TEDx Queenstown and Beautiful London at Sunset

TEDx Queenstown

I’m very much looking forward to the big event in about 9 days here in Queenstown. I know we have a few people flying in for it… be sure to come over and see me during one of the in-between events — don’t be shy… just come on over; I am very nice! :)

HDR Photo

Here’s the press release:

Trey Ratcliff, author of the number one travel photography blog ‘Stuck in Customs’ will be speaking at the TEDxQueenstown event on Sunday April 19.

Ratcliff is the latest to be announced in a plethora of speakers descending upon Queenstown later this month at the independently organised version of the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks, another phenomenon to have taken the internet by storm.

Speakers have less than 18 minutes to wow their audience – something which could prove tricky for the adventurous photographer who has travelled and snapped Antarctica to Zurich and most places in between.

TEDxQueenstown organiser Trent Yeo said he was ‘excited’ to announce Ratcliff as part of the line-up.

“There’s a great range of speakers and performers at this year’s event and Trey is a wonderful addition.

“Queenstown somehow attracts very purposeful and influential people so it’s great we can invite a local to address what he shares to his global community, but in person,” said Mr Yeo.

Ratcliff is also well known as a pioneer in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, a technique whereby multiple levels of light are captured of a single scene and then combined into a single photograph. The resulting image is richly detailed and more closely resembles how you’d recall a scene in your mind.

Ratcliff spent three weeks photographing Antarctica earlier this year, capturing the continent’s icy wilderness. The trip included survival training, carving an ice cave and overcoming the daily challenge of living in such a harsh and unforgiving environment.

He has over 60 Billion views on Google along with over 13 million followers cumulative across Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Originally from Texas, US, but now living in Queenstown with his family, Ratcliff said that he believed it was ‘the greatest place on the planet’ and was supportive of the TED mission.

“Queenstown seems to be a vortex of interesting people and the TEDxQueenstown event will take that to the next level,” Mr Ratcliff said.

“Preparation for the event has been a lot of fun, my talk will be unexpected and full of surprises and a secret that people might just figure out in the first 17 minutes…”

Ratcliff joins fellow adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald who holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, archaeologist Leslie Van Gelder and well-known Wellington musician Graeme James among others.

Trey Ratcliff is the final speaker to be announced out of the 11 who will participate in this year’s event at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre.

Mr Yeo said tickets were almost sold out.

“I love this town, the depth of people that live here, the amazing influence of the person next door.

“So I’m really excited to welcome Trey to the TEDxQueenstown stage, a chance to meet a person that thinks constantly about how to positively influence the world”

TEDxQueenstown ticket details:
www.tedxqueenstown.com

Daily Photo – Beautiful London at Sunset

I love this city so much! And even better, the photographers there in London are unbelievably nice and welcoming! The photowalks we have there are always a treat, not just for photography, but in getting to meet so many amazing people. Photographers are always among the nicest people in the world, I find, but in London especially so!

I think I took this the day after the photowalk… seeing London from above really gives a wonderful perspective on the whole place.

Beautiful London at Sunset

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A Special Event in Wanaka and…a Panorama of Hong Kong

Upcoming PhotoWalks and events including the Venice Photowalk

We’re about to announce a whole new slew of photowalks and events! Be sure to check the Events page for more!

Follow me on Instagram

Here’s me, @TreyRatcliff ! And we also started a live-feed Instagram page here on the site!

DJI Inspire Review

We now have two quad reviews up! The newer one is the DJI Inspire Review, but we also have up the DJI Phantom Review.

An Instameet in Wanaka on Saturday!

I’m gonna pop over to Wanaka on Saturday to meet with a bunch of Instagrammers and have a fun day/evening of photos!

It sounds like a good group of people going, and it’s led by Liz Carlson, also known as Young Adventuress! People coming include Chris Burkard, Folk Magazine, Hello Emilie, Elizabeth Gadd, Matt Glastonbury, Johan Le Backpacker, Steen Jones, Matt Vandeputte, and Shaun Jeffers. We’ll all meet down by the famous tree in the lake at 4PM. I think any camera including mobile phones are cool. She tells me tags at #LoveWanaka and #InstameetWanaka and tagging @lakewanakanz. You can see more on Liz’s blog here!

Even though we’re meeting at the tree at 4PM, I’ll be at Gin and Raspberry a few hours beforehand having a wine! :)

P.S. This is the tree I’m talkin’ about, just ask any local if you’re driving in! :)

Peaceful Evening in Wanaka I had a peaceful evening in Wanaka. There is this tree that sits out in the middle of the lake. It’s so unusual. I love the way it reflects back on itself in the smooth water. I was by myself, listening to music on my iPod, and just watching the water as it would calm down then get excited, then calm down again. I swapped out lenses a few times and kept moving around to admire it from different angles. This one was one of my favorites. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Hong Kong

I think this is still called Hong Kong even though it's across the bay in the Kowloon area. I was looking at some old photos of Hong Kong from about seven years ago, and I could see this building just in its beginning stages. Now it's complete, and quite magnificent as you can see! This was a panorama made from about four shots with the DJI Inspire.

A Panorama of Hong Kong

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Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photography and Neuroscience

Here’s a very cool article called When Photographers Are Neuroscientists from Nautilus.

Outdoor pizza oven

I’ve never wanted an outdoor pizza oven so bad! This bad boy made a pizza in, and I am not kidding, 1.5 minutes!

Daily Photo – Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

This is one of the best pizza nights of my life! We had a mini-get-together with me, Curtis, Rene, and Stu and made about 9 pizzas in this pizza oven right there… we ate pizza out under the stars and watched movies projected on the side of a wall. We had blankets and were cozy and everything. It sounds like the perfect date night, except it was just 4 dudes! haha… anyway, we were all so bloated and moaning from pizza pain… it was a weird scene but mega awesome!

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

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Camels in the New City and Venice PhotoWalk!

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Venice PhotoWalk Announced! May 3, 6 PM!

Hey everyone, I’m coming to Venice for the Biennale and I’m super-excited. Let’s do a photowalk while there. These events are free and just a fun way to give back to all of you that have given so much internet-love. It’s a great celebration of photography and all skill levels, ages, etc are welcome to join. It doesn’t matter if you take mobile photos or giant DSLR photos… come along! Bring a friend or bring the family… it’s all good! :)

Day: Sunday May 3
Time: 6 PM
Starting Location: St Mark’s Campanile in St. Mark’s Square
Google Map: http://goo.gl/M1ISUr
Ending Location: ?? We’ll find some pub or something — actually I could use a local helper to help plan the route and stuff — let me know!

Hashtag: #TRVenice2015

Who can come: Anyway, all skill levels and cameras from Mobile to DSLR are welcome.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/362960580561857/

Google+ Event: https://plus.google.com/events/cbo3enena96k5orkh4l4horfru8

What happens on my PhotoWalks? I usually start out and give a little talk or something… some ideas and lessons, etc. Then we start on the walk, all together taking photos of stuff and people and things. I’ll stop 3+ times along the way and set up or a formal shot… talk through my settings, let you look through my camera, etc etc. All the while, I’m there to answer your questions and have fun with y’all!

Grand Prize: An unlimited digital shopping spree in the Stuck In Customs store! I will announce the criteria to win on location, but you can share your photos anywhere from G+ to Instagram to FB to Pinterest to Flickr to 500px… you know them all… I’ll search across all of them to find my favorite!

Thanks again for the Dubai PhotoWalk!

What an incredible photowalk that was… thanks again everyone… just amazing!

We were walking along the main marina when it was recommended we pop over to the beach area. On the walk down to the beach, we saw this scene below — amazing!

Daily Photo – Camels in the New City

I gotta get back to Dubai! Man there is so much to shoot there. I could probably spend 6 months there and find new things to shoot every single day. It's an absolute and total playground for photographers. Every day, Rene and I would find more and more amazing subjects for photography.

Camels in the New City

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Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

New Article in the Daily Telegraph

Here’s an article that came out yesterday. It talks a bit about me, the blog, and everything! It features a few different “Online Influencers.”

Correcting Alignments in Architecture

I tried doing the automatic adjustments in Photoshop to send all the lines back to vertical. The look was okay, but it was a bit boring on this image, so I kept it with the wacky verts… which I generally like better anyway, but especially for crazy architecture like this!

Daily Photo – Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

How cool is this building? Gehry actually has three buildings here in this “Media Center” area of Dusseldorf that are grouped together. All the buildings are awesome, but this one definitely stands out. The three are very similar in design, but this is the one with the crazy mirrored outside. The “look” and feel of it change dramatically throughout the day and night, but around this time, I felt like it was an entrance to the Matrix!

Gehry Building in Dusseldorf

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Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

Yoga with Adriene

A few months ago you guys gave me some suggestions for yoga shows on YouTube. Anyway, here’s one of my favorites – Yoga with Adriene. I like her… she’s really chill and doesn’t take it too seriously. She also has a fun 30-days-of-Yoga program that I recommend. Also, she’s from my old hometown of Austin!

Daily Photo – Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

I was on a helicopter over the Persian Gulf and saw Dubai from a distance. It's amazing how much the sand can give the city sort of an epic haze. At first I thought it was pollution, but my friend Sebastian told me it was sand. It absolutely reminded me of the spaceport from Star Wars.

Approaching Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine

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Running Through Glenorchy

Best app for finding hiking trails?

Does anyone know a good app for this? I’ve mostly been using Google Maps, but I know there are a lot of hardcore hikers out there, so I thought maybe someone has made the “ultimate” app.

Daily Photo – Running Through Glenorchy

One day we went out for a little family walk through Glenorchy. As usual, my two little girls ran around everywhere like wild animals… and, as usual, I had my camera. It was a good day… one of those that starts out a bit cold but everything warms up as you start walking around!

If you come out this way, be sure to go on this walk in Glenorchy… everyone knows about it… a super small one-horse town and the walk is easy to find… just ask anyone you see wandering the streets!

Running Through Glenorchy

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Two Chinas Together and Workshop Update

Upcoming Photography & Yoga retreat in New Zealand!

New Events:

*New Zealand Autumn 2015* – Sold out
*New Zealand Photo & Yoga Adventure*http://www.stuckincustoms.com/photography-workshop-yoga-retreat/
*Venice* – Not yet announced, watch our Newsletter at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/news

Here’s a video that talks more about our workshops!

Daily Photo – Two Chinas Together

I found this old monastic area of Beijing that was right in the middle of the city. Inside there was really no one but monks. If you look close here, you can see that it is “resupply day” and the monks were carrying goods from the entrance back towards their living quarters. I looked inside one of the boxes, and I'm not kidding you, it was full of Red Bull!

Two Chinas Together

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Having Drinks in The Shard

DJI Inspire Review

It’s now up on the DJI Inspire Review page. One of the videos in there was even shot right down below where Stu and I were having drinks! :)

Nice YouTube Playlist

I’m listening to music on YouTube more and more now… I kind of have it running on a second computer while I’m editing photos. Anyway, here’s my cool playlist that starts with Jon Hopkins! There’s some crazy videos on there too…not all are safe for children (or for adults!).

Daily Photo – Having Drinks in The Shard

I reckon this is just about the most awesome place to have drinks in London. This is inside the Shangri-La hotel, and even though this bar is not on the very top, it's plenty high enough! There's also a restaurant here, but I did not eat there. I did walk over there to take a few photos out the window, but the restaurant staff was not too keen on that. I had to turn my charm up to 11 to get over there, but I did end up getting a cracking sunset shot that I will post soon!

Having Drinks in The Shard

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