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

Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

Autopano Giga

Be sure you try that program if you’re into making panoramas. The interface is perhaps so obtuse that they should change the dictionary entry for obtuse and just put a hyperlink to download that program. I do show how to use it in one of the episodes of Becoming an Artist.

Daily Photo – Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

What an amazing entrance to the Phulay Bay resort! We initially arrived at night, but I made a note to return during the day to get a photo. This one was actually extremely difficult. I was using the Hasselblad and did not have a wide enough lens. So this ended up being a 3×3 panorama (9 shots). Stitching them together is always a bit of a chore… it comes out looking all wonky so there is lots of post to make things look right/interesting!

Entering Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-01 12:19:18
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Running Off Into the Sunset

Photo Walk Reminder!

Don’t miss today’s Photo Walk in Sydney! And also don’t miss the big workshop event tomorrow as well… it’ll be epic! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Running Off Into the Sunset

There's one of my girls, running off into the picture when I told her not to! But then, I realized it was actually a better picture with her in it! Seeing this reminds me we gotta get the kids to more beachy places. They never get tired of playing on the beach… those kiddos! It's especially nice to think about now because it's the middle of a cold winter in New Zealand! This photo was taken at Phulay Bay in Thailand.

Running Off Into the Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-30 12:10:56
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

My Favorite Temple

Watch for Falling Rocks

I always see these signs for falling rocks, but I’ve never seen falling rocks. But now I know what to watch out for after seeing this video!

Daily Photo – My Favorite Temple

This temple is right outside of Pattaya, Thailand on the coast. It's really beautiful and I want to go back to explore it. We were thinking of having a Photo Adventure in Thailand sometime in 2017. If we do, you can be sure this place will be on the list!

My Favorite Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-07-28 01:13:13
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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