Back to Utah
Okay after three days of this, I’ve decided I gotta get back to Utah! 🙂
Okay after three days of this, I’ve decided I gotta get back to Utah! 🙂
And for Day 3 of Utah, you’ll see what happened after I took this photo! Or, at least, what the storm caused…
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! 🙂
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.
Don’t forget to check out the amazing Phantom 5 speaker. It’s really just off-the-wall awesome!
记得关注Phantom 5 扬声器，太给力了！
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!
All in this video we just released – enjoy and let us know your feedback! 🙂
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.
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.
Have you ever seen this? Definitely worth a gander!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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!
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！
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!
Here’s the link to the fun interview I did on the Pro Photographer Journey Podcast. Thanks again – that was fun! 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Here’s a silly clip of some of my family playing Rummikub! Thanks Kalebra Kelby for the amazing gift!
You’ll probably see a few more highlights from this World Park place in this video from Beijing! 🙂
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!
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
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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
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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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! 🙂
If you have any favorites, let me know… always looking for new music! You can see who I follow here on my Soundcloud page.
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.
I’ve thought about going back to Iceland here sometime next year… I love it so much there!
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.
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! 🙂
We used the DJI Phantom here… and here’s one of the photos we got!
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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!
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!
“Night Beach Party”
“The Mono Blaster”
“Undo the Sandy”
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
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.
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!
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!
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
I’m always experimenting with different kinds of equipment! Be sure to pop over to the Camera Equipment page to see my latest goodies!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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??