Bal Harbour, Florida

Online Travel Tip

Since you can book most anywhere online now, be sure to fill in that “Special Instructions” box when you reserve the room. Request a very high room and tell them you are a professional photographer (even if it’s not true) and you’re looking to get excellent photos of the sunrise/sunset (be sure to look at the hotel first to see the best views are East or West)!

Daily Photo – Bal Harbour, Florida

This was my view out the window looking north along the coast in Bal Harbour. It was my first time here, and I thought, for some reason, that this was just another part of Miami. I suppose it is, geographically, but the culture is completely different here. It's mega quiet and a much older area. No beach parties, not a ton of restaurants or clubs… maybe even ZERO clubs. I was here for maybe two or three nights after a cruise to re-group and relax. I did a few jogs, some workouts, and a squeezed in a few photos while here too.

Bal Harbour, Florida

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-14 07:05:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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

Magic Kingdom

World of Avatar!

I know the Animal Kingdom is soon (maybe already?) opening the new World of Avatar section of the park. I really want to go see it… the Disney team there invited me to come and check it out, but I’m too busy with this Europe Tour! Oh well! I’ll try to get there with the family before the year is done and dusted! 🙂

Daily Photo – Magic Kingdom

Wow was it ever crowded here on New Year's Eve Eve! Actually here's a hot Disney tip if you go for New Years. Well, first tip would be to NOT go for New Years because it's soooo crowded. But, if you do go, then you should go to the Magic Kingdom park on December 30, because they have the same fireworks show as they do on New Year's at midnight… then, you can go to Epcot for the actual New Year's at midnight… there's a lot more room to find good places to shoot at Epcot because it's so huge.

Magic Kingdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-31 07:40:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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

Party Boat for Intellectuals!

Summit Series

They’re not doing this cruise any more, but Summit has other events and goodies going on. You can see more at their website in that linky!

Daily Photo – Party Boat for Intellectuals!

This was a weird scene for sure! This was the Summit at Sea, where we took a cruise with all these “TED Speaker” kinda people. For some reason, on this cruise, they would not serve ANY alcohol until 6 PM. I've never heard of such a thing… and we were in international articles. Quinten Tarantino was on the boat too, and he said something funny about this bar on the boat called “Margaritaville” where you can't get any drinks during the day, and not even any margaritas for 24 hours a day! And, also, this was days after the election, so there was a lot of pent-up-TED-angst, so when the bars were open, people finally went nuts, like caged animals set free.

Party Boat for Intellectuals!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-12 06:35:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Magical Sunset in Naples

#80Stays!

Be sure to check out the latest on our European Tour! We’re right in the middle of it now and having a blast! I hope you can join us! 🙂

Daily Photo – A Magical Sunset in Naples

Every night I went out on the beach here in front of the Ritz-Carlton to get a good sunset. I was rewarded 40% of the time over my 5 nights… Usually, I get better stats than 2/5 on Florida sunsets… but there were some strange storms, which make the sunsets both unpredictable but also quite amazing when they actually do happen. It reminds me once again that it's most important just to show up with your camera and hope it all works out!

A Magical Sunset in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:55:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

Wanna come?

Join me for an all-expenses paid trip here to New Zealand to take photos for a week and join my photo adventure workshop! Yes, flights and all. This contest is available all around the world and anyone can win. I’ll give you three steps here and tell you how it works. And if you don’t win that one, maybe you’ll win a chance to come see Hans Zimmer in concert with me in the best seats in the house amidst 40,000 fans in Frankfurt, Germany’s Commerzbank-Arena. Two great prizes there, both celebrating these 10 Photo Walks I’m doing across Europe in 10 great cities. Join me for these free events!

What do you do to enter?
First, if you think any of this sounds cool, tell your friends! We have more about the photo contest at 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Second, on that site, you can see links to all the contests and more along the top! I said two great prizes… not quite accurate as there are actually more!

Third, and this is not a requirement, but a fun thing – if you’re in the area, RSVP to one of our free photo walks coming up in Europe. You’ll also see links to all 10 events at the site above.

Good luck, and I hope you win! You’ll be on a shiny new Air New Zealand bird, heading here to Queenstown for a week of some of the most insanely beautiful scenery in the world. I’ll show you all my secret spots and you’ll have a great time at our workshop… stay in a beautiful hotel, have great food and wine, take photo walks all through the southern alps, and meet my dog Blueberry (a real highlight hehe!). Anyway, I’m packing my bags now to come to Europe for 40 days for these photo walks (spending 4 days in each city as our bus of merry traveling artists weave our way from Lisbon to Barcelona to Milan to Paris to London to Amsterdam to Berlin to Vienna to Budapest, then jumping on a plane to end the tour in Moscow) – sound exhausting eh? Okay gonna take a nap now while my camera batteries charge.

See you all soon, and best of luck again on the contest. We thought it would be a fun way to get the whole world involved even if you can join me in Europe.

Oculus Rift Recommendation

Also, completely unrelated but if you have a Rift, be sure to get the game Robo Recall. It’s incredible! I need to make a list of my favorite VR games and get them up on the site… keep reminding me! 🙂

Daily Photo – Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

I feel like I don't even need a description for this photo, as I can't say anything more than the title. Well, maybe some background. I was on this TED-like cruise called Summit at Sea. I kept running into these monks over and over again, mostly on the elevator. We would always have very deep conversations that would only last 3 minutes. Then, one evening as the sun was setting, I saw my two friends taking photos of one another like a couple of schoolgirls – I thought it was great!

Monks taking Mobile photos on a cruise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-11 06:29:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

EXIF Info

Don’t forget you can see the EXIF info by 1) on the web, mouse over the photo or 2) on mobile, you can click through to the Smugmug version and click the “i” to get all the camera/exposure info! 🙂

Daily Photo – Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

Two Ft. Lauderdale shots in a row! This is one of the amazing sunrises there. I don't like setting alarms (the only time I do is when I plan a wake-up call to catch a flight), so I would sleep with the curtains open so the morning light would wake me up. It works 80% of the time. Anyway, it worked this day, and I was able to zoom in tight and get the sun rising up through stormy clouds.

Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-09 20:26:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length115.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

Katie Ann headed to the hot tub

Funny Story

Look, I’m really not the kind of guy that says bad things about other people or teases them, so this is not really a story about that, just noting a WEIRD situation. It’s related to today’s photo. So, across the hall from me was these newlyweds. They saw I had a camera, and they asked if I would take a picture of their beautiful baby. I was like, well, I don’t really do that sort of thing. And then he said, well let me get your email and I’ll keep asking. Every few hours, I got another email, offering me money and everything, telling me how amazing his baby is and how I simply must take pictures of the baby. They would find me in the lobby, restaurant, everywhere, asking me to take photos of their baby and showing me other photos of how amazing this baby was. It looked like a regular wrinkled up baby to me. Anyway, I kept saying no, I don’t really take portraits of people or anything. WELL, fast forward a few days later, and I’m taking photos of my friend Katie Ann at the pool below. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the newlyweds were at the pool. The wife came over to me and said, “I thought you didn’t take photos of people!” I was like….uhhhhhhh….

Daily Photo – Katie Ann headed to the hot tub

When I was in Ft. Lauderdale, I called my friend Pascha (who helped me with the cancer charity event) and his model girlfriend Katie Ann. They came over for a few hours for a fun photo shoot. I wanted to get a little “gal in Ft. Lauderdale” feel for my shots. I don't do a lot of this sort of thing, but it's fun to experiment and try other things. We were shooting this at the Ritz-Carlton pool and everyone was watching us like it was some kind of an official shoot or something… If I explained how casual and organic the shoot was, they probably would have been disappointed.

Katie Ann headed to the hot tub

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:47:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Fasting Time

I ate and drank so much on my 60-day trip around the world that I added a few LBs! You may remember one point in Grand Cayman where I gained Many Pounds in just a few days. Yes, that was an all-time low. Rock bottom. Anyway, now that I am home I just finished a 3-day fast and am going 0-carb for a few weeks to reset the system. In general, I’m enjoying being a human except for that bit! 🙂

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Tips and Tricks from the beach in Naples

Here are some tips and tricks I shot for you while on the beach… It was this same evening, I believe.

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Daily Photo – Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Here are my two lovely daughters (not screaming at one another for once!) coming out of the water at the end of the day. This was their saddest time, when the mean parents made them come out of the ocean to go inside and get ready for dinner. Two little water-bugs, I tell ya! 🙂

Last Ones Out of the Ocean in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-04 06:46:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

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