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Scarlett in China on the Great Wall

Floating Over China

By the way, this thing now has over 1.6 million views – thanks everyone! 🙂

Daily Photo – Scarlett in China on the Great Wall

“Why were the Mongols always trying to get into China?” Scarlett asked our guide. It was so cool to walk along here with my kids and have them ask all these questions. This was a very cold morning, and we were the very first people on this part of the Great Wall for the day. This is one of my favorite areas called “Mutinyu.”

Scarlett in China on the Great Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-08 08:30:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Favorite Timelapse

Timelapses are SO time consuming. I guess that is inherent in the name itself, but I really get so busy I don’t have time to do these too much. But I thought I’d share with you my favorite timelapse… I made this after my first 30 days living in Queenstown… I decided to make a time lapse every day!

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Daily Photo – Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

I took this around the same time I made the 30 Days and 30 Nights time-lapse above. The winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on the balcony, and this was our amazing view!

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AM

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-09 22:54:55
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Stu and Claire and the Rose

Claire in Antarctica

On day 1, we were sent off to survival training… Claire was part of our small troupe of survivors! Here’s a close-up of her…. (related to the photo below).

She Shivers as the Blizzard Hits

Daily Photo – Stu and Claire and the Rose

We took a break during survival training in Antarctica to have a bit of fun. Here's my friend Stu taking a photo of Claire holding the white rose for Peace in 10,000 Hands. We got a lot of unique rose photos down there for sure! After this bit of fun, we went back to digging out ice caves to make it through the night.

Stu and Claire and the Rose

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-05 02:46:11
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Pilgrimage in India

Snapchat Spectacles

I have some of these now… be sure to tune into “Treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see some ridiculous things. My plan is to have my 8-year-old daughter Scarlett use them to record me whenever she wants and then just send the silly video to my account automagically. This might be a terrible plan.

Daily Photo – Another Pilgrimage in India

This is one of many beautiful temples we visited as a family in the south of India. Because we were at so many remote places, there were hardly any (and often zero) white people there. Many Indians that would travel to these places would come from very far away. They usually traveled in packs of 15-40 and they all had the same outfits… almost like uniforms, representing their home village. It was so cool to see how colorful they were. I could just sit here with my camera and see group after group after group coming through the temple, each completely unique in their own way.

Another Pilgrimage in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 13:23:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Fearing’s in Dallas

Scamming the North Korean Golf Tournament

This is really funny… these two Australian guys pretended to be pro golfers and joined the North Korean Golf Open. Here’s a little video:

Daily Photo – Fearing's in Dallas

Here's a photo of a really cool bar and an amazing restaurant that's right inside the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. I've eaten here about half a dozen times and it's always outrageously good. I even met Dean Fearing and took his photo about eight years before this… even before he had this restaurant. I didn't know what a big deal he was!

Fearing's in Dallas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-14 22:46:15
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Adventuring on Everest!

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I recorded a special behind-the-scenes while here for Passport members. it shows a bit more about how and why I composed the shot. I ended up with two different compositions I really liked, and this is one of them.

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Daily Photo – Adventuring on Everest!

Here's a photo I got smack dab in the middle of the day while at Animal Kingdom at Disney. What a day! My son and daughter had just joined me for that crazy ride there. It's one of my favorite roller coasters in the world. It's WAY too scary for Isabella, but Scarlett absolutely loved it! Not long after this, we went to go to The Lion King where the girls were selected to come dance with the troupe! It was another great family day at Disney! 🙂

Adventuring on Everest!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-30 02:05:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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

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

Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Camera Equipment

I don’t talk about camera equipment too much here on the site. Because all cameras are so good nowadays, it doesn’t really matter any more. However, I do keep my Camera Equipment page up to date as well as my Amazon List of goodies!

Daily Photo – Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

We had such a fun day out on a yacht with the team. The clouds were absolutely crazy and really popped when I would zoom in like this. This one was only shot at 49mm while using the 24-240mm lens on the Sony A7rii. I have other photos where I'm zoomed in even tighter at around 200mm (when the boat was further away) that show a very different scene. I'll have to process that one and we'll do a side-by-side!

Sydney Opera House from the Harbour

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 10:40:53
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Final Night

Made with Luminar

I made the photo below with Luminar — it’s a really fun tool and I recommend it. To see more about it, see my Luminar Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – The Final Night

Here's a photo I've only recently processed even though the last flight of the space shuttle was quite a long time ago. I felt very lucky to go out to the launch pad on the final night… I felt like I was in a science fiction movie. Unfortunately, tripods were not allowed (why?), so I had to keep my unsteady hands as steady as possible!

The Final Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 19:32:54
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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