London in the Last Light

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Daily Photo – London in the Last Light

Here’s a photo I took from atop The Shard one night. I noticed that they shut down one side of the bar/restaurant just for the restaurant. And that’s the side where’ sunset is! So I had to do a bit of fancy-British-talkin’ to get myself over there in a position to take this photo!

London in the Last Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

The Tower of London in the Night

Colored Lights at night

I’d like to send a shout out to all the lighting designers around the world, and especially those in London, for making such colorful lights that make the sights so much cooler!

Daily Photo – The Tower of London in the Night

Wow this place is empty at night. During the day, it’s an absolute zoo. At night, things are quite quiet… the sort of quiet you get right before a zombie outbreak. I’d love to actually spend the night there inside the Tower of London somewhere… wander around inside all night and take photos and more…

The Tower of London in the Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Plugin for Rain Effects

I wish there was a plugin to simulate a wet ground. That seems like serious cheating in a way… and I have no idea how they would make one, but it could be awesome!

Daily Photo – London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

I think London at night is one of the most amazing experiences ever… especially when there's a bit of rain to make all the lights come even more alive. I visited this area late one night after going to see a very strange (but good) theater show. It put me into quite an unusual mood, which set a good brain space for this kind of wandering!

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Room With a View

What else happened this day?

Here’s a little video of what happened in London before I took this photo!

Daily Photo – A Room With a View

Here’s my friend Stu atop The Shard in London inside one of the most awesome bathrooms I’ve ever seen! Yes, you might think it was awkward for me to take this photo while in the bathroom… I suppose it was a little bit, but not NEARLY as awkward as it was for all the guys behind me waiting while I had Stu strike a few poses…

A Room With a View

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

Another funny London story

So I was in a cab in London with my British friend Lee as we were going from Heathrow Airport to our hotel. I’ve been to London a few times but I always get excited every time. Anyway, I was listening to the way the cab driver spoke and he sounded so awesome. I told Lee, “Wow, that guy has the exact same type of accent as the bad guy in the very first episode of Sherlock Holmes!” Lee looked at me very calmly and said, “Yes, Trey. That’s called a London accent.”

Daily Photo – When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

What a cool car! He seemed pleased that I stopped in the middle of the street to take the photo too… I think people with awesome cars generally are fans of people taking photos of them. I think the same thing about people with tattoos — they don't mind you staring a bit! I shot this with my 2nd camera I have slung around my body which I use for street photography. If I would have wrestled around with my other camera to get the shot, then I never would have had time.

When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

London as Night Closes In

How long for light trails?

Experiment! There is no right answer… When there is a little bit of ambient light, you may need to go shorter or close down the aperture, as I did here. This one is F/14 at 5 seconds. Not that I knew that ahead of time… I had to experiment. When I did F/4 at 5 seconds, the whole thing was way too bright but the light trail was the right length, so I just darkened it up by increasing the F stop to F/14.

Daily Photo – London as Night Closes In

Here's one of those really fun long exposure shots that are readily available all over London. This is one of the great advantages of living in a big city is that you get all that crazy tail light action that I don't get here in Queenstown. It makes for a very fun way to be creative and try new ways to fill up the frame with unexpected light action.

I took this one during the big photowalk event — thanks again everyone!

London as Night Closes In

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture14
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

“Casual Photos”

See this photo below? It’s not usual that I publish them, but it actually represents MOST of the photos I snap… There are always interesting things here and there. These actually don’t take much time… and I know people generally don’t like it when I post “casual snaps” here and there on the blog, but here’s one anyway — hope you don’t mind! :)

Daily Photo – Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

I always try to arrive at the PhotoWalks around the world a little early so that I can meet people and say hello. We had a super-informal gathering here at the Milkbar before we headed over to the big event. That's my friend Lee sitting there in front… it was so crowded inside that we had to sit outside to enjoy our coffees. We can here to meet up with Gordon Laing from Cameralabs.com — was great to see him again!

Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

London during the PhotoWalk

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Daily Photo – London during the PhotoWalk

This area behind Westminster Abbey was under all sorts of construction, so it was very hard to shoot. They had this wall here that was blocking some of the construction, and it turned out to be very shiny… so I got extremely close to try to get creative and make this kind of a shot. I think everyone on the photowalk thought I was crazy while I was leaning up against the wall in a Very Strange Pose!

London during the PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the New London at Night

Behind the Scenes in London

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Stu and I shot this video while in London and flying the quad about! He put on the Google Glass and recorded the various adventures we had that day — thanks again Stu! I got to know Stu through The Arcanum, which you should check out if you haven’t yet!

Daily Photo – Exploring the New London at Night

It's hard to believe how much this building (The Shard in the distance) has changed the skyline of London. I feel like it had not been that long since I was away (maybe three years?), but now, upon return, it's fun to re-shoot the city and get this incredible piece of architecture in the skyline.

In the video above, I was right by this area… very close to City Hall…

Exploring the New London at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

TEDx Queenstown and Beautiful London at Sunset

TEDx Queenstown

I’m very much looking forward to the big event in about 9 days here in Queenstown. I know we have a few people flying in for it… be sure to come over and see me during one of the in-between events — don’t be shy… just come on over; I am very nice! :)

HDR Photo

Here’s the press release:

Trey Ratcliff, author of the number one travel photography blog ‘Stuck in Customs’ will be speaking at the TEDxQueenstown event on Sunday April 19.

Ratcliff is the latest to be announced in a plethora of speakers descending upon Queenstown later this month at the independently organised version of the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks, another phenomenon to have taken the internet by storm.

Speakers have less than 18 minutes to wow their audience – something which could prove tricky for the adventurous photographer who has travelled and snapped Antarctica to Zurich and most places in between.

TEDxQueenstown organiser Trent Yeo said he was ‘excited’ to announce Ratcliff as part of the line-up.

“There’s a great range of speakers and performers at this year’s event and Trey is a wonderful addition.

“Queenstown somehow attracts very purposeful and influential people so it’s great we can invite a local to address what he shares to his global community, but in person,” said Mr Yeo.

Ratcliff is also well known as a pioneer in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, a technique whereby multiple levels of light are captured of a single scene and then combined into a single photograph. The resulting image is richly detailed and more closely resembles how you’d recall a scene in your mind.

Ratcliff spent three weeks photographing Antarctica earlier this year, capturing the continent’s icy wilderness. The trip included survival training, carving an ice cave and overcoming the daily challenge of living in such a harsh and unforgiving environment.

He has over 60 Billion views on Google along with over 13 million followers cumulative across Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Originally from Texas, US, but now living in Queenstown with his family, Ratcliff said that he believed it was ‘the greatest place on the planet’ and was supportive of the TED mission.

“Queenstown seems to be a vortex of interesting people and the TEDxQueenstown event will take that to the next level,” Mr Ratcliff said.

“Preparation for the event has been a lot of fun, my talk will be unexpected and full of surprises and a secret that people might just figure out in the first 17 minutes…”

Ratcliff joins fellow adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald who holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, archaeologist Leslie Van Gelder and well-known Wellington musician Graeme James among others.

Trey Ratcliff is the final speaker to be announced out of the 11 who will participate in this year’s event at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre.

Mr Yeo said tickets were almost sold out.

“I love this town, the depth of people that live here, the amazing influence of the person next door.

“So I’m really excited to welcome Trey to the TEDxQueenstown stage, a chance to meet a person that thinks constantly about how to positively influence the world”

TEDxQueenstown ticket details:
www.tedxqueenstown.com

Daily Photo – Beautiful London at Sunset

I love this city so much! And even better, the photographers there in London are unbelievably nice and welcoming! The photowalks we have there are always a treat, not just for photography, but in getting to meet so many amazing people. Photographers are always among the nicest people in the world, I find, but in London especially so!

I think I took this the day after the photowalk… seeing London from above really gives a wonderful perspective on the whole place.

Beautiful London at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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