Coombes Cottage

Staying in the cottage

This is where Stu and I stayed on our little adventure to Saint Bathans, New Zealand. You can see more on their website at Coombes Cottage website. The couple that runs it is very nice, and they also have another property there in Saint Bathans that we may return to some day!

Daily Photo – Coombes Cottage

The sky was extra moody the evening we finally made it back to the little bed & breakfast. I took time to set up my camera along with the 24mm Leica f/1.4 to get this shot of where we stayed that night. It's looks quite quaint and bed & breakfasty doesn't it?!?! :)

Coombes Cottage

Coombes Cottage

Photo Information

  • Date TakenDecember 15, 2013 at 9:11pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Mystery Location in Melbourne!

Best Stained Glass in the world?

Where do you think the best stained glass is in the world? Usually some of the best are in cathedrals and things of this nature, but I bet there are a few amazing displays that I’ve never even heard of.

Daily Photo – Mystery Location in Melbourne

Can anyone identify today's location?

There is a tiny bit of a trick to this photo. I just finished recording a little behind-the-scenes of how it was made… but kind of a cool trick if I do say so myself! It has to do with symmetry and getting everything right in the camera, which can be darn near impossible with structures like this!

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Mystery Location in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 11, 2013 at 9:11am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO560
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Spa at Moonset

Black Truffle Sea Salt

Here’s my out-of-the-ordinary lifestyle suggestion.

Go buy a jar of black truffle sea salt and bring it to the dinner table. It’s like my favorite thing in the world. I put it on almost everything, and it really is amazing. It’s something I’ve done for the last three years, and I give it to anyone that comes over… I don’t know why I’ve never mentioned it before… but get on it! It’s kind of hard to find. High-end or gourmet grocery stores will have it, though. And I’m sure there’s places on the internet where you can order it. Anyway, it’s highly recommended. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming! :)

Daily Photo – The Spa at Moonset

Every morning I woke up at 5:30 and would walk past this spot on the way to Yoga. On this particular morning, the moon was setting slowly behind the spa. I carried my camera most everywhere (as usual). I stayed here for a bit to watch it sink down… this made me about five minutes late to the class, but I still had the same amount of meditation, I think.

The Spa at Moonset

The Spa at Moonset

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJanuary 17, 2014 at 6:07am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture13
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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New! Trey Ratcliff’s Complete HDR Tutorial – Now Available

100% New HDR Tutorial – A full course

I’m excited to announce this and say it’s now available for download on the Complete HDR Tutorial page!

And, as a little bonus, if you’ve enjoyed one of my previous HDR Tutorials, I wanted to give you 10% off, use the coupon code “TreyNewHDR2014″!

What’s new in this video tutorial? It’s 100% new! I’ve been doing this for years and years, and I share all of my new tricks, workflow, and post-processing techniques that will give your photos a great and unique look. There is another goal in this whole course that you will come to understand as you go through it — I will help you find your own style of photography.

Free 40 minute HDR Creation Video

So you can see a little bit of what the whole thing is about, I wanted to release this full-on teaser video. Actually, it’s way more than a teaser because it shows you a ton of stuff — you’ll see what I mean! Enjoy! :)

What’s Included?

There are over 10 hours of detailed video instruction in the course. It is aimed first at beginners but there is plenty of intermediate and advanced material too. I edit a ton of photos in every possible situation: Indoor, Outdoor, Sunrise, Sunset, Mid-Day, Mixed Indoor-Outdoor, Action, Movement, People, Nature & Landscape, Architectural, Travel, and more. There are many hours of high-production quality video as you watch me set up in these conditions, and then many more hours of screen capture, as you see me edit the photos you just saw captured in the field.

Even better, you get all of my RAW files! So you can follow along, step-by-step, and see exactly how I do each and every move.

An upcoming Live Q&A and Bonus Photo Critique session

If you get it now, you’re invited to join me on Sunday, March 30th. Mark your calendars – it’s gonna be great fun!

A great prize – An All Expenses paid trip to New Zealand

Everyone who purchases a copy of the Complete HDR Tutorial prior March 30 is eligible to enter the photo contest to win an ALL expenses paid trip, valued at over $8,000 USD, to my next photography workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand on April 28 – May 3, 2014.

EVERYTHING is included — Roundtrip airfare, Luxury accommodations, Transportation, Food,and of course, you will participate in every facet of the full 5-day photography workshop taught personally by me.

Another great prize – A new Sony A7 with the 28-70mm lens!

Just like above, I’m also giving away a Sony a7 Full-frame Mirrorless Camera valued at $2,000 USD during the live event. More details on this and everything else are over on the Complete HDR Tutorial page.

Just a few of the images we work on together in the course

Daily Photo – A Pretty Afternoon in the Shire

Here's one of images from the new course. It was a perfect day with just the kind of clouds you expect floating over the Hobbiton Movie Set!

A Pretty Afternoon in the Shire

A Pretty Afternoon in the Shire

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 19, 2013 at 12:31am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Big Announcement and Big News Coming Today

Come back to the blog later today, where I will post the big news and announcement! I’m so excited to tell you and show you this new thing… and maybe even you’ll get a chance to win a free trip to join me in New Zealand to celebrate it!

Miss News sometimes?

I know not everyone gets a chance to check the blog constantly! Hehe it’s okay – Real Life gets in the way and you might miss things. So, please sign up for our free and pretty Newsletter. You can also sign up in that slot over there on the right side of the page!

Actually, some stuff we ONLY put in the Newsletter, like the big Africa photo adventure that didn’t even have a chance to make it onto the blog before it sold out! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the newsletter. I promise not to spam you with nonsense! :)

Favorite Photos from the Newsletter

Since we’re all waiting around on the big announcement… I thought I would share some of my favorite images that have gone out with previous newsletters! :)

Through The Mists of Milford Sound The mornings are the best in Milford Sound, I think. I’ve been here about seven times now. Even though I had one amazing sunset, I think that the mornings tend to have better luck for photos. Note this is all anecdotal, and I’ll be more sure after I visit 100 times, which I plan to do, by the way! It’s only a few hours from my home… I really have no excuse, do I?- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Romantic Evening in the AlpsThe best time of day.  (To me.)When you are in a new place and there are too many things to see and do.  There are too many places to eat and explore.  There are too many streets and alleys to visit and photograph.  This is a good thing.  It is a nice feeling of being overwhelmed by it all.  So, in these times, there are no bad decisions.  Just go whichever way the night takes you... get lost and find pretty little things.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds I had a wonderful evening with Eden Brackstone, even though he uses a Canon.  I can overlook these trifle matters, but I do not forget them lightly.We were in Gibbston, New Zealand, about 20 minutes from Queenstown.  After a wonderful dinner with his delightful family, I popped out onto his farm to shoot some HDR.  He started recording video on his aforementioned Canon-thing, and put together the little dealio at the link below.  Enjoy!Here is the final photo that was taken just before I we started recording the video.- Trey RatcliffSee the video here at Trey Ratcliff's travel photography blog, Stuck in Customs.

The Chinese Technopolis How boring does the "Beijing Planning Museum" sound?  Very!How surprisingly awesome is the "Beijing Planning Museum"?  Very!The museum features a few giant city-models.  And I mean GIANT!  You can get a sense of the size of this thing by looking at the waist-height red rope around the outside.  Not only is this a fully detailed model, but each of the buildings light up individually in a cascade, corresponding to a dreamy Chinese voiceover.  The voice describes each sector of the city and what makes it unique.  There is music playing in the background that I could have sworn was the same music as "Jurassic Park", so that was a very strange addition to the scene.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Magical CaveThe Baths on Virgin Gorda are filled with many tiny little caves here and there. For some, you have to crawl through sand or swim to get there. This one was one of the tightest and one of the most awesome! I thought it would be a great place to take a photo… I first went inside here with Justin Troupe and it was so awesome, I decided to return inside with my camera!Because the light levels were so extreme in here, I went with a 7-exp shot in this situation.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Alone at the Raging Waterfall of Gulfoss After two weeks of being alone I was getting a bit, shall we say, lonely. I was getting in the habit of waking up around 4 or 5 PM, having a leisurely dinner, and then jumping in the car to explore new parts of Iceland throughout the white nights.  On this particular day, I decided to head deep into the center of the island.  My goal was to go to the parts where all the major roads do not.Along that path, I arrived here at Gulfoss about 11 PM.  I've been here many times before, but there was always a few people around admiring the falls.  This time, I was alone.  It's so strange walking around a place like this while the sun is setting and no one is around.  The feeling is like those apocalypse movies where all humans have just disappeared...  just me... my gun... a trusty dog... maybe a few Icelandic elf-zombies lurking about...  the more and more time I spend alone, the more reasonable this begins to sound...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Adventuring in the Valley Argentina is gorgeous.  Have I said that before?  Doesn't it go without saying by now?You really get to know a set of mountains when you have to hike around them.  Fortunately, in the middle of these death marches, I was able to stop and drink in some of the scenery.  It took a lot longer than necessary to get to the destination, but at least I arrived with a camera full of photos.  That beautiful peak in the distance is Fitz Roy.  I was very lucky to see it, because 90% of the time it's covered with clouds.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Lupins at Lake Tekapo I stopped at Lake Tekapo on the way to Christchurch for the great event there. Jason Law had told me all about the lupins here, so I was keen to see for myself! It was good to meet Jason and his crew there for a bit of shooting at sunset!I enjoyed this spot so much that I came back on my drive home from Christchurch. And, if I were to speculate, I think I’ll visit this place about 1,000 more times!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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