Bel on a Walk

Season 1 now Available!

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Becoming an Artist LIVE "A Chat with Sir Michael at The Hills"

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Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Daily Photo – Bel on a Walk

This is one of the biggest sand dunes in the world, and Bel was absolutely rocking up this thing. We had about eight of us decide to walk up together. But we were going way too slow, so she just walked on ahead. It was amazing, actually… it reminded me of that scene in Lord of the Rings when Legolas was walking up on top of the snow when the rest of the Fellowship was trudging through it.

Bel on a Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Meditation App Reminder

If you’re looking to try a fun and easy meditation app, try “One Giant Mind.” A friend recommended this to me and it works great! It’s a fun method that anyone can do, even many of my friends that told me that “can’t” meditate! :)

Daily Photo – Burning Rocks in Sedona

I need to spend more time in Sedona! It's not the most convenient place in the world, but it sure was beautiful. And now that I'm even more into yoga and meditation and stuff than ever, I should get back there and vortex it up! I mention a few days ago how islands often have nice sunsets, but now that I think about it, so does Arizona!

Burning Rocks in Sedona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length113.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Steamy Carnivale

Reddit.com/r/Videos

Want to know my favorite place to go find crazy or funny or surprising videos? I pop over the Reddit and sort by the top videos by the month. Try it!

Daily Photo – A Steamy Carnivale

Two of my favorite things combined in this photo, Steampunk and Venice! I don't know where these two came from… they were really nice. They had some kind of strange Hungarian accent or something. I could barely understand them. They came over and secretly told me: “You should come back to see us tomorrow. We are going to be Steampunk Wampires!”

A Steamy Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Island Sunsets

I don’t spend a lot of time on islands, but I forget how often they get great sunsets. Especially now that I live in the mountains, I just never see the horizon. It’s a strange thing, going countless weeks or months without seeing the horizon.

Daily Photo – Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

While my friends and I were in Phu Quoc, we decided to go far afield and check out some very remote beaches. We got down here and saw this old boat with a couple frolicking nearby. She looked so pretty in her dress that I asked her to jump up on the boat so I could take the picture. Her boyfriend asked me if I wanted him to be in the photo as well, and I was like, I don't think so pal. I'm just kidding… he was a nice guy, though :)

Girl on Old Boat in Vietnam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Episode 1 of the New Season, in the Wild!

and… HERE IT IS! :) Enjoy! If you wanna grab all 15 episodes plus extra stuff now, visit the Becoming An Artist page pronto. :)

Sonos and Spotify

I love my Sonos system and listening to Spotify, but their integration is absolutely horrific. I don’t understand why I can’t “throw” the music from my Mac right onto the Sonos, unless I am missing something.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

It was a moody and somewhat cool afternoon in Oman, and I was out with my son on a catamaran. Wow, I don't think I've ever spelled that word before… I can't believe it has that many a's. I was writing it out and fully expected the red squiggly. ANYWAY, while we were on the four-a'd boat, we passed this rock outcopping and saw this scene back on the beach. I didn't even get a chance to visit this spa. It's the Six Senses spa there at the Al Bustan Ritz-Carlton and it's over 33,000 square feet! I think even if I did have a chance to go visit it, I'd only be able to see 10% of it.

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length25.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Over the Breaking Waters

Swimming with Whales

Speaking of whales (below), I’d really enjoy swimming with them, I think. I’ve swum with a pod of wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii, and that was really great. I also really enjoyed my time with the elephants in Botswana… so I think I need to get whales on my list next!

Daily Photo – Over the Breaking Waters

This is a favorite photo from Bora Bora. I've always enjoyed looking at those aerial photos from space and seeing how the ocean water changes as it brushes up against some of these sorts of islands. My local friends there told me they can walk up to the edge and almost touch the whales as they migrate along the coast.

Over the Breaking Waters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/3800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

New Group on Facebook for the new Show

Join the new group over on Facebook called Becoming an Artist – Trey Ratcliff’s Funky Lounge! We have a live show coming up in less than a day to take your questions and more! :)

Ruby Ruby Ruby

Ruby is my new assistant and she’s been helping out a lot. Thanks, Ruby! You can probably see her in a few of my videos over on Facebook!

Daily Photo – Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

I don't have to tell you how cold it is here! This is right where the ice started to thin and the warmer ocean (well not THAT much warmer, like 33 Degrees F!) was slowly melting it away. It was alarming sometimes to hear the ice craaaaaaAAACK under your feet as you stepped. I was on high alert all the time. In fact, right after I took this photo I started to slide a little towards the water… so I made a quick and heroic scramble away. I looked ridiculous doing it, but at least, I got out of there!

Sliding into a melt pool in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Burj Al Arab

Symmetry Tip

Getting perfect symmetry is really important if that’s the kind of shot you’re going for. It can’t be just a LITTLE bit off because it’s very noticeable. So you either have to do it perfect or not at all. However, if you DO mess it up a little, you can always do the photoshop trick where you take the left side and reflect it back on the right side! I did not do that in today’s photo, btw.

Daily Photo – Inside the Burj Al Arab

This was extremely painful to get this symmetrical! As you can imagine, when you're looking straight up, it can be a little confusing. The Sony A7 made this a bit easier though because it does have a flip-out screen that makes everything quite a bit easier!

Inside the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Desert Rose in a Pool

Unboxing the Phantom 4

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DJI Phantom 4 unboxing

Facebook Live Unboxing of the Phantom 4 quadcopter from Queenstown, New Zealand at a heliport! We hope you enjoy this episode of Becoming an Artist LIVE! :)

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High School Tech

My son Ethan goes to Wakatipu High School and it’s super-high-tech! I went to one of these orientations where they were telling us about this “point” system they have. It’s unexplainably complex, but it was really cool to see how they are using the internet to keep track of everything. Also, everyone uses Google Classroom there and it’s super-slick. It’s so different from my high school back at Jesuit Dallas! Night and day really!

Daily Photo – The Desert Rose in a Pool

Wow, she hated being in the water, but what a trooper! We had a whole workshop with us in Namibia and she was so striking that I asked if she would mind getting in the pool so I could take some photos. I like how most of them turned out… this is kind of one of those one-off shots between the “real” ones.

The Desert Rose in a Pool

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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