Dubai From the Inside Out

Cutting Off the Tops of Buildings

This is a new style of architecture photography I’ve been toying with. I think the instinct is to always capture the entire building, especially the top. But in slicing off the top on purpose, it can give you many more options with composition. Also, the way the brain works, the viewer doesn’t have to see the top to know that it also looks pretty awesome… in fact, their imagination of the continuation of the building may be better than the building itse

Daily Photo – Dubai From the Inside Out

Very early one morning we found ourselves halfway up one skyscraper while taking photos of others. We’re now looking in the direction of the Burj Khalifa, which you can see there on the right. To the left there was a frenzy of construction going one to erect yet another one. I like how everything in there seems very greenish and ant-nest-like.

Dubai From the Inside Out

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-18 10:13:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Happy September, and Welcome to the September Lightroom Presets!

Day ONE of a new month, get the new Presets!

Pop over to the Lightroom Presets page to grab the new ones at half price… this only lasts 24 hours – it’s something special we do for everyone here on the blog! 🙂

Daily Photo – Another Epic Dinner in Dubai

I’ve eaten at some really beautiful places in Dubai… I spend half the time eating and the other half taking photos. This is a very loungey-kinda-place around a pool. The pool helps keep everything a little bit cool, so you’re not always sweating out the wazoo!

Another Epic Dinner in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-18 05:20:01
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Tip – Cinematic Crop

See the dimensions of the photo below? It’s not a common crop, but I usually like it. If the scene calls for it, you can kind of plan ahead by zooming out more at the time, knowing you’re gonna be cropping off the top and botto

Daily Photo – A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Wow, it’s been a long road trip and a long way from home in New Zealand. This photo reminds me of it so much, since this is the area I live in. I was over here with Choppy and Curtis (you can see her helicopter there in the distance). I was just out randomly taking photos when this awesome horsewoman came riding through. It was right out of a movie!

A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-04-28 12:47:08
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

A great idea for cathedrals!

This place did something I had never seen before. They gave everyone a pretty big mirror you can carry around. You can kind of hold it at your waist and angle it up, so you can look down to see the ceiling instead of looking up. Genius!

Daily Photo – Inside the Guided Mirror Room

See the four mirrors down there on the floor? I was gonna lay out like 50 of them, and I ran back to check my camera to see if they were centered before I added the others. Then, the security guard started yelling at me and rushing over! So I took this photo really fast. (You can see her black visage rapidly approaching on the left!)

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-12 22:40:17
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ouissal in Venice

It starts tonight in New York City!

See you at the Huge New York Photo Walk event tonight!

Also, it seems the Photo Walk has really spurred sales of the Trey Ratcliff Mega Pack! Thanks so much and glad you’re enjoying it! Don’t forget you can use the code TRUSA to save $300 at checkout!

Quick video from New York!

Just got to New York and visited a gallery in Soho that has a print hanging in it… see my Robot Daughter Scarlett and more! Haha… Getting ready for the big Photo Walk tomorrow.

Daily Photo – Ouissal in Venice

I was with my friend Simon almost every day in Venice. We had a truly great time all over the city, and we were often on these boats. His girlfriend Ouissal was with us too, and always looking mega awesome… I ended up getting about 100x more photos of her than Simon.

Ouissal in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-09 03:05:02
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

Packing for the USA!

Here’s a silly and random video we made a few hours ago…

Deep Dive Video

Here, you can see me talking a bit more about the bag, the inspiration, and even more! Thanks again to our amazing partners at Peak Design! 🙂 Check the Kickstarter page here.

Dubai Nightwalking

If you do ever make it to one of these very hot places like Dubai or Vegas, I recommend sleeping a lot during the day and staying up a lot at night to take photos. Not only is it cooler, but often everything looks more awesome and the photography comes even easier.

Daily Photo – Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

The water here is not that deep, but it’s very wet, as you’d expect water to be. Sometimes when taking photos I lose track of my surroundings… I almost fell in not once but twice! I had my friend Rene with me and he would have died laughing I’m sure… sometimes I wish I would have just so I could have seen his reaction! 🙂

Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-16 08:07:27
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Quick Pano from Venice

A Review of the Presets

Good man Scott Bourne did a very nice review of the presets on his site on Photo Focus. If you’re still undecided, please go check that out! You can jump right over to the Photomatix Presets page here on the site too.

Making a Quick Pano

Here’s a photo I made with the built-in pano maker on the Sony. It’s very fast and easy! The only downside is that it doesn’t create a RAW file — just

Daily Photo – A Quick Pano from Venice

This is a cute little side-street off one of the major thoroughfares. I noticed that many of the best canal-bending shots are just a little bit too wide for a normal shot. So you kind of have to go uber-wide with a bit of pano action.

A Quick Pano from Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-05 22:43:37
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Over $500,000 on Day 1!

Wow! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped into the Kickstarter on Day 1! We’re busting apart all kinds of records… thanks so much and I’m glad you’re excited about the bag!

HDR Photo

Karen Hutton

You might remember a Very Similar Photo I posted of KHut on the blog… Click here for a trip down memory lane

Daily Photo – Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Even though I absolutely love these kind of clouds, what I also really dig is the color of these long grasses. You only get this color at this time of year, and only when you have direct sunlight. It’s amazing how much direct sunlight affects the colors… making them all glow like translucent jewels.

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-10 11:19:20
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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 Taken2014-03-08 03:50:44
  • 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

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 Taken2015-05-16 19:19:20
  • 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

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