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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

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

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

New Windows Machine

I’m an Apple guy, but this new Windows machine is really tempting me!

Daily Photo – Lazy Seals by Meltpools

A few days ago I talked about how I'd go on nightly midnight hikes across the ice. I'd see seals all over the place and they are some of the laziest things I've ever seen. They're like the cats of Antarctica, just laying about and not really caring if you're around or not. Mind you, I never got too close to them.

Lazy Seals by Meltpools

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-09 19:19:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length112.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

Exhausted in Dubai

The beginning of my relationship with the Ritz-Carlton

One time in Dubai, I was kicked out of the Armani hotel for taking photos. I started a live broadcast right afterwards, talking about my rather rude dismissal. I got a live comment from the Ritz-Carlton saying something like, “Hey Trey you can come over here any time and take photos!” How cool! So I made note of this then followed up a few weeks later… They’re cool… they get it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Exhausted in Dubai

One day I had huge plans to stay out all night and take photos in Dubai. It was about 7 PM and I went to this neo-souk area to start with a dinner and a wine, and then I got absolutely exhausted. Usually, I have a lot of energy but I was just completely drained for some reason. Maybe a triple-dip in the biorhythms? Not sure what happened… but I listened to my body and went back to crash for the night. It was an amazing night's sleep. This is the last photo I got before going back home. I didn't even really have the energy for this, but I pushed through!

Exhausted in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 23:13:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Folding in the Ice

Luminar Review

Here’s a link to grab Luminar! β€” and here’s a link to the Luminar Review here on the site. It’s avail TODAY! πŸ™‚

Crazy Briefing

If you and I ever hang out (yes YOU), then remind me to tell you the story about my “briefing” before the trip to Antarctica. It’s one of the craziest stories ever and Stu and I still talk about it.

Daily Photo – Folding in the Ice

During my nightly hikes in Antarctica, I would try to visit new parts of the ice folds each time. They would change just a little bit every day as the sea ice crashed into the immovable earth. The shapes they made were mind-boggling. I'll never forget it. It was also quite scary, hearing all the ice creak and heave… unsettling and it made me feel quite small.

Folding in the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-12 02:39:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Glacial Details

Another Flight

Here’s a tiny (unpublished on YouTube video) that we took on a recent scouting trip to the burn. This was a really intense snow day. We expected to get a ton of water flow, but it was so cold that all the water was trapped into snow.

Daily Photo – Glacial Details

While in Earnslaw Burn, we made a variety of landings. Some were down in the valley, but one of them was very high near the glacier. On the upper landing, we were right by these very unusual rock formations. I've never seen anything quite like it, so I spent a lot of time taking little detailed photos like this one.

Glacial Details

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-05 00:32:43
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Nap in the Window Sill of the Blue Mosque

The Mayan Warrior!

What am I listening to lately? I’ve been digging all the Burning Man sets from one of my favorite art cars, the Mayan Warrior. Here’s a link to their Soundcloud page!

Daily Photo – A Nap in the Window Sill of the Blue Mosque

I've taken a nap in a mosque once, and I must say, it's a great place to sleep! This is obviously not me in the photo taking a nap, I should be clear. When I was walking around inside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, I saw this guy and it reminded me of a nap I took in another one. Sometimes I'm out shooting for 12+ hours in a day… and when it gets hot and I need a break, it's a great place to curl up and recharge. It's always perfectly safe and no one seems to mind.

A Nap in the Window Sill of the Blue Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 15:47:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

An Ancient Hamam

Try it in Istanbul

Here’s the Link to the amazing Baths below. I highly recommend it!

Daily Photo – An Ancient Hamam

I'm not exactly an expert on these, but now I've had five or six hamams. They're alwyas a bit different, but I always emerge like a smooth dolphin in the water. I probably lose about a pound each time from having my outer layer of skin completely removed… It's like a forced moulting or something. But it is always a great time to be pampered like that for so long! πŸ™‚

An Ancient Hamam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 21:38:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Huka Falls

Becoming an Artist Group

Please come join our very fun group on Facebook! We only have one rule there: Be Nice. πŸ™‚ That just about covers everything, doesn’t it?

Daily Photo – Huka Falls

Someone told me that Huka Falls is the #1 most visited tourist attraction in New Zealand. Is that possible? I suppose maybe so… It is pretty awesome. I guess one reason it surprises me is because it's a multiple-hour drive from Auckland and not exactly convenient when it comes to time. I would think Hobbiton Movie Set or something like that would be #1, but what do I know? Not much apparently! πŸ™‚

Huka Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-24 12:03:18
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/370
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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