Alone in China

The Last Teaser Video

No need for more teaser videos… since the Kickstarter is less than 48 hours away! Check out http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/kickstarter

The Chinese Visa System

You have no idea how much trouble I’ve had getting visas into China. Visas are such an antiquated system, and I can’t believe they still exist in today’s world. I know they are ways to get extra money and keep track of you, but there are much more efficient means for doing this nowadays.

Daily Photo – Alone in China

This is absolutely one of my favorite photos from the past year, but I don’t think anyone else likes it as much as I do.

Alone in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

What’s Up with Google+ Photos moving to Google Photos? What does it mean?

I’ve gotten SO MANY questions today that I decided to make a video! There’s also a little tutorial in there on how I am now using Google Photos to upload photos, create albums, share to communities, etc etc.

I’ll kind of summarize here too:

- Effectively, nothing really changes because you can still upload photos and share them on Google+ publicly or in communities.

– The new Google Photos is just an improved interface which I like way better because I can upload once and share anywhere.

– People can still comment on photos that are posted to G+ or Communities… hashtags, tagging, and all that stuff still works…

– You can still access all your old photos and videos on Google+ from the photos tab of your profile page.

– None of your old comments and +1’s will go away (where did people get that from?)

– And, as you can see in my video below, you can still edit your photos using the robust tools, all of which I think will get merged together at some point.

Any questions? (not sure I can answer the harder ones, or I can just make up an answer.)

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

New Sponsors and Prizes for the Photo Walks!

There are a bunch of great sponsors and prizes you’ll want to check out over on the Photo Walk Tour page!

Chromecast

I was wandering around here taking photos and a couple was also there. Turns out they were about to be married inside of here and they were checking it out. They asked my name, and I said, “Trey Ratcliff.” They said, “WAIT THE TREY FROM CHROMECAST!” haha I was laughing… “Yes, I suppose,” I said! :)

Daily Photo – Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

This last autumn here in Queenstown, we got quite a few surprise snowfalls. They change everything, and I try to do everything I can to get out and shoot. This place is very close to my home, so I try to get here on occasion.

Visiting the Abandoned Mill in the Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture20
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

And here are the new city Photo Walk Rankings! Don’t miss the Photo Walk Tour Website for the latest.

#1 San Francisco
#2 New York (was in 3rd place!)
#3 Washington DC (slipped a notch)
#4 LA (BUT ONLY BY 1 person ahead of Chicago)
#5 Chicago (was #6, just passed the strong Philly group!)
#6 Philly (and I just watched a Sunny last night, and you slipped!)
#7 Miami (these numbers will go up when we find the party spot!)
#8 Dallas (my home town…)
#9 Atlanta
#10 Phoenix
#11 Nashville
#12 San Antonio

Those ranks are based on the number of people that have signed up for the FB events. From past experience, about 4x that many people actually show up… so it’s gonna be a great party!

We’re about to update all the city pages to point to Google Communities for photos to be shared for each city. Stay tuned for that.

Here’s the Facebook Groups below.

New York (Facebook Group Link)

Philadelphia (Facebook Group Link)

Washington DC (Facebook Group Link)

Chicago (Facebook Group Link)

Nashville (Facebook Group Link)

Atlanta (Facebook Group Link)

Miami (Facebook Group Link)

Dallas (Facebook Group Link)

San Antonio (Facebook Group Link)

Phoenix (Facebook Group Link)

Los Angeles (Facebook Group Link)

Burning Man (Facebook Group Link)

San Francisco (Facebook Group Link)

Daily Photo – Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

I can easily see how people can die in the desert. From movies and things, you kind of get the sense that you might be able to cross 50 or so sand dunes per day. But I think you’d be lucky to cross 5. And you can’t ever see anything coming… just and endless sea of sand. I came over the crest of this hill (luckily I was on a camel) and saw the edge of this welcoming-looking tent!

Coming Over the Hill to Find Relief in the Sahara Desert

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Hans Mast in New Zealand

People in Photos

Remember what I said yesterday about people in photos? Here’s a good example of how interesting it is… you can imagine him not in the photo too… maybe it doesn’t make it better or worse, just interesting in a different way.

Daily Photo – Hans Mast in New Zealand

We all came out on the final morning of the New Zealand workshop to go up Coronet Peak to watch the sunrise. Once again, it was totally epic, and we all felt lucky to be there. The weather is great around this time too. It might be a little cold, but it’s fun to dress up in a bunch of different layers, slowly shedding them as the sun rises.

Hans Mast in New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

Yet Another Teaser

What is good man Art Viger from Peak Design even doing? Does anyone know what he’s up to? Only the shadow knows… To see the latest, pop over here!

One Object Makes a Big Difference

I have a version of this photo with no boat, but I’m amazed how much a little boat adds to the photo. Same thing with people. It makes me want to get more human shapes into the landscapes to give them some sense of scale. The problem is, of course, there’s not often humans around these places! And I don’t want to Photoshop people into the scene… that seems a bit too much!

Daily Photo – A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

When we went out to the small island off Vietnam called Phu Quoc, we spent pretty much every night in the water, watching the sunset. It was so amazing… we were with a great group of friends, and I’ll never forget it!

A Deep Sunset in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Crazy Model and Curio Shop in Beijing

Another Teaser

Here’s another… what are we about to release with Peak Design? Less thank a week now! :) To see the latest, pop over here!

Where exactly is this place

100 points to whoever can figure out the name of this store! :)

Daily Photo – Crazy Model and Curio Shop in Beijing

I have a bad habit of walking by a lot of stores that would probably be interesting to explore. I’m often out shooting in the streets, the architecture, the everything… and once you pass a few storefronts, you end up passing more and more. But this place was a real treat — I’m glad I decided to go inside!

Crazy Model and Curio Shop in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Another Late Night in Venice

A new Teaser video from Peak Design

Here’s yours truly, there in that little boat off on a secret adventure. The new Kickstarter for the unknown product where we collaborated starts on the 22nd (one week away!!). To see the latest, pop over here!

AEP2

Don’t you love how all these software companies use such crazy acronyms, as if they expect everyone to understand them? AEP2 stands for Analog Efex Pro 2, and it’s the tool I used to make this shot. It’s a pretty fun tool, I must admit, even if it is a little slow.

Daily Photo – Another Late Night in Venice

I ended up sleeping pretty big chunks of the day because we were just hitting it so hard at night! It’s hard not to with scenery like this all over the place. At night they bring all the gondolas in to park, and they often make mysterious shapes and nice lines in the fading light.

Another Late Night in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

Hiking Across New Zealand

Philip Sheppard + JJ Abrams + Star Wars = Awesome!

I’m honored my friend Philip has used my imagery for his new Star Wars related album he’s just released right here.

And here’s his music on the amazing Comic-Con Reel:

And here’s the photo from that album cover…

Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

The Great Walks

Did you know New Zealand has 9 official “Great Walks”? I think there’s like 5 on the North Island and 4 on the South Island. How many have I personally been on? ZERO! Can you believe it? I can’t…. I gotta fix that… I’m a bit upset with myself really that I haven’t made that happen yet… but I will!

Daily Photo – Hiking Across New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to hike, and this is from a place pretty close to my home in Queenstown. I think one reason it’s great for hiking is because there are so many trails, and most are pretty easy or moderate. I’m actually not into all the hardcore hiking… not for me! But it’s so easy to walkabout and see so much cool stuff.

Hiking Across New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length130.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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