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Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

Getting closer to the European Tour!

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

On a helicopter ride to Glenorchy, we soar over hundreds of peaks like these. I've literally taken thousands of photos like this, just small studies. I really don't publish many of them, because they are just little ideas. But I think it's important to do this. I think no matter your photography level, it's good to take pictures of things you see here and there – interesting shapes, textures, and compositions.

Beautiful Rough Mountains in the Southern Alps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 11:20:20
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Single RAW Pretzel man

Strangest Photo Name Ever

Oh, don’t forget to sign up for the PASSPORT here on the site to see today’s making-of video!

Anyway, I’ve never quite come up with a Daily Photo name as strange as…

Post-processing the Pretzel Man

Enjoy this making-of! I went a little over-the-top on this one, but I still like it… see how I went so extreme in this how-to video! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Single RAW Pretzel man

Look at all those pretzels! If you are watching how I made this photo (from a single RAW file) in the “Passport” below, you'll see how I asked this guy if he had any low-carb pretzels. I got a very strange look in return… By the way, a few of those lamps on the left side ended up back at our home in New Zealand thanks to my little girls! 🙂

Single RAW Pretzel man

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 21:58:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Passport Exclusive Content

Do you have Passport yet?

If you’re already an awesome Passport Member then you’ll be able to see the secret hidden content below, if you’re not…what are you waiting for? For the price of a couple a cups of coffee a week you get to see all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff, get access to my tutorials, presets and so much more!

Passport Exclusive – X1D Initial Quick Review

Hi, Awesome Passport Member. I feel like I call you awesome a lot… but it’s true, you know? You can’t ever have someone call you “Awesome” too much, right?

Here is a video I made that talks about the new Hasselblad X1D camera. I haven’t written a full review yet, so this is just a little “early” review that talks about the camera a bit – enjoy!

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Little Pretty Bird

Book Suggestion

Speaking of the importance (or non-) of knowing the names of things, I recommend a great book from Richard Feynman called “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!” It’s a great read and very fun while insights abound every page.

Daily Photo – Little Pretty Bird

You could add up everything I know about birds and put it into a one-page encyclopedia. When I was in Botswana, I was with a group that knew a lot about these birds and could name every one of them. I think bird-people are much more patient than I am. I got a few decent bird shots, but mostly I was unlucky and impatient. I do know a lot about bird-law, however.

Little Pretty Bird

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-01 09:00:37
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Live from later this morning

You can see from the video below I actually did have a pretty good time, despite an embarrassing fall down the mountain.

Daily Photo – A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Was it cold here? Yes oh yes. I was up here for something called “World Social Media Day” which sounds like a fairly self-congratulatory idea. I don't know who thought up this day, but probably a bunch of Social Media people who got together and said, “Hey, we're pretty awesome, let's have a day all about US!” haha… honestly that is probably the way it narcissistically went down. Anyway, they contacted me in Queenstown and asked if I wanted to go participate and freeze my ass off up here, and I said, “Hey sure sounds like fun I don't like sleeping in any way.” But, I actually did have a good time, as you can see from the video above.

A Starry Morning atop the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 03:24:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

Lightroom Presets

Today’s photo is brought to you courtesy of… drumrolll…. Trey’s Lightroom Presets. This is the package from last year that contains heaps of presets. I hope you have a great time with them! 🙂

Daily Photo – Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

Here are two of my friends in full regalia at Halloween. They really did it up, eh? I was going to go to this party dressed as a unicorn, but my wife told me that would be stupid because no one else would be in costume. I finally agreed, since I try not to make her mad. But then we got there and almost everyone was in costume. Oh well. Unicorn next year.

Day of the Dead in Arrowtown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-29 13:50:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

More passport Goodness

For just the price of a few cups of coffee a month, you can be a passport member and see a new 360 video today where I’m talking about my goals at Milford Sound. I was able to accomplish a few of them, and I failed at others. I have some fun photos from this trip coming up! 🙂

Passport Exclusive – My goals at Milford Sound

I often arrive at a location with amorphous goals. I’m sure this happens to you too. I get to a cool place, even one I’ve been to before, and then I have a sudden worry: “What the heck am I going to shoot here that is interesting?” Here’s another video for you, gentle Passport Member (thx again!) – where I talk about some goals… It’s good to have some goals and then vary from your main course… as is the case with today’s photo that was taken during this outing.

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Daily Photo – Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

This was taken early in the morning at low tide. The tide here goes dramatically up and down. At hightide, you can just see a few branches sticking out of the water, but at low tide, you can walk about half a kilometer out into the bay and get shots like this. I shot this at f/1.4 with the Leica 21mm on the Sony A7r Mark II.

Bleached Tree in Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-19 02:25:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

Wanna come?

Join me for an all-expenses paid trip here to New Zealand to take photos for a week and join my photo adventure workshop! Yes, flights and all. This contest is available all around the world and anyone can win. I’ll give you three steps here and tell you how it works. And if you don’t win that one, maybe you’ll win a chance to come see Hans Zimmer in concert with me in the best seats in the house amidst 40,000 fans in Frankfurt, Germany’s Commerzbank-Arena. Two great prizes there, both celebrating these 10 Photo Walks I’m doing across Europe in 10 great cities. Join me for these free events!

What do you do to enter?
First, if you think any of this sounds cool, tell your friends! We have more about the photo contest at 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Second, on that site, you can see links to all the contests and more along the top! I said two great prizes… not quite accurate as there are actually more!

Third, and this is not a requirement, but a fun thing – if you’re in the area, RSVP to one of our free photo walks coming up in Europe. You’ll also see links to all 10 events at the site above.

Good luck, and I hope you win! You’ll be on a shiny new Air New Zealand bird, heading here to Queenstown for a week of some of the most insanely beautiful scenery in the world. I’ll show you all my secret spots and you’ll have a great time at our workshop… stay in a beautiful hotel, have great food and wine, take photo walks all through the southern alps, and meet my dog Blueberry (a real highlight hehe!). Anyway, I’m packing my bags now to come to Europe for 40 days for these photo walks (spending 4 days in each city as our bus of merry traveling artists weave our way from Lisbon to Barcelona to Milan to Paris to London to Amsterdam to Berlin to Vienna to Budapest, then jumping on a plane to end the tour in Moscow) – sound exhausting eh? Okay gonna take a nap now while my camera batteries charge.

See you all soon, and best of luck again on the contest. We thought it would be a fun way to get the whole world involved even if you can join me in Europe.

Oculus Rift Recommendation

Also, completely unrelated but if you have a Rift, be sure to get the game Robo Recall. It’s incredible! I need to make a list of my favorite VR games and get them up on the site… keep reminding me! 🙂

Daily Photo – Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

I feel like I don't even need a description for this photo, as I can't say anything more than the title. Well, maybe some background. I was on this TED-like cruise called Summit at Sea. I kept running into these monks over and over again, mostly on the elevator. We would always have very deep conversations that would only last 3 minutes. Then, one evening as the sun was setting, I saw my two friends taking photos of one another like a couple of schoolgirls – I thought it was great!

Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-11 06:29:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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