I was thinking maybe Europe or Asia for the next set of photo walks… I’m not sure because we still missed a lot of cities in the USA I wanted to visit, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Decisions, decisions… Well, in the meantime, check out our USA Tour Highlights Page!
Daily Photo – A hot night in Dallas!
It was another crazy photo walk where unexpected things happened. At the end of the photo walk, we all gathered here when suddenly all these fire dancers appeared by surprise… with hundreds of photographers, we decided to have a huge field day with it!
I hope everyone has a GREAT 2016… I think it’s gonna be an amazing one! I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, although I know it’s kind of a popular thing. I’m usually pretty good about making Completely Arbitrary Resolutions, and I do them randomly and just put them into motion immediately. This method has varied success.
Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!
I know I’ve done 3 days in a row here… I can’t commit to it because all this takes a lot of time and work, actually! But we did do some amazing things today that were worth capturing. It started out with all of us in a party van with a mirrored ceiling for a short ride to get on a boat. We took the boat for about an hour to visit four small islands around Phi Phi. They were amazing and we had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Where are they exactly? See This Google Map. We ended with a lunch on Bamboo Island before coming back… and pretty much after we got back, it was time to visit CoCo the baby elephant on the beach! CoCo is 3 years old and it was on the way to being a circus elephant, but the group here rescued him and now he does nothing but rest and relax and eat! Sounds nice… they say that chain is on him when in public because sometimes boats scare him and he runs wild!
Right before Coco walked home for the evening, the owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.
Daily Photo – Right before Coco walked home for the evening
The owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.
Hey! Guess what? I’m taking my whole family of 5 on a harrowing 30-day trip around the world, visiting 5 different countries. We’re hitting Thailand, India, Oman, Qatar, and Italy! I’m really excited. I’ll make a bunch of these little videos along the way if that’s okay… here’s day “Zero” where I’m getting a little packed up!
I got this cool new camera from DJI called the Osmo. I gotta make a review of this thing… it’s mega awesome. I’ve been using it a lot to make selfie-videos or travelog kinda things. It’s a really fun (and productive!) toy!
Daily Photo – People of Papua New Guinea Part 18
This whole tribe had a serious manner about them the entire time, and never broke character. It was BAKING HOT under the noon sun, but they didn't seem to mind. If you think she was sweating, you should have seen me! These are some tough gals for sure.
I share these with my kids a lot… I’ve read about three of his books and I love the way he talks about things. Like, for example, did you know trees don’t grow out of the ground? Trees mostly grow out of the air.
Daily Photo – A beautiful chapel in Bali from Above
See that amazing white chapel down there? It's hard to tell from this angle, but the whole front part of it is glass and opens up onto the Balinese ocean. It was just remarkable inside! I only got in once to take photos, but I thought this perspective was especially interesting. I got this while I was with the Ritz-Carlton in Bali and taking a group of orphans around.
Well I got an iPad Pro for Christmas and I think it’s pretty cool, especially for things artistic! I’m really enjoying exploring a few different programs on here, including Lightroom Mobile and a few of the other Adobe programs. Some of those apps are confusing to me though… actually I’m really looking forward to using this more for digital painting and stuff on the road…
Daily Photo – Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice
I came across a fairly unusual scene at the Venice Biennale. What do you think is happening here?
We’ve updated the Trey’s Photowalk Across the USA Highlight Page with all kinds of goodies. I wanted to post the highlight video here again in case you missed it… I love this song actually… specially selected for this video! Thanks again Ollie Dale for the great edit!
Daily Photo – Fort Lauderdale, I think
Is this Fort Lauderdale? Honestly, and this is kind of embarrassing, I have no idea. We were on the bus tour across the USA and I'm pretty sure the night before was Miami. I woke up the next day and I was at JB's (our bus driver) home somewhere in the Everglades or something. His whole family was there and I was awoken at like 6 AM to come out and meet everyone and have breakfast. They Were Amazing! I even met a 93-year-old grandpa that was a hardcore fan and Photomatix user! Haha awesome… anyway, I ate breakfast with everyone and was generally confused then ended up back on the bus and passed out again and woke up in THIS place. Once again, we stumbled off the bus and went out to take photos because it was so amazing. Anyway, wherever this place is, I really need to get back and spend some more time!
I got some news that our photo walk finale in Dallas was featured in Modern Luxury Dallas — that was the final shot we got right before going back to have the after-party at the Ritz-Carlton where a dozen feet-masseuses awaited us! What a treat!
Daily Photo – Trees in Namibia
I've forgotten the names of these sorts of trees, but they were everywhere in the desert and canyon areas of Namibia. One of the most striking things about them is how unique each one was. You never saw two that had a similar branch or leaf patterns… I'm really not much of a tree guy (obviously), but I did find myself drawn to each and every one and how they were so different! You may even remember this kind of tree from one of my favorite star photos from Namibia. Oh yes, I just remembered! Quiver trees. That's what they're called… funny how memory works and doesn't work!
One thing that surprised me the most about seeing all the different tribes in Papua New Guinea was how the females were as richly adorned as the men. And they all followed the same pattern in the tribe, whether or not they were male or female. There was a little variation here and there. I had to look close to see the differences, but I am sure that between the tribe the differences were quite unique.
I went to a new temple inside The Forbidden City where I had never visited before. Inside, there must have been at least FIFTY couples getting their wedding photos made there. It was quite a scene! No one wears the kind of wedding outfits we've come to know in the west. The girls have lavish amazing dresses, often red in color rather than white. And the guys… boy howdy is that a scene! They basically dress like the Harry and Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber that time they put on those crazy suits for the charity event. I got a ton of photos… need to share more of them!