Bee Harvest Family Time!

Thanks again Jim Pollard!

Thank you, my friend Jim, for taking these photos. Everyone be sure to go out and check JimPollardGoesClick.com to see more of what he does! He says he never really takes family photos like he did with us for the day (his wife Vicky does though). He does weddings, and he’s amazing at them!

Bee Harvest Day with the Ratcliffs

Here we are on one of the harvest days… I don’t share a lot of family photos, but thought you might like to see! :)

All in all, I think we got about 100 jars of honey! Thanks little bee friends! :)

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Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the Beach

The Four Seasons in Dubai

I’m VERY excited to stay at the Four Seasons in Dubai. I’m not sure when I’m gonna have time to work on any photos, but I’ll do it as soon as I can… I’ve seen some amazing photos, but I hope I can make a few unique ones of my own!

Daily Photo – Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the Beach

This hotel is so massive that it’s hard to describe. Do you know it’s actually the third tallest hotel in the world? I know, hard to believe! And the top 5 are all in Dubai. Here’s a list of the tallest hotels in the world.

Approaching the Burj Al Arab on the Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China

Speaking of Birds

These birds below, the cormorants, are used to fish in an unusual way. They dive into the water to catch a fish, but they have a ring around their neck to prevent them from swallowing the big fish. The fisherman then yanks the fish out of their mouth and throw it into that basket there. Seems kinda cruel but clever, I suppose.

Daily Photo – Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China

Here in the Guilin area of southern China, you can see this sort of fishing activity. It gets a little touristy, because whenever one of these guys is about, there can be many photos taken! But I thought this guy looked like a real badass — like he could fish at the same time he was kicking your ass, which is a super duper combo!

Fishing with Cormorant Birds in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Rainy Photowalk in Yangshuo

Preset Fun

This is one of my favorite presets from Trey’s Lightroom Presets. This one was included with the 2014 pack!

Daily Photo – A Rainy Photowalk in Yangshuo

It’s really fun to walk around in these places that are a bit out of the way and see what everyone is wearing. I find the Chinese seem to be all over the place with fashion. I can’t make heads or tails of it. I’d say that maybe 5% of the people I see have a decent, inborn fashion sense. The others just seem to throw together any sort of mismatched stuff. This is the complete opposite of Japan, where I’d say that 95% of people are always dressed quite sharp. It’s usually easy to identify Japanese travelers overseas too, because they typically are some of the best-dressed!

A Rainy Photowalk in Yangshuo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO5000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong

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Daily Photo – Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong

Does anyone know the purpose of these boxes? I found them in a little Buddhist temple along a hillside somewhere in the middle of Hong Kong when I was stumbling about. I tried to guess what they meant… but I'd like to hear what you think!

Little Boxes in a temple in Hong Kong

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Ready for Sunset

Floating Over Bora Bora

Here’s a fun video I did while there at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora in case you have not seen it! :)

Daily Photo – Getting Ready for Sunset

Now this doesn’t always happen, but it certainly did this time. I was lucky enough to be in Bora Bora for a week straight and got to see a week’s worth of sunsets across this view. Amazing! But usually I am taking photos before the sunset, and when the sunset comes, I immediately “upgrade” all the pre-sunset shots! You know, I thought it was pretty before, but when the sunset actually hits, all bets are off and the photo is actually 10x better. But this one was an exception… the build-up to the sunset was pretty dang awesome too.

Getting Ready for Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture18
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

Sneaking down in the dark

The temple was closed at night, but I snuck down through the jungle anyway to get some photos. It’s pretty much being worked on 24/7, so a lot of the workers did not notice me or pay any bother. I did have to dodge a few security guards, but they were largely very nice!

Daily Photo – The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

There is a very nearby town of scum and villainy called Pattaya in Thailand, and you’d never expect something so beautiful to be so near! But just a short drive away is this rather amazing temple called “The Sanctuary of Truth.” It’s covered with sculptures with both Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Believe it or not, this was begun in 1981 and is scheduled to be completed in 2050.

According to the website, this temple is (and note the nice use of the word “swaggy”!):

“a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Swaggy important Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia”

The Most Beautiful Temple in the World?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Trey Ratcliff at TEDx – The Search for What is Out There

The Search for What is Out There

I recently gave a talk in New Zealand about how I got into photography and, well, how everything has come to pass. Some people will have no idea what the heck I am talking about, but it’s my hope that some of the things in here resonate with you.

Exploring the Modern Ruins of Namibia

New Linky Links

Hey guys, now inside some blog posts, I may occasionally mention the name of the place in the photo and link it up to other photos of that place along with stories here on the blog. Before, we’ve just kind of had the headers up there, but I wanted to try something new and have it be easier for you! :)

Daily Photo – Exploring the Modern Ruins of Namibia

Whenever I go explore some of these abandoned places, like this one in Kolmanskop, Namibia, I have a strange creepy feeling like I’m not supposed to be there. I don’t know if its because I have a guilty conscience, or if because there’s just sort of a strange vibe about the place. I still spend plenty of time there for sure, but there is always a gentle sort of relief whenever I finally leave.

Exploring the Modern Ruins of Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.7

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