The Misty Mountains

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Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes Facebook Live broadcast I did from this very location. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – The Misty Mountains

This is the final photo I got when driving back home on this loooong day of photography. It had its ups and downs, but finally ended on this huge up. I do have one regret here — I forgot to zoom in and take some more detailed photos of the mist. Oh well, I can't think of everything! I did get a nice big panorama as well which I have not edited yet. Let me know if you'd like me to edit that one on video!

The Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 11:22:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

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Daily Photo – The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

This was the point when my day started turning around. It was raining here and I was about five hours into my largely unfruitful shooting day! I was now over an hour from home, but I decided to soldier on further into Glenorchy to see what I could find. I'm glad I kept on going… and I'm also kind of proud of myself for going out in the rain to get this moody shot!

The Old Docks on a Rainy Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:32:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Road Home

Osmo Fun

Here’s a hot tip I figured out recently. I got this Osmo to hold the iPhone steady, but for some reason, I thought it was only for the iPhone. Now I see that it can stabilize most any phone, as long as it is not too huge. It could not hold an iPad mini or anything like that, but I was impressed when it effortlessly stabilized my huge Nexus android phone!

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Daily Photo – The Road Home

And here's the final photo I got after a lot of trial and tribulation and a bit of worry! I don't know what I was worried about… it turned out just fine. I probably have five different photos of this place, and I can't figure out which one I like the most!

The Road Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-23 07:21:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

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Today Passport members are seeing me have a tough time getting a shot on a rainy day in New Zealand. Then, over the next 3 days, I’ll also release how I edited them! 🙂

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I’ve been meaning to get back to Argentina and do another mega hike down here in Patagonia. It might be fun to plan a little workshop around that… hey that’s not a bad idea —will talk to the team about that. For other workshops, please visit our workshops page!

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Daily Photo – Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

All the colors were vivid and fresh, especially when the sun splashed on them. Everything always seemed to be a little-bit-wet too, giving it an extra sheen. It looks like all the fauna and flora is easy to walk through too, but it isn't. It's thick as thieves and your legs are constantly getting caught up in it. Every now and then I'd try to go off-trail to get a shot here or there, and it was never as easy as I thought it would be.

Autumn Hiking in Patagonia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-30 17:25:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Deep in the Chinese Opera

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And here’s another photo from this amazing opera at the Peony Pavilion in Beijing.

The Peony Pavilion at The Imperial Granary I was invited to go see a very special event here in Beijing.  There is an old area that has the ancient Imperial Granaries that date back hundreds and hundreds of years.  One of these has been converted to an intimate opera house.  They bring in some of the best opera actors from all over China to perform here.If you haven't seen a Chinese opera, you are in store for something totally original!This particular performance was called The Peony Pavillion, which was written during the Ming dynasty and is a love story about all kinds of crazy mythical stuff that I don't want to spoil for you.  But it's really a must-see if you are into unique forms of entertainment.  And you do feel a bit like a time-traveller, watching a scene from hundreds of years ago.Even more interesting, there is a trendy and delicious restaurant next door.  Everyone eats together and has a wonderful leisurely meal before meandering over next door to enjoy the opera.  It's a great experience!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Deep in the Chinese Opera

What a beautiful experience being inside an authentic Chinese opera! The sights and sounds were all so unusual. Especially the sounds. They were completely foreign to my Western ears, and I hear a lot of different things. Some of the instruments sounded quite shrill to me, but none of the Chinese people seemed to mind, so I figured the problem was with me! 🙂 At one point, I started moving around to take photos, and new opera characters came out of every nook and cranny, including this guy who emerged from the shadows holding all these flickering candles.

Deep in the Chinese Opera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-02 13:00:19
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Canal

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Today’s daily photo is absolutely one of my favorite creations from Venice. And I made a lot of photos I really like from that trip (this is not always the case). Anyway, you have two options for watching the new HDR Tutorial that was filmed in Venice. One, you can get and download the whole thing from the store or you can subscribe to the new monthly Passport and it’s included for free! Those of you that are logged into the Passport will see one of the videos below.

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Daily Photo – The Last Canal

I had been in Venice for about three weeks. That's a long time to be anywhere. And no, I wasn't tired of being there, but there was a bit of a feeling like, “Okay, I've had enough — let's move on!” But that didn't stop me from going out on my final night to take more photos. And boy, was I ever glad I did! I was able to find this new spot as well as a few others. That city will never cease to amaze me with all the photo gifts around every corner!

The Last Canal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:03:32
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Riding on a bus in India

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Daily Photo – Riding on a bus in India

I took thousands and thousands of photos on our recent family trip to India. I don't know if you've been there or not, but if you're spending any time in cities, you'll know how crazy the traffic can be. You can literally spend hours and hours per day in traffic. So I took to taking a lot of photos out the window. I'm obsessed with photography if you can't tell! It was a fun exercise for my mind to see how many “scenes” I could capture as the world went by.

Riding on a bus in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-03 11:18:03
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture9
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring in Bali at night

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Daily Photo – Exploring in Bali at night

I was at one of the two Ritz-Carlton hotels in Bali (this is the Mandapa Reserve) and exploring at night as usual. Once you get into HDR, you begin to take special notice of “topics” that would look particularly good in that context. I notice that I've become much more sensitive to texture, color, and relative saturation of nearby colors. Even when just walking by a scene, like this one, I make a note to come back and get a photo of it later!

Exploring in Bali at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-13 23:31:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

The Waves Crash In Iceland

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Daily Photo – The Waves Crash in Iceland

Seeing this and working on it puts me right back in the mood of Iceland! It's so rugged and extreme there. It always made me feel quite small and insignificant. These black rocks were extremely sharp and dangerous. I believe this is the same location where Clint Eastwood shot a few of his war movies. I feel sorry for those actors having to climb around on this sharp black glass!

The Waves Crash in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-02-12 12:42:51
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Complete HDR Tutorial 3.0 is now available!

Trey’s all new HDR Tutorial featuring Lisa Bettany

I recently spent several weeks exploring the beautiful and unique city of Venice, Italy. I invited Lisa Bettany to join me during the Carnival of Venice to help film this new version of my popular HDR Tutorial. Lisa and I discuss our artistic inspirations and challenges, how we compose a shot, our camera settings and much more. You’re then transported back to my studio where I slowly take you step-by-step through my latest techniques.

 


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Perfect for Beginners to Advanced Using Windows or Mac

This entirely new HDR tutorial is perfect for Beginners to Mega Advanced professionals who want to see all of my latest post-processing techniques! Plus now it comes in TWO different formats. One is specifically for Windows / Photomatix users and the other is for Mac / Aurora HDR. I think you’ll love them! It’s honestly the highest-quality set of tutorials we’ve ever made.

You’ll be magically transfixed by the 9 main lessons and the 2 bonus ones. Plus you’ll get all my RAW files to practice with. Each one starts with Lisa and I in some kind of photographic situation. You see us out in the wild with our cameras talking about the shots we’re attempting to capture. And then you’ll I take you back to my studio to see how I try to make a little magic happen!

What’s Included?

Lesson 1: Setting up your camera
Lesson 2: A Basic HDR Photo
Lesson 3: Indoor HDR
Lesson 4: Outdoor HDR
Lesson 5: Night HDR
Lesson 6: Single Exposure HDR
Lesson 7: Mobile Photography
Lesson 8: Drone HDR
Lesson 9: A final HDR Shot
Bonus Lesson: HDR Sunrise in Extreme Conditions
Bonus Lesson: Vibrant Street Photography

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