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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

Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

HDR Tip with Quadcopters

I’m using the Phantom 4 Pro now, but I’ve stopped autobracketing. I’ve noticed that whenever I take multiple brackets into Aurora (or Photomatix) that they get very noisy. So now I just bring a single RAW photo in and it seems to work fine.

All I can gather is the small sensor size (Even though the P4 Pro is 4x it’s lesser cousins in size) still has a bit of micro-noise that adds up when you combine multiple photos.

Daily Photo – Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

I had really bad luck weather the whole time I was here at Half Moon Bay. On the final morning before the family flew to Denver, there was finally a good sunrise. I had been planning to get out there with my quadcopter to get this kind of a shot. It was very windy, but it was able to hold steady enough to get a few good shots! By the way, this is the beautiful Ritz-Carlton there. The night before, the bagpipe player came out at sunset while we all at smores over the firepit. How awesome!

Sunrise in Half Moon Bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:33:33
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

Exploring around the Pyramids

Pyramid-bulding slaves?

I was talking to an Egyptologist there and I brought up slavery during the pyramid times. He has a theory that he was able to back up on many ways that the builders were not slaves. Instead, everyone had a vested stake in the building. Since they were built to give the kings an eternity above, it’s thought that they offered to extend this eternity to the team that helped build it.

Daily Photo – Exploring around the Pyramids

I didn't get to spend much time at the pyramids, but I decided to make hay will the sun was shining. And boy was it! A bright bluebird day for sure. But, much to my surprise, a visit here in late January was not hot at all. In fact, it was about 19/65 degrees with a light breeze. I had to wear two layers to stay warm. I did a lot of studies of people and the pyramids, and this is one of my favorites.

Exploring around the Pyramids

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-02 15:54:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Across the Deserts to the Pyrimids

Arabic Party!

Hey if you know Arabic, you’ll really enjoy this interview. If you only know English, well then it will be a tad confusing .

I’m here in Egypt visiting the Pyramids and now being interviewed on National TV by Ossama Kamal on the DMC network. Join me behind the scenes here on Facebook Live 🙂 I don’t know if he is more like Egypt’s Anderson Cooper or Egypt’s Stephen Colbert, so let’s find out together. Thanks again to my new Egyptian friends Walid El Batouty & H E Minster of Tourism Yehia Rashed.

Daily Photo – Across the Deserts to the Pyrimids

On the very first day here, I took my family to visit the pyramids. They were even more awesome than I expected! I have SO many photos… I could not figure out which one to work on first, but I really liked the interplay of the tree figures in the foreground with the pyramids in the far distance.

Across the Deserts to the Pyrimids

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-02 16:31:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Facebook LIVE from the Sphynx in Cairo, Egypt!

A few days ago we spent the day exploring all of the amazing sites of Cairo with our very own tour guide Dr. Zahi Hawass! What an incredible experience! Take a look at the highlights…

Daily Photo – Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Three ladies in the Cairo bazaar hand over their phone to a friend to get some photos. It was a great day in the bazaar, and we saw some kids playing music in the street and singing… they were's even looking for money or anything, just singing and having fun!

Exploring the bazaar district in Cairo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-05 20:22:39
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • 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

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

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

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