where I was staying in Bang Saray, so it didn’t take too long to get here… I used the extra time to take photos and get more sweaty!

Getting All Sweaty in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

Drifting slowly towards the Burning Man Photo Walk

Now there’s a little break in the Photo Walks as I get prepped for Burning Man… it’s gonna be great!

As for the photo walk, it will be on September 1. Check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com website for the deets! Of course, since Burning Man is a non-commercial event, we won’t be talking about all the sponsors and that stuff…no ticket sales… none of that stuff… just free love! :)

Daily Photo – Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

One day I was able to get up on the roof of one of the skyscrapers in the CBD area of Beijing. I spent a lot of the time zoomed in as far as I could go. It gives everything quite a different look as it pulls the far away close…

Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length114.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Tip – Cinematic Crop

See the dimensions of the photo below? It’s not a common crop, but I usually like it. If the scene calls for it, you can kind of plan ahead by zooming out more at the time, knowing you’re gonna be cropping off the top and bottom.

Daily Photo – A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Wow, it’s been a long road trip and a long way from home in New Zealand. This photo reminds me of it so much, since this is the area I live in. I was over here with Choppy and Curtis (you can see her helicopter there in the distance). I was just out randomly taking photos when this awesome horsewoman came riding through. It was right out of a movie!

A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

Benji in the Door

And since I had time here to be a bit creative, I asked Benji, my field guide, to go out just beyond the door to strike a stoic pose. I knew it would make the photo more interesting!

Daily Photo – A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

I felt so lucky to spend a lot of time here. Schedules and weather are a bit crazy in Antarctica. You never know how long you’re gonna be somewhere. Shackleton’s hut is not easy to get to and we had to be choppered in. We didn’t know if we’d have an hour or longer. But it turns out we were there for about 12 hours, which was really awesome because we could take our time and get all the shots we wanted.

A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

A great idea for cathedrals!

This place did something I had never seen before. They gave everyone a pretty big mirror you can carry around. You can kind of hold it at your waist and angle it up, so you can look down to see the ceiling instead of looking up. Genius!

Daily Photo – Inside the Guided Mirror Room

See the four mirrors down there on the floor? I was gonna lay out like 50 of them, and I ran back to check my camera to see if they were centered before I added the others. Then, the security guard started yelling at me and rushing over! So I took this photo really fast. (You can see her black visage rapidly approaching on the left!)

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

New Google Glass?

There’s been some rumors of the enterprise edition coming out… I’m really glad they’re keeping the program alive! :)

Daily Photo – Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

Sagoy! I was walking around during a photowalk and saw this traditionally-dressed girl. She was fascinated by the Glass, so I gave her a go… it was really fun to watch her, so took a few photos along the way!

Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

The Making-Of

The creation of my large format photographs in Dusseldorf…

Daily Photo – Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

This is my favorite area to shoot while in this really cool German town. This is kind of the new media center… lots of crazy architecture and strange stuff happening! Check out those crazy frog-people on the right… Oh, Germany!

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

From inside

Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…

Daily Photo – The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

As you can see from the video above, this is a really cool place, but no one is ever there! This is the one other visitor I saw. I think she was also surprised to see me, so we took photos of each other to mark the occasion!

The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

A big Thank You Again!

To everyone that has joined us on the photo walk thus far! It’s just been absolutely tremendous… should we do it again next year???

Daily Photo – Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

This is a pretty epic place… it was also a bit strange because I was there alone, so I was showered with attention. See all those different gins in front of me? That’s a little cart they push around that has Hendrick’s gin infused with all sorts of different things. It was like drinking at an awesome medieval apothecary!

Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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