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The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Shark Infested Waters

We were on a fabulous yacht in the middle of Sydney bay with my friend Dave Maxwell. At one point, we convinced him to somehow do a backflip off the boat into the sharky waters. He did it without hesitation! I declined the temptation to try it myself! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Amazing Sydney Opera House

This is just one of those buildings you never get tired of seeing. I think it was built sometime around the time I was born. I don't remember if it was a controversial design at the time or not. Sometimes this stuff comes out and people really dislike the boldness of the lines. I believe the same thing happened with the triangular Transamerica building in San Francisco.

The Amazing Sydney Opera House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-20 11:21:26
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1160
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Entering the Blue Mosque

Photo Tip: Include People!

My first instinct when taking photos of incredible places like the Blue Mosque is to try to get a “clean” shot without anyone in it. I still do that as my “main” photo, but I also try to get shots with some or even a bunch of people in it. I think we shy away from this because it feels like a shot that all the “tourists” get too, but it can still be quite interesting.

Daily Photo – Entering the Blue Mosque

After I took off my shoes and walked inside, this is what I saw. It was majestic! It's fun to be in a place like this where you know 99% of people are seeing it for the first time too. There's kind of this collective “awe” energy that is very fun. Everyone is in there depositing good vibes and it makes the whole spectacle more spectacular! πŸ™‚

Entering the Blue Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-02 16:04:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama of Boomrock

A Live Show

We could not do a live show at this location because it was too remote, but there was ANOTHER Boomrock we visited. Here’s that Live video here:

Daily Photo – A Panorama of Boomrock

Our amazing day at Boomrock ended here at sunset. We raced cars, shot skeet, then knocked golf balls off the edge of this cliff into the ocean. Awesome! This is also the spot of the ill-fated golf-shot were we took out one of our quadcopters. The battery shot out the other side and will probably never be found again. (We did recover the quad then our friend Jonatas somehow magically fixed it!)

A Panorama of Boomrock

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-17 12:36:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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

Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

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Daily Photo – Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

One day when I choppered over the main continent, I got to see more glaciers than I had in my entire life combined. They were everywhere. Most of them terminated on this hard black rock here which made for quite a stark contrast. Also, the glaciers here are not melting, so most of them just end with white ice terminating on black rock. Each one of them seems to have a nice perfect shape too, a wide tongue of shining white.

Countless Unmelting Glaciers in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-16 13:10:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fragrances in Berlin

Making a Special Drink

Here’s a live broadcast where I show more of the interior of this place and the unique way in which they make drinks.

Daily Photo – Fragrances in Berlin

If you look close, you can see a bit of ghosting from the bartender here in Fragrances (the bar inside the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin). When I was shooting, people were asking if they could get out of my way. I usually tell them no, because I like a bit of ghosting and some mystery in there. It's also funny when I walk into a place with a tripod that they think there is something QUITE SERIOUS going on. It's actually just the opposite… complete silliness and fun!

Fragrances in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 23:04:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Flying over Waiheke

Bonus Video – Phantom 4 Pro Footage

This is all footage from the Phantom 4 Pro that I shot here in New Zealand β€” all locations are less than an hour from my studio here in Queenstown (a little Queenstown plug there!). Music is “AMB – Set in Stone” β€” see the full DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Flying over Waiheke

Here's another quad shot (two days in a row!). Again, I loved the shot from the ground-based angle. But when I got the quad up in the air, it was a totally different scene. At least carrying around the Mavic is now easier than carrying around the Phantom. I really dig this little device!

Flying over Waiheke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-26 12:00:58
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/710
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias+0.656

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Civilization VI

Just one more turn… just one more turn. We’ve been playing this a lot as a family lately β€” I recommend it. Fun for all ages! Well, maybe you need to be at least 11 or 12… or the young ones can team up with the older ones.

Daily Photo – High Above Lake Wakatipu

One of my very first Facebook Live videos was taken during this photo adventure. I didn't expect the live video to work all the way out here in the boonies, but it did! I had a great time out taking photos and exploring this area. What a treat! πŸ™‚

High Above Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-25 21:45:17
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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

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