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The Blue Mosque at Sunset

Behind the Scenes at the Blue Mosque

Here’s some live FB broadcasts I did from this incredible mosque I visited a few days ago. I took A LOT of photos, and I’ll share them all in coming weeks, so stay tuned as I work through them!



Daily Photo – The Blue Mosque at Sunset

I did a lot of research before going to Istanbul to find the best places to see the sunset. I usually don't do quite so much research, but I knew my time was limited. I did visit a lot of rooftop bars and restaurants, but I reckon this is one of the best. It's atop the Seven Hills Hotel at the not surprisingly-named Seven Hills Restaurant. They have great food and incredible views of both this mosque and the Hagia Sophia.

The Blue Mosque at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 00:09:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Huka Falls

Becoming an Artist Group

Please come join our very fun group on Facebook! We only have one rule there: Be Nice. πŸ™‚ That just about covers everything, doesn’t it?

Daily Photo – Huka Falls

Someone told me that Huka Falls is the #1 most visited tourist attraction in New Zealand. Is that possible? I suppose maybe so… It is pretty awesome. I guess one reason it surprises me is because it's a multiple-hour drive from Auckland and not exactly convenient when it comes to time. I would think Hobbiton Movie Set or something like that would be #1, but what do I know? Not much apparently! πŸ™‚

Huka Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-24 12:03:18
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/370
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

More Burning Man Goodness

The Space Whale was in a perfect location for maximum traffic, right at 6 O’Clock and the Esplanade, just in front of Center Camp. You coulnd’t help but pass it at least ten times or more. Each time it looked different and wonderful.

Here’s the Da Vinci virus. When people would turn it, all the gears would rotate and it was absolutely mesmerizing.

Here’s a random French girl at sunrise! She was here with her boyfriend and he was trying to take pictures with his camera. But then he saw my big camera and told me to do it instead! So we spent about 10 minutes watching her dance around at sunrise… a good one!

Trey Ratcliff

I take hundreds of random little photos l like this… most of them I don’t publish, but I’ll start sharing a few here and there with you! πŸ™‚

Trey Ratcliff

While shooting in the Thunderdome, this lovely lady came over to peer into my camera!

Coronet at Sunset

Night Skiing

I’ve lived here for almost five years and never gone night skiing! Shame on me… I suck. I gotta get out more! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Coronet at Sunset

This photo got mixed reactions when I put it online. Some people really hated it! Hey, that's okay. I like it and think it's kinda cool. I think it's just such an unusual situation with artificially lit snow at sunrise. Not really a common scene!

Coronet at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-13 18:02:45
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO186
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dinner in Phulay Bay

Masterclass

I recently went over and bought the Masterclass with Kevin Spacey where he teaches acting. I have no desire in becoming an actor β€” I just really like Kevin Spacey! I watch it every morning while I’m having my coffee πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Dinner in Phulay Bay

We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton here in Krabi, Thailand, and there was no shortage of dinner options. Sometimes I like to “get away” from the hotel/resort to try out other places, but these restaurants were SO GOOD, I figured, “Why bother?” Every night was a different kind of culinary sensation. On this particular night, we ate out on the deck and could hear the waves crashing on the nearby shore. Heaven!

Dinner in Phulay Bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-01 13:35:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Happy Wayne on a Boat

The Colors are Coming Back

I’ve now been in New Zealand almost five years. I’m loving that there are 4 seasons that are pretty much exactly 3 months long. We didn’t have that back in Texas… So now we’re coming out of Winter and Spring is definitely in full force. All our trees and getting nice and colorful again, giving me the urge to go out and shoot! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Happy Wayne on a Boat

Here's a fun quick shot that was taken during our amazing workshop in Venice. We took everyone out to Burano for the day then boated back to Venice just after the sun set. There was an amazing quality to the light here as you can see. And you can also see the great Wayne Norrie getting more than a little excited with Deanie! πŸ™‚

Happy Wayne on a Boat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 17:22:15
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Afternoon at The Hills

The Art Tour!

Here’s Part 2 of the Facebook Live art tour around Sir Michael’s home. He has one of my pieces hanging in the kitchen… that was from Part 1!



Daily Photo – Afternoon at The Hills

We took our workshop group out The Hills golf course in Arrowtown to take photos in the afternoon and sunset. Towards the end, we meandered over towards Sir Michael Hill's house (The Lodge). Right before going inside for an art tour, we stopped at this little pond in his backyard. It's always pretty back here, but the Autumn colors really pop.

Afternoon at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-22 05:43:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over the Harbour in Dubai

Thanks again Dubai Films

I wanted to thank the amazing team over at Dubai Films again for securing our helicopter ride here. What a blast! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Over the Harbour in Dubai

There's no chance of falling asleep while hanging out of a helicopter. I can't think of a time I've been less sleepy, in fact. Come to think of it, the idea of taking a nap didn't even cross my mind.

Wow, I took so many photos on this day β€” probably over 500. And there weren't many stinkers in the bunch. It makes choosing the “best” ones more challenging, but it's a good problem to have!

Over the Harbour in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-15 21:46:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Goodies from Burning Man

He rises from the desert. This is a great sculpture about becoming conscious and being the awareness inside your mind. You can even crawl in through the ear.

They don’t seem too alarmed.

This one is called “Oid,” a huge microbe 10,000x scale.

Another scene from the [email protected] sculpture

Aurora HDR 2017 is here, get it now!

It’s been a long two weeks but the wait is finally over, the new Aurora HDR 2017 for Macs is finally here and ready to download! I developed this software along with Macphun, an amazing company that has already created many other stunning photography tools for the Mac. The idea that after 10 years I finally got to create my own High Dynamic Range photography software and jam-pack it with all my favorite tricks was absolutely intoxicating!

I’ve been using this software now for a short eternity and we’ve taken my experience plus some great feedback from other users to create this new version. You can head over to our Aurora HDR 2017 Page see all the long list of new and improved features.

 

 



 

Note: Aurora HDR 2017 is still for Macs only. Yes, we truly are working on a Windows version (harder than it sounds) and when it’s released you will be the first to know!

 



 

Current Users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade for $49. Click here to find out if you qualify for an upgrade.

New Customers can Order Now for only $89, (Extended Pre-Order price for one week only until October 6).

 

 

New software… and new HDR tutorial to go with it!

It is an hour long Video tutorial to show how I use Aurora HDR 2017 in practically every situation. From outdoors to indoors, mixes to architecture, moving objects to single photos, people photos and everything in between. You’ll see how I use the tool in slightly different ways for all these situations. As usual, I start out the tutorials very slowly, aimed at total beginners. But then we move on to intermediate and advanced techniques.

Trey’s Super Bundle

If you’re feeling a little adventurous you should check out the Super Bundle which includes both Aurora HDR 2017 AND my full-length HDR Video Tutorial for Macs all in one, for cheaper than it would be to buy them separately πŸ™‚

 



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