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

Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Baby Burner

My friend (and awesome aviation photographer!) Jessica Ambats came to her first Burning Man this year. I only got to see her once at the photo walk, and she was happy to have her baby there. I always think it’s awesome and brave for people to bring their kids to the Burn. She just sent me this cute video she made while there.

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Daily Photo – Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

This beautiful little spot in Koh Samui is a serene location to watch the sunset. Anyone can go here and have drinks to watch the sunset, and you don't have to be a guest of the Ritz-Carlton. They actually do set up little drinking tables on these stepping stones, but no one was out there, so I quickly removed them so they wouldn't get in the way of the shot!

Stepping Stones in Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 00:40:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

Travel tip to Thailand

If you’ve never been to Thailand before, I recommend coming out to these little islands like Koh Samui. I think a lot of people end up in Bangkok. It’s a cool city, but it’s really crowded and chaotic too. If you want to really “get away” get on out to one of these many beautiful islands for some proper R&R!

Daily Photo – The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

I believe it's pretty rare to have a freshwater lake right in the middle of one of these tiny islands. There were about 100 of these mini-islands all across the ocean. We visited probably about a dozen and went snorkeling at a few of them. How fun! It was probably one of my favorite days there. We were there with the two guys that run Hey Gents. They were a lot of fun!

The Hidden Lake near Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 13:29:54
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/850
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Kayaking at the Bond Island

A Video Art Tour from Aro-Ha

You all may know that I have been out to the yoga retreat called Aro-Ha here in New Zealand a few times. I love it there! Well, the gentleman that owns it is one of my art collectors and he decided to put a few pieces up there. Enjoy this little tour as I show you around a bit!

Daily Photo – Kayaking at the Bond Island

This isn't actually the famous James Bond island from Thailand, but just another miscellaneous one off the coast of Koh Samui. Can you see a face in it? I definitely saw it in there the whole time. I love seeing these islands with this strange, undercut limestone shape. I wonder what it looks like when an island like this tips over into the ocean. It must make a tremendous crash and set of waves… I'd love to see that some time!

Kayaking at the Bond Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 21:04:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Quick Tip Video

Below I show how I often remove noise from mobile photos using Aurora HDR. It’s a pretty good idea to do this for sunset/sunrise/night photos, because you’d be surprised how much noise creeps into the dark areas when blown up to 100%. It looks fine on the phone, but you really can’t tell until you get way in there.

Daily Photo – Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

And here's another island sunset for you! Whenever I'm on islands, I forget how beautiful the sunsets are most of the time! This is one of my favorite shots from Koh Samui. We drove over to the other side of the islands to see the fishermen. The initial plan was to stay over by the docks, but then I altered that plan when I saw all the calm shallow water about ten minutes away. I actually spent half an hour trudging around in knee-deep water watching different boats, fishermen, and oyster-pickers.

Beautiful Sunset with Fisherman on Koh Samui

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-23 00:33:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Final Night

The Devialet Phantom

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to a rather amazing speaker β€” the Devialet Phantom (the 750 Watt version). It’s just incredible. It comes in “louder” varieties like the 3000 and 4500 Watt version β€” but I think those are a bit overkill!

Daily Photo – The Final Night

During our last night in Krabi, Thailand, Tina and I took a walk along the beach here to take some photos. Everything was extremely dark, so I decided to make a different sort of photo. Something more mysterious and filled with darkness. If you want to see some more photos from this night, be sure to click on the Krabi category above! I have a few of my daughter up there in those lit-up trees as well.

The Final Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-30 15:42:44
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Bangkok Airport

Grunge Level 1000!

And here’s one of the first photos I took of this airport, many years ago! πŸ™‚

Stuck in Customs in Space I love this shot!  It came out wicked. I used to say wicked a lot in grade school and I still like saying it.  This may or may not make me lame, and I can't be objective about such things.This is the airport in Bangkok, Thailand.  I am not sure who the architect is, but it came out quite inspired.  Taking photos of beautiful architecture is somewhat of a sport of mine.  I want to try to honor the lines and the textures via a good composition and a good HDR treatment.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Bangkok Airport

I spent about four hours here each direction, back and forth from Germany. I love this airport and it's where I took one of my first HDR photos that made me so happy. It was SUPER GRUNGY, as you can see above. This one is a bit different… another interpretation maybe! πŸ™‚

The Bangkok Airport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-20 22:03:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dinner in Phulay Bay

Masterclass

I recently went over and bought the Masterclass with Kevin Spacey where he teaches acting. I have no desire in becoming an actor β€” I just really like Kevin Spacey! I watch it every morning while I’m having my coffee πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Dinner in Phulay Bay

We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton here in Krabi, Thailand, and there was no shortage of dinner options. Sometimes I like to “get away” from the hotel/resort to try out other places, but these restaurants were SO GOOD, I figured, “Why bother?” Every night was a different kind of culinary sensation. On this particular night, we ate out on the deck and could hear the waves crashing on the nearby shore. Heaven!

Dinner in Phulay Bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-01 13:35:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wise Elephant

Euro Press Briefing

Aurora HDR 2017 Revealed β€” this is a private press webinar I did for European Press prior to release. It turned out kind of crazy haha… anyway, I thought you’d like to see because I show off a lot of cool features of the new software. Get the new Aurora HDR 2017 now.

Daily Photo – Wise Elephant

Here's the rescue elephant we met in Thailand at the beach while at Phulay Bay. The girls got to feed Coco and she was very gentle. I've grown to really love elephants more and more. I always kinda “liked” them from television, but the more time I spend up close to them… I can really sense something. Or, at least, I think I can.

Wise Elephant

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-29 11:53:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Boat Adventures In Thailand

Boat Video

Here’s the “Home Family Video” from the day we went out on the boat in Krabi!

Daily Photo – Boat Adventures in Thailand

I'm not really a big boat guy. Well, I like being on a boat and cruising around at slow speeds, but I'm not a fan of going across choppy seas at high speeds. That sound of the boat smashing into waves is very unsettling, I think. Maybe I can stand it for 30 mins or so if we're on the way someplace cool, like in this photo! Our concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay set us up for the boat, so we left Krabi to head out to some of the smaller islands and ended up here. It was so pretty that it was definitely worth that 30 minutes of chop.

Boat Adventures in Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-29 11:30:53
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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