Mos Eisley Spaceport

New Textures Tutorial

One of the very first tutorials I did here on the site was a Textures Tutorial. About a year ago, I updated the whole thing and made it much better! The tutorial also comes with a ton of hi-def textures for you to enjoy and use in your own creations.

Daily Photo – Mos Eisley Spaceport

Here's a photo I got of Dubai when I was in that helicopter. We were quite a long ways away from the city, away over the sea, and I zoomed in to get a long-distance shot. It was already a bit sandy/foggy but I decided to take it to the next level with a few fun textures!

Mos Eisley Spaceport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length153.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Burj Al Arab at night

How to stream from your desktop to Facebook Live using Wirecast or OBS

Here’s a quick tutorial I made… sort of an esoteric one unless you’re wondering how to do this very thing! :)

Dubai Thoughts

I’ve noticed there are two very different opinions of people that visit Dubai. Either people seem to love it or they really don’t like it and want to get out of there ASAP. Very strange how a place can be so polarizing. As for me, I really enjoyed it… it’s like a parallel universe, and, of course, it’s great fun to shoot!

Daily Photo – The Burj Al Arab at night

The beach in front of this amazing hotel is relatively empty, so it's easy to get a clean shot. This was a good night too because the waves would come up far, then recede back, leaving a shiny sand-surface. The frequency of the waves was very slow too, about 30 seconds, so I had enough time to get a good long exposure.

The Burj Al Arab at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live :) These are little “Quick Live from a Cool Spot!” things I’m experimenting with.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! :)

Tutorials Galore!

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Daily Photo – Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Continuing on our Venice-Theme for the month (sorry again about all the Venice photos!), this was sort of a special morning because it was the first time we had sun in over a week! It was dreary and foggy for a long time. I love all that moody stuff for sure, but it was a nice change of pace to have the sun blast out at us!

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Shard in London

Air Travel in the 1970’s

Check out this article about how spacious and stylish things were in the 70’s!

Thinking of Scotland

Sorry again I had to call off that Scotland Photo Walk! I got called back for an emergency situation. I was in Scotland for about 30 minutes though! I stepped outside to smell the Scottish air. It was nice and fresh with a tinge of whisky! I’ll be back some day… count on it! :)

Daily Photo – The Shard in London

I feel so out-of-touch sometimes! I had not been to London for about 4 or 5 years, and then when I got there I saw this huge building! I had never heard of it being built and I didn't even know the name. I asked my British friend, “What the hell is THAT!?!” and he said, “It's The Shard you moron.” Haha man… it was such a surprise, and every time I see it, I still feel that sense of surprise. I really love taking photos of it too… reminds me of the surprise of the first time I saw it.

The Shard in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live :) This is a fun one – an art tour in Sir Michael Hill’s home. We start in a rather self-serving way with one of my OWN prints in his wall from www.TreyRatcliff.com — see what I did there. Very cunning, as Sir Michael would say.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! :)

Holy Stitching Batman

I took today’s photo with my Android! I have the Nexus 6N from Google and I love it! This is actually 5 different photos and Google actually stitched them all together for me and delivered me this panorama! I then ran it through Aurora HDR Pro to give it more of the look I wanted… and I’m very happy with it. I can easily see a future where I only use my mobile phone.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

I like to go on jogs a few times a week to clear out the cobwebs and such. I listen to Spotify as I run around… this is one of my turn-around points. I usually stop here and stretch, catch my breath, etc etc. This time, since I had my Android with me, I took a bunch of photos… I was so happy that by the time I got home that Google had stitched them all together into this panorama. Incredible, really!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNexus 6P
  • Camera MakeHuawei
  • Exposure Time1/1946
  • Aperture2
  • ISO60
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramNot Defined
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Coincidences in Venice

More Carnevale Shots

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Daily Photo – Strange Coincidences in Venice

Here's a funny story. So, at night, my friends and I would go out and take photos and carry wine, cheese, and crackers. Anyway, we were out one night and we have a tradition where every bridge we cross we have a sip of wine. We call it bridge wine, you see. Anyway, we were on a bridge and there was a very friendly German lady who was away on her first vacation in a long time. We offered her bridge wine and she took it and started just chugging it saying afterwards, “I love this country! You can drink anywhere I am so happy!” Haha… Curtis and I thought that was so funny. Then she had us use her phone to take a photo of her with the bridge wine.

Anyway, four days later I am walking around St. Mark's Square taking photos. I saw this cool lady and took her photo. She came over to me afterwards, pulled out her mobile phone, and showed me the picture of her having bridge wine!

Strange Coincidences in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Mount Aspiring Hut

A few months ago I made a post about a hut near Mount Aspiring. I haven’t had a chance to overnight there yet, but I am planning on it! :) Here it is!

Exploring The Mount Aspiring Area

Daily Photo – Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Here's the little path I would walk home too in Bali at Mandapa. I like all the lime-green floaties in the water around the rice. They are like tiny little leaves that swish around in a Brownian motion. I asked the local rice farmer what they were, and he said they were very bad and slowed down the growth of the rice. I told him I thought they were kind of pretty and he wrinkled his nose at me.

Beautiful Rice Fields and Hut

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Happy Penguin

Live on Facebook

We’ve been doing some fun live videos on FB lately for the new show! Here’s one from yesterday with Scarlett :)

Penguin Video

You know how we announced Becoming an Artist Season 1? Well maybe there will be some Antarctica action for Season 2? Or maybe a bonus coming? Only the shadow knows! :)

Daily Photo – Happy Penguin

I don't know why we project human emotions onto animals… I guess it is kind of fun and we can relate. Who knows if this penguin is happy. Maybe it's totally pissed of and thinking, “It's so fracking cold!” but it just looks happy and carefree. But I guess it's a pretty good lifestyle to have no real predators except the 0.01% lightning chance of getting struck by an Orca. These aren't those emperor penguins from the movie that have to stand there in a blizzard forever. They are yellow-eyed penguins that just sit around, eat fish, and steal rocks from other yellow-eyed penguins.

Happy Penguin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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