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 โ€” 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Black Rock City Lighthouse Project. Believe it or not, when you get to the top of these things, everything may actually look straight! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! Weโ€™re calling it โ€œTrey in Berlin,โ€ and itโ€™s perhaps the most cleverly named event weโ€™ve ever come up with. Where do we come up with this stuff? Itโ€™s quite amazing, really.

Thursday night, September 29th from 7 till 10 PM. Iโ€™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, itโ€™s a private event and there are not many spots available. If youโ€™ll be in Berlin at the time and are interested, contact my assistant Ruby: [email protected]

Today I leave Cologne for Munich where Iโ€™ll be a few days before bringing the team to Berlin โ€” very excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€” join me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€” 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Burning Man Article

In honor of Burning Man, I wanted to re-share my recent article about How to Survive at Burning Man that I published right before the most recent burn.

New Burning Man Photos from 2016!

I took over 11,000 photos this year. It was the best ever! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll start sharing the photos throughout this next year with you in little batches. Here’s the first batch of four! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

These beautiful letters and words make their way to the playa every year. This year there were four “words” around a tree: # EARTH @ and HOME. I waited for the night to fall before getting this one…

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The Space Whale by Matt Schultz. I love this artist and team so much. Their team (The Pier Group) does some of the most amazing work on the playa. You may remember the two giant heads (Embrace) from a few years ago and the pier to the pirate ship several years ago.

I visited my friend many times, especially at night as whale songs cooed between physics lectures; the scene was mesmerizing and otherworldly! And no, this isn’t the last photo of the Space Whale you’ll see!

As I was driving away after the burn, I went back past it as the team meticulously deconstructed the whale. Each of the intricate pieces of stained glass were carefully removed to wrap individually in canvas so they wouldn’t break. It occurred to me that so much of the “art” is not so much as the final work as much as the dance of building it and taking it back down out of the white desert.

Now you can zoom in on Instagram, and this one is worth it hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ While shooting at the letters from photo 1 above, these five beautiful German girls stormed onto the scene. Every one of them was taller than me and rather stunning. I said, Hey Ladies, letโ€™s take some photos! They were ALL GAME and it was onโ€ฆ naturally posing this way and that. They were all super nice too โ€” it was their FIRST Burning Man and they looked like consummate veteransโ€ฆ so awesome.

I shared this photo back with all the guys in my RV and we had endless debates over which one was the prettiest over wine, cheese, and crackers. Honestly, the discussion must have gone on for over an hour. It was a heated debate, but, ultimately, we all decided on the same one. Which one? Hmmm?

The girls in here (not in any order, now let’s not get catty ladies) @KarlaKuhlm @molllyjanee @diana.balaisyte @anabellefisher @carlablokesch

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We were blessed with the most amazing clouds this year. I’ve never seen anything like it in my last seven years. Here’s the temple on one of the final sunsets before it burned down. More on the temple later and why so many people cry their hearts out there…

 

Coming to Germany!

Heading to Germany next week for multiple events including a private art show โ€” wanna come? Here’s my schedule (contact assistant Ruby at [email protected] for scheduling)

Sep 21 – 24 โ€” Photokina in Cologne

Sep 24 – 27 โ€” Bits & Pretzels Conference in Munich

Sep 28+ โ€” Berlin private art show (leave a comment or signup for our newsletter if you want one of the 5 limited tickets available)

Here’s a photo of Cologne that I took last time I was there when all my camera gear was stolen! Hopefully, this time it will be a smoother trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Amazing Cologne

I loved everything about Cologne… except for my train ride back to Dusseldorf.

My whole camera bag was stolen! Can you believe it? I was distracted and before I knew it, my whole camera bag was swiped in a grab n' run! What a bummer! I still was holding my tripod and A7r, so I didn't lose those, luckily. But I did lost an A7ii, two Leica lenses, and a Sony lens. Ouch! Oh well, it's just stuff… But kind of inconvenient now, you know? Ah well…

I filed out a police report and everything. We're checking on insurance now to see what was covered… fingers crossed but I have low expectations!

Amazing Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

New York State of Mind

Facebook Videos

I’ve got an absolute TON of Facebook videos now… be sure to pop over to that page and have a look!

Daily Photo – New York State of Mind

This makes me want to go back to Central Park in the Autumn. There are so many colors, and I'm pretty sure this is the best time to shoot โ€” the late afternoon light when the park lights are just coming on. I worked on this photo about 10 different times to get it right… this is one of my “tester” photos for the new Aurora HDR 2017 Presets!

New York State of Mind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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