Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

A Birthday Message from Trey!

Hey it’s my birthday and all that stuff. No big deal; just an arbitrary radian around the sun, but I can come to you, my 48th, with a nice birthday message. When I turned 35 is when I initially got into photography… so it’s never too late! The best time to start trying something you think might be a calling for you is Right Now! Speaking of that, here’s a promo of our new Beginning Photography Tutorial.

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

I know I'm getting old and everything, but when I was at KL Tower seven years ago, I don't remember an “outside” area. I remember shooting through a window and having a terrible time with the glare. Now, of course, I use a Lens Skirt, but I didn't know about it back then. Anyway, this time I went to a new level that had an outside area where you could get unobscured shots of the city.

Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 00:39:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Aurora HDR Tip – Reflections

This is a video that shows how I enhance reflections using Aurora HDR 2018. I took this photo at a cool outdoor shopping area in Singapore. Believe it or not, they air-condition the OUTSIDE, which seems like a ridiculous waste of money… but hey, Singapore is a pretty wealthy spot!

Daily Photo – Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to spend some time with Liz out of New Zealand! She joined me as part of the #80Stays tour in Kuala Lumpur. Boy, was it hot while we were there! It was probably over 90 degrees when we went into this mosque where we had to put on these heavy robes. Outside, there was a little bit of a breeze, at least. It had recently rained and left a thin layer of water on the marble… so it made for a nice reflection shot. Find out more about Liz's story from her visit on her blog.

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:16:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Ferrofluid Fun

Here’s a very cool thing I found on the internet by chance! It’s a place that sells these cool mini-art toy-things (not sure what to call them), where they have suspended ferrofluids inside glass. Ferrofluids refer to iron-based fluids. You can then use magnets to do all kids of crazy things… I’m going to buy one or two, but I haven’t decided which ones yet! Go see for yourself at
Concept Zero.

Daily Photo – A Final Dinner in Langkawi

This was one of our favorite haunts while staying at the Ritz-Carlton resort there. This is called The Beach Grill. It's all open-air, and right by the ocean. Obviously, there was a lot of Malaysian food choices, all great if you like Malaysian food (which I do). One thing that always gets me about Malaysians is how much they like their food. And when they are not eating food, they are talking about food! It kind of reminds me of Austin (which I also like), where Austonians sit around and talk about how awesome Austin is.

A Final Dinner in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:49:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Staring off into the sunset

The Hasselblad X1D Quick Review Video

You can read my full X1D Review here on the site, but just now I am adding this video to it as well. It shows some of my first impressions with the camera. Note that in the time since I made this video, I now shoot with the Sony a lot more. You can see my Sony A7rIII Review here as well.

Daily Photo – Staring off into the sunset

Langkawi delivered a great sunset every night! This is something I remember distinctly from my first trip there about ten years ago. In my ongoing quest to ATTEMPT to take photos with people in them, I saw this a great opportunity on the edge of the infinity pool. There was just this window of about 30 seconds when the close-up water and the distant ocean were the exact same color.

Staring off into the sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:37:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A New Rock Band in Kuala Lumpur

New Drone Tutorial – advance access for Passport Members!

I just put the finishing touches on a really awesome new video tutorial series on drones/quadcopters. If you’re a Passport Member, you get free access to that as well as a bunch of other tutorials and goodies. Here’s a little trailer below. The whole thing will be available for sale soon to everyone else if you just want the standalone version. Below is the trailer for it!

A Failed Timelapse

I realized that I don’t talk enough about all my failures. They are numerous and disastrous! Anyway, here’s one for you.

I know my Phantom has a mode that allows it to take a photo every five seconds. I thought I could maybe make an elevated timelapse. You know, launch the quadcopter on a fairly windless day and leave it up there till the battery runs out. Good idea, right? Well, it didn’t really work out. Below are the two videos.

Video 1 is the initial capture:

Video 2 is after stabilization. It still looks bad! So, anyway, there’s a few hours down the drain! 🙂

Daily Photo – A New Rock Band in Kuala Lumpur

Well, it's not really a rock band, but maybe some day! I was in the Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur, which is a famous Hindu temple. There is a massive cave network there, and this was inside one of the biggest chambers. As you can see, there is plenty of graffiti and all kinds of scrawlings. There's a huge staircase to get to the top, so people often like to take a little rest. I saw these four resting and went over to take a quick photo.

A New Rock Band in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-29 20:43:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur

24 Hours in the Earnslaw Burn

This is a good video! I think you’re really gonna like it. I spent 24 hours camping out in a very remote area of the Southern Alps. You can see some of what went on when I was getting some special photos for a patron. We choppered in and there was a bit more drama than I would have liked!

We released this first over a year ago to the Passport Members. Hey, you should join up! Why not?!?

Daily Photo – A Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur

How beautiful is this temple at night? My friend Liz there went during the day and it was pretty spectacular. It was a hot day for sure, and she was definitely complaining about the heat. Hey, I was too! But then, I figured, I'll go at night. I swear it was just as hot at night time! It doesn't look like it, but this is about seven stories up from the ground level. And in those humid, hot conditions, getting up here while carrying a bunch of stuff is sort of a sweaty experience!

A Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-01 01:28:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Re-visiting the SkyBar

How to Make Features Extra-Tall

This is Part 4 of the Glenorchy series where I show a little Photoshop trick illustrating how to make mountains taller! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Re-visiting the SkyBar

It's been about eight years since I've been to this place (atop the Trader's in Kuala Lumpur) and it was exciting to return! It's pretty much the exact same as I remember it. My goal was to try to improve on previous photos. One of the best areas to go here, even on crowded nights, is the second floor. It's usually empty and there are good railings to secure your camera, as tripods are not allowed.

Re-visiting the SkyBar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-30 02:31:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Testing the Phantom 4 Pro

Right when I got this machine (see my Phantom 4 Review), I took it around a few favorite spots in New Zealand to check out the quality. I wasn’t disappointed! I made a quickie little highlight video to show off the clarity and color balance. None of this is color-corrected or anything,… straight from the Micro SD card to you!

Daily Photo – Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Here's our assistant Tane, fresh after shaving his head on the road. The next day we happened to visit the Federal Mosque and we had to wear robes. I thought the whole thing looked like a bit of a timeless scene. And even though I asked Tane to stand there for a photo, I did not expect our friend Liz (@YoungAdventuress) to come sauntering along from the right side. I thought it all made for a nice photo.

Tane in the Element at a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-31 23:05:52
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Sunset in Langkawi

Time Travel to 11 Years Ago in Langkawi!

Just when I was getting started in photography, I used to spend a lot of time in Langkawi. I loved it, and I still do. Yes, my style has shifted a bit since then, and this is a pretty stark example of it. I took this one evening right before a huge rainstorm hit the beach. A classic from… drumroll… 2007! Did I take this on a Nikon? I think so… D70 if I recall!

The Blue Before the Storm This was taken literally five minutes before I got drenched to go under the shade and drink coffee for an hour, stranded with my camera, imagining my panacea of Photomatix later in the day.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Last Sunset in Langkawi

We ended the first part of our 80 Stays here in Langkawi, Malaysia. The Ritz-Carlton pool there was ridiculous. Even more enticing, it was right by a bar. I was at great odds because I could not decide if I wanted to get in the pool, or take a photo of my friend @LauraKTroy (she does Marketing and Social Media stuff for the RC) while she was enjoying it! Truth be told, I enjoy taking photos of infinity pools at sunset just as much as actually being in the pool. Call me crazy.

The Last Sunset in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:20:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

The Taking of this Shot

You can see a lot of what happened in the creation of this shot in this video below — enjoy! 🙂

Daily Photo – 10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I do love this airport! It's absolutely beautiful and the reflections are what I think really does it for me. I don't know how often they have to buff these things, but they must have a crew of 100 people constantly buffing it! I really wanted to take off my shoes and just slide all around like a little kid in socks… I was there for so long, I should have!

10 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-05-23 13:32:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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