A Serene Moment in Iceland

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Did you know our solar system doesn’t exactly act like you were taught in school? And no, this is not some flat-earth garbage…it’s actual SCIENCE. The solar system actually follows the helical model, which illustrates the mathematical fundamentals of a vortex.

Daily Photo – A Serene Moment in Iceland

Well, almost all moments are serene there, especially for me because I traveled there for four years in a row by myself. It was just me, my music, and my audiobooks, rolling around the islands to see what I could find. This was another one of those 4-hour slow-motion sunsets where I was able to drive to about 20 different locations and jump out to get a quick photo. I would have hiked, but the car is much more efficient at maximizing visual input.

A Serene Moment in Iceland

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  • Date Taken2010-06-13 01:09:49
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Place that Only Kind of Exists

Stand for the Pixel 3

I ended up buying the stand for the Pixel 3. It’s super-cool because you don’t have to plug in your phone to charge it. You just set it there, and it even charges through the case. I felt really dumb for the first week, because I would always take it out of the case first. But then Curtis told me to try it with the case on, and it worked perfectly…hehe.

Daily Photo – A Place that Only Kind of Exists

Here is kind of a fun idea. I have never done anything like this. I created a fake landscape! Well, kinda. I was interested in trying this new feature in Photoshop where you can do a content-aware crop. But the idea is that you crop outside of the photo, making it bigger. So, the left 60% of this photo is real, but then I dragged the crop way out to the right, and it auto-generated those other mountains. It did a pretty good job, but then I went in there and did some clean up to get rid of the obvious repeated patterns.

A Place that Only Kind of Exists

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-31 06:46:13
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Quiet Night in Portofino

Fun Critique Show #4!

These are pretty fun shows, eh? Or do you hate them? It’s okay, be honest, I can take criticism really well! 🙂 Once again, we rapid-fire critique 10 different photos… this time, it’s all portraits!

Daily Photo – A Quiet Night in Portofino

I can’t tell a lie… this isn’t Portofino. It’s actually Universal Studios, so I feel a little weird about taking photos of “fake” places like this. But, as fake as it is, it’s still pretty beautiful! I don’t actually know if you can get in those boats or not. Probably not. But I’d like to see them stop me.

A Quiet Night in Portofino

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  • Date Taken2010-01-19 07:28:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Postplume

Rocket Man Passport Sunday!

Today, I’ll post two photos from the same shuttle launch that I recently worked on. This launch was particularly cool because of the low cloud cover. Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll get to see both edits today!

Postplume

Editing the Rocket, man

Today, a two-for-one! You’ll get to see me edit two of these space shuttle photos. I also show a pretty cool trick to add more trees so that I can fix the horizon. Well, the horizon was not actually off, but the trees made it look like it.

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Daily Photo – Postplume

One of my favorite things about this photo is how you can see the shadow of the vertical plume as it kept going up, up, up. I tell ya, these rocket launches are really emotional and exciting. It’s a strange combination of fright and awe.

Postplume

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-08 10:30:43
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Disney Castle

Great Documentary

Try out that Garry Shandling documentary. It’s very interesting! I always liked him… but never knew much about his story until I saw this thing… It’s called “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” so check it out!

Editing the Disney Castle

Happy Sunday! Here’s a very simple and quick edit, showing how I used Aurora HDR to finish off this Disney Castle photo.

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Daily Photo – The Disney Castle

Are there any bad photos of this thing? I mean, come on. But the challenge for me is to try to find new angles and new contexts. I like this one because it’s both a little haunted-looking and I like these repeating lamps that add more depth to the shot.

The Disney Castle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-09 21:53:15
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Shuttle at Rest

Part 2 for Passport Sunday

The creation of this photo took many steps, so I decided to split the process into two videos across two Sundays for Passport Members. So, today, we get to see the resolution to our exciting cliffhanger!

A Panorama of the Road from Glenorchy to Queenstown

Part 2 of the Mavic 2 Zoom Panorama

Here is a Link to Part 1 of this video from last Sunday if you did not see it. In this one, you’ll see how I put the finishing touches on this challenging pano with Aurora HDR.

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Daily Photo – The Shuttle at Rest

This is actually another panorama, but it was a little easier to put together. I was lucky enough to go out and get really close to the space shuttle on the day before the big launch. I was so excited… just a like a little kid! I still get excited thinking about it.

The Shuttle at Rest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 18:42:32
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Snowy Walk in Patagonia

What’s in Trey’s Bag Video

See everything on my kit.com page and here are some highlights in a new video!

Daily Photo – A Snowy Walk in Patagonia

I took a long hike one morning here on the edge of Chile. It was quite a vertical ascent too, and I did it without any water, hoping I would find some freshwater lakes along the way. Luckily enough, I came across this one where I filled up my bottle with some of the freshest water I’ve ever tasted.

A Snowy Walk in Patagonia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-03-31 06:30:34
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Wandering in Kyoto

Japan Highlight Video

Here is a copy of our Japanese highlight video from early in the year – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Wandering in Kyoto

I don’t think I would ever get tired when wandering around streets in Japan. I can’t quite figure out my fascination with it. I’ve really tried to analyze why it is so appealing. I find them all to be organically pleasing on an aesthetic level for one. Also, I like seeing all the little restaurants and funky sake bars, knowing I could just walk into any one of them, any time, sit down and have a rest while putting amazing stuff in my mouth part.

Wandering in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-09-28 08:21:36
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

Passport Sunday Party at the Great Wall!

I had a great time re-creating this photo in our latest video for Passport Members. Today you’ll see how I remade this one from scratch for your viewing pleasure. Actually, I’m still working on it a little bit. There are a few more changes I have in mind, but I’ll share it here as a work in progress!

By the way, here’s another part of the Great Wall that is abandoned. This is a view from above, taken from a drone.

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The Great Wall Remastered

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Daily Photo – The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

This was one of my favorite trips to the Great Wall. Maybe because it was my first time! Anyway, I got a room at this place north of Beijing called “The Commune.” It was a very strange hotel, I must say, but kind of cool in its strangeness. I stayed here specifically because they had access to this old, classic part of the wall. It was a very lonely trip; that was for sure. But I quite enjoyed being the only one on the way for hours and hours.

The Abandoned part of the Great Wall of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-09-24 04:51:20
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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.

If you’re enjoying Passport, why not recommend it (or gift it!) to a friend? It’s a great present because people get new stuff every week! Think of it like a wine of the month club, except it’s weekly, and without the wine. That’s not the best sales pitch I’ve ever made.

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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

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