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Chinese Wedding Photographers in Queenstown, New Zealand

The New Flickr Pro

I added this to the Flickr forums after they announced the new pricing model at Flickr. I’ll share it with you now! Oh, also, here’s a link to my Flickr Account.

I think all the Pro features look fantastic and it’s a huge step in the right direction. I know the team is very serious about doing this the right way.

Besides, the cost of Pro is a FRACTION of what most photographers pay for their equipment. And let’s face it, the equipment is not nearly as fun as Flickr and sharing photos. So why don’t more people look at the fun:money ratio?

Anyway, I’m going for the new Pro option and so are all my photographer friends I’ve polled. It’s a heck of a deal… I’m not even sure where else you can get unlimited storage for full-rez files for that price. And, when you think about it, that price really is extremely small compared to your camera/phone + lenses + apps + travel, etc. If you like the online service, why not pay for it?

I read someone above talking about when art meets money things get messy. That can be true, but it’s always been a bit messy with the production and distribution of art ala movies, tv, music, etc. We see new smarter models all the time like Netflix and Spotify. They are much more efficient mechanisms (with no ads yay!) for the distribution of art than previous iterations. On the corporate side, they have a predictable income every month so they can make better planning decisions when it comes to adding new features and expansion. I don’t know if you listen to the Sam Harris podcast or not, but he uses this same monthly model and his fans love it.

Anyway, I’m excited to pay for the features and the fun. Flickr has done so much for me over the past TWELVE (whoa I just had to look that up) years. They are committed to making it even better, so I’m more than happy to keep my Pro account.

Daily Photo – Chinese Wedding Photographers in Queenstown, New Zealand

These guys are pretty easy to spot, I tell ya. And not because they happened to be near a Chinese couple in wedding garb. Wedding couples seem to ALWAYS bring their own photographer from China. And, since the couple are so over-the-top in their outfits, the photographers have started to assume all manners of dress as well. Some are all-Banksy like this guy and others wear shiny three-piece suits.

Chinese Wedding Photographers in Queenstown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-30 20:16:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Passport Sunday Party!

Today for Passport Members is a special and fun edit because you get to see me re-master the photo from Kyoto below and transform it into the new version. This is the 2nd of 3 photos I am re-mastering for Series 2 of the fine art series at TreyRatcliff.com.

First, here is the photo I made about 7 years ago. I still quite like it… but I think I’ve improved upon it a bit.

The Temple Protects Kyoto

Kyoto Remastered

Want to follow along and edit with my same files? Well you’re in luck because here are my 5 RAW files for this temple in Kyoto.

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Daily Photo – The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Ahhh, beautiful Kyoto! It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, so going back to re-master this one, seven years later, was still as much of a joy as the first time. It was also great to use better tools like Aurora HDR. to give it a better “look.” Before, I think I might have just used the sliders in Photomatix and not even done any touchup in Photoshop. I’ve also learned a lot more about color theory and this sort of thing in the time betwixt.

The Treetop Temple in Kyoto of Kiyomizu-dera

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-09-29 03:54:08
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

Galaxy Soho Complex, Beijing, China

This is an 18-story building (3 are underground) that only took about 30 months to finish, in typical Chinese style. It was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Ever since I first saw photos of it on the internet, I wanted to visit!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

There’s something interesting about some of the buildings throughout China and here in Beijing, especially. They have some of the craziest and most interesting architecture in the world, and the vast majority of it comes from Western architects. The Chinese educational system has lacked an emphasis (in the past) on the creative arts, so there was a dearth of innovative architects for many generations. But some city planners decided to make statements by bringing in Western architects that were really able to experiment.

Beautiful Shapes in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-11 21:55:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Burning Man Art Auction!

Hey everyone; I’ll be in San Francisco attending the Annual Burning Man Autumnal event. I have several pieces at the auction and more info on that below. If you click the link above; I believe you can still get tickets. All the money goes to Burning Man artists (not me, though).

Join the Silent Auction! It ends November 17th at 10:30 pm PST

So, good news: you can join the silent auction! Come on in and make a bid. A reminder that none of the money goes to Trey. It all goes to other artists at Burning Man.

The four prints in the silent auction are below! 🙂

Trey Ratcliff - StuckInCustoms.com - Creative Commons Noncommercial contact licensing@stuckincustoms.com

Colossus by the Sand-Ocean

Trey Ratcliff - StuckInCustoms.com - Creative Commons Noncommercial contact licensing@stuckincustoms.com

 

Daily Photo – Burning Man Art Auction!

And here’s one of my favorite photos going into the silent auction. I hope you win and it can hang on your wall at home. We had all of these printed at the highest quality. They are printed on high white-gloss aluminum so they absolutely glow like an Apple monitor. Join the Silent Auction Here

Burning Man Art Auction!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-09-02 15:22:40
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length177.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

Hot a7R Mark 3 Tip

I should not have gotten extra batteries for this a7R Mark 3! I was worried, I think because the batteries on the Mark 2 were so bad! The other thing I did not realize is that you can charge them in-camera using USB-C. That is perfect since I use USB-C on almost all my devices now. So, I haven’t taken the battery out of my camera in like 2 months! 🙂

Sony a7R Mark 3 Review

Don’t forget to check out my Sony A7R Mark 3 Review!

Daily Photo – Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

On my walk-around day in Beijing before I visited the Great Wall, I randomly walked around the city to visit areas I had never seen before. Beijing can honestly get a bit monotonous after a while, especially in the hot sun. But I still forced myself to move around with my camera because I knew I would eventually find something interesting.

Waiting for the Bus in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-05 16:11:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Take Me to Your Leader

Fleabag and Killing Eve

These are two of my favorite shows by one of my new favorite people: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This gal is super-creative… I can’t wait to see what she does next. Be sure to check out those shows. As of right now, they are not on Netflix, but if you poke around, you can find them.

Daily Photo – Take me to your Leader

I’ve never been in this rainforest area of Singapore at night before. I thought it looked amazing and moody with all the lights + the mist that comes down from the upper walkways. I was walking around here with Dotz Soh and a few other people. We just slowly wandered around, taking photos, and drinking in all the sights and sounds. Even though this place is quite touristy, I think it is worth it!

Take me to your Leader

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:12:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Moody Night, This Time in Geneva

Check out David Whyte!

I was lucky enough to be invited to hear David Whyte live in Glenorchy. What a cool guy… I didn’t really know what to think beforehand, but I was sold!

Of all things, he told two poems about The Camino, which I just walked a few months ago. You can read Part 1 here or Part 2 here. Anyway, here is the bit from his TED talk where he says that poem.

Daily Photo – Another Moody Night, This time in Geneva

This one kind of reminds me of yesterday’s photo, though it wasn’t raining quite as hard. We stopped in Geneva for just one evening on the European tour. It was such a cruisy town; I wish we could have stayed longer. As it was, we generally were not getting enough sleep and were hitting every town and immediately it was boots on the ground, doing stuff. This was supposed to be a “rest day” but I ended up wandering the streets till midnight taking photos.

Another Moody Night, This time in Geneva

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-06 20:59:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

I Love Rain in Tokyo

Movie Night Presets!

Today’s photo was made using my Movie Night Presets. Go have a look and see if you are interested! Here’s a little promo video for them below.

 

Daily Photo – I Love Rain in Tokyo

I know you may be getting tired of my rain-in-Tokyo shots, but that’s just too bad. I probably took about 500 photos over the three nights it was raining there. I mostly stuck around Shinjuku, although I should have gotten over to Ginza. It was very very cold, and I was kind of hoping for some snow. I’ve seen some snow photos in Tokyo that are so beautiful. Oh well, maybe next time!

I Love Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:08:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO8000
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Knife

New Re-Mastering Video for Fine Art on Passport Sunday!

If you are a Passport Member then you get a special treat today! I am just releasing Series 2 of the fine art over at TreyRatcliff.com and decided to go re-master this one from Patagonia.

Passport!

Hey here’s the video of me working on the final image. You can see how I dealt with a lot of different problems. One thing I forgot to put in the video is how I gave the mountains a little bit of vertical stretch at the end… or as I like to call it, Mountain-Viagra.

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Daily Photo – The Knife

When I went back to re-edit this one, I had to fix up more than I first thought. Something happened with some of the fringing, which was very very difficult to fix. If you watch the video, you’ll see all the trouble I went through. It reminds me not to move the sliders too far in one position because it can cause tiny little niggling problems that you can’t solve later.

The Knife

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-31 06:10:16
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Longboarding in Beijing

Upcoming Event in San Francisco!

I’ll be heading out to San Francisco tomorrow for about a week to attend this Burning Man Art Auction – The Artumnal! It should be a great event, and I have a few pieces in the auction. I think there are still some tickets available – see you there! All the money goes to Burning Man artists (none for me).

Daily Photo – Longboarding in Beijing

How cool is this gal? This picture doesn’t even illustrate how graceful she was. I guess I haven’t seen a lot of longboarding, but there is almost kind of a dance that takes place while they are rolling from place to place with an occasional stunt thrown in. There were probably over 100 longboarders out. In the background, you may notice the famous “Bird’s Nest” from the Olympic Games.

Longboarding in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 23:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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