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!
On day 1, we were sent off to survival training… Claire was part of our small troupe of survivors! Here’s a close-up of her…. (related to the photo below).
Daily Photo – Stu and Claire and the Rose
We took a break during survival training in Antarctica to have a bit of fun. Here's my friend Stu taking a photo of Claire holding the white rose for Peace in 10,000 Hands. We got a lot of unique rose photos down there for sure! After this bit of fun, we went back to digging out ice caves to make it through the night.
Looking at today’s photo just reminds me that I really need to do even more quadcopter flights where I get up over the tree line to see what is out there. Since we’re kind of stuck on the ground as humans, it’s really easy to kind of block out everything beyond the trees… I’m trying to think more like a bird nowadays, knowing my camera can go up and in pretty much any direction… still getting my head around this concept! 🙂
Daily Photo – Soaring over Bali
How beautiful is Bali? I took a drive out one day to visit some rice fields and other amazing spots. Halfway in the middle, I asked to pull over so I could do a random drone flight. I could not see any of the volcanoes from the road, but I had a feeling they were out there. You can imagine how surprised I was when I got up and saw these beautiful features on the horizon. I should have done more flights, looking back!
I have some of these now… be sure to tune into “Treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see some ridiculous things. My plan is to have my 8-year-old daughter Scarlett use them to record me whenever she wants and then just send the silly video to my account automagically. This might be a terrible plan.
Daily Photo – Another Pilgrimage in India
This is one of many beautiful temples we visited as a family in the south of India. Because we were at so many remote places, there were hardly any (and often zero) white people there. Many Indians that would travel to these places would come from very far away. They usually traveled in packs of 15-40 and they all had the same outfits… almost like uniforms, representing their home village. It was so cool to see how colorful they were. I could just sit here with my camera and see group after group after group coming through the temple, each completely unique in their own way.
This was quite busy inside. There were actually hundreds of people. Since it’s impossible to get a photo without people in it, I try to find compositions where I am taking photos over their heads. At first, it seems like kind of a bummer because your instinct is to shoot everything. Now that I mentioned it, you can see this in today’s photo. But really, most people will never notice. It’s a good chance for you to get creative and try some different things!
Daily Photo – Deeper inside the Mosque
I was here at this amazing mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I even realized I could go inside. I was enjoying myself so much on the outside taking photos that it never occurred to me that a) it was possible to go inside or b) that I would be allowed to go inside. But, I should have known better because I've been to at least a dozen mosques around the world. Everyone is welcome inside unless it is prayer time (or if you're a menstruating woman). Well, neither of those threw down the gauntlet for me, so I took off my shoes and walked inside with my tripod!
On a lot of my live broadcasts, I get comments about these crazy shirts I wear. I’ve taken a few of my favorite yoga shirts and put them into my Amazon List of Trey’s Favorite Things — hope you find something you like! 🙂
Daily Photo – Beach Fun in Glenorchy
There are so many lakes here on the South Island — but the one thing that bums out my kids is there is no sand. Kids like sandy beaches, yes? Well I guess everyone does. It's hard to make sand castles out of rocks. On the other hand, there are some amazing skipping stones!
I’d go out every night here with my friends and pretty much follow the same pattern. We’d take sunset photos, wander through the streets and canals, end up and have a fabulous dinner, then buy a bunch of wine and wander the streets more. Every time we came to a bridge we would have bridge wine and take photos. This is one of the photos I somehow achieved.
All of this activity may or may not be related to the night my friend Rene fell in the canal. God it was funny though… I still laugh thinking about it.
It always reminds me of this:
Daily Photo – 2 AM in Venice
This was shot at F/11 and was a 91 second exposure. Yes you read that right! That was one of the things I like most about the Hasselblad —you can take exposures longer than 30 seconds without having to use an external trigger. I've never understood that limitation on other cameras. I really don't… it's just software, as far as I know. There are so many things that these camera manufacturers should let us customize! 🙂
This is really funny… these two Australian guys pretended to be pro golfers and joined the North Korean Golf Open. Here’s a little video:
Daily Photo – Fearing's in Dallas
Here's a photo of a really cool bar and an amazing restaurant that's right inside the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. I've eaten here about half a dozen times and it's always outrageously good. I even met Dean Fearing and took his photo about eight years before this… even before he had this restaurant. I didn't know what a big deal he was!
A few days ago we did a Facebook LIVE show while at The Ritz-Carlton’s Cayman Cookout with one of my biggest creative inspirations – Anthony Bourdain. We talked a whole lot of things including creativity and teaching. Check it out!
Daily Photo – Facebook LIVE with Anthony Bourdain!
And here's the man! Anthony Bourdain! I took this right after our conversation on Facebook Live. He's an inspirational dude. He said one thing that is still on his bucket list is to get high with Keith Richards, listen to music, and eat food deep into the night.
I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.
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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!
Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂
The next stop in our crazy family trip around the world was was Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lots of photo tips as well a model shoot that I typically don’t do. Thanks again to The Ritz-Carlton Resorts for hosting us at these amazing locations!