The Matrix

Morning Edits

I have a slightly new morning routine. After I get my coffee, I begin to edit photos right away before I do email or anything. It’s good because my head is pretty clear and not distracted by silly things that appear in my email to distract me! πŸ™‚

Passport Bonus!

Hello awesome Passport Member! Below is an early look at a how-to video for you.

Aurora HDR Deep Dive – Beginner to Intermediate Level Editing

Here is a fairly in-depth how-to for you awesome Passport people. It covers making extremely reflective looking grounds and some panorama techniques that I’ve been using recently.

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – The Matrix

This is kind of a crazy photo, eh? I had an idea to find some of the most technically-crazy buildings in London and get tight photos of them. The instinct is often to try to capture the entire building, but I thought it might be fun to make something more abstract. I like the way this turned out, and I'll have to make a reminder to myself to do this to more buildings!

The Matrix

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 06:27:03
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Near the Mayor’s Office in London in the Rain

Tip: Getting Extra-Shiny Streets

Streets are already pretty shiny in the rain at night, but here’s a way to make them extra-crazy. You have a lot of lee-way to do this artistically because night-shots with long exposure are, in their very nature, much more “fantastical” than normal shots. Anyway, go give it some extra ooomph, start a new layer in Aurora HDR 2018, then really crank up the Image Radiance Amount, then jam up the Image Radiance Shadows, and, last, unless things are already too colorful, dial up the Image Radiance Vividness.

Daily Photo – Near the Mayor's Office in London in the Rain

I recently went on a London-in-the-rain editing kick! I was going back through my Lightroom and looking at older photos to edit that I had never even touched yet. I found this whole grouping and went for it. I edited all these with Aurora HDR 2018 as well!

Near the Mayor's Office in London in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:23:15
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Nintendo Switch Game Suggestions

We got a Nintendo Switch for the family this holiday and we absolutely love it! Here are some game suggestions. Note that some of these allow multiple people to play simultaneously! Like, for example, in Super Mario Odyssey, one person can be Mario while the other is Mario’s Hat that can jump off Mario’s head and go kill baddies or rescue treaure. Others are: the new Zelda, Splattoon 2, and Rocket League!

Daily Photo – The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Ahhh rainy London at night. Any part of London in the rain is fun and moody to me, but one of the brightest and most well-lit areas is here around the Theater District close to the Picadilly tube station. And, as long as you're here, why not go watch a show? I try to see as many as I can while I am there. I've heard there are So Many shows there that you can see a different one every night with no repeats.

The Rainy Streets of the London Theater District at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 03:04:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Last night in London

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa Photo Walks Soon!

Wow I am so excited about our upcoming events in Japan! Check out this page with more information about those events and the Facebook Events at… Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa

Also, here’s the highlight video from #80Stays Europe! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Last night in London

I was so busy in London that I didn't have much of a chance to shoot. I had some alone time on the last night so I went out towards the theater district. I didn't know if I would find anything that I had not shot before. I don't mind re-shooting previous things if I think I could improve. But I like the red buses there so much, I found a good spot where they made a nice pattern (or, I hoped they would), and got this one.

Last night in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 06:01:54
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Cool dad in London

Radio interview

I recently did a Radio Interview on KOMF 104.7 FM in Denver. We talked about weird stuff! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Cool dad in London

We took a little driving tour around London. I'm always taking photos like a crazy person. I never quite know what I'll grab, but here's a fun one. A dad was walking along with his kids after shopping and there was all kinds of random family behavior happening. I have no idea who these people are, but they seem like a pretty awesome and British family. I can't imagine going out shopping with my kids and wearing a blazer with a kerchief in the pocket. But after studying this photo, I might try it. And I gotta get my kids some cool clothes like that. I could never be that cool of a dad, but I can dream.

Cool dad in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-13 18:54:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length66.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Scene in London

Advice: Ignore People on Social Media!

Hehe… I do this quite a bit. I mean, I read all the comments, but I certainly ignore the negative ones. Even more importantly, I don’t mind if a photo doesn’t get much reaction at all. Like today’s photo for example. I really like it… I find it very interesting and kind of clever! I mean, you guys know I don’t take myself seriously and I’m not over-patting myself on the back. But when I posted it, it got basically no reaction. Hey, that’s cool… what’s important is that I like it. So, take that to heart when posting your own work. Don’t try to post photos of things because you think other people will like them – do and share work that pleases you!

City of London???

As I was working on this photo, it suddenly struck me, “Hey London! Why the hell did you pay for this incredibly shitty photo? I mean look at it… this woman looks depressed. It looks like she could be mugged at any second. There’s trash and ugly grass all over the place. Power lines. I mean, what the heck is the point of this picture and how much was it commissioned for? Oh well, who am I to judge.

Daily Photo – A Scene in London

One day we took a few Mini Coopers on a really fun tour around London. I got to see a lot of places I had never been before. A lot of cities have these tours, and I recommend them very much. The drivers tell you all kinds of interesting little facts as you whip around the cities. This tour was called “Big City Little Car” and was a blast. While driving along, I saw this out the window.

A Scene in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-13 17:58:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Is this area dangerous?

London Photo Walk and Workshop!

I can’t wait to see you all for the very special Photo Walk (free) and day-long workshop (paid) coming up in London. This is gonna be a great one… this time, for the photo walk, we have a mobile speaker system and more so everyone can hear! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Is this area dangerous?

It occurred to me after walking around this part of London around midnight that it might not have been so safe! I had just gone to see a Very Unusual Stage Play, and then I decided to go out for a photo wander. I wandered all over the place after I had the Uber drop me off by the Tower of London. I criss-crossed the Thames a few times then finally ended up here… I really liked all the pathways above that seemed to go in every direction.

Is this area dangerous?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 07:31:08
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

7 Dials in London

See you in London soon!

Don’t forget to A) Sign up for the London Photo Walk (Free) and B) Sign up for the special day-long workshop (not free but more than worth it!).

Warming up the Quad

If you’re a Passport member, you can see a 360 story of me testing out the Phantom 4 Pro + on a cold New Zealand morning here… making sure it’s ready for the big Europe Trip!

Passport Exclusive – A Phantom 4 Pro Vlog in 360

Here’s a 360 video of me heading out with the quadcopter to test it out!

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

And the second video below is a short edited video that shows a bit of the footage. Like I say in the video, none of it is great but thought you’d like to see anyway! Most of life is Just Showing Up, right? Well I showed up this morning to take that video, and not much interesting turned up… just thought you might like to see how many days are banal! But that’s okay, the real reason was to test out the new firmware.

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – 7 Dials in London

Speaking of quadcopters, here's one of my favorite photos from London at this famous street where seven roads come together. I flew this one with my friend Stu. I was using the HUGE Inspire drone… it's really much too massive and ungainly! After I got it set up, I had to go through this very time-consuming IMU calibration… thought it would never end… but I finally got it up in the air to take this photo!

7 Dials in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 03:42:29
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

London Photo Walk!

London Photo Walk 5.0

This will be the best! This time, we have a speaker system, a better route, prizes, an after-party. All kinds of stuff! The Photo Walk is still free as always, and a family friendly event. Check out our Tour Page for more info and also RSVP in the Facebook Event.

Last time was great, but there were tooooo many people there and not everyone could hear me. I felt awful about that, so this time with our little mobile speaker system, you’ll be able to hear all my tips/tricks/thoughts – and I’ll be doing live Q&A too.

Daily Photo – London Photo Walk!

Here's a shot from the previous London Photo Walk. I can't wait to see all my London friends again… do whatever you can to come out because we have some MASSIVE prizes… and all kinds of goodies!

London Photo Walk!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 01:43:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length26.0 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! πŸ™‚

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

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Newsletter Sign Up

The most beautiful newsletter ever!