Spreading out across Antarctica

Panorama Software: Autopano

I’ve been experimenting with a new panorama software. It’s called AutoPano and it’s super cool! I find it to be way better than the Photoshop tool. It also does HDR Panos, and I have an example of that below!

Ratcliff Family Photos during the Honey Harvest

Here are a ton of great photos from the great Jim Pollard. Be sure to click on his name to check out his website too! I’ll get more photos up soon! :)

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Daily Photo – Spreading out across Antarctica

Here's a massive panorama I took of one of the most amazing glaciers on the main continent of Antarctica. It's hard to explain how big this is, but I have my friend Stu there on the left for scale. Can you see him over there? You may have to squint!

Spreading out across Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London during the PhotoWalk

Upcoming Walks

Even though our Events page lists walks, be sure to also sign up for our Newsletter to see when one is coming to your area!

Live Event Tomorrow

Don’t forget about the live “Organize Your Photos!” event tomorrow. Click here for details!

Daily Photo – London during the PhotoWalk

This area behind Westminster Abbey was under all sorts of construction, so it was very hard to shoot. They had this wall here that was blocking some of the construction, and it turned out to be very shiny… so I got extremely close to try to get creative and make this kind of a shot. I think everyone on the photowalk thought I was crazy while I was leaning up against the wall in a Very Strange Pose!

London during the PhotoWalk

Photo Information

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Upcoming Live “Organize Your Photos” Event!

Come Watch Live on Thursday!

Here’s the event (Click!) and where you can watch Live!

Live Photo Event – Organize Your Photos! – Thursday 6 PM PST, 9 PM EST (or check your local time on the event page)

Join me as we do a live Google+ Hangout soon. It’s a free event and I’ll be talking about how I organize my photos —I have a pretty good system I think that I believe would work for anyone because there are a few levels of “extremity” depending on how organized you want to be!

I know some of you have enjoyed the “Organize Your Photos!” tutorial and even if you already have it, you’ll enjoy seeing this, as I’ve added a bit of stuff! Some of it has to do with merging photos I take “on the road” back with the mother lode. I’m also putting together a strategy around the new all-encompassing Photos app for the Mac.

As always, there will be a live Q&A. I’ll also be looking at questions in the Stuck In Customs community — it’s always great to watch the activity in there!

Here’s a little video that shows what we’ll be talking about a bit!

Daily Photo – Late Night in Beijing

This place is always mega-crowded and a place most everyone visits when they come to China. It's hard not to ignore with that huge photo of Chairman Mao floating up there. It's amazing, actually, how popular Mao has become once again, especially with young people…I've heard many talk about what a great man he was, apparently not knowing he killed an estimated 40-70 million people during the revolution. Many carry his photo or come here to pay homage. Can you imagine huge photos of Stalin in Moscow or Hitler in Berlin? My goodness…

Late Night in Beijing

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Snowflakes Up Close

My Goodie Bag

Even though I could see these with the naked eye, I used a few extension tubes! They are super-cheap, like under $20 I believe. I have that stuff and more on an Amazon list – just click Trey’s Favorite Things and you’re set!

For this photo, I just held out my black woolen glove and the little flakes would catch on the fibers… amazing!

Daily Photo – Snowflakes Up Close

The snow flakes in Antarctica are huge! You can actually see this with your naked eye. I've never seen anything like it… and I was freaking out the whole time. Maybe some of you live in places where you can see these kinds of shapes with out any special lenses or anything?

Snowflakes Up Close

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the New London at Night

Behind the Scenes in London

Don’t forget to check out the DJI Inspire Review!

Stu and I shot this video while in London and flying the quad about! He put on the Google Glass and recorded the various adventures we had that day — thanks again Stu! I got to know Stu through The Arcanum, which you should check out if you haven’t yet!

Daily Photo – Exploring the New London at Night

It's hard to believe how much this building (The Shard in the distance) has changed the skyline of London. I feel like it had not been that long since I was away (maybe three years?), but now, upon return, it's fun to re-shoot the city and get this incredible piece of architecture in the skyline.

In the video above, I was right by this area… very close to City Hall…

Exploring the New London at Night

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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In the cockpit of a CL-130 over Antarctica

Many Videos from Antarctica

We shot A LOT of video down in Antarctica. When will we release them? Who knows! Actually I gotta get on that… the editing takes forever, but we’re gonna get on it! :)

Daily Photo – In the cockpit of a CL-130 over Antarctica

I feel very lucky that my friend Randy got Stu and I up into the cockpit as much as we wanted during our flight to Antarctica. This is a major flight crew up there! Here, you see the Commander in the back with the co-pilot and pilot in front of him. Over to my right, which you can't see, sits the Navigator, who is looking at maps and keeping track of all sorts of stuff. It's amazing how busy everyone is all the time. I don't even know what they are all doing… and I feel like I know a little bit about flying! But they're constantly fiddling with stuff and clicking things. They are busier than I am in a Photoshop session!

In the cockpit of a CL-130 over Antarctica

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  • Camera MakeSony
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  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
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TEDx Queenstown and Beautiful London at Sunset

TEDx Queenstown

I’m very much looking forward to the big event in about 9 days here in Queenstown. I know we have a few people flying in for it… be sure to come over and see me during one of the in-between events — don’t be shy… just come on over; I am very nice! :)

HDR Photo

Here’s the press release:

Trey Ratcliff, author of the number one travel photography blog ‘Stuck in Customs’ will be speaking at the TEDxQueenstown event on Sunday April 19.

Ratcliff is the latest to be announced in a plethora of speakers descending upon Queenstown later this month at the independently organised version of the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks, another phenomenon to have taken the internet by storm.

Speakers have less than 18 minutes to wow their audience – something which could prove tricky for the adventurous photographer who has travelled and snapped Antarctica to Zurich and most places in between.

TEDxQueenstown organiser Trent Yeo said he was ‘excited’ to announce Ratcliff as part of the line-up.

“There’s a great range of speakers and performers at this year’s event and Trey is a wonderful addition.

“Queenstown somehow attracts very purposeful and influential people so it’s great we can invite a local to address what he shares to his global community, but in person,” said Mr Yeo.

Ratcliff is also well known as a pioneer in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, a technique whereby multiple levels of light are captured of a single scene and then combined into a single photograph. The resulting image is richly detailed and more closely resembles how you’d recall a scene in your mind.

Ratcliff spent three weeks photographing Antarctica earlier this year, capturing the continent’s icy wilderness. The trip included survival training, carving an ice cave and overcoming the daily challenge of living in such a harsh and unforgiving environment.

He has over 60 Billion views on Google along with over 13 million followers cumulative across Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Originally from Texas, US, but now living in Queenstown with his family, Ratcliff said that he believed it was ‘the greatest place on the planet’ and was supportive of the TED mission.

“Queenstown seems to be a vortex of interesting people and the TEDxQueenstown event will take that to the next level,” Mr Ratcliff said.

“Preparation for the event has been a lot of fun, my talk will be unexpected and full of surprises and a secret that people might just figure out in the first 17 minutes…”

Ratcliff joins fellow adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald who holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, archaeologist Leslie Van Gelder and well-known Wellington musician Graeme James among others.

Trey Ratcliff is the final speaker to be announced out of the 11 who will participate in this year’s event at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre.

Mr Yeo said tickets were almost sold out.

“I love this town, the depth of people that live here, the amazing influence of the person next door.

“So I’m really excited to welcome Trey to the TEDxQueenstown stage, a chance to meet a person that thinks constantly about how to positively influence the world”

TEDxQueenstown ticket details:
www.tedxqueenstown.com

Daily Photo – Beautiful London at Sunset

I love this city so much! And even better, the photographers there in London are unbelievably nice and welcoming! The photowalks we have there are always a treat, not just for photography, but in getting to meet so many amazing people. Photographers are always among the nicest people in the world, I find, but in London especially so!

I think I took this the day after the photowalk… seeing London from above really gives a wonderful perspective on the whole place.

Beautiful London at Sunset

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  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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A Special Event in Wanaka and…a Panorama of Hong Kong

Upcoming PhotoWalks and events including the Venice Photowalk

We’re about to announce a whole new slew of photowalks and events! Be sure to check the Events page for more!

Follow me on Instagram

Here’s me, @TreyRatcliff ! And we also started a live-feed Instagram page here on the site!

DJI Inspire Review

We now have two quad reviews up! The newer one is the DJI Inspire Review, but we also have up the DJI Phantom Review.

An Instameet in Wanaka on Saturday!

I’m gonna pop over to Wanaka on Saturday to meet with a bunch of Instagrammers and have a fun day/evening of photos!

It sounds like a good group of people going, and it’s led by Liz Carlson, also known as Young Adventuress! People coming include Chris Burkard, Folk Magazine, Hello Emilie, Elizabeth Gadd, Matt Glastonbury, Johan Le Backpacker, Steen Jones, Matt Vandeputte, and Shaun Jeffers. We’ll all meet down by the famous tree in the lake at 4PM. I think any camera including mobile phones are cool. She tells me tags at #LoveWanaka and #InstameetWanaka and tagging @lakewanakanz. You can see more on Liz’s blog here!

Even though we’re meeting at the tree at 4PM, I’ll be at Gin and Raspberry a few hours beforehand having a wine! :)

P.S. This is the tree I’m talkin’ about, just ask any local if you’re driving in! :)

Peaceful Evening in Wanaka I had a peaceful evening in Wanaka. There is this tree that sits out in the middle of the lake. It’s so unusual. I love the way it reflects back on itself in the smooth water. I was by myself, listening to music on my iPod, and just watching the water as it would calm down then get excited, then calm down again. I swapped out lenses a few times and kept moving around to admire it from different angles. This one was one of my favorites. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Hong Kong

I think this is still called Hong Kong even though it's across the bay in the Kowloon area. I was looking at some old photos of Hong Kong from about seven years ago, and I could see this building just in its beginning stages. Now it's complete, and quite magnificent as you can see! This was a panorama made from about four shots with the DJI Inspire.

A Panorama of Hong Kong

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  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/351
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photography and Neuroscience

Here’s a very cool article called When Photographers Are Neuroscientists from Nautilus.

Outdoor pizza oven

I’ve never wanted an outdoor pizza oven so bad! This bad boy made a pizza in, and I am not kidding, 1.5 minutes!

Daily Photo – Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

This is one of the best pizza nights of my life! We had a mini-get-together with me, Curtis, Rene, and Stu and made about 9 pizzas in this pizza oven right there… we ate pizza out under the stars and watched movies projected on the side of a wall. We had blankets and were cozy and everything. It sounds like the perfect date night, except it was just 4 dudes! haha… anyway, we were all so bloated and moaning from pizza pain… it was a weird scene but mega awesome!

Midnight Pizza in Queenstown

Photo Information

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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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