Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

Interview with Ugo

I met up with my friend Ugo Cei in Venice a few months ago and he recorded this interview over on his blog. Thanks, Ugo, that was fun!

Daily Photo – Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

That's my friend Stu Robertson there taking my photo while I take his photo on the way to Antarctica. That was a loooong flight for sure! We had a great time, though, running around that CL-130 taking photos all the way. I think it was about 10 hours to get down there from Christchurch! But we got to be friends with Randy, the loadmaster. We were warned not to take any photos on the plane before we got on, but we totally ignored that rule and Randy was mega cool with it. In fact, he's a photographer too and we even hung out in a few bars together! :)

Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Lounging After A Meal

This is the same kitty cat

As the one with a dead warthog hanging out of her mouth on our Becoming an Artist page.

Daily Photo – Lounging After A Meal

I feel like this quite a bit. Cats have the life, I tell ya. How awesome would it be to have nothing to do but eat and rest. I mean, honestly, to have nothing to do all day but rest. And even better, they never get bored of resting. You never see a bored cat. I mean, cats will look at you as a human and you'll get the feeling that they find YOU quite boring, which is disturbing.

Lounging After A Meal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length196.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Happy Guy in China

A reference to China

One of my favorite parts of this video below is when Alan Watts talks about China.

Daily Photo – Happy Guy in China

This was the happiest guy in the monastery! I had never been to this one before in Beijing, and I arrived on the day that all the monks we re-supplying with fresh groceries and drinks. This guy was taking all the groceries in, load after load after load. He was so happy the whole time. And then I looked what he was carrying on the last load, and it was a huge crate of Red Bull!

Happy Guy in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Another Midnight Walk Discovery

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More nice architecture

Here’s another photo from Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton in Krabi, Thailand. The whole place is a work of art and you can aim your camera almost anywhere to get an interesting photo.

Daily Photo – Another Midnight Walk Discovery

During the family trip, sometimes the only time I had to take photos was at night when everyone was asleep. In the day time, I was kind of in “dad mode” which mostly involves keeping everyone busy with stuff going into and out of their bodies. If we're not having a meal, then they are going to the bathroom, then we find more snacks, then go to the bathroom again. It's crazy and everyone is in a different cycle. While one kid is in the bathroom, another is asking for food. And then it just keeps on goin' from there! :)

Another Midnight Walk Discovery

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bel on a Walk

Season 1 now Available!

This is one of the photos that I created while filming the new series. You can grab it now at the Becoming An Artist page here on the site!

Becoming an Artist LIVE!

We do regular shows over on Facebook, so be sure to come over and subscribe too! You can click the Like button then choose another option as well: “See First” ! :)

Becoming an Artist LIVE "A Chat with Sir Michael at The Hills"

Becoming an Artist LIVE "A Chat with Sir Michael at The Hills" – We take some photos, answer a bunch of questions, and get a Royal visit from Sir Michael Hill and you can hear his inspiring story.Join our FB group and share your photos and join in the fun at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/ You can share your photos on social media too with the hashtag #becoming

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Daily Photo – Bel on a Walk

This is one of the biggest sand dunes in the world, and Bel was absolutely rocking up this thing. We had about eight of us decide to walk up together. But we were going way too slow, so she just walked on ahead. It was amazing, actually… it reminded me of that scene in Lord of the Rings when Legolas was walking up on top of the snow when the rest of the Fellowship was trudging through it.

Bel on a Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Meditation App Reminder

If you’re looking to try a fun and easy meditation app, try “One Giant Mind.” A friend recommended this to me and it works great! It’s a fun method that anyone can do, even many of my friends that told me that “can’t” meditate! :)

Daily Photo – Burning Rocks in Sedona

I need to spend more time in Sedona! It's not the most convenient place in the world, but it sure was beautiful. And now that I'm even more into yoga and meditation and stuff than ever, I should get back there and vortex it up! I mention a few days ago how islands often have nice sunsets, but now that I think about it, so does Arizona!

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length113.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Steamy Carnivale

Reddit.com/r/Videos

Want to know my favorite place to go find crazy or funny or surprising videos? I pop over the Reddit and sort by the top videos by the month. Try it!

Daily Photo – A Steamy Carnivale

Two of my favorite things combined in this photo, Steampunk and Venice! I don't know where these two came from… they were really nice. They had some kind of strange Hungarian accent or something. I could barely understand them. They came over and secretly told me: “You should come back to see us tomorrow. We are going to be Steampunk Wampires!”

A Steamy Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Island Sunsets

I don’t spend a lot of time on islands, but I forget how often they get great sunsets. Especially now that I live in the mountains, I just never see the horizon. It’s a strange thing, going countless weeks or months without seeing the horizon.

Daily Photo – Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

While my friends and I were in Phu Quoc, we decided to go far afield and check out some very remote beaches. We got down here and saw this old boat with a couple frolicking nearby. She looked so pretty in her dress that I asked her to jump up on the boat so I could take the picture. Her boyfriend asked me if I wanted him to be in the photo as well, and I was like, I don't think so pal. I'm just kidding… he was a nice guy, though :)

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Episode 1 of the New Season, in the Wild!

and… HERE IT IS! :) Enjoy! If you wanna grab all 15 episodes plus extra stuff now, visit the Becoming An Artist page pronto. :)

Sonos and Spotify

I love my Sonos system and listening to Spotify, but their integration is absolutely horrific. I don’t understand why I can’t “throw” the music from my Mac right onto the Sonos, unless I am missing something.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

It was a moody and somewhat cool afternoon in Oman, and I was out with my son on a catamaran. Wow, I don't think I've ever spelled that word before… I can't believe it has that many a's. I was writing it out and fully expected the red squiggly. ANYWAY, while we were on the four-a'd boat, we passed this rock outcopping and saw this scene back on the beach. I didn't even get a chance to visit this spa. It's the Six Senses spa there at the Al Bustan Ritz-Carlton and it's over 33,000 square feet! I think even if I did have a chance to go visit it, I'd only be able to see 10% of it.

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length25.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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