High Atop Tokyo

Help with Leica Lenses from savvy People out there!

Okay, so I want to start getting some Leica lenses, but I have never felt as clueless as I do when I go Leica lens shopping. I know that there are many very intelligent and practiced Leica experts and collectors out there. I respect you greatly! Maybe I can just have a small iceberg of your knowledge from the wide and deep glacier. I need some advice:

1) What are the first four lenses I should get?
2) There are so many different prices even for the same lens – how do I know if I’m paying for quality or a collector’s item? (I’m more interested in quality of course!)
3) Where is the best place to buy them online?

I think I’d like a good wide-angle lens and then two good ones for portraits/people/things and then maybe a good telephoto lens too. Thank you in advance!

Daily Photo – High Atop Tokyo

After the fun Tokyo photowalk in Harajuku, we had a big dinner for everyone at an Italian restaurant on the top floor of pretty tall building. Somehow, we managed to get ourselves all the way up onto the roof for a bit of night shooting. It was so awesome up there, and I was immediately reminded of the blade-runner-esque feeling of Tokyo.

High Atop Tokyo

High Atop Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 3, 2013 at 11:15am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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New Introduction to HDR eBook!

HDR Tutorial eBook

Grab the Introduction to HDR eBook here! This is a very well put together version of the HDR Tutorial here on the site. It also includes RAW files so you can follow along! Here is a little preview below:

HDR Tutorial eBook

HDR Tutorial eBook

Daily Photo – Dreaming in the streets of Tokyo

This was a wild night in the red light district of Tokyo. It’s actually incredibly safe and interesting, which is cool. Sometimes red light districts get a little scary. But this one is so full of lights and unexpected activity – it’s a great place to take photos all through the night. Like this guy for example. He was kind of just cold-chillin out here… oh yeah!

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Dreaming in the streets of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 6:48pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Six amazing stories in a new conversation…

Google+ Conversation

Hear six amazing stories and hang on till the end to hear a possibly less amazing story about new camera bags! Here are links to the gentleman that joined me:

1. Paul Carmona
2. Andrew Gerard
3. Guy Parkes
4. Rick Schwartz
5. Jesse Summers
6. Danny Levin

Camera Bag in Action and a Question

Here’s a bunch of photos people took of me and the bag in action a few days ago in Tokyo during the photowalk I’ll describe below… You can see how tiny it is – barely noticeable !

Question / Mission for you, my brave and resourceful audience:

I want to contact the people that make this bag for Bianchi. I have a feeling they don’t make it themselves… but I love the basic idea, and I think I can improve on it to make something even better for photographers. Here is a link to several of the bags so you can find out more about them. If you find me the contact information, I’ll reward you with the first bag we design together! (btw, I’ve been contacted by at least 6 companies to custom-design bags, but I have never seen a style that I think is worthy… there is something about this Italian design that is vibrating nicely with me and my new smaller-camera habit.

Photo of Trey Ratcliff

Daily Photo – Getting Candy in Tokyo

Here’s another shot from the Google+ PhotoWalk in the streets of Harajuku. We were walking through with a ton of photographers and models — Vic Gundotra, Bradley Horowitz, Holger Feroudj, Hisaya Murata (err, they were not the models) and so many more! The street is packed with all sorts of colorful stores and interesting people, just like Tomomi Terada here :) — she told me that people could visit her blog. To see more photos from the event, click here.

Harajuku Tomomi Terada

Getting Candy in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 3, 2013 at 8:57am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Photomatix 5 in Open Beta – And Last Night in Tokyo

New Photomatix 5 and Tonemapping!

Now it’s finally available for beta download on this special Photomatix page. There is all new tonemapping algorithm and all kinds of cool stuff a’goin’ on. Also, if you decide to buy the full version (you’ll get the free upgrade), we have a new Photomatix coupon code of TREYRATCLIFF. Or, if you’re completely new to this software, I have a how-to over on the HDR Tutorial.

Last night in Tokyo

Here is some behind the scenes for you that I just got up on my YouTube channel (free subscriptions welcome)! :)

Daily Photo – The Infinity of Tokyo

We also had a huge PhotoWalk ended at this Italian restaurant atop a building in Harajuku. There were over a hundred people inside at the party. I gave a speech about the effects of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints on the Impressionist movement and how this tradition now continues online with Google+.

Right after that, I discovered there was a huge balcony out the side door with an amazing view of the city! I went out there with Vic Gundotra, Bradley Horowitz and a few others to grab a shot of the view.

Here are more photos from the PhotoWalk.

Tokyo Japan

The Infinity of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 3, 2013 at 11:17am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

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Join me at the Google HQ in Tokyo! Comment to win!

UPDATE – WINNER SELECTED

Google has contacted the winner – in the event the winner cannot make it, we will choose an alternate. I’ll be sure to get a picture with the winner after the event and post it. Thanks again everyone!

Random Giveaway – Join me at the Google HQ in Tokyo

On October 2nd at 5 PM, I’ll be giving an all-new talk and full tutorial session at Google. Unfortunately, it is a closed session just for Googlers, but I can bring ONE LUCKY WINNER. To enter, just drop a comment that says “I want to come!” or something to that effect. I’ll have the team randomly select a winner and then Google Tokyo will be in touch with you. Good luck! :)

The talk is about the merging of Beauty and Technology into Art. We’ll get into this through telling a wide variety of stories that helped me figure out several circuitous truths about these matters. Not that I have all the answers, but I do see the shape of the truth in a few areas. :)

Daily Photo – A new favorite area of Tokyo

I only discovered this area on my most recent trip. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to get back here or not this time (it’s a quick trip), but I’ll try my best. It’s an amazing place to stay up late into the night and see all the crazy lights in all the tight little streets… so fun and full of interesting life!

A new favorite area of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 6:36pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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