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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

A pretty sunset on the edge of India

Nike Self Tying Shoes

Now this isn’t something anyone really NEEDS, but they are pretty cool! Here’s a link!

Daily Photo – A pretty sunset on the edge of India

I was really happy to explore many remote coastlines along southern India. I suppose I intuitively knew that there were beaches galore, but you never really think of India as a beach destination… but one of our train stops included a sunset visit to this beautiful resort by the sea.

A pretty sunset on the edge of India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/156
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

A Mustering near Glenorchy

From the Archives: Fake and Abandoned Disneyworld

Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Man, my camera work here REALLY sucked. Sorry about that. But it’s still a good creepy video from the olden days!

Daily Photo – A Mustering near Glenorchy

I had flown over with Choppy to spend the night with our families in the Greenstone area, across the lake from Glenorchy. It's pretty deserted over there. After we woke up, we took the chopper up for an amazing flight then landed near these horses. They were being moved from one ranch to another, so we followed them along and took photos all the way! Awesome!

A Mustering near Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Nightwalk around the Burj Khalifa

Wide-Angle Leaning

I still find people that get quite angry when I post photos like this where buildings are leaning this way and that. Of course, that’s an optical effect from aiming a wide angle lens up into the air. This look doesn’t bother me at all; in fact, most times I find it more interesting and cooler than straight up and down! Anyway, if people give you a hard time about this just channel your inner-Trey and ignore them.

Daily Photo – Nightwalk around the Burj Khalifa

If you ever make it to Dubai, this is one of my greatest ideas that I discovered by accident. Imagine you are traveling across the desert (which you are, I guess) and sleep during the day and walk at night! The city is extra-beautiful at night and it's about 600 degrees cooler. Try to circumnavigate the Burj Khalifa here… There are fountains, pools, statues, crazy lights and more… it's quite fun to see how many compositions you can make. πŸ™‚

Nightwalk around the Burj Khalifa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Picking Rice

Bali Fun

This photo below is from Bali and it just reminds me that I need to go back there! It was a very peaceful place… I’m into yoga and everything, and I found it very easy to get into the flow there. Maybe that was just in my head, and that seems like an arbitrary place to be.

Daily Photo – Picking Rice

Wow, that looks like back-breaking work. I find it challenging just to bend over to tie my shoes. It would be like tying your shoes, standing up, taking one step, then untying your shoes, then taking another step and tying your shoes again. I actually tried it for a while… I had a guy show me how to do it. One of the strangest things that I guess I didn't realize is that you are barefooted the whole time. It's really gooey in there… but it was nice to experience something so foreign to me but what millions of people do!

Picking Rice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture22
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length184.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Hangry Kitty

Another Photo from Africa!

Here’s another photo from our new Becoming An Artist series! I took this when we discovered a pride of lions under a tree… I could watch these lions forever! Here’s a preview where you can see some of the lions in action.

Daily Photo – Hangry Kitty

I notice my little girls get hangry like this (hungry + angry). I do the same thing I would in these survival situations, just kind of toss meat on the ground and slowly back away.

Hangry Kitty

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length138.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Aurora Over the Valley

Aurora Borealis

Despite four trips to Iceland, I’ve never seen the northern lights! I’ve tried countless times… but on my list is to go up either there or Norway next winter to see them for sure!

Daily Photo – Aurora Over the Valley

I was driving home from a photo event from over the hill in Wanaka and I got to the edge of the crown range and saw this. So beautiful! The Aurora Australis is just incredible. In fact, when I got home, we got the whole family out on the deck on bean bags to watch it wash over us. So pretty and mesmerizing!

Aurora Over the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

Zen Playlist

Here’s a link for my “Zen Playlist” on YouTube!

Daily Photo – Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

I really like it when Japanese girls dress up in crazy ways. It just makes me smile for some reason. In fact, I don't know why Japanese girls don't wear something like cat ears or rabbit ears all the time just to keep people around them more happy.

Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture
  • ISO5000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Over the Marina area of Dubai

Another Dubai Photo

Pop over to my Facebook page to see another set of photos from Dubai. You can see a photo of me taking a photo too! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Over the Marina area of Dubai

I'll never forget that amazing flight over Dubai with the door of the helicopter. We were loosely tied in with a belt that was attached to the ceiling. This allowed us to freely move about the cabin and go to either side of the chopper to get photos. We could also hang out quite far like I did when I took this photo!

Over the Marina area of Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hiking in Glenorchy

Chromebook

I’ve never talked about my Chromebooks from Google, but I really like them! They are pretty inexpensive and we usually just leave one on the kitchen table for everyone to use.

Daily Photo – Hiking in Glenorchy

Well, I don't know if walking on totally flat ground can be called hiking, but I'll just be a little loose with that word. This is actually one of my favorite places to visit in Glenorchy and it's relatively new. It's there in the wetlands and they built this 10 km walking track through there. This was taken in the Autumn when things are particularly beautiful!

Hiking in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

Interview with Ugo

I met up with my friend Ugo Cei in Venice a few months ago and he recorded this interview over on his blog. Thanks, Ugo, that was fun!

Daily Photo – Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

That's my friend Stu Robertson there taking my photo while I take his photo on the way to Antarctica. That was a loooong flight for sure! We had a great time, though, running around that CL-130 taking photos all the way. I think it was about 10 hours to get down there from Christchurch! But we got to be friends with Randy, the loadmaster. We were warned not to take any photos on the plane before we got on, but we totally ignored that rule and Randy was mega cool with it. In fact, he's a photographer too and we even hung out in a few bars together! πŸ™‚

Thinking Peace on the Flight to Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Lounging After A Meal

This is the same kitty cat

As the one with a dead warthog hanging out of her mouth on our Becoming an Artist page.

Daily Photo – Lounging After A Meal

I feel like this quite a bit. Cats have the life, I tell ya. How awesome would it be to have nothing to do but eat and rest. I mean, honestly, to have nothing to do all day but rest. And even better, they never get bored of resting. You never see a bored cat. I mean, cats will look at you as a human and you'll get the feeling that they find YOU quite boring, which is disturbing.

Lounging After A Meal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length196.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Happy Guy in China

A reference to China

One of my favorite parts of this video below is when Alan Watts talks about China.

Daily Photo – Happy Guy in China

This was the happiest guy in the monastery! I had never been to this one before in Beijing, and I arrived on the day that all the monks we re-supplying with fresh groceries and drinks. This guy was taking all the groceries in, load after load after load. He was so happy the whole time. And then I looked what he was carrying on the last load, and it was a huge crate of Red Bull!

Happy Guy in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Another Midnight Walk Discovery

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More nice architecture

Here’s another photo from Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton in Krabi, Thailand. The whole place is a work of art and you can aim your camera almost anywhere to get an interesting photo.

Daily Photo – Another Midnight Walk Discovery

During the family trip, sometimes the only time I had to take photos was at night when everyone was asleep. In the day time, I was kind of in “dad mode” which mostly involves keeping everyone busy with stuff going into and out of their bodies. If we're not having a meal, then they are going to the bathroom, then we find more snacks, then go to the bathroom again. It's crazy and everyone is in a different cycle. While one kid is in the bathroom, another is asking for food. And then it just keeps on goin' from there! πŸ™‚

Another Midnight Walk Discovery

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bel on a Walk

Season 1 now Available!

This is one of the photos that I created while filming the new series. You can grab it now at the Becoming An Artist page here on the site!

Becoming an Artist LIVE!

We do regular shows over on Facebook, so be sure to come over and subscribe too! You can click the Like button then choose another option as well: “See First” ! πŸ™‚

Becoming an Artist LIVE "A Chat with Sir Michael at The Hills"

Becoming an Artist LIVE "A Chat with Sir Michael at The Hills" – We take some photos, answer a bunch of questions, and get a Royal visit from Sir Michael Hill and you can hear his inspiring story.Join our FB group and share your photos and join in the fun at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/ You can share your photos on social media too with the hashtag #becoming

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Daily Photo – Bel on a Walk

This is one of the biggest sand dunes in the world, and Bel was absolutely rocking up this thing. We had about eight of us decide to walk up together. But we were going way too slow, so she just walked on ahead. It was amazing, actually… it reminded me of that scene in Lord of the Rings when Legolas was walking up on top of the snow when the rest of the Fellowship was trudging through it.

Bel on a Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Meditation App Reminder

If you’re looking to try a fun and easy meditation app, try “One Giant Mind.” A friend recommended this to me and it works great! It’s a fun method that anyone can do, even many of my friends that told me that “can’t” meditate! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Burning Rocks in Sedona

I need to spend more time in Sedona! It's not the most convenient place in the world, but it sure was beautiful. And now that I'm even more into yoga and meditation and stuff than ever, I should get back there and vortex it up! I mention a few days ago how islands often have nice sunsets, but now that I think about it, so does Arizona!

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length113.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Steamy Carnivale

Reddit.com/r/Videos

Want to know my favorite place to go find crazy or funny or surprising videos? I pop over the Reddit and sort by the top videos by the month. Try it!

Daily Photo – A Steamy Carnivale

Two of my favorite things combined in this photo, Steampunk and Venice! I don't know where these two came from… they were really nice. They had some kind of strange Hungarian accent or something. I could barely understand them. They came over and secretly told me: “You should come back to see us tomorrow. We are going to be Steampunk Wampires!”

A Steamy Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Island Sunsets

I don’t spend a lot of time on islands, but I forget how often they get great sunsets. Especially now that I live in the mountains, I just never see the horizon. It’s a strange thing, going countless weeks or months without seeing the horizon.

Daily Photo – Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

While my friends and I were in Phu Quoc, we decided to go far afield and check out some very remote beaches. We got down here and saw this old boat with a couple frolicking nearby. She looked so pretty in her dress that I asked her to jump up on the boat so I could take the picture. Her boyfriend asked me if I wanted him to be in the photo as well, and I was like, I don't think so pal. I'm just kidding… he was a nice guy, though πŸ™‚

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Episode 1 of the New Season, in the Wild!

and… HERE IT IS! πŸ™‚ Enjoy! If you wanna grab all 15 episodes plus extra stuff now, visit the Becoming An Artist page pronto. πŸ™‚

Sonos and Spotify

I love my Sonos system and listening to Spotify, but their integration is absolutely horrific. I don’t understand why I can’t “throw” the music from my Mac right onto the Sonos, unless I am missing something.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

It was a moody and somewhat cool afternoon in Oman, and I was out with my son on a catamaran. Wow, I don't think I've ever spelled that word before… I can't believe it has that many a's. I was writing it out and fully expected the red squiggly. ANYWAY, while we were on the four-a'd boat, we passed this rock outcopping and saw this scene back on the beach. I didn't even get a chance to visit this spa. It's the Six Senses spa there at the Al Bustan Ritz-Carlton and it's over 33,000 square feet! I think even if I did have a chance to go visit it, I'd only be able to see 10% of it.

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length25.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Over the Breaking Waters

Swimming with Whales

Speaking of whales (below), I’d really enjoy swimming with them, I think. I’ve swum with a pod of wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii, and that was really great. I also really enjoyed my time with the elephants in Botswana… so I think I need to get whales on my list next!

Daily Photo – Over the Breaking Waters

This is a favorite photo from Bora Bora. I've always enjoyed looking at those aerial photos from space and seeing how the ocean water changes as it brushes up against some of these sorts of islands. My local friends there told me they can walk up to the edge and almost touch the whales as they migrate along the coast.

Over the Breaking Waters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/3800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

New Group on Facebook for the new Show

Join the new group over on Facebook called Becoming an Artist – Trey Ratcliff’s Funky Lounge! We have a live show coming up in less than a day to take your questions and more! πŸ™‚

Ruby Ruby Ruby

Ruby is my new assistant and she’s been helping out a lot. Thanks, Ruby! You can probably see her in a few of my videos over on Facebook!

Daily Photo – Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

I don't have to tell you how cold it is here! This is right where the ice started to thin and the warmer ocean (well not THAT much warmer, like 33 Degrees F!) was slowly melting it away. It was alarming sometimes to hear the ice craaaaaaAAACK under your feet as you stepped. I was on high alert all the time. In fact, right after I took this photo I started to slide a little towards the water… so I made a quick and heroic scramble away. I looked ridiculous doing it, but at least, I got out of there!

Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Burj Al Arab

Symmetry Tip

Getting perfect symmetry is really important if that’s the kind of shot you’re going for. It can’t be just a LITTLE bit off because it’s very noticeable. So you either have to do it perfect or not at all. However, if you DO mess it up a little, you can always do the photoshop trick where you take the left side and reflect it back on the right side! I did not do that in today’s photo, btw.

Daily Photo – Inside the Burj Al Arab

This was extremely painful to get this symmetrical! As you can imagine, when you're looking straight up, it can be a little confusing. The Sony A7 made this a bit easier though because it does have a flip-out screen that makes everything quite a bit easier!

Inside the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Desert Rose in a Pool

Unboxing the Phantom 4

We just did this on Facebook Live. Come watch, subscribe, and enjoy! πŸ™‚

DJI Phantom 4 unboxing

Facebook Live Unboxing of the Phantom 4 quadcopter from Queenstown, New Zealand at a heliport! We hope you enjoy this episode of Becoming an Artist LIVE! πŸ™‚

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High School Tech

My son Ethan goes to Wakatipu High School and it’s super-high-tech! I went to one of these orientations where they were telling us about this “point” system they have. It’s unexplainably complex, but it was really cool to see how they are using the internet to keep track of everything. Also, everyone uses Google Classroom there and it’s super-slick. It’s so different from my high school back at Jesuit Dallas! Night and day really!

Daily Photo – The Desert Rose in a Pool

Wow, she hated being in the water, but what a trooper! We had a whole workshop with us in Namibia and she was so striking that I asked if she would mind getting in the pool so I could take some photos. I like how most of them turned out… this is kind of one of those one-off shots between the “real” ones.

The Desert Rose in a Pool

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Burano from Above

Being dumb on Snapchat

Visiting a glacier over the last 24 hours on Snapchat (treyratcliff) with ROBOT TREY.

Burano

Here’s a bit of trivia. So Venice is known for commerce. Nearby Murano (another island 15 minutes away) is known for glass-blowing. Then Burano (often mistaken for Murano, especially by me for years!) is known for making lace.

Daily Photo – Burano from Above

Much like yesterday, this is another cool town that is about an hour away from Venice. The only difference is that this one requires a water taxi to get here. On the way there, we launched the quad from the top of the boat (which is a 9/10 difficulty by the way) and flew over the water taxi to get this shot. What fun! Actually from up here, I was surprised to see how circular the town was. You can also see how much more colorful it is than Venice, which typically has more muted colors with pastel feels.

Burano from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/550
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa

Another thing about this city

This bridge played a big role in both world wars. You can still see bullet dents and holes all over the nearby buildings. Alpine soldiers still gather on the bridge to sing old songs.

Daily Photo – The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa

What a cool little medieval town this was! It's about an hour drive outside of Venice and defo worth the visit. It has this ENORMOUS bridge across the river. I have no idea why the bridge is so wide! This city is famous for inventing “Grappa” which is an after-dinner drink made from discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems. I tried a little bit of it… a bit like jet-fuel!

The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Saint Mark’s Tower from Above

Life from Above and Beyond

Here’s a video that shows this same scene in video form!

Daily Photo – Saint Mark's Tower from Above

This was the first sunny morning after about 8 straight days of overcast! So we fueled up the drone and decided to go out and get some shots. On this day, there were a lot of military and police in the square. We were very obvious when flying it (how can you not be?), and the military guys came over and were watching the screen. They thought it was so cool and no one told us to stop. On another occasion, at night, however, they did come over and tell us to stop. But that was a different group of people… They were all very nice though and there were no repercussions.

Saint Mark's Tower from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry

Too many to choose from

This was true paralysis by analysis. We were going to buy some of these garments and fabrics, but we just couldn’t choose which one… there were so many. And right next door there were even more. And next door to that, even more! So you always think you’re gonna see something better, and then at some point, you forget you’re even shopping and you just kinda glaze over!

Daily Photo – Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry

It was nice to get way off the tourist track in India from time to time. This city, Pondicherry, actually has had a name-change like so many cities in India. Now it's called Puducherry, although I find that most Indians I talked to still call in Pondicherry, so I'm calling it that too. Other names seem to stick better. Like, for example, Bombay is now called Mumbai, and most Indians call it Mumbai. It all comes from those tricky Englishmen who came in, could not say the regular name, and the Englishified it!

Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

The Last 24 hours on Snapchat

Follow me on snapchat “treyratcliff” to see the real Trey, ROBOT TREY. (same name on reddit)!

Serious Photographers

Have you noticed there are quite a few photographers that take themselves QUITE seriously? I don’t really hang out with a lot of other photographers… but I was thinking about this in Venice when I was walking around St. Mark’s square and random photographers were everywhere. So many of them were SO serious… walking around and scowling… getting that shot… it’s such a funny thing to me.

Daily Photo – Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

Sometimes it's hard to tell if these are models hired by professional photographers or if they are just regular people that are dressed up! Like, this girl for example, when I came upon her, there was some guy bossing her around. But then I realized it was the same guy that I had seen a few hours ago. I was taking photos of another girl for about five minutes. She was obviously a free agent, just wandering about. But then this guy came up and starting bossing her around, telling her where to stand and stuff. He wasn't too nice about it either… and then he took photos and walked away! There's actually a few people like that out there… so strange, I think!

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Vatican

Vatican Tour

If you go visit The Vatican, I recommend that you get the private tour. I went there with my family, and it was just us and the tour guide. We got to skip the whole line to get in, and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable. I even went to Catholic (Jesuit) school for four years, was saddled with four years of Theology and another four years of Latin, and she was telling me all kinds of stuff I had never heard about!

Daily Photo – Exploring the Vatican

I wasn't allowed to bring my tripod inside, so I had to try to be steady-freddy handheld! It makes it a little easier holding the Sony A7r Mark II because of the sensor-stabilization. I can shoot handheld as slow as 1/5 of a second and still get a steady shot! It's quite incredible actually…

Exploring the Vatican

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Bag Awards!

What’s in my bag and what’s the Best Bag? I just voted, and I voted for the Peak Design Everyday Messenger that I helped design. There’s a Vote going on over on Carryology about your favorite bag. Seems to be a good voting thing because they don’t want your email or FB registration or anything. I guess they do it by IP address or something.

This video below shows my bag and what’s inside of it! You can see a full listing of what is in my bag right here.

More on Calatrava

My dad first introduced me to this radical architect… and even though what I say below is pretty critical, if you look at this Google Search on his designs, well you can see they are pretty badass!

Daily Photo – Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Yeah, I can't tell you how many people I talked to in Venice that just don't have a single good word to say about this somewhat famous (infamous?) bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. It's pretty, yes, as you can see. But most of it is glass, and you walk on glass to get over. The glass isn't even see-through. It's just slippery as hell. And I can definitely see how it is slippery in the rain, but it must be a nightmare when it freezes. There's also countless stories of people losing control of themselves and tumbling over the side into the Venice canals!

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time406
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

An amazing launch!

Here’s a cool infographic that shows how Aurora HDR is just blowing up… I am glad so many people love it!

Getting into the Details

Remember you can click on these photos and follow through to the Smugmug site where you can then see the ultra-big version as well! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

What an incredible mosaic! These mosques I've visited in the middle east are all over the top and so beautiful. This one was in Muscat, Oman and the craftsmanship was impeccable. Also, thank Allah they let me use a tripod, otherwise a shot that is this detailed would be impossible.

Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

1,000 Bridges

Drone Recommendations?

You might see over on the DJI Phantom Review page that I’ve changed my recommendations and now suggest the Phantom 4. It is more expensive, yes, but that obstacle avoidance is BIG. Really, if you don’t have it, you might destroy 2 or 3 of the other Phantoms with honest mistakes with obstacles. So, you see, in the end, you save money and heartache! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – 1,000 Bridges

I don't think there are actually 1,000 bridges in Venice, but there might be! There must be at least 500, and every one of them is quite unique in its own way. I think even the most hardcore photographer at some point puts on blinders… and you cross yet another bridge and you say to himself, “Yet another bridge,” and you don't take a photo. This happens to me a lot there, so now I do kind of force myself to slow down, see what is unique about this particular bridge and canal system, and try to take a shot at it.

1,000 Bridges

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Road Trip New Zealand!

The Museum Art Hotel in Wellington

This hotel is mega-awesome! I really recommend it… Every time I go to Wellington I stay here. It’s very quirky because the lobby and most rooms are filled with all kinds of random modern art. It’s like everywhere… you can’t turn around without your eyes catching onto something you never expected to see! It was recently bought by the QT Hotels company (I think), and I’ve stayed at some of their amazing properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast as well. Anyway, if you’re lookin’ for a great hotel in Welly, be sure to go here!

Daily Photo – Amazing New Zealand

I know I know… I keep talking about how lovely it is here. I think I just want everyone to come experience it for themselves. This is one of the first photos I ever took here, when I came on a road trip with my family. We did the whole rent-a-camper-van thing and it was totally radical. In fact, the family keeps begging me to rent another one of those to do another road trip even though we actually live here!

Amazing New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/3.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length125mm (125mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Through a window in Burano

Robot Trey on Snapchat

Follow “treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see very silly things.

People Photos

Here’s some hot advice I have! I know many people that come here are also into landscape and travel photography. And when you travel, this is often the “default” mode… to take landscapy or travelly photos! For me, I have to kind of “get out” of that mode and switch to taking photos of people. When you get back home, you’ll find a very nice connection back to that sense of place if you have photos of the local people as well. So don’t forget to force yourself to get some people photos too! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Through a window in Burano

Here's a quick random photo I got in Burano, which is a magical place about a 45-minute boat ride from Venice. I was setting up for a “typical Trey shot” if there is such a thing, but then I heard the shutters open behind me and I saw this nice woman there. I spun my camera around for a quick shot!

Through a window in Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Isabella on the Path

The Start of the big trip

In case you missed it, here’s one of the videos we made in Thailand! If you wanna see more, Ruby made a playlist over on YouTube! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Isabella on the Path

Here's a photo I took after dinner one evening at Phulay Bay, which is one of the special “Reserve” properties of the Ritz-Carlton. They only have three of these reserve properties around the world and I feel lucky to have been at two of them (the other was in Bali). Yeah so in this photo, the whole family had just finished dinner and we were about to walk back home to our little villa and I saw this perfect little bridge! I stopped everything down and told Isabella to go over there and be my model for a while! These were pretty long exposures, so she had to sit there a while!

Isabella on the Path

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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