Crazy Chinese Opera-Circus-Thing

Best Cirque de Soleil?

Which one is your favorite, or which ones have you seen?  After a while, they all kind of blend together or me.  I guess my favorite was “O” that I saw at the Bellagio in Vegas a few years ago.

Daily Photo – Crazy Chinese Opera-Circus-Thing

I was invited to this crazy scene in Beijing. I knew it was gonna be intense before I went, but I did not anticipate the weirdness of it. And it wasn’t a good-kinda weird like Cirque de Soliel. It was the strange-kinda weird where you feel like it was designed by somebody completely insane. Everything was happening all the time… a lot of dangerous stuff too — I have a feeling the Chinese have less stringent safety standards than in the west.  

Crazy Chinese Opera-Circus-Thing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length104.0 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Intricacies of Morocco

Local Facebook Events

If you’re coming to one or more of the PhotoWalks across the USA, here are the local Facebook events you can join! :)

New York

Philadelphia

Washington DC

Chicago

Nashville

Atlanta

Miami

Dallas

San Antonio

Phoenix

Los Angeles

Burning Man

San Francisco

Quicky Tricky – Photography Tip

Here’s a hot tip, although it’s a little hard to pull off sometimes. When I took this photo, there were two very annoying tourists who would not move on the left side. But when you’re shooting something symmetrical, I see no problem with getting rid of them by taking the part they were occluding, and using the horizontal inverse of the opposite side to cover them up!

Daily Photo – The Intricacies of Morocco

I shot this inside Fes. As you walk through the tight streets, you’ll occasionally see mysterious little places off to the right and left. Some are mosques, which are hard to get into. Others are little enclaves like this. It only cost a few dollars to get inside, but it was quite beautiful, and they have no problem with tripod shooting, which is even better!

The Intricacies of Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

In Venice Around Midnight

The Full Rene Story

Reminder to myself: Next time I see my friend Rene, I’m gonna record him on video telling the whole story about how he fell into the Venice canals at night, went completely underwater, and ruined all of his photo equipment. OMG… it’s such a funny story!

Daily Photo – In Venice Around Midnight

Getting waterside access like this in Venice is more rare than you might think. In most areas of Venice, you’re walking along the streets and not along the canal. When you see Venice from the water, of course this makes sense because all you see are buildings lined up right to the waterfront. For whatever reason, it took me a few days to figure this out! However, there are a few select spots where you can get out along the water for a bit. This is one of them, on the west side of the Rialto Bridge, just to the south.

In Venice Around Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Night Streets of Chefchaouen

Now up in New York

Are you in New York or near the Hamptons? Come on out to Art Southamption in New York. The work is the one below and it’s printed at about nine feet across (3 meters). We used a very special printing process for it that you can see below. When you get there, look up Dranoff Fine Art or to find out more, you can email him at glenn@dranofffineart.com. Here’s a photo he got of it yesterday…

It also ended up in the Online Gallery for Blouin Art Info. Thanks guys!

HDR Photo

Blog Posts

I notice I have absolutely no regularity at all about when I write these blog posts. This one I am writing at 9:17 PM. Most I write quite early in the morning. But it’s really pretty random… I always enjoy it. It’s never a chore… but some days I get a bit busy and it’s hard to squeeze it in! But I think I’ve been pretty good in the past 2-3 years, never missing a day. Sometimes there is a photo mess-up or a strange error repeat, but not too bad, I must say! :)

Daily Photo – Night Streets of Chefchaouen

At night, all the colors of this little mountain town became much more intense. In the daytime, these were kind of a light powdery blue, but at night they seemed much more saturated and intense. It was pretty much like a Disneyland of colors — something new to see around every bend!

Night Streets of Chefchaouen

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

When Robots Take Over

I hope they all are designed by the Japanese and have the voice & humor of GlaDOS. Well, without the natural instinct to kill.

Daily Photo – Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

This is a must-visit place if you go to Tokyo. It’s completely insane. They have robots all over the place and tons of scantily-clad Japanese girls. What could be better? The music and the display they all put on together is completely overwhelming! They serve you food in an old-school TV-Dinner from the 1970’s while you watch the proceedings. I’m still not sure what happened that night, but it was completely INSANE. You gotta go.

Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Trey Mega Pack and… The Worst Experience of My Life That I Thought Would Be the Best

Introducing the Trey Mega Pack!

In celebration of the new USA Photo Walk Tour, we are releasing the Trey MEGA Pack, which is everything I’ve ever done, all in one pack. There is a special discount code “TREYUSA” to save another $100 — for a total of $300 off the full normal price. So, it’s a great deal!

This package has been our most common request, but it took me years to put it together! Now you can get everything I’ve done here, all at once. It’s a super-convenient way to download everything, all at once. From Tutorials to Presets to eBooks, it comes with an absolute boatload of goodies. Everything is self-paced and perfect for every skill level from Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced. As you’d assume with a package this epic, everything is covered.

HDR Photo

Naturally, you get the my Complete HDR Tutorial plus all of the other tutorials including the Lightroom Tutorial, Organize Your Photos, Textures Tutorial, Landscape & Travel Photography series from New Zealand, Midnight In Paris tutorial, and the Art of Photography Tutorial.

Want all the presets at once? I’ve got ya covered there too! You’ll get all the Lightroom Presets up until June 2015 (we do monthly releases), so you’ll end up with about 200 presets. You’ll also get both volumes of the Photomatix Presets.

eBooks? Yes! All of them! The Organize Your Photos eBook, the HDR Tutorial eBook, the Beauty of Ambiguity, 10 Essential Photoshop Skills, 10 Principles of Beautiful Photography, Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them, and Composing the Photo, Special Edition.

If you were to get all that stuff separately, it’s well over $700 USD. But with this super pack all at once, you get it for $399 (if you use the discount code “TreyUSA” for a limited time), which is a savings of over 30%! And, as always, there’s a money-back guarantee if you don’t enjoy everything, so you have nothing to lose!

I know you’ll learn a ton and really enjoy yourself with this stuff! Be sure to tell your friends about it too if you do have a transformative experience… we kind of live on word-of-mouth around here, so that would be amazing!

Would I Recommend a Zero-G Flight

Even after reading the account below, I say yes!

Daily Photo – The Worst Experience of My Life That I Thought Would Be the Best

I’ve always wanted to go space. From watching Star Trek to the Jetsons to Star Wars, and well, to everything sci-fi, I’ve always planned to go to space! I always knew step one was a zero-G flight to get myself ready for zero-G movement. Well, this was a crash course with total hell. BTW that’s Peter Diamondis in this photo with me. We flew together… and it was utter hell… not the Peter part… the parabolic part.

This plane goes up quite high and does about 12 reverse parabolic dives. This was news to me! I thought the zero-G bit was when the plane was DIVING, equal to gravity, but that’s not how it works at all. It makes “humps” in the air that kind of throw you up in the air (and make you throw up) for about 20 seconds before it makes another dip. The idea is that you are weightless on the humps and 2-3Gs on the dips.

Total Hell.

I have a Really Strong Stomach, and by iteration 8, I was lodged into a wall-belt just heaving my stomach contents into a bag. It was terrible… oh god I’ll never forget. About 1/3 of us were in this same ignoble position…

But, after the flight, I talked to my astronaut friend Ron Garan. He told me not to worry about it… that it is nothing like being in space. It’s the negative G’s combined with the rapid-fire positive G’s that would do the strongest man in… so that made me feel “a little” better.

The Worst Experience of My Life That I Thought Would Be the Best

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Trey Ratcliff’s Photo Walk Across the USA Announced!

Trey’s Photo Walk across the USA!

We’ve been working on this for a while, and we’re happy to announce USA Photo Walks where we can celebrate! See http://tour.treyratcliff.com/

I’m coming back to the USA to hit 13 Great Cities to have photo walks, starting in New York City on August 6. We’ve actually rented a HUGE bus that sleeps 10 people, and the whole team is gonna be driving from city to city together! These are free events, so tell your friends to come see EVERYTHING that’s happening over at a special Tour Website.

We also have been working on a Supa Secret Kickstarter project for a year with Peak Design. Check out the teaser and join the Thunderclap!

There are many more announcements coming in terms of prizes, special events, secret guests, and more! Are you as excited as I am?!? :)

HDR Photo

The Video Promo

And here’s a little bit more about the exciting event!

Beautiful Blue Boats in Essaouira, Morocco

Before you plan a trip to Morocco

Be sure THIS place is on your list: Essaouira. Yes I know it seems like too many vowels in a row, but you gotta go anyway. It was one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco, and you never think of that country as having a vibrant port-city, do you? Well all the more reason to go… Great photos, great food, amazing weather… it’s just amazing!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Blue Boats in Essaouira, Morocco

This whole medieval town is awesome, and it is more than enough fun getting lost inside the little streets and rampart walls. But I found the most interesting part was the harbor. There were maybe three different sections (or more), but each one featured an amazing array of different blue boats. Talk about endless photo ops… it never ended!

Beautiful Blue Boats in Essaouira, Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dinner by the Canal in Venice

Eating Blind In London

Have you heard about that restaurant in London where you eat in total darkness? You can’t see a thing… the waiters are either blind or have IR goggles… not sure… but you really pay attention to what you put in your mouth, as you might assume!

Daily Photo – Dinner by the Canal in Venice

If I lived in Venice, I reckon I’d try to eat dinner in every restaurant by the canal at least every other night. What could be better than Italian food and wine by a magical and mysterious network of canals? Who could get tired of that? I’ve often semi-joked in speeches that my favorite times are when things are going into or out of my body… haha…. and, well, this is one of the best things into my body!

Dinner by the Canal in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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