Rice Fields in Bali from Above

My Current Quadcopter Setup

Currently, I have an Inspire One and a Phantom 3. I keep the Phantom 3 fueled up and ready inside of a backpack for treks. As for the Inspire One, I keep that in my home with propellors on, camera on, and ready to fly. It makes it easy for me just to step out the front door and get some quick shots without a lot of setup time.

And here are two recently updated reviews! :)

DJI Phantom Review
DJI Inspire Review

Daily Photo – Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Unfortunately, my Phantom 3 was out-of-commission when I went to Bali so I had to lug the big Inspire 3 out there… it's a bit of a pain to travel with and launch, but after its up, it flies beautifully. I had a strange problem because I had sort of a bum Apple Lightning cable to connect it to my iPad. I was getting the dreaded “No Connection” message… and I had no idea what was causing it. Only later when I tried a different cord did I realize the problem!

Rice Fields in Bali from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/259
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Merry Christmas from The Ratcliffs!

I hope you guys are having a great holiday season… here’s a few pictures of our family decorating the tree this year at home! You might see one black & white one where Isabella is on the ground taking a photo of the tree… she’s getting her Instagram on haha! :)

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A Wine Day in New Zealand!

Something New!

Hey everyone… I wanted to try something new here on the blog on occasion! If you like this idea, I’ll continue posting first here to all the loyal readers that come every day!

Anyway, I got a cool new gadget called an Osmo from DJI and I’ve been using it to record a few of my days here and there. I thought it’d be cool do do a vlogging action! Anyway, here is a day that our team spent jumping around wineries and flying the quad… we left Queenstown in the morning and didn’t get home till late! :)

Note that I have since fixed many of the sound problems by using an external mike on the Osmo… more on that and a review coming! :)

Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Updated Burning Man Plan

This next time I’m gonna go with my friend Rene, and he and I are gonna bring along Jonatas, our Brazilian developer with us to cook us 3 hot Brazilian meals per day, clean our RV, and get all my camera equipment ready! I’m very excited about this plan… surely it has some weak points, but I don’t think so!

Daily Photo – Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Can you believe the view out of my front door in Bali? This was one of the rooms with its own private pool at the Mandapa Reserve Ritz Carlton… you can see my pool out there, just waiting for a little skinny dip action! Actually, it was a room within a room, as there is another separate living room there to the left and then another door that is actually the exit to the villa. Wow what a place… I gotta get back there some day! :)

Coming out of my room at night in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fort Lauderdale, I think

Bus Highlight Video

We’ve updated the Trey’s Photowalk Across the USA Highlight Page with all kinds of goodies. I wanted to post the highlight video here again in case you missed it… I love this song actually… specially selected for this video! :) Thanks again Ollie Dale for the great edit! :)

Daily Photo – Fort Lauderdale, I think

Is this Fort Lauderdale? Honestly, and this is kind of embarrassing, I have no idea. We were on the bus tour across the USA and I'm pretty sure the night before was Miami. I woke up the next day and I was at JB's (our bus driver) home somewhere in the Everglades or something. His whole family was there and I was awoken at like 6 AM to come out and meet everyone and have breakfast. They Were Amazing! I even met a 93-year-old grandpa that was a hardcore fan and Photomatix user! Haha awesome… anyway, I ate breakfast with everyone and was generally confused then ended up back on the bus and passed out again and woke up in THIS place. Once again, we stumbled off the bus and went out to take photos because it was so amazing. Anyway, wherever this place is, I really need to get back and spend some more time!

Fort Lauderdale, I think

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Community Footprint day in Indonesia

The first time I was with children from Indonesia was about five years ago at Borobudur. I’ve always found Indonesia people to be INCREDIBLY warm and open-hearted. And especially the kids! So this time, while I was staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Bali, I talked to the General Manager and we arranged to have a group of orphans come over and we could spend a few hours on a photo walk to talk about creativity and life and all that stuff! It was really great.. super great kids. We started with a little photo walk on the beach and all around the property, then ended up back inside for some snacks and a little presentation of places from around the world. We had a Q&A about art and creativity and everything… wow that was fun. Thanks again! Here are some photos from the afternoon and evening!

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People of Papua New Guinea Part 17

Best way to get videos onto Instagram?

I don’t know if you guys follow me on Instagram but I was wondering if there is a better way to get video onto that platform? My use-case is I want to get them from my Mac to Instagram… I’m currently using a cool program to get photos up there called “Uploader” that I got from the Mac App store, so I’d like something similar for video.

Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 17

This was a tribe of mostly older people. Most of the kids seemed to have gone away. They make all their own face paint from their own local plants, so it's an easy way for one tribe to tell figure out what area of PNG another tribe is from.

People of Papua New Guinea Part 17

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Incredible Mount Aspiring

Last Minute Christmas Gift idea – My new book!

You’re running out of time… why not grab my new eBook – people seem to be loving it and I think you will too! :)

Daily Photo – Incredible Mount Aspiring

I had an incredible day up with Aspiring Helicopters right before my trip to the USA. We first went up to an amazing cabin way up in the mountains for a wine and cheese party, then we took off again to circle around this mountain at sunset. It was like a dream! I put on my earphones underneath my heli-big-boy-earphones and listened to all kinds of strange music as we flew around. It was very dreamy!

Incredible Mount Aspiring

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Trees in Namibia

Featured in Modern Luxury Dallas

I got some news that our photo walk finale in Dallas was featured in Modern Luxury Dallas — that was the final shot we got right before going back to have the after-party at the Ritz-Carlton where a dozen feet-masseuses awaited us! What a treat! :)

DALL_October_2015

Daily Photo – Trees in Namibia

I've forgotten the names of these sorts of trees, but they were everywhere in the desert and canyon areas of Namibia. One of the most striking things about them is how unique each one was. You never saw two that had a similar branch or leaf patterns… I'm really not much of a tree guy (obviously), but I did find myself drawn to each and every one and how they were so different! You may even remember this kind of tree from one of my favorite star photos from Namibia. Oh yes, I just remembered! Quiver trees. That's what they're called… funny how memory works and doesn't work!

Trees in Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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