Here’s a cool infographic that shows how Aurora HDR is just blowing up… I am glad so many people love it!
Getting into the Details
Remember you can click on these photos and follow through to the Smugmug site where you can then see the ultra-big version as well!
Daily Photo – Getting Dizzy at the Mosque
What an incredible mosaic! These mosques I've visited in the middle east are all over the top and so beautiful. This one was in Muscat, Oman and the craftsmanship was impeccable. Also, thank Allah they let me use a tripod, otherwise a shot that is this detailed would be impossible.
You might see over on the DJI Phantom Review page that I’ve changed my recommendations and now suggest the Phantom 4. It is more expensive, yes, but that obstacle avoidance is BIG. Really, if you don’t have it, you might destroy 2 or 3 of the other Phantoms with honest mistakes with obstacles. So, you see, in the end, you save money and heartache!
Daily Photo – 1,000 Bridges
I don't think there are actually 1,000 bridges in Venice, but there might be! There must be at least 500, and every one of them is quite unique in its own way. I think even the most hardcore photographer at some point puts on blinders… and you cross yet another bridge and you say to himself, “Yet another bridge,” and you don't take a photo. This happens to me a lot there, so now I do kind of force myself to slow down, see what is unique about this particular bridge and canal system, and try to take a shot at it.
This hotel is mega-awesome! I really recommend it… Every time I go to Wellington I stay here. It’s very quirky because the lobby and most rooms are filled with all kinds of random modern art. It’s like everywhere… you can’t turn around without your eyes catching onto something you never expected to see! It was recently bought by the QT Hotels company (I think), and I’ve stayed at some of their amazing properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast as well. Anyway, if you’re lookin’ for a great hotel in Welly, be sure to go here!
Daily Photo – Amazing New Zealand
I know I know… I keep talking about how lovely it is here. I think I just want everyone to come experience it for themselves. This is one of the first photos I ever took here, when I came on a road trip with my family. We did the whole rent-a-camper-van thing and it was totally radical. In fact, the family keeps begging me to rent another one of those to do another road trip even though we actually live here!
Follow “treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see very silly things.
Here’s some hot advice I have! I know many people that come here are also into landscape and travel photography. And when you travel, this is often the “default” mode… to take landscapy or travelly photos! For me, I have to kind of “get out” of that mode and switch to taking photos of people. When you get back home, you’ll find a very nice connection back to that sense of place if you have photos of the local people as well. So don’t forget to force yourself to get some people photos too!
Daily Photo – Through a window in Burano
Here's a quick random photo I got in Burano, which is a magical place about a 45-minute boat ride from Venice. I was setting up for a “typical Trey shot” if there is such a thing, but then I heard the shutters open behind me and I saw this nice woman there. I spun my camera around for a quick shot!
In case you missed it, here’s one of the videos we made in Thailand! If you wanna see more, Ruby made a playlist over on YouTube!
Daily Photo – Isabella on the Path
Here's a photo I took after dinner one evening at Phulay Bay, which is one of the special “Reserve” properties of the Ritz-Carlton. They only have three of these reserve properties around the world and I feel lucky to have been at two of them (the other was in Bali). Yeah so in this photo, the whole family had just finished dinner and we were about to walk back home to our little villa and I saw this perfect little bridge! I stopped everything down and told Isabella to go over there and be my model for a while! These were pretty long exposures, so she had to sit there a while!
Amazing! I knew the world was ready for some new HDR software, but didn’t think the demand would be this high! Find out more in the Stuck In Customs Store!
And yes, we are working on a Windows version with the team from MacPhun… It’s gonna be equally incredible! If you’ve been watching my stream from the past 3 months, basically every photo was created using Aurora HDR Pro. I love that thing and have literally processed thousands of photos with it… Be sure to check out all my free tutorials on that page above as well!
Here’s one of my favorite meditations… it only takes 5 minutes. Try closing your eyes and listen to it!
Daily Photo – Backing up and Zooming Out
Remember the black water photo I posted a few days ago where I talked about Rene falling in the water in Venice? Well here's another photo that I took of that exact same place, except I stepped back about 10 meters. I usually don't post two photos in such close proximity in time and space on the blog. But I thought it was kind of interesting… it's fun to arrive at an interesting place and see how many photos you can make in that space. These are the two most interesting photos I got in this area… I took about 10 different photos, and it turned out that 8 of them were pretty boring… and these are the best two!
I gotta get back to Qatar! There was so much to see and do there. I only had three days while there with the family and the family was a little bit sick too, so that slowed us down a bit. I didn’t visit this area until the last day, but there were so many amazing photos I could have taken here and I really look forward to going back!
Daily Photo – The End of the Call to Prayer
One of my favorite things about being in the middle east is hearing the call to prayer 5 times a day. I first came across this in Fes (which is not in the middle east, but mostly Muslim). It's so surreal to be standing outside, especially on a veranda or on a roof and hear the call to prayer singing through the sky from every direction. I am not Muslim or anything, but I think it's just so interesting and unusual and pretty to hear.
In honor of Rene and me reminiscing on his watery ways below, I give you this video. I dare you not to laugh!
Daily Photo – The Black Inky Night Waters
Another Venice shot! Yay! I took this one about midnight when I was out with my friend Rene. Every Single Time I think about him falling into this canal it makes me laugh. It's just like the funniest thing in the world to me. Thank god he didn't get hurt, so I think that just makes it even safer to laugh at. Imagine falling in that water and having it go over your head while you're carrying your camera bag and everything. Oh man oh man, I'm cracking up just thinking about it again! It's like the gift that keeps on giving.
Here’s an all-Venice Aerial video. Wow, do I love this city… By the way, if you want to know more about my quad see my DJI Phantom 3 Review here on the site.
Daily Photo – Venice From Above
I took a lot of aerial photos from the DJI Quad. I like most of them, and I like this one too, but it's not my favorite. BUT, whenever I show people all my aerial photos from Venice, this one is often the most-favorite of other-people! This is interesting to me… why my favorites often differ from other people… it's a strange thing, tastes and preferences. Just noting…
See the speaker in the Day 0 video below? That’s the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker. I absolutely love that thing… it’s so fun. Everyone else seems to love it too! That speaker brings the party!
Daily Photo – Dinner in Bali
What a cool place to have dinner eh? It reminds me of a little beehive or something like that. This is one of the fabulous dinner spots at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali. The food was amazingly fabulous and at one point, I even got to go back into the kitchen to have a little explore-time with the head chef. It's always so interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. They were working extra-hard because this night, in particular, there was a huge dinner party where all the General Managers from all the 4 and 5-star resorts from Bali came over to have dinner here. It was kind of a funny story because as I walked by, the GM from the Ritz-Carlton grabbed me to say something. I had a few wines by then, and I ended up telling some really funny story and everyone was laughing. It was all quite ridiculous but fun.