Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

New Technique!

I used kind of a new experimental technique with this photo… still trying to come up with something repeatable. When I do, I’ll be sure to share it here 🙂

Daily Photo – Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

This photo is kind of like yesterday's, eh? It's actually on the same coast, and the place we stopped just after leaving Barcelona. This is Nice, France. Our bus pulled in and stopped for breakfast. So I jumped on the net at Googled “Rooftop Restaurants in Nice” – always a great search! I do this in every city to find great places to take photos… Google is really smart now too because it tells you whether or not the place is open or not.

Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 11:18:44
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Monet’s Garden in Giverny

Time to Re-Arrange my Portfolio!

I’ve not taken the time in the last 6 months to swap out my favorite portfolio images. I try to get in there every 3 months or so, but I’ve been too busy. I do very much enjoy the process. Most of you know that I keep my portfolio over on Smugmug – they’ve been great and are still the best.

If you go see my portfolio there, you may notice the top 100 photos or so will be changing in the next few days as I endeavor to re-arrange. I always advise this for photographers of all levels. Go in every few months and see if you have any new photos that get into your top 100!

Monet's Garden in Giverny

When our bus pulled out of Paris on the way to Normandy, we decided to stop in Giverny and the home of Claude Monet. Since Monet is one of my favorite painters, I wanted to do my humble best to capture his garden pond and lilypads in all their glory!

Monet's Garden in Giverny

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 11:45:52
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Mont Saint Michel in the Dark

Karma Story

I’m a big believer in Karma, and when it doesn’t work out at all, I always find it humorous. Some of you may know I’m a beekeeper… I have about five hives and occasionally there are bees around the house or even in the house. One morning, I was making my coffee in the dark kitchen and I saw a bee slowly crawling across our countertop. Usually bees do this when they are exhausted and about to die. It was a pitiful thing, so I went to go get some honey and I put a bit on the end of a knife, and slid the knife close to the bee’s head. The bee was excited and crawled up to start getting some much-needed calories so it could fly back. I was holding my coffee, watching this whole thing happen, and thinking about what great karma I have, and then I spilled my coffee down my stomach and crotch! haha… just goes to show you to have good karma but not give yourself credit for it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel in the Dark

We had an amazing day in Mont Saint Michel. It was much too short, and I want to go back again to explore more… but I was happy to escape with a few shots! Here's one that I took right before I was about to give up and walk back to our bus. I was about to pack up my tripod but then turned around to see a bus coming toward Mont Saint Michel. I quickly set everything up to get a long exposure right as soon as the bus passed, hoping it would give some dreamy light streaks towards the old monastery.

Mont Saint Michel in the Dark

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 22:02:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

European Photo Walk Announcement Yay!

I’m doing TEN (count ’em 10) free photo walks across Europe… also a few special day-long workshops. Wanna see the list of places? Come check out the new site at 80stays.treyratcliff.com!

See your city? Tell your friends! 🙂

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! 🙂 Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR will do swimmingly. I share lots of tips and tricks, do Q&A, and more… even better, we get to roam part of the city taking photos together. Come on out – I can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Down in the French Dungeon

Midnight in Paris

This was one of my favorite collaborations! I’m looking forward to doing more of these. If you want to get it, pop into the store and get the Midnight in Paris video!

Daily Photo – Down in the French Dungeon

Right outside of Paris, we rented a mansion for a few days to hold a great event! While there, we, of course, went down in the dungeon to get some photos… it's a fairly extreme HDR situation as you might imagine! We all really had a great time, and it was amazing to see what Miss Aniela created down here!

Down in the French Dungeon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-03-16 19:22:10
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Spartacus

Here’s a wild show recommendation. Remember the move “300”? If you liked that kind of raw, ethereal, slow-motion absolute violence, then I recommend all four seasons of Spartacus. I know it’s probably a ridiculous thing to say, but I watched every episode and enjoyed them all! It connects to my base male-side, unapologetically. There are really beautiful, interesting, and intense scenes. It’s not for the faint of heart. There’s some of the most intense violence and sex you’ve ever seen, but if you’re cool with that, then jump on board for a wi

Daily Photo – A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Who would have thought some of the best Roman ruins were in Nimes, France? Not me! But they are. I find them generally better preserved than the ruins in Rome itself! I’ve always been a fan of Roman history, so I geek out when I see this stuff. In this same arena, the following night, I saw Sting perform, which was a most wonderful anachronism.

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-18 12:59:02
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Nearly Midnight in Paris

On Another Episode of The New Screen Savers

The New Sony A7Rii and the RX100 Mark 4 — talking about them with Leo Laporte on The New Screen Savers.

This was a fun show for sure… all kinds of stuff actually happened… this is the “highlight reel” kinda with just my stuff on there… but you can also see a little Catherine Hall action!

See my Sony A7r Review at or go watch the full episode here: https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/8

Midnight in Paris: Video Tutorial

Don’t forget to check out the Midnight in Paris video tutorial here on the site… it’s a winner and I’m sure you’ll discover some great stuff in

Daily Photo – Nearly Midnight in Paris

Here’s one of my favorite images during our time at this amazing chateau near Paris. We had a fabulous weekend there and I was happy to meet so many new friends. I hope you enjoy the video series above!

Nearly Midnight in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-08 20:50:13
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

Updated the Sony A7r Review

I’ve just added more photos and info to the Sony A7r Review here on the site – check it out! 🙂

Does anyone know the history here?

So, I do like the photo I posted today, but there is ONE thing that REALLY bothers me. When you see it, you can’t unsee it. Go ahead… take a moment to look.

Did you see it? You see how there is not real symmetry here? The triangle is right in the middle, but if you follow that hallway straight, then it is way off to the side. It’s not even close, really, even though everything else around the Louvre is symmetrical and perfectly placed. I can’t figure out why this one particular (and major north/south corridor) is so off-center, and I was wondering if there is a reason for it. It must have been some major problem in the construction that no one realized until later. And I’m sure it bothered everyone that was involved with the process… anyway, probably going down a rat hole here…

Daily Photo – Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

No matter how you approach the Louvre it is impressive. The entire building is the Louvre — that pyramid bit is just the entrance. I remember when I was a kid and they built that pyramid bit and how controversial it was. Now I can't imagine this place without it! It would be even better if there was total symmetry with all the interdependent hallways (*ahem*!)

Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Chateau at the End of the Lane

From the Midnight in Paris Tutorial

We did a great event last year in Paris. Most of you may already know about it, but here’s a video about it in case this is new to you! Today’s photo was taken from the event as well…

Daily Photo – The Chateau at the End of the Lane

You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a whole chateau for the day! There are SO MANY of them all over France, and a ton of them just sit there empty. It's so crazy-expensive to run them and maintain them that they just kind of sit there collecting dust. I was afraid that when we rented this place it would be like $10,000 for a few days or something, but it was all less than $1,000 I believe. What a deal! And, when we were inside on the first day, it was so strange… it was kind of like we had the whole place to ourselves and we didn't know what to do with all the space and all the power! It was kind of dizzying — but at least it was dizzying in a beautiful place.

The Chateau at the End of the Lane

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-08 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length160.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cute Cat in Paris Market

80 Days – 8,000 Photos

Today’s photo you may recognize from this video sequence below! 🙂

Daily Photo – Cute Cat in Paris Market

Whenever I walk around cities, I carry two different cameras. One has a lens for landsapes and wide-angle stuff. That one is usually also on a tripod. For the second one, I carry a different lens for portraits, street photography, or “found things” photography. Like this! I walked into a little market by a subway entrance and it was full of hundreds of tiny little things here and there…

Cute Cat in Paris Market

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-17 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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