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Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Pouring through our Antarctica Video Footage

We got heaps of video footage in Antarctica… we’re still going through all of it and figuring out the best way to package it and bring it to y’all. Video is a different beast… stick with us! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

One day in survival training, Stu and I had to erect our own tent. It was awesome. It's not exactly a normal tent β€” I believe they are called polar tents. They are built to withstand blizzard conditions. You can imagine a normal tent in a blizzard… that just wouldn't work. So there is all kinds of bracing that have to be in place ahead of time. It's also extra-challenging because either you're hammering these giant iron spikes into solid ice or, if on the main continent, into rocks and gravel. I felt like a real survivor!

Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Join me in Vegas at Photoshop World!!

My first Photoshop World… it’s gonna be great!

Sign up here.

I’m looking forward to getting back with Scott and Kelebra Kelby as well as so many other old friends. It’ll be great to make all the new friends too!

Youtube promo:

Mos Eisley Spaceport

New Textures Tutorial

One of the very first tutorials I did here on the site was a Textures Tutorial. About a year ago, I updated the whole thing and made it much better! The tutorial also comes with a ton of hi-def textures for you to enjoy and use in your own creations.

Daily Photo – Mos Eisley Spaceport

Here's a photo I got of Dubai when I was in that helicopter. We were quite a long ways away from the city, away over the sea, and I zoomed in to get a long-distance shot. It was already a bit sandy/foggy but I decided to take it to the next level with a few fun textures!

Mos Eisley Spaceport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length153.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Trey From Above

A book suggestion!

Try “The Untethered Soul” from Michael Singer.

Daily Photo – Trey From Above

I don't do a lot of selfies, and I'm not even sure you can call this a selfie because Curtis took this with a quad. But I was shooting here, then I looked to my right and left and saw this shadow wrapping around me. I thought it might make a cool quad shot. I knew Curtis had the quad out and was shooting some video, so I called him over and took control for a minute to hover over this spot while I went back to take another photo! πŸ™‚

Trey From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

New Phantom 4 Review!

The DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

I updated the review with this new video! You can see the full DJI Phantom 4 Review now! πŸ™‚

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Lines of the Glacier

More Antarctica Photos

We have pages and pages of them! Be sure to click on the “Antarctica” category above and scroll through them. When you get to the bottom, you can click to go to the next page and see even more.

Daily Photo – The Lines of the Glacier

I got to experiment quite a bit with black and white photography in Antarctica. It's actually not that hard because there's almost no color to begin with! Some of these glaciers did have that glowing blue ice where some blocks had recently cleaved away, so sometimes it's painful to take away that pretty blue color in a B&W conversion!

The Lines of the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

Are you enjoying Becoming An Artist?

If you are, be sure to share some of your favorite personal photos on any social network with the hashtag #Becoming

Daily Photo – An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

I only had one day in Abu Dhabi so I tried to make the best of it! I pretty much stayed here all day and night… there was so much to shoot in this mosque complex. I was happy and lucky they let me use a tripod. No one seemed to mind and I was the only one there with one. Actually, there were hardly any DSLRs at all. I notice that a lot in these countries. Everyone is taking photos for sure, but it's all mobile all the time.

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Devil Bel

Facebook Live

Be sure to pop over to my Facebook Page and watch for upcoming Live videos. Under the “Like” thing, you can choose “See First” to make sure you don’t miss any Live events! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Devil Bel

When we were inside this amazing ghost town in Namibia where the sand has overrun everything, I asked Bel, who was filming me at the time for Becoming an Artist, to make an evil shadow in the sand… and she instantly made some bad-ass devil horns! If you see one side of her looks a bit disfigured like she has gout or something β€” that is actually her sound-pack on her belt.

Devil Bel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

My Favorite Temple

Watch for Falling Rocks

I always see these signs for falling rocks, but I’ve never seen falling rocks. But now I know what to watch out for after seeing this video!

Daily Photo – My Favorite Temple

This temple is right outside of Pattaya, Thailand on the coast. It's really beautiful and I want to go back to explore it. We were thinking of having a Photo Adventure in Thailand sometime in 2017. If we do, you can be sure this place will be on the list!

My Favorite Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Burj Al Arab at night

How to stream from your desktop to Facebook Live using Wirecast or OBS

Here’s a quick tutorial I made… sort of an esoteric one unless you’re wondering how to do this very thing! πŸ™‚

Dubai Thoughts

I’ve noticed there are two very different opinions of people that visit Dubai. Either people seem to love it or they really don’t like it and want to get out of there ASAP. Very strange how a place can be so polarizing. As for me, I really enjoyed it… it’s like a parallel universe, and, of course, it’s great fun to shoot!

Daily Photo – The Burj Al Arab at night

The beach in front of this amazing hotel is relatively empty, so it's easy to get a clean shot. This was a good night too because the waves would come up far, then recede back, leaving a shiny sand-surface. The frequency of the waves was very slow too, about 30 seconds, so I had enough time to get a good long exposure.

The Burj Al Arab at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Landing Pad in Hong Kong

On Digital Rev

If you haven’t seen this, it’s pretty funny! πŸ™‚ I was reminded of this because, during the filming of this show, I took the photo below… you can see Kai and I standing in that circle.

Daily Photo – The Landing Pad in Hong Kong

I don't actually know the purpose of this circle. I don't think it's a helipad, but as you can see above, Kai and I definitely used it for one! πŸ™‚

The Landing Pad in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO114
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Come with me to Morocco!

Join me in this new video from SmugMug when they followed me to Morocco for a bit​! I’ve been keeping my portfolio there for years… Even if you’re just getting started with photography, I think it’s a great idea to put your “Favorites” up into a gallery.

There’s also an extended interview over on their blog that you may enjoy.

Thanks again to Anton and the whole amazing team over at Smugmug. It’s truly a great Family, and I’m honored to be associated with them! πŸ™‚

Golf Practice in Arizona at Dove Mountain

USA Tour Highlights

Man, I love this video… the tune is so catchy. Sometimes I just play it when I’m cleaning up my studio! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Golf Practice in Arizona at Dove Mountain

We had a Very Fun Evening at Dove Mountain in Arizona. We had our party bus with the whole crew on during the USA Photo Walk Tour and we were driving through Arizona. It popped into my mind that, hey, maybe there's a Ritz-Carlton around here! They were one of our awesome sponsors, so I called up and there was! It's here at Dove Mountain and an hour later, we pulled up the bus. We opened the door and wine bottles poured out of the bus and we stumbled out, looking like death warmed over. Next thing I knew, the whole staff was there to greet us and shake hands. And then this ranger guy popped out of nowhere with a snake coiled up his arm and beckoned us down to see all his other snakes… it was full-on but so fun! The night finally ended with this beautiful sunset. We were eating dinner right by this golf course and I walked over to get this shot.

Golf Practice in Arizona at Dove Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

A smooth ride home

FB Live from Ben’s Home

Becoming an Artist LIVE – “Mixing it up with Ben de Haan” Live from Arthur’s Point, New Zealand at my good friend Ben’s home. We’re taking photos and mixing cocktails while talking about entrepreneurship and launching a new brand! Ask your questions below in the comments! Ben De Haan is with Cocktail Merchant – you’ll see what a master he is in this fun episode! πŸ™‚

By request, here are the two cocktail recipes at the bottom. As for other things we mentioned…

Trey’s Funky Lounge, the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/

The Great Ben’s company Cocktail Merchant at http://www.cocktailmerchant.co.nz/

The Great furniture designer Ed Cruikshank at http://www.cruikshank.co.nz/

The Great architects Justin Wright and Louise Wright at https://assembly.co.nz/

Cocktail #1: Sloe Gin Sour.

45ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
30ml Black Robin Gin
15ml egg white
10ml sugar syrup

Assemble ingredients in a Boston shaker without ice and shake well. Add ice and shake again, double strain into a martini glass.

Cocktail #2: Espresso Martini

30ml Blue Duck Vodka
30ml Quick Brown Fox
15ml Espresso

Assemble ingredients in a Boston shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.

Multiple Images?

As you can see from today’s picture, if I were to auto bracket with a bunch of different shots, there would be way too many differences for it to auto-align and de-ghost. So, one image is really okay. Whenever possible, I do try to get multiple images, but whenever I just do a single image, I’m still pretty happy with the results!

Daily Photo – A smooth ride home

We took this on the day our workshop went over to Burano for a mini photo-adventure over there. We came back at sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous! You can see it already. We had two boats… and we all just spent time taking photos of the Other Boat! This was an HDR made with a single RAW with Aurora HDR Pro. I quite like the way it came out!

A smooth ride home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A new Episode of Season 1

Episode 6 hits the Webnet!

Episode 6 of Season 1 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below. Just want this episode? Then this is the link for you…Β https://store.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist-season-one-ep06

As for Episode 6, join me in “Writing a Failed Novel” β€” In this episode, I share a story about my high school English teacher and how she said something special to me that ended up changing my life. I then discuss composition, experimentation, and give a demo of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/ or get the whole series at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/

Notes from our amazing production team:

Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…

β€œWhat is it like to become an artist?”

β€œWhat is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: β€œHow does he take and post-process his photos?”

Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.

The People of Papua New Guinea

Snapchat Love

Thanks again for all the ROBOT TREY Snapchat love lately… tell a friend! (I’m “treyratcliff” on there).


Robot Trey

More from PNG

I have a ton of people photos from Papua New Guinea here on the blog. Enjoy, and, as always, feel free to share! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The People of Papua New Guinea

I am still not sure if I like this photo or not, but I THINK I like it. There's something very interesting about it that I keep coming back to. I had a rough idea that I wanted the photo to come out like this. Actually, I think I'm changing my mind. Every time I look at it, I like it a little bit more.

The People of Papua New Guinea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Facebook Keynote 2016 – Trey Highlights

Hey I was in the keynote for a short stint when Chris Cox was talkin’! This is a fun part of the Keynote where they talk about Facebook Live and show a little footage from a DJI Phantom 4 live. You’ll notice actually footage from today’s photo below! πŸ™‚

Come over to my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/treyratcliff and under the “Like” be sure to click “See First” to be able to see all these live broadcasts when they happen.

Join or FB Group Becoming An Artist at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/

My FB Live Videos: https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff/videos

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Another day, another quad shot! They are becoming more and more regular, eh? I notice I have a different workflow for processing these shots. For example, usually, right after a flight I go back and dump all the photos into Lightroom. Then, almost IMMEDIATELY, I process all my favorite photos. I don't mess about.. leaving them in LR for days, months, or years, as I do with my other unprocessed photos. I am not sure why this is! Maybe there is an excitement factor or something.

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/138
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Rain in Milford Sound

The Last photo of the day

Here’s the video from Facebook where we drove down to get this photo!

A photo-quad road trip to Milford Sound in New ZealandJoin me and Curtis and Ruby as we take our DJI quadcopters and Osmo and Hasselblad on a drive down to Milford Sound on the south island of New Zealand! πŸ™‚ Fun fun! See the Phantom Review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/dji-phantom-review/ from DJI

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Monday, March 21, 2016

Daily Photo – Rain in Milford Sound

This is about the only photo we got from the Inspire One quadcopter before we had to bring it down. It was really raining quite hard! I was surprised it could even fly… probably pretty risky but we went for it anyway. The lens was getting wet, but those blades are so powerful that it just kind of blew it dry!

Rain in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Sheer Cliffs of Thailand

Video Throwback

Here’s one of my favorite videos… I made it right when I moved to Queenstown, New Zealand!

Daily Photo – The Sheer Cliffs of Thailand

Right around here is that same island the bad guy owned from that James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. I never made it there… it was like another 30 minutes by boat. I was quite tired of being on a boat by then… getting thrown around for a long time kind of takes the energy out of you!

The Sheer Cliffs of Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Last 24 hours of ROBOT TREY on Snapchat

Last 24 hours of ROBOT TREY on Snapchat “treyratcliff”

ROBOT TREY

Most people don’t know that ROBOT TREY is my true identity on Snapchat (treyratcliff). It says all kinds of crazy things and Trey really can’t be held responsible for what you may or may not see, hear, or feel. Luckily, ROBOT TREY does not feel anything, being a robot. So if you have any complaints or anything, they will assuredly fall upon his deaf robot ears.

Last one out

My Android Watch

I really love my android watch, but it always has the wrong time. This is a silly thing to say, I know. I’m pretty tech savvy, and I just can’t figure out what the hell is going on!

Daily Photo – Last one out

When I was at the Grand Mosque here in Muscat, I asked if I could be the very last tourist to leave. The whole place was very busy, but I wanted to have less people around… I think with just a few people here and there you get a tremendous sense of the scale of the place. You also get an idea of how shiny the floor is!

Last one out

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Through Art

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Photo Specs!

Did you know if you click on any of my photos you can get through to the Smugmug site to see all the EXIF info? I’ll go ahead and paste in this one so you can see… but I know people are often curious about exposure time, etc etc…

CAMERA Hasselblad H5D

LENS HCD 28

ISO 800

FOCAL LENGTH 28.0 mm (24.2 mm in 35mm)

APERTURE f/4

EXPOSURE TIME 13s (13)

NAME Thailand Fun (140 of 157)_HDR.jpg

SIZE 7479 x 5771

FILE SIZE 43.13 MB

DATE TAKEN 2015-12-29 16:35:40

DATE MODIFIED 2015-12-29 16:35:40

COPYRIGHT Hasselblad H5D

Daily Photo – Walking Through Art

I'm a big fan of crazy and surprising architecture. I have no mind for it, actually. I wish I could design and build these kinds of things, but it's just well beyond me! I've tried to sit down with CAD/CAM programs and make interesting spaces, but it's just not my thing. I even struggle in Minecraft to make something look really interesting. So I pretty much have given that up and I just like looking at other pieces of amazing architecture. This is a space towards the entrance to Phulay Bay, the Ritz-Carlton resort in Thailand.

Walking Through Art

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Aurora HDR Playlist

See my Youtube Playlist here.

Also, here’s one of my favorite videos below! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Speaking of Aurora HDR, I used it to make this photo, which came out rather incredible if I do say so myself! I actually don't like most of my photos. Well, that's not true. I mean I think that most are a bit interesting, but I don't actually “love” many of my photos. But this one I kinda love. I was in the right place at the right time. I got a TON of photos of this incredible mosque and spent a beautiful day here.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚ These are little “Quick Live from a Cool Spot!” things I’m experimenting with.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Tutorials Galore!

You’ll notice that I used a few textures here. Be sure to check out the Textures Tutorial if you’re interested in this technique. Actually, while I was shooting this, we were filming a new tutorial. If you want to be the first to find out about that one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

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Daily Photo – Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Continuing on our Venice-Theme for the month (sorry again about all the Venice photos!), this was sort of a special morning because it was the first time we had sun in over a week! It was dreary and foggy for a long time. I love all that moody stuff for sure, but it was a nice change of pace to have the sun blast out at us!

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Episode 5 is Out!

Episode 5 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below.

As for Episode 5, join me in “What Happens When You Sit Too Close to the TV”! In this episode, I visit one of the most amazing places in the world, the Deadvlei in Namibia. While here taking photos, I share a story from when I was a little boy and got my first Atari 2600. This taught me something quite unexpected about colors.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/ or get the whole series at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/

Notes from our amazing production team:

Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…

β€œWhat is it like to become an artist?”

β€œWhat is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: β€œHow does take and post-process his photos?”

Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.

#photography #tutorial #HDR #artist #art #trey #ratcliff #treyratcliff #video #photos #travel #Becoming

Adi with Umbrella

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚ We did this one right BEFORE the one you saw in yesterday’s blog post with Sir Michael Hill.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

More from this scene

You might remember this scene from the video below! That’s my assistant there, Adi, carrying the umbrella. Many Chinese girls carry around umbrellas to keep their skin as white as possible.

Oh, and here’s another picture when her umbrella suddenly got inverted on a windy day!

A windy day at the Forbidden City

Daily Photo – Adi with Umbrella

Here we are exploring the ming tombs… In many ways, actually, in MOST ways, she was a terrible assistant. She was super duper skinny and had virtually zero arm strength. She couldn't carry my quadcopter or camera or bag or anything! She said that just carrying the umbrella exhausted her. It was the strangest thing… it was almost comical in its strangeness. It wasn't like she was malnourished or anything. She simply preferred not to carry anything because she found it tiring.

Adi with Umbrella

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

The Shard in London

Air Travel in the 1970’s

Check out this article about how spacious and stylish things were in the 70’s!

Thinking of Scotland

Sorry again I had to call off that Scotland Photo Walk! I got called back for an emergency situation. I was in Scotland for about 30 minutes though! I stepped outside to smell the Scottish air. It was nice and fresh with a tinge of whisky! I’ll be back some day… count on it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Shard in London

I feel so out-of-touch sometimes! I had not been to London for about 4 or 5 years, and then when I got there I saw this huge building! I had never heard of it being built and I didn't even know the name. I asked my British friend, “What the hell is THAT!?!” and he said, “It's The Shard you moron.” Haha man… it was such a surprise, and every time I see it, I still feel that sense of surprise. I really love taking photos of it too… reminds me of the surprise of the first time I saw it.

The Shard in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚ This is a fun one – an art tour in Sir Michael Hill’s home. We start in a rather self-serving way with one of my OWN prints in his wall from www.TreyRatcliff.com β€” see what I did there. Very cunning, as Sir Michael would say.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Holy Stitching Batman

I took today’s photo with my Android! I have the Nexus 6N from Google and I love it! This is actually 5 different photos and Google actually stitched them all together for me and delivered me this panorama! I then ran it through Aurora HDR Pro to give it more of the look I wanted… and I’m very happy with it. I can easily see a future where I only use my mobile phone.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

I like to go on jogs a few times a week to clear out the cobwebs and such. I listen to Spotify as I run around… this is one of my turn-around points. I usually stop here and stretch, catch my breath, etc etc. This time, since I had my Android with me, I took a bunch of photos… I was so happy that by the time I got home that Google had stitched them all together into this panorama. Incredible, really!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNexus 6P
  • Camera MakeHuawei
  • Exposure Time1/1946
  • Aperture2
  • ISO60
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Sunset in Venice

Live on Facebook

Here’s our latest live broadcast with Jing Song at her vineyards!

Sheep

I don’t know if you follow ROBOT TREY on Snapchat (treyratcliff), but he’s recently been very confused by how I at one time had four sheep in our back paddock and then I returned home from a trip to see there are now 18.

Daily Photo – The Last Sunset in Venice

I had been waiting for ages for a nice sunset in Venice. I think I was here about a month, waiting waiting waiting… then on the last night, we got these kind of clouds. Rene and I were walking around like giddy schoolkids… taking photos right and left! I use Google Fit on my Android… this day I walked 17,000 steps!

The Last Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Coincidences in Venice

More Carnevale Shots

Be sure to click on the category above of “Venice” to see even more mask-action!

Daily Photo – Strange Coincidences in Venice

Here's a funny story. So, at night, my friends and I would go out and take photos and carry wine, cheese, and crackers. Anyway, we were out one night and we have a tradition where every bridge we cross we have a sip of wine. We call it bridge wine, you see. Anyway, we were on a bridge and there was a very friendly German lady who was away on her first vacation in a long time. We offered her bridge wine and she took it and started just chugging it saying afterwards, “I love this country! You can drink anywhere I am so happy!” Haha… Curtis and I thought that was so funny. Then she had us use her phone to take a photo of her with the bridge wine.

Anyway, four days later I am walking around St. Mark's Square taking photos. I saw this cool lady and took her photo. She came over to me afterwards, pulled out her mobile phone, and showed me the picture of her having bridge wine!

Strange Coincidences in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Mount Aspiring Hut

A few months ago I made a post about a hut near Mount Aspiring. I haven’t had a chance to overnight there yet, but I am planning on it! πŸ™‚ Here it is!

Exploring The Mount Aspiring Area

Daily Photo – Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Here's the little path I would walk home too in Bali at Mandapa. I like all the lime-green floaties in the water around the rice. They are like tiny little leaves that swish around in a Brownian motion. I asked the local rice farmer what they were, and he said they were very bad and slowed down the growth of the rice. I told him I thought they were kind of pretty and he wrinkled his nose at me.

Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Happy Penguin

Live on Facebook

We’ve been doing some fun live videos on FB lately for the new show! Here’s one from yesterday with Scarlett πŸ™‚

Penguin Video

You know how we announced Becoming an Artist Season 1? Well maybe there will be some Antarctica action for Season 2? Or maybe a bonus coming? Only the shadow knows! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Happy Penguin

I don't know why we project human emotions onto animals… I guess it is kind of fun and we can relate. Who knows if this penguin is happy. Maybe it's totally pissed of and thinking, “It's so fracking cold!” but it just looks happy and carefree. But I guess it's a pretty good lifestyle to have no real predators except the 0.01% lightning chance of getting struck by an Orca. These aren't those emperor penguins from the movie that have to stand there in a blizzard forever. They are yellow-eyed penguins that just sit around, eat fish, and steal rocks from other yellow-eyed penguins.

Happy Penguin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Updated Reviews

I’ve put a lot of updating into the DJI Phantom Review here on the site… I’ve been making so many videos lately and discovering new things. They seem to come out with a new product every 6 months or so β€” this keeps me on my toes!

Daily Photo – Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Isn't this a fun photo? It's another good example of what you can do with quadcopters! This one was the DJI Inspire with the X5 camera. I really actually don't have that much experience with this system, but I am learning!

Sheep in a Triangle Shape

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC550
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beached Boats in Bali

Spotify, Feelin’ Supafresh

Here’s a link to my Feelin’ Supafresh playlist on Spotify. These are my newest “finds” that I add to my newest list!

Daily Photo – Beached Boats in Bali

On my last day, I went out with the chef from the restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton to get some fresh fish and veggies at the local markets. How fun! Our last stop was at a fish market here… the boats were so colorful and interesting I took a quick 5-minute walk to get some photos.

Beached Boats in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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