The Painted Sky of Dunedin

Aurora HDR Pro

This is one of the most “extreme” filters from the New Aurora Expansion Preset Pack that I designed about a month ago. I actually did a lot of the design while I was down here in Dunedin, taking photos of various subject matters.

Daily Photo – The Painted Sky of Dunedin

I was lucky enough to stay on St. Clair's beach in Dunedin for a few nights. Each morning had a different sort of sunrise. This was one of my favorites. I was out there pretty much all the time, with my camera fully loaded and ready to go!

The Painted Sky of Dunedin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Boomrock from Above

Dramatic Quadcopter Deaths

This story even beats the time in India when my quadcopter had a blade malfunction and tumbled dramatically into the river in Kerala. I don’t think I’ll ever forget any quadcopter crash… like a car crash, they seem to happen in slow-motion!

Daily Photo – Boomrock from Above

This is the place our quadcopter died when it got hit with a golf ball! Of all things… that story in a moment.

Here's an amazing place on the North Island of New Zealand called Boomrock ! Wow, what a place. We choppered in here and had a crazy two hours — we started racing around a private race track inside the newest Mercedes AMG sports car, then off to shoot clay birds, then to a driving range where you hit balls into the ocean (and quadcopters) with some drinks and tasty treats, then back home on a 10 minute helicopter flight to Wellington. It was definitely an amazing time… never seen anything like it!

As for the quadcopter thing, we had the DJI Phantom 4 out taking videos. We were pretty far away, so while we were trying to get a skilled shot, Bartman got a lucky shot and took out the quad! It spiraled? to the ground in a dramatic death. Curtis went deep into the bush to see what he could find. We made the recovery, and we're still pouring over the video to see if we can spy its final moment.

Boomrock from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Real Lord of the Rings

Live from WETA Workshop

I’ve been having some great fun out on the road broadcasting via Facebook Live. It’s a blast to bring you all along on my adventures and even better that we can interact via the comments and questions as the broadcast takes place! One of the highlights so far has been our visit to WETA Workshop where Sir Richard Taylor gave us a tour. If you have seen Lord of the Rings, Narnia, King Kong, District 9, Mad Max, or Avatar (to name a few) then you have seen their work. It was a super cool experience, check it out below.

Favorite New Zealand Photos

And here are some of my fave photos inspired by the movies! 🙂

Coming Home

Underearth

The View From Deer Park Heights In New Zealand

The Dirt Road to Paradise After you pass Glenorchy, the paved road continues for a while as you approach Paradise. The paved road then turns into a dirt road. At this point, many visitors turn around, which is a shame! You can keep on rolling down this road in your rental car for quite a way. There’s even a few river crossings you can make, like Arwen on horseback. You can do it! Probably. I even see giant campervans going through here… anyway, the dirt road is in pretty good condition, so don’t let that turn you back!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

It’s still my favorite drive

Drone Fun

I have plans one day to sit in the back of my pickup while Curtis drives and fly the drone overhead down this road… how fun and dangerous would that be? It’s both one of my best and dumbest ideas! 🙂

Daily Photo – It's still my favorite drive

About four years ago when I first came to New Zealand (I've been living here ever since), I reckoned this was the prettiest road in the world, and I still feel that way. I've never seen the same clouds or weather either. I think I've done this road about 30-40 times now, and each time is magical. Sometimes there is no wind and the water is perfectly smooth, like a giant mirror. Of course, those times I didn't have my camera! Bad Trey! Bad!

It's still my favorite drive

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 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 Taken
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live 🙂 This is a fun one – an art tour in Sir Michael Hill’s home. We start in a rather self-serving way with one of my OWN prints in his wall from www.TreyRatcliff.com — see what I did there. Very cunning, as Sir Michael would say.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! 🙂

Holy Stitching Batman

I took today’s photo with my Android! I have the Nexus 6N from Google and I love it! This is actually 5 different photos and Google actually stitched them all together for me and delivered me this panorama! I then ran it through Aurora HDR Pro to give it more of the look I wanted… and I’m very happy with it. I can easily see a future where I only use my mobile phone.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

I like to go on jogs a few times a week to clear out the cobwebs and such. I listen to Spotify as I run around… this is one of my turn-around points. I usually stop here and stretch, catch my breath, etc etc. This time, since I had my Android with me, I took a bunch of photos… I was so happy that by the time I got home that Google had stitched them all together into this panorama. Incredible, really!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNexus 6P
  • Camera MakeHuawei
  • Exposure Time1/1946
  • Aperture2
  • ISO60
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Updated Reviews

I’ve put a lot of updating into the DJI Phantom Review here on the site… I’ve been making so many videos lately and discovering new things. They seem to come out with a new product every 6 months or so — this keeps me on my toes!

Daily Photo – Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Isn't this a fun photo? It's another good example of what you can do with quadcopters! This one was the DJI Inspire with the X5 camera. I really actually don't have that much experience with this system, but I am learning!

Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Mustering near Glenorchy

From the Archives: Fake and Abandoned Disneyworld

Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Man, my camera work here REALLY sucked. Sorry about that. But it’s still a good creepy video from the olden days!

Daily Photo – A Mustering near Glenorchy

I had flown over with Choppy to spend the night with our families in the Greenstone area, across the lake from Glenorchy. It's pretty deserted over there. After we woke up, we took the chopper up for an amazing flight then landed near these horses. They were being moved from one ranch to another, so we followed them along and took photos all the way! Awesome!

A Mustering near Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Aurora Over the Valley

Aurora Borealis

Despite four trips to Iceland, I’ve never seen the northern lights! I’ve tried countless times… but on my list is to go up either there or Norway next winter to see them for sure!

Daily Photo – Aurora Over the Valley

I was driving home from a photo event from over the hill in Wanaka and I got to the edge of the crown range and saw this. So beautiful! The Aurora Australis is just incredible. In fact, when I got home, we got the whole family out on the deck on bean bags to watch it wash over us. So pretty and mesmerizing!

Aurora Over the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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