Rice Fields in Bali from Above

My Current Quadcopter Setup

Currently, I have an Inspire One and a Phantom 3. I keep the Phantom 3 fueled up and ready inside of a backpack for treks. As for the Inspire One, I keep that in my home with propellors on, camera on, and ready to fly. It makes it easy for me just to step out the front door and get some quick shots without a lot of setup time.

And here are two recently updated reviews! :)

DJI Phantom Review
DJI Inspire Review

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Unfortunately, my Phantom 3 was out-of-commission when I went to Bali so I had to lug the big Inspire 3 out there… it's a bit of a pain to travel with and launch, but after its up, it flies beautifully. I had a strange problem because I had sort of a bum Apple Lightning cable to connect it to my iPad. I was getting the dreaded “No Connection” message… and I had no idea what was causing it. Only later when I tried a different cord did I realize the problem!

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/259
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Updated Burning Man Plan

This next time I’m gonna go with my friend Rene, and he and I are gonna bring along Jonatas, our Brazilian developer with us to cook us 3 hot Brazilian meals per day, clean our RV, and get all my camera equipment ready! I’m very excited about this plan… surely it has some weak points, but I don’t think so!

Daily Photo – Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Can you believe the view out of my front door in Bali? This was one of the rooms with its own private pool at the Mandapa Reserve Ritz Carlton… you can see my pool out there, just waiting for a little skinny dip action! Actually, it was a room within a room, as there is another separate living room there to the left and then another door that is actually the exit to the villa. Wow what a place… I gotta get back there some day! :)

Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Community Footprint day in Indonesia

The first time I was with children from Indonesia was about five years ago at Borobudur. I’ve always found Indonesia people to be INCREDIBLY warm and open-hearted. And especially the kids! So this time, while I was staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali, I talked to the General Manager and we arranged to have a group of orphans come over and we could spend a few hours on a photo walk to talk about creativity and life and all that stuff! It was really great.. super great kids. We started with a little photo walk on the beach and all around the property, then ended up back inside for some snacks and a little presentation of places from around the world. We had a Q&A about art and creativity and everything… wow that was fun. Thanks again! Here are some photos from the afternoon and evening!

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Morning at my Room at the Ritz-Carlton Bali

Live Video Behind the Scenes

Here’s a live video I posted on Facebook while I was taking this photo. You’ll also get a surprise visit to my ROBOT POTTY.

Live from Bali! One more Awesome thing about my room The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Mandapa Reserve! As you watch, tell me where you are from! :)

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Thursday, 12 November 2015

Daily Photo – Morning at my Room at the Ritz-Carlton Bali

Wow — what a place to wake up in! And that water was so warm I could just slip into it anytime… watch the sunrise or sunset… just amazing all around! My very first morning here it was stormy, but after that every morning had an equally beautiful sunrise. And I hope you enjoyed the little video above! :)

Morning at my Room at the Ritz-Carlton Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Mandapa Reserve from Above

Amazing Tour Highlights Page!

The team has worked really hard and put together an amazing Tour Highlights Page! Be sure to go check it out! :)

Vertaramas are Hard

This is a “Vertarama” which is like a Panorama but vertical. I’m not sure if it’s a real word or even if I spelled the made-up word correctly, but you get the idea. Anyway, stitching together panoramas is relatively easy. I now use Autopano Giga for that because it seems to work much better than Photoshop. But when you stack photos vertically, it’s a different matter altogether. It just doesn’t work quite right! So I had to manually do everything in Photoshop, which took a small eternity.

This is made out of 15 different photos, all taken with the DJI Inspire. It was three sets of brackets, stacked vertically. I processed them all with Aurora HDR then hand-stiched them together.

Daily Photo – The Mandapa Reserve from Above

How amazing is this Ritz-Carlton in Bali? This one is in the Ubud area, and I've never seen any place quite like it. It's almost more of a temple than a resort where guests stay! It was absolutely like living in a story… reminded me of the time in A Wise Man's Fear when Kvothe went to live in the castle for a while. I'll never forget it… I got a ton of photos from the Mandapa Reserve here, but this was without a doubt the hardest to create!

The Mandapa Reserve from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Rice Paddies at Night at the Mandapa Reserve at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

Amazing Bali

I just got back from just over a week in Bali and I stayed at the most amazing places… Not only is Bali itself great, but these two Ritz-Carlton resorts where I stayed were beyond my wildest expectations. It was like a waking dream. I went photo-crazy there and I’ll be sure to sprinkle in a bunch of the new Bali photos over coming days and weeks.

Daily Photo – Rice Paddies at Night at the Mandapa Reserve at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

How beautiful is this place at night? I absolutely love all those lights reflecting through the rice grasses while that farmer's hut relaxes above in the night. This reserve is so massive that they even have their own functional stair-steppe rice paddies. I found myself out there most every day… taking photos at all times of night. Towering behind it, you can see the bulk of the Ritz-Carlton Mandapa Reserve. What a place, and I can't wait to go back! :)

Rice Paddies at Night at the Mandapa Reserve at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bejana at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

Trey’s Tips: Adding Glow!

How to add “Fairy Tale Glow” to your photos Tip Video!

This is a short tutorial on how I add Glow to my photos now, using the new Aurora HDR Pro – Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – Bejana at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

Wow what a restaurant! You can see me edit this photo above if you like… Not only did I love eating here, but I also loved editing the photo…haha yeah I'm weird like that, but it takes me right back there. Get this, I even took a cooking class with the head chef, who was an amazing dude. We spent a few hours driving all over Bali to visit local markets, get spices and food, then we came back right THERE in the middle of the kitchen to cook it all up together… wow the meal was so good I'll never forget it!

Bejana at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Old Jogjakarta

Merry Christmas everyone

I hope you have a great one! My entry is a little short tonight… I’m up late building things!

Daily Photo – Old Jogjakarta

I visited this area of Jogjakarta day after day to get different light and different conditions. This is the old temple of Borobudur, and each of these “bells” is a stupa-cage that protects stone buddhas that sit inside.

I wanted to get a photo of the inside, but it’s extremely difficult… so you’ll just have to take my word for it! :)

HDR Photo

Prambanan Sunset

Great time at EG!

I’m having a good time in Monterey at the EG Conference and looking forward to the PhotoWalk on Sunday!

I had breakfast with Freeman Dyson, ended up having several conversations with Neal Stephenson, sat by Alexa Meade, talked about Icelandic horses with Stephen Tobolowsky and his wife, got to speak today between the great Elliot Erwitt and Max Ferguson, talked about the “haters’ with Masie Crow, discussed photography with Chris Rainier, shared adventure stories with Rachael Kinley, and decided to collaborate on something awesome in the future with Masa Kuwamura. Plus, about a dozen other remarkable things that are also worthy of mention! But I am so tired…. need to sleep after the…

Daily Photo – Prambanan Sunset

Sometimes the lighting is best right after the sunset.

And sometimes this is right when the police come to get you. Maybe they were security guards. But it was hard to tell in the dark – and, besides, I didn’t know the difference between the clothes of a security guards and a policeman in Indonesia. I had Will with me when these guys approached us, and he was no help at all. He did manage to keep them busy for a while so I could take some final shots, but we could tell that we had worn out our welcome. So then the guards started to escort us right out of there.

HDR Photo

Mysteries of Indonesia

Glad you Enjoyed the Newsletter!

We had a huge response to the last free newsletter! It went out on Christmas Eve and was full of cool stuff. You can still get it if you sign up (it’s free). The welcome email has a link to all the newsletters, including the most recent, #20. Looking at the stats, our newsletter is opened up by well over 125% of the people to which it is sent! That means that many people forward to friends and family… that’s great! It’s helped us grow well beyond expectations!

Today, we’re showing a new photo from Indonesia – the unique temple of Borobudur. This was taken prior to sunrise, when a thick layer of damp fog covered the mountain lowlands, where this temple is located outside of Jogjakarta. It was one of those very wet mornings when there is really no appropriate attire. It’s not too cool and not too hot – but just “uncomfortable.” I was listening to my music to make me forget about that nonsense though… it helped quite a bit!

And then, sticking to the theme of this week, I included a whole raft of photos I shot while in Indonesia… it just reminds me of how much I want to go back and explore more of that country!

High Dynamic Range Photo

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