The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Drone Shots

I had a lot of fun flying the drone through this factory. Wow did it throw up a lot of dust! I can’t wait to see how the final footage turns out.

Daily Photo – The Abandoned Rubber Factory

This was one of the strangest places we visited in St. Petersburg. I'm not sure how Olya knew about this place. I guess this is just the kind of place that Russians hang out in. There certainly were a bunch of others around there! It was kind of dangerous, actually… I'm not really much of an adventure-seeker in these abandoned places that are falling down all around you. But it was fun for a bit of hardcore HDR action!

The Abandoned Rubber Factory

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 17:44:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

Netflix Suggestion

If you haven’t watched “Chef’s Table” on Netflix, then I highly recommend it. The restaurant featured in today’s photo is from Season 3 of the series. I know almost nothing about cooking (I can make toast, barely), but I still love the show!

Daily Photo – The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

I was lucky enough to visit this amazing restaurant one evening. When I wasn't eating amazing food, I was running around to get as many photos as I could. You may remember another photo of Moscow photo I got of the downtown area. I took it from the balcony which is just outside.

The White Rabbit Restaurant in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 21:10:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Asking to take people’s photos

I know MOST photographers are too shy or afraid to ask people to take their photos. Don’t be afraid. What’s the worst that can happen? That they say no? If that’s the worst that can happen, I really don’t think that’s so bad, yo.

Daily Photo – Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

We really had a great time for our one day, exploring St. Petersburg. At one point, we went to this really trendy and hipster coffee shop. It was so hipster, they almost didn't let hipsters inside. Anyway, I saw this girl sitting in the corner. I asked if I could take her photo, and, in broken English, she responded, “Oh no, please don't. I am too fat.” I told her she was not fat and she was very beautiful. Then she smiled and said okay.

Girl in Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 14:00:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Moscow Like You’ve Never Seen It

Back to Moscow

I was only here for a rocket-ship ride of four days. It’s not nearly enough… there’s so much going on in Moscow, so many places to see, much less the rest of Russia. It’s way high on my list to return here… and it was great to have Olya be our translator!

Daily Photo – Moscow Like You've Never Seen It

I would have never recognized this in a million years as Moscow. It was a really hard shot to get and I almost killed myself. There's a famous restaurant called The White Rabbit that you may remember from Season 3 of Chef's Table. Anyway, we were eating here and had a great meal. After we ordered, I jumped up to take my tripod outside to see the scene. This was behind the restaurant and there was no easy way to get the shot… so it required a wee bit of camera parkour!

Moscow Like You've Never Seen It

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 21:40:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Red Square in Moscow

Embarassing Video Appearance

I like how I keep hitting new rock-bottoms. Here’s one I did in Russia… hope you love the sweater. I got to keep it… when I wear it at home, it makes the kids laugh.

Maybe a little more back-story is needed. There’s some below… basically, I was pulled into a room and told to say a phrase completely out of context.

The Red Square in Moscow

Here's a photo I took on my first night in Moscow from the roof of the Ritz-Carlton. It was a crazy day, I'll tell ya. We arrived just as the sun was setting and the director of marketing met me immediately after getting out of the car and said I needed to do all this stuff. First, the team went to the club to start having champagne and drinking immediately, in true Russian style. Then she took me to the basement and implored me to wear a crazy sweater (see video above) to take part in some video where I had to say a phrase (I had no idea the context or the reason). Then we went to the top floor for some raging party with DJs and fancy people. It was completely chaotic, and at some point, I realized I had not taken a single photo! So I ran to my room to grab my camera to get this shot outside on the balcony, taking a break from the chaos inside.

The Red Square in Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-02 21:11:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length89.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Subway Stations of Moscow

Updated Switching Website

Many of you know that I recently Switched from Mac to Windows. I’ve recently updated the article because I’ve added the Microsoft Surface Studio to the mix… what a mean machine! Here’s a little video that shows it off:

Daily Photo – Subway Stations of Moscow

The subway stations of Moscow are legendary. And it's not just this one, but there are at least a dozen stunners. I only had about 2.5 days in Moscow, so not nearly enough time to see them all, but it's certainly on the list when I go back… it's a fun challenge, actually, if you go to Moscow. It's a good idea to set aside two entire days to visit 20 subway stations… seems like a really fun photography scavenger hunt!

Subway Stations of Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 14:54:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Kiev before the storm

Video about Kiev, Ukraine

When Hans posted this video below, it reminded me of several friends I have back in Kiev… I hope they are okay.

Daily Photo – Kiev before the storm

Here's a photo I took back in the good-old-days, before the storm passed over Kyiv, Ukraine. I just finished processing this one, and it was sitting in my archives for a few years, still unpublished. I was reminded of this when +Hans Zimmer recently posted a video about all the chaos there… so I decided to dig deep into my Lightroom and find a photo to work on… It was a peaceful night when I was there, and the city was alive and full of life. I hope it is one day again soon.

Kiev before the storm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-01-31 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Elevator that Awaited me after Chernobyl

I had a relaxing weekend and was finally able to go back and look at some shots from an ill-advised but very fun trip to Chernobyl. My mom is still not too happy about that one…

This is the “cozy” elevator that awaited me after I got finished with the radiation detox and cleanup area. Note that it was nothing like T’Pol and Travis, if that scene rings a bell…

Ukraine was a rough place, to say the least… that little red light on the elevator was a little alarming since I did not know if it meant there was a problem or if it was ready.

If you missed it, you can read the whole story about the trip to Chernobyl at this link.

The Elevator that Awaited me after Chernobyl

And here is a shot of me holding a Geiger counter that the Russian soldier let me borrow… it was clicking away, giving me a little fright.

Stuck in Chernobyl

The Old Russian Streetcar (still in operation…)

This is very near the center of town in Kharkov, Ukraine. They use these old trams that are absolutely on the edge of breaking down with every creak and groan.

The Old Russian Streetcar (still in operation...)

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