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

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Self-Auditory-injury Question

Let’s just say I want to live on the side of danger… I never find my earphones QUITE loud enough. I hear a good song and I don’t mind damaging myself a bit with it, know what I mean? I’ve tried many earphones… etc etc, but I want a somewhat illegal booster. I feel like all the major earphone manufacturers take things a few levels BELOW what is safe. I’d rather listen on the edge… know what I mean? Any suggestions?

See the Landscape Tutorial

Interested in shooting landscape photos? Check out the Landscape Photography Tutorial here in the store. We shoot a whole segment from here at this North Korean Prison!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

It’s remarkable how big Deer Park Heights is in Queenstown. Most “hills” around New Zealand look like nothing, but each one can be a huge mountain in its own right. I think it’s because you often see these “hills” in the context of the giant mountains of the Southern Alps, so everything is both in-context and beyond-context. This old North Korean prison was a movie set for a rather horrible Disney movie from the 80’s. I’m a movie fan, and I just can’t recommend it!

Approaching the Korean Prison in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Come see a giant work of mine at Art Southampton starting on July 9!

Come out to the huge Art Southampton Event!

Starting on July 9th, one of my biggest works will be displayed at 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 [email protected].

Daily Photo – Poking the front of your face through the veil

Those lovely green hills in the southern Guangxi province of China might look soft and plush, but the fauna hides a nearly impossible-to-ascend rockiness that has the consistency of chunky black glass. I know this because I had to ascend one of those spires to get this photo, which was hard enough during the day, but during the descent in the dark of night, it was an exercise in blood loss.

Poking the front of your face through the veil

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photographers tell amazing stories of their mind-blowage!

Wow! Listen to these people talk what happened to them at www.TheArcanum.com – these are all Apprentices of Stephan Bollinger. BTW, we have a “rating system” like Uber and Stephan, like many Masters, hits it out of the park. He averages no less than a 5.0 rating! Here’s some of his Apprentices in this video: Pete Donohue , Jason Crader , Biju Oommen , Jake Randle , Maggi Woo , Daniela Vallant, Jeff Bond, Ryan Lundstrom , Jose Cabello , Paul McCranie , Mikhail Veter.

Hot Venice Tip

You’d think Venice is a city that has dozens (or hundreds) of rooftop bars and restaurants. Well, you’re as wrong as I was in thinking this! Darn! There’s the Gritti Palace, which is REALLY expensive and the concierge can be Quite Snobby in getting you a reservation. I have a WHOLE story about that with Rene! Or you can go here, to the top of the Hilton. It’s not too hard to get over there, as you can take the free Hilton ferry, but it’s kind of a drag. More below.

Daily Photo – A View from the Hilton in Venice

This is the view if you end up going all the way to the Hilton. They have an awesome rooftop pool, but it closes before sunset! There’s no way to get out there, no matter how much you beg and plead, believe me. But if you move to the corner of the upstairs bar, you can in fact get this view. It looks pretty good, yes, I agree, but this photo would have been 10x better if I could have just gotten over to the pool area. Balderdash!

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length205.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

July First, Time for New Presets!

Ready for the New Presets

This is my Birth Month, July 1971, so you know I’m gonna pull out all the stops this month! Pop over to our Trey’s Lightroom Presets to grab the amazing presets for this month. Remember, on Day 1 of every month, we offer them half-price. It’s a heck of a deal, and something I’m happy to offer the most HARD CORE of you that come back month after month for the goodies!

Here’s one of the before/afters for ya. Naturally, every preset totally depends on each photo… but this one is called “Daytwister.”

After:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1

Before:

Dubai Amaze (210 of 406)-1-2

Daily Photo – A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

How perfect is this water mill? It would sit there all day, gently turning the water over itself. I don’t have to tell you the wish-wash sound it made, because you already know and can imagine it without effort. If that is you, then I took this photo just for you.

This is one of the photos that I processed in our HDR Video Tutorial. I hope you like the final result!

A Warm Afternoon in Hobbiton at the Water Mill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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