Over the pond in Hobbiton

Trey’s Creative Survival Kit

For those of you coming to our various workshops around the world, I hope you’re enjoying Trey’s Creative Survival Kit. It’s one of the goodies that are included. Be sure to check out our Workshop page to see if we’re coming to a city near you 🙂

Daily Photo – Over the pond in Hobbiton

Here's another drone photo I got while in Hobbiton. I arrived early in the morning and had to get special clearance so I could do some flying. It was worth every second. I've been to Hobbiton about five times and was looking for a new perspective.

Over the pond in Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Morning in the Ice Folds in Antarctica

Antarctica Photo Walk

Be sure to click on the “Antarctica” category and scroll from page to page to see photos from our midnight photo walk. It was surreal… like being on Neptune or something.

Daily Photo – Morning in the Ice Folds in Antarctica

Of all the crazy things I did for the month I was in Antarctica, probably one of my favorite nightly rituals was a hike out on the ice fields. Sometimes those nights would go all the way into the morning. It's hard to tell since it's bright all the time and my watch was often under layers of coats! But it's a good place to let time drift away and take photos forever.

Morning in the Ice Folds in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Vivid Sydney

Trey’s Camera Bag

I updated the Camera Bag page with all the new goodness!

San Antonio Highlights

Here are the highlights from our San Antonio photo walk where you can see one of these projectors in action.

Daily Photo – Vivid Sydney

I ended up in Sydney on the final nights of Vivid Sydney, which is a short time where the city does many different light displays all over the city. On a few buildings, like this one, they use special projectors that work on 3D surfaces. Next time, I want to go back and spend longer running around to take photos! 🙂

Vivid Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Exploring the High Mountains

Quadcopter 101

I gave my friend an old quadcopter and taught him how to use it. I decided to record the whole thing on FB Live in case it might be helpful to others as well 🙂

Daily Photo – Exploring the High Mountains

A few weeks ago was World Social Media Day, which is strangely a new thing even though I'm involved with social media! 🙂 Anyway, I got on an Over the Top Helicopter (owned by my friend Choppy) and we flew up here to Mount Alton with Jason Charless Hill, Hello Emelie, and Kyle, the Bare Kiwi! We had a fun time up here taking photos of the scenery and one another.

Exploring the High Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Spotify Fun

I am always updating my various Spotify playlists! Feel free to follow me there and have a listen!

Daily Photo – A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

On my first day on Waiheke, I was lucky enough to see a double-rainbow. This whole island was just amazing… and I definitely get a bit of a Teletubbies feeling while there. I got a ton of photos while there… and they all more or less look like this one! We had great weather the whole time too… Although from what I hear, that place almost always has great weather. I want to go back soon! 🙂

A Rainbow on Waiheke Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Panoramas and Boundry Warping

If you have the new Lightroom, be sure to try out one of the new features when making a panorama. It’s called the “Boundry Warp” and it’s a new option when you fist start making your pano. What it does is basically it gets rid of all the “dead” white bits of your pano and lets you warp it around so you get edge-to-edge photo action!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

So, I both like this photo and I don't like it. I can't decide!

It's a panorama made out of about 20 different photos from my Hasselblad. I think the thing I don't like about it is the flat lighting. The only way to get good lighting in this hard-to-get-to area of New Zealand is to be there in the late Spring or Summer. Anyway, I'll go back and do this shot again, much better next time, with better light! Oh, and in Spring the water flow will be much better so it should be waterfall-city!

Exploring the Earnslaw Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Director of Chaos

Inside the hotel

I’ve stayed at this place many times… love it there! Here’s a picture of my room from my first trip there.

The QT Sydney This was my room at the QT Sydney from a few weeks ago… you can see my bags and stuff… probably should have moved them for the picture. Anyway, one of the Coolest things about this hotel is the elevators! They scan to see how many people are inside. If there is just one, then it plays lonely music, like Elvis singing, “Are you lonely tonight?” And then when there are two people, like, embarassingly when I was in there with Tom, it started playing, “Just the two of us.” And when there are like five or more people in there, it starts playing party music like Lady Gaga… anyway, it’s a trip!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Director of Chaos

I saw this gal outside of the QT Hotel in Sydney. She would help us with our bags and cars every day… It didn't strike me until we had been there a few days to actually take her photo! I did this one with the A7r II with the Leica 35mm f/1.4 lens. I love the effect it has. I asked online if anyone actually knew this gal there to get her the photo. Someone responded and said her official role there was “Director of Chaos” which sounds like a pretty cool and fitting title!

Director of Chaos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

Yes sir, Yes sir, Four bags Full! We launched a new Kickstarter with Peak Design.

Visit Our New Kickstarter!

Last year I worked with the great Peak Design to launch the Everyday Messenger on Kickstarter. Raising nearly $5M, it was Kickstarter’s most funded bag ever, and garnered prestigious design awards from National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Popular Photography, IDEA, Carryology and Resource Magazine.

What’s next? Using the iconic Everyday Messenger (EDM) as a foundation, we have spent the last year developing the Everyday bag line: a collection of bags offering unrivaled adaptability, access, expansion, and organization. We proudly introduce our 4 new bags: The Everyday Backpack (in 2 sizes), The Everyday Tote, and The Everyday Sling. (and yes, the bigger backpack easily fits a big DSLR and those three Holy Trinity of those three giant lenses… you know the ones I mean!)

 

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Like the EDM, our new bags also feature weatherproof construction of premium, lightweight materials, all-custom hardware, elegantly clean aesthetics, and a lifetime guarantee. All bags feature dedicated carry for laptop/tablet devices and tripods, and have discreet built-in luggage straps.

 

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These bags are Ideal for carrying, protecting, and accessing camera gear, but let’s make one thing abundantly clear: these are way more than just camera bags. They’re Everyday bags—crafted by a team of designers, engineers, and photographers to meet the needs of everyone in the modern world. Adventurers, travelers, commuters, cyclists, parents, and everyone in-between, we made these bags for all of you.

See the new Kickstarter now and pick out your favorite bag (or two!)

 

See the new Kickstarter bags in person at our Workshop Events in Dallas and Denver

I’m currently carrying one of the bags around Denver, getting ready for our workshop here on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to have a close-up look! After that, I’ll be back in my hometown of Dallas for the next workshop. It’s a great all-day experience — both will be held at the amazing Ritz-Carlton in each respective city.

Register now, limited slots are available.

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Daily Photo – The Everyday Backpack!

Here's a photo of the smaller backpack. To find out more, visit the Kickstarter page! 🙂

The Everyday Backpack!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Alone in the snowy sands

More from White Sands

I think I have a few photos now up here from White Sands, so be sure to click the category up there to have a look at more! 🙂

Daily Photo – Alone in the snowy sands

This photo plays nicely I think with the one from Antarctica a few days ago, even though this is taken in White Sands National Park. It's got many of the same dystopian landscapes as Antarctica, except that it's nice and warm the whole time! It was even better to go there with friends because we were able to take photos of one another… adding some people into these landscapes is great!

Alone in the snowy sands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Back to Hobbiton

Air New Zealand Video

Here’s a behind-the-scenes from Hobbiton! 🙂

Daily Photo – Back to Hobbiton

What an amazing place to return to again and again. Over the years, I've gotten to be pretty good friends with the management there after my first day-long session with Air New Zealand and the owner, Russell. That guy is amazing and his kid could not be more cute, as you can see in the video above. He's the little Hobbit-boy!

Back to Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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