Autumn in Kyoto

From the Archives

How about a blast from the past? Here is a Very Old Video from Japan. I made this on one of my first trips there. Obviously, I was still experimenting with video… slo-mo, timelapse, all that jazz. Either way, you’ll definitely enjoy the part with the snow monkeys. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Autumn in Kyoto

If you only have a week or so to spend in Japan, I recommend spending an equal amount of time in Tokyo and Kyoto. That way, you get to see the crazy Blade-Runner city side of Tokyo and the pastoral, natural side of Kyoto. I took this photo right in the beginning of Autumn at a temple near Kyoto. By the way, there are about 100 temples just a short drive from the main city, and you can't go wrong with any of them. I was actually a week or two early before the colors really started to change, but you can already see shape of the incredible colors there.

Autumn in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-07 18:24:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Anthill and New Art Series

Series 2 in full swing

If you pop over to TreyRatcliff.com you can see today’s photos is one of the new works featured in Series 2.

Bag Giveaway Complete!

Yesterday we gave away two of the new bags! It went to Tobias Knabe and his dad! The winner gets to choose who the second bag goes to… anyway, there are about 5 days left in the Kickstarter for the new travel bag, so don’t miss out.

In the video below, I talk more about how I’ve been using the bag and how I plan to use it for this upcoming 100km hike in Spain.

Daily Photo – Anthill

This city is a three dimensional Tetris that built strange-shaped block by strange-shaped block. And they all fit in as the lower levels disappear year after year. One of my favorite things about this photo is that you can't quite tell what city it is… it happens to be Tokyo.

Anthill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Speaking of Cinema…

Don’t miss my new Movie Night Lightroom Presets! I think you’ll be really surprised how well they work! Here’s a little video about them.

Daily Photo – A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Nothing beats a light rainstorm in Tokyo. Well, maybe except for a snowstorm, but I've never been lucky enough to be there for those. I probably took over 1,000 photos this night in the rain. I didn't have any protection for the Sony A7r Mark 3 either… and it held up perfectly. I think I had on the 24-105mm lens the whole time… it was getting absolutely soaked, but it never missed a beat!

A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:19:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

Rough Japan Plans

My rough rough plan with Ethan is still to head up to Japan when he graduates in late November and try to get him a job teaching English. I think it would be an amazing first job after high school. Japan is very safe and he already knows a little bit of Japanese, even though that isn’t a requirement. I also like this idea because it will give me more reasons to go visit him in Japan!

Daily Photo – Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

I know everyone goes on and on about the Cherry Blossom bloom in Spring as one of the best times to visit Japan, but I think the Autumn may be just as pretty. Japan has such a wide variety of trees… and they all turn and change color slightly differently. Also, Japan has a big weather difference from the far south to the far north, so, if you're making a longer trip, you can start up at the north and travel south as the leaves slowly change with your journey.

Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-04 05:37:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

New Videos on the Way!

While we have been all over Asia, we’ve been creating a ton of different videos for you. Some are instructional, but I’d say most are kind of inspirational. Little ideas to get your creative juices flowing! We’re just wrapping up a few more sponsors before we unleash them to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Now I'm not exactly sure what this place of business is offering since I can't read much Japanese. I see that it says “Peep Show” but all the imagery on the outside seems to be of a 3D animated character. It would not surprise me at all if you went inside and were watching Anime Manga Porn of not-real people. The Japanese people certainly have their kinks. Actually, thinking about it now, I really should have gone in to see exactly what was going on… but I was with my son Ethan, and it would be strange to say, “Hey dude, wait here for 2 hours while I go inside to investigate.”

More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 02:38:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Perfect Colors in Okinawa

Back to Japan in July?

Maybe so! I might be going back with Ethan to explore some possible places he could get a job after high-school. He’s keen to teach English there, so we need to figure out a way to make that happen. I think it would be an amazing first job. My bestie Rene Smith did this, and I guess he turned out to be okay, He’s like the okayist guy I know.

Daily Photo – Perfect Colors in Okinawa

This is the top level of the Ritz-Carlton there in Okinawa, Japan. What a beautiful spot! The whole property is poised high on a hill so you can see all around the island. The first time we came here with the kids, we spent quite a bit of time down in the beach area. There was this big floating playground out there that the kids loved. Actually, we loved it too. It's hard to explain, but it invited lots of jumping and dangerous moves. I started rough-housing with Ethan and I think we both ended up with a few minor injuries!

Perfect Colors in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-17 01:55:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

Tane doing his usual thing, being half naked and eating yogurt in traffic

Post-Processing the Pretzel Man

Speaking of men with Pretzel-like-qualities (see today’s photo), here’s video where I show how I edited this photo from Cairo, Egypt. We were right by this lantern shop in some ruins (now a bazaar) and this man walked through with this tremendous stack of pretzels. It proved a little difficult to process.

Daily Photo – Tane doing his usual thing, being half naked and eating yogurt in traffic

When we went back to Okinawa for the second time, we decided this is one photo that we didn't quite have yet. Luckily, Tane is up for this kind of abuse and he seems to welcome it with reckless aplomb. I can only imagine what all those Japanese people were thinking about as they rolled by in their cars.

Tane doing his usual thing, being half naked and eating yogurt in traffic

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-15 20:29:55
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

Presets for Lightroom

Over in the “Presets” area of the store, you’ll see we all sorts from Lightroom to Aurora to Luminar. The newest ones are the “Movie Night” Presets and here’s a little promo video for them:

Daily Photo – The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

This is getting me excited about going back to Tokyo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I went on a reconnaissance mission there with my son to look into him teaching English for a year after he graduates from high school. I don't know if we made a lot of headway with the research, but we sure had a good time anyway! I spent most of this last trip around Shinjuku, where all the lights are over-the-top amazing and make for great reflections in the rain.

The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:28:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length48.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bridge Crossings in Osaka

Exciting News from Patrick Rothfuss

Okay this is pretty niche stuff… but I am a huge Rick & Morty fan, and it turns out that Patrick Rothfuss (author of The Name of the Wind) is also a huge fan! Well, they are about to make a new series of comic books for Rick & Morty and Rothfuss is going to be writing them… I can’t imagine this mix of two of my favorite things!

Daily Photo – Bridge Crossings in Osaka

This is quite the target-rich area of Osaka! I would just criss-cross the bridges and walk up and down this little river to get as many photos as possible. And, it doesn't seem to matter which one I process, as they all come out looking pretty good! One “slight” problem is they all come out looking quite similar as well. But since they're all pretty good, I just pulled a random one here for you to see.

Bridge Crossings in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-19 11:12:31
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time23
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Classic Fuji-san!

Searching on SmugMug

Remember that if you want to see more photos of a particular location, you can always go over to my Portfolio on SmugMug and do a search at the top. For example here is a search for Japan. It returns the photos with some sort of rank that coincides with “most popular,” although I am not sure how that algorithm works!

Daily Photo – Classic Fuji-san!

How amazing is this volcano! It's right out of a storybook. On my most recent trip, I tried out the bus system to get me out here to explore the area, I finally mastered the subway system (which took many failed attempts), but I was always a bit afraid of the bus system. Now, I haven't quite mastered that yet, but I'm on the right path!

Classic Fuji-san!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-14 13:21:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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