A few weeks ago on the way to Milford Sound at Lake Manapouri

Spot Location

There’s a road that’s hard to find that leads out to an old barge they used when building the hydrolics system here. Here’s the spot on Google Maps, in case you want to go yourself!

Daily Photo – A few weeks ago on the way to Milford Sound at Lake Manapouri

This was my first time at this lake… what a great spot! There are so many lakes on the South Island of New Zealand… I have a side-goal to visit all of them. Well this is another one marked off the list. My friends Mark Richter and Curtis Simmons came out this way with me… it was a great find – thanks again Mark!

A few weeks ago on the way to Milford Sound at Lake Manapouri

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-18 12:40:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

That Dragon in Antarctica

Dragon’s Den

I do love that show but I heard a bad story about one of the guys on there… won’t rat him out, but he really screwed over some of my entrepreneur friends. That kinda sucks… I always want to believe in the best in people, but they really toyed with this young company I know. Not so cool…

Daily Photo – That Dragon in Antarctica

Well, the title is loosely related to That Tree in Wanaka, except this one is a bit harder to reach. I thought about getting closer to it, but the ice started to crack and so did my nerves! If I had the proper ice-climbing equipment and rescue stuff, I might have. But since I was all alone, I didn't make the attempt… and I'm sure that made my mom happy. But I kept thinking about how cool it would be to ride an ice dragon! 🙂

That Dragon in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-11 00:51:33
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length151.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Exploring Tanjavur, India

Hot Tanjavur Travel Tip

Whatever you can do to get to this place, do it! There are several temples like this… it’s so beautiful and foreign. Once again,, my family and I were the only white people there! I really like these sorts of places… I remember at one time, my daughter Isabella was surrounded by a bunch of Indian kids and grownups that had never seen a white person. They were staring at her and stroking her cheek. It was really sweet (nothing creepy)… Isabella was a little freaked out of course, but I think she kinda liked it too!

You can see more from Tanjavur in a few clips in this video I made last year – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Exploring Tanjavur, India

Wow, how amazing are these temples? One thing you can't see are the dozens of monkeys running around all over the structure. It was like the monkeys were ruling this thing and simply allowing humans to walk underneath it. This is another vertirama… rather hard to put together, truth be told… all a handheld shot, believe it or not! 🙂

See more of them temples here.

Exploring Tanjavur, India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 20:54:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

That Tree in Warm Light

That Tree in Wanaka

I believe this famous tree actually has it’s own hashtag. Try clicking on #ThatTreeInWanaka in Instagram to see many different versions of it!

Daily Photo – That Tree in Warm Light

Here's one of my latest iterations of the tree. I used one of our Lightroom Presets for this one in particular. Thanks again to everyone out there that has been enjoying these presets… been working on a few more, but none quite ready for release yet!

That Tree in Warm Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-02 14:57:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

European Photo Walk Announcement Yay!

I’m doing TEN (count ’em 10) free photo walks across Europe… also a few special day-long workshops. Wanna see the list of places? Come check out the new site at 80stays.treyratcliff.com!

See your city? Tell your friends! 🙂

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! 🙂 Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR will do swimmingly. I share lots of tips and tricks, do Q&A, and more… even better, we get to roam part of the city taking photos together. Come on out – I can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Walking through White Sands

A Minimalism Challenge

Here’s a video that is not related to today’s photo, but is about minimalism. I was recently in Aruba, which certainly DOES have a white-sands sort of feel to it. It occurred to me that some of my images are reminiscent of White Sands National Park.

Daily Photo – Walking through White Sands

I regret I only had one day here! That’s no good… In fact, I only had a few hours, which is definitely no Bueno. But I really look forward to going back and getting more of these shots. It’s a bit like Burning Man or Aruba where I was able to practice a wee bit of minimalism.

Walking through White Sands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 20:51:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Yosemite in the Morning

Another How-To Video

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Daily Photo – Yosemite in the Morning

I took this on New Year's Morning, several years ago when we had a fun photo walk in Yosemite. You all know I hate waking up early, but I was more than happy to arrive at this beautiful spot. All in all, I still recommend Yellowstone over Yosemite, but there are a few amazing spots in Yosemite you gotta hit! 🙂

Yosemite in the Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-01-01 10:01:04
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Getting Lost in Iceland

Walter Mitty

Speaking of Iceland, there were lots of dumb scenes from Walter Mitty on these roads. I meet a lot of non-photographers, and, god love em, they often bring up Walter Mitty. They say, oh you’re like Walter Mitty, yes? Ummm no! And that movie DRIVES ME CRAZY. There are so many things that are just completely silly. But people love it, and that drives me even more crazy. You mean, he’s NOT gonna take that photo of that snow leopard or whatever? Comon… yeah he’s so awesome he doesn’t even have to take the photo… and that really important secret thing he hides in the worst spot ever. It’s a terrible idea! And he’s like up in the alps talking on his mobile phone to a dating website and then the dating website customer service guy comes to see him in the airport? I mean that is like 1% of the problems with that movie. Having said that, I did hang out a bit with Sean Penn at a google event and he and my wife had a funny moment where they were sharing a chair. Anyway, random.

Getting Lost in Iceland

Roads and sunsets! Sometimes I feel like I would be content JUST shooting roads and sunsets for the rest of my life. I mean, it’s such a layup, right? I go through SUCH trouble to get all kinds of cooky shots that are cool. But these shots are just so easy! I mean, you just get out of the car and set up the tripod for a photo. It’s like cheating… then I think about all the hiking I do and all the work to get other shots that are sometimes not as interesting. The Effort-to-Result ratio is way off! But then I forgive myself and stop trying to be so analytical and “efficient” while making art. It’s more than okay to be inefficient!

Getting Lost in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-29 22:37:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Child in Goroka

Europe Photo Walks!

We’re soon to announce 10 Photo Walks across Europe! Note these are all free events with great prizes… very family friendly and all cameras are welcome, from mobile phones to DSLRs. We have great prizes, all kinds of tips and tricks, and more! Want to find out first where we are going? Sign up for our Newsletter at www.StuckInCustoms.com/news

The only 1 of 10 cities we have announced is Lisbon, Portugal. That’s where we’re getting started with our tour bus for our trek across Europe! I’ll be there with the whole crew and it’s gonna be amazing. We’re actually doing that Lisbon photo walk right after our workshop there in Portugal at the Portugal Photo Adventure Page.

Anyhoo, here is the highlight video for our photo walks across the USA. Thanks again to everyone that came out for that one. This time, we’ll be doing even more Facebook Live and other online events so people can join us from all around the world even if you can’t join us in Europe.

Advice in Goroka

If you head to Papua New Guinea, you should REALLY go with a tour group or professional tour operator. I don’t usually like doing official “tours,” but it’s such a wild place that you really need some local expertise.

Daily Photo – Child in Goroka

It’s great shooting all the grownups, but the kids are even more awesome! After seeing this, it made me think I really should have done more of this.

I’ll tell you a quick story about Goroka. This is a ROUGH place… no hotels… I ended up staying in a pseudo-military compound with a bunch of rough old diamond miners. There was this one guy that ran the biggest coal mine – he was from South Africa – we would drink every night at the bar together. He had this GIANT brass pipe he would carry around. I finally asked him what is the purpose of the pipe, and he said it was so that he could hit natives in the chest if they didn’t do what he said. I was like HOLY SHIT DUDE.

Child in Goroka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-13 13:16:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Bali Rice Fields

More angles on Rice Fields

Oh, trivia first! Do you know why there’s all that water in rice fields? I only just found this out! I thought, before, it was obviously because the rice needs lots of water! But then, when you think about it, the rice grains are actually pretty small, and there’s really no need for THAT much water. Well, here comes the reason: the water keeps the weeds from growing! Mind-blowing, eh?

If you click on the “Bali” category, you’ll see I have a few different rice field shots – I think some of the from the drone are my favorite.

Daily Photo – Bali Rice Fields

This was my first time ever to shoot these terraced rice fields. I saw a few in China, I guess, but they weren’t nearly this pretty. I thought shooting these would be easier than it was… I found a bit of difficulty in finding the best angles and compositions! I’ve heard some of the best rice fields and in the Philippines, so that’s definitely on my list!

Bali Rice Fields

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-14 07:44:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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