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The Lights in the Mosque

Tips on Taking women into mosques

I get a lot of questions about the local ethics and cultural requirements for bringing women into mosques. As you know, I often travel with my wife and two daughters. All I can say for sure is it varies from country to country. Some are very relaxed. Some are not-so-much. But, it’s usually never a problem and I just suggest getting a local guide on TripAdvisor or through your hotel concierge. In some places, like Egypt, the women did not even need to wear headscarves. Others, they need to wear the habib and make sure none of the hair is visible. Anyway, it’s nothing to worry about and once properly dressed, you can go see anything! I certainly don’t get upset by any cultural/religious differences… I just try to think of it as being respectful, like when you put on nice clothes of a certain type for an event like a wedding or funeral. It just is respectful, which isn’t so bad! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Lights in the Mosque

I was at the main mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I eventually came to the Very-Obvious-In-Retrospect idea, hey I can actually go INSIDE. As with most mosques, there is a tremendous number of shots from the outside and the courtyards. But you can go inside most of them anytime (as long as it's not during the call to prayer). Just slip off your shoes and go inside for a wander! I've never had any issues at all… very friendly people!

The Lights in the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:19:10
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Driving up Mountains

Passport Earnslaw Burn Part 3

Here’s the Part 3 of the ongoing commissioned work I am doing for a patron. This shows my final shots… my favorite 10 or so. Which ones did he choose for his 3 homes around the world? We’ll see on the next exciting episode, entitled Part 4!

And what? You’re not a Passport member? Jump on in to see all kinds of goodies, including Part 1 of this series where you see me and my crew get dropped off at the bottom of a glacier for 24 hours when I forgot to bring a tent!

Passport Exclusive – Earnslaw Burn Project Part 3

Here’s Part 3. Will there be a part 4? Yes! Actually working on that now. And here’s a Passport link to Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed those…

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Daily Photo – Driving up Mountains

Here's Ruby who joined me on my first sojourn to the Earnslaw Burn. At one point, I asked her to help get my tripod ready, and she ripped out one of the legs like it was a robot trying to attack her. There's some little piece that fell out that we never found. Now, I have to treat this one leg very gingerly, because it comes out all the time. This was just one of the casualties of equipment during the 4-5 trips we made out into the bush!

Driving up Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:26:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

Gehry Architecture

How do I make Prints for collectors?

Here’s a video from our Fine Art Prints page at www.TreyRatcliff.com. It shows how we fabricate the prints here in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Daily Photo – Gehry Architecture

This is amazing Dusseldorf, where I've been twice to inspect the prints above. I try to go out at night a little and explore this new section of the city. There are three Gehry buildings here, and this one is a favorite. I'll share a photo of this mirrored thing in the middle of the day too; as you can imagine, it looks quite different.

Gehry Architecture

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-09 01:51:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London Photo Walk!

London Photo Walk 5.0

This will be the best! This time, we have a speaker system, a better route, prizes, an after-party. All kinds of stuff! The Photo Walk is still free as always, and a family friendly event. Check out our Tour Page for more info and also RSVP in the Facebook Event.

Last time was great, but there were tooooo many people there and not everyone could hear me. I felt awful about that, so this time with our little mobile speaker system, you’ll be able to hear all my tips/tricks/thoughts – and I’ll be doing live Q&A too.

Daily Photo – London Photo Walk!

Here's a shot from the previous London Photo Walk. I can't wait to see all my London friends again… do whatever you can to come out because we have some MASSIVE prizes… and all kinds of goodies!

London Photo Walk!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 01:43:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bone-city of Hong Kong

A funny video from Hong Kong

I made this video a bit ago with Kai from Digital Rev. I’ve since switched to the Phantom 4 (See my Phantom Review), but this video was all about the Inspire 1. One funny thing that was not in the video is we were doing this scene where he was controlling the camera, and I was controlling the quad. Well, we kept getting massive interference! It was a real demo-meltdown. I contacted DJI later and they said, “Oh, well don’t stand so close to the other person.” I was like… well that would have been good to know, fellas.

Daily Photo – The Bone-city of Hong Kong

This photo reminds me of bleached bones for some reason. It was one of those foggy, dreary days that you sometimes get in big cities. I usually like my cities to be colorful and full of life. If the colors aren't working out for you, just give them a little black-and-white treatment. I can even suggest my Lightroom Presets to help you out!

The Bone-city of Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-23 11:05:13
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Happy Horses

More Max Patte

Go check out Max Patte’s Website to see more of his work. I’ve met him a few times, and he’s a heck of a nice guy! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Happy Horses

Here's another sculpture by Wellington artist Max Patte. I shot this at The Hills in Arrowtown… a sprawling golf course filled with incredible sculptures like these. These horses are huge too, at least 2x the size of a real horse. People always try to climb them, but then realize how awesome-huge they are. This is one of my favorite times to photograph them – in Autumn just when the grass is getting long.

Happy Horses

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 04:44:15
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

From our New Zealand Workshop

Be sure to come check out our Workshops page here on the site if you want to come to New Zealand with me some time! πŸ™‚

Post-processing the Wetlands in Glenorchy

And here’s how I made the image photo below. When you compare this to the “Final Version” above, you can clearly see how I stretched the mountains tall! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

Here's one of my favorite places near Queenstown we take our workshop friends when they come to New Zealand. On this day, we had super-smooth water… rare and beautiful, eh? I really don't like getting up early in the morning, but that is the time the water is smoothest! πŸ™‚

A peaceful morning in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-20 02:47:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

The Mudmen in Papua New Guinea

Shameless Wikipedia Steal

Sometimes I make strange cultural references and send people to Wikipedia… but this time, I figure why not embed it? Today’s tribe was so interesting, I thought you might like to see the history without having to jump out!

Legend is that they were defeated by an enemy tribe and forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. The enemy saw them rise from the muddy banks covered in mud and thought they were spirits. Most tribes in Papua New Guinea are very afraid of spirits, so the enemy fled in fear, and the Asaro escaped.

They then went into the village to see what had happened, not knowing the enemy tribesmen were still there. The enemy were so terrified they ran back to their village and held a special ceremony to ward off the spirits.

The mudmen could not cover their faces because legends say that the people of Papua New Guinea thought that the mud from the Asaro river was poisonous. So instead of covering their faces with this alleged poison, they made masks from pebbles that they heated and water from the waterfall.

The masks have unusual designs, such as long or very short ears either going down to the chin or sticking up at the top, long joined eyebrows attached to the top of the ears, horns and sideways mouths.

Daily Photo – The Mudmen in Papua New Guinea

I'm really thinking about going back to Papua New Guinea and taking some photo-friends. If you're interested, get on our Newsletter. Note we'll have to have you sign wavers out the wazoo. It's not the safest place in the world… but the photography there is amazing. You can visit the Papua New Guinea category here on the site if you want to see more photos.

The Mudmen in Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-13 08:48:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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