A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

India Highlights

Here’s the highlights from that beautiful morning. I almost flew the quadcopter too, but it was just too windy… I may have never seen it again. Then again, I did crash it a few days later when a propeller fell off and the whole thing went down dramatically in a river in Kerala.

Daily Photo – A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

I look like I may be alone here, but I assure you I was not. There were literally thousands of Indians that were there with me watching the sunrise. It was crazy! This is a famous pilgrimage location for all Indians, to come here and watch the sunrise. I was amazed how many people there were when the sun finally came up. We had all gotten there in the dark of night so it was hard to tell how many people were around us.

There was one scary point when we lost Scarlett in a crowd of Indians… then her little white body magically appeared about a minute later! I was not worried… Tina was MORE than a bit worried! πŸ™‚

A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Wise Elephant

Euro Press Briefing

Aurora HDR 2017 Revealed β€” this is a private press webinar I did for European Press prior to release. It turned out kind of crazy haha… anyway, I thought you’d like to see because I show off a lot of cool features of the new software. Get the new Aurora HDR 2017 now.

Daily Photo – Wise Elephant

Here's the rescue elephant we met in Thailand at the beach while at Phulay Bay. The girls got to feed Coco and she was very gentle. I've grown to really love elephants more and more. I always kinda “liked” them from television, but the more time I spend up close to them… I can really sense something. Or, at least, I think I can.

Wise Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking through Carneval

Pre-order ending – Last Chance

Last chance to get the pre-order for Aurora HDR 2017! You can get it now in the store! πŸ™‚

Included with the Preorder

Here’s what else you get with the preorder

Pre-Order Bonus Items:

Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video and RAW files
1 Year basic subscription to SmugMug
60-day KelbyOne membership
25 Square Prints from Parabo.press (free global shipping)

Daily Photo – Walking through Carneval

I can't imagine what it is like to get so fixed up and then walk around and pose for 10 hours a day. Maybe that's what it's like to be a woman all the time?!?! hehe I don't know… But it was great from my point of view, being on the other side of the camera! πŸ™‚

Walking through Carneval

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Way High in the Mountains

Live Critiques

I did some critiques live on Facebook in our Special Group a week ago or so. It was fun… maybe I should do more?

Daily Photo – Way High in the Mountains

One morning I got up before sunrise to drive over to Over The Top Helicopters to get a little vertical for the day. What an amazing morning and what majestic light… Hey I would have been happy even if the light was lousy β€” always grateful for a fun helicopter-photo-ride!

Way High in the Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More Burning Man Love

And here’s the next batch of four! πŸ™‚

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There are secrets inside the Mona Lisa, once you know the right way to knock… That’s the new (number 6 I think!) art car from our Camp Walter called the “Mona Lisa,” and it’s a recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s tank from his sketchbook. This is the first night it was sighted moving across the desert, as if it was embarking on the northern African campaign during WWII. The only difference is it was full of music and a secret bar. If you knock twice on one of the panels, it secretly opens and you can go inside to get all top-shelf goodies. Next time, I’ll bring some of my favorite wines from New Zealand and add them to the supplies inside. πŸ™‚

The Black Rock City Lighthouse Project. Believe it or not, when you get to the top of these things, everything may actually look straight! πŸ™‚

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Out in the deep playa is something called the “Trash Fence,” which is a multi-mile fence that catches any trash that might blow across the desert. There’s all kinds of unusual art way out there… it’s many miles away, but I often try to get out there to see what unusual stuff I can find… like this! To see how far away I am, you can barely see “The Man” over on the left side of the photo.

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It was time for my annual visit to the Thunderdome, where they have nightly fights and all kinds of crazy action. What a fun night… here’s one of the emcees, directing the fighters in their bungee swings to their starting positions. She was no nonsense and not to be crossed!

Trey in Berlin Art Show!

Come join me in Berlin for a private art show! We’re calling it β€œTrey in Berlin,” and it’s perhaps the most cleverly named event we’ve ever come up with. Where do we come up with this stuff? It’s quite amazing, really.

Thursday night, September 29th from 7 till 10 PM. I’ll be doing a little art talk, Q & A, heaps of hanging out & mingling and this sort of thing. You know these go. Great fun!

Anyway, it’s a private event and there are not many spots available. If you’ll be in Berlin at the time and are interested, contact my assistant Ruby: [email protected]

Today I leave Cologne for Munich where I’ll be a few days before bringing the team to Berlin β€” very excited! πŸ™‚

there was a cracking sound that was first felt in the bones

the wet red came from beyond the trees

The Long Road to New Zealand This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand.  I'm afraid I've forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo!   I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area.As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called "compression," a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far.  It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Tree in the Wind

Speaking at Hassleblad at Photokina

If you’re in Germany for Photokina and want to come see me today, I’ll be speaking at the Hasselblad booth at 3 PM. Here’s a bunch of images I took with the H5D over a monthlong trip earlier this year. I’ll be talking about all these images today, telling stories, and more β€” join me! πŸ™‚

I first got into Hasselblad quite randomly via DJI . I didn’t know much about the cameras at the time, but my friends at DJI kept telling me how awesome they were… and it’s true – I get it now! I’m very interested in their latest camera (the mirrorless medium format). I’m looking forward to seeing what other lenses will be out for it.

This first image is Scarlett and Isabella in India with me… they loved those Indian dresses! We should have gotten them even more! πŸ™‚

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from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

New Hasselblad

The Hassy I REALLY want is THIS ONE – the X1D-50c. Looks like a hell of a machine… I wish there were more lenses for it though. But still, medium-format + mirrorless??? Sign me up!

Daily Photo – Tree in the Wind

This is one of the first photos I ever took with the Hasselblad H50. I didn't even know what the heck I was doing, but it still turned out pretty well. And this is right out of the camera with no significant Lightroom adjustments. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit by saying I had no idea what was going on. I did figure out how to get it in Ap pri mode, set the ISO, and that sort of thing. I mean, I guess that's all you really need to know, eh? In future photos, of course, I got more and more into the camera and really figured the thing out!

Tree in the Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Accademia Bridge

New Tip Video

In case you missed it, the pre-order for the new Aurora HDR 2017 is available for order now. Here’s a hot tip video on Denoise!

Daily Photo – Accademia Bridge

I like this photo, but I don't think it's the best one over made from this standpoint by a longshot. This is a very famous scene from Venice and most people that go there get this shot. I'm not so much of a “shot collector” but it is too pretty to resist. And even though I've crossed this bridge probably 50+ times, I'm never had “perfect” conditions (which I would consider a stunning sunrise with amazing clouds). That's okay… but I'm still pretty happy with this photo.

If you click through the Venice category, you may see a few other interpretations of this scene I've taken as well.

Accademia Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length53.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Burning Man Best

Pop over to my Burning Man Portfolio on SmugMug to see some of my favorites from the last 7 years!

Next Batch from the Burn!

And here’s another fresh batch of cookies for ya! πŸ™‚

Here’s my bestie Rene Smith up atop Lord Snort! He was spinning quite fast, so it was a fun photo to take. We had early entry this year, so we were able to visit a lot of the art before it was covered with too many people. This is actually the site of a small tragedy, as one guy lost all of his fingers while trying to jump onto the head as it was spinning around.

Fallen god-statues sink into the playa, a little deeper every day & night.

Did you know art cars on the playa get to be friends? It’s true! Our car Kalliope has become rather close with the amazing steampunk octopus, El Pulpo Mechanico. I think El Pulpo keeps Kalliope (and the rest of us!) warm! πŸ™‚ They had many meetings this burn…

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After the Billion Bunny March to protest humanity, I saw this scene… there are literally thousands of scenes like this all over the desert β€” it really is like a parallel universe.

A Warm Hut on Coronet Peak

Aurora HDR 2017 for Windows

Here’s another photo I made with the new 2017 software… and, yes, I know every time I mention it I upset 80% of the audience that is on Windows. And yes, I PROMISE we are working on the Windows version now… and the good news it will have all the same features as the 2017 Mac version πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Warm Hut on Coronet Peal

Can you believe that I live 10 minutes from these amazing ski fields but I haven't skied all winter? Well, actually I'm more of a snowboarder, but I haven't done that either… been really busy with all kinds of crazy stuff going on. I find that if I have a spare day or two that I prefer to go out and take photos and experiment artistically. It seems a waste to live so close and not take advantage of it… like, for example, I went up there to get this photo but not to partake in other wintery activities!

A Warm Hut on Coronet Peal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraX-Pro2
  • Camera MakeFuji
  • Exposure Time3.7
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.2 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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