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The Sleek Serval

Workshop Fun

Today’s photo reminds me of the workshop we did in Africa! A lot of the footage you see below is from that workshop event… Be sure to check out our Photography Adventures and Workshops page for more info on upcoming events!

Daily Photo – The Sleek Serval

One of my favorite activities in Africa is tracking animals at night for photography. There's a whole other group of animals that come out to prowl through the night. I kind of thought I knew a bit about animals, but I was so surprised that I hardly knew anything. Some of the names I didn't even know… like I saw this and I was like, “WHAT KIND OF CAT IS THAT!” Our guide laughed like Mufasa and with a deep vibrating voice he said, “That is a serval my you padawan. A serval.”

The Sleek Serval

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-03 10:07:09
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hong Kong Party

Hong Kong from Above

In the video below, you’ll be seeing a little bit of Hong Kong action. My favorite scene is that one shot of the yacht that’s been abandoned in the middle of government housing.

Daily Photo – Hong Kong Party

This was taken on our first night in Hong Kong when they threw a big party for us at the Ritz-Carlton there. It was the beginning of our Asia-Pacific leg and all the wonderful ladies from that location put together a really nice soiree there in the bar on top of the hotel. The funny thing was, they did it right at sunset, so I kept leaving the party for 5-10 minute stints to go take photos!

Hong Kong Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-12 23:47:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Aurora in Thailand?

What makes Aurora HDR 2019 stand out?

Check out this quick video which shows how Aurora HDR 2019 improves on previous versions and how it compares to the competition. Like what you see? Then grab it over here.

Logisitics for Spain

I’m getting close to my 100km trek across Spain with Kevin Kelly on the Camino. That trip takes a lot of logistics as well… nothing is easy… plus, coming from New Zealand adds a whole new layer of complexity which usually adds two days onto the entire trip.

Daily Photo – The Aurora in Thailand?

No no, I'm afraid there was no Aurora in Thailand, but it sure does look like it, doesn't it? This is just off the coast of Phulay Bay where there is some kind of mining/shipping operation going on. I don't think of it as an eyesore… I think it's kind of pretty! The glows would change all night too. I believe some of the glowing was from boats out fishing in the night as well.

The Aurora in Thailand?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-02 02:36:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Passport Sunday Party!

Today on Passport

Hey all you awesome Passport Members! Today, on Passport Sunday, I’ve got a fun video for you. We recently have been working with a new team at YouTube to help spruce up my YouTube channel a bit. We’re working with a nice lady named Nathalie that has been showing me all this stuff I’ve been doing wrong!

Anyway, we recently added the new YouTube “sizzle” reel below to get more people to subscribe. Anyway, if you’re a Passport member you get to see more about the creation of this video in my studio.

In-Studio Recording

I spent a day recording a bunch of different videos in my studio. It took a bunch of different takes until I finally got the settings right. Once I did get them right, I decided to make a little video to show you how I did it!

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The Bund in the Rain

A Little Intro to Aurora HDR 2019

Here is a little video we put together for the Aurora HDR Pre-Order launch. If the idea of low noise, no halo HDR images appeals to you, then check it out here where you will also get loads of pre-order bonuses.

Moo Cards

If you’re looking for really cool business cards, try Moo Cards. I love it because I can upload dozens of photos and then each card is unique. It’s kind of fun to give people your card and splay them out so they can pick their favorite photo!

Daily Photo – The Bund in the Rain

One of my favorite things about Asia is you can ask anyone in public to do anything at any time and they will say yes. This comes in very handy for trying to set up a shot! For example, I was here taking photos of this amazing reflection of the Bund in Shanghai in the rain. People were walking around with umbrellas, but they were moving too fast for me to get a good exposure. There were a couple of girls taking photos of one another and I went over to offer to take their photo together. After that, I asked if this girl would walk slowly with her umbrella. She was excited to do that… I generally find if you're really nice to people and ask them to do things they always say yes.

The Bund in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-23 01:38:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Anthill and New Art Series

Series 2 in full swing

If you pop over to TreyRatcliff.com you can see today’s photos is one of the new works featured in Series 2.

Bag Giveaway Complete!

Yesterday we gave away two of the new bags! It went to Tobias Knabe and his dad! The winner gets to choose who the second bag goes to… anyway, there are about 5 days left in the Kickstarter for the new travel bag, so don’t miss out.

In the video below, I talk more about how I’ve been using the bag and how I plan to use it for this upcoming 100km hike in Spain.

Daily Photo – Anthill

This city is a three dimensional Tetris that built strange-shaped block by strange-shaped block. And they all fit in as the lower levels disappear year after year. One of my favorite things about this photo is that you can't quite tell what city it is… it happens to be Tokyo.

Anthill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

Klouds over the Kremlin

More on Aurora HDR 2019

Here’s a live video I just made that shows off some of the new features of Aurora HDR 2019. If you pre-order prior to October 4th you save $$ and get tons of freebies! Existing users can check this link to see if you qualify for an upgrade for just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for just $89.

A collection of bonuses are included with every purchase:

  • $300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tour
  • Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
  • Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
  • Burning Mood Looks by Richard Harrington
  • 3-month 500px Pro membership
  • Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff

Getting to Burning Man

For next year I’m looking to buy a truck that can haul a 15,000 lb fifth wheel. If anyone has any contacts, please let me know. I feel quite dumb because when Rene and I bought this monster, I didn’t realize you also should really own a truck to haul it. But, hey, now I know… All this simply reminds me that one’s freedom is indirectly proportional to one’s possessions.

Four Quick Hits for Passport Members

This isn’t part of the regular Sunday Passport special days… so these are just some quick hits that may be helpful for you. One tip is how to fix that sloooow previews in Lightroom for Presets. Tip 2 is about “Trello” which is one of our favorite apps. Tip 3 is all about MOO cards. Tip 4 is about the new Screenflow Pro!

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Daily Photo – Klouds over the Kremlin

On my first day in Moscow I was treated with some amazing clouds. This has been a city I've always wanted to visit, but it turns out to be a pretty difficult place to visit. It's not really a hot-spot for tourists, but there are so many interesting photo spots all over the place. The Kremlin here is perhaps the most iconic spot in Russia with all of these unusual onion-shaped domes. I wanted to end up back here to take some night photos, but Moscow is such a craze place that I ended up becoming distracted by all sorts of strange parties.

Klouds over the Kremlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:35:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Pre-order Aurora HDR 2019 now

Entirely New HDR Algorithm with Artificial Intelligence

How do you follow up from Mac’s App of the Year in 2018? That’s a tough one but we put our heads together with the team from Skylum and we’ve done it!

i-ZjfXKWw.jpgAurora HDR 2019 uses Skylum’s new Quantum HDR Engine. It is a completely redesigned HDR algorithm, paired with artificial intelligence, which took 3 years of development by Skylum’s AI lab. My favorite thing about this new version is you no longer need to make corrections on the initial results because it virtually eliminates noise, halos, and other little issues you often needed to fix. This means you can focus on your creative side. Begin by trying out the new “looks” (formerly called presets, a few of mine are included for free). And try tweaking out the “HDR-ness” of your creation with the new and improved HDR Enhance and Smart Structure sliders.

Pre-Order prior to October 4th to save $$ and get tons of freebies!

Existing users can check this link to see if you qualify for an upgrade for just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for just $89.

A collection of bonuses are included with every purchase:

  • $300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tour
  • Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
  • Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
  • Burning Mood Looks by Richard Harrington
  • 3-month 500px Pro membership
  • Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff

What else is new in Aurora HDR 2019?

I’m also impressed with the vastly improved results of interior architecture images. These are often problematic when it’s quite bright outside but dark inside. Previous versions of Aurora HDR would handle this in a bit of a sloppy manner. And competitors to Aurora HDR still struggle with interior shots.

Aurora HDR 2019 also includes Lookup Tables (LUTs) which allows you to give your finished image a “movie / film” appearance. They’re adjustable with sliders so you can get a little bit, or a whole lot of, that “Wes Anderson / Mad Max / Blade Runner” feel. Last but not least, there’s even more dynamic range if you choose to process a single RAW image, which I now do over 50% of the time.

And YES, the Windows version and the Mac version are now exactly the same. Huzzah! Go grab it pronto! If you’re not 100% satisfied you can, of course, have all your money back with no worries. It’s a perfect risk to reward ratio. In fact, mathematically, it’s a 1::infinity ratio, so you’re in a cozy mathematical nesting of absolute certainty.

How does Aurora HDR 2019 Compare?

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Here’s a few images I created with Aurora HDR 2019!

Midnight Walk in Thailand

Adobe Rant about Lightroom Presets

Well I was just about to blow a gasket, but I took some deep breaths and decided to many a mini-rant video instead. I was in the middle of making some new presets (grab them now in the presets area of my store), and I was completely perplexed and bamboozled by the way Adobe deals with presets. Are these bugs or am I just really dumb?

Daily Photo – Midnight Walk in Thailand

When I stayed at Phulay Bay in Krabi, I spent almost every night skulking around the resort and taking photos. The architecture around here is so interesting and beautiful that you really can't take a bad photo anywhere. So I made a little game every night where I would take 100 photos and always try to improve on getting fresh angles and composing objects in different ways. This night was particularly good because the moon came out to play with the clouds.

Midnight Walk in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 00:30:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Love Locks in Paris

Today’s Photo

You can see the exact place where I took this photo in this highlight video from the Paris photo walk!

Daily Photo – Love Locks in Paris

This is one of the most famous bridges where lovers go to secure a padlock as a symbol of their undying love. I've never done this and I don't know the actual ritual. But, I would assume that they would lock it and then throw the key into the Seine river below. That seems like it would be romantic. Anyway, apparently, the sheer mass of the locks turns out to be a bit of a hazard to the bridge. I never understood this, as I would think the bridge could easily handle the physics of that situation. Either way, officials come by on occasion to cut off the locks. But I wonder if anyone has ever gone down to the bottom of the river to see how many keys are down there on the bottom.

Love Locks in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-07 19:28:08
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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