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

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The Skies of Sydney and Photomatix Presets

Photomatix Presets

Do you have (my!) Trey’s Photomatix Presets? I still use Photomatix all the time, as many of you noticed from my recent tutorial video. I think my presets are much more interesting than the ones that come with Photomatix, but you can be the judge! If you don’t agree, you can have all your money back… no problemo!

Here’s a screenshot for ya!

Daily Photo – 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.

The Skies of Sydney

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Awesome Ship in Sydney Harbor and Big Event at Google HQ in Tokyo!

Join me in Tokyo at the Google HQ for a free event!

On Friday April 12 at 4 PM, come to my talk and/or join me just afterwards for the meet up! To join me, just fill out this Google Form! I look forward to meeting you there… this will be a fun event and I’ll be talking about all new stuff.

The Google offices are located at 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo. The building is called Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and the Google reception is on the 26th floor.

Extraordinary Vision Magazine

There is a free iPad magazine called Extraordinary Vision that has featured several writeups about the New Zealand event by a few of the photographers that attended the event. This is highly recommended – I think you will enjoy their photos and what they have to say!

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

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The Amazing Bridge in Sydney

Android Development of Stuck On Earth

Want to see some screenshots of the progress so far? Visit this thread on Google+ to see! 🙂

Daily Photo – 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! 🙂

The Amazing Bridge in Sydney

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Tom in Sydney

Another shout out to the QT Sydney

Thanks again to the QT Sydney (a photo of my room) for hosting Tom and I! Stephen Howard did a great job showing us around and getting us here into the State Theater where we took the photo below.

Daily Photo – Tom in Sydney

That’s Tom Anderson there (the MySpace Tom). We had a very fun time running around Australia together, and especially here in the State Theater. It is an amazing place! The entryway, as you can see, is insanely ornate. And then once you enter, you go through one hall to the next, each as grand as the previous one.

I’d love to have an event here one night… I don’t know what I would do… maybe just bring in a bunch of people and we can all post-process all night together! 🙂 That sounds lame but also kinda awesome.

Tom in Sydney

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Sydney Glows at Sunset

Taking Photos During PhotoWalks

This is a very hard thing for me, actually! I’m often so busy talking or explaining or whatever, that it’s quite difficult for me to concentrate on a good shot. Also, the other strange thing is that I can only shoot forward. If I ever see something behind me, man, forget it. There are a lot of people standing in the way, and it seems so rude to tell them to move! So, I just skip it and try to find something inside the forward bit of my viewcone! 🙂

Daily Photo – 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.

Sydney Glows at Sunset

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On stage at the State Theater in Sydney

Movie Premieres

The State Theater below is apparently where they also have some of the major movie premieres in Sydney. This is not news to all the good Aussies out there, but it’s cool to think about all the big movies that have first shown here. I used to go to movie premieres all the time, but now that I am in a smaller town, it’s not so much of a big deal any more… but I do miss it! 🙂

Daily Photo – On stage at the State Theater in Sydney

What an amazing place! I don’t think it is that secret, but I had no idea that such a grand place existed, hidden away! Well, it’s not exactly hidden, but I don’t think anyone walking by on the street past the humble entrance would know what awaits inside.

This is next-door to the QT Sydney (link to previous blog entry about that hotel), where I stayed while I was there. I toured around inside here with Alexia Sinclair, and she’s always been keen to shoot it too in one of her more dramatic pieces. Maybe we’ll see one of these in the future! 🙂

On stage at the State Theater in Sydney

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QT Sydney – An awesome and quirky hotel!

New Prints

I’m always trying out new prints for the home, and I just got a few slick ones from iAcrylic. I’m really impressed with the quality and look of the prints. Because of the reflections around the edge from the acrylic, there is a very interesting border-effect. It’s hard to explain, but I really dig it. One thing I have noticed is they look best if you hang them in a well-lit area.

Which photos did I get from iAcrylic? These two recent ones below which I quite like! 🙂

HDR Photo

Evening on the blue Lake Tekapo Yes, these blues are real!I’ve gotten tens of thousands of messages from people that say that New Zealand is in their plans to visit in the near future, and when you visit this area, you’ll see how crazy the colors really are. It’s like The Sound of Music To The Next Order of Magnitude… everywhere.I’ve been adding this location and hundreds more to the free Stuck On Earth app — it should help you easily find these places when you eventually make it here! :) - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – 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!

The QT Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

Speaking of Sydney…

Many people have been asking for an update in the Sydney Morning Herald situation. There has since been an article on another Australian media outlet by Nic Christensen where he got in contact with the editor of the SMH. Below is a quote from the article in response that they have made an apology to me.

“Perhaps they have placed a handwritten apology in the pouch of a kangaroo and it jumped in the wrong direction, for I have yet to receive it (or any digital facsimile thereof),” said Ratcliff.

Otherwise, I’ve handed everything over to the legal team. This is the same team that dealt with the Time issue and countless others. I’ll give another update later, assuming I’m allowed to.

Daily Photo – Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

This might have been the last shot I took with my Nikon D800 before the wind blew it over to destroy it. It turned out that I could not repair it, so I had to buy another D800. Sad Trey. I hope the shot was worth it… many Bothans died to bring you this photo… 🙂

Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

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I’m not a reader, Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald – What’s up?

Errr… Anyone heard of Creative Commons Noncommercial? Maybe someone involved with copyright there at the Sydney Morning Herald perhaps? I like how they say, “a selection of our readers’ photographs” — very sly. This both indicates that they have legions of readers and that all the photographs are from these adoring legions. I just checked my doorstep here in Queenstown, New Zealand. Nope, I don’t see the Sydney Morning Herald there.

My license, which is quite generous and clear on the site says noncommercial. Now, I know newspapers are commercial, even though they are hemorrhaging money as people flock online to get more timely news and better photos (which, apparently, they are doing too for content-mining). So, the commercial use is definitely a no-no.

But in worse form, I think it’s a bit rude not to give credit down there towards the bottom of the photo. Instead, they used that valuable space to indicate that “oh we’re just one big community with ‘our readers’ who take these pics for fun.” Oh no, I didn’t pay thousands of dollars to fly to your country and stay in a hotel and buy camera equipment so I could take photos of your duck to adorn your newspaper. /said in the voice of Tim from The Holy Grail when he said “I warned you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little *bunny*, isn’t it?”

HDR Photo

(thanks for the tip off on Google+ from Daniel Shortt.)

Speaking of Copyright Infringement…

I saw a comment on Google+ from CNET reporter Lexy Savvides

Hilariously timed +Trey Ratcliff given that the SMH [Sydney Morning Herald] last week recently posted pieces on photographers having content stolen. See this article

Looks like it was used online too, littered with revenue-generating ads…

Good person “Dawnstar Australis” sent me this tweet that it is also being used online (image):

@dawnstarau: @TreyRatcliff Incidentally here’s the digital copy of the article with your image front and centre – http://bit.ly/VVQ4po

Harlan Ellison says it better than I could (and funnier!)

This is the famous Harlan Ellison, who I first came to know through his work on Babylon 5, but he’s also won the Hugo Award over nine times! It’s great to see him go off… I’m sure many photographers will really enjoy hearing him get angry! 🙂

Thank you to good man Matt Fangman who left this video link below.

Update…

There has since been an article on another Australian media outlet by Nic Christensen where he got in contact with the editor of the SMH.

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!

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