Episode 9 hot off the press!

Season 1 Continues!

I’m giving away 500 copies of the Entire Season (15 Episodes + RAW Files) of Becoming an Artist to Local Camera Clubs around the world. Just leave a comment and give us the name of your camera club! :) More about the series on our Special Becoming an Artist Page.

And now…

Episode 9 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.

As for Episode 9, join me in “Pregnant on a Roller Coaster” In this episode, I talk about my incredibly awesome birth defects and how none of us were born to be normal. I share some of my favorite night photography photos and demonstrates how to make a nighttime panorama.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge on Facebook 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…

“What is it like to become an artist?”

“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: “How 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 Real Lord of the Rings

Live from WETA Workshop

I’ve been having some great fun out on the road broadcasting via Facebook Live. It’s a blast to bring you all along on my adventures and even better that we can interact via the comments and questions as the broadcast takes place! One of the highlights so far has been our visit to WETA Workshop where Sir Richard Taylor gave us a tour. If you have seen Lord of the Rings, Narnia, King Kong, District 9, Mad Max, or Avatar (to name a few) then you have seen their work. It was a super cool experience, check it out below.

Favorite New Zealand Photos

And here are some of my fave photos inspired by the movies! :)

Coming Home

Underearth

The View From Deer Park Heights In New Zealand

The Dirt Road to Paradise After you pass Glenorchy, the paved road continues for a while as you approach Paradise. The paved road then turns into a dirt road. At this point, many visitors turn around, which is a shame! You can keep on rolling down this road in your rental car for quite a way. There’s even a few river crossings you can make, like Arwen on horseback. You can do it! Probably. I even see giant campervans going through here… anyway, the dirt road is in pretty good condition, so don’t let that turn you back!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Another Midnight City hike

Long Exposure Tip

If you ever do go the Hasselblad way, you’ll note one of the coolest features is you can set your exposure to be longer than 30 seconds. I think you can set it up to 10 or 15 minutes or something. That’s awesome! I don’t know why all cameras don’t have that natively… there’s this whole 30-second cap thing that’s just rediculous… Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc — they all do it. Sometimes I think there is very little free-design thought in those companies.

Daily Photo – Another Midnight City hike

My first night in Abu Dhabi, I arrived around 7 PM and vowed to stay up all night and take photos. This technique worked so well in Dubai, and I thought I'd experience it again. It turned out that I didn't stay at the most “downtowny” area of the city, so I had limited things to shoot. But one of them was this area, where I tried some very long exposures to see what I got… and I quite like the result. When I got back to the hotel, boy was I tired!

Another Midnight City hike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Magical India

Video Recap

Here’s one of the recap videos from our recent family trip to India! :)

Daily Photo – Magical India

Wow, what a place! I've forgotten the exact name (will look it up), but this place is very close to Thiruvananthapuram. It was amazing during the day, and even more amazing at night! I was not here long enough, but I vow to go back one day and spend more time! :) Now, if I can just remember the name…

Magical India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Morning Jog in South Beach

Miami Photowalk

Speaking of Miami, here are the photo walk highlights!

Daily Photo – Morning Jog in South Beach

When our party bus pulled into Miami, we were all feeling a bit rough. It's really hard to do these photo walks and party late every night… a bus full of guys is generally a bad idea, but it was so fun having bad ideas that we couldn't stop ourselves. So I decided to have a morning jog to clear the cobwebs. I took the RX100 with me and here's one of the quick photos I grabbed that morning.

Morning Jog in South Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

It’s still my favorite drive

Drone Fun

I have plans one day to sit in the back of my pickup while Curtis drives and fly the drone overhead down this road… how fun and dangerous would that be? It’s both one of my best and dumbest ideas! :)

Daily Photo – It's still my favorite drive

About four years ago when I first came to New Zealand (I've been living here ever since), I reckoned this was the prettiest road in the world, and I still feel that way. I've never seen the same clouds or weather either. I think I've done this road about 30-40 times now, and each time is magical. Sometimes there is no wind and the water is perfectly smooth, like a giant mirror. Of course, those times I didn't have my camera! Bad Trey! Bad!

It's still my favorite drive

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Infested with Humans

From Above

There are so many great quotes in this video below… today’s photo is inspired by one of them

Daily Photo – Infested with Humans

One day we took a boat from Venice to Burano. When we were almost there, we had the terrible and awesome idea to launch the quadcopter from the top of the boat! How fun! I knew Burano was pretty, but I didn't think it would look this cool from above. I was surprised how “circular” the edge of the island was. Next time I go, I'd like to spend a few days here to explore, I think!

Infested with Humans

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Ft. Lauderdale

Happy Birthday!

To my sister Bianca! :) Love, Trey

Daily Photo – Sunset in Ft. Lauderdale

We only spent one evening here on the bus trip, but it sure was fun! I was desperate for a day off from the USA tour, and this hit the spot. I had a jog on the beach during sunset with some quad lovin', got a massage, then had a fab sushi dinner. I really liked it there and want to go back for sure!

Sunset in Ft. Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Episode 8 is out!

Season 1 Ticks along!

Episode 8 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.

As for Episode 8, join me in “What Goes Up Sometimes Come Down in a Different Location!” In this episode, I begin by talking about how HDR brought a new perspective to photography and how I believe that quadcopter photography is now doing the same thing.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge on Facebook 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…

“What is it like to become an artist?”

“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: “How 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.

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