Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a GREAT 2016… I think it’s gonna be an amazing one! I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, although I know it’s kind of a popular thing. I’m usually pretty good about making Completely Arbitrary Resolutions, and I do them randomly and just put them into motion immediately. This method has varied success.

Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!





I know I’ve done 3 days in a row here… I can’t commit to it because all this takes a lot of time and work, actually! But we did do some amazing things today that were worth capturing. It started out with all of us in a party van with a mirrored ceiling for a short ride to get on a boat. We took the boat for about an hour to visit four small islands around Phi Phi. They were amazing and we had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Where are they exactly? See This Google Map. We ended with a lunch on Bamboo Island before coming back… and pretty much after we got back, it was time to visit CoCo the baby elephant on the beach! CoCo is 3 years old and it was on the way to being a circus elephant, but the group here rescued him and now he does nothing but rest and relax and eat! Sounds nice… they say that chain is on him when in public because sometimes boats scare him and he runs wild!

Right before Coco walked home for the evening, the owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.

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

Daily Photo – Right before Coco walked home for the evening

The owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.

Right before Coco walked home for the evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!

I hope you have a GREAT one! :)

The Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!





Day 1 was a combination of 4 flights, 5 airports, and 3 tired children! But it was great after we finally arrived at our destination near Krabi, Thailand at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Everyone was pretty much out of it by the time we took the 12-hour flight from Auckland to Hong Kong. I’m not even sure how we found our plane… I was sort of in zombie-international-airport mode and we finally found our way. Anyway, after we finally got to Krabi, we had a nice drive to the hotel. We 20% unpacked then headed to the bar by the beach for sunset cocktails and photos. And then we had one of the most amazing dinners of our lives: a private BBQ buffet on the beach. We even got Ethan back there to cook a little bit with the chefs… so much fun!

Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!

I hope you have a GREAT one! :)

My favorite talk from this year

Here’s a TEDx talk I did here in my hometown… I hope you enjoy and it inspires you for 2016! :)

A Few Favorite Snaps from 2015

Thanks again for joining me for another year of adventures and discoveries and art! I can hardly wait till 2016!

Here’s some of my favorite snaps from this year… :)

Venice is Just Around the Corner

The Gaping Icemaw

The Best Venice Shooting Time

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

there was a cracking sound that was first felt in the bones

My Favorite Part of TEDx Queenstown

She Shivers as the Blizzard Hits

People Of New Guinea, Part 1

Cowering at the Wall of Ages

Ouissal in Venice

Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica

White Sands At Sunset

Daily Photo – Here's a photo of everyone relaxing at our amaaaazing dinner!

Here's a photo of everyone relaxing at our amaaaazing dinner!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

People of Papua New Guinea Part 18

5 Countries in 30 Days!





Hey! Guess what? I’m taking my whole family of 5 on a harrowing 30-day trip around the world, visiting 5 different countries. We’re hitting Thailand, India, Oman, Qatar, and Italy! I’m really excited. I’ll make a bunch of these little videos along the way if that’s okay… here’s day “Zero” where I’m getting a little packed up!

Osmo Review

I got this cool new camera from DJI called the Osmo. I gotta make a review of this thing… it’s mega awesome. I’ve been using it a lot to make selfie-videos or travelog kinda things. It’s a really fun (and productive!) toy!

Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 18

This whole tribe had a serious manner about them the entire time, and never broke character. It was BAKING HOT under the noon sun, but they didn't seem to mind. If you think she was sweating, you should have seen me! These are some tough gals for sure.

People of Papua New Guinea Part 18

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A beautiful chapel in Bali from Above

A Favorite Feynman Video

I share these with my kids a lot… I’ve read about three of his books and I love the way he talks about things. Like, for example, did you know trees don’t grow out of the ground? Trees mostly grow out of the air.

Daily Photo – A beautiful chapel in Bali from Above

See that amazing white chapel down there? It's hard to tell from this angle, but the whole front part of it is glass and opens up onto the Balinese ocean. It was just remarkable inside! I only got in once to take photos, but I thought this perspective was especially interesting. I got this while I was with the Ritz-Carlton in Bali and taking a group of orphans around.

A beautiful chapel in Bali from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/239
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice

iPad Pro

Well I got an iPad Pro for Christmas and I think it’s pretty cool, especially for things artistic! I’m really enjoying exploring a few different programs on here, including Lightroom Mobile and a few of the other Adobe programs. Some of those apps are confusing to me though… actually I’m really looking forward to using this more for digital painting and stuff on the road…

Daily Photo – Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice

I came across a fairly unusual scene at the Venice Biennale. What do you think is happening here?

Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

My Current Quadcopter Setup

Currently, I have an Inspire One and a Phantom 3. I keep the Phantom 3 fueled up and ready inside of a backpack for treks. As for the Inspire One, I keep that in my home with propellors on, camera on, and ready to fly. It makes it easy for me just to step out the front door and get some quick shots without a lot of setup time.

And here are two recently updated reviews! :)

DJI Phantom Review
DJI Inspire Review

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Unfortunately, my Phantom 3 was out-of-commission when I went to Bali so I had to lug the big Inspire 3 out there… it's a bit of a pain to travel with and launch, but after its up, it flies beautifully. I had a strange problem because I had sort of a bum Apple Lightning cable to connect it to my iPad. I was getting the dreaded “No Connection” message… and I had no idea what was causing it. Only later when I tried a different cord did I realize the problem!

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/259
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

A Day trip to Milford Sound with the Hasselblad H5D-50c and DJI X5

Another Video!

Here’s a video from just a few days ago when part of our crew went on a road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. I’ve been testing out the Hasselblad H5D-50c and you can see some of my shots in this video! We also had the Inspire (see my DJI Inspire One Review here on the site) with the X5 camera. We had a lot of fun with both, as you’ll see. Anyway, enjoy the video! :)

Daily Photo – Tree in Wind

And here's one of the photos I nabbed on the way… I jumped over a fence and did a little jig through a field to get to this spot.

Tree in Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Merry Christmas from The Ratcliffs!

I hope you guys are having a great holiday season… here’s a few pictures of our family decorating the tree this year at home! You might see one black & white one where Isabella is on the ground taking a photo of the tree… she’s getting her Instagram on haha! :)

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

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

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

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

A Wine Day in New Zealand!

Something New!

Hey everyone… I wanted to try something new here on the blog on occasion! If you like this idea, I’ll continue posting first here to all the loyal readers that come every day!

Anyway, I got a cool new gadget called an Osmo from DJI and I’ve been using it to record a few of my days here and there. I thought it’d be cool do do a vlogging action! Anyway, here is a day that our team spent jumping around wineries and flying the quad… we left Queenstown in the morning and didn’t get home till late! :)

Note that I have since fixed many of the sound problems by using an external mike on the Osmo… more on that and a review coming! :)

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