The Mandapa Reserve from Above

Amazing Tour Highlights Page!

The team has worked really hard and put together an amazing Tour Highlights Page! Be sure to go check it out! :)

Vertaramas are Hard

This is a “Vertarama” which is like a Panorama but vertical. I’m not sure if it’s a real word or even if I spelled the made-up word correctly, but you get the idea. Anyway, stitching together panoramas is relatively easy. I now use Autopano Giga for that because it seems to work much better than Photoshop. But when you stack photos vertically, it’s a different matter altogether. It just doesn’t work quite right! So I had to manually do everything in Photoshop, which took a small eternity.

This is made out of 15 different photos, all taken with the DJI Inspire. It was three sets of brackets, stacked vertically. I processed them all with Aurora HDR then hand-stiched them together.

Daily Photo – The Mandapa Reserve from Above

How amazing is this Ritz-Carlton in Bali? This one is in the Ubud area, and I've never seen any place quite like it. It's almost more of a temple than a resort where guests stay! It was absolutely like living in a story… reminded me of the time in A Wise Man's Fear when Kvothe went to live in the castle for a while. I'll never forget it… I got a ton of photos from the Mandapa Reserve here, but this was without a doubt the hardest to create!

The Mandapa Reserve from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

People of Papua New Guinea Part 13

Christmas Gadgets?

Even though I’m actually not materialistic at all, I do like a good gadget now and then haha! Anyone know of anything slick and strange coming out this holiday season?

Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 13

I never thought I'd be this deep in Papua New Guinea… never thought I'd see pygmies in real life… I wasn't even sure if they were real or not! And yes, that's a bow and arrow. It looked pretty authentic so I didn't take any chances.

People of Papua New Guinea Part 13

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

New Tip Video: Removing Noise!

Here’s my latest tip video for you… remember, you can go get the full Aurora HDR Tutorial For Mac right now!

Limitless Places to Explore

I don’t go up in helicopters that much, but every time I do, I’m blown away by the infinite number of places you can land and explore. There’s not a bad photo in any direction, and it’s totally mind-numbing in a way. We’re working on a “What to Do in New Zealand” page… since I get so many questions… but that will be coming soon, I hope… RIGHT RUBY!!??!?! :)

Daily Photo – Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

Here's another photo from my amazing day up with Mount Aspiring Helicopters when we went to go visit their little chalet where you can overnight. What a romantic place! This is the view of the backside, away from Mt. Aspiring. I took this right before we re-boarded to the heli to take us on a loop around the mighty mountain before flying back to Wanaka.

Exploring the Mount Aspiring Area

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraONE
  • Camera MakeDxO
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length11.9 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

Aurora HDR Playlist

I’m slowly growing my Aurora HDR Pro Playlist on Youtube. As time goes on, I’ll add more and more to it. Actually, I have a LOT of Youtube Playlists in which you might have an interest!

Daily Photo – Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

I'll be forever grateful to my friend Caleb for getting me back here! Actually we didn't sneak in, as he has some insane level of connections… I was so impressed how he got us in here — really remarkable. And then being here was like a waking dream. I can't tell you how those LA lights sparkled like jewels under the sea…

And it was Really Steep and Dangerous too. I had no idea. Just trying to move around to get different angles was a trial in itself! But boy, it sure was fun… I'll never forget it!

Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

People of Papua New Guinea Part 12

New Tips Page!

I decided to make an Aurora HDR Pro Tips page to house all my tip videos. Pop over to take a look — I just added the latest one, this one about Layers!

Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 12

I haven't been sharing a lot of shots of multiple tribesmen at the same time, but this is a pretty good example of how they all adorn themselves in exactly the same way. This was one of the only tribes I found that was asking me for money. I don't know what they needed it for… maybe grooming equipment or somesuch. They were all very nice and I was happy to help out. This guy kind of reminded me of “Papua New Guinea's Most Interesting Man.” I wanted to hand him a Dos Equis and take a photo but I didn't have one handy.

People of Papua New Guinea Part 12

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Hippo of San Antonio

San Antonio Recap

If you missed the fun highlight video from our Photo Walk in San Antonio, here it is!

Daily Photo – The Hippo of San Antonio

I believe the special projection unit they use here is called The Hippo. From my basic understanding, they make a 3D projection-mapping of the surface upon which they are about to project, then make the appropriate extrapolations so they can project “flatly” onto it. There's some mondo math going on there, but the effect is absolutely sensational. I did my humble best to try to capture it with a photo, but you can see it in action (briefly) in the video above! :)

The Hippo of San Antonio

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

White Sands Missile Testing Range

New Tip Video!

Here’s a new video I made for Aurora HDR Pro. I’m glad so many people are enjoying it! :)

Thanks Ruby!

We have a new team member around here named Ruby. She’s helping me out a lot with these blog posts. It’s saving me a ton of time to work on other cool and secret projects for the future… always doing new stuff around here, we are! That was Yoda-sounding. If you wanna see Ruby in action, watch this live video we shot from a hanging of some of my art.

Live from New Zealand, hanging some of my art pieces at Aro Ha

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Monday, 26 October 2015

Daily Photo – White Sands Missile Testing Range

Wow getting into this missile testing facility was Really Hard! I really amped up the level of difficulty though with my traveling party! Okay, so here's the deal. This was 2/3 of the way through our USA Tour and we decided to rent a car and go try to find this place I had heard so much about. We started out in El Paso in a big black SUV.

It was me, Troy, Stu, Jonatas, and Ollie. Here's the rub… I was the only American (the others were 2 New Zealanders, 1 Brazilian, and 1 Brit), and I didn't even have my passport and we're trying to get onto a US Military base to “Take Pictures.” Haha I had to do some fast-talkin'! But we eventually got in. We had to go to this special parking lot and Troy left the car in drive and we almost popped over the curb-thing. OMG we looked so suspicious… haha but we got in and got the shot!

White Sands Missile Testing Range

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

People of Papua New Guinea Part 11

Version 1.1 is out! :)

Check it, Aurora HDR Pro 1.1 is out. Lots of improvements and exciting things!

Software_Update_and_Trey_Ratcliff_-_London_Splash_-_City_HDR__2_of_3__HDR

AWESOME update… My favorites are #3, #4 (!!), #8, #15 ! You may have your own personal El Guapos too that are improved or fixed! :)

1. New presets category “Realistic HDR”.
2. New option: Compare processed image to the middle image in the bracket set.
3. Improved Deghosting.
4. Improved Lightroom support. Easy way to use RAW files with Lightroom adjustments.
5. Improved Aperture plugin – added ability to open multiply images.
6. New option: Use original image as source for layer.
7. New option: Customize the amount (opacity) of the effect for the first layer.
8. New control: Super Smooth slider for HDR Denoise.
9. New option: Add new preset packs.
10. Added and improved support for new RAW files (from different cameras).
11. Improved Image Zoom (zoom in where you click, not only at the image center)
12. More options for Deghosting (select reference image).
13. Sharing to 500px.
14. New shortcut: Option+Click on the details mask slider to see this mask.
15. New shortcut – hold ‘M’ to show layer effect with 100% fill mask.
16. Variety of bug fixes.

Leica Lens Buying Guide

If you haven’t popped over to my Leica Lens Buying Guide now might be a good time to have a look! :) I’m still learning more and more as time goes on… but really enjoying the sport of it all! I pretty much exclusively used Leica lenses when shooting in Papua New Guinea… it was a great chance to experiment.

Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 11

Here's another view of the mysterious mudmen of Asaro. I shot this with the Leica 80mm f/2. What a lens! I had to “downgrade” A7r to shoot this because my Mark 2 got too sand-blasted at Burning Man the week before. The great thing about the Mark 2 is that it has a gimbal (floating) sensor that makes your shots more stable. But in the middle of the day like this, my shutter speed is so fast that it would not have affected the stabilization anyway.

By the way, if you want to find the Other photo of the mudmen of Asaro, just click on the “Papua New Guinea” category and have a look! :)

People of Papua New Guinea Part 11

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Edges of Dubai

Rooftop Bar Tip

Here’s a hot tip for Dubai or any other city for that matter. A great way to explore the city and get photos from multiple angles is to hit as many rooftop bars as possible. I call it Rooftop Bar Photo Hopping! It’s great… you can go in, have a wine, take some photos, then pop over to the next one! Three a night seems to be a good pace… what a fun way to pace yourself I say! :)

Daily Photo – The Edges of Dubai

This is the only city I've been to in the UAE. I really would also like to visit Abu Dhabi for sure! It's really big on my list. I have an upcoming trip to Italy for Carnivale and I was trying to get my travel agent to book me there for a night.. we'll see. But, either way, I feel very lucky I was able to go to Dubai twice and was fortunate enough to take some photos!

The Edges of Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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