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Rainbow over Bryce Canyon布莱斯峡谷:雨后彩虹


Back to Utah

Okay after three days of this, I’ve decided I gotta get back to Utah! 🙂

回到犹他

三天后,我决定再回犹他! 🙂

每日一瞥——布莱斯峡谷:雨后彩虹

风雨过后迎来了这片美景。我运气太好了!直到现在,每次见到彩虹,我都高兴得跟小姑娘似的。绚丽的奇迹不会久留,抓紧咔嚓!

Daily Photo – Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

And then after the storm I was treated with this. How lucky! Whenever I see a rainbow I still get excited like a little girl. I know they just don’t last too long so I snap away while the magic is happening!

Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Storm’s a-comin’风雨欲来


Day 2!

And for Day 3 of Utah, you’ll see what happened after I took this photo! Or, at least, what the storm caused…

第二天!

明天的照片中,大家会看到今日这张的大结局!换言之,风暴过后的景象……

每日一瞥——风雨欲来

炎热夏日的风暴每次都来得这么嚣张。让人又害怕又激动啊……真不知道狂风大作前够不够时间回到车里。差点没赶上啊……

Daily Photo – The Storm’s a-comin'

These seem to slam into the US during hot summers with quite a bit of authority! It was both exciting and a little worrying. I was wondering if I had time to get back to the car before everything completely unraveled. I did…but just barely.

The Storm’s a-comin'

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Utah in Mixed Light绚丽犹他


Three Days of Utah?

Is it okay if I post three photos in a row of Utah? It’s been a while since I’ve done any Utah photos, so let’s have a little party here! 🙂

犹他3日?

连续三天发犹他的照片可以咩?好久不见犹他了,连发三弹好不好? 🙂

每日一瞥——绚丽犹他

犹他的光影效果绝对精彩。早晚是我最中意的拍照时间,这些时段的光效尤为精彩。可能是当地有红岩的关系,当暖光打上去,全然着了火一般。

Daily Photo – Utah in Mixed Light

I found the quality of light in Utah to be absolutely amazing. It’s usually my favorite time to shoot around the mornings or evenings, and the light gets even better there then. I think it’s because this is one of the few places where there are red rocks, and then when a warm light hits them, they absolutely go on fire.

Utah in Mixed Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length190.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London in the Last Light余晖中的伦敦


The Phantom 5

Don’t forget to check out the amazing Phantom 5 speaker. It’s really just off-the-wall awesome!

Phantom 5

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每日一瞥——余晖中的伦敦

这是某天晚上在碎片大厦顶楼拍的。他们把酒吧/餐厅的一侧给关了,刚好关的那边可以看日落!!!我还得跟人家磨嘴皮子,才能蹭到这儿拍张照!

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

Entering the Bar Atop the Burj Al Arab


3 Hot News Updates from The Arcanum! Raising Money, Pete News, and New Software that is mind-blowin’!

All in this video we just released – enjoy and let us know your feedback! 🙂

Craziest drinks ever

This Skybar has absolutely the craziest drinks ever… Here’s the crazy menu so you can kind of get the idea!

Daily Photo – Entering the Bar Atop the Burj Al Arab

What an amazing place this is! I never expected the entrance way to look like this. I thought maybe it would be more elegant… not like I’m walking into TRON or something. I didn’t know what to expect. In fact, it was so strange that I almost forgot to take a photo. Almost.

Entering the Bar Atop the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Looking down on Hong Kong


Huge News! Check it OUT!

Now you can sign up for The Arcanum with Facebook too in less than 60 seconds! People have been asking for this for over a year… sorry it took so long! If you’re not sure what it’s about… just read a few stories here.

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Quadcopter Racing

Have you ever seen this? Definitely worth a gander!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70pusNNunMA

Daily Photo – Looking down on Hong Kong

Aren’t these all great shapes? Even though I was standing on the ground down there, I didn’t think it would look this cool. I was too busy trying to avoid those wires that are over the intersection that the electric buses use. I can’t imagine it would be a good move for the DJI to touch one of them!

Looking down on Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO181
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wings over Wanaka


Featured Pinterest!

Thanks again to the Men’s Journal for featuring my Pinterest page… I feel like the guy that barely made the list! Actually, I am, at #22 ! haha Here’s my Pinterest!

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Classic Flights

Be sure to check out Classic Flights if you ever go to Wanaka. Anyone can go up… it’s so fun and the scenery is, of course, second to none.

Daily Photo – Wings over Wanaka

When I went to Wanaka for the Instameet day, Stu and I arrived early to go fly around in some of these awesome old planes. These are called Tiger Moths and they are just as much fun as they look. Well, I mean it’s more fun if you’re not in the middle of a war with the Germans and stuff.

Wings over Wanaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length175.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Massive Burj Khalifa哈里发塔


Vertical Symmetry

The little lines inside the Sony viewfinder are pretty good for centering stuff, but they could be better. Vertically, there’s always a bit of a question mark for me too. I’m never totally sure till I get it back home. If you don’t get it close to right, then it’s almost unrecoverable.

垂直对称

索尼相机取景器里的线条对置中特别有帮助,但还有改进空间。垂直置中在我这儿还是总出问题,不到家上电脑很多问题看不出来。如果不是拍到八九不离十,基本上修片解决不了问题。

每日一瞥——哈里发塔

照完这张,我就去调戏当地的利兹卡尔顿酒店。是这么回事:一开始我在阿玛尼酒店拍室内,他们不太高兴——确切的说是很不高兴。逼得我在大门外搞了个现场Periscope,直播我如何被踢出来。这时利兹卡尔顿酒店在网上推特我:“你随时都可以来我们这儿拍哦!”艾玛,听着那叫一个爽!现在我们成了好伙伴!:)

Daily Photo – The Massive Burj Khalifa

Right after I took this photo, I started my love affair with the Ritz Carlton. You see, I was inside shooting the Armani hotel, and they didn’t like it too much. Well, not at all. I came outside and did a live Periscope about how I was just kicked out… and the Ritz Carlton sent me a great tweet that said, “You can come over here anytime to take photos Trey!” What an awesome thing to hear… And now we’re besties! 🙂

The Massive Burj Khalifa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Magic of New Zealand


Taking Around a Mirror With You

Continuing with the “reflection” theme that we’ve been working on, a creative idea is to carry around a mirror with you. It doesn’t have to be big at all because you can lay it on the ground anywhere with your camera right on top of it. If you’re doing landscapes, it can be a very fun tool!

Daily Photo – The Magic of New Zealand

I really love this photo, but there’s only one problem. I can’t figure out how the heck I made it! I remember a few of the steps… but not sure I could re-create the actual technique. Oh well… at least I still have a pretty picture!

The Magic of New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice


The Grand Prize Winner!

We’ve been doing an amazing photo contest over at Viewbug that collected about 20,000 photos. There were so many good ones… it was pretty much impossible to figure one out! Quite tortuous, really!

The winner gets to come to New Zealand to spend a week at our Photo Workshop Adventures — it’s gonna be so epic! Thanks again to the amazing Ritz-Carlton for helping out with this prize!

And here’s the amazing winning photo. Now this is my kinda shot… it’s got it all, a beautiful sky with a perfectly composed landscape. The colors and the fantasy-wonder of it all is right up my alley. I love it when these photos are somewhere between fantasy and reality. I also really like the soft bowl of the grasses in the bottom of the photo; it has a very welcoming and inviting feel. The whole thing is just a pleasure to look at! Great job Amanda Hughes!

Amazing Runner Up Number 1!

This guy is insane! Man those are some of the best star photos that I’ve ever seen in my entire life… and I’ve seen oooooodles! And then I went to his website (which has the awesome name AstroPhotoBear.com) and was even more amazing. That photo on his front page just blows me away… it reminds me I have to get out there more to take night photos. Very inspirational!

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Amazing Runner Up Number 2!

Now this gal (Lisa Holloway) is amaze-maze! I’ve actually followed her work for years. I actually just was sitting here wondering if she’s won many awards on Viewbug, and I saw she has won OVER 21,000 AWARDS! Are you kidding me… wow she deserves it. What a talent. I want her to come take pictures of me running through a field!

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Yesterday’s Photo Mystery

By the way, if you could not figure out yesterday’s photo, just look at it upside down… and then it will be easier to figure out. No photoshop magic or anything… just cheeky cropping.

Daily Photo – The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

This place is actually very easy to find but I didn’t find it till the end! It’s right off Saint Mark’s square, so it’s definitely worth a stop, either for photography or for tea and cake! I felt in a bit of a rush, so I didn’t really get to sit down and take some time to myself, which is a shame… but sometimes that’s the way your day works out!

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown


Getting up here

Getting to this spot seems to be almost impossible. This area used to be open to everyone about a decade ago. But then they decided to shut it all down. Now the only way I can get up to take photos is by begging and over-asking for favors! Sad Emoticon.

Daily Photo – Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Here’s another photo I really like. People are super-confused by this photo and I think it’s great. Once you see it, then you see it! If you STILL can’t figure it out, I’ll tell you tomorrow on the blog! 🙂

Morning Atop Deer Park Heights in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar迪拜四季酒店:微醺夜景


Tip for waiting for the sunrise

If you’re trying to figure out exactly where the sun is going to rise (and you don’t have an app), here’s a mini-tip. Now, the crescent moon has to be up… so, there’s that bit that might not be happening. But if it is, just look at the thicker part of the moon and it will draw a direct line to where the sun will be rising. It’s sort of one of those things people that are into astronomy know, but I notice many people don’t! Anyway, there ya go. 🙂

等日出

没有任何app帮忙,又想弄清日出的具体方位,这里有条迷你贴士:一定要留意新月(有时候碰不上也是麻烦事儿)。如果能看到,留意月盈的部分,其构成的直线直指太阳升起的地方。这种窍门儿一般只有搞天文的人才懂——很多所谓行家都不一定知道!反正供大家参考咯 🙂

每日一瞥——迪拜四季酒店:微醺夜景

爱死这张了!之前放了一张小图在Instagram,结果反响平平。倒不是说介意其受欢迎程度,但我确实是留意到了。每次我喜欢得无可无不可的东西如果别人没什么兴趣,我都会用心留意。不做评判,但想想是件挺有意思的事情。

Daily Photo – Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar

I love this photo! I shared a small version of it on Instagram but it wasn’t that popular. I actually don’t REALLY care who likes what on which platform, but I do notice. Whenever I REALLY like a photo but no one else does… I certainly take note. I don’t really judge myself or them, but I do notice the discrepancy and think it is interesting.

Dubai from the Four Seasons Bar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Lake Wakatipu from Above俯瞰瓦卡蒂波湖


A Great Adventure!

We had a ton of fun at Aro-Ha last week for our company retreat and photo workshop. You can’t beat 5 days in a row of hiking and yoga and photography! We’ll have to do another one of those some time… If you want to come to another one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

奇幻冒险!

我们在公司的度假地/图片工作坊阿罗哈度过了愉快的一周。连续五天,徒步、瑜伽加摄影,不能再给力。必须找机会再来一次!有兴趣一起来的话,记得关注我们的newsletter!

每日一撇——俯瞰瓦卡蒂波湖

真是爱死DJI Phantom 3了,反应超快!我为它搞了个新背包,可以背着到处跑,无论到哪里,四分钟之内就可以完成准备和升空,两分钟就能规整完毕。赞美啊……从空中看到这样的美景,别提多惊讶了!

Daily Photo – Hiking along the Lake at Aro-Ha

We had an amazing workshop at Aro-Ha — that was our combination Yoga + Photography + Hiking thing. And this was on one of the hikes along the incredible Lake Wakatipu. We stopped at one point and decided to launch the DJI Phantom up into the air and see what it looked like from above!

Hiking along the Lake at Aro-Ha

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/310
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

People of Papua New Guinea, Part 1


Interview with Pro Photographer Journey

Here’s the link to the fun interview I did on the Pro Photographer Journey Podcast. Thanks again – that was fun! 🙂

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Leica Lens Update!

The lens I used today just might be my favorite new Leica Lens! It’s a 90mm f/2 and it’s pretty much the only lens I used in Papua New Guinea. I’ll be releasing a lot of photos from PNG in the coming weeks and months, and I hope you like how buttery they are too! 🙂 See my Leica Lens Buying Guide for more!

Daily Photo – People of New Guinea, Part 1

One of the tribes from the high jungle mountain areas paints themselves like undead spirits to scare the other tribes away. Everyone here is quite superstitious and a lot of their free time is spend exchanging legends and stories. The tribe spends hours painting one another to make sure their spirit-bodies are seen from as far away as possible.

People of New Guinea, Part 1

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Speaking of the Shoulder Season


Testing Facebook Notes

Over on my Facebook Fan Page, we’re trying something called “Notes,” which is kind of like a blog post… Here’s one I just published!

Bendemeer

If you want to get this view of Arrowtown, you have to go into the Bendemeer area and drive to the very very end of the road then walk up a little hill. I’ve been to this beautiful area before, but never took the time to walk up the little hill.

Daily Photo – Speaking of the Shoulder Season

I took this photo in the middle of Autumn during one of our workshops here. This is Arrowtown at the foot of those mountains. Doesn’t it look quaint and perfect? That’s how it actually is too!

Speaking of the Shoulder Season

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

The Remnants of Tatooine


Annoying Lines from Star Wars

I’m super excited about the upcoming Star Wars movies, and I have total faith in JJ Abrams to resurrect it! Remember that one line from Episode 2, I think, when Anakin Skywalker said, after growing up on Tatooine, “I hate the sand! It gets everywhere!” I mean, Jesus dude… you’re Darth Vader! Darth Vader doesn’t complain about sand! And don’t you kinda get used to the sand if you live there?

Daily Photo – The Remnants of Tatooine

How cool is this? Right before I started trekking through the Sahara, I stopped at this Kasbah. The day was unmercifully hot, but I decided to go on a little reccy around the outside anyway. And look what I found! I’m not actually sure what it is… looks like an old jet or something.

The Remnants of Tatooine

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For埃菲尔铁塔……咩?


A little live Periscope

Here’s a silly clip of some of my family playing Rummikub! Thanks Kalebra Kelby for the amazing gift!

More From This Crazy Park

You’ll probably see a few more highlights from this World Park place in this video from Beijing! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8I5Z01OKvw

看个好玩儿的!

瞅瞅我们一家子耍宝玩游戏!多谢Kalebra Kelby的礼物!

更多烧脑世界公园素材

视频中有更多北京世界公园亮点哟!:)

每日一瞥——埃菲尔铁塔……咩?

这是位于北京的一处仿建的埃菲尔铁塔,位于一个十分诡异的地方,叫做世界公园。这里有很多世界知名建筑,估计是想让这辈子都不打算出远门儿的亲们找个安慰。

Daily Photo – This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For

This is a little fake Eiffel Tower in Beijing. It’s in a sups-weird place called World Park or something. They have tons of the world’s greatest structures here… I guess this is to quell the populace that is generally never going to leave China!

This is Not the Eiffel Tower You’re Looking For

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Interview with Jared Polin


Interview with Jared Polin

When I came through Philly on the bus tour, I wanted to make sure to carve out some time to talk with Jared Polin! I went up to his awesome studio and we had a heck of a good time together. This is a really unique interview, and I think you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

It’s been a long time in the making and the stars finally aligned to allow me to interview Trey Ratcliff right here in the loft. Trey is one of the most well known photographers online and is most commonly associated with HDR photography (high dynamic range).

As man¥ of you know I have been very outspoken about not liking HDR in the past. Most of this stems from seeing really bad HDR. Trey on the other hand does HDR right and tries to share his methods with as many people as possible. No that does not mean I will be doing HDR anytime soon. But you can not deny the success and you have to give major credit where credit is due. Check out the FULL Interview at 33:54

Don’t forget new RAWtalks go live every Monday both as audio and video so be sure to subscribe on iTunes or YouTube to be noticed when the latest shows go live.

Show Intro – 00:00:16
Allen’s Nikon-A-Palooza – 00:05:58
Photo News – 00:08:43
Trey Ratcliff Interview – 00:33:54
Gear of the Week – 01:22:07
Wheel of Fro – 01:24:34

Cool Giveaway

Jared is also having a cool giveaway on his site too! Check it out 🙂

Home to New Zealand

Well, after 58 days on the road and then one of our photo workshops, I’m finally back home… now getting re-organized and everything! 🙂 Here’s a few of my favorite photos from here… omg SO happy to be home 🙂

Over Lake Tekapo Here’s one of my favorite images from that day in the chopper. Shooting from a helicopter is always tough. If you watched that video, you’ll see I switched a lot between different cameras. Even though I am using the Sony NEX-7 a lot, I chose the Nikon here because of the extreme conditions. I was quite worried I would only get a few minutes to shoot, so I wanted to make sure I did not run into any buffering problems… this is why I went with the Nikon.Don’t know what buffering is? That is what happens when you take a whole bunch of photos in a row and the camera has to save them quickly. On lesser cameras, sometimes you can only take a few photos before there is a long pause while it writes the photos. The NEX-7 lets met get in about 10-13 photos before it starts going slow. The Nikon D3s lets me take about 30+ I think!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Peaceful Evening in Wanaka I had a peaceful evening in Wanaka. There is this tree that sits out in the middle of the lake. It’s so unusual. I love the way it reflects back on itself in the smooth water. I was by myself, listening to music on my iPod, and just watching the water as it would calm down then get excited, then calm down again. I swapped out lenses a few times and kept moving around to admire it from different angles. This one was one of my favorites. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AMThe winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on my balcony, and this is our amazing view! I’m renting a Bach here called “The Nest” – and it has incredible views all day long… and all night long too, as you can see! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Golden Tree Path When I took this photo, I was very happy! In many ways, it’s the kind of place you can easily walk through and not notice because it was on the way to somewhere else. I was trying to walk down to Lake Hayes via a new route form my house, and I saw this on the way. I feel like I’m always alert, but then sometimes I’m looking at a scene like this and I think, “Hey, I should take a photo!” Anyway, I need to get better at this sort of thing… and take more photos on the way to the place rather than the place itself. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Reflections at Milford Sound

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water


A Small Difference in Height

I think I had the Phantom up about 20 feet here, which was just enough to see over the heads of these two. It just makes a huge difference in the photo with a small difference in the height!

This was taken with the Phantom 2 with the GoPro camera… The Phantom 3 has a WAY better camera, but I do wish it automatically took photos like the GoPro did.

Daily Photo – Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Here’s another shot from The Four Seasons in Bora Bora. I watched people paddle board a few days before I went for it myself. It turned out to be super easy on this smooth water. I took Ethan out into the more choppy part and things got a little hairy out there… especially when we started attacking each other!

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Protecting the Kill


The Shoulder Season

This is one of my favorite times in Queenstown… the spring. It’s opposite-land down here, you know. One great thing about the springs and autumns down here is that they last a full 3 months, so you really get a full run of the season.

Daily Photo – Protecting the Kill

Here’s a rare action shot of a leopard in action! I say it’s rare because we watching this gal lounge around for hours! They are super-lazy… but in a flash, she shot right up the tree to protect a warthog kill she had hung up there earlier when a bird of prey started circling around.

It would have been so awesome to see the leopard leap off the tree and kill the bird of prey. That was a little too much to hope for, though!

Protecting the Kill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length82.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk


Eve Online

I started playing Eve Online with my son recently… he had never played before and the game is so monstrously complex that he’s finally old enough to do it!

Daily Photo – The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk

It was another extremely long photo walk! Often times these things go way longer than I expect. Thank goodness it was not the hot season… this is where the group said their goodbyes and everyone went their separate ways. I got one final shot before heading out myself…

The Final Photo From the Dubai Photo Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner


New Photo Organization

I have a slightly different workflow I’ve been toying with lately. It’s particular to me, so it may not apply to you, but here it is.

I have my desktop iMac here where I do most everything when I am home. It also is where my main library is hooked into. But I also have my Macbook, and I’ve been taking a ton of photos lately with my little RX100. Check the “Camera Recommendations” up there soon, as I may make it my entry-level pick! Anyway, I’ve made a special Library on my Macbook JUST for photos from that little device. They tend to be quicker shots, street shots, family shots, and the like. It seems better than commingling them with all the other huge photos that come out of the Sony A7 system.

If you want to learn more about how I manage my giant photo library, check out my Organize Your Photos tutorial over at the store!

Daily Photo – Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner

This was a great trip! That’s my son there being held by Jack Horner… what a great guy! We went up to the badlands to spend a few days digging up dinosaurs with him… what an experience!

Digging up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashFired, Return detected
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo


Lightroom Presets

I thought about re-packaging some of my presets for different kind of categories. Maybe a black & white package… a sandstorm package… I can’t actually decide because I don’t want to make it too confusing. Okay, I just talked myself out of it.

Daily Photo – Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

I don’t do a lot of single-shots of buildings, but when I’m in Tokyo I make an exception. I know nothing about architecture or how to make a cool building, but I’d like to think that if I was an architect that I could make something like this. I don’t know how these guys come up with ideas like this!

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Stuck in Communist Rally


Another Bus Trip?

I’ll be talking to the team soon about whether or not we’ll do another bus trip! Let me know if you’d be interested in that! 🙂

Daily Photo – Getting Stuck in Communist Rally

I came out of my hotel in Ho Chi Minh and was in a sea of some kind of rally. I really have no idea what was going on, but it seemed to be all 40+ women, and, well, that one dude you can see looking at me… possibly as confused as I was!

Getting Stuck in Communist Rally

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls


Best DJs on Soundcloud?

If you have any favorites, let me know… always looking for new music! You can see who I follow here on my Soundcloud page.

Daily Photo – Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Here’s another crazy place in Singapore that I totally didn’t expect. The outside was amazing enough, but then I decided to go inside. Amazing! And you can probably see all those little paths up there… you can just wander around and see this incredible indoor rainforest.

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Finely Glaciated Mountains


Going Back to Iceland

I’ve thought about going back to Iceland here sometime next year… I love it so much there!

Daily Photo – Finely Glaciated Mountains

Up in the northwestern area of Iceland you get these tremendous shapes. It’s right on the edge of the whole country, and the feeling of the mountains is just the same. I haven’t seen a lot of mountains like this — how the glaciers have shaved away both sides so there is a steep ridge down the middle.

And if you’re wondering if that water is cold… yes, yes it is.

Finely Glaciated Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Curtis in the Townships of Soweto


Coming back to India!

I’m coming back to India! Where should I go??

I was thinking of taking one of those nice train trips across a part of India for about a week in January. That sounds fun! I’ll have my whole family with me… any suggestions are welcome!

I loved being in India SO MUCH last time… the people, the sights, the food, the texture of everything! I’ve done zero planning, but I’m already getting goose bumps! 🙂

Reflecting on the Taj Mahal

Quadcopter Photo

We used the DJI Phantom here… and here’s one of the photos we got!

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-Rx8Dt6z/A

Daily Photo – Curtis in the Townships of Soweto

We had a great day here in Johannesburg. We weren’t totally sure what to expect when we went into this area, but it turned out to be absolutely amazing. Here, all the kids are around Curtis because he’s landed the quadcopter. Curtis is the one on the left in the middle, by the way.

Curtis in the Townships of Soweto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Textures of Venice


Forbes Travel Guide Interview

I did an interview with the Forbes Travel Guide all about the tour and more! It was a fun interview… it was actually over the telephone, and she transcribed what I said into sentences… a few little mistakes in there (like I said “Police State” instead of “Police Stage”), but you’ll get the general idea, I think! 🙂

Mixing Textures

This one comes from the Textures Tutorial — I did use about 7 different textures here, mixing them all together like you might remember from the video!

Daily Photo – The Textures of Venice

Getting smooth water in Venice is not super easy, because all the canals are often busy with boat traffic. For some reason, I found this one that was perfectly still, so I jumped on the opportunity!

The Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Ten Hours in Singapore


New Presets!

Don’t forget today’s the day for the half-price Lightroom Presets for October! Enjoy! Here’s the names of the new presets — I came up with a few awesome and crazy new presets at Burning Man this year!

“Arya Blinded”
“Batmanmobile”
“Bunny Beers”
“Greenman Juice”
“Night Beach Party”
“Sandy Robot”
“SoftHDR Blue”
“Swayze Crotch”
“The Mono Blaster”
“Undo the Sandy”

The Fluffy Cat Demands you buy them now

See his demanding fluffy stare.

Awesome Singapore

I want to go back and spend more time here for sure… Now that I live in New Zealand, whenever I go to Europe, it’s just as easy to stop here as it is Dubai. So I’ll see if I can make more time here next time… maybe have a photowalk or something!http://i.imgur.com/3VXlVAx.gifvhttp://i.imgur.com/3VXlVAx.gifv

Daily Photo – Ten Hours in Singapore

I connected in Singapore on the way from Vietnam back home to New Zealand, so of course I had to go out and shoot! I grabbed a taxi immediately and then headed to the hot zone down here! I haven’t been here since they added all this crazy-awesome stuff… I was taking non-stop photos. In this part, I’m way up high on this sky bridge between electric trees.

Ten Hours in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tomorrow’s the Big Day for the October 1 Presets!


New Presets tomorrow

Don’t forget about the Trey’s Lightroom Presets that are coming out tomorrow. Check back bright and early to see when they magically pop into the store!

Daily Photo – Running Out on the Lake in Glenorchy

I notice that my youngest daughter Scarlett gets a little extra spunky when she wears pigtails! Here we are out on a family walk in Glenorchy through the wetlands. I highly recommend this walk if you’re in the Queenstown area!

Running Out on the Lake in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

San Francisco Highlight Reel and LAST Chance to win the grand prize!


Win a Trip to New Zealand or my whole camera kit!

There’s just one more day to win both the tour’s grand prize (a trip to New Zealand, all expenses paid to join me on an upcoming Photo Adventure!) and my whole camera kit!

To enter to win the photo trip to New Zealand: http://www.viewbug.com/D4B6 — thank you Ritz-Carlton!

To enter to win my whole camera kit, go to http://tour.treyratcliff.com/sponsors#macphun Thank you to Macphun and Bay Photo for that!

San Francisco Photo Walk Highlight Reel!

Thanks again AMAZING San Francisco for such an incredible afternoon and evening! This was City 13 out of 13 on our cross-the-nation bus tour! You can see more about the other cities and everything at http://tour.treyratcliff.com

Another Strange Selfie from Above


New Tripod

I’m always experimenting with different kinds of equipment! Be sure to pop over to the Camera Equipment page to see my latest goodies!

Daily Photo – Another Strange Selfie from Above

Look at me with all these selfies…two days in a row! I’m like a teenage girl, teehee. I’m a bit harder to spot in this one, maybe. I saw this awesome reflection under a building in Hong Kong one night, so I went exploring underneath it to try to find a nifty angle.

Another Strange Selfie from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad


ABC

ABC = Always Be Charging. And for this geeky chapter from my life, let me tell you this is usually the first thing I do when I go to a new hotel room or something for the night. I immediately scout out an area to charge up all my stuff. It’s kind of a silly burden, really… maybe someday it will be easier!

Daily Photo – Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad

This is a very geeky selfie I took in Bora Bora. Any normal person would have been there in the pool having a nice cool island-drink. But no, not me… when I was not geeking out with my toys, I was busy trying to keep all the batteries charged.

Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1700
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Penguins Forever


Projectile Poop

Those two words together always make me laugh, but they did not make me laugh when I discovered that penguins actually do it. I had a few Supa Cute penguins waddle by me with their little fat bodies… it was super-enjoyable to watch until one of them shot a surprise at me.

Daily Photo – Penguins Forever

See that nice yellow color under all the penguins? It looks so pretty doesn’t it? Well, this is actually the color when you mix together penguin feathers and projectile poop.

Most of Antarctica had no smells at all… I think the whole continent saved all the smells for this place.

Penguins Forever

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Cliff at The Hills


A Big Thanks Again!

Thank you again to everyone that came out to the amazing Photo Walks in the US. I think I’m still a bit exhausted from all of it… should we do it again next year??

Daily Photo – Cliff at The Hills

One day I took my friend Cliff out to The Hills to walk around and explore. At one point, I saw him up on the hill looking awesome and grabbed this quick one.

Cliff at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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