Beautiful Budapest

Some of Rene’s Behind-the-Scenes photos

My friend Rene Smith joined us on the bus for most of the trip. He put together a little Facebook Album with a few fun photos and some commentary!

Daily Photo – Beautiful Budapest

Okay, I've already repeated Budapest as a location 2 out of the last 3 days. Maybe it's because it was one of my favorite new places! We stayed right here in the middle at the Ritz-Carlton (who partnered with us on the tour), and this is a view from when I flew a quadcopter off the roof. This was shot with the Phantom 4 Pro and is a panorama made from 4 different photos. I'm impressed at the low-light capabilities of this beast!

Beautiful Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:57:22
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

Restaurant Recommendation for this spot

I recommend getting an outside table at Nessun Dorma here in Manirola. This is basically the view from the restaurant! Well, it’s a little bit higher, but more or less… go there and order a bunch of food a spritzer drinks and enjoy several hours of one of the most beautiful views in the world.

Daily Photo – Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

It's hard to say where my favorite stop was during our 55-day photo tour in Europe. This area of Italy is easily in the top 10, though. I've always wanted to visit this place, so we decided to make it happen! There are 5 small towns here embedded into the coastline of Italy. You can hike between all 5 or take a little train that connects all of them. We decided to take the train to cover as much ground as possible. I have a lot more photos to share from the area, but wanted to get the Cinque Terre party started early with this one!

Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 19:35:25
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Turkish Baths of Budapest

Good Science video on the effects of LSD on the brain

You guys may know I’m a fan of all kinds of experimentation; especially with mind-altering drugs. There’s a lot of misinformation out there… I’ve never had a bad experience, and it’s always been mind-expanding and very inspirational. It’s good to see there’s some more hard science behind it too. Here’s an article from Reason Magazine where they interview David Nutt.

Daily Photo – The Turkish Baths of Budapest

I'm going to start sharing some of my favorite photos from this mammoth 55 day tour across Europe! I hardly know where to start… how about here, in one of the most relaxing places of all! Budapest is filled with many different Turkish baths, all of which are worth visiting. This one might be my favorite – it's called Gallert. It was not crowded at all, and there were seven different thermal baths, both inside and outside. We also did some filming in here… people wondered what the heck we were doing running around half nude carrying cameras!

The Turkish Baths of Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:07:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Thoughts on pathways in photos from Berlin

After the madness of Amsterdam, we drove overnight to Berlin for the 7th photo walk on the tour. Here the theme was pathways and how they, as well as other elements, can enhance your photography.

Daily Photo – The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

I don't do a lot of these abstract scenes, but I do quite like the way this one turned out… I didn't know for sure if these long shutter techinques would work well. There's a lot of experimentation if you want to try something like this yourself. Of course, a tripod is mandatory, but then just switch into manual and try different shutter speeds and adjusting the aperture until you get the lighting you like. This one was 3.2 seconds.

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:48:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

Another Video Like This?

While in Europe I’m gathering a lot more video footage with quads… thinking about making another video like this one. I’ve got a few Alan Watts lectures I’ve been enjoying… another mix may be coming on! 🙂

Daily Photo – Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

This was the very first thing I saw as I walked into the Ritz-Carlton here in Naples. And the whole thing was edible! Well, except for the lights. I suppose you COULD eat the lights. Anyway, I waited for it to get dark and then I moved over a small cocktail table in front of it with a glass surface to get the reflection… kind of a nice little trick that adds to the effect, I think!

Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-02 11:07:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture10
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Thoughts on reinvention from Amsterdam

Amsterdam took us into the second half of the European tour and was a return to one of the places I first worked on HDR. A great chance to think about reinventing the images with my current style.
Find out more about the tour at 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Daily Photo – The Streets of Old San Juan at night

I went out here with my friend Scott Jarvie for sunset and more… we had the best time roaming around the streets and seeing what we could find! I've heard this area could be a bit dangerous, but we certainly didn't see anything at all. Besides, Scott is a black belt with his witty responses, so no assailant would have ever stood a chance.

The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-26 08:40:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Fortress from Above

Walking the Old Streets

I did a Live Facebook Show where I was walking around Old San Juan a bit… it’s embedded below!

Daily Photo – The Fortress from Above

I've been a fan of fortresses and castles ever since I was a kid. When I found out there was a big castle here just past the old-city, I had to go! And if you stay tuned for tomorrow's photo here on the blog, you'll see the Old City of San Juan at night… I walked over there after I took this photo. I think it's cool when two such diverse places are so close together.

The Fortress from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 18:01:53
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

Grand Cayman Highlights

Here’s another visit of the highlight video from Grand Cayman. You’ll recognize Bourdain drinking vodka in the beginning! 🙂

Daily Photo – Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

Here's a favorite candid of Bourdain I got during the big “Tasting Around the World” event during the Cayman Cookout. This is right before it began. See all those umbrellas around the outside? Each “booth” was from a different country and there were about 10 represented here… Anthony would go around and have food or drinks at each one… It was a really fun event!

Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-14 00:30:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Black Pearl Pirate Party Ship!

Tips for Street Fashion Photography from Milan

Milan was stop 3 on our tour of Europe and we had a cool crowd out for the photo walk where we discussed tips on photographing street fashion. What better venue for that than Milan? Maybe Paris? And that is up next!

Daily Photo – The Black Pearl Pirate Party Ship!

I could see this party boat go out every day from my room in Aruba. I never got on the boat, but I thought about it. One evening I decided to ALMOST get on the boat by flying the quadcopter out there. It was muuuuch further than it looked, and I was a little worried about the quad! But, if I'm going to fly so far away, I prefer to do it over the open water like this… it's really hard to get lost and not find it… that is one of my biggest worries!

The Black Pearl Pirate Party Ship!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-20 18:34:13
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

More Florida Fun

I think next January we’re going to take the family back on another grand vacation to Florida and the Caribbean! We’re already talking about it quite a bit… this time we’ll hit different places, but I know a few on the list: Miami, Grand Cayman Island, and Cancun!

Daily Photo – Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

Here is my friend Kerry Ann who came down to spend the afternoon with me on a fun photo shoot. She came down with her boyfriend Pascha who was running our big charity event for us. Thanks again for everyone that took part in that. I think we had the fifth-highest charity event on the platform, so that is great. Also glad to report that 100% of the money with to the HEALING.NET Foundation! Thanks again everyone.

Fun in the Sun in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:10:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length106.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Newsletter Sign Up

The most beautiful newsletter ever!