Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

New Zealand Photo Workshops

Be sure to keep an eye on the Workshops page to see when one or more magically appear! :)

Daily Photo – Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

For the first one ever, we decided to get fire dancers out to my house. It was so fun! One problem is we did this on the very first night, and shooting fire dancers is a bit difficult! Now, whenever we do the big dinner at my house, it is on the last night of the event. By that point, everyone is super-duper relaxed and the parties usually get delightfully out of control!

Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.2
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to Yoga

Daily Yoga

I yoga pretty much every day now! It’s so great… really been enjoying it. The days I miss are the ones where I am just way too crazy-busy. I’m trying to keep it up while on the road but having a bit of trouble on some days!

Daily Photo – Walking to Yoga

This is the view at Aro-Ha when you are walking to yoga from the spa area. Not a bad view, eh? That lake out there is Lake Wakatipu and if you follow it around to the left, you get to Queenstown. If you go around the other way, you get to Glenorchy!

Walking to Yoga

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Soaring Back Home

Across the Crown Range

If you ever come to Queenstown, there are two short drives I recommend. The first is to Glenorchy, and the second goes through the mountains below (see that green valley?), across the Crown Range, and into Wanaka.

Daily Photo – Soaring Back Home

There was a fresh dump of snow as I was flying back from San Francisco to Queenstown a few days ago. This is the last flight of the day that lands at the little airport with the strange callsign ZQN. They don’t allow any night flights currently because it is such a tight and dangerous landing… but this may change in the future.

Soaring Back Home

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

Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

The Huffington Post Article

HuffPo published an article all about the upcoming Photo Walks — I did a little interview with them you may enjoy! :)

Again, go here for more: tour.treyratcliff.com

From the Autumn Photo Adventure

I took this photo with our group during the amazing photo adventure a few months ago. Be sure to check out our Photo Adventures page to see if there is anything coming up! :)

Daily Photo – Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

This is the little path that runs in front of my friend’s little cottage you can rent along Lake Hayes. It’s about 10 minutes from my house and really awesome… be sure to look up “The Barn at Lake Hayes” and tell them Trey sent ya!

Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Over $500,000 on Day 1!

Wow! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped into the Kickstarter on Day 1! We’re busting apart all kinds of records… thanks so much and I’m glad you’re excited about the bag!

HDR Photo

Karen Hutton

You might remember a Very Similar Photo I posted of KHut on the blog… Click here for a trip down memory lane!

Daily Photo – Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Even though I absolutely love these kind of clouds, what I also really dig is the color of these long grasses. You only get this color at this time of year, and only when you have direct sunlight. It’s amazing how much direct sunlight affects the colors… making them all glow like translucent jewels.

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

New Sponsors and Prizes for the Photo Walks!

There are a bunch of great sponsors and prizes you’ll want to check out over on the Photo Walk Tour page!

Chromecast

I was wandering around here taking photos and a couple was also there. Turns out they were about to be married inside of here and they were checking it out. They asked my name, and I said, “Trey Ratcliff.” They said, “WAIT THE TREY FROM CHROMECAST!” haha I was laughing… “Yes, I suppose,” I said! :)

Daily Photo – Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

This last autumn here in Queenstown, we got quite a few surprise snowfalls. They change everything, and I try to do everything I can to get out and shoot. This place is very close to my home, so I try to get here on occasion.

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture20
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Hans Mast in New Zealand

People in Photos

Remember what I said yesterday about people in photos? Here’s a good example of how interesting it is… you can imagine him not in the photo too… maybe it doesn’t make it better or worse, just interesting in a different way.

Daily Photo – Hans Mast in New Zealand

We all came out on the final morning of the New Zealand workshop to go up Coronet Peak to watch the sunrise. Once again, it was totally epic, and we all felt lucky to be there. The weather is great around this time too. It might be a little cold, but it’s fun to dress up in a bunch of different layers, slowly shedding them as the sun rises.

Hans Mast in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hiking Across New Zealand

Philip Sheppard + JJ Abrams + Star Wars = Awesome!

I’m honored my friend Philip has used my imagery for his new Star Wars related album he’s just released right here.

And here’s his music on the amazing Comic-Con Reel:

And here’s the photo from that album cover…

Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

The Great Walks

Did you know New Zealand has 9 official “Great Walks”? I think there’s like 5 on the North Island and 4 on the South Island. How many have I personally been on? ZERO! Can you believe it? I can’t…. I gotta fix that… I’m a bit upset with myself really that I haven’t made that happen yet… but I will!

Daily Photo – Hiking Across New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to hike, and this is from a place pretty close to my home in Queenstown. I think one reason it’s great for hiking is because there are so many trails, and most are pretty easy or moderate. I’m actually not into all the hardcore hiking… not for me! But it’s so easy to walkabout and see so much cool stuff.

Hiking Across New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length130.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Self-Auditory-injury Question

Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions?

See the Landscape Tutorial

Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography Tutorial here in the store. We shoot a whole segment from here at this North Korean Prison!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

It’s remarkable how big Deer Park Heights is in Queenstown. Most “hills” around New Zealand look like nothing, but each one can be a huge mountain in its own right. I think it’s because you often see these “hills” in the context of the giant mountains of the Southern Alps, so everything is both in-context and beyond-context. This old North Korean prison was a movie set for a rather horrible Disney movie from the 80’s. I’m a movie fan, and I just can’t recommend it!

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Processing

I processed this one with MacPhun Intensify. It really did a great job with the sharpness and color tones, I think!

Daily Photo – My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Here’s the studio I walk to every day from the main house. Every now and then in the autumn and winter there is a wonderful snow that falls and gives everything a parallel-universe feeling. I find I have to take these photos early in the morning because in late afternoon, all the white snow starts to melt off the trees and you lose that nice reverse-contrast feeling.

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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