Flying home between Wanaka and Queenstown

Photo Tip – Shooting from Planes or the Air in the Daytime

My technique for shooting from the air is pretty simple. It actually took me a while to arrive at this formula, but it always seems to work. I go into Manual mode and then force my shutter speed to be extra-fast… maybe 1/1000th of a second. This ensures there is absolutely no blur. And then I let my ISO float and auto-adjust… I’ll often get my F-Stop as low as possible too so all the dirt and smudges on the window disappear. It works like 98% of the time! And, well, like the title says, this method only works in the daytime… night is a different beast.

Daily Photo – Flying home between Wanaka and Queenstown

The flight into Queenstown is maybe one of the most beautiful flights in the world. This is the Crown Range here, and you can't quite see it, but there is a road there that connects Wanaka and Queenstown. It's actually the highest road in New Zealand! It gets A LITTLE icy sometimes in the winter, and they often close it down… but when it's open, the view there is as pretty as the view from this plane window!

Flying home between Wanaka and Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.1 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Pretty Colors in Queenstown Park

Oamaru

I got a nice invite to visit an incredible looking Lodge in Oamaru called Pen-y-bryn β€” It turns out the owner is a fan and really into photography! Sounds like its a must-visit!

Daily Photo – Pretty Colors in Queenstown Park

I have joked before about starting a second blog where I just put up the “other” photos that I never publish. I honestly actually produce over 2,000 photos a year that are, at least I think, somewhat interesting. They're not all winners by any means, but sometimes there's a little bit of awesomeness in there! Anyway, since I only publish 365 a year here on the blog in the daily post, that means I have thousands of rejects! This is one of those “rejects” that I still kinda like. I don't know what to do with all the others… maybe I'll make a Tumblr or something that is called “Trey's Rejected Photos!”

Pretty Colors in Queenstown Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hiking in Queenstown

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Daily Photo – Hiking in Queenstown

Every day at Aro-Ha we went on a different hike. This photo is a pretty big pano taken about halfway through our trek. Who's that guy? That's Mostafa! He came all the way to New Zealand to participate in our workshop from Saudi Arabia. I really enjoyed hanging out with him and talking… some of these hikes went on for hours, so it gave us plenty of time to get to know one another!

Hiking in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

A Day trip to Milford Sound with the Hasselblad H5D-50c and DJI X5

Another Video!

Here’s a video from just a few days ago when part of our crew went on a road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. I’ve been testing out the Hasselblad H5D-50c and you can see some of my shots in this video! We also had the Inspire (see my DJI Inspire One Review here on the site) with the X5 camera. We had a lot of fun with both, as you’ll see. Anyway, enjoy the video! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Tree in the Clouds

Wow, I love this Hasselblad. This is one of the very first photos I took with it when we went out exploring around the South Island. As you can tell, I've done almost no retouching at all. These medium format cameras have a very interesting “look” don't they? The optics are just amazing.

A Tree in the Clouds

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Merry Christmas from The Ratcliffs!

I hope you guys are having a great holiday season… here’s a few pictures of our family decorating the tree this year at home! You might see one black & white one where Isabella is on the ground taking a photo of the tree… she’s getting her Instagram on haha! πŸ™‚


from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com
from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com
from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com
from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

A Wine Day in New Zealand!

Something New!

Hey everyone… I wanted to try something new here on the blog on occasion! If you like this idea, I’ll continue posting first here to all the loyal readers that come every day!

Anyway, I got a cool new gadget called an Osmo from DJI and I’ve been using it to record a few of my days here and there. I thought it’d be cool do do a vlogging action! Anyway, here is a day that our team spent jumping around wineries and flying the quad… we left Queenstown in the morning and didn’t get home till late! πŸ™‚

Note that I have since fixed many of the sound problems by using an external mike on the Osmo… more on that and a review coming! πŸ™‚

Incredible Mount Aspiring

Last Minute Christmas Gift idea – My new book!

You’re running out of time… why not grab my new eBook – people seem to be loving it and I think you will too! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Incredible Mount Aspiring

I had an incredible day up with Aspiring Helicopters right before my trip to the USA. We first went up to an amazing cabin way up in the mountains for a wine and cheese party, then we took off again to circle around this mountain at sunset. It was like a dream! I put on my earphones underneath my heli-big-boy-earphones and listened to all kinds of strange music as we flew around. It was very dreamy!

Incredible Mount Aspiring

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Central Otago Pond

Updated Quadcopter Reviews!

But I’ve also updated a few reviews for the Phantom and Inspire. My reviews were woefully out of date… sorry about that but now they are up-to-speed!
DJI Phantom Review
DJI Inspire Review

Daily Photo – Another Central Otago Pond

Well, there seem to be no less than 10,000 of these ponds all over the South Island of New Zealand. And they're always surrounded with really beautiful objects that reflect like a painting. It's almost as if some guy was making a perfect video game map and just sprinkled ponds and trees and rocks around in perfect formations… and it's like I'm driving around finding these little secret spots in the New Zealand Video Game. I think it actually might be true, especially if what some people say is true, and we're living in a projection. This is the projection I'd like to live in without apriori knowledge!

Another Central Otago Pond

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

New Tip Video: Removing Noise!

Here’s my latest tip video for you… remember, you can go get the full Aurora HDR Tutorial For Mac right now!

Limitless Places to Explore

I don’t go up in helicopters that much, but every time I do, I’m blown away by the infinite number of places you can land and explore. There’s not a bad photo in any direction, and it’s totally mind-numbing in a way. We’re working on a “What to Do in New Zealand” page… since I get so many questions… but that will be coming soon, I hope… RIGHT RUBY!!??!?! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

Here's another photo from my amazing day up with Mount Aspiring Helicopters when we went to go visit their little chalet where you can overnight. What a romantic place! This is the view of the backside, away from Mt. Aspiring. I took this right before we re-boarded to the heli to take us on a loop around the mighty mountain before flying back to Wanaka.

Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraONE
  • Camera MakeDxO
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.9 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Thar She Glows

Slack

Have you ever heard of Slack? It’s a really cool tool for teams to communicate… they don’t sponsor the site or anything… but we all use it here at Stuck In Customs to keep the team communicating since many of us are far apart… all over the world!

Daily Photo – Thar She Glows

Here's a new favorite shot from down here in New Zealand near Glenorchy. We took our photo group out one morning for a hike, and we pulled off the side of the road when we saw these beautiful lighting conditions. It's very unusual, and I don't often get to see this kind of morning light coming in under a heavy blanket of clouds…

Thar She Glows

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length89.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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