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Los Angeles Highlight Video!

LA Highlight Video! Thanks again everyone — that was a great group! I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and meeting so many… let’s do it again sometime… maybe next time in downtown?? 🙂

An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

Thanks again for enjoying the Lightroom Presets

This photo below uses one of my favorite Lightroom Presets from the 2014 package. Here’s a little video that shows how I use them!

Daily Photo – An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

I look at photos like this and then kick myself a little for not staying out longer to take more photos! The city has so many little sections… I have to find some time to get back there! It’s like the ultimate parallel universe where I’m always pleasantly and delightfully surprised around every corner.

An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

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Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

Drifting slowly towards the Burning Man Photo Walk

Now there’s a little break in the Photo Walks as I get prepped for Burning Man… it’s gonna be great!

As for the photo walk, it will be on September 1. Check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com website for the deets! Of course, since Burning Man is a non-commercial event, we won’t be talking about all the sponsors and that stuff…no ticket sales… none of that stuff… just free love! 🙂

Daily Photo – Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

One day I was able to get up on the roof of one of the skyscrapers in the CBD area of Beijing. I spent a lot of the time zoomed in as far as I could go. It gives everything quite a different look as it pulls the far away close…

Into the Hazy Air in Beijing

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A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Tip – Cinematic Crop

See the dimensions of the photo below? It’s not a common crop, but I usually like it. If the scene calls for it, you can kind of plan ahead by zooming out more at the time, knowing you’re gonna be cropping off the top and bottom.

Daily Photo – A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

Wow, it’s been a long road trip and a long way from home in New Zealand. This photo reminds me of it so much, since this is the area I live in. I was over here with Choppy and Curtis (you can see her helicopter there in the distance). I was just out randomly taking photos when this awesome horsewoman came riding through. It was right out of a movie!

A Long Time Away From New Zealand…

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Phoenix Highlight Reel!

Highlight video from HOT HOT HOT Phoenix! Holy cow… it was 100 degrees even in the dark! That concrete just keeps the hot party going haha! Wow but I had a lot of fun… SO many nice people showed up. I hope everyone learned a thing or two (and had a nice shower before bed… I did not! Had to get on the bus at midnight and drive to LA for tonight’s event!) But I promise I’ll come back to Phoenix and have another fight with the Tripod police for you! 🙂

News segment on ABC about the Photo Walk and the blog

Check out this piece that was shot in Dallas! We shot most of this interview inside the amazing Ritz-Carlton there in Dallas before the photo walk. Byron Harris came up to the room and he was Super Nice! He said normally he’s an Investigative Journalist, so I got a little nervous, but then he said this was just about photography and business. He’s also a keen photographer… and even joined us on the photo walk later! What a cool guy.

Highlight Video from Dallas

And here’s the highlight video from the incredible photo walk. You’ll see some cool footage from our DJI quad too!

A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

Benji in the Door

And since I had time here to be a bit creative, I asked Benji, my field guide, to go out just beyond the door to strike a stoic pose. I knew it would make the photo more interesting!

Daily Photo – A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

I felt so lucky to spend a lot of time here. Schedules and weather are a bit crazy in Antarctica. You never know how long you’re gonna be somewhere. Shackleton’s hut is not easy to get to and we had to be choppered in. We didn’t know if we’d have an hour or longer. But it turns out we were there for about 12 hours, which was really awesome because we could take our time and get all the shots we wanted.

A Long Day at Shackleton’s Hut

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San Antonio Highlight Video

I had a ton of fun in San Antonio… that cathedral show was like nothing I’ve ever seen! Phoenix tonight! As usual, you can see more on http://tour.treyratcliff.com. You can see more from San Anton in the highlight video here.

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

A great idea for cathedrals!

This place did something I had never seen before. They gave everyone a pretty big mirror you can carry around. You can kind of hold it at your waist and angle it up, so you can look down to see the ceiling instead of looking up. Genius!

Daily Photo – Inside the Guided Mirror Room

See the four mirrors down there on the floor? I was gonna lay out like 50 of them, and I ran back to check my camera to see if they were centered before I added the others. Then, the security guard started yelling at me and rushing over! So I took this photo really fast. (You can see her black visage rapidly approaching on the left!)

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

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The Keys That Bind Us All

More from the Japanese Pavilion at the Biennale

Here’s another photo of this really cool space that I posted a few months ago. That post also talks more about the art piece.

Daily Photo – The Keys That Bind Us All

I liked this place so much that I came back a second time just to take photos. This time I came back with Rene and we had no idea what we would see in the other pavilions Most of the time we were confused… but there was some awesome stuff!

The Keys That Bind Us All

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Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

New Google Glass?

There’s been some rumors of the enterprise edition coming out… I’m really glad they’re keeping the program alive! 🙂

Daily Photo – Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

Sagoy! I was walking around during a photowalk and saw this traditionally-dressed girl. She was fascinated by the Glass, so I gave her a go… it was really fun to watch her, so took a few photos along the way!

Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

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Dallas Highlight Reel!

Highlight Video Reel from Dallas! We had to get permission from the Major Himself to fly our DJI quad in Dallas over the Klyde Warren Park! We had a great time getting some amazing footage… I grew up here… Born n’ raised, as they say, and it was a Tremendous homecoming. THANK YOU again so much everyone for coming out.

If you want to find out more about how to win prizes (even if you’re not with us!) and participate more in the Photo Walk across the USA, see http://tour.treyratcliff.com

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

The Making-Of

The creation of my large format photographs in Dusseldorf…

Daily Photo – Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

This is my favorite area to shoot while in this really cool German town. This is kind of the new media center… lots of crazy architecture and strange stuff happening! Check out those crazy frog-people on the right… Oh, Germany!

Beautiful Clouds in Dusseldorf

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Miami Highlight Reel!

Thanks again Miami! We have Dallas tonight for the photo walk… VERY excited!! 🙂

Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

New Zealand Photo Workshops

Be sure to keep an eye on the Workshops page to see when one or more magically appear! 🙂

Daily Photo – Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

For the first one ever, we decided to get fire dancers out to my house. It was so fun! One problem is we did this on the very first night, and shooting fire dancers is a bit difficult! Now, whenever we do the big dinner at my house, it is on the last night of the event. By that point, everyone is super-duper relaxed and the parties usually get delightfully out of control!

Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

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The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

From inside

Here’s a strange video I made from inside this place…

Daily Photo – The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

As you can see from the video above, this is a really cool place, but no one is ever there! This is the one other visitor I saw. I think she was also surprised to see me, so we took photos of each other to mark the occasion!

The Only Other Visitor to the Beijing Planning Museum

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Live on Facebook Video

Yesterday I was interviewed live on CBS in Miami. Be sure to watch our Facebook Page to see when these things go live… here’s a behind-the-scenes video that Curtis made… kind of a clever reference towards a three-way around the 5:30 mark, I thought… teehee.

Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

A big Thank You Again!

To everyone that has joined us on the photo walk thus far! It’s just been absolutely tremendous… should we do it again next year???

Daily Photo – Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

This is a pretty epic place… it was also a bit strange because I was there alone, so I was showered with attention. See all those different gins in front of me? That’s a little cart they push around that has Hendrick’s gin infused with all sorts of different things. It was like drinking at an awesome medieval apothecary!

Inside Hendrick’s Bar in Dubai

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Brave Leader of The Arcanum

As long as we’re talking about it…

…why not go fill out an application at The Arcanum? It’s awesome! 🙂

Daily Photo – Brave Leader of The Arcanum

Here’s a fun/funny photo I took of Pete one day when we got off the helicopter over near Wanaka. We would do tiny little hikes here and there… he was kneeling down on this mountaintop with this vast valley behind him… he looked pretty awesome I thought!

Brave Leader of The Arcanum

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Shut down by the Po Po in Atlanta!

As the USA Photo Walk Tour moves on, we were shut down by the Po-Po in Atlanta! Can you believe it? We had no problems in New York, Philly, DC, Chicago, or Nashville. But they would not let us take photos in Centennial Park! Mobile phone photos are JUST FINE… but no “professional” photos allowed, I guess… it’s so stupid and infuriating.

(We had a route B planned… which we did instead. Still had a great time! Just frustrating…) The highlight video is below the photo… Thanks Russell Rowe for the shot!

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Walking to Yoga

Daily Yoga

I yoga pretty much every day now! It’s so great… really been enjoying it. The days I miss are the ones where I am just way too crazy-busy. I’m trying to keep it up while on the road but having a bit of trouble on some days!

Daily Photo – Walking to Yoga

This is the view at Aro-Ha when you are walking to yoga from the spa area. Not a bad view, eh? That lake out there is Lake Wakatipu and if you follow it around to the left, you get to Queenstown. If you go around the other way, you get to Glenorchy!

Walking to Yoga

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Nashville Highlights!

Thanks again Nashville! Now on my way to Atlanta for tonight’s big Photo Walk!

A Sunset Dip in the Pool

Working at a Resort like this

Wouldn’t this be an awesome job? Working in an environment like this? I always look at all the various jobs around a resort like this and they seem pretty awesome… there would be a few that would drive me nuts, like working in a tiny gift shop, but everything else seems pretty good!

Daily Photo – A Sunset Dip in the Pool

Here’s that amazing pool at the Four Seasons Bora Bora that I seemed to gravitate to every day. I suppose, photographically, the reflections were a bit better here than off the ocean. But I would run back and forth quite a bit between the two… you can see how close the beach is over there.

A Sunset Dip in the Pool

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Chicago Highlight Reel – now pulling into Nashville!

An amazing night in Chicago – thanks again Ollie Dale for making this amazing highlight video!

Highlights from the Photo Walk in DC! :)

Here’s the highlight video from Washington D.C.!

Wandering in the Lavender Fields

YouTube Stuff

I’m slowly adding more and more content over on the YouTube channel, so be sure to pop over there and check out the latest uploads! 🙂

Daily Photo – Wandering in the Lavender Fields

This was shot on a small lavender farm on the edge of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. I don’t know what’s involved with growing lavender, but it kind of made me want to plant a ton of it at home. I know nothing about gardening, and this is probably obvious to all of you that found my previous statement ridiculous.

Wandering in the Lavender Fields

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Blue City of Morocco

I’ll be in Chicago Tonight!

Come on out to the Chicago Photo Walk tonight! It’s a free event, and it’s gonna be amazing… So many great prizes and more.

Daily Photo – THE BLUE CITY OF MOROCCO

You may notice that I hardly ever take photos in the middle of the blue day. But I thought it was fitting here, as it was the same tones as this magical city below. This is in Chefchaouen — and if you ever get to Morocco, be sure to get here. It’s hella inconvenient, but you’ll be so happy once you’re actually there. Plus, you’ll be one of the only photographers. Well, except for all the other people that read this!

THE BLUE CITY OF MOROCCO

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Thank you Big Philly!

Thank you Big Philly!

Here’s a NEWS FLASH from the road while on Trey’s Photo Walk Tour Across the USA!

Venice Sinking into a Flood

Looking forward to seeing some of you in Venice!

Check our Photo Adventures page to find out more about the Venice event. Even if it’s full, be sure to get on the newsletter so you can find out about new stuff first.

Daily Photo – Venice Sinking into a Flood

Some nights the water comes up so high that the St. Mark’s square starts to flood. While unfortunate, it’s actually mega awesome for photography! Rene and I would swing by this square every single night to see if there was a flood…

Venice Sinking into a Flood

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New York Photo Walk Highlight Video!!

Thank you New York!!

Here’s a NEWS FLASH from the road while on Trey’s Photo Walk Tour Across the USA!

Kate at the Base, in Command and Control

Tonight in Washington DC!

The bus is coming in today for the Photo Walk in Washington DC! See you soon!

Daily Photo – Kate at the Base, in Command and Control

Who’s this super hot gal roaming the New Zealand base? It’s the amazing Kate! Remember the previous photo when Heff was dispatched to bring us supplies out when we were camping in remote areas? It’s Kate who tells Heff what to do… she fills up his chopper, figures out all the logistics, (even snuck a cheeky huge block of cheese into our camping bag), and is basically like that woman who was always in your ear from Max Headroom. Anyway, you never want to anger this woman down in Antarctica…thank god I’m on her good side.

Kate at the Base, in Command and Control

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Heff Swooping in to Bring Supplies

Tonight in Philly!

See everyone for the photowalk tonight in Philly! I hope the whole crew from Sunny in Philadelphia shows up to join the party!!!

Ever in Te Anau, New Zealand

Be sure to look up Heff to take an epic flight around the Fjordlands!

Daily Photo – Heff Swooping in to Bring Supplies

We were So Far Away from civilization out here on the main continent of Antarctica, that it was more than a bit daunting. Every so often, the New Zealand base would send out Heff to bring us supplies, food, and goodies. The worst part about his job is we’d always have to load up his chopper with all of our human waste. So, that’s what you see flying away there with Heff…

Heff Swooping in to Bring Supplies

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Ouissal in Venice

It starts tonight in New York City!

See you at the Huge New York Photo Walk event tonight!

Also, it seems the Photo Walk has really spurred sales of the Trey Ratcliff Mega Pack! Thanks so much and glad you’re enjoying it! Don’t forget you can use the code TRUSA to save $300 at checkout!

Quick video from New York!

Just got to New York and visited a gallery in Soho that has a print hanging in it… see my Robot Daughter Scarlett and more! Haha… Getting ready for the big Photo Walk tomorrow.

Daily Photo – Ouissal in Venice

I was with my friend Simon almost every day in Venice. We had a truly great time all over the city, and we were often on these boats. His girlfriend Ouissal was with us too, and always looking mega awesome… I ended up getting about 100x more photos of her than Simon.

Ouissal in Venice

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Bridge Party in Sydney

Don’t forget about the OFFICIAL start to the USA Photo Walk Tour tomorrow in New York City!

See you tomorrow in New York City! Be sure to check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com site to find out more!

Daily Photo – The Mighty Bridge over Sydney

I'm really looking forward to coming back! 🙂

The Mighty Bridge over Sydney

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Soaring Back Home

Across the Crown Range

If you ever come to Queenstown, there are two short drives I recommend. The first is to Glenorchy, and the second goes through the mountains below (see that green valley?), across the Crown Range, and into Wanaka.

Daily Photo – Soaring Back Home

There was a fresh dump of snow as I was flying back from San Francisco to Queenstown a few days ago. This is the last flight of the day that lands at the little airport with the strange callsign ZQN. They don’t allow any night flights currently because it is such a tight and dangerous landing… but this may change in the future.

Soaring Back Home

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