Flying Over the Ming Tombs

Want a Deep Deep hardcore dive into the new bag??

This Week in Photo’s Frederick Van Johnson came over to the Peak Design headquarters to get the scoop! You can see his full article on his site.

This is actually a really good interview… Fred is great… and you get to find out a lot more about Art, one of the great people behind the bag from PD!

Quadcopter Photography

I took this with the GoPro that was attached to the Phantom 2. I absolutely love taking photos from the sky… maybe I’ll get tired of it some day, but I doubt it!

Daily Photo – Flying over the Ming Tombs

Just north of Beijing is a long vertical series of buildings that leads to the Ming Tombs. It’s not exactly convenient to get here, but it’s a nice walk and interesting visit along the way. In many regards, these Chinese temples are all pretty much the same. I try not to be jaded like that, but there really is little variation in each one. They are all striking and interesting, yes, but in many ways they are quite cookie-cutter. But I guess that’s why they are so in many places, like Starbucks… you kinda know what you’re gonna get.

Flying over the Ming Tombs

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/850
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

Over The South Island

Want to win a $8500 week-long all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand to join me on a photo adventure?

We JUST announced this new photo contest on Viewbug – Awesome! Join in the fun! This worldwide contest will be going on during my Photo Walk Across the USA so that everyone can join in the fun!

Speaking of Helicopters

Here’s my friend Choppy leaving the scene with our friend Frederick Van Johnson on board… after a day out shooting, she flew him straight to the airport so he could fly home to San Francisco.

Daily Photo – Over The South Island

This is one of the many beautiful things you see while looking down on a chopper flight from Queenstown down towards Paradise. I love the way these steep mountains jut into the water like angry teeth. And the colors and the way everything folds together — I can’t ever get enough of it!

Over The South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture10
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Trey Ratcliff’s New Photo Bag

HDR Photo

The Cat’s Out of the Bag

Over the past year I’ve been doing something secret: designing the ultimate camera bag (and everything bag!) with Peak Design, and now you can find out all about it and get one on the just released Kickstarter page!

In the video you’ll hear how we bled, sweat, and teared up over camera bags for months on end. It’s amazing how much stuff I learned, how much stuff I didn’t know, and what came out of this entirely creative process for me. Basically, we tore everything we knew about bags apart and redesigned the whole thing from the ground up. You’ll love it. You’ll LOLCats Lurve It!!! :)

HDR Photo

The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Set Design

I don’t know how these guys come up with the idea and the know-how to actually build this stuff. It’s very impressive! You can see a little bit of that know-how at work in this video, especially with all the gardeners and everyone working to make things look perfect!

Daily Photo – The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Remember this little road from the beginning of the first LOTR when Gandalf was on the cart along with Frodo? What a great scene… it brought back all the memories while walking around here. I can’t believe these places are real!

The Beginning of Lord of The Rings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone in China

The Last Teaser Video

No need for more teaser videos… since the Kickstarter is less than 48 hours away! Check out http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/kickstarter

The Chinese Visa System

You have no idea how much trouble I’ve had getting visas into China. Visas are such an antiquated system, and I can’t believe they still exist in today’s world. I know they are ways to get extra money and keep track of you, but there are much more efficient means for doing this nowadays.

Daily Photo – Alone in China

This is absolutely one of my favorite photos from the past year, but I don’t think anyone else likes it as much as I do.

Alone in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

What’s Up with Google+ Photos moving to Google Photos? What does it mean?

I’ve gotten SO MANY questions today that I decided to make a video! There’s also a little tutorial in there on how I am now using Google Photos to upload photos, create albums, share to communities, etc etc.

I’ll kind of summarize here too:

- Effectively, nothing really changes because you can still upload photos and share them on Google+ publicly or in communities.

– The new Google Photos is just an improved interface which I like way better because I can upload once and share anywhere.

– People can still comment on photos that are posted to G+ or Communities… hashtags, tagging, and all that stuff still works…

– You can still access all your old photos and videos on Google+ from the photos tab of your profile page.

– None of your old comments and +1’s will go away (where did people get that from?)

– And, as you can see in my video below, you can still edit your photos using the robust tools, all of which I think will get merged together at some point.

Any questions? (not sure I can answer the harder ones, or I can just make up an answer.)

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

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

And here are the new city Photo Walk Rankings! Don’t miss the Photo Walk Tour Website for the latest.

#1 San Francisco
#2 New York (was in 3rd place!)
#3 Washington DC (slipped a notch)
#4 LA (BUT ONLY BY 1 person ahead of Chicago)
#5 Chicago (was #6, just passed the strong Philly group!)
#6 Philly (and I just watched a Sunny last night, and you slipped!)
#7 Miami (these numbers will go up when we find the party spot!)
#8 Dallas (my home town…)
#9 Atlanta
#10 Phoenix
#11 Nashville
#12 San Antonio

Those ranks are based on the number of people that have signed up for the FB events. From past experience, about 4x that many people actually show up… so it’s gonna be a great party!

We’re about to update all the city pages to point to Google Communities for photos to be shared for each city. Stay tuned for that.

Here’s the Facebook Groups below.

New York (Facebook Group Link)

Philadelphia (Facebook Group Link)

Washington DC (Facebook Group Link)

Chicago (Facebook Group Link)

Nashville (Facebook Group Link)

Atlanta (Facebook Group Link)

Miami (Facebook Group Link)

Dallas (Facebook Group Link)

San Antonio (Facebook Group Link)

Phoenix (Facebook Group Link)

Los Angeles (Facebook Group Link)

Burning Man (Facebook Group Link)

San Francisco (Facebook Group Link)

Daily Photo – Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

I can easily see how people can die in the desert. From movies and things, you kind of get the sense that you might be able to cross 50 or so sand dunes per day. But I think you’d be lucky to cross 5. And you can’t ever see anything coming… just and endless sea of sand. I came over the crest of this hill (luckily I was on a camel) and saw the edge of this welcoming-looking tent!

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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

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