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

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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! :)

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

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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! :)

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

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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

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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! :)

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

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  • Aperture4
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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! :)

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

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  • ISO400
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Backing up and Zooming Out

We broke a quarter million downloads

Amazing! I knew the world was ready for some new HDR software, but didn’t think the demand would be this high! Find out more in the Stuck In Customs Store!

And yes, we are working on a Windows version with the team from MacPhun… It’s gonna be equally incredible! :) If you’ve been watching my stream from the past 3 months, basically every photo was created using Aurora HDR Pro. I love that thing and have literally processed thousands of photos with it… Be sure to check out all my free tutorials on that page above as well!


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Meditation

Here’s one of my favorite meditations… it only takes 5 minutes. Try closing your eyes and listen to it! :)

Daily Photo – Backing up and Zooming Out

Remember the black water photo I posted a few days ago where I talked about Rene falling in the water in Venice? Well here's another photo that I took of that exact same place, except I stepped back about 10 meters. I usually don't post two photos in such close proximity in time and space on the blog. But I thought it was kind of interesting… it's fun to arrive at an interesting place and see how many photos you can make in that space. These are the two most interesting photos I got in this area… I took about 10 different photos, and it turned out that 8 of them were pretty boring… and these are the best two!

Backing up and Zooming Out

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The End of the Call to Prayer

Back to Qatar

I gotta get back to Qatar! There was so much to see and do there. I only had three days while there with the family and the family was a little bit sick too, so that slowed us down a bit. I didn’t visit this area until the last day, but there were so many amazing photos I could have taken here and I really look forward to going back! :)

Daily Photo – The End of the Call to Prayer

One of my favorite things about being in the middle east is hearing the call to prayer 5 times a day. I first came across this in Fes (which is not in the middle east, but mostly Muslim). It's so surreal to be standing outside, especially on a veranda or on a roof and hear the call to prayer singing through the sky from every direction. I am not Muslim or anything, but I think it's just so interesting and unusual and pretty to hear.

The End of the Call to Prayer

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The Black Inky Night Waters

Falling in Water

In honor of Rene and me reminiscing on his watery ways below, I give you this video. I dare you not to laugh!

Daily Photo – The Black Inky Night Waters

Another Venice shot! Yay! I took this one about midnight when I was out with my friend Rene. Every Single Time I think about him falling into this canal it makes me laugh. It's just like the funniest thing in the world to me. Thank god he didn't get hurt, so I think that just makes it even safer to laugh at. Imagine falling in that water and having it go over your head while you're carrying your camera bag and everything. Oh man oh man, I'm cracking up just thinking about it again! It's like the gift that keeps on giving.

The Black Inky Night Waters

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