A Massive Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali

Stranger Things

Have you seen this new series on Netflix? If not, I recommend it! It’s based in 1983 and is sort of a fantastical show that reminds me a lot of Twin Peaks. It’s not as quirky and surreal as that, but it has many of the same elements. Anyway, yet another great Netflix show!

Daily Photo – A Massive Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali

There are two Ritz-Carlton hotels in Bali and I was lucky enough to stay in both. If you're gonna spend a week there, I also recommend trying both! This one is from “Phulay Bay,” which is one of their reserve properties. This massive structure you see here is where the “lobby” is. It's all open air, as the weather is always warm and temperate. I can't imagine how long this must have taken to build. I met the architect one day at tea and he probably got sick of me gushing over not only the overall design but also all the little details.

A Massive Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali

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  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Fields from Above

Preparing for Battle

I notice most of the time when I go out to take photos, it’s not a hotel-room 72 degrees F! So I am either bundling up or preparing for a sweat-lodge. There’s no in between… like here in Bali, for example, I just prepared for a whole day of sweating. It’s good to bring an extra towel, as Douglas Adams warned us.

Daily Photo – Fields from Above

My whole life I've seen photos of rice fields and always wanted to see them in this terraced formation. I did see a few in China, but they were not even impressive enough for a photo. They were a bit dull, and not terraced, you know? But then I got to Bali and was able to see many of them… just as amazing as I have imagined. I understand the ones in the Philipines are even better, so I hope to see those some day too.

Fields from Above

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  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/950
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
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Sunset in Bali

The Next Morning in Bali

Here’s a FB Live thing I did while in Bali… this was the next morning!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Bali

We went out on a little photo excursion one afternoon and evening. It was great fun! We started by visiting a few different beaches then ended up at this magical place in the evening. There were no bad pictures from any angle. It was a shame I only got to go here one night… but driving around Bali and exploring was a great experience. I look forward to going back some day and seeing more! πŸ™‚

Sunset in Bali

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  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Drama Church!

iPad Pro

At first, I didn’t think I’d like it so much… just seemed too big. But now that I have it, I really dig the thing. Photos look absolutely incredible on it, and it’s also great for games. I even love reading on the thing… it’s so big I don’t even have to turn the pages that often. I feel it’s like reading one of those old giant encyclopedias.

Daily Photo – Drama Church!

I was walking on the beach one night in Bali here at the Ritz-Carlton. I don't remember ever seeing a church or any kind of religious thing at any hotels before… so this one really stands out because of its architectural impact. I knew there was a storm coming, so I went out here on the beach to watch it for about half an hour, trying my best to capture some lightning, and then I did it! As fast as lightning, they say.

Drama Church!

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  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Facebook Keynote 2016 – Trey Highlights

Hey I was in the keynote for a short stint when Chris Cox was talkin’! This is a fun part of the Keynote where they talk about Facebook Live and show a little footage from a DJI Phantom 4 live. You’ll notice actually footage from today’s photo below! πŸ™‚

Come over to my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/treyratcliff and under the “Like” be sure to click “See First” to be able to see all these live broadcasts when they happen.

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My FB Live Videos: https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff/videos

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Another day, another quad shot! They are becoming more and more regular, eh? I notice I have a different workflow for processing these shots. For example, usually, right after a flight I go back and dump all the photos into Lightroom. Then, almost IMMEDIATELY, I process all my favorite photos. I don't mess about.. leaving them in LR for days, months, or years, as I do with my other unprocessed photos. I am not sure why this is! Maybe there is an excitement factor or something.

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/138
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
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Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Mount Aspiring Hut

A few months ago I made a post about a hut near Mount Aspiring. I haven’t had a chance to overnight there yet, but I am planning on it! πŸ™‚ Here it is!

Exploring The Mount Aspiring Area

Daily Photo – Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Here's the little path I would walk home too in Bali at Mandapa. I like all the lime-green floaties in the water around the rice. They are like tiny little leaves that swish around in a Brownian motion. I asked the local rice farmer what they were, and he said they were very bad and slowed down the growth of the rice. I told him I thought they were kind of pretty and he wrinkled his nose at me.

Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

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  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Beached Boats in Bali

Spotify, Feelin’ Supafresh

Here’s a link to my Feelin’ Supafresh playlist on Spotify. These are my newest “finds” that I add to my newest list!

Daily Photo – Beached Boats in Bali

On my last day, I went out with the chef from the restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton to get some fresh fish and veggies at the local markets. How fun! Our last stop was at a fish market here… the boats were so colorful and interesting I took a quick 5-minute walk to get some photos.

Beached Boats in Bali

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Picking Rice

Bali Fun

This photo below is from Bali and it just reminds me that I need to go back there! It was a very peaceful place… I’m into yoga and everything, and I found it very easy to get into the flow there. Maybe that was just in my head, and that seems like an arbitrary place to be.

Daily Photo – Picking Rice

Wow, that looks like back-breaking work. I find it challenging just to bend over to tie my shoes. It would be like tying your shoes, standing up, taking one step, then untying your shoes, then taking another step and tying your shoes again. I actually tried it for a while… I had a guy show me how to do it. One of the strangest things that I guess I didn't realize is that you are barefooted the whole time. It's really gooey in there… but it was nice to experience something so foreign to me but what millions of people do!

Picking Rice

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture22
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length184.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Dinner in Bali

Hot Gadget Recommendation

See the speaker in the Day 0 video below? That’s the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker. I absolutely love that thing… it’s so fun. Everyone else seems to love it too! That speaker brings the party! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Dinner in Bali

What a cool place to have dinner eh? It reminds me of a little beehive or something like that. This is one of the fabulous dinner spots at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali. The food was amazingly fabulous and at one point, I even got to go back into the kitchen to have a little explore-time with the head chef. It's always so interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. They were working extra-hard because this night, in particular, there was a huge dinner party where all the General Managers from all the 4 and 5-star resorts from Bali came over to have dinner here. It was kind of a funny story because as I walked by, the GM from the Ritz-Carlton grabbed me to say something. I had a few wines by then, and I ended up telling some really funny story and everyone was laughing. It was all quite ridiculous but fun.

Dinner in Bali

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  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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Yoga in Bali

Yoga X

Some of you know I like those Tony Horton videos and I’m into P90x3! There’s a good routine in there called Yoga X that lasts about 30 minutes and is a pretty fun thing. And, like everything else, I’m not really that good at it, but trying to improve all the time.

Daily Photo – Yoga in Bali

Here's yours truly getting my yoga on! And I'm even wearing my Thai fisherman pants… I wore those almost everywhere there. This is in the yoga room in front of a beautiful rolling river at the Ritz-Carlton Mandapa Reserve. It was really nice to get up every morning, do a meditation, then stroll over to the yoga room… what a nice daily habit to get in… Not that I'm always that disciplined, but at least I try, I guess!

Yoga in Bali

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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