Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt with our competition winner Martin!

Here’s the Facebook LIVE from at the soundcheck for the Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena with our big contest winner Martin Ronsenkratz and his wife who came with him to see the concert! While we were filming Lisa Gerrard was belting out one of my favorites from Gladiator while the sound crew gets the levels right. A night spent taking photos while listening to incredible music, couldn’t ask for anything better. Below are some of my favorite photos from both the Budapest and Frankfurt concerts, check them out!



Here’s the first concert we visited in Budapest… the lighting here was just incredible, so I decided to do my own take as a tribute to Inception.



During sound check in Frankfurt, Hans jumped on stage to play “Video Killed the Radio Star,” a song that came out of his very first band (a rarely known fact!).



Lisa Gerrard belts out one of her heart-wrenching songs from Gladiator (Now We are Free).



Everyone in the band seems to do multiple things. Here’s some of the great violinists jump in to do some backup singing.



In the middle of the Frankfurt concert (this is Hans’ home town in Germany), a golden sunset started streaming through the stadium.



Behind the scenes were 10x as many people making sure the show went well. There was so much lighting and control mechanisms – I thought it was all quite overwhelming to even conceive of, much less control.



Tina Guo, one of the featured cellists, tears apart more strings from her bow. I told her it looks kind of like she’s playing a quadcopter, eh?



Here’s the old piano that Hans plays throughout the concert. He told me he gets really nervous before the show, so worried he’s going to hit the wrong note… so that’s why he puts little stars on the keys.



Hans conducts his band during Interstellar, one of the final numbers.

An old public bathroom to buy burgers

Late May in Berlin for Photo Walk

Make sure to check out our our 80 Stays Tour Website for all the info on our FREE Photo Walk in Berlin on the 20th May!

Daily Photo – An old public bathroom to buy burgers.

Welcome to one of the most famous burger places in Berlin! We asked our concierge at the Ritz-Carlton where to go get a cool meal. He said, well, there is a place under the railroad tracks that used to be a public restroom and has been converted to a place to get great burgers. Say no more! Curtis and I went straight there! πŸ™‚

An old public bathroom to buy burgers.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 01:30:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Gehry Architecture

How do I make Prints for collectors?

Here’s a video from our Fine Art Prints page at www.TreyRatcliff.com. It shows how we fabricate the prints here in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Daily Photo – Gehry Architecture

This is amazing Dusseldorf, where I've been twice to inspect the prints above. I try to go out at night a little and explore this new section of the city. There are three Gehry buildings here, and this one is a favorite. I'll share a photo of this mirrored thing in the middle of the day too; as you can imagine, it looks quite different.

Gehry Architecture

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-09 01:51:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • 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! πŸ™‚

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

Berlin Art Show

I gave a little talk during the event and it was recorded on Facebook live. Here it is below – enjoy!

Daily Photo – The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

I was lucky enough to stay here for several nights during my art show in Berlin. We had a fun party up here after the art show as well… there's this one secret bookcase that slides back into the wall. That's always a big hit! I feel bad that I wasn't really there long enough to enjoy it… it was such a beautiful spot, but I was so busy running this way and that, I didn't have a lot of “peaceful relaxation” time… but maybe when I go back!

The View from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin Penthouse Apartment

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 16:44:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Bats in the Belfry in Cologne

More from this amazing Cathedral

And here are two more photos of this amazing place. One from the outside and one from the inside.

Amazing Cologne

The Universe In Cologne

Daily Photo – Bats in the Belfry in Cologne

Those are bats, yes? We all sat there staring up for eons wondering if they were bats. I think they are. I wouldn't exactly say I'm an expert in flying reptiles. I'm really much more of an armchair-flying-reptile expert. And, from my hypothetical armchair, they are most certainly bats.

Bats in the Belfry in Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-24 04:16:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fragrances in Berlin

Making a Special Drink

Here’s a live broadcast where I show more of the interior of this place and the unique way in which they make drinks.

Daily Photo – Fragrances in Berlin

If you look close, you can see a bit of ghosting from the bartender here in Fragrances (the bar inside the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin). When I was shooting, people were asking if they could get out of my way. I usually tell them no, because I like a bit of ghosting and some mystery in there. It's also funny when I walk into a place with a tripod that they think there is something QUITE SERIOUS going on. It's actually just the opposite… complete silliness and fun!

Fragrances in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-30 23:04:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

A little embedded action

Here’s a Vimeo of one of the sets at the Mayan Warrior I mentioned yesterday!

DJ Three – Mayan Warrior – Thursday Night – Burning Man – 2016 from Mayan Warrior on Vimeo.

Daily Photo – Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

We asked our concierge for a unique restaurant in Berlin, and they recommended we visit this burger place that used to be a public toilet under the train tracks. Sign us up! And that's where we headed, to the famous Burgermeister. It was a TASTY Burger for sure… while waiting on said burger in said former public toilet, I went across the street to take this photo… you can see the train tracks up above to the right.

Heading to the Burgermeister in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 01:24:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Berlin Wall

Mini Wall

I’m not sure what that small wall there on the left is. Do any of you? My guess is that is was from another wall in another country that was partially brought here after it also fell. But that’s just a theory.

Daily Photo – The Berlin Wall

This was my fourth trip to Germany, but my first one to Berlin. What an amazing city! I could really see myself living there for a while. It reminded me a lot of New York City, except even more bohemian and artsy. Within 12 hours of getting there, I made the pilgrimage here to the Berlin Wall. This is a continuous stretch of about 1.5km that is still standing, now fully decorated by artists.

The Berlin Wall

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 00:33:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Universe in Cologne

Speaking of Macphun

Don’t forget to grab the new Aurora HDR 2017 that we co-developed with Macphun and these two ladies in the photo below!

Daily Photo – The Universe in Cologne

While we were in Cologne for Photokina, we went out with Macphun almost every night. It was Alex and these two gals, Oksana and Julianna. On the last night there, we all wandered over to the amazing Cologne cathedral. When we walked in, we were totally shocked to see a mostly darkened room along with a huge screen playing an animated slideshow of Hubble Telescope images. There were ethereal, surreal sounds of space playing all through the stone walls. All around the outside were priests that you could talk to about the infinity of space and the universe… it was completely eclectic and amazing!

I didn't have my tripod, so I borrowed one from a random Chinese tourist. Also, I didn't have my wide-angle – just my 35 prime! So I made a panorama. When I took the tripod back, it turns out that the gentleman subscribes to my newsletter of all things β€” crazy universe!

The Universe in Cologne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-24 04:38:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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