The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

A light moment in China…

As opposed to the incident below, here’s a bunch of hairdressers getting ready for work!

Daily Photo – The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

Remember that little story about me being detained by the Chinese police? It was right here that it happened! This is the exact spot where I was descended upon. I was released into the wild back in this same location, right at sunset. Quite convenient, I must say!

The Sunset I almost missed in Beihei

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Into the Water

Communicating a Feeling in a Photo

If you’re stuck in a rut and trying to figure out a new take on things, try to communicate a feeling rather than try to take a picture of a “thing.” In today’s photo, I am kind of explaining what that feeling is for the sake of illustration, but maybe you can reflect on this and see if you would have had this feeling anyway, without me telling you.

Daily Photo – Walking Into the Water

In this photo, I wanted to communicate the feeling of how warm and welcoming it is to walk into the water here in Bora Bora. It's one of the most inviting things in the world to walk through this soft sand and slowly get deeper. The water is pretty much body-temperature, so you don't even wince when the water level hits your nether-region… I'm honestly pretty wimpy in cold water… give me this warm bath water any day!

Walking Into the Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Facebook Page

Don’t forget that we switched my account over to an official “Trey Ratcliff Facebook Page” – thanks for stopping by to “Like” it! :)

Daily Photo – Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Ahh, just another dinner here in New Zealand. We eat like this most every night around here…

I wish! Well, maybe sometimes we do… This is part of the grand feast they have on the Hobbiton Movie Set. If you sign up for the last tour of the day, then you can stay for this ridiculous dinner. I super-recommend it! At one point, there was a huge food fight!

Eating dinner in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

Photography Tips

Did you know there are heaps (as they say here in NZ) of Photography Tips here on this site? Just click on that link to see them all! It’s part of the automatic categorization process… it works the same way as “Montana” or “Yellowstone” in the tag descriptions up there.

Daily Photo – Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

We all had a great few days at a remote ranch in Yellowstone at our mini Arcanum retreat! You can see Curtis there sitting beside her… there was a lot of photography with her and Jessica Lark, a lot of adventuring, a lot of good conversations, and amazing fun! As she and Curtis were leaving by wagon train, I grabbed this quick photo of her as she departed… there are a lot more photos from that week too; will share them soon!

Renee Robyn Leaves the Ranch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Creation Wars, Episode 1

The Creation Wars, Episode 1: “Internet Scissoring”

Welcome to the premier episode! This is a weekly show featuring a really fun photography competition, represented by some great Masters from The Arcanum! This week we have Karen Hutton, Cap’n Ollie Dale, Jessica Lark, Martin Bailey, and A.D. Wheeler!

Tell your friends outside The Arcanum to come support the show at http://www.patreon.com/thearcanum where for as little as $0.01 they can get access to special stuff like getting the show a week early, watching it LIVE, see Pre and Post Show PARTAYS, and more.

The show is also available after production to all Arcanum Apprentices and Grand Library Members — Enjoy!

Key Times:
22.00 Karen Hutton Cohort Submission
35.30 A.D. Wheeler Cohort Submission
44.00 Ollie Dale’s Cohort Submission
52.00 Martin Bailey’s Cohort Submission
61.00 Jessica Lark’s Cohort Submission
73.00 Final Arguments
82.00 Taboo Word Critique
97.00 This Weeks Winner
100.30 Master Shares

Here’s the link to the site from where some European countries can buy a calendar of the Lion photos from Christian Meermann, the guy who’s photo I showed in Creation Wars last week.

Thanks to Stuart Davidson for the post-production!

A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

Portrait Orientation and Composition

There is a rule that is sometimes okay to break that you should not put the subject in the middle of your composition. Well, when you switch into Portrait-orientation, all those rules go right out the window! You’re fully allowed to plop things (like the tree below!) right plum in the middle of the frame.

Daily Photo – A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

These trees are unlike any other tree I've ever seen! They are spread all around many desert-y areas of Namibia, and they are often quite spread out from one another. Each one has a totally unique shape, and you'll never see one that will be mistaken for another one. I've never seen individual trees that can look so unalike their neighbors… I'll post more of these in coming weeks and you'll see what I mean!

A Quiver Tree Stands Alone

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Overhead Panos

This is a new thing I am going try to do more of — taking a series of photos while looking straight down then pasting them all together. Most of the cameras on these quadcopters are pretty good, but you can really amp up the resolution if you take a ton of photos and paste them together, like in the image below.

Daily Photo – Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Here's a very strange and confusing photo of one of the many abandoned buildings in Kolmanskop from above. The quadcopter was flying overhead and taking pictures straight down. This is a panorama that was assembled from about 6 different photos — and it turned out so unusual, I think! This happened to be a good time for the light and shadows… the late afternoon there seems to have the best light coming in the windows to light up all the sand dunes that have penetrated the building.

Over the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/290
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

In the Townships of Johannesburg

Curtis in Soweto

It was fun hanging out with all the kids around here. I was with Curtis, and I took a photo of him that ended up being his profile photo. You can see it here!

Daily Photo – In the Townships of Johannesburg

We started our Africa trip in Johannesburg where we settled for a few days to prepare for several weeks in Namibia. While there, we decided to go to into Soweto to visit the townships one day. I didn't know much about them, and I was a little on-edge, but I was with a local guide and everything felt good there. And right after we arrived, we were pretty much totally surrounded by kids. When that happened, I felt completely at ease. Sadly, I only got to spend a small part of the afternoon there… but I enjoyed it so much that I look forward to going back another time.

In the Townships of Johannesburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Desert Rose Warms Herself

All this is on video

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Daily Photo – The Desert Rose Warms Herself

This is one of many photos you'll see of Desert Rose! What a cool gal! We met her in Namibia and she was working at the hotel. She had a crazy-wonderful attitude and was quite the actress! My friend Rene and I managed to talk her into a bathing suit and get into a freezing cold pool for a photoshoot. I'll share those photos soon. But after that, she was so cold, so Rene, the towel-boy, wrapped her up like this… I thought she looked so awesome against the wall in those mixed tones…

The Desert Rose Warms Herself

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

A little behind-the-scenes

Here’s a fairly random video that we shot while on the Hobbiton Movie Set. We were doing a few videos for The Arcanum! It also shows some other random stuff during a little New Zealand adventure…

Daily Photo – Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

I know I post a lot of photos from Hobbiton, so you gotta give me a break! haha… It's so pretty there. On this particular night, we were out very late shooting… it turned out to be kind of a small photowalk! A few people from a tour spotted us and came over to say hello, so we invited them right along. Whenever I do shots like this, it makes me wonder why I don't go out every night!

Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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