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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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! 🙂

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

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  • 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

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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! 🙂 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

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  • 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

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The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

Daily Photo – The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

I've been using that Insta 360 camera more and more to get video footage for Passport Members. I don't really take many photos with it. It's a bit clumsy for that. You have to triple-click the button, then hold it over your head and wait for the 10-second countdown. So, there's a lot of luck involved when trying to time a certain kind of shot. Most are total rubbish, but I thought this one turned out kinda cool.

The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

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  • Date Taken2018-04-17 10:56:58
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The Mystery Ceiling

Today on Passport

Usually, I give photo tips, but for today’s Passport I give some travel tips. Mostly these are travel tips in Tokyo, but the idea of exploration will work almost anywhere. You’ll also see me use the Explore for Food options using Google Maps. I use that all the time now to find tasty places to eat!

Today are some travel tips from Tokyo! I take you to a few cool places around there, show you how I find good food, show you my favorite crazy store Don Quixote, and more! It’s all in 360, so feel free to spin the camera around to watch whatever you wanna watch! 🙂

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Daily Photo – The Mystery Ceiling

Here's a little trick for taking photos of ornate ceilings like this. It's not actually that difficult once you know the trick. The first thing is to find the very very middle of the room. If you're a little bit off, it's tough to fix. Then, take set up your camera for a longer exposure. If you have a mirrorless camera, you can just look up and see if the exposure looks right. If you have a DSLR, do a few handheld shots and look at the results. Sure, it will be blurry, but you're just making sure the brightness is good. Last, turn on the timer (I do 2 seconds), set it on the ground, take the photo, then jump away so you are not in the shot!

The Mystery Ceiling

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  • Date Taken2016-01-19 18:28:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

Movie Night Presets

Today’s photo is a good example from my new Lightroom Presets! Every night I was there, it was very rainy, so that gave me a good excuse to go out and explore. I spent most of my time in Shinjuku, mostly because of all the ambient light and Blade-Runner like signs.

Daily Photo – Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

One thing, in particular, I've noticed about Tokyo is their penchant for opaque umbrellas. I think this actually makes a lot of sense because the umbrella holder can see where they are going. I, myself, would also use an umbrella of this sort if I was not so busy taking photos of people using these sorts of umbrellas.

Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:22:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Best Sushi Dinner In Tokyo And The World

I have a friend from Japan named Sony Suzuki. Yes, that’s his real name! And he has no association with either company. Well, I don’t think so. He’s so humble and awesome that he probably started both of them.

Anyway, he invited my son and I to his famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo called Kumagai Kuon. I’ve eaten a lot of amazing sushi in my life, but this was the best, by far! Even my son, Ethan (16), who has quite the hamburger-centric palette was overwhelmed and ate every single bite.

I realized, after I had sat down, that I had been here once before with two gentlemen from Google when I was here years ago to give a speech at their HQ. I didn’t think I’d ever come back to such a place, since I thought this was only frequented by Google executives and royalty. But I was back, and man o man, was I excited.

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The Master Craftsman and my son Ethan

There are no “menus” in these places, you see. It’s called Omakase or “trust the chef”.
Whenever there is a situation where you can trust the chef, I always trust the chef. I eat anything. Anything. I am happy I’ve reached Level 10 of 10 when eating where I can be happy and enthusiastic about any kind of food. I still have ADULT friends who are Level 3, Level 4, etc, and they just don’t eat certain things because of some reason this or that. My wife is vegan; she would not have trusted the chef. It’s fine, you vegans, do whatever you want. It doesn’t bother me. But wow, you are really missing out on indulging in the food chain at this place.

This kitchen and restaurant was built especially for this chef. It only sat eight people. There were six people dining at different times this evening along with me and Ethan. There was some famous television guy beside me with a really beautiful flight attendant and then two other women that were busy chatting to one another about work or something. I don’t know. My son knows some Japanese so he filled me in later on all their office politics. But everyone was nice. And the gentleman beside me bought me his favorite sake drink and presented his card in the most gracious possible manner.

Speaking of sake, Sony-san has this place filled up with some of the best dry sake from all over Japan. Much of it isn’t even sold publicly. They have to drive around and get it from small family distilleries and the like. I thought almost all sake tasted more or less the same until I came here. But I didn’t have too much sake, as I wanted to keep my wits about me to enjoy the 15+ courses of food!

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Dry Sake Tasting

The chef himself was very gracious and a true artist. Before the meal, I pulled Ethan aside and suggested that he might really enjoy watch the elegance with which a true chef moves. When guys go out together, they often don’t talk much. This is a strange thing for women to understand, but it’s true. Sometimes they talk a lot; sometimes almost nothing. But, this gives a great opportunity for guys like me and Ethan just to watch the chef hone his art. Even the way that he moves the knife across a vegetable is like a tiny Cirque de Soliel.

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Real Wasabi Root and Traditional Shark Skin Grater

Below are most of the things that were served to me. I forgot a few. I put a few captions below to explain what they are. Or, at least, in my very bad translation. I’m pretty close in most cases. Anyway, Sony did not ask me to take photos or anything; I just did this because I was so excited by the meal and experience! Some of these photos were taken with the A7r Mark 3 (See the Sony A7r Mark 3 Review here) and the others with the Pixel 2 (read the Google Pixel 2 Review here). I bet you can’t tell the difference!


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Round 1 – Flounder + Wasabi + Rock Salt

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Round 2 – Japanese Flyer Fish + Leeks + Liver

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Round 3 – Seared Yellowtail + Spicy Raddish

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Round 4 – Seared Seabass Nigiri

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Round 5 – Soy Marinated Tuna Nigiri

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Round 6 – Half Beak Nigiri

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Round 7 – Squid sashimi + Horseradish + White Onion

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Round 8 – Octopus Head + Seaweed + Fish Eggs

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Round 9 – Tiger Prawn Nigiri

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Round 10 – Tempura Hokkaido Ice Fish

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Round 11 – Sea Urchin Nigiri

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Round 12 – Gindara Fish

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Round 13 – Fatty Tuna Nigiri

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Round 14 – Seawater Eel Nigiri

Anyway, it’s the best sushi in Tokyo. If you’re there, treat yourself!

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Getting Drinks in Tokyo

Passport 360 Special from Tokyo

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Tane’s Brother Nemo At F/.24 Alcohol Content

I made three cool 360 videos on my most recent trip to Tokyo. The first one of them is Very Passive! It’s just me and my son getting off the subway and walking around Shibuya. I tried not to talk during it just so you could see the sights and hear the sounds of Tokyo. The second you will see tomorrow!

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Daily Photo – Getting Drinks in Tokyo

This is one of those hundred tiny bars in Golden Gai. I think one reason we came in here is because the bartender was pretty cute. It's a shallow reason, I know, but it's as good as any. She didn't speak a lick of English, but she seemed to know the name of every cocktail, which was more than suitable for the evening. I went in here with my 17 year old son Ethan and our friend Nemo (pictured above).

Getting Drinks in Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2018-02-02 02:46:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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