The Ceiling of the Paris Opera House

Paris Tutorial Videos Now Available!

Want to learn more about my post-processing and follow me around on a shoot in Paris? Even better, you get to see the same thing from Miss Aniela! Pop over to the Midnight In Paris video in the new store

I think you’ll love it – especially the post-processing bit. :) And, as always, if you don’t mega-love it, you can have all your money back – no worries :)

Daily Photo – The Ceiling of the Paris Opera House

I stole this photo-taking idea from Matt Knisely! At first, I would lay down on my back and try to get the shot. But that was frustrating and bothersome. Then I saw Matt just put his camera on the ground with a timer then run away! So that’s what I did to get this shot… although it took a few takes to get it to line up right…

Top of the Paris Opera House

The Ceiling of the Paris Opera House

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New HDR and Post-processing Video Available!

New HDR and Post-processing Video Available!

We finally have everything wrapped up in a neat little package for you! :) Check it out here! As always, we will give you all your money back if you don’t learn a ton about HDR, post-processing, and creating amazing images.

I’ve linked you there to the bonus version, which costs $4 more, but contains all the bonus stuff, in addition to all the standard items below! :)

Tutorial Includes

  • Part 1 – Trey Ratcliff Photoshoot (823 MB)
  • Part 2 – Trey Ratcliff Post-processing (2.7 GB)
  • Part 3 – Miss Aniela Photoshoot (2 GB)
  • Part 4 – Miss Aniela Post-processing (1.2 GB)
  • Bonus Video – Photo Composition (955 MB)
  • Bonus Video – Miss Aniela Tiger Photo (2.7 GB)
  • Sample Working Files Part 1 (640 MB)
  • Sample Working Files Part 2 (811 MB)
  • Sample Working Files Part 3 (645 MB)
  • Access to Private Clubhouse Community

Daily Photo – Afternoon at the Chateau

Here is one of the many images created during the workshop. I decided I liked this slightly off-center version rather than right down the middle. I loved the one right down the middle too, of course, but just was giving the situation a bit of a curve-ball. The tree branches seemed so interesting to me, and I wanted to accentuate them in post processing so they felt like one hundred little arrows, all pointing at the chateau.

Afternoon at the Chateau Paris

Afternoon at the Chateau

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Under the Basilica of St. Thérèse, Lisieux

Any of you on Reddit?

Here’s my reddit account (treyratcliff)… if you are on there too, drop it below in the comments! I spend a bit of time over there every day! It’s wonderfully distracting! :)

Daily Photo – Under the Basilica of St. Thérèse, Lisieux

After the adventure with so many great people in Paris, Tom and I rented a car and started a little road trip through Normandy. We ended up here in Lesieux, thanks to sweet sweet Stuck On Earth. The cathedral is quite amazing, and, if you go, don’t forget to go look at this extremely ornate chapel underneath the larger one. The intricate tilework must have take ages…

Under the Basilica of St. Thérèse, Lisieux

Under the Basilica of St. Thérèse, Lisieux

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Live Class – Paris Live Photo Editing and More!

Watch me edit this live

I decided to throw in a bonus for Day 2 of the online class that starts this weekend on the Midnight In Paris page! Each day you’ll learn a lot about photography from me and Miss Aniela. You’ll learn landscape, HDR, post-processing tricks, and even the special tricks that Miss Aniela employs with her models.

At the end of the Q&A session for day 2, I’ll be editing this photo below from beginning to end!

Time Lasts Forever in Paris Oh Paris! Le sigh…These were not the ideal shooting conditions, as idyllic as the scene might appear. This is all handheld, btw, no tripod, and here’s the rest of the sad tripod story.To get to this spot, you have to walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. My first few times there, I did not even know you could get to the top! I felt quite dumb when I found out you can walk up about 20,000 stairs to get here.Once I got up there, I staked out a position with my tripod, and then Frenchy McFrenchface came over and told me I could not use my tripod. I explained that I was an arteeeest, and surely he would in the 19th century no one asked the impressionists to put their easels away. This was a losing argument, although I still think it’s a pretty good one. It will work one day, and I won’t give up this line of persuasion.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Colors of the Museum

Right before the in-person Midnight In Paris event, we took the class on a private photowalk to my favorite museum in the world! We ended up spending several hours here. I didn’t even get in trouble for my tripod this time!

I have soooooo many photos of this place. I’m trying to hold back and not post them all, even though I want to! :) We’ll just both have to wait, I guess…

Paris Natural History Museum

The Colors of the Museum

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Triangle of Fauna

How-to

I have more about the how-to of this photo in the Part 1 of the upcoming Midnight in Paris video! Both Miss Aniela and I are really looking forward to this thing!

Daily Photo – Triangle of Fauna

Sorry for the dumb name of this photo. I was feeling VERY lame when I made it up. Even here, into my third sentence, I still can’t come up with anything better. Either way, I hope you enjoy the photo!

Triangle of Fauna

Triangle of Fauna

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Shadow Selfie

No Bathroom Selfies

I notice a growing trend online in “Bathrooom Selfies.” You can have some peace in knowing you won’t be seeing any from me in the future. But I do notice that I used the word “Selfie” in the title today. Now that I write that, it feels like the kind of word a female would use when she takes a photo of herself. There should be a male-version of this word. Until then, I guess I’ll just use it in the amorphous manner.

Daily Photo – Shadow Selfie

Out behind the chateau, there was an extremely powerful light. It kept getting in my way, so I decided just to go ahead and use it! I like shadow-photos, but they always make you look a bit bottom-heavy.

BTW, if you want to get strange colors in night photography, try setting your white-balance to “cloudy” — this will do some funky stuff to the coloring! Remember, if you shoot in RAW, you can always change the white balance later! :)

shadow

Shadow Selfie

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The Fantasy Bookcase

Awesome Melbourne PhotoWalk!

I’ll get some more photos up soon, but you can see many photos from the Melbourne PhotoWalkers here! Melbourne has one of the most vibrant photowalk communities I’ve ever come across!

January 26 is the day!

Of the big event at Midnight in Paris! Even if you can’t watch live, you can still get it later. This photo below of the bookcase is part of the video… there is a pretty funny scene in episode 1 that you’ll enjoy around this… because I never even saw this shot myself!

Nik Silver Efex Pro

I processed this photo using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro. I recommend it!

Daily Photo – The Fantasy Bookcase

I suppose bookcases will become more an antique in the near future. It’s hard for me to imagine my kids having a lot of bookcases when they get older… the vast majority of everything they read now is on a tablet. I suppose they can have a bookcase with a few tablets in it, but that’s kind of like having a buggy-whip case full of lightsabers.

Bookcase

The Fantasy Bookcase

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The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

Want the info on any of my shots?

Every day, I upload the max rez image along with all the EXIF info to SmugMug. To see the EXIF for yourself, just click through the image to the SmugMug page where you can see a little “i” when you hover over the image. Click that to get the info! :)

Daily Photo – The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

I know that purists tend to call this place more of a monastery, but I call it more of a castle! To me, after all, it just looks like an almighty castle (said in Bob-Ross-voice), doesn’t it?

For this one, I got down pretty low with the Nikon 14-24 lens. I had the engines pushed to Warp 10 at 14mm! The rest of the EXIF is ISO 100, f/8, 15 seconds for one of the exposures.

The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

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The Royal Stairs

Join us for the Online Class – it quickly approaches!

In a few weeks, we’ll be having this great online photography training event called Midnight in Paris. You’ll notice today’s daily photo is one of the ones in this little video-teaser below!

Daily Photo – The Royal Stairs

I imagine all sorts of royalty going up and down these stairs. I wonder what it was like, back in the day, when people would come over to the chateau… arriving on horse-drawn carriages and the like… coming in to ascend these stairs… I wish we had video footage from back then. It would be so interesting.

Maybe someone will invent a quantum-time video capture device. Then we could set it up on the stairs and dial it back to the mid 1800′s to see who went up and down the stairs.

This reminds me a little of what my little 7-year-old girl said. She was looking at some old photos from the 20′s. She said, “You know dad? Like in the olden days? Like when everyone used to dress in black and white?”

The Royal Stairs

The Royal Stairs

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New Zealand Photographers more popular than the Prime Minister?

Rankings in NZ

This is a funny post from New Zealand photographer Jason Law:

NZ Photographers more popular than our Prime Minister on Google+…

Pretty funny to see that myself and a few other close photographer friends here in Queenstown/Central Otago are more popular than our Prime Minister.. Perhaps +Todd Sisson or +Stefan Haworth should run for Prime Minister next term?.. :P

Check out www.circlecount.com for some interesting stats..
http://www.circlecount.com/nz/profileslist/

Daily Photo – Exploring the Medieval Mont Saint Michel

I think if you ever go to Mont Saint Michel that you should really try to stay up on the island. Hotel space is extremely limited, but it gives you the chance to walk around the old walled city deep into the night. All the tourists are gone, and the only people around are the supposed 46 people that live there, according to Wikipedia.

Here, an old man walks home after a day at work.

Exploring the Medieval Mont Saint Michel

Exploring the Medieval Mont Saint Michel

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