Flying over the Lindis Pass

Getting a little higher

I know that title sounds like a little recreational drug use, and maybe it does, but really it’s talking about this quadcopter shot! I got this one with the DJI Inspire, and I pretty much went straight up, maybe about 100 meters or so. But I find the perspective to be maybe just a bit more interesting than the ground-based shot.

Daily Photo – Flying over the Lindis Pass

This is the place most people cross the Southern Alps when getting from one side of the South Island of New Zealand to the other. It's fairly mountainous, but not as rocky and impenetrable as the rest. But in this strange transition zone, all the landscape scenes are just strange and different. I think it is because of the strange weather and erosion patterns… never seen a situation quite like this anywhere else in the world.

Flying over the Lindis Pass

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

Cute Snowy Seal

Animal Photos

This last year I’ve taken more animal photos than ever before! I quite like it… I like it much more than I thought I would. Maybe I thought it would be boring or too difficult or something. I don’t know what I was worried about. As usual, the worries didn’t add up to anything but a waste of time!

Daily Photo – Cute Snowy Seal

I stayed with this seal for quite a while, watching it roll around and play in the snow. It must have been about 10 meters from me. It would just roll around and get itself snowy, shake off the snow, then go do it all again. It was so fat and ungainly on land that it was comical and cute. I know they are lithe and fast in the water… it kind of reminded me of how I, being the worst of both worlds, am ungainly both on land and in sea.

Cute Snowy Seal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Palm Jumeirah

Live Event Reminder!

It’s right around the corner! I’ll be processing some photos live on the air… don’t forget to check out the live event page!.

Daily Photo – Palm Jumeirah

What a beautiful and amazing place this is! They started building this artificial island in 2001 – and when it is all done, it will add an additional 520 kilometres (320 mi) of beachfront to the coastline. We had the photowalk right over there on the right by the Marina… Thanks again to Dubai Films for hooking us up with a chopper for the day! :)

Palm Jumeirah

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Photo Fashion Party!

Photo Fashion Party!

Come see more at http://shopvida.com/collections/trey-ratcliff

I was really confused when my friend Connie from Vida approached me with this idea! I couldn’t figure out what the heck she was talking about, but then I saw some samples… wow! Their team has taken a selection of photos and abstracted them into these very nice looks. I got a few scarves and gave them to my mom… she loves them!

Here’s a coupon code to use for 20% off: VIDATREY

You can see more options too from other artists, including my friend Karen Hutton at http://shopvida.com/

And here’s more about their vision: http://shopvida.com/pages/our-story

Photographing Dubai… and Join me for a Live Event!

Live Event Soon – Sunday in the US!

Below is a photo that my friend Rene Smith took of me last night here in Dubai while we were shooting on top of a skyscraper. I thought about editing some photos from Dubai live on the air! :) Click here for the event info (It’s free).

Not long ago, I released a video tutorial series about Landscape Photography. I thought it would be fun to process a photo live on the air!

I’ll invite a few people from the Stuck In Customs community at https://plus.google.com/communities/114805630646077487810 to join in as well! :) I’ll be watching all the questions that are happening live as well as taking live questions during the hangout.

Also, I’ll probably edit some of my new photos from Dubai and Germany so you can get a sense of what I do. Anyway, this is a free event… just to give back… hope you enjoy it! :)

Daily Photo – The Yacht Marina in Dubai

What an amazing place Dubai is! I've been taking photos like a man possessed, and only had time to process a few of them. It's really a beautiful place. There are two main areas that are full of buildings. This is the Marina area where we had our amazing Dubai photowalk! Thanks again everyone for coming… this is one I took at the end of the night, as Rene and I were trying to find a taxi back downtown.

The Yacht Marina in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Dusseldorf

Freezing Germany

I’m just came back to Dusseldorf for a second time this year. The first time it was SO COLD and I decided to buy a good coat. I’ve never actually had a good, proper winter coat, but now I do. It’s super amazing and keeps me crazy-toasty. It’s got a big German-furry hood, tons of pockets, and, well, I’ve just never liked a coat so much!

Daily Photo – Exploring Dusseldorf

I am really getting to know Dusseldorf! What a cool city. There is this one really quirky area called the Mediahoffen that is full of some crazy-cool architecture. I spent quite a while there goofing around and taking photos. This is just one of about 50 cool places I found around there…

Exploring Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Penguin Slide!

Tracking

I feel like this photo today represents the only time in my life I’ve ever been able to correctly track an animal. I remember our guide in Africa, Dennis, was SO GOOD at seeing 300 kinds of footprints and knowing everything about them. What a cool skill to have!

Daily Photo – The Penguin Slide!

I kept missing the penguins on this walk around the sea ice on Antarctica! I would come around a wall of ice to see these trails here and there. I'm no biologist, but I did identify them as penguin-belly-slide-trails, I think! You can see the rut left by their belly and where the little flippers would steer them this way and that.

I did get to see a lot of penguins sliding around, but never quite this close… maybe next time! :)

The Penguin Slide!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Approaching The Shard

Tallest building in Europe?

Is this currently the tallest building in Europe? I think someone told me that, but they were not very trustworthy… haha, but I figured you all would know!

Daily Photo – Approaching The Shard

One night after seeing a strange play called “The Nether,” I went on a solo four-hour photowalk around London at night. It was so magical! I had on my earphones and just had a grand old time walking here and walking there… so amazing to see such amazingness everywhere. It had been about three years since I had been, so I was immediately impressed at this cool new building, The Shard, that shot right out of the city. Incredible!

Approaching The Shard

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Drones or Quadcopters

I’m afraid the word “drone” is now in the popular vernacular, even though I think most quad pilots wished everyone referred to them as “quadcopters.” I think the “drone” word gets confusing because that’s what the military uses in a weaponized manner. But then again, “quadcopter” doesn’t always make sense either because some of them have 6 rotors! Anyway… a semantics issue… I don’t lose a lot of sleep over it… just noticing. These things are about to be everywhere based on sales.

Daily Photo – The edge of Hong Kong from Above

It's hard to believe the water is this color on the edge of Hong Kong, isn't it? It's not always that color, but I happen to be right by the ferry terminal, and so many boats come and go that it churns up a bunch of small bubbles that make everything seem a bit more Caribbean! After I took this photo straight down with the quad, I aimed it up and got a big panorama of the city. I'll share that one soon too!

The edge of Hong Kong from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO137
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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