The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Set Design

I don’t know how these guys come up with the idea and the know-how to actually build this stuff. It’s very impressive! You can see a little bit of that know-how at work in this video, especially with all the gardeners and everyone working to make things look perfect!

Daily Photo – The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Remember this little road from the beginning of the first LOTR when Gandalf was on the cart along with Frodo? What a great scene… it brought back all the memories while walking around here. I can’t believe these places are real!

The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone in China

The Last Teaser Video

No need for more teaser videos… since the Kickstarter is less than 48 hours away! Check out http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/kickstarter

The Chinese Visa System

You have no idea how much trouble I’ve had getting visas into China. Visas are such an antiquated system, and I can’t believe they still exist in today’s world. I know they are ways to get extra money and keep track of you, but there are much more efficient means for doing this nowadays.

Daily Photo – Alone in China

This is absolutely one of my favorite photos from the past year, but I don’t think anyone else likes it as much as I do.

Alone in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

New Sponsors and Prizes for the Photo Walks!

There are a bunch of great sponsors and prizes you’ll want to check out over on the Photo Walk Tour page!

Chromecast

I was wandering around here taking photos and a couple was also there. Turns out they were about to be married inside of here and they were checking it out. They asked my name, and I said, “Trey Ratcliff.” They said, “WAIT THE TREY FROM CHROMECAST!” haha I was laughing… “Yes, I suppose,” I said! 🙂

Daily Photo – Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

This last autumn here in Queenstown, we got quite a few surprise snowfalls. They change everything, and I try to do everything I can to get out and shoot. This place is very close to my home, so I try to get here on occasion.

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture20
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

And here are the new city Photo Walk Rankings! Don’t miss the Photo Walk Tour Website for the latest.

#1 San Francisco
#2 New York (was in 3rd place!)
#3 Washington DC (slipped a notch)
#4 LA (BUT ONLY BY 1 person ahead of Chicago)
#5 Chicago (was #6, just passed the strong Philly group!)
#6 Philly (and I just watched a Sunny last night, and you slipped!)
#7 Miami (these numbers will go up when we find the party spot!)
#8 Dallas (my home town…)
#9 Atlanta
#10 Phoenix
#11 Nashville
#12 San Antonio

Those ranks are based on the number of people that have signed up for the FB events. From past experience, about 4x that many people actually show up… so it’s gonna be a great party!

We’re about to update all the city pages to point to Google Communities for photos to be shared for each city. Stay tuned for that.

Here’s the Facebook Groups below.

New York (Facebook Group Link)

Philadelphia (Facebook Group Link)

Washington DC (Facebook Group Link)

Chicago (Facebook Group Link)

Nashville (Facebook Group Link)

Atlanta (Facebook Group Link)

Miami (Facebook Group Link)

Dallas (Facebook Group Link)

San Antonio (Facebook Group Link)

Phoenix (Facebook Group Link)

Los Angeles (Facebook Group Link)

Burning Man (Facebook Group Link)

San Francisco (Facebook Group Link)

Daily Photo – Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

I can easily see how people can die in the desert. From movies and things, you kind of get the sense that you might be able to cross 50 or so sand dunes per day. But I think you’d be lucky to cross 5. And you can’t ever see anything coming… just and endless sea of sand. I came over the crest of this hill (luckily I was on a camel) and saw the edge of this welcoming-looking tent!

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Hans Mast in New Zealand

People in Photos

Remember what I said yesterday about people in photos? Here’s a good example of how interesting it is… you can imagine him not in the photo too… maybe it doesn’t make it better or worse, just interesting in a different way.

Daily Photo – Hans Mast in New Zealand

We all came out on the final morning of the New Zealand workshop to go up Coronet Peak to watch the sunrise. Once again, it was totally epic, and we all felt lucky to be there. The weather is great around this time too. It might be a little cold, but it’s fun to dress up in a bunch of different layers, slowly shedding them as the sun rises.

Hans Mast in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

Yet Another Teaser

What is good man Art Viger from Peak Design even doing? Does anyone know what he’s up to? Only the shadow knows… To see the latest, pop over here!

One Object Makes a Big Difference

I have a version of this photo with no boat, but I’m amazed how much a little boat adds to the photo. Same thing with people. It makes me want to get more human shapes into the landscapes to give them some sense of scale. The problem is, of course, there’s not often humans around these places! And I don’t want to Photoshop people into the scene… that seems a bit too much!

Daily Photo – A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

When we went out to the small island off Vietnam called Phu Quoc, we spent pretty much every night in the water, watching the sunset. It was so amazing… we were with a great group of friends, and I’ll never forget it!

A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Another Late Night in Venice

A new Teaser video from Peak Design

Here’s yours truly, there in that little boat off on a secret adventure. The new Kickstarter for the unknown product where we collaborated starts on the 22nd (one week away!!). To see the latest, pop over here!

AEP2

Don’t you love how all these software companies use such crazy acronyms, as if they expect everyone to understand them? AEP2 stands for Analog Efex Pro 2, and it’s the tool I used to make this shot. It’s a pretty fun tool, I must admit, even if it is a little slow.

Daily Photo – Another Late Night in Venice

I ended up sleeping pretty big chunks of the day because we were just hitting it so hard at night! It’s hard not to with scenery like this all over the place. At night they bring all the gondolas in to park, and they often make mysterious shapes and nice lines in the fading light.

Another Late Night in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

The Intricacies of Morocco

Local Facebook Events

If you’re coming to one or more of the PhotoWalks across the USA, here are the local Facebook events you can join! 🙂

New York

Philadelphia

Washington DC

Chicago

Nashville

Atlanta

Miami

Dallas

San Antonio

Phoenix

Los Angeles

Burning Man

San Francisco

Quicky Tricky – Photography Tip

Here’s a hot tip, although it’s a little hard to pull off sometimes. When I took this photo, there were two very annoying tourists who would not move on the left side. But when you’re shooting something symmetrical, I see no problem with getting rid of them by taking the part they were occluding, and using the horizontal inverse of the opposite side to cover them up!

Daily Photo – The Intricacies of Morocco

I shot this inside Fes. As you walk through the tight streets, you’ll occasionally see mysterious little places off to the right and left. Some are mosques, which are hard to get into. Others are little enclaves like this. It only cost a few dollars to get inside, but it was quite beautiful, and they have no problem with tripod shooting, which is even better!

The Intricacies of Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

In Venice Around Midnight

The Full Rene Story

Reminder to myself: Next time I see my friend Rene, I’m gonna record him on video telling the whole story about how he fell into the Venice canals at night, went completely underwater, and ruined all of his photo equipment. OMG… it’s such a funny story!

Daily Photo – In Venice Around Midnight

Getting waterside access like this in Venice is more rare than you might think. In most areas of Venice, you’re walking along the streets and not along the canal. When you see Venice from the water, of course this makes sense because all you see are buildings lined up right to the waterfront. For whatever reason, it took me a few days to figure this out! However, there are a few select spots where you can get out along the water for a bit. This is one of them, on the west side of the Rialto Bridge, just to the south.

In Venice Around Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Night Streets of Chefchaouen

Now up in New York

Are you in New York or near the Hamptons? Come on out to Art Southamption in New York. The work is the one below and it’s printed at about nine feet across (3 meters). We used a very special printing process for it that you can see below. When you get there, look up Dranoff Fine Art or to find out more, you can email him at [email protected]. Here’s a photo he got of it yesterday…

It also ended up in the Online Gallery for Blouin Art Info. Thanks guys!

HDR Photo

Blog Posts

I notice I have absolutely no regularity at all about when I write these blog posts. This one I am writing at 9:17 PM. Most I write quite early in the morning. But it’s really pretty random… I always enjoy it. It’s never a chore… but some days I get a bit busy and it’s hard to squeeze it in! But I think I’ve been pretty good in the past 2-3 years, never missing a day. Sometimes there is a photo mess-up or a strange error repeat, but not too bad, I must say! 🙂

Daily Photo – Night Streets of Chefchaouen

At night, all the colors of this little mountain town became much more intense. In the daytime, these were kind of a light powdery blue, but at night they seemed much more saturated and intense. It was pretty much like a Disneyland of colors — something new to see around every bend!

Night Streets of Chefchaouen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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