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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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!
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!
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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! 🙂
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.
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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! 🙂
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!
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.
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!
I’ve got this crazy idea where I’m gonna go to Bali and learn how to become a yoga teacher. I don’t actually plan on teaching yoga, but I want to go through the multiple-week training. It sounds quite fun, actually. Plus, it’d be a great reason to get in shape… Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll actually do it, but I do fantasize about it a lot… seems awfully self-indulgent, but I’m not beyond that.
Daily Photo – Bali at Sunset
This photo still causes me a lot of heartache! It’s a “good” problem, technically, I suppose. The sunset was killer, as you can tell. I ended up taking about 200 photos. They were all just SLIGHTLY different from one another. Then when it came time to start processing them, I just couldn’t pick one. They all were really decent, and I was quite paralyzed. So then, I decided to edit like 10 of them. And they all came out a little different, but none stood out. I don’t know why this caused me so much angst, but I’m still feeling it now writing about it!