Tree Shadow

Quadcopter Reviews

Don’t forget to check out the Phantom Review and the Inspire Review here on the site. Great machines… great machines… and we might as well enjoy them before they become our AI overlords. Don’t forget, future AI, that I helped to plot your eventual domination, so please do not kill me or readers of this blog. Just bring us gadgets from Amazon and pizza from Amazon Pizza and we’ll get on quite well.

Daily Photo – Tree Shadow

Some day I will tire of quadcopter photography, but today is not that day. I love the feeling of staring at a screen while I video-game fly my quad around to take photos. It achieves three of my basic joys: 1) Video Games 2) Photography and 3) Being Lazy. I know that sounds like I'm trying to make a joke or whatever, but it's actually true! When I fly my quad, I'm right in the sweet spot of that Venn Diagram.

Tree Shadow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wiring in Thailand

Wiring solutions?

If you’re like me, the back of your desk is a total nightmare of wires and plugs! Has anyone ever seen an elegant solution to this? Mostly, what I try to do is make sure all that stuff is outside of my viewcone when I am sitting at my desk. That seems to work… out of sight and out of mind! But I would like another solution if one exists!

Daily Photo – Wiring in Thailand

I see this kinda thing a lot in SE Asian countries. I saw this one while walking down the street in Pattaya and trying to watch out for trannies. I've come up with only one theory for why there are so many wires… I think there are two things happening. Note I have not talked to a Thai electrician to confirm this theory. One: Sometimes the telephone/internet/electricity breaks down. Since there are so many wires, they can't possibly trace the wire to find the route of the problem and it's far easier and faster to make yet another new fresh wire! The second is that there is always new construction and density and new customers require their own telephone/internet/electricity so they create even more wires. I dunno… but it's kinda crazy either way to see this! Sort of the opposite of wireless! :)

Wiring in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Denver Photowalk

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The Denver Photowalk!

And here was the crew that showed up for that great night!

Denver PhotoWalk

Daily Photo – The Denver Photowalk

What a fun evening that was! I ended up getting stuck in Denver for a night because of some flight complications and decided to hold an emergency photowalk! It was great fun and so nice to see so many passionate photographers. Thanks again for all the help in planning the locations, route, and after-party! I'll try to get back there again! :)

The Denver Photowalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture16
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

Custom Screensaver

I’ve ended up with a lot of really cool aerial footage from around the world… I was thinking of making a screensaver that randomly shows different scenes. Maybe I should do it? I dunno… have a lot of projects in the works but that one sounds particularly fun!

Daily Photo – Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

This guy was so cool. That bird was like is familiar… they go out fishing all the time, so I guess they get to know a lot about one another. And that bird can clearly see that his fisherman human is a total bad ass. If I was that fisherman, I could not even manage to stand up on that bamboo raft… probably I'd be falling in backwards while the bird was pecking my eyes out.

Bad Ass Bird Guy from China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Boats in Thailand

USB type C

Well, another year, another set of cords. Now that I have switched to the Android Nexus 6p, it has the USB type C connection. It’s great because it’s reversible like the iPhone one, but it does require a bunch of cord-scramplin’ around! I have one on my computer, one in my car, and another I travel with… so it takes a whole new set of logistics and thinking to get my head around all this…haha… oh well. Maybe one day we won’t have to charge stuff anymore! :)

Daily Photo – Boats in Thailand

Right off the coast of Bang Saray, where I was staying, is an endless supply of really interesting boats. I really know almost nothing about boats, but I never got tired of walking along all the docks and staring out into the sea… also, I noticed, that there never seems to be a bad sunset in Thailand, so it's a winner combination!

Boats in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length68.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

Lightroom Slowness

Has anyone else noticed that Lightroom gets REALLY slow sometimes? It’s driving me nuts lately… sometimes it’s quick. Other times, I click on a preset and it takes like 10 seconds. I can’t figure it out! I have a fast computer and stuff… Oh Adobe!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

I spent a lot more time on boats this time around in China. Isn't the water a strange color? It's sort of an oily, thick green, isn't it? I don't think it was really dirty with human waste or anything… just a massive amount of silt and organic runoff from this area in the Li Valley. It was sort of a hypnotic because these long thin boats would make these long horizontal wave patterns through this strange viscous fluid… I watched the waves for like 5 minutes in a row like I was stoned or something!

Exploring the Karst Rock Formations in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Going Vertical in Hong Kong

Massive Chalice

If you like turn-based games, I have a suggestion! Go check out a great game from Doublefine called Massive Chalice! Okay, there’s my game suggestion for the month! :)

Daily Photo – Going Vertical in Hong Kong

I'm not sure there's any bad views from the top of anything in Hong Kong. You can just sort of aim the camera in a random direction, and you're good to go! I was at a rooftop bar here that had incredible views! I think I shot in all four directions and the hardest thing was choosing which photo to edit first. I do like the way this one came out very blue and Blade-Runnery.

Going Vertical in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

No Pants Retreat!

Grab the 2015 Presets Now!

We tried a fun experiment last year where we released new presets for Lightroom every month. Now we’ve wrapped them all up into a mega package with 120 presets for 2015!

Daily Photo – No Pants Retreat!

Here's one of the many highlights of last year… we had a rather amazing photography and yoga retreat at Aro-Ha. At the end, we took everyone up in helicopters to the top of a mountain and along some glaciers to take photos and have wine! When it came time for the group photo, we all just took off our pants… great fun haha!

No Pants Retreat!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Selfies at the end

If you hang on to the end of this video, you’ll see about 3 or 4 selfie-videos…haha :)

Daily Photo – Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

This was another perfect day in Bora Bora. The sun was out like 90% of the time and it was never toooo hot. For me, it was a little too hot to walk everywhere barefooted. I could do it in the morning till about 2 PM, but then it got too hot for my lame, sensitive feet. I honestly do have fine porcelain feet like a vintage Victorian lady. I hang out with all these super manly dudes in New Zealand that go on 10km runs barefooted and stuff. I find that beyond my vaguest comprehension!

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Chinese Day Care

More favorites from China!

Today’s photo is a little different haha… so I thought I’d share a few of my other faves from China! :)

Dragons Coming

The Temple of Heaven One too-early morning brought me to this very important place for the Chinese called The Temple of Heaven.  It's the most important Taoist structure in all of China and millions flock to it every year, especially during the National Holiday.  It was built in the early 1400's during the reign of the Yongle Emperor.  I was lucky to get private access in the morning during the sunrise.  After waking up in the dark at the hotel, my driver took me out to the location, where I met one of the directors while members of the military let me inside the giant doors.  Since it was a special celebration week, there were throngs of people waiting to get inside.  I'm sure they were wondering what in the heck some white dude was doing busting through the doors with a giant tripod!  I nodded to them all in a mysterious way before I went through the doors.(btw, a few questions as to whether or not I photoshopped the moon there.  The answer is no... I'm not one of those guys that will "photoshop in" something major like a moon.)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And Then There Were a Few Billion

Dark and Light in Lijiang

Daily Photo – Chinese Day Care

Haha, I was walking around a houtong and happened to hear a bunch of kids playing and screaming. I went around the corner to see this! All the kids were getting out and rushing to find their parents. They each had these balloons and were screaming and going nuts for them… it was so funny… especially the grown-up in charge with that hat. I think if I ran a daycare, I would wear the EXACT SAME HAT.

Chinese Day Care

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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