Mommy and Baby Elephant

Taken with the Sony FE 70-200mm Lens

Here’s one of the photos that is part of the new Sony FE 70-200 Review here on the site. The optical image stabilization really helped to make sure the shot was nice and crisp, even taken from a helicopter!

Daily Photo – Mommy and Baby Elephant

Aren't they cute? It was really nice seeing so many baby elephants walking around. All the girls we were with would go CRAZY whenever we saw a baby elephant, but I think all the guys quite liked them too… we just kind of kept that stuff inside… you know us guys, all stoic and stuff.

Mommy and Baby Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Patterns in the Sand

A Facebook Ask Me Anything

Over on the new Facebook Page, I announced a new “Live Q&A” which is kind of like a reddit AMA, I think. Anyway, come over and make note of the event, and pop in live to ask questions! :)

Daily Photo – Patterns in the Sand

I spent a lot of time taking photos of all the desert scenes in Namibia, but sometimes I forgot to look down and see the beauty right in front of me! I was actually not too good at remember such a simple rule. The only time I happened to remember it is when I was just walking along and decided to look down at my feet for whatever reason. I'd have to stop very quickly so I didn't make foot prints in the area I wanted to photograph!

Patterns in the Sand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

New Sony FE 70-200 review

My Other Sony Goodies and Lenses

Go visit the often-updated My Equipment Page to see all my goodies!

Sony FE 70-200 – New Review

Go check out the new Sony FE 70-200 Review that just landed on the site! I just used this lens for the first time after my month in Africa. I’m now looking forward to using it more here for landscape-y shots in New Zealand. It’s so light and awesome!

Daily Photo – Alone in the desert

One great thing about a zoom lens like this 70-200mm (linked above) for landscape photography is it allows this nice effect called “compression,” where you can do effects like this: Bring in the two layers of sand dunes from beyond and make them look nice and overpowering.

For this particular one, I used the A6000, which is a cropped sensor camera. This means I was able to get in even tighter, as this camera will change the specs from 70-200 to 105-300.

Alone in the desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length138.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Night in Bora Bora

EXIF Info

Remember, there are two ways to see the EXIF info for each of my shots. You can hover the mouse over and see them, or if you click through to SmugMug, you can click on the little “i” and see this information! BTW, I don’t even know what some of that means… like “Brightness -24026/256″??? Maybe one of you smarties can tell me what that means!

Camera SONY ILCE-7R (Sony A7r)
ISO 800
Exposure Time 25s (25/1)
Name The Bungalows at Night.jpg
Size 7837 x 5884
Date Taken 2014-06-29 19:55:35
Date Modified 2014-07-04 08:47:18

File Size 23.88 MB
Flash flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering pattern
Exposure Program manual
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Mode manual
Light Source unknown
White Balance auto
Digital Zoom 1.0x
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Sharpness 0
Color Space sRGB
Brightness -24026/256

Daily Photo – Another Night in Bora Bora

Was every night in Bora Bora this pretty, or just the ones where I took photos? It was EVERY NIGHT! It was so pretty every night, how could you NOT go out and take photos? With that mountain and the amazing architecture over the water… it was so awesome and a real treat to be here.

Another Night in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Painted Elephant

Past and Current

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Daily Photo – The Painted Elephant

I am pretty sure the elephant is my favorite animal there in Africa. It was so fun to watch them walk around. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed it! Something else very interesting that I found out — there are over 90,000 elephants in Botswana. That's quite a few! I thought there were less for some reason… but you absolutely see them everywhere. Every turn around a bank of trees has a good chance of seeing elephants. It was so fun…

The Painted Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Kolmanskop and a New Facebook Page

New Facebook Page!

We’ve started a new Facebook Page for Trey Ratcliff! I’m moving it all off my personal page over there… so stop by and have a Like! :) We’re doing a special week-long event there, and it ends with an AMA, so stay tuned! :)

New Visual Interview with Adobe

I did an interview with Adobe… but it’s kind of a cool interview because they asked me to answer each question with a photo!

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Kolmanskop

This is an amazing place! It's an abandoned diamond mining town near Lüderitz in Namibia. The nearby desert has blown in and covered the entire town with sand dunes. It's so wild there! This is the first of a TON of photos I took while there… I'll post more here soon.

Kolmanskop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Air New Zealand, Behind the Scenes

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I did a fun photoshoot with Air New Zealand, and some of the photos are just now starting to come out. We also made a cool behind-the-scenes video there, which we will release for free to newsletter subscribers (which is also free!)


HDR Photo

Here’s one of the unofficial, behind-the-scenes photos I took in between scenes… That’s Rosanna there – I love the elf ears!

rosanna1

Daily Photo – The Seats on Air New Zealand

I set this shot up in New Zealand… it was pretty challenging to shoot, but you'll see more in the behind-the-scenes video! But I'm very happy with the way it turned out…

The Seats on Air New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Sunset in Southern China

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Southern China

This was one of my favorite areas to visit in China a few months ago. And, even better, we were treated with a truly remarkable sunset. Sunsets like this don't happen there much, so I felt very lucky to be in the right spot at the right time. It was certainly hard to get up to this position… many cuts, bruises, and lots of blood was spilled to get here. But I forgot about all that quickly enough.

Sunset in Southern China

Sunset in Southern China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture9
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Black and White Photo

More Grouping Names

I got re-oriented with all my collective animal names while in Africa. Some of my favorites are a Venue of Vultures, a Journey of Giraffes (or if still, a Tower), a Coalition of Cheetahs, and a Memory of Elephants.

Daily Photo – A Black and White Photo

I thought this seemed like an ideal time to try out some black and white photography!

This dazzle of zebras (that is the group name, right? How cool!) was running around trying to find some of the pools of water that are now starting to dry up all over the Okavango Delta. It makes these places hotly contested! They were very nervous, always looking around for lions or other Big Dangerous Cats. At one point, I made a little cough, and they all scattered to the four winds before re-assembling into this amazing formation.

A Black and White Photo

A Black and White Photo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dragontemple

Looking at the shapes

One thing I’ve been trying to do more and more is examine the outlined shapes of whatever I am photographing. Sometimes I get so caught up in the texture and detail that I forget that the overall shape is perhaps the most interesting part of that. Anyway, the more I start thinking about the shape, the more I end up with images like this new favorite one below.

Daily Photo – Dragontemple

Here's a view of my favorite new temple as a vile light comes behind it. I love the shape of this place so much! It's almost too good to be true. Sadly, I was kicked out when the sun started to go down, so this was one of the final shots I was able to finally eeeek out as I was walking away…

Dragontemple

Dragontemple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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