During the Autumn workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand

Future Workshops

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Daily Photo – During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Here’s one of many stops we made during our amazing week together on the New Zealand Photo Adventure. It’s always an amazing week, and this year the colors seemed better than ever. But I say that every year. I think I forget, you know, how beautiful this place is here in Arrowtown, which is only a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. It seems SO FAR for us locals, but it’s really just a rounding error, isn’t it?

During the Autumn workshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

Air New Zealand Photoshoot on the Hobbiton Movie Set – Behind the Scenes

How did the art director feel about me using a mirrorless camera? What kind of problems did I have on set with costuming? What happened when one of the hobbit-kids freaked out because of the prosthetic feet? What were the challenges in the post-processing?

Join me on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand as I do a photo shoot campaign for Air New Zealand. I almost never do client work, but since NZ is my new home, I made an exception. Besides, I like Air New Zealand!

Daily Photo – Inside the Greatest Temple

You may remember a post from a few weeks ago where I showed the outside of what I consider one of the most amazing temples in the world. It was from Pattaya, Thailand, and one of the most remarkable things is how new it is. Can you believe all this has been built just in the last 20 or 30 years? It’s very Burning-Manish too inside, which is always a plus with me!

Inside the Greatest Temple

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

Lens Correction

This was a little above me when I took the photo, so I used the Lightroom automatic lens correction to true up all the vertical lines. I don’t always do that, but if it is very close to vertical, I want to make it is as good as possible.

Daily Photo – Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

I can’t totally take credit for this shot, as it was found on one of my random wanderings with Rene. He and I would rarely have any kind of a plan other than just meandering. There was always food in the mix. That’s a sure thing with him. It’s truly unbelievable how much food he eats… he’s like a Tardis! Anyway, here’s a little thing that he saw on the way so I grabbed my own photo!

Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

1,000 Stories in Venice

On The New Screen Savers

Here’s the FULL episode, as what follows below is just the bit where I was on. Here’s the full description of the whole episode:

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Megan Morrone, Mike Elgan, Jason Howell, Fr. Robert Ballecer, and Bryan Burnett.

Mike Elgan takes us through the highlights of Google I/O, Photographer Trey Ratcliff talks about The Arcanum and photography with Voice Over Actor Jim Cutler, plus inside the Kickstarter project called Cubit.

And you can find out more about The Arcanum at www.TheArcanum.com

Screenflow Pro

A lot of people ask what I use to record my videos on my computer — I really recommend Screenflow Pro. It’s just a great program and very very easy to use.

Daily Photo – 1,000 Stories in Venice

I walked around a lot of these nights with my friend Rene. It was nice to wander around and see so many other people out and about. I think there were mostly locals around, sitting on steps or bridges, drinking and eating. I was amazed how many people I saw walking around with glasses of wine — very impressive, Italy, very impressive…

1,000 Stories in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Hoping I Don’t Fall Through the Melt Pool

Life Threatening Situations

I don’t get involved with many of these, but I had more than my fair share down in Antarctica. When I would go out alone, they would give me a radio so I could call in if there was trouble. I don’t know what would happen if I fell through the sea ice though… I’m not sure my final radio message would get through!

Daily Photo – Hoping I Don’t Fall Through the Melt Pool

Every night I would go out on a little photowalk around Antarctica. It was just a few miles but it felt like ten with all my gear on. This photo was taken around 3 AM… since it never gets dark there in the summer, things get a little wacky. The sea ice here is melting and you can always hear it cracking under foot. I’m not gonna lie… it’s pretty scary!

Hoping I Don’t Fall Through the Melt Pool

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Vertical Venice

June’s Lightroom Presets are Live!

Jump over to the Trey’s Lightroom Presets Page to see what’s happening this month! Remember, they are half price for you on day one of each new month!

Staying up Late

I’m considering staying up all night during our upcoming Venice Photography Adventure on the final night. I absolutely love staying out late and taking photos. It could be an absolute blast… we’ll see if we have the energy at that stage in the adventure, but I like the idea of it.

Night is often a great time to shoot there because all the streets clear out and it’s very dark and romantic… just don’t fall into any canals!

Daily Photo – Vertical Venice

One of the best times to take photos in Venice is in the early morning. The light plays with the buildings in surprising ways. Also, since most of the city is not a grid-pattern, you never know what you’ll see as you look down one canal or cross the next bridge. It’s like a fabulous Venice-randomizer! Here's one of my favorite angles from one of the morning walks…

Vertical Venice

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Leaving Saint Mark’s Square in Venice

Venice Carnival Photo Adventure February 4-10, 2016 – €15,000 Euros – Sold Out

See the Venice Carnival Photo Adventure page! This is a very special trip to perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities in all the world, Venice. This sold out in 48 hours after we first announced it in our Newsletter, so be sure to sign up for that to hear about this stuff first!

Even though we’re sold out, you can Contact Curtis to jump on Standby List in case of cancellation.

A Secret Entrance in Venice

Not far from this exit I found a really cool old bookstore that reminded me of something from Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. It’s full of all sorts of crazy old books, some in fabulous shapes. There is a sign that is chained across the door that says, “Please Wait for Attendance,” but no one ever comes. There’s a secret button you can push in the upper left just outside that will grant you entrance. So cool! I went in there and got a few gifts to bring home.

A few recent photos from Venice to get you excited…

Daily Photo – Leaving Saint Mark’s Square in Venice

Venice has thousands of tiny alleys that twist this way and that, and before you know it, you end up in another square. This is the biggest square, Ca San Marco, and there are about 7 exits to this square (as with most). Here’s my favorite of them all… as evening falls, this way is the most beautifully lit for another adventure in getting lost on purpose!

Leaving Saint Mark’s Square in Venice

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture20
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Best Rooftop Bars in the World?

I was wondering if there was a good list somewhere. These typically tend to be the best places to take photos because most are open-air, which means you don’t have to shoot through a window. When I visit new cities, I’ve started looking these up more and more, rather than observation decks. Those are often too full of people and too brightly lit, which can cause very annoying reflections!

Daily Photo – Atop the Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

What an amazing place this is! Dubai can be unbearably hot for several months out of the year, so there are many rooftop bars where you can go cool off at night. I reckon this one atop the Four Seasons there is one of the best. On one side is a view of the sea and on the other is a view of downtown Dubai. I brought my laptop up here almost every night to work on photos while having drinks… so fun!

Atop the Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Snapchat Article

Here’s a new article entitled 8 Travel Bloggers You Should be Following on Snapchat.

The Venice Biennale

This was my first time to visit and it was not at all what I expected. Honestly, I had no expectations at all, but I knew a bit about it. For those that don’t know, this is like the Olympics of the art world, or like the Grammys, Tonys, or Academy Awards. It happens every two years in Venice. Many countries have their own permanent buildings that sit dormant for most of the time except for these occasional grand exhibitions.

Daily Photo – Japanese Pavilion 2015 – Key in Hand

This was one of my favorite exhibitions at the Biennale this year. I’m into visually striking things that slightly confuse and massively inspire you.

This is the Japanese Pavilion at the Giardini and it was made by artist Chiharu Shiota. It features thousands of keys, all individually hung by red yarn, connecting boats across the room. Here’s more about the exhibition from the Curator, Hitoshi Nakano:

Chiharu Shiota: “The Key in the Hand”

Hitoshi Nakano Curator, Kanagawa Arts Foundation

Berlin-resident artist Chiharu Shiota creates large-scale installations by stretching yarn across the exhibition space, and produces works out of materials that are filled with memories and traces of everyday life such as dresses, beds, shoes, and suitcases. She is notable for her skilled approach to the large installation format, which has become a special feature of the biennale in recent years. But Shiota’s choice of materials and the spatial structure of her installations maintains a sense of preeminent beauty without losing any freshness or power, quietly permeating our minds and bodies. Shiota’s work, which transcends linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts as well as political and social circumstances, and deeply affects viewers from all over the world, has been presented and esteemed in approximately 200 exhibitions in Japan and other countries throughout the West, Middle East, Oceania, and Asia.

After being confronted with the deaths of several intimate friends and family in recent years, Shiota has converted these experiences into the lingua franca of pure and sublime art without averting her eyes from the reality that all human beings must face “life” and “death” but that each of us must do so individually. At times, Shiota’s work conveys a sense of the “darkness” that is inevitably contained in the “unknown world” associated with death and uncertainty. Even today, four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it is conceivable that viewers from various countries visiting a large international exhibition like the Venice Biennale will be overwhelmed by the “dark” parts of her work due to its associations with a country that has suffered deep physical and spiritual wounds. In Shiota’s work, however, there is a powerful “light” of hope and spiritual brightness that dwells deep within the darkness. This is a light that is inherent not only in the tremendous anxiety that plagues Japanese people but in the precarious state of things all over the world.

In this exhibition, Shiota will integrate the gallery, located on what is essentially the second floor, and the outdoor pilotis on the first floor of the Japanese Pavilion. Upon entering the gallery, viewers will find a space filled with red yarn. Attached to the end of each piece of yarn, suspended from the ceiling, will be a key. In our daily lives, keys protect valuable things like our houses, assets, and personal safety, and we use them while embracing them in the warmth of our hands. By coming into contact with people’s warmth on a daily basis, the keys accumulate countless, multilayered memories that dwell within us. Then at a certain point we entrust the keys, packed with memories, to others who we trust to look after the things that are important to us. In this work, Shiota will incorporate keys as a medium that conveys our true feelings. Moreover, she will place two boats on the floor beneath the yarn and the hanging keys. The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories (i.e., countless keys) pouring down from the ceiling. While struggling and working with the hands, the two boats will move forward through a huge sea of memory as they collect individual memories. Along with a large box located outside among the pilotis that will be used to display a photograph of a child holding a key in the palms of her hands, four monitors will show videos of small children talking about memories from before and immediately after they were born. By listening to them recounting memories from the time of their birth and looking at keys containing an accumulation of memories, we will experience two different phases of memory in the spaces. Prompted by the exhibition, we will discover memories contained within us, some of which will unfold and stay with us, and help us to form links with other people.

I look forward to watching as The Key in the Hand, an installation that forges a link between a space made up of keys, yarn, and two boats, and photographs and videos of children, transcends national, cultural, linguistic, and political contexts, and emotionally arouses countless visitors from all over the world.

Japanese Pavilion 2015 – Key in Hand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai

Interview on Epic Mirrorless

I recently did an interview over at Epic Mirrorless all about my switch to mirrorless. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai

This place made me the most epic gin & tonic ever! First, they only use Hendricks, and second, they infuse it with all sorts of things… they have all kinds of condensers, flames, tubes, hoses, and, well, it all looks like a huge chemistry experiment. It was quite an enjoyable night of taking photos, editing photos, and exploring G&Ts!

Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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