Boat Adventure in Thailand

Drone Photo from Thailand

Below is one of the very first photos I got from a drone in Thailand. I would love to go back and do these again with my Mavic 2! It has this feature I think is pretty awesome where it will zoom into 48mm and take a series of 9 shots that you can then stitch together into something very high-rez.

Floating Over Krabi

Daily Photo – Boat Adventure in Thailand

Yesterday’s photo featured a sunset from this exact same place! The next morning I woke up and headed over to the beach where this cool boat was waiting to take me on a little adventure! We did some island-hopping and I took my drone with me to get some photos. It’s always a hair-raising experience to launch and land drones on a boat, and this was no different. There were definitely some high anxiety moments!

Boat Adventure in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-29 14:34:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Sunset in Krabi

Check out my Kit!

I’m always making updates to my kit.com that includes everything from my favorite books to my recommended camera gear to my crazy gadgets. Of course, sharing this goes against my minimalist, non-consumer inner drives. I don’t really have a lot of stuff, but, for the stuff I have, I choose stuff that adds to my life and does not subtract from it.

Adobe Bridge How To

We received a nice email from a Passport Member asking about Adobe Bridge and how I use it. I realized I had never made a video about that before, so this was the perfect opportunity. In this video, I also share a little bit about my workflow. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Krabi

Here’s another crazy sunset I saw while in Krabi, Thailand at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve. To be totally honest, I felt like a very lazy photographer when I was there. It was just too easy to waltz out of my room, get my bare feet in the sand, and then set up to take a photo. Here’s a fun word for you… Crepescular. That kind of light that is shooting out from the clouds is called “crepuscular” light. I don’t really know why that is interesting other than me enjoying the texture of that word.

Sunset in Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-29 23:36:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Magical Tree

Amazing Magic

Check out this Taiwanese dude! Curtis sent this to me… man, this guy is something else! 🙂

Daily Photo – Magical Tree

I saw this rather unusual tree in Thailand. Obviously, this growth pattern was engineered by humans, but I can’t exactly figure out how they did it. Living on a beach can be a little bit boring, I assume. There’s not much to do. So maybe some of these people with an engineering mind came up with a novel way to grow a palm tree. I’ve thought of a few different ways to make a tree grow like this, but I’m not sure any of them are correct. I’ve obviously spent a few hours thinking about this and I am not sure it was the best use of my brain.

Magical Tree

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:41:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

Stuck In Customs Rant

I have just gone through an 8+ day epic journey to get a simple piece of $1,000 computer equipment through New Zealand customs. It’s just crazy… I’ll go on a little rant here about how useless and archaic the entire process is.

First, let me offer New Zealand Customs a Very Simple Solution. I ordered something off Amazon. Amazon is very smart. If NZ Customs worked with Amazon, Amazon could simply add the Import Fee at checkout, and then the money would go right to the appropriate account. I know this would be very easy for Amazon to code, and it would be much more efficient. Also, NZ would not have to employ so many people who do unneeded jobs that slow everything down.

The problem was my package was being shipped to “Trey Ratcliff” but my Official New Zealand Importer’s Code says, “Raymond Ratcliff.” I told them I’m the same person, but they refused to send me the package until the invoice was updated. I was like, come on guys, just send it to me, how many Ratcliffs are in New Zealand. I also sent them a copy of my passport that shows I am Raymond Franklin Ratcliff III, and Trey is a common name for the III. They wouldn’t budge.

So they started contacting the shipper to see if they could get it changed. That was a dry hole.

Then I called Amazon and spent HOURS on the phone with them and all their supervisors. I finally had to go into my settings and change my name on Amazon to Raymond Ratcliff, but that did not update the P.O. So they suggested that I send back the computer equipment, have it refunded, then I re-order with my new Amazon Account. I was like… you gotta be kidding me.

And if you think I’m complaining about the Customs process, you should have heard the Amazon people. They were ripping all Customs processes a new one.

The thing is, that the entire purpose of the New Zealand Customs is supposed to HELP New Zealand, but, in fact, it ends up hindering New Zealand. Me NOT getting this computer equipment is slowing down business. I have an international business I run out of Queenstown, and if I can’t easily get the tools of the trade, then it’s ultimately bad for New Zealand. Plus, it frustrates tens of thousands of people per day and employs a bunch of people whose entire job it is to collect money in an antiquated manner.

There’s a larger economic policy that all import and export duties are ultimately bad for both the consumer and the worker. But I won’t get into all that “Free to Choose” Milton Friedman stuff.

I feel bad for these poor people that work in Customs that are stuck in a system not of their own making. The whole thing needs to be torn apart and brought into 2018.

Daily Photo – A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

This was my personal pool at my room in Koh Samui at the Ritz-Carlton there. Pretty fancy, eh? Well it got to be so hot in the daytime, and I was often just drenched in sweat, so I would come back and jump in the pool with all my clothes on. Man, it felt good, and it was a pretty effective way of washing my clothes. I would get undressed in the water, then lay out my clothes on the deck to dry off. That only took about an hour before they were bone dry again. Note this is something that only a guy would do.

A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 12:14:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Aurora in Thailand?

What makes Aurora HDR 2019 stand out?

Check out this quick video which shows how Aurora HDR 2019 improves on previous versions and how it compares to the competition. Like what you see? Then grab it over here.

Logisitics for Spain

I’m getting close to my 100km trek across Spain with Kevin Kelly on the Camino. That trip takes a lot of logistics as well… nothing is easy… plus, coming from New Zealand adds a whole new layer of complexity which usually adds two days onto the entire trip.

Daily Photo – The Aurora in Thailand?

No no, I'm afraid there was no Aurora in Thailand, but it sure does look like it, doesn't it? This is just off the coast of Phulay Bay where there is some kind of mining/shipping operation going on. I don't think of it as an eyesore… I think it's kind of pretty! The glows would change all night too. I believe some of the glowing was from boats out fishing in the night as well.

The Aurora in Thailand?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-02 02:36:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Midnight Walk in Thailand

Adobe Rant about Lightroom Presets

Well I was just about to blow a gasket, but I took some deep breaths and decided to many a mini-rant video instead. I was in the middle of making some new presets (grab them now in the presets area of my store), and I was completely perplexed and bamboozled by the way Adobe deals with presets. Are these bugs or am I just really dumb?

Daily Photo – Midnight Walk in Thailand

When I stayed at Phulay Bay in Krabi, I spent almost every night skulking around the resort and taking photos. The architecture around here is so interesting and beautiful that you really can't take a bad photo anywhere. So I made a little game every night where I would take 100 photos and always try to improve on getting fresh angles and composing objects in different ways. This night was particularly good because the moon came out to play with the clouds.

Midnight Walk in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 00:30:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Romantic Bath for One

Fifth Wheel Power Conversion

Rene and I got a fifth wheel that we take to Burning Man each year. I have a good idea to get one of those Tesla Power Wall batteries and install it, replacing the current electrical system. But I have NO IDEA how to actually do that. Clever people are more than welcome to send me some advice!

Daily Photo – A Romantic Bath for One

Look at my very romantic bath here in Phulay Bay, Thailand! I felt very strange getting in here by myself while all my friends were off watching World Cup. I sat in here and read some Patrick Rothfuss…So it was kind of like I was in the bath with Pat. Kinda. It was all very surreal. I don't even really take baths, so I wasn't exactly sure what to do. I guess you just lie there. It took a lot of effort not to burn myself with those floating candles. Although I liked that part of the bath because it added a certain sense of danger and adventure. And no, I didn't take photos of myself in the bath. No one wants to see that.

A Romantic Bath for One

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 02:39:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Over Krabi

Documentary Now

If you get the chance, watch the new comedy “Documentary Now.” When I started watching it, I wasn’t sure if it was a comedy or not because Helen Mirren is the host, and she’s usually pretty serious. Anyway, I got my first hint it was a comedy when I saw Fred Armisen make an appearance a few minutes in. At that point, I knew all bets were off.

Daily Photo – Floating Over Krabi

All around Krabi and dozens of little island paradises. Most of them are completely empty and you can just kind of rock up there and claim it as your own personal island whenever you want. Most of the islands are pretty jungly, so there's not a lot you can do on them other than be attacked by reptiles. But some have really nice beaches where you can just hole up and read all day. I've never been a boat guy, but it kind of made me want to have a boat and just rock around to explore every little nook and cranny.

Floating Over Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 19:39:25
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

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Korean Mom’s Day Out!

Passport Sunday! A new Video from Tokyo

If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see today’s awesome video that our team made in Tokyo. I think it’s probably the most high-quality video we’ver ever made! You’ll see me shooting in all sorts of conditions and get a good idea of what goes on during four days of shooting in crazy Tokyo!

Chill out Deep Trance Meditation Music

My friend Cliff Baise turned me onto some great brain-wave music to listen to while working or editing photos. He listens to it while he paints. Here is a link to one of the tracks.

A Special Video from Tokyo for you!

Now, this is a bit more than a “Sneak Peek”!!! This represents one of about 30 videos I am sitting on, unreleased. As you can tell from the quality level of this video and the time it took to create, these are rather expensive. So we’re busy trying to wrap up sponsors so that we can release them all to the world. In the meantime, since you are a Secret Passport Member and get to see things before the huddled masses, I am happy to share it with you now!

You’ll see me in various parts of Tokyo doing all sorts of things… mostly photography related!

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Daily Photo – Korean Mom's Day Out!

Now, I'm not 100% sure these are Koreans, but I'm 99% sure. It obviously doesn't really matter, but I have seen many of these groups of traveling ladies from Korea that have their own photographer follow them around. This is on a little island near Krabi, Thailand. It was really fun to watch them. The photographer was really animated and putting them into all kinds of positions. The ladies were having the time of their lives.

Korean Mom's Day Out!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-29 16:35:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

Updated Sony Review!

I added a few new photos to the Sony A7r Mark 3 Review. And yes, there is still a hidden Google Pixel 2 photo in there. Can you find it?

Hey Gents!

While in Koh Samui, we met the two gentlemen that run the “Hey Gents” magazine. It was so fun to get to know them and hang out. We went out on yachts, partied on the beach, you name it! Really fun guys… actually right now they are putting together a little video that I can share with you. In the meantime, here is the article they just released about our time there together.

Daily Photo – Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

And speaking of Koh Samui, one evening we went to the other side of the island where the fishing boats come in. That part was pretty interesting, but I was drawn a bit away to these oyster farmers. I waded into the water with them to follow their movements. They would make little “clicking/rubbing” sounds with their fingers to get the oysters to make themselves seen in the sand below. I don't know why that worked, but it does!

Oyster Fishing in Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:21:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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