Way High in the Mountains

Live Critiques

I did some critiques live on Facebook in our Special Group a week ago or so. It was fun… maybe I should do more?

Daily Photo – Way High in the Mountains

One morning I got up before sunrise to drive over to Over The Top Helicopters to get a little vertical for the day. What an amazing morning and what majestic light… Hey I would have been happy even if the light was lousy β€” always grateful for a fun helicopter-photo-ride!

Way High in the Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tree in the Wind

Speaking at Hassleblad at Photokina

If you’re in Germany for Photokina and want to come see me today, I’ll be speaking at the Hasselblad booth at 3 PM. Here’s a bunch of images I took with the H5D over a monthlong trip earlier this year. I’ll be talking about all these images today, telling stories, and more β€” join me! πŸ™‚

I first got into Hasselblad quite randomly via DJI . I didn’t know much about the cameras at the time, but my friends at DJI kept telling me how awesome they were… and it’s true – I get it now! I’m very interested in their latest camera (the mirrorless medium format). I’m looking forward to seeing what other lenses will be out for it.

This first image is Scarlett and Isabella in India with me… they loved those Indian dresses! We should have gotten them even more! 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

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

New Hasselblad

The Hassy I REALLY want is THIS ONE – the X1D-50c. Looks like a hell of a machine… I wish there were more lenses for it though. But still, medium-format + mirrorless??? Sign me up!

Daily Photo – Tree in the Wind

This is one of the first photos I ever took with the Hasselblad H50. I didn't even know what the heck I was doing, but it still turned out pretty well. And this is right out of the camera with no significant Lightroom adjustments. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit by saying I had no idea what was going on. I did figure out how to get it in Ap pri mode, set the ISO, and that sort of thing. I mean, I guess that's all you really need to know, eh? In future photos, of course, I got more and more into the camera and really figured the thing out!

Tree in the Wind

Photo Information

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

A Warm Hut on Coronet Peak

Aurora HDR 2017 for Windows

Here’s another photo I made with the new 2017 software… and, yes, I know every time I mention it I upset 80% of the audience that is on Windows. And yes, I PROMISE we are working on the Windows version now… and the good news it will have all the same features as the 2017 Mac version πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Warm Hut on Coronet Peal

Can you believe that I live 10 minutes from these amazing ski fields but I haven't skied all winter? Well, actually I'm more of a snowboarder, but I haven't done that either… been really busy with all kinds of crazy stuff going on. I find that if I have a spare day or two that I prefer to go out and take photos and experiment artistically. It seems a waste to live so close and not take advantage of it… like, for example, I went up there to get this photo but not to partake in other wintery activities!

A Warm Hut on Coronet Peal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraX-Pro2
  • Camera MakeFuji
  • Exposure Time3.7
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.2 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Climbing the Remarkables

My neighbor has llamas

Ever since I’ve lived here, my neighbor has these llamas that are always walking around his yard. It’s so strange, and I never get used to seeing it. They are such strange looking animals… like something from No Man’s Sky!

Daily Photo – Climbing the Remarkables

Here's what it looks like when you get to the top of the Remarkables and look back towards Queenstown. Beautiful, eh? It was almost impossible getting up here… I was so tired, and I had even taken a snowmobile most of the way up. Drudging up a mountain through knee deep snow much be one of the most taxing activities in the world!

Climbing the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Looking back towards Queenstown

Instagram Fun

I’ve been going a bit Plotagraph crazy over on Instagram lately. Pop over there and have a lookie!

Daily Photo – Looking back towards Queenstown

Here's another shot from Social Media day from another perspective. This one is atop Mount Alfred looking back up the lake towards Queenstown. Maybe it gives some perspective of how huge this lake is. Another thing that you may notice is how pretty much no one lives along the lake! It shows how sparsely populated the south island of New Zealand actually is.

Looking back towards Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

On top of the World in New Zealand

Fun Social Media Day

This is one of the photos from “International Social Media Day” β€” which was an absolute blast! πŸ™‚ It started with the dog derby then ended down at a sheep station… great to meet so many people! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – On top of the World in New Zealand

There are so many incredible mountains here in the southern alps around Queenstown. I think this one is Mount Alfred and it's quite majestic! You can climb up it without too much trouble (well, there's no cliffs or anything), but that may take you 3-4 hours. In this case, we decided to fly up here with Over the Top Helicopters!

On top of the World in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

Guess what? Aurora HDR 2017 is announced!

See the new stuff here!

Pre-orders begin on Sep 15th with full release two weeks after that.

What’s New? Over 20 new features… I’ve been playing with all of them and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome! πŸ™‚

– Tone mapping rebuilt from the ground up and starts from a very realistic result and of course can be pushed to more extreme realms
– Batch processing! πŸ™‚
– Polarize filter
– All new presets included
– Radial Masking tool
– And a bunch more stuff our partners over at Macphun won’t let me say yet… secrets secrets! Well, I guess I can tell you the new UI is really incredible too.

Pricing? Current owners of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade for $49. First timers can get it for $89.

Live video from the top

When the sun started to come up, we launched another live Facebook video from up here. There is a small event in this video that involves falling.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

One morning we headed up to the top of the Remarkables here in Queenstown for a fun morning of photography. We rode on a ski cat (is that what they are called – you know the grooming machine?) to the top of some runs and then ran around and took photos. We also froze our asses off… good thing we had on lots of layers and good gloves! Oh, btw, I found a great glove company called “The Heat Company” β€” best gloves I've ever found.

The Remarkables Ski Fields Just Before Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

The drive to Glenorchy

It really is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. If you visit, try to plan to drive it twice, in different parts of the day. The light, clouds and weather will all be different… and you can stop and re-shoot the same magical spots over and over with differing results.

Daily Photo – Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

One day I went out on a little photo reccy with my friend Mark. We drove down to Glenorchy, but on the way there, we were treated with this extra-terrestrial treat! We get these clouds from time to time in Queenstown, but rarely do we see them swirl into this kind of a vortex. This was a long day for me, as I had just woken up at 5 AM to climb that same mountain you see there for some sunrise shots!

Crazy Lenticular Clouds over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Exploring the High Mountains

Quadcopter 101

I gave my friend an old quadcopter and taught him how to use it. I decided to record the whole thing on FB Live in case it might be helpful to others as well πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Exploring the High Mountains

A few weeks ago was World Social Media Day, which is strangely a new thing even though I'm involved with social media! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I got on an Over the Top Helicopter (owned by my friend Choppy) and we flew up here to Mount Alton with Jason Charless Hill, Hello Emelie, and Kyle, the Bare Kiwi! We had a fun time up here taking photos of the scenery and one another.

Exploring the High Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

On top of the Remarkables

Happy Birthday to Me

Hey, I made it around the sun another year! This one was a tough one for sure… All kinds of crazy shit goin’ on! I haven’t shared much because it’s in the middle of it all… will share everything at the right time! πŸ™‚ No worries, though… I’m the ultimate trooper πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – On top of the Remarkables

My good friend Curtis took this photo of me. I don't post a lot of photos of myself… just not really that sort of dude. Those sorts of dudes and dudettes are fine, btw. But I also know sometimes people like to see photos of me! Anyway, we were up in the Remarkables Ski Fields and went up to the very tip of the Remarkables. While up there, I took some photos (of course!) and Curtis got this one of me in the middle of it all.

On top of the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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