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! :)

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! :)

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! :)

Hiking along the Lake at Aro-Ha

Live from Bali!

Amazing Screensaver!

If you have a Mac, Go Get This All-Aerial Screensaver now! :) If you’ve never installed 3rd party “things” on your Mac before, you may have to change some security settings, but that’s pretty easy. Check here to see those steps.

Daily Photo – Hiking along the Lake at Aro-Ha

We had an amazing workshop at Aro-Ha — that was our combination Yoga + Photography + Hiking thing. And this was on one of the hikes along the incredible Lake Wakatipu. We stopped at one point and decided to launch the DJI Phantom up into the air and see what it looked like from above!

Hiking along the Lake at Aro-Ha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Magic of New Zealand

Taking Around a Mirror With You

Continuing with the “reflection” theme that we’ve been working on, a creative idea is to carry around a mirror with you. It doesn’t have to be big at all because you can lay it on the ground anywhere with your camera right on top of it. If you’re doing landscapes, it can be a very fun tool!

Daily Photo – The Magic of New Zealand

I really love this photo, but there’s only one problem. I can’t figure out how the heck I made it! I remember a few of the steps… but not sure I could re-create the actual technique. Oh well… at least I still have a pretty picture!

The Magic of New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Getting up here

Getting to this spot seems to be almost impossible. This area used to be open to everyone about a decade ago. But then they decided to shut it all down. Now the only way I can get up to take photos is by begging and over-asking for favors! Sad Emoticon.

Daily Photo – Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Here’s another photo I really like. People are super-confused by this photo and I think it’s great. Once you see it, then you see it! If you STILL can’t figure it out, I’ll tell you tomorrow on the blog! :)

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Lake Wakatipu from Above

A Great Adventure!

We had a ton of fun at Aro-Ha last week for our company retreat and photo workshop. You can’t beat 5 days in a row of hiking and yoga and photography! We’ll have to do another one of those some time… If you want to come to another one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Daily Photo – Lake Wakatipu from Above

Man I love taking photos with my DJI Phantom 3. It's so fast to launch and then break down. I got this fancy new DJI backpack that lets me carry it around very easily. I can get it out of the pack and into the air in less than four minutes and pack it back up in two minutes. Awesome… And I was really surprised when I got it up in the air and looked down to see this amazing view.

Lake Wakatipu from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Cliff at The Hills

A Big Thanks Again!

Thank you again to everyone that came out to the amazing Photo Walks in the US. I think I’m still a bit exhausted from all of it… should we do it again next year??

Daily Photo – Cliff at The Hills

One day I took my friend Cliff out to The Hills to walk around and explore. At one point, I saw him up on the hill looking awesome and grabbed this quick one.

Cliff at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Flying Over the Lindis Pass

Getting Closer to the Final Photo Walk

Even though I’m deep in the middle of Burning Man, I’m getting ready for Photo Walk 13 of 13 in San Francisco. Be sure to go over to the tour page to get all the details!

Daily Photo – Flying Over the Lindis Pass

Here’s another quadcopter shot. Two days in a row for these! I also took this one with the DJI Inspire. You can see the road there on the right. This set of mountains is actually one of the lower parts of the Southern Alps, and this is the main road people use to drive from Christchurch down to Queenstown. I’ve been on it about 50 times now…and then when I flew the quadcopter up like this to get a shot, I was impressed by how much a few hundred vertical meters can affect the shot.

Flying Over the Lindis Pass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Thank You Again

For all the people that come out to our Photo Workshops, I really want to thank you for not only trying so hard, but being so open and ready to learn… some of the kindest, most open-hearted people come on these things. I think that’s a surprising thing to so many attendees — the other participants and how they quickly become close after only a few days!

Daily Photo – A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

We went out with our group from the New Zealand Fall Photo Adventure to see a sunrise, but instead got clouds. Not so bad, I say! I like a good set of blue moody clouds in the morning… you never know what you’re gonna get around here! But you can see those nice bright red and yellow trees in the distance… you can imagine how they look when the sun hits!

A Cloudy Queenstown Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Driving Around The Hills

More Max Patte work

If you’re ever in Wellington, be sure to visit Weta Studios and take a tour. It’s absolutely unbelievable and you can see some of his incredible work he did for all the Weta movies.

Daily Photo – Driving Around The Hills

Here’s another one of Max Patte’s sculptures that you see when driving around The Hills golf course. I must say that I spend more time taking photos on the golf course than playing golf! Sometimes I just go get a golf cart and don’t even put on my clubs… I’m sure people just think I am nutty!

Driving Around The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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