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A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

DC Highlight Video

Here’s highlights from our great photo walk there. Thanks again everyone for coming out! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

Here's one of the fun shots I got during the DC Photowalk. I was laying on the stomach with my daughter Scarlett right beside me. I let her help… all kids love taking photos of animals. It's a great way to get them started.

A Duck at the Lincoln Memorial

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-09-08 12:13:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length101.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Hollywood Hollywood!

All on Smugmug

Yes, I’m still hosting all my images on Smugmug. They’ve been a great partner and service for us through the years. Thanks Smugmug!

Daily Photo – Hollywood Hollywood!

I'd like to sincerely thank my good friend Caleb for taking me behind the Hollywood sign one evening for a beautiful photo session. The only thing missing was some of his yoga instruction! It's really hard (as in pretty much IMPOSSIBLE) to get into this position. He told me the incredible and unbelievable story about how he got access. Just amazing. This place has so much security… we're talking Dept. of Homeland Security level activity. We got waved through so many guards to get back here… I'll never forget it!

Hollywood Hollywood!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-24 00:50:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

More from the property

Here’s a live broadcast we did from this amazing venue on Facebook.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Wow we had an amazing time here! Curtis, Dave, and I were like kids in a candy store. There were so many beautiful sights and such incredible food. I can't wait to go back and spend even more time there.

At one point, I was sitting down for lunch and I felt this TREMENDOUS bite in my crotch area. I looked across the table and saw hollow-legged Richard (the proprietor) was sitting there, so that knocked him off the suspect list. I immediately went to the bathroom and took off all my clothes to figure out what bit me. And there was a BEE in my yoga pants! I couldn't believe it. I have no idea how that bee got in there, but it wasn't happy, and neither was I.

Beautiful Wharekauhau from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-19 07:49:22
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Flying over Waiheke

Bonus Video – Phantom 4 Pro Footage

This is all footage from the Phantom 4 Pro that I shot here in New Zealand β€” all locations are less than an hour from my studio here in Queenstown (a little Queenstown plug there!). Music is “AMB – Set in Stone” β€” see the full DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

Here's another quad shot (two days in a row!). Again, I loved the shot from the ground-based angle. But when I got the quad up in the air, it was a totally different scene. At least carrying around the Mavic is now easier than carrying around the Phantom. I really dig this little device!

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 12:00:58
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/710
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Civilization VI

Just one more turn… just one more turn. We’ve been playing this a lot as a family lately β€” I recommend it. Fun for all ages! Well, maybe you need to be at least 11 or 12… or the young ones can team up with the older ones.

Daily Photo – High Above Lake Wakatipu

One of my very first Facebook Live videos was taken during this photo adventure. I didn't expect the live video to work all the way out here in the boonies, but it did! I had a great time out taking photos and exploring this area. What a treat! πŸ™‚

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:45:17
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bangkok Airport

Grunge Level 1000!

And here’s one of the first photos I took of this airport, many years ago! πŸ™‚

Stuck in Customs in Space I love this shot!  It came out wicked. I used to say wicked a lot in grade school and I still like saying it.  This may or may not make me lame, and I can't be objective about such things.This is the airport in Bangkok, Thailand.  I am not sure who the architect is, but it came out quite inspired.  Taking photos of beautiful architecture is somewhat of a sport of mine.  I want to try to honor the lines and the textures via a good composition and a good HDR treatment.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Bangkok Airport

I spent about four hours here each direction, back and forth from Germany. I love this airport and it's where I took one of my first HDR photos that made me so happy. It was SUPER GRUNGY, as you can see above. This one is a bit different… another interpretation maybe! πŸ™‚

The Bangkok Airport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-20 22:03:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Country, another Portal

FB Live Goodies

Don’t forget to go to my page to see some of the behind-the-scenes Live Videos from when I was in Istanbul exploring these places.

Daily Photo – Another Country, another Portal

You might notice a repeating theme of doors and portals in my work. It's a fun little game I play to try to do interesting things with doors and people. I stood here outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for about 30 minutes, capturing different natural, organic situations of humans coming and going. This is one of my favorites.

Another Country, another Portal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:30:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Haunted Namibia

Is it Haunted?

My friend Francis who joined us on our Photo Adventure Workshop in Namibia sent me this article: “Scary streets: which are the world’s most haunted cities?”. One of the spots was here in Kolmanskop.

Daily Photo – Haunted Namibia

You may remember a lot of footage here from Season 1 of Becoming an Artist β€” I had Bel following me all around this place grabbing footage. We had a great time, and when she wasn't shooting or getting B-Roll, I had her pose in various ways. I did a lot of shadow work because I thought it added something to the scene. Here's one of those results.

Haunted Namibia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-23 04:28:47
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Dinner with a View of The Maiden’s Tower

Fuji Xpro2 Review

I am just now releasing the first version of the FUJI XPro2 Review. There’s lots of sample photos – enjoy!

City Guides

It’s been on my to-do list FOREVER to put together different city guides about the best places to go take photos. I’ve not gotten around to it yet… but certainly on the list.

Daily Photo – Dinner with a View of The Maiden's Tower

What an idyllic place to have evening drinks and relaxation! This is on the coastline on the east side of Istanbul. The vast majority of Turkey is on the Asian continent, and I wanted to be sure I visited this side even during my short stint there. What a great place and an exhilarating walk along the shore. There wasn't a bad view to be found. I had no idea how in the heck I was gonna get back across the water. I found a car ferry and jumped aboard. It dropped me off back on the west side before finding my way back to my sanctuary of the Ritz-Carlton!

Dinner with a View of The Maiden's Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-04 00:11:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Crystal Mountain

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Daily Photo – Crystal Mountain

Here's a fun shot of part of our photography crew up on the mountain one evening taking photos. We had amazing weather once again (good karma maybe?), so everyone came away with incredible photos. This was a funny crowd because it was the first time at a workshop we've had everyone with DSLRs (usually half are mirrorless). Also, everyone had a Mac, which made the teaching bit even easier because I was able to use Aurora the whole time.

Crystal Mountain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-18 14:23:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

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