Midnight at the Chateau

Midnight in Paris Tutorial

Want to get the whole tutorial for Midnight in Paris? It’s a great and full collab I did. Here’s the video preview!

Daily Photo – Midnight at the Chateau

What a cool idea this was, if I do say so myself! I decided to do a workshop right outside of Paris and we rented this whole chateau for a few days. It wasn’t actually as expensive as you might think. It was a little weird for a few reasons. One is that a family was living in one of the corner rooms, but we never saw them. Also, about half of the rooms were abandoned and there was all kinds of creepy stuff inside. It made it even more creepy when we pictured that the family was living in one of those creepy rooms.

Midnight at the Chateau

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  • Date Taken2012-11-08 20:46:31
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Lonely Dunes

Workshops

Be sure to visit our workshops page to find out what’s happening next. In this little promo video below, you’ll see quite a bit of footage from Africa!

A Street Scene From Paris

I’ve had a ton of fun going back into my unprocessed back catalog and re-processing them with some of these latest tools. In today’s adventure, you’ll see a fairly “harsh” (maybe that is too harsh of a word) treatment of this street scene from Paris.

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Daily Photo – The Lonely Dunes

Here’s one of my favorite (and rather simple) photos from Namibia. The deserts there are so beautiful, and it is a little confusing to figure out where to shoot. It all sort of looks the same, in a strange, flowing way. So, I found this all to be a particularly interesting challenge… actually I think everyone at our Africa workshop did!

The Lonely Dunes

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  • Date Taken2014-09-26 19:22:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Art Unveiling Partay!

Becoming An Artist Episode 4

I hope you’re enjoying these! They were a lot of fun to make.

Daily Photo – Art Unveiling Partay!

A few weeks ago, one of my collectors had a fun party at her house so people could experience her new art! This is a quick mobile-phone shot I got with my Pixel 3 (not bad, eh)? That shows off how massive this piece is. You should see it at night! I’ll have to go back and get a photo of it then. Anyway, this particular one is now sold out, so that’s pretty cool. All 3 are gone… one was purchased by an NFL player, and I think we’ll have a party there soon too! See more about the fine art at www.TreyRatcliff.com.

Art Unveiling Partay!

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  • Date Taken2018-12-06 19:50:23
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO96
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • 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

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  • 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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Over Monte Carlo

Euro Tour

Check out this highlight video of our European Photo Walk Tour!

Listen to Sam Harris talk with Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens)

Also, here is an interesting podcast I just finished listening to where Yuval Noah Harari talks about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. It is a wide-ranging discussion which is well worth some of your Sunday.

Passport Sunday – Art Talk in Glenorchy

If you ever find yourself in New Zealand, check out Camp Glenorchy as a place to stay. I was there a couple of weeks ago to do an art talk and not only is it a gorgeous location, but they also have the best projector known to humankind. In today’s Passport video, which is the complete talk, you’ll not get to experience the projector in all its glory but you will get to hear some stories from my travels along with a fun Q+A session towards the end which focuses on art, life and creativity.

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Daily Photo – Over Monte Carlo

On the European Tour, we stopped in Monte Carlo one day to take photos and have a dinner before getting back on the bus to drive overnight to Cinque Terre. I had been to Monte Carlo a long time ago with my dad and I remembered being down by the marina. When I looked at the map, I saw there were two marinas, and I was not sure which one to be dropped off at. I chose the wrong one! And there were no taxis or Ubers around, so we had to walk up this mountain… when we got to the top, I turned around to take this picture of the scene below. Yeah, it’s a cool marina, but not as cool as the one on the other side!

Over Monte Carlo

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  • Date Taken2017-05-01 19:46:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Detailing the Jules Verne Museum Shot

Another 50+ Hours

Wow this was quite an epic mission! I recently sold all three prints of the Jules Verne museum photo to three collectors. All interesting people too… one of them is even an NFL player. Anyway, because these print out So Huge (almost 10 feet or 3 meters across), I decided to go through them with a fine-toothed comb. I found A LOT of problems, so I decided to re-create the whole thing from scratch once again. Yes, out of the core 225 photos. But now it is really perfect… something else, really!

If you’re a Passport Member, then you can see more about the “making of” this monstrosity!

Mastering the Masterpiece

Here’s probably more about this piece than you ever wanted to know!

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Daily Photo – where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

This is perhaps the most-awesome and least-visited place in Paris. Everyone goes to the Eiffel, Arc-de-Triomph, Louvre, Orsay, etc, etc, but who would take time to visit the Museum of Evolution? Just me and other cool geeks like me. I had a hot tip from a friend that said, “If Jules Verne were to design a museum, he would make this”. Say no more, I was there immédiatement!

where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

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  • Date Taken2018-09-21 18:05:46
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Love Locks in Paris

Today’s Photo

You can see the exact place where I took this photo in this highlight video from the Paris photo walk!

Daily Photo – Love Locks in Paris

This is one of the most famous bridges where lovers go to secure a padlock as a symbol of their undying love. I've never done this and I don't know the actual ritual. But, I would assume that they would lock it and then throw the key into the Seine river below. That seems like it would be romantic. Anyway, apparently, the sheer mass of the locks turns out to be a bit of a hazard to the bridge. I never understood this, as I would think the bridge could easily handle the physics of that situation. Either way, officials come by on occasion to cut off the locks. But I wonder if anyone has ever gone down to the bottom of the river to see how many keys are down there on the bottom.

Love Locks in Paris

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  • Date Taken2017-05-07 19:28:08
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful St. Malo

Aurora Quick Tip – Ghosting!

Well, more anti-ghosting. This is a quick edit of one of my favorite photos of Shanghai where I show how to get rid of the scary ghost ships! 🙂 This is edited with Aurora HDR.

Daily Photo – Beautiful St. Malo

This is the first photo I've ever posted from this beautiful place. I was only here for a few hours during our European tour. My friend Serge told me about this magical little fortressed medieval town along the coast of Normandy. I said it sounded like my kind of place. I'm always a sucker for these sorts of places… Since I didn't have a lot of time there, I took most of my photos with the quadcopter, as it can move a lot faster than I can!

Beautiful St. Malo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 18:17:55
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Magical Castle at Night

Luminar Quick Tip

If you don’t have this amazing tool, be sure to get Luminar on Skylum’s website. It’s really a great tool! In this video, I show a bit about how to enhance foliage with one of their cool tools. I also briefly mention my new drone tutorial in this video, which is now available in the store.

Daily Photo – The Magical Castle at Night

Many hardcore people get angry when I call this a castle because it's actually more of a monastery on top of a medieval village. But I'm not much for semantics and the form largely ticks the “castle” pattern-recognition part of my brain. This is Mont St. Michel in the Normandy area of France. I still recommend this as an amazing destination, even if you are not into photography. It's kind of touristy in the daytime, but it really clears out in the evening. If you're looking for a “lively” place with lots of cool bars and restaurants, it's definitely not that kind of place. But if you're looking for a place where you can play real-life Assassin's Creed, well it's much more that kinda place.

The Magical Castle at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-13 22:50:04
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length250.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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Some Favorites from Paris!

Some Favorites from Paris!

So many great memories from Paris! Here are four of my favorite photos from the romantic city!


Windows in Paris – The Saint Chapelle I wish I could find a good wide-angle lens like this Nikon 14-24 for my Sony NEX-7. I think one is coming out in a month or so… and I’m thinking of trying out the Olympus 7-14mm (Adorama link). The NEX-7 has served me as a good camera while my D800 is getting repaired!(Edit, I’ve changed my mind and decided to wait on this new lens from Sony)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Time Lasts Forever in Paris Oh Paris! Le sigh…These were not the ideal shooting conditions, as idyllic as the scene might appear. This is all handheld, btw, no tripod, and here’s the rest of the sad tripod story.To get to this spot, you have to walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. My first few times there, I did not even know you could get to the top! I felt quite dumb when I found out you can walk up about 20,000 stairs to get here.Once I got up there, I staked out a position with my tripod, and then Frenchy McFrenchface came over and told me I could not use my tripod. I explained that I was an arteeeest, and surely he would in the 19th century no one asked the impressionists to put their easels away. This was a losing argument, although I still think it’s a pretty good one. It will work one day, and I won’t give up this line of persuasion.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Another Summer Day in Paris I'm having an amazing time in Paris.  As usual, it's off-the-rails perfect.  The weather has been remarkable, the sunsets amazing, and the chocolate flows like mana from heaven.   I made it over to the Eiffel Tower for a big night of shooting, and arrived there just as the sun was setting.  I have a few little special spots I like to visit around the tower that are not full of tourists and the like.This shot looks much more delicate, perhaps, than I did while achieving it.  Unfortunately, this was one of those tricky ones where the tripod legs were splayed out like a flattened armadillo.  I looked beyond redonkulous while taking it...Read the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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