Stuck In Customs

The place your mind can go before you travel there

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I’m doing a series of free, fun, family friendly, photo walks across Europe… plus a few unique day-long workshops. Wanna see the list of places? Come check out the new site at 80stays.treyratcliff.com!

Princess Di’s Favorite Watering Hole

Phantom 4 Pro Tip

Maybe many of you have read my Phantom 4 Review? I have some interesting new info for you. Well, I’m not sure the information is CORRECT, but it is information nonetheless. I currently have the P4 Pro without the built-in screen. I wanted the other one, but then an insider friend told me that perhaps getting the screen ISN’T the best idea because 1st gen stuff from DJI is usually buggy. And he’s right about that. Also, it’s hard-wired to the controller, so if the screen breaks, you can’t use the controller any more.

My friend Mark Richter is about to do some serious testing of this device in the Arctic Circle. When he returns, I’ll give you a report! 🙂

Daily Photo – Princess Di's Favorite Watering Hole

Here's The Baths from above. It's my fourth time here, but first time with a drone, so I wanted to try to capture it from a new perspective. We were staying at the Ritz-Carlton over on St. Thomas, which was a perfect jumping-off-spot for tons of amazing locations. A fun boat ride over brought us right here for a day of swimming and snorkeling. We had a really fun cabin crew too on the boat… the marine activities always seem to draw interesting personalities.

By the way, this was shot with the aforementioned Phantom 4 Pro.

Princess Di's Favorite Watering Hole

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-30 10:59:54
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Across the Deserts to the Pyramids

Arabic Party!

Hey if you know Arabic, you’ll really enjoy this interview. If you only know English, well then it will be a tad confusing .

I’m here in Egypt visiting the Pyramids and now being interviewed on National TV by Ossama Kamal on the DMC network. Join me behind the scenes here on Facebook Live 🙂 I don’t know if he is more like Egypt’s Anderson Cooper or Egypt’s Stephen Colbert, so let’s find out together. Thanks again to my new Egyptian friends Walid El Batouty & H E Minster of Tourism Yehia Rashed.

Daily Photo – Across the Deserts to the Pyrimids

On the very first day here, I took my family to visit the pyramids. They were even more awesome than I expected! I have SO many photos… I could not figure out which one to work on first, but I really liked the interplay of the tree figures in the foreground with the pyramids in the far distance.

Across the Deserts to the Pyrimids

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-02 16:31:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Looking Down On Beijing

In Beijing whilst the Chinese police observe… I love this photo of my two little girls at the Summer Palace after we spent the early morning hiking the Great Wall at the beginning of our 6-week trip around the world 🙂

Daily Photo – Looking Down On Beijing

Here is a view of the master-planned roadway system from the top of one of Beijing’s tallest buildings in the CBD (Central Business District). I notice something funny about the way Chinese governments name areas. They are always so literal and formally translated that there is no magic in the names. One building might be called “Tower of Office” and another would have the name “Newspaper Building”.

Looking Down On Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-05-25 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Facebook LIVE from the Sphynx in Cairo, Egypt!

A few days ago we spent the day exploring all of the amazing sites of Cairo with our very own tour guide Dr. Zahi Hawass! What an incredible experience! Take a look at the highlights…

Daily Photo – Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Three ladies in the Cairo bazaar hand over their phone to a friend to get some photos. It was a great day in the bazaar, and we saw some kids playing music in the street and singing… they were's even looking for money or anything, just singing and having fun!

Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-05 20:22:39
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
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Sunset Storm over the Atlantic Ocean

Rick & Morty Suggestion

I can’t recommend this new show any more. It’s so funny and smart… Yes it’s a cartoon, but you gotta watch it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Sunset Storm over the Atlantic Ocean

While in Fort Lauderdale, we had some crazy storms roll in across the ocean. It turned out great for photos! I admit I probably stayed on the balcony too long to take photos… I went down to the beach to get a bunch too, but the ones from up here seemed more dramatic.

I wanted to fly my quadcopter here too but there was a mix-up with the baggage! It's too bad because the beaches in Fort Lauderdale are amazing.

Sunset Storm over the Atlantic Ocean

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-09 06:40:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

The Moon Sets over Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Wrap-Up

Here’s a video-recap with me and Gino about some of the highlights of our time at the Cayman Cookout on Grand Cayman Island. We had some surprise guest stars too including the only chef to be sued by the President of the United States José Andrés.

Daily Photo – The Moon Sets over Grand Cayman

This was the view on my first morning from the room I was sharing with Gino atop the Ritz-Carlton. Somehow, we got the penthouse. We'd get into the elevator with all these people and then they would look at US clicking on the Penthouse button and they would shake their head ruefully. Well, mostly at Gino. Anyway, we were greeted with this incredible moon set on our first morning here. And the day just got better from there! 🙂

The Moon Sets over Grand Cayman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-12 19:31:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Yellow Ring in Aruba

Adobe Lightroom Woes

I have made a little video recording of how slow Lightroom is and I’m sending it to my peeps at Adobe. I’ll report back on what they say! 🙂 That thing just gets slower and slower and slower… Frustrating!

Daily Photo – Yellow Ring in Aruba

Here's another one of those reductionist photos I got while in Aruba. It was so fun to work up and down the white-sand coast and pick out simple structures like this. I also like that the yellow-ring is kind of confusing. I call them sea-condoms, but that is not really what they are. That would be silly.

Yellow Ring in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-21 00:44:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New Highlight Video From Grand Cayman Island!

I spent a crazy five days taking photos and hanging out with some of the world’s top chefs including Anthony Bourdain, Éric Ripert, José Andrés, and Emeril Legasse in the Grand Cayman Islands for the famous Cayman Cookout! Here’s a highlight video!

You can also see my personal challenge to lose a little weight in my nonstop up-and-down struggles. How did I fare? Well, you’ll see…

Playing on the Beach in Fort Lauderdale

Thanks again Pascha!

So Pasha brought his gal (pictured below) over to the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale for a fun day of photography. Pascha is also the guy running our big charity event for my wife’s cancer situation. You can Download the Android version or the iOS version right now. After you get it, find me there in the app and join in! 🙂 The winner gets a 30 minute facetime with me to talk about whatever you like! 🙂

Daily Photo – Playing on the Beach in Fort Lauderdale

Here's one of my favorite shots from my 2-3 hours shooting with Katie Ann, and there were a lot of good ones to choose from. She was really embarrassed and thought should would look stupid jumping because she hadn't done gymnastics since high school. I asked her if that was last week.

Playing on the Beach in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:16:58
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Surfing in San Juan

Surfing Lessons

I have this great idea to go do surfing lessons with my son Ethan. I have lots of very bad ideas, but this one may be a good one. I’ll let you know how it goes. If it helps, my wife thinks it’s a good idea – and we don’t commonly agree on ideas! 🙂

Daily Photo – Surfing in San Juan

Surfing at sunset here off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. That's not me by the way… that's Matt Martinez there – super nice guy. He saw I was taking photos as he leaving. He came up to my wife and I and said something radical then asked if we wanted to take photos of him. We said Sure! So he headed back into the waves as the sun was setting.

Surfing in San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-23 06:12:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length144.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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