DJI Inspire and HDR Photos

HDR Tutorial

I know many of you already have my new HDR Tutorial, but wanted share this little promo below for all the new people that come to the blog from time to time!

First Inspire Photo

I put that photo on yesterday’s blog post – check it out in case you missed it! :)

Daily Photo – HDR Photos and the DJI Inspire

Because the Inspire gives you manual control over the camera, you can take full-on proper HDR photos!

The current version of the software I am using is a little clunky, but it is all controlled through the iPad. I can set the shutter speed or adjust the exposure compensation. I can't seem to adjust the ISO, as that seems to float, but I'm working on that. The UI controls don't always work so well, but I think they'll work out the bugs. For the photo below, I took 4 different exposures at 4 different shutter speeds. The Inspire was SO STEADY in the air that I was able to get them to automatically align very well in Photomatix. Anyway, these are early tests, but this is very encouraging!

HDR Photos and the DJI Inspire

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias-2

My first photo with the DJI Inspire

First DJI Inspire HDR Photo coming tomorrow!

What’s the DJI Inspire? It’s the coolest new quadcopter (see my DJI Phantom review in the meantime) – it is a bit bigger than the last one and has an amazing system for video and photos. I’ll write a big review of it at some point here… but it shoots 4K video and streams it right back to your iPad. It shoots great photos in RAW — man it just seems to do everything! I’m just now learning how to use it, but I wanted to share a few early things here with you.

And since the camera shoots in Manual mode, I can take HDR Photos with it! I’ll post that one tomorrow! :)

Daily Photo – Morning Fog and Clouds over Queenstown, New Zealand

I had my first flight today with this incredible machine! I went out in my backyard (this is at 6:30 AM here in Queenstown btw!), and took off for the air straight away. This is a pano made out of 4 different photos. It is really fun and easy to fly — and the software is incredible. Here's one thing that surprised me: You can take photos with the camera in manual mode! How cool is that?

Morning Fog and Clouds over Queenstown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO391
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

Pig Island and Pigeon Island

A New Perspective

Believe it or not, the same islands from below are seen here, from ground level! It kind of reminds you of how completely mind-blowing things are from above!

Daily Photo – Pig Island and Pigeon Island

We flew with Choppy over these amazing tiny islands in the middle of Lake Wakatipu on the way to a really cool ranch. They say that these islands are so named because they look like those animals from above. Well, here I am, and I can't say that I see it! Can you? I'm not even sure which is which. I assume “pig” is the bigger one, but, well, it doesn't look so piggy.

Pig Island and Pigeon Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Entering Hobbiton

Upcoming PhotoWalks

I’ll work on getting a page up soon that has a list of all the upcoming PhotoWalks… I’m thinking that Hong Kong, London, Berlin, and Venice are on the agenda for early 2015! :)

Daily Photo – Entering Hobbiton

You may remember a scene from Lord of the Rings when Gandalf is riding into Hobbiton in the beginning of the movie. He goes right down this little amazing rock-lined lane. It's still here, and even more magical than in the movies. This is one of many ways into visiting the 44 Hobbit holes!

Entering Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

The Milky Way over Milford Sound

Low F-Stops on Star Shots

Veterans already know this, so you guys can just skip over this part! But if you’re just starting to get into star photography, one of the most important things is having a low f-stop on your lens. This means a LOT of light can get in over the exposure. For example, this was taken at f/1.4. The downside to this is that these lenses often tend to be much more expensive! But, then again, you can end up with shots like this one below! :)

Daily Photo – The Milky Way over Milford Sound

My friend Cliff and I stayed out late one night in Milford Sound to see the Milky Way. We were not disappointed! Sometimes it gets pretty cloudy over here, and there was just one night, so we were hoping that karma paid off, and it did!

The Milky Way over Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO16000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Facebook Page

Don’t forget that we switched my account over to an official “Trey Ratcliff Facebook Page” – thanks for stopping by to “Like” it! :)

Daily Photo – Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Ahh, just another dinner here in New Zealand. We eat like this most every night around here…

I wish! Well, maybe sometimes we do… This is part of the grand feast they have on the Hobbiton Movie Set. If you sign up for the last tour of the day, then you can stay for this ridiculous dinner. I super-recommend it! At one point, there was a huge food fight!

Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

A little behind-the-scenes

Here’s a fairly random video that we shot while on the Hobbiton Movie Set. We were doing a few videos for The Arcanum! It also shows some other random stuff during a little New Zealand adventure…

Daily Photo – Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

I know I post a lot of photos from Hobbiton, so you gotta give me a break! haha… It's so pretty there. On this particular night, we were out very late shooting… it turned out to be kind of a small photowalk! A few people from a tour spotted us and came over to say hello, so we invited them right along. Whenever I do shots like this, it makes me wonder why I don't go out every night!

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of New Zealand

A New Video!

A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness…

I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/landscape-and-travel-photography-tutorial-new-zealand/

Animation/Slideshow – more info at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/animoto — or see my review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/animoto-review/

Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at https://www.facebook.com/ArmaDelAmorNZ

A Colorful Frosty Morning

Dressing in the early morning

I’ve taken up what I think is a bit of a bad habit. I basically pile up my 4 or 5 favorite warm clothes right beside my bed. This means that when I wake up in the morning, I can basically just kind of roll over and just get dressed in the dark so I am nice and warm before I go outside to take photos. I think it’s a bad habit because it’s such a tremendous mess! Anyway, I’m very forgiving of the mess in the morning because I stay nice and warm!

Daily Photo – A Colorful Frosty Morning

We had a crazy-frosty morning very early after the sunrise. Often times, I am much to lazy and cozy-coze in my bed to get out and take photos. But on this particular morning, I did! I popped out of bed, jumped over a few fences, and found my way under this tree.

A Colorful Frosty Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Back Home from Skipper’s Canyon

In the middle-zone

Now that I’ve lived here for about three years, I’m starting to notice what it is line when the temperature and altitude just vary a few degrees. I’m down in that valley you see below, but a little bit up on the hill. When it starts to rain, I can go outside and figure out how high up the snow (more or less) is going to accumulate. Down the road from us, it’s about 150 lower, so sometimes we accumulate snow and they do not. It’s so interesting living in a vertical climate! I’m sure many of you are used to this… but growing up in the plains of Texas makes this a totally new experience!

Daily Photo – Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

When my friends Cliff and Cher were here, I took them on a little jaunt over the mountain to Skipper's Canyon. A fresh snow had fallen, but it only fell up here on the top bit of it all. It was so lovely with the white above and the lushness down in the valley below, so I stopped to grab this photo.

Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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