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Colors of Venetian Water

Speaking of Venice

Be sure to grab the NEW HDR Tutorial we filmed in Venice and just released for both Photomatix on Windows and Aurora HDR on Mac! It took me twice as long, but I think it was worth it!

Daily Photo – Colors of Venetian Water

The water in Venice is actually pretty disgusting. My friend Rene can attest to this because he actually fell into it with all his camera equipment! Luckily he survived to tell the tale! Anyway, sometimes during the day it looks less disgusting than usual, but one of the best ways to make it look pretty is to get these sorts of reflections at night!

Colors of Venetian Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-03 06:37:42
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

I’m Over Facebook

FB Photo Walk

We did a private, exclusive photo walk at the top of Facebook with some FB Employees. Here’s a highlight video!

Daily Photo – I'm Over Facebook

Check out this photo! It was very difficult to make. Oh, this is over the Headquarters of Facebook south of San Francisco, where the entire roof is an enormous garden.

First, we had to get permission to even fly the drone here. That wasn't easy. Luckily there is a good “celebrity management” team there at FB that was able to help out. (Note I don't really think of myself as a celeb). Anyway, once I finally got up, I did a vertirama. This was stitched together out of 5 different vertically-oriented shots.

I'm Over Facebook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-20 16:44:49
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

Soaring over Bali

Over the Tree Line

Looking at today’s photo just reminds me that I really need to do even more quadcopter flights where I get up over the tree line to see what is out there. Since we’re kind of stuck on the ground as humans, it’s really easy to kind of block out everything beyond the trees… I’m trying to think more like a bird nowadays, knowing my camera can go up and in pretty much any direction… still getting my head around this concept! 🙂

Daily Photo – Soaring over Bali

How beautiful is Bali? I took a drive out one day to visit some rice fields and other amazing spots. Halfway in the middle, I asked to pull over so I could do a random drone flight. I could not see any of the volcanoes from the road, but I had a feeling they were out there. You can imagine how surprised I was when I got up and saw these beautiful features on the horizon. I should have done more flights, looking back!

Soaring over Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-11-14 08:52:02
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1328
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • 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

Deeper inside the Mosque

Tip: Touristy Spots

This was quite busy inside. There were actually hundreds of people. Since it’s impossible to get a photo without people in it, I try to find compositions where I am taking photos over their heads. At first, it seems like kind of a bummer because your instinct is to shoot everything. Now that I mentioned it, you can see this in today’s photo. But really, most people will never notice. It’s a good chance for you to get creative and try some different things!

Daily Photo – Deeper inside the Mosque

I was here at this amazing mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I even realized I could go inside. I was enjoying myself so much on the outside taking photos that it never occurred to me that a) it was possible to go inside or b) that I would be allowed to go inside. But, I should have known better because I've been to at least a dozen mosques around the world. Everyone is welcome inside unless it is prayer time (or if you're a menstruating woman). Well, neither of those threw down the gauntlet for me, so I took off my shoes and walked inside with my tripod!

Deeper inside the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:22:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

2 AM in Venice

Bridge Wine

I’d go out every night here with my friends and pretty much follow the same pattern. We’d take sunset photos, wander through the streets and canals, end up and have a fabulous dinner, then buy a bunch of wine and wander the streets more. Every time we came to a bridge we would have bridge wine and take photos. This is one of the photos I somehow achieved.

All of this activity may or may not be related to the night my friend Rene fell in the canal. God it was funny though… I still laugh thinking about it.

It always reminds me of this:

Daily Photo – 2 AM in Venice

This was shot at F/11 and was a 91 second exposure. Yes you read that right! That was one of the things I like most about the Hasselblad —you can take exposures longer than 30 seconds without having to use an external trigger. I've never understood that limitation on other cameras. I really don't… it's just software, as far as I know. There are so many things that these camera manufacturers should let us customize! 🙂

2 AM in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 21:46:16
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time91
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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!

Passport Plug

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

A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Antarctica Stories!

My friend Trent Yeo stopped by my home a bit ago and we talked about Antarctica! Here’s the FB Live video below – enjoy

Daily Photo – A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Even though I took thousands of photos while in Antarctica, I still feel like I left some on the table. I hate that feeling… you know? That idea that you could have always done more or taken better photos. I did pretty good, so I'm not totally upset with myself… but now when I look back at these photos I think I should have stayed out an extra 30 minutes or hour… just to squeeze a bit more gold out!

A beautiful morning on the ice sheet

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-18 03:13:34
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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