Merry Christmas from the Ratcliff Family!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a great Christmas and holiday season! Thanks so much for being with me and my family for the whole year — I appreciate you very much!

Daily Photo – Merry Christmas from the Ratcliff Family!

This was a fun photo to make, although a little challenging! The most challenging part was not chopping down the tree — it was not decorating the tree with lights — it was not convincing Tina to lay under the tree to spin it — it was not positioning the tree and getting the camera settings right (35mm at f/8 for at 1000 ISO for 3 seconds btw — I know you are wondering) — the most difficult part WAS getting the three kids to sit still for THREE SECONDS. haha man we did everything to get them to stand still. This is position 1 by the way, and position 1 was always interrupted by a lot of rolling and laughing and nonsense on the floor. I had to keep saying, “Okay everyone stop having fun so we can take this damned photo!” haha…

Merry Christmas from the Ratcliff Family

Merry Christmas from the Ratcliff Family!

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 18, 2013 at 10:23pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Say Hello to my Little Friend

Looking for Last-Minute Photo Goodies for the Holidays?

We put together a 30% off everything-at-the-store for a short time! Pop on over to The Stuck In Customs Store and you’ll see the secret code right there on the front page! :)

Daily Photo – Say Hello to my Little Friend

This is related to yesterday’s photo at Coomb’s Cottage! Right after I took the photo out the front, I walked up the hill in the back along the fenceline. The house pup bounded along and followed me all the way! He was very friendly. Maybe he was a bit worried about the upcoming storm…

Now this effect I got in this photo is a bit different! It’s pretty much straight out of the camera with the 24mm Leica f/1.4. And I shot it at f/1.4. You can see how the dog and the nearby stuff is in focus while the background and clouds are out of focus. I never really do landscape shots like this, but I kind of find it interesting…

Say Hello to my Little Friend

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 15, 2013 at 9:08pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Leica Lenses and More

Upcoming Leica Video

I’m in the middle of editing a video all about using Leica lenses on the Sony A7r. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting. I’ll share it here and on my YouTube channel soon!

Thanks for all the Leica Help

A few months ago I asked for some Leica help, and you guys and gals gave me some great advice — thanks so much! I’m still learning, but I’m enjoying the process. I’ve tested about four different Leica lenses on the Sony so far thanks to my friend Stu, and more are to come!

Daily Photo – The Lupins at F/1.4

The lupins are everywhere all over New Zealand this time of year! Some of the locals think they are weeds; this is something I’ll never understand. I even dug some of these weeds up and planted them around parts of my home, hoping they spring back up next year. It’s gonna be great, I tell ya! :) Sure, they look a little scrabbly in the off season, but not so bad.

These lupins were swaying in the wind outside of home in St. Bathans. I had on the Leica 50mm f/1/4 wide open and snuck up on some pretty ones to get this shot.

Lupins New Zealand

The Lupins at F/1.4

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole at Bag End

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Daily Photo – Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole at Bag End

One brisk evening on the North Island of New Zealand, I was on the Hobbiton Movie Set and I was able to take a photo of Bilbo’s home as the day fell away and the warm lights came on. I was completely transfixed by this day. I had spent the entire day there, from 5 AM until late into the night (and well beyond this). A few little rainstorms came and went throughout the day, dropping fresh, glowing rain all over the 40+ hobbit hole-homes there. I spent some time here inside Bilbo’s hole during those times… just sitting there, watching the rain fall across Hobbiton.

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole at Bag End Hobbiton

Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole at Bag End

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 18, 2013 at 6:58am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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New Video: Learning the new Sony while learning to Paraglide

This was kinda scary, I’ll be honest!

I happened to get my new Sony as the same time I was learning to paraglide solo over the Southern Alps! So I decided to combine the two into a video. This is a sneak peak inside www.TheArcanum.com too for you. :)

You might also be interested in the full new Sony A7r Review in case you missed it!

Chris before the jump

Here’s my neighbor and friend Chris Madison (who just started Aro-Ha here between Queenstown and Glenorchy) just before the jump. We were checking out the wind and getting our equipment ready. This was taken with the 35mm at f/3.5.

Chris Madison Before Jump

Daily Photo – Ready to Jump

What an amazing time I had! I was overwhelmed with both the new camera and the new experience of learning to fly solo. I can’t believe that I ended up jumping off one of the highest peaks in the Southern Alps. It seems totally insane and scary, but it turned out to be amazing.

This is a shot with the Sony Alpha DSLR lens – the 16-35mm. I used the adaptor with the new Sony A7r so that I could attach it. It’s one of my go-to lenses now for wide-angle work like this.

Infinity Paragliding

Ready to Jump

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 10, 2013 at 12:07pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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