Burning Man 2013

Full Burning Man Album

You can visit the Full Burning Man album here on SmugMug. (BTW, isn’t the new SmugMug so cool? Check out my updated SmugMug Review right here for more.) I keep adding to it, and I’ve front-loaded the portfolio there with mostly new photos from 2013. This is my own little personal artistic contribution to Burning Man… I still have many more photos to edit and I will of course share them here on the blog as well.

Photo Equipment in the Desert – Questions?

Would people like to see me do a longer post about photography equipment handling in these crazy conditions? I’ve heard a few questions about this… but not sure if it is something everyone wants to know about. I’m happy to write more about it… just let me know! As for these photos below, these were all shot with the Sony NEX system… For newcomers, see my Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site.

Post-processing the Burning Man photos and Lightroom Presets?

This is a common question! If you enjoy the style of some of the photos below, you might want to grab some of my Lightroom Presets – they are here on the site in the Get Cool Stuff area.

Burning Man 2013

This is my fourth burn in a row, and this time I brought my wife and 12-year-old son. We camped with one of my best friends Cliff Baise and his wife + 12 year-old son. You can see him below as the alien, and, no, he doesn’t normally look like that. We were also right by my good friends Curtis Simmons and his wife, who were first-timers along with our wives… so it was fun to have so many “virgins” out there!

Wait, what IS Burning Man, anyway, I hear you wondering. It’s a magical event in the desert every year where over 50,000 artists, musicians, and explorers come together to build a temporary city that is just on the other side of reality.

We had an amazing time, and I can see all the questions forming now… WHAT? You brought a 12-year-old to Burning Man? Yes, oh yes. I’ll tell that full story soon. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite photos from the event this year.

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So….

Who wants to go next year? :)

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Burning Man PhotoWalk

PhotoWalk in Block Rock City!

See the updated event here on Google+!

This will be A M A Z I N G ! I can’t wait to walk around the desert with all of you and see what there is to be seen and see beyond that. Come alone or bring a friend (no worries, you’ll make new friends too!) — we will have a great time.

When: 6 PM on Wednesday Aug 28.
Where: Outside of Center Camp – between Center Camp and The Man

Are you just a beginner with a small camera or mobile phone? No worries – you are more than welcome! :) This is a very friendly group, and we will walk around for a few hours through the sunset and see where the winds take us. Just look for me and Cliff Baise… we’ll be there and ready to go! :)

Burning Man Portfolio

Below is a link to my new grouping of Burning Man shots on SmugMug… there are many new ones in there you might enjoy!

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More Burning Man Shots – and a Calendar for Charity!

New Calendar for Charity

Are you a fan of fantasy fiction? Some amazing authors have gotten together to create this fantasy pin-up calendar for Worldbuilders, a great effort by a very inspirational author, Patrick Rothfuss.

Go buy the calendar here!

For our 2013 calendar, we’ve teamed up with some of the best authors in the fantasy genre: Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Robin Hobb, N.K. Jemisin, George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Patrick Rothfuss.

Here’s a little screengrab from something I put on Pinterest… where I cropped the photos in that fun cropping factor. Also, I just found out that the first image there is actually a real person – Clare Grant, who I hung out with at a shuttle launch last year. I found this out when she re-pinned it to her board that included photos of her…

More Burning Man Pics

Remember, to see all the Burning Man pics published so far, click on the “Burning Man” category at the bottom of the post! :)

I added a few captions below each one…

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Leah Muse (random model-girl roaming the playa) slinks around the temple in the morning light. Yes, this kind of awesome stuff happens all the time at Burning Man.

 

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One of hundreds of unique pieces of art that emerges in the desert every year. These all look one way in the day, and completely different at night. In fact, this one looks so different at night that I was convinced I had never seen it before!

 

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These stars were laid out in an unusual configuration in the deep playa. I could not figure it out, until I realized these three stars formed Orion’s Belt.

 

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An evil bunny is stalking a rather friendly looking bunny.

 

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A baby unicorn. But this is obvious.

 

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Across the White Playa

Here’s a new series of photos from Burning Man this year. I put captions below each one so you can find out more about what is going on…

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One morning I rode out to the main temple to watch the sunrise. Clouds are fairly rare out there, so I was hoping for some nice color situations, but I didn’t expect anything quite this colorful!

 

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That giant pirate ship in the background is actually a huge vehicle that rolls from camp to camp. In the foreground are two of the many people that walk around in the middle of the day with ornate umbrellas.

 

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A fire dancer performs in front of one of the many art displays that is set to burn in just a few hours or so.

 

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I was stuck in the middle of the desert just when a massive sandstorm enveloped everything. I made very slow progress towards my destination. Finally, after about ten minutes of sand-blindness, it opened up a little to reveal the towering Anubis here.

 

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This is the ornate entrance to the gypsy wagon. You can see how ornate and detailed the patterns and lighting is across the facade. And don’t you want to go inside and see what kind of characters have magically appeared?

 

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Burning Man Photos and New Workshop Schedule

Upcoming Photography Workshops

I really don’t do these very often, but it was getting confusing so we made a page that showed what, when, and where! It’s over on the Photography Workshops page, and I have pasted it below for you. Maybe we should have a punch-card like Subway where you get a free cookie if you come to 10 events! Hehe… we do have one gentleman that has appeared at a few of them and we may see him again! :)

Photography Workshops

Location & Date Workshop Registration
Queenstown, NZ
February 7 – 10, 2013
New Zealand Photo Adventure
5 Days with Trey Ratcliff in a non-stop photography adventure… 3 nights in Queenstown and 1 in Milford Sound.
Contact us for Pricing

Learn more and Register now

Christchurch, NZ
December 6, 2012
Trey’s Christchurch Workshop
Trey Ratcliff will lead a day-long class with an emphasis on post-processing photos.
$499 USD
 $99 USD Kiwis (Hi Neighbors!)
 $49 USD NZIPP Member
 $49 USD NZ StudentsLearn more and Register now
Paris, France
November 8 -9, 2012
Midnight in Paris
Miss Aniela and Trey Ratcliff thought it would be exciting to combine her dramatic fine art photography with his epic landscapes into an intense hands-on photoshoot experience and workshop. They will share their secrets of how they envision, prepare, shoot, and process their photos.
€1,190 EUR per person

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Online Webinar
August, 2012
Discover the Art of Photography
Four part tutorial covering the fundamentals of how a camera operates, properly composing a photo, finding your artistic style and basic photo editing. Perfect for Beginning and Intermediate photographers!
Sold out!

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Online Webinar
April, 2011
HDR Tutorial
Webinar covers HDR and many other innovative post-processing techniques. There are over 11 hours of instruction across 9 classes covering topics for beginners and moving into intermediate and advanced topics.
Sold out!

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London
2010
HDR and Post-processing workshop Sold out!
Tokyo
2010
HDR and Post-processing workshop Sold out!
Austin
2009
HDR and Post-processing workshop Sold out!

Burning Man 2012

Here are a bunch of photos I took at Burning Man a few weeks ago. I put little captions below each one so you can read more about the situation there.

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An angel floats above the scene as she glides near center camp. People look up at her as she floats by and she always seems to be waving in slow motion.

 

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Night at Burning Man is a bit like a Massive Multiplayer Online Game. Everyone is in costume, the lights are not of-this-earth, and the entire feeling is that of a parallel universe.

 

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Near the temple, a masked figure assumes strange positions, orienting herself in a particular position in relation to the sun.

 

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There are countless gatherings about this and that. This one comes from the Million Bunny March, where thousands of bunnies got together in a protest against humanity.

 

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A mobile “Home” on wheels is pulled across the playa by a tractor. People sit on the front porch and enjoy a nice cool drink.

 

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While I was at the temple one morning, I saw this girl watching the sunrise nearby me. I asked if I could take a photo. She immediately posed. I found out later, to no great surprise, that she was a model – her name is Eden Muse.

 

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