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 Taken
  • 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 Taken
  • 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 Taken
  • 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 Taken
  • 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 Taken
  • 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!

Daily Photo – Bridge Party in Sydney

This was a crazy-long day of hiking with my friend Tom. I think we must have walked 15 km that day with all our heavy camera stuff! Towards the end of the night, when we finally got under the famous Sydney bridge, I barely had enough energy to take this photo, but I’m glad I did!

Bridge Party in Sydney

Photo Information

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

Mystery Location in Melbourne!

Best Stained Glass in the world?

Where do you think the best stained glass is in the world? Usually some of the best are in cathedrals and things of this nature, but I bet there are a few amazing displays that I’ve never even heard of.

Daily Photo – Mystery Location in Melbourne

Can anyone identify today's location?

There is a tiny bit of a trick to this photo. I just finished recording a little behind-the-scenes of how it was made… but kind of a cool trick if I do say so myself! It has to do with symmetry and getting everything right in the camera, which can be darn near impossible with structures like this!

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO560
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sydney Through the Glass

Your Favorite Science YouTube Videos?

I don’t know if you’ve seen my YouTube Playlists, but I’ve got a few different ones. I have kind of “photography” ones, but I also have Funny Playlists, Science Playlists, etc etc. What are your favorite science videos, I need to fill mine up with some more! I just added a cool one of a gravity demonstration that I saw on reddit… But I find that using playlists is a good way to remember my favorite YouTube videos.

Daily Photo – Sydney Through the Glass

Here I am in the Customs House visiting a beautiful restaurant. I liked the view from the balcony, but I liked it even better from indoors! The way the strange light bounced off the glass made my kinda happy and confused, so I though t it was a much more interesting shot.

Sydney Through the Glass

Sydney Through the Glass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Sydney from Above

Queenstown from Above

I did it! My first solo flight in a paraglider was successful! I also got a video of the thing I will share soon, but here is a quick shot I just took from the air over Queenstown with Google Glass:

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Sydney from Above

I love these models of cities! I should make it a point to visit models of cities whenever I am in the city itself. It’s often impressive and gives you a very nice feel for the organism of the whole city. This one was in Sydney, and it was Alexia Sinclair who first showed me this awesome place! She had an exhibit here about a year prior, and it was a spectacular venue for it!

Sydney from Above

Sydney from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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