Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Arrowtown Brewing Co.

My friend David Gent has a new beer company! Dave is a cool dude. He comes over to my studio about once a week and we drink gin & tonics and come up with new Black Mirror plots. Last night we came up with our magnum opus episode about a fake vasectomy with a plot twist. Hey! Maybe we should make a podcast where we record these ideas. That’s a good idea in itself and it’s also the root of a good idea for another Black Mirror episode in a parallel universe where podcasts about ideas are illegal. Wait, let me write this down.

Dave was also the bass guitarist for The Exponents, one of the most well-known New Zealand bands. He’s also the sperm man for the great Tane Gent, who you may remember as my assistant before he left me for that delightful succubus in Chicago.

Anyway, here’s the new video for their beer company. He says it only cost $300 to make.

Thanks to Miller Best for his creation and Noel Coutts for the ladies eye candy. Arrowtown Brewing Co ad is up and running at Dorothy Browns Cinema.

Posted by Michael Thomas on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daily Photo – Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

On a recent trip to Glenorchy, I stopped along the road to make a panorama. I love it when the water here is so smooth and perfect. I continue to use Lightroom to do most of my stitching. It does a pretty good job, but it can occasionally really blow out some of the highlights. I wish I could make adjustments beforehand. Well, I actually can, but that takes an extra step because I have to export them from Lightroom and then bring them into Photoshop as layers before merging to the final image.

Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-21 10:52:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Living in the Fjords

New Webcam!

Hey Passport Members! You’ll be happy to know that I got a new webcam to up the quality of the videos a bit. If you’ve missed some of the last few Passport Sundays, then be sure to go see all of them, as there are some great instructional videos in there!

Daily Photo – Living in the Fjords

See our tiny little boat down there? Actually, it was big enough to sleep 10 of us! I lived on there for about four days and I was fairly unproductive. I mostly just took photos and drank with all the guys on the boat. We mostly just told jokes, stories, and all kinds of bs were being spouted by everyone. They also taught me the most ridiculous drinking game called “three-man” which has the most confusing rules of any game I’ve ever played! . For example, one of the rules is, if you roll the dice and get double-ones, then: “Create any rule. If that rule is broken during the game, the infringing player drinks.”

Living in the Fjords

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-30 15:38:46
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Macau Gambling

Next time I go to Macau, I want to learn more about some of these crazy casino games they have. I’m a big math guy, so I always enjoy learning these games and figuring them out. But they had some of the strangest games they concocted… it might be fun to spend a week there and learn and try to master a different game every day.

Daily Photo – Portuguese Tiles in Macau

I only got to spend one day in Macau, but I tried to use all the time I could to get the drone up for some shots. Macau is a really unique Chinese city because of all the original colonial Portuguese settlers. All these city streets in the old part of the town looked pretty much exactly like their counterparts in Portugal.

Portuguese Tiles in Macau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-16 16:42:53
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/560
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

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The Incredible Disappearing Waterfall

What’s In Trey’s Bag?

Here’s a new What’s in Trey’s Bag video! I haven’t updated this in YEARS, so it’s time for some fun! I have all of this stuff listed at www.Kit.com/TreyRatcliff – you’ll actually see in there I have it separated into different sort of kits for beginners or experts. I also have other mini-kits in there for gadgets, books, and all other sorts of goodies. Enjoy!

The Fiordlands

Here’s a Google map that shows the fjords I was exploring. What a crazy place, eh? I’ve never been to the fjords of Norway, but that is next on my list! If you haven’t tried it, be sure to click the 3D button there on Google maps and you can use the Command/Ctrl key on your keyboard to spin the map around in any direction.

Daily Photo – The Incredible Disappearing Waterfall

A few weeks ago, I went and lived on a boat for several days down in Dusky Sound in the far southern fjords of New Zealand. It was so beautiful! I remember looking at that map above before I moved to New Zealand and thinking… wow, wouldn’t it be cool to explore all those little nooks and crannies in the fjords! Anyway, while floating around, we saw this incredible waterfall that seemingly came out of a cave in part of the mountain and disappeared into another cave.

The Incredible Disappearing Waterfall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-10-28 17:45:27
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/450
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Pena Palace from the Sky

Russian Wedding Photos

I never get tired of looking at the latest crop of what happens in these Russian Wedding Photos. I was doing some research for this book about Instagram, and it ended up sending me down this rabbit hole once again.

Daily Photo – Pena Palace from the Sky

This was one of my more frightening drone flights! I’m not used to doing a lot of quad excursions that take the unit a few miles away from me, but I decided to go for it here because I might not ever have another chance. Also, there was not really a “perfect” angle to take a photo from the ground. There is lots of space all around it, but it’s covered in trees so you really can’t get a clear view. Getting a shot from the air seemed like the best solution!

Pena Palace from the Sky

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-17 19:32:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Boat Adventure in Thailand

Drone Photo from Thailand

Below is one of the very first photos I got from a drone in Thailand. I would love to go back and do these again with my Mavic 2! It has this feature I think is pretty awesome where it will zoom into 48mm and take a series of 9 shots that you can then stitch together into something very high-rez.

Floating Over Krabi

Daily Photo – Boat Adventure in Thailand

Yesterday’s photo featured a sunset from this exact same place! The next morning I woke up and headed over to the beach where this cool boat was waiting to take me on a little adventure! We did some island-hopping and I took my drone with me to get some photos. It’s always a hair-raising experience to launch and land drones on a boat, and this was no different. There were definitely some high anxiety moments!

Boat Adventure in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-29 14:34:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Over Mont Saint-Michel

The Candid Frame

Man, this Ibarionex is one smooth character! And that voice, eh? Smooth mocha! And this was a really fun interview… I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s all audio and you’ll find the little player after his text blurb at:

http://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe/2018/11/11/the-candid-frame-444-trey-ratcliff

Today’s photo

I realize today’s photo is tough to recognize, so I thought you might enjoy an orthogonal view!

Floating Over Mont St. Michel

Daily Photo – Over Mont Saint Michel

I probably should not have been flying my drone after having half a bottle of wine, but it did pay off with some rather amazing photos and video. Here is one right over the top of this amazing monastary-castle.

Over Mont Saint Michel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 20:31:39
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Autumn in Arrowtown, New Zealand

New Mavic 2 Zoom

I chose to get the new Mavic 2 Zoom because I’m excited about many features, namely the zoom-panorama. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m going to try it on the scene below next Autumn. Apparently, you can put it into a special photo mode where it zooms into 48mm and then takes a series of shots and creates a high-resolution panorama. That sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun to try in these situations.

Daily Photo – Autumn in Arrowtown, New Zealand

The trees on the hillside behind Arrowtown in the Autumn are so beautiful. There’s a big autumn festival every year in downtown every year where all the families come out and have a good old fashioned parade. I don’t really like parades. I don’t know why. Other people really seem to enjoy them. I wonder if I am missing something or if I am simply numbed by over-stimulation. But I don’t think that’s true either because I’m a happy camper just to sit there and meditate with nothing happening. I should meditate more on my dislike of parades.

Autumn in Arrowtown, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-01 13:43:02
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

Mavic 2 on the way!

Well, after my Mavic Pro had a dramatic crash, it’s time for a new unit with the Mavic 2! I’m excited about it… will try to pick one up on my upcoming trip to San Francisco! It looks like a nice little upgrade… I’m not materialistic at all, but I do kinda get excited about new creative tools like this.

Daily Photo – A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

This is a good example of those 1/7 days where there is absolutely no wind at all. I took this with my quadcopter right in the middle of the lake. I’m always more worried flying it over water for some reason. I suppose that’s because it could always crash and that would be the end of it all. Although, realistically, 90% of the crashes over land if you’re 10 meters up could be catastrophic as well!

A Smooth Day on Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-27 04:00:03
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating over Beautiful Hobbiton

Updated Kit!

Hey all! Don’t forget to check out my Kit.com and see all my new goodies, I took this photo several years ago, waaaay before I added the new Mavic (which is better!) to my kit. Check it out in the link above.

Daily Photo – Floating over Beautiful Hobbiton

Wow, this place is always a winner. It’s no wonder that Peter Jackson fell in love with it when he was searching for the fictional “Hobbiton” during the early scouting days of Lord of the Rings. I believe the story is that he came in and bought the farm that was already there and put the previous owner in charge. I met that gentleman, Russell, a number of times and he’s a heck of a nice guy!

Floating over Beautiful Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 09:13:43
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/340
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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