No Pants Retreat!

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Daily Photo – No Pants Retreat!

Here's one of the many highlights of last year… we had a rather amazing photography and yoga retreat at Aro-Ha. At the end, we took everyone up in helicopters to the top of a mountain and along some glaciers to take photos and have wine! When it came time for the group photo, we all just took off our pants… great fun haha!

No Pants Retreat!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Selfies at the end

If you hang on to the end of this video, you’ll see about 3 or 4 selfie-videos…haha :)

Daily Photo – Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

This was another perfect day in Bora Bora. The sun was out like 90% of the time and it was never toooo hot. For me, it was a little too hot to walk everywhere barefooted. I could do it in the morning till about 2 PM, but then it got too hot for my lame, sensitive feet. I honestly do have fine porcelain feet like a vintage Victorian lady. I hang out with all these super manly dudes in New Zealand that go on 10km runs barefooted and stuff. I find that beyond my vaguest comprehension!

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Chinese Day Care

More favorites from China!

Today’s photo is a little different haha… so I thought I’d share a few of my other faves from China! :)

Dragons Coming

The Temple of Heaven One too-early morning brought me to this very important place for the Chinese called The Temple of Heaven.  It's the most important Taoist structure in all of China and millions flock to it every year, especially during the National Holiday.  It was built in the early 1400's during the reign of the Yongle Emperor.  I was lucky to get private access in the morning during the sunrise.  After waking up in the dark at the hotel, my driver took me out to the location, where I met one of the directors while members of the military let me inside the giant doors.  Since it was a special celebration week, there were throngs of people waiting to get inside.  I'm sure they were wondering what in the heck some white dude was doing busting through the doors with a giant tripod!  I nodded to them all in a mysterious way before I went through the doors.(btw, a few questions as to whether or not I photoshopped the moon there.  The answer is no... I'm not one of those guys that will "photoshop in" something major like a moon.)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And Then There Were a Few Billion

Dark and Light in Lijiang

Daily Photo – Chinese Day Care

Haha, I was walking around a houtong and happened to hear a bunch of kids playing and screaming. I went around the corner to see this! All the kids were getting out and rushing to find their parents. They each had these balloons and were screaming and going nuts for them… it was so funny… especially the grown-up in charge with that hat. I think if I ran a daycare, I would wear the EXACT SAME HAT.

Chinese Day Care

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

The Amazing Coast of Namibia

More from Namibia

To see all the Namibia shots here on the blog, click on the Namibia category above! While I was there, we also spent a lot of time in Botswana where you can see a lot more of the Animal-kinda Africa photos! :)

Daily Photo – The Amazing Coast of Namibia

How amazing is this coastline? I wish I could have spent more time here, but this was a fly-over while we were flying from one location to the next in Namibia. It's so strange to see this endless desert just ending right at the ocean. It's completely wild and unpopulated, as you can see. I asked the pilot to make a little loop around so I could get this shot… it was very nice of him to do it!

The Amazing Coast of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hiking The Great Wall

Instagram

I’m a little inconsistent on my Instagram about what photos I post and how often. I do all those posts myself… but I often use a cool app on the Mac called “Uploader.” Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop, it’s just an easier way to post… I recommend it!

Daily Photo – Hiking The Great Wall

On this day, I think I used more calories than the whole week! It was very beautiful in this section of the Great Wall, so I definitely did not want to miss a single sight. It's kind of awesome too because even though the whole Great Wall ostensibly looks the same, after just 50 steps, there is another slightly different view of something so beautiful.

Hiking The Great Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Not a Truck Commercial

I need to Explore More!

I was sitting here thinking about how I need to go explore more of the South Island (and North Island!). There are so many things to see here. Last year I travelled a lot, so when I got back home, I’d try to stay at home with the family as much as possible. Maybe this year I’ll have more time to go out and explore beautiful New Zealand!

Daily Photo – Not a Truck Commercial

I know this looks like a sponsored post or something eh? Haha… it's not. I bought this truck a few years ago when I moved to Queenstown. It's a Volkswagen! Who knew they made trucks? It's actually pretty awesome… It's all 4WD and I take it everywhere around the south island. This scene here, and the reason I am sharing it, is a typical photo session. You can drive pretty much anywhere here then just jump out when you see a good scene!

Not a Truck Commercial

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!

How are these videos made? With the Osmo and the DJI Phantom 3!

To see more be sure to check out the new Osmo Review and the updated DJI Phantom Review!





Day 30 – The Traveling Circus ends in Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world and I was happy to share it with my family for their first trip there. To get to Venice, we took the direct train from Rome. It was a super-fast train and we got there in only about three hours. We jumped into a water-taxi from the train station and went right to the Boscolo Hotel in the northern part of the city. It’s quieter up there… hardly any tourists and where a lot of families live.

From there, we went out adventuring all over the place. You gotta do all the touristy things in Venice, eh? Yeah! We did everything from the gondolas to the glass factories to the gelato. In fact, Scarlett was appointed the Queen of Gelato and it was her job every day to make sure everyone had their daily gelato. The only rule was each day had to be a new flavor!

And here on Day 30 is when the whole trip officially ends. The family flies back to New Zealand and I stay here in Venice for another two weeks for both Carnivale, filming some new videos, and a fun photo workshop! And yes, more gelato!

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

A view from the Canals.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Details of a beautiful old church.

This is the Hotel L’orologio where we are staying for the next two weeks for the workshop at Carnivale.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Ethan in the Gondola.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Here’s the Boscolo Venezia where we stayed the first few nights.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Inside the Doge’s Palace.

Venice at Sunset.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Scarlett poses in a Gondola.

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

The incredible San Rocco.

Daily Photo – The old city of Venice begins to wake up

The old city of Venice begins to wake up

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Pink Hood

Viewbug HDR Cityscapes Photo Contest!

Macphun, Viewbug and I have all teamed up to bring you a series of contests called Explore HDR! There are 6 contests in the series and there are amazing prizes for each contest! This is the first of the 6 contests in the series, and it’s all about getting out there and exploring your inner HDR.

Prizes:

  • The Grand Jury winner gets G-Tech 1-TB drive and a Serge Ramelli Complete Package
  • Amateur winner gets 1 month free Arcanum and a metal print from Bay Photo – Gallery Series frame
  • People’s Choice winner gets $50 Amazon Gift Card and a metal print from Bay Photo – Gallery Series frame

Entries for the first contest in the series close in 19 DAYS! So get out there and start taking photos!

At the end of the series, I will select an overall Series Winner from the best of each previous 6 contests. The overall winner gets a NEW DJI Phantom Vision Advanced Quad!!

You can read more about it over on the Viewbug competition page :)

Quad Love?

I was thinking about making a quadcopter-centric screensaver… I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good idea!

Daily Photo – The Pink Hood

I tried to maximize my exploring in Chefchaouen to see every possible nook and cranny. It's small enough where 10 hours on foot can get you to photograph the whole town, or at least, the colorful parts of it. The whole place is a soft powdery blue, so you can imagine my surprise when I found this pinky area!

The Pink Hood

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paragliding in Queenstown!

Learning to Paraglide

Here’s a fun video I made on Day 1 of learning to fly… I kind of combined it with getting to know my new Sony A7 a few years ago! :)

Daily Photo – Paragliding in Queenstown!

Wow, I do love to paraglide here, but I've actually given it up! I took this photo on one of my last flights from the southern alps here. I did about 15 solo flights before hanging up my chute! I actually had a few friends die in sudden air-related things… made me think that, while it is certainly one of the safest air-related sports, it really still amps up the risk level! Anyway, I had a great time while it lasted, except for the extreme momentary lapses of fear!

Paragliding in Queenstown!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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