Into the Wild Islands of Alaska

Grizzly Man

Has anyone seen “Grizzly Man” — that documentary about that crazy dude that lives with the grizzly bears in Alaska? It was the first Werner Herzog docu I had ever seen. Now I’m hooked on that guy’s voice. Here is a spoof of him reading Where’s Waldo.

Daily Photo – Into the Wild Islands of Alaska

We floated by about 100 of these little islands in the fjords. I kind of felt like I wanted to jump off the boat, swim over, and explore them all! I always wondered if there were bears and stuff behind some of those trees… a bear there just kind of owning that island and killing anything that comes there. That seems like the kind of awesome thing a bear would do…

Into the Wild Islands of Alaska

Into the Wild Islands of Alaska

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Beauty of Zion and Photomatix Betas

The New Photomatix

If you’ve already bought Photomatix (or, if not, visit the Photomatix page and use the coupon code “TREYRATCLIFF” to save 15%) then you should be trying out the new beta! It’s really awesome. I used it to make this image below from Zion National Park. I keep forgetting to go to the beta page and get the newest version. They seem to release them on a fairly regular basis. There are so many changes that it is hard for me to keep track of it all, but I do no each subsequent version gets better and better.

Multi-Language Versions of the HDR Tutorial!

And speaking of Photomatix and HDR, we’re always adding new versions… here is the latest list.

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Daily Photo – The Beauty of Zion

Here’s one of the first photos I got while rolling into Zion National Park. It was my first time to ever visit the park, so I was completely transfixed and blown away. It wasn’t that I had low expectations — it’s that I had NO expectations. But it was so colorful and full of trees and little rivers and everything… it was like being inside of a painting. Sorry it took me so long, Utah! :)

The Beauty of Zion

The Beauty of Zion

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Endless Skies

Teaching my little girl to ride a bike

I just did this yesterday and decided to record it with Google Glass. I wish I had this for my Ethan when I taught him about five years ago!

Your Desktop Wallpaper

I actually liked this photo so much I made it my new background, but I change it out at least a few times per week. How often do you change yours? (your wallpaper, that is)

By the way, you are of course welcome to grab any of my photos and use them as background photos. Just pop through to the SmugMug site and select Download. Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – The Endless Skies

I’ve only taken two Disney cruises, but I’ve developed one good habit. Note it is only one. Anyway, it is getting up around 4 AM on the last day to take photos as we roll into port. I woke up extra early and took out both my cameras (the NEX 7 and 6) to collect as many photos as I could. I took a ton! In fact, I blew through an entire card and had to pop in a backup!

The Endless Skies

The Endless Skies

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

How to get a red road at night

Usually I light up the road at night with my headlights, but I figured out this strange trick by accident! I was parked, facing the other way, and the tail lights were illuminated because the headlights were on. There was barely any red visible on the road itself, but the long exposure ended up making everything on the ground and walls a wondrous red!

Daily Photo – Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

Here is another recent photo from my trip to the desert. This was a very long exposure from a beautiful road in the Valley of Fire. Those glowing lights in the far distance? Those are the lights of Las Vegas, plainly visible even though it is still 60 miles away!

Driving through the Desert - Destination Vegas Valley of Fire

Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Mighty Walls of the Glacier

Unsolicited Jet Lag Advice

This gentleman gave a comment here that I did not want to go unnoticed! It was so strange… and I have not actually tried this yet. Has anyone tried this trick? I’ll paste it here:

David Stickney
Yesterday 7:11 AM

+Trey Ratcliff the vodka jet lag remedy works like a charm. The shot before you go to bed produce enough lactic acids in your blood as an entire day’s muscle usage. The vitamin c help kick start the liver and the extra water and salt help with the metabolism. Getting outside while the sun is still coming up resets the Circadian rhythm of your sleep cycle and get your penal glands set to the time.

Try it next time, I used to take 2-3 days to get into a new location using this method the next full day I feel adjusted.

the science behind it is pretty well documented http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase_response_curve

Daily Photo – The Mighty Walls of the Glacier

This Alaskan was a very pretty glacier to see after seeing the rather dirty glacier near Mount Cook in New Zealand! I mean, the NZ glacier was awesome because we were out in a zodiac and pretty close, but this one was so clean and blue… just exactly how you would imagine a glacier to be!

Glacier

The Mighty Walls of the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Meet Your Neighbor!

Haha this made my kids laugh when it appeared in the local paper. So, I now live in a small town of like 30,000 people here in Queenstown. I love it, of course, but I’m just not used to the smallish-town nature of it… that is actually why I like it! So the Mountain Scene, which is the local newspaper, sent a nice guy (Paul Taylor) over to my home to interview me. I guess he found me to be “charismatic”! hehe… anyway… most people that come to the blog a lot already know most of this stuff, but thought you’d like to see and maybe read a bit more… You can download the PDF yourself to catch up on all the local news on the Mountain Scene page — get the August 8, 2013 edition.

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Here’s another photo from our family trip to visit the fjords of Alaska. We got in pretty close to this glacier. Any closer can get a bit scarier… but it was lovely sitting in this spot, watching the ice float around in a smooth brownian motion…

The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

The Mighty Glaciers of Alaska

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18mm (27mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Using the NEX-7 Handheld

After using the NEX-7 during the daytime countless times off the edge of the boat, I’m now less tripod-centric for daytime shots. I don’t shoot a lot during the day, but now when I do, I’m going to not worry so much about whether or not I have a tripod. Auto-align is so good now in Photomatix… it makes me so happy. I still use a tripod a lot in low-light conditions, but it was great to shoot a bunch from the ship so I could become more comfortable with this camera in these conditions.

Daily Photo – Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

I stood on the edge of the ship as we weaved in and out of the great Alaskan fjords. This is my first time ever sailing through fjords like this (other than just one fjord in New Zealand), so it was really cool to see not only the landscape, but how the steep mountains moved and pulled the clouds into different shapes.

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Clouds Pulled Like Taffy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The prismbleed sunset

Tablets… Your thoughts?

I’m seeing a lot of reports of the Google-Android tablets really becoming a lot more popular. I do have one of the new Nexus 7′s — they are truly great. But the rest of the family still has iPads… so I am kind of on the fence right now. If you use a lot of google services and use the major apps, then the Nexus is the way to go. One thing I still like about the iPads is for the kids… there seem to be more/better apps on the iPad, but I think that advantage won’t last long. What do you think?

Daily Photo – The prismbleed sunset

Wow we got some great sunsets during those late Alaskan nights! When I looked out across the sea, there were so many kinds and temperatures of moisture, so that must have contributed… there was the cold ocean, warm mists, rolling fogs, low and high clouds, plus a mixture of a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. All together, it made for a great cocktail of prisms for the light.

Colorful Sunset

The prismbleed sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length117.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cruising through Tracy Arm

Time Lapse

I met a guy on the front of the boat that had his tripod set up and he was taking a cool time lapse as we turned this way and that through the fjords. I can’t seem to find it online… maybe he hasn’t published it yet, but I’ll share it when I can find it.

Daily Photo – Cruising through Tracy Arm

We had a nice unexpected treat when we entered the Tracy Arm fjords during the Alaskan cruise. A woman came to our table one night and invited us to the the front of the ship, which turned out to be the perfect spot to take photos! I spent most of my time hanging off the edge of the boat in dangerous ways… but I did turn around at one point to take this photo… you can kind of see the setup.

The Front of the Boat

Cruising through Tracy Arm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Earthly Lines

Marketing for Photographers

This my #2 request! I don’t sell get-rich-in-photography guides or business-y videos or anything like that… BUT, +Frederick Van Johnson does! (he’s the famous host of This Week in Photography!) I always point people to Fred’s “Essential Web Marketing” videos… he passed along a discount code to you interested folks of STUCKINCUSTOMS to save 25% on his website. Keep going Fred – happy to send people your way! I hope people love your videos and get a lot out of them… and enjoy this little interview below in the meantime. :)

Daily Photo – The Earthly Lines

The waters went suddenly calm all around the ship and the sky stretched out forever. I had just seen a pod of whales and we were weaving around new areas of the fjords. I knew I was in Alaska then!

The Earthly Lines

The Earthly Lines

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15mm (22mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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