Lake Hayes with no Wind

Quadcopter Panorama

This was taken with the DJI Phantom. I believe it was four different photos that I stitched together. I’ve started doing this more and more. I wish the quad could take vertical (portrait) shots that I could stitch together. I don’t always like how wiiiiiide the final shot becomes when you stitch them together. Well, I take that back. I suppose it depends on the medium. A giant print of this on a wall would look pretty sweet, I think. But it doesn’t read well on a phone or a tablet in the vertical position. I guess I shouldn’t think about the medium of display so much… but it does cross my mind.

European Highlight Video!

Here’s, probably, one of my favorite videos we’ve made around here. Thanks again to Olya and the whole team for making this video and the European tour possible!

Daily Photo – Lake Hayes with no Wind

This is Lake Hayes in Arrowtown, New Zealand. I try to come here at least once a week to have a run around the lake. It's 8KM around and a little bit hilly. It's always gorgeous, as you can see. Maybe half the time, there is no wind at all, so you get this incredibly glassy reflection. This was taken in the middle of winter, where the colors are the blandest… but, as you can see, “bland” colors in New Zealand are pretty electric!

Lake Hayes with no Wind

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-27 04:05:00
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tuefelsberg, the Devil’s Mountain, the cold-war listening station

More and More Video

I took today’s photo with a drone. I also got a lot of video… I’m just kind of collecting cool video from all over the place. At some point, I’ll find time to make a new compilation video of some of these amazing places. Anyway, lock this place into your memory, as you may see it again in a future video! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Tuefelsberg, the Devil's Mountain, the cold-war listening station

How cool is this abandoned place? I had never heard of it until our most recent trip to Berlin. There's a hill here that rises up about 80 meters. There's also an abandoned Nazi military-technical college. I bet that was gonna be quite the party school. Anyway, on the very top is this listening station. Now it's been taken over by graffiti artists and there's all kinds of crazy stuff happening inside. It's right out of Fallout. There are creepy people milling about, strange shut-ins, etc – the whole thing is wonderfully post-apocalyptic. You can buy a ticket to get in, but they make you leave (quite forcefully) after sunset.

Tuefelsberg, the Devil's Mountain, the cold-war listening station

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 21:10:03
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Reflections on the Louvre

A little doctoring

In this one, I did kind of a fun technique where I took the bottom half of the photo and flipped it horizontally and reflected it. Most of the reason is because there were a ton of tourists and I was too lazy to remove them. The other is that I thought it looked cooler with a fountain on each side. I went in and made a few other smaller changes so the reflection was not perfect.

Daily Photo – Reflections on the Louvre

On the final day in Paris, our bus was pulling out to go to the next destination. Since one of our partners was Flixbus, they liked us to get photos of the bus in all these cool locations. So we stopped here for a moment to get some photos. After those, I ran over here to get a few quick photos of the Louvre. I can't be there and not take at least a few!

Reflections on the Louvre

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-08 15:45:04
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Asking to take people’s photos

I know MOST photographers are too shy or afraid to ask people to take their photos. Don’t be afraid. What’s the worst that can happen? That they say no? If that’s the worst that can happen, I really don’t think that’s so bad, yo.

Daily Photo – Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

We really had a great time for our one day, exploring St. Petersburg. At one point, we went to this really trendy and hipster coffee shop. It was so hipster, they almost didn't let hipsters inside. Anyway, I saw this girl sitting in the corner. I asked if I could take her photo, and, in broken English, she responded, “Oh no, please don't. I am too fat.” I told her she was not fat and she was very beautiful. Then she smiled and said okay.

Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 14:00:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

My Very Serious Team!

A Look Inside my Studio and latest setup

Hey all – what’s the current State of Affairs of my computers and gadgets and goodies? I made a video, but remember you can check out my KIT for a listing of all my goodies!

A Big Thanks

I’ll take this opportunity to send a big thanks to the whole team that helps out around here. There’s a lot of things behind the scenes you don’t see. They all work really hard to make everything happen. Thanks again guys and gals! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – My Very Serious Team!

Hehe – they are all great. Here's three of them. That's Tane, my assistant in the front left. Then Olya is on the right, our crazy Russian videographer. They are both kind of like models, so I take a lot of photos of them looking wistfully in various directions. In the back is Seth, our other videographer! I took this in Budapest right before the Hans Zimmer concert.

My Very Serious Team!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-01 19:21:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In the streets of Sintra, Portugal

Phillip’s VLog

Here’s a fun video from one of my new friends I met on the European photo walks! Hi Phillip! πŸ™‚

Portugal Travel Tip

If you’re on a limited budget, be sure to check out Portugal! It’s quite inexpensive and extremely beautiful. There are so many places to go see here. The country is much bigger than it looks on a map. I think people think of it as tiny because it looks smallish on the map, with Spain just dominating most of the peninsula. But when you’re on the ground, driving around, etc, you realize how big it is and how much there is to explore.

Daily Photo – In the streets of Sintra, Portugal

What a cool little town this was. We only spent one morning here after visiting the palace, but we had some crazy desserts. I never feel as bad about myself as when I start eating dessert at 10 AM. But hey, it's Europe, and I figure a lot of that sort of stuff happens all the time here.

In the streets of Sintra, Portugal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 09:45:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Back to the Duomo in Milan

Speaking of the new…

Plotagraph Review, here is a new one I made right on the iPad. This is based on a digital painting I did several years ago. I wondered what it would be like to animate it, and I’m very happy with the results!

Plotagraph ipad

My First Time in Milan

One of my first real solo photo trips was in Italy. I remember REALLY falling in love with HDR photography here in the Duomo. Below is my first photo I took there, which was maybe eight years ago or so…

The Airy Doom of the Duomo The most difficult thing about this shot was hiding my tripod from the security guards.  The second hardest thing was the HDR processing from this shot melting my CPU core.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Back to the Duomo in Milan

And here's the new one I took about a month ago. They're pretty different eh? I'm not too judgmental on my older work… I try not to think better or worse, but just different. But then one part of my brain thinks the newer one is maybe just a litttttle bit better! πŸ™‚

Back to the Duomo in Milan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-05 07:42:50
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bridges of Prague

Prague Disappointment

Note, I was not disappointed with Prague; I’m disappointed I didn’t get more and better photos of it! I was only there from, hmmm, maybe noon until midnight. It was my first time here, and I’ve always wanted to go… so I felt a bit rushed to see as much as possible. I’m probably a bit hard on myself… but I’ll be back some day and take my time! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Bridges of Prague

I had a bit of trouble finding the best spot to take photos in Prague because I was there for such a short time. But I think this spot is not so bad. There's a park that's nearby that has an elevated area for looking at all these beautiful bridges. I usually move around a bit more, but this evening, I just parked myself here and watched the world go by.

Bridges of Prague

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-24 21:07:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length117.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Strange Bokeh in the Park

New Plotagraph Review

Here’s a new Plotagraph Review on the site. I also made two new how-to videos. Here’s one of them for you:

Unusual Bokeh

Every now and then, the Sony throws off this strange effect in the background. I’m not sure how I did it, but I sure like it. I used the 35mm Leica lens here, and it seems to have some sort of spiral effect. Or maybe it’s just the orientation of the crowd. I’m not sure, but I think it is interesting.

Daily Photo – Strange Bokeh in the Park

While in Berlin, I went to this weekly festival in a park there. It was kind of like a mini-Burning Man. You know these types of mini-festivals. They seem to be getting more and more popular. And they're always great for photos. This was taken in a big karaoke area where people would organically get on the stage and sing, dance, and perform. You can see the audience in the back, just as this performer was walking off the stage.

Strange Bokeh in the Park

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-21 19:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The American Cemetery in Normandy

Phone Panorama Tip

When I took this photo, I used my Google Pixel phone because I forgot to put a memory card in my Hasselblad like a big dummy! But, I think it turned out pretty great anyway. I took about 6 photos while holding the phone upright. I did a lot of overlap so that Google would automatically build a panorama on the backend. Later, when I got to the hotel, the panorama had already been made in Google Photos, so I simply downloaded it and made adjustments in Lightroom and Aurora HDR

Daily Photo – The American Cemetery in Normandy

After leaving Mont Saint Michel, our bus stopped to visit the famous Omaha beach before coming here. It was quite moving, as you might expect. The design was very interesting too. In this photo, it looks like there is a perfect grid of white crosses for as far as the eye can see. But there were many little gaps for trees and other designs. Also, if you look closely, not everything is a cross; some are stars of David.

The American Cemetery in Normandy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-11 10:18:37
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture2
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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