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

Sweet FVJ

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Daily Photo – Sweet FVJ

I’ve honestly never met a more likable person in my life. I’d be shocked if this guy has any enemies… this is the great Frederick Van Johnson, and he came out during one of our Autumn Workshop events, and it was so great to have him out with us. One day, he was getting me miked up in the Queenstown Gardens, and I took this photo.

Sweet FVJ

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Making Pizza with Friends

Glad you guys are enjoying the new Presets

What? You forgot we released new Lightroom Presets for June? Fear not! Pop over and collect ‘em all now! :)

Outdoor Pizza Ovens

This is not mine, but it made me want to get one! This one is so epic… looks steampunky, like it’s almost right out of the industrial revolution. I want!

Daily Photo – Making Pizza with Friends

I had an amazing night here with some friends in Queenstown making pizza, drinking wine, and watching movies outside until we all fell asleep. Honestly, we made TWELVE pizzas and ate them all. It was ridiculous. Here’s a photo my friend Rene got of Curtis and I preparing 1/12.

Making Pizza with Friends

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Moonset in Queenstown

Best App for Moon/Sun Activity?

As far as I know, the best one is the badly-named “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”— and I just noticed on their website they have a desktop version — cool!

Daily Photo – Moonset in Queenstown

I get to see this almost every morning from my studio when the moon sets. Of course, it’s not always at this time of day, but sometimes it is! I’m not one of those hardcore moon guys who knows where the moon is gonna be and stuff. Occasionally though, I have friends around me that know this stuff, and that helps tremendously!

Moonset in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Recap: SPEAKING AT TEDX

There’s a grouping of questions about me that come up pretty often. How did I become a photographer? What’s the backstory? What are some of the counter-intuitive things that I figured out along the way via series of embarrassing stories? Well, here’s all that and more!

Daily Photo – My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

I loved this bit at the end when my son Ethan came up on stage with me. He’s getting big, eh? I’m very proud of him… made me cry more than just a little up there!

Thank you Dan Childs for taking this photo!

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraEOS 5D Mark II
  • Camera MakeCanon
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length115.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bee Harvest Family Time!

Thanks again Jim Pollard!

Thank you, my friend Jim, for taking these photos. Everyone be sure to go out and check JimPollardGoesClick.com to see more of what he does! He says he never really takes family photos like he did with us for the day (his wife Vicky does though). He does weddings, and he’s amazing at them!

Bee Harvest Day with the Ratcliffs

Here we are on one of the harvest days… I don’t share a lot of family photos, but thought you might like to see! :)

All in all, I think we got about 100 jars of honey! Thanks little bee friends! :)

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