The End of the Call to Prayer

Back to Qatar

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.

The End of the Call to Prayer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Black Inky Night Waters

Falling in Water

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.

The Black Inky Night Waters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Venice From Above

Venice From Above, a Video!

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…

Venice From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/610
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Dinner in Bali

Hot Gadget Recommendation

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.

Dinner in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

New! Becoming an Artist with Trey Ratcliff Season 1

An Exciting New Series coming April 3, 2016!

The Pre-order is now avail! :)

It’s announced today and you can see a preview below.

Entirely shot in Africa, this is something a little different from me, and I think you’re gonna dig it! You know, I’ve been making tutorials for years, but I decided to add a new twist with all the post-processing work. I’ve added in a new element where you find out more about deeper-level, and probably more important aspects of photography, creativity, and you.

The whole series is more auto-biographical as I tell different stories (often embarrassing!) that helped me find my creative self. It’s a long journey, you know, this thing of life! I wasn’t always like this… I used to be so much more stressed and stumbling. Now I feel more creative and peaceful. I get so many questions about how things came to be. I believe these 15 episodes that comprise Season 1 will not only give you strange insights into me, but probably into you too.

PRE-ORDER SEASON 1 Before April 3rd

The first episode of Season 1 will premiere on Sunday, April 3rd but you can pre-order the entire series now for just $49! This is the lowest price the series will be offered plus it includes a ton of amazing goodies!

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What’s included in the Pre-Order Bundle?

If you pre-order Becoming an Artist – Season 1 by April 3rd you’ll get …

  • 14 episodes filled with inspirational stories, photo tips, and post-processing techniques
  • Bonus 15th episode only available when you buy the entire series
  • Trey’s RAW image files you can use to practice with
  • Free trial of Aurora HDR Pro software
  • Bonus tutorial video for Aurora HDR Pro
  • Discount coupon for the full version Aurora HDR Pro

Season 1 Episode Guide

1. The Accidental Creation of Me
Trey tells the whole story of how he came to be. He ends the show by showing the photos that will be worked on in all of the episodes in Season 1 and does a brief introduction of the tools he uses.


2. The Little Person and Jabba the Hutt’s Tail
Trey tells a crazy story about Star Wars and his dad. He then goes on to talk about a counter-intuitive truth about the creation of art. In post-processing, Trey demonstrates Adobe Lightroom basics and works on a few of his favorite photos.


3. The Burning of Embrace and Being Alone
Trey has a quiet moment in the abandoned ghost town Kolmanskop, Namibia. An abandoned diamond mine, now consumed by sand dunes. Trey went in expecting to find sadness but found something else entirely.


4. Moved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A love of Impressionist paintings is an emphasis in this episode. Trey talks about a time he visited a museum in Paris with his father and how it changed him. He ends by showing how he created a light trail photo from the rooftop of Bar 7.


5. What Happens When You Sit Too Close to the TV
Trey visits one of the most amazing places in the world, the Deadvlei in Namibia. While here taking photos, he shares a story from when he was a little boy and got his first Atari 2600. It taught him something he did not expect about colors.


6. Writing a Failed Novel
Trey shares about his high school English teacher and how she said something special to him that ended up changing his life. He then discusses composition, experimentation, and gives a demo of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.


7. The F-Stop Question
This is a story about when an unassuming student asked Trey a very simple photography question to which he did not know the answer. He then goes on to loosely connect this to taking photos from high-speed-moving-vehicles.


8. What Goes Up Must Sometimes Come Down in a Different Location
Quadcopter photography! In this episode, Trey begins by talking about how HDR brought a new perspective to photography and how he believes that quadcopter photography is now doing the same thing.


9. Pregnant on a Roller Coaster
Trey talks about his incredibly awesome birth defects and how none of us were born to be normal. Trey shares some of his favorite night photography photos and demonstrates how to make a nighttime panorama.


10. A Reccy to Chernobyl
This story is about slippery memories and Trey’s first job at a nuclear power plant. Trey then talks about how much he has changed when he visited Chernobyl almost 15 years later and the difference in the nature of the memories.


11. What Burning Man Taught Me about People Photography
Trey talks about getting outside of his comfort zone and how he’s learned to take photos of people in a unique way. He explores images of people that he’s captured from around the world.


12. How I Keep Learning To See
This is a story about when Trey gave a keynote speech at Kent State and an unknowing student asked him something that made him question the nature of vision. He delves into Black and White photography and shares a few techniques.


13. Through Their Rich Tracery One Sees the Sky Beyond
Trey talks about how he was influenced by Mark Twain’s writings and how he failed at trying to make the photography equivalent of his writing. Trey finishes by creating a “Painting” of elephants by combining a photo with textures.


14. A Street Fight in Morocco
From Northern Africa in Morocco down to Southern Africa in Namibia, Trey talks about how he approaches both life and taking meaningful photos of people. He also talks a girl into taking off her clothes.


15. BONUS: The “Not-Sponsored-by-Mutual-of-Omaha” Animal Show!
This Bonus episode is only available if you purchase the entire series. Trey and Bel give a director’s cut voiceover of the most awesome animal footage captured while in Namibia and Botswana.


A few of the images from this series

A Devil in the Sand

Daily Photo – Trees into the Milky Way

You'll definitely recognize these trees from the episode called “Writing a Failed Novel.” That was a fun one… I started the episode one way, then decided to take it into another. You'll see what I mean! :)

Trees into the Milky Way

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Private Buffet in Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton at Phulay Bay

While Writing This

As you know, I write these blog entries often a few days or weeks after I take the photos. It takes me a while to work on the photos and get them ready for publishing. Anyway, while writing this one, I’m in Wellington, New Zealand at a restaurant at the Rydges here, and I have a huge plate of deep-fried risotto balls in front of me. I’m eating all of them like some stoned college student and it’s so fun. Anyway, that’s some behind-the-scenes for ya.

Daily Photo – A Private Buffet in Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton at Phulay Bay

Okay… this was a little over-the-top. I'm the first to say that it was completely unexpected and really overwhelming. But our first night here at Phulay Bay we had a private buffet on the beach! The whole thing was just for our little family… so ridiculous and wonderful. This is available actually to everyone that stays there and it was such a treat. Ethan even went back with the chef to cook some of our food. Once again, we ate WAY too much, but we loved and appreciated every second of it! :)

A Private Buffet in Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton at Phulay Bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Carnevale in Venice

Carnevale

One of my biggest surprises is how open the participants were to photography. People would dress up lavishly then literally stand outside and pose for hours on end for photographers. No money needed, none of that. They would just run through a series of poses… it was so fun! I’m sure that takes a little bit of magic out of these photos now that you know, but it’s interesting nonetheless! :)

Daily Photo – Carnevale in Venice

The detail on the outfits and masks from all over Venice was so incredible! I'm always impressed by the artistry and effort people put into their displays. I'll tell you a secret! Well, maybe that's not the right word… I don't know what the word is. But, maybe like you, I've seen photos of Carnevale in Venice my whole life. Well, I thought the whole time that all of this was actually painted on the face. But it's not… it's all a mask and the only real part is the eyes. Maybe you knew this the entire time, but I did not. But if you've just discovered this for the first time like me, then you know what I mean when it changes everything and the way you see it!

Carnevale in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Archipelago around Krabi in Thailand

Bond Movies

Which Bond movie was it were the evil villain had his fortress on one of these islands? I forgot! I want to say Dr. No, but I might be wrong!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Archipelago around Krabi in Thailand

Yesterday was a great example of what the Hasselblad can do and today we have another one. We had a wonderful time exploring all around these incredible limestone islands. I had the Hassy with me the whole time and was shooting like crazy. I literally have hundreds of photos, but this is one of my favorite ones.

Exploring the Archipelago around Krabi in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

My Last Night in Venice

Local Reviews

So I’ve started adding more and more local reviews on Google as I visit everything from restaurants to hotels. I need to do more of this because I have a lot of accidental discoveries that I want to share! I think these Google reviews will become more and more important as time goes on because people will us Google Maps a lot to search for things.

Daily Photo – My Last Night in Venice

Wow, I love this photo so much! Ha! I usually don't say that about my photos, as you may know, but I do really like this one. It's another great example of that amazing compression you get from the Hasselblad.

What's funny is I didn't actually have that much “Trey Time” in Venice. I was busy filming two new videos for most of the time then doing a workshop for the rest. At the end, I had One Free Day to go off and just wander. I went off wandering with my bestie Rene… we ended up in a beautiful area for some photos on our last night… and then we went and pigged out on sushi, my first non-Italian meal in like 3 weeks! Omg I was so bloated… and I think I still am!

My Last Night in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Desert, Another Wanderer

National Parks

There are still so many National Parks in the USA I have not visited. I did make it to Zion until just a few years ago. I can’t believe it took me so long to get there… also, I still can’t get over how beautiful it was! Click HERE to see all my photos from amazing Utah… and there are more to come! :)

Daily Photo – Another Desert, Another Wanderer

I thought this photo played well with the one from yesterday. It's from the other side of the world in White Sands National Park in New Mexico. And that's not a guy from Oman, that's a guy from New Zealand! That's Ollie Dale… he was out with me and some other friend exploring this rather magical place!

Another Desert, Another Wanderer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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