The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Shark Infested Waters

We were on a fabulous yacht in the middle of Sydney bay with my friend Dave Maxwell. At one point, we convinced him to somehow do a backflip off the boat into the sharky waters. He did it without hesitation! I declined the temptation to try it myself! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Amazing Sydney Opera House

This is just one of those buildings you never get tired of seeing. I think it was built sometime around the time I was born. I don't remember if it was a controversial design at the time or not. Sometimes this stuff comes out and people really dislike the boldness of the lines. I believe the same thing happened with the triangular Transamerica building in San Francisco.

The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 11:21:26
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1160
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Flying over Bondi Beach

The Other Side of Bondi

When I was here, I never got to the other side of the beach, which is the more famous side. There’s supposed to be a pool not too dissimilar from the one you see here, and that is where all the famous photos come from. Why didn’t I go over there? I ran out of time and had to jet to the Sydney photo walk! 🙂

Daily Photo – Flying over Bondi Beach

See that cute dog in the little pool there? Cute eh? I think that everyone likes to see animals in water that are not normally in water. You name it, elephants, wildebeests, hamsters… I could watch that stuff all day long.

Flying over Bondi Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-18 13:20:38
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/657
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Pyramid at Vivid Sydney

Fun in Sydney

We made two videos from the quadcopter while in Sydney. We launched one from a yacht, of all things! Here’s video #2 that ends with the great David Maxwell doing a backflip into the shark-ridden Sydney Harbour!

Daily Photo – A Pyramid at Vivid Sydney

I only was able to spend a few days here, but I really want to go back! I enjoyed my night shooting tremendously. It reminded me a lot of a city-based Burning Man except without all the Burning Man people around (which I actually prefer!). I mean, nothing wrong with the Aussies — they seem great, but they act suspicious at random hugs.

A Pyramid at Vivid Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-18 18:12:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Bondi Beach in Australia

Australia

I love Australia, but I also feel like there are a lot of things there that can kill you. I don’t like that part about Australia.

Daily Photo – Bondi Bay in Australia

Here's a place I've always wanted to visit! I only was able to spend one afternoon here, but I'm keen to go back and get more photos. I actually got quite a few photos with the Quadcopter but haven't had time to go out and get them processed yet. Here's a fun fact… out there in the ocean is a “shark net” to make sure the sharks don't come eat humans. So, my word of advice is to stay on the beach-side of the shark net. Also, you should hope that sharks don't know how to jump nets.

Bondi Bay in Australia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-18 10:33:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Vivid Sydney

Trey’s Camera Bag

I updated the Camera Bag page with all the new goodness!

San Antonio Highlights

Here are the highlights from our San Antonio photo walk where you can see one of these projectors in action.

Daily Photo – Vivid Sydney

I ended up in Sydney on the final nights of Vivid Sydney, which is a short time where the city does many different light displays all over the city. On a few buildings, like this one, they use special projectors that work on 3D surfaces. Next time, I want to go back and spend longer running around to take photos! 🙂

Vivid Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-18 19:17:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Director of Chaos

Inside the hotel

I’ve stayed at this place many times… love it there! Here’s a picture of my room from my first trip there.

The QT Sydney This was my room at the QT Sydney from a few weeks ago… you can see my bags and stuff… probably should have moved them for the picture. Anyway, one of the Coolest things about this hotel is the elevators! They scan to see how many people are inside. If there is just one, then it plays lonely music, like Elvis singing, “Are you lonely tonight?” And then when there are two people, like, embarassingly when I was in there with Tom, it started playing, “Just the two of us.” And when there are like five or more people in there, it starts playing party music like Lady Gaga… anyway, it’s a trip!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Director of Chaos

I saw this gal outside of the QT Hotel in Sydney. She would help us with our bags and cars every day… It didn't strike me until we had been there a few days to actually take her photo! I did this one with the A7r II with the Leica 35mm f/1.4 lens. I love the effect it has. I asked online if anyone actually knew this gal there to get her the photo. Someone responded and said her official role there was “Director of Chaos” which sounds like a pretty cool and fitting title!

Director of Chaos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 07:53:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

Sailing in the Sydney Harbour

Flying above the Harbour

Here’s the 2nd flight we did over the yacht that ends with the great Maxwell doing a backflip off the yacht! 🙂

Daily Photo – Sailing in the Sydney Harbour

What an amazing four days we had in Sydney. Thanks again to everyone that came out for the two events, and I am glad people enjoyed the workshop! On the final day, we went on an epic yacht cruise around the harbor and the weather was incredible. At one point, we were trolling around looking for a place for lunch, and I saw a sailboat back against the Opera House. The lines and curves and colors around were so vibrationally consistent that I asked the Great Captian Luke to maneuver around to get this position. And look at the sky! What drama… we thought it was going to rain, but it never did.

Sailing in the Sydney Harbour

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 10:58:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Sydney Bound for a Workshop!

Things are hottin’ up!

I’m coming to Sydney, Australia! Join me and find out more!

What’s going on? Well, I’m gonna do a full-day workshop and it’ll be quite unique. The day is designed to challenge both sides of your brain. For the technie side, we’ll spend plenty of time playing with tools like Lightroom, Aurora HDR Pro, Photoshop, Photomatix and more. I’ll even screencapture the whole enchilada so that so you can download later… we’ve designed this as a “lean back” experience so you can see the way I create images, the way I move through my workflow, and my organic process to rearrange the light to communicate a story.

For the right side of your brain, we’ll spend the other half of the time talking about creativity and how to unlock bits of your mind that might be stuck. You’ll see this through the creation of images, stories, and how to get back into that elusive creative flow. The key is to get to know the tools and then let your free mind float on top of them.

What do you get? I wanted to put together a package that you can download before the workshop with all kinds of unique goodies. First, you get a Lightroom Library full of all my RAW files we’ll be working on together. Second, you get a welcome video that lays out three challenges for you to work on before the event. It’s optional, you know… I won’t be checking homework! Third, you get access to this new thing I made called “Trey’s Creative Survival Kit,” a collection of resources outside of the photography world to inspire and counterintuitively unlock creative energy sources inside of you.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in person, my Internet friends! And if I already met you from our Sydney Photowalk, I look forward to hanging out with you again with a whole new bag o’ tricks! 🙂

Sign up at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/becoming-workshop

A Few Favorite Photos from Sydney!

What a great city… I can’t wait to go snap-happy! 🙂 And this time, it will be during Vivid Sydney!

Bridge Party in Sydney

The Amazing Bridge in Sydney I think I took this during the Sydney photowalk – I am not sure! But those clouds seem very familiar. I took So Many Photos in Sydney… thousands… and I’ve processed hundreds so far. But I just can’t remember exactly when I took this one! Maybe someone from Sydney can confirm that I took this that evening.I really wanted to get up there on the bridge, but they don’t let you take your camera, which is a real bummer. I wish I could get special permission some time. Whoever can get me special permission can go with me – that would be a blast! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Sydney Glows at Sunset During the Sydney photowalk, we ended up with some nice skies! I always love a bit of drama in the skies… makes everything a bit more exciting and epic I think. And just after the sun set, there were a few interesting splashes of color in the sky to break it up.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Downtown Sydney from the Rocks The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, and it’s down by the harbour. I have to make sure I get the “u” in there to appease local sensitivities. Anyway, it’s a cool area full of a lot of old-world charm. Now there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and little hotels that are sprinkled around the area.I took this one from the top of a 3-story salsa bar. I didn’t even really go into the bar, except for the way to find the top of it! I looked quite strange walking around the salsa dancefloor to get to the other side, dancing with my tripod!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Skies of Sydney Sydney? Check. Sunset? Check. Easy photo? Check!Man, this was such a lay up… I can’t claim much credit for it. I just kinda walked up and it was like this. Good sunset shots are not always easy, but this one was… I admit it! :) Now, it was made a bit easier with post-processing through Photomatix, but I kind of take that for granted now.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Daily Duck!

Here's one of my favorite photos from Sydney. It's also infamous because it's the same one their local newspaper put on the front page without my permission. Bad newspaper! Bad! 🙂

(it's okay we settled all is cool again)

Daily Duck!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-12 05:34:49
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Bridge Party in Sydney

Don’t forget about the OFFICIAL start to the USA Photo Walk Tour tomorrow in New York City!

See you tomorrow in New York City! Be sure to check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com site to find out more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMtNBHccPL

Daily Photo – The Mighty Bridge over Sydney

I'm really looking forward to coming back! 🙂

The Mighty Bridge over Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 17:52:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A HUGE HBO Game of Thrones and Google+ PhotoWalk in Sydney

Join me next week in Sydney!

All the event details are here. I’m really looking forward to seeing you — it should be an amazing event… I’m a huge fan of The Game of Thrones, so this will be a perfect storm of awesomeness! :

Daily Photo – Across the Narrow Sea to Sydney for the Game of Thrones event

Or, well, across the next great thing – the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia! I'm excited about the big event… and no, I won't be arriving on this boat, but it would be kinda cool!

Across the Narrow Sea to Sydney for the Game of Thrones event

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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