Stuck In Customs

The place your mind can go before you travel there

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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!

Family Beach Yoga!

Naples Fun

This was my first time in Naples and it was great! The beaches are amazing and the weather was great. It was good to get in some family beach time for sure… the girls in this family love the beach for sure!

Daily Photo – Family Beach Yoga!

One great thing about staying at all these Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world is that the concierge and the team set up amazing activities. You don't just have to sit around the room or the pool – they create really fun experiences. And it's a good way to force the kids to do things they don't normally like to do. For example, my son Ethan hates Yoga, but he just goes along with it when there is another authority figure (other than my wife or me!) involved.

Family Beach Yoga!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-03 06:34:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

High Above Amazing Bali

Bali Workshop?

I was planning on getting back to Bali to do a workshop, but I just haven’t had the time! Don’t worry — it’s still on the list! 🙂

Daily Photo – High Above Amazing Bali

Both Ritz-Carlton Resorts in Bali have amazing top-down views when you enter the resort. Jaw-dropping might be the best way to say it! 🙂 This is the Nusa Dua location, where I've stayed multiple times. This was also the location of one of our community service efforts where we brought in a nice group of orphaned children and we spent the afternoon and evening taking photos together. What a great group of kids!

High Above Amazing Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-15 14:26:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Dalefield from Above

The Video

Here’s all Phantom 4 Pro footage! See more in the Phantom 4 Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Dalefield from Above

You'll definitely notice this spot from the video above! This is my favorite spot to fly because it's the easiest, being right here at my home. Whenever I see a good sunset or sunrise appear, I'm usually too late to drive anywhere, so I get the quad up quickly for a good clean shot of the Remarkables. I get a good shot from the ground-level too, but there's a few trees and stuff we need to chop down so I get a clear view!

Dalefield from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-18 20:51:31
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO130
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

London, Remastered

Singapore Remix

I was looking through some older photos and I am often amazed at how strange some places are… take this indoor waterfall in Singapore for example!

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Daily Photo – London, Remastered

I very rarely “re-do” photos, but I was working on the new Aurora HDR 2017 and I wanted to compare and contrast the differences between it and its predecessor. When I first edited this photo with the first version, I was very happy with it. But then the 2nd time through, I was able to use a lot of the unique features from 2017 here to make it pop even more and make the “mood” more like I wanted.

London, Remastered

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:14:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On the Way to the Burn

A Special Video Day!

Hey for you Passport Members I have a special video today… probably one of the coolest behind-the-scenes videos I’ve ever made! It was quite a struggle, I’ll tell ya… I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. We choppered in and there was a Bit More Drama than I would have liked! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video… and if you haven’t signed up yet, just give yourself a slightly late holiday present! 🙂

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Daily Photo – On the Way to the Burn

Here's a photo I took during one of my many helicopter rides to Earnslaw Burn on a particularly still day. This is Lake Wakatipu below over near Glenorchy. It's probably only THIS still a few times a year, so I felt lucky to see it's mirror-like surface. Note this was a MUCH less windy day than when I had to camp out overnight without a tent. AHEM….

On the Way to the Burn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 06:06:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Waves crashing through Iceland

Music Trivia!

I have a fun party idea that we do a lot… if you have Spotify or Sonos, jump on one of the “Oldies” stations from a favorite decade, enter DJ mode, and then play music trivia. See who can guess the bands!

Daily Photo – Waves crashing through Iceland

I posted a photo about a week ago from Iceland. I was on an editing-tear recently and I couldn't decide WHICH photo to edit, so I ended up editing both. It's a nice exercise for me to edit two different photos that are of the same subject matter in slightly different ways. It helps me to branch out a little and try slightly different things so I don't get in a rut.

Anyway, today I'll be taking family photos like a crazy person… looking forward to that!

Waves crashing through Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-02-12 12:59:25
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Boarding the Summit at Sea

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Daily Photo – Boarding the Summit at Sea

So, I went on an intense cruise called Summit at Sea that had a 5-day social media blackout. I was there with two of my best friends, Chris and Rene, and we set sail for an amazing week that was supposed to be a cross between TED Talks and Burning Man on the open seas. We weren’t disappointed. Who was on the boat with us (among other people)? Quentin Tarantino, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Schmidt (previous two might be roommates), Herbie Hancock, Erin Brockovich, will.i.am, Norman Lear, Thievery Corp, John Scully, Tony Hawk, Bob Pittman, Princess Lucaj, Gary Veeee, Geordi LaForge, Steve Jurvetson, and Bob Roth (who I wanted to meditate with!).

This photo I took on the first evening there, just after arrival…

Boarding the Summit at Sea

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-09 07:02:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Bel in the Wings

Thanks again Bel!

For working hard and making so much great video for the new HDR Tutorial. I think you all will really enjoy it! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Bel in the Wings

Here's a photo I talked about a little in the new HDR Tutorial, even though it's not HDR. We were in the costume party and got extremely hot, so we decided to step outside and get some of the cool Venice air. After we went out, we were locked outside! And just inside those glass doors was the band, so no one could hear our cries for help. They saw us moving around out there, and just thought we were dancing! 🙂 But, naturally, I had my camera with me and I thought she looked awesome in this shot with the light hitting her.

Bel in the Wings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-07 15:57:17
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Banana Veils

Taking photos of Muslims

I think a lot of westerners are scared of doing this. I love it, and have never had a problem. It’s always a good idea to get permission first… and I usually ask the elder male if it’s okay. The culture is more than a bit patriarchal, naturally, but once you get through that, it’s fun photo time!

Daily Photo – Banana Veils

I met these two girls from Saudi Arabia when I was in Istanbul. I walked down a totally random street while being somewhat lost. These girls were holding fruit in front of their mouths and taking selfies. They were there with their dad and brother. I gave them the happy nod, and they gave me one back, so I started taking photos. And then we all got out Snapchat (I'm treyratcliff on there) and I sent them a bunch of Arabic sayings back to their friends in Saudi. It was really fun… very nice people!

Banana Veils

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-03 17:22:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length66.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Night time Carnivale

A favorite photo

This photo is using one of my new post-processing techniques. It’s really hard to describe, and I can’t quite get it into an easily repeatable format yet. So I’m having trouble trying to find a way to teach it! Also, I can’t quite perfect a Lightroom Preset to get this to work… but, I’m trying!

Daily Photo – Night time Carnivale

I'm a big fan of people in costume sitting in streetside cafes enjoying a drink and a snack. In fact, it makes me wish people would do this sort of thing all the time. How cool would it be if everyone in a particular city was in costume 100% of the time. If I was mayor of a city, I think I would make this a law. It'd be totally ridiculous, but I think it might catch on!

Night time Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-31 01:17:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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