The Missing Link

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Daily Photo – The Missing Link

Thailand is surrounded by islands with some of the most epic shapes. It’s really fun just to hang out in front of the boat with your camera, and do a bit of target practice. I probably took over 100 photos up there, and this one was one of my favorites. Even though the water was that perfect Thai-blue, I decided to reduce it to black and white to keep it about the shapes rather than the color.

The Missing Link

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 20:58:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Over Bangkok

New Insta360 One X Camera

I’m loving this thing! It’s so much better than the previous one… shooting at 5.7K! Be sure to check out my updated Kit.com to see it my gadgets list!

Daily Photo – Over Bangkok

I only had one night in Bangkok, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as that song would indicate. I was pretty exhausted, but I did find this cool rooftop restaurant to have a great dinner with amazing views. Right after this, a huge thunderstorm started, and I was out without an umbrella. It was at least a 15-minute walk back to my place (I stayed at the St. Regis – super nice!), and I could not decide if I wanted to get soaked or wait it out. Eventually, the universe delivered me a perfect umbrella that already had the St. Regis logo on it! I was like… hey, that’s kinda weird. But I took it as a sign… a sign to use an umbrella.

Over Bangkok

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-27 00:11:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Midnight Stroll in Krabi

Critique Show #3

Here’s yet another critique show for ya! 🙂 I actually am not sure if we’ll keep these going or not, as they take quite a bit of time to create and edit. But, hey, you never know… it’s a good experiment!

Daily Photo – A Midnight Stroll in Krabi

This is the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi. How beautiful is this place? I actually did yoga in that place a few times… It was a perfect and serene place to practice. I would also take strolls around here at night, always with my camera in tow.

A Midnight Stroll in Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 00:37:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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

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Adobe Bridge How To

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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?

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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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