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Street Scene from Milano

80 Stays photos

So, you can check out all my “extra” photos I did not publish on my main TreyRatcliff account over on the 80Stays account. You can also check out photos from all the photo walkers over at the #80Stays hashtag.

Daily Photo – Street Scene from Milano

I took a ton of street photos during the European tour. I didn't publish most of them on my main account, but instead on the @80Stays Instagram account. I really enjoy doing street photography, but I consider most of them to be little studies… little ideas. Playing with light and taking photos of interesting things here and there.

Street Scene from Milano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-04 22:22:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Visiting the Summer Palace in China

Summer Palace

You’ll see another view of today’s place in my video below “Life from Above and Beyond.” Right after the scene goes black and Alan says, “very odd…” after the fade from black, you see this amazing palace.

Daily Photo – Visiting the Summer Palace in China

Here are my kids walking down one of the long hallways there. Well, that guy on the left is not my kid. He's one of the military dudes. Come to think of it, I have not seen a lot of difference between the way the police look and the way the military looks. They all seem pretty nice though; even those ones that arrested me a few years ago!

Visiting the Summer Palace in China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-08 13:28:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Textured Hobbit Hole

80 Stays Around the World is coming to Japan!

I’m coming to Japan for a bunch of photo events and photo walks! The main events are in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa. If you’ve never been to a Photo Walk, then this is a great chance. They are free, family-friendly, and you can use any kind of camera (yes even a mobile!) – I give lots of tips & tricks and will do my best to inspire you as we work on this creative life together.

Japan is one of my favorite countries and I can’t wait to be back. This time we are also doing something a little different, with a local Instagram star joining us in each location. Take a look at the video below to find out more information, I hope you can make it! 🙂

Nearby Huka Falls

If you’re going to Hobbiton and have a few extra bucks to spend, I recommend the nearby Huka Lodge. It’s right by Huka Falls and is a great central location for accessing this whole central area of the North Island of New Zealand.

Daily Photo – A Textured Hobbit Hole

I think if I had a Hobbit Hole I would never repaint the thing. I can't imagine this would look any better with a fresh coat of paint. I'm impressed at all these movie people that can build something new and make it look so authentically old. They do that a lot of Disneyworld too. It's a strange skill, I suppose, because most people that build something new have customers that also want it to look new. No one says, build me a new couch, but I want it to look that ropey old couch I had in college.

A Textured Hobbit Hole

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-04 22:27:46
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A moody Venice in the fog at night

Music from Burning Man

A few weeks after Buring Man, the playlists start to appear on Soundcloud. Here’s a set from the Space Party our camp hosted one night

Daily Photo – A moody Venice in the fog at night

If you go to Venice, I recommend you pay a bit extra and just rent a water taxi to drive you around in the late afternoon and sunset as much as possible. Just mow up and down that central canal and take little side-canals whenever you like. The water taxi is great because while the driver is whisking you around, you can then shoot in any direction.. forwards, backwards… whatever you want. And there is so much to see that you'll be busy the entire time!

A moody Venice in the fog at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-30 00:22:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length194.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Best Hotel Restaurant Ever?

I redid my portfolios on SmugMug

So pop on over to my portfolio on SmugMug and you may enjoy seeing how it was re-arranged. I do enjoy going over there and tweaking it quite a bit. This one was a fairly major change, and I also added two more additional galleries.

Daily Photo – Best Hotel Restaurant Ever?

Well that's a bold statement, I guess, because there are so many great restaurants that are part of hotels nowadays. But this one is certainly the most striking and unique in many ways. This is Berner's Tavern and it's part of The London Edition hotel there. If you want to see all the details in the paintings, it's worth zooming into the full-sized version on SmugMug

Best Hotel Restaurant Ever?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-12 17:52:33
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New Week, More Burning Man 2017 photos!

And here we go again! Here’s a link to all the Burning Man posts here on the blog. Enjoy!


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It was her first Burning Man and I told her she looked like a pro! I’m not sure her name… I got the contact info for her and her boyfriend, but I bet someone on the internet knows who she is.

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Check out this fun new art car! There are over 100 art cars out there… some big, some tiny, and some extra-tiny like this. Even better, this one takes photos! I meant to go for a ride in it, but I never saw it again

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Carla and Kristyna, BFF. This is basically just like me and Rene, but we don’t hug like this in camp. Well, guys kinda hug when they first see one another, and then a 2nd hug a week later when they part. So, well, it’s not like us at all. It’s like us if we were girls, I guess. Okay, the more I talk about it, it’s actually a really bad analogy. Anyway, this is Carla and Kristyna. They’re super-friendly.

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A surprising, gnarly sand-twister came over the desert one day. I chased it for about three minutes. I know it sounds crazy, but they are actually fun get close too because the wind whips your bike around and you don’t have to pedal… just kind of hang on for the ride with one hand, the other one taking photos!

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There weren’t as many sandstorms this year as most years, but it was one of the hottest in the past five. It gets depressingly hot if you just sit around the camp, so the best idea is to jump on your bike and let the afternoon winds cool you off. I did this almost every day, and found other random people doing the same sort of thing. Your camp/RV/tent can be kind of a vortex, so it’s good to get out, ride your bike, and roll around to see what you can find.

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A wonderful Israeli couple had just finished an acro-yoga performance for me. They were amazing and I got some great photos that I still haven’t processed. After they finished, they embraced. This was somewhere around 8:30 and E (that’s how addresses work in Black Rock City… time + letter).

A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

Lens Skirt

Over in my Kit.com I recommend getting this thing called a Lens Skirt because it allows you to take photos out of windows with no reflection. I use it almost all the time when shooting in cities. It’s a strange looking thing, and it sounds weird to put a skirt on your lens, but hey, my camera is in touch with its feminine side.

Daily Photo – A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

I got back to my hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton there in Tokyo, which happens to be in the highest building in the city. Every night, I would turn out all the lights in the room and sit on the window sill to take photos like this. They all came out great, and they look even better full-screen.

A Blue, Blue Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 14:45:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time24
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In the Prison

La Conciergerie

If you go to Paris, be sure this spot is on your list to visit. It doesn’t sound that interesting to visit an old prison like this, but it’s actually pretty cool. Here’s another picture of it:

She Slept In The Prison

Daily Photo – In the Prison

When I was at La Conciergerie in Paris, I stopped in a little side-room to take a photo. This was probably six years ago, but I didn't process the photo until just recently. It was a single RAW photo and I wanted to test out the new Aurora HDR. The RAW by itself looked pretty dull, and I didn't know if it had much potential, but I think it turned out pretty well!

In the Prison

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-17 12:46:02
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Night in Feng Huang

Japan Photo Walk Events

In most of November I’ll be in Japan and I am super duper excited. It’s a great place for photos and I’m a huge fan of the culture. I’ll release more info on all of the events soon!

Daily Photo – Night in Feng Huang

I took this photo about 6 years ago. I have been thinking about going back, but I wonder if it still looks like this. Things change so fast in China and I'm afraid maybe it's lost a lot of its charm. Or maybe its overrun with tourists now. I was only there for 2 days, but now I wish I would have stayed longer because there was a lot more to shoot there.

Night in Feng Huang

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-10-07 11:17:21
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More from the Moscow Underground

Textures Tutorial

I haven’t mentioned this in a long time, but I wanted to make sure you picked one up! Pop into the
store to see the Textures Tutorial

Daily Photo – More from the Moscow Underground

We had a fun day exploring Moscow with Olya. She knows the city really well and also knows the subway system. I found it completely confusing so it was great to have her running around to show us the way. I was thinking at some point she would play a joke on us and just abandon us to make us find our way home… I still wouldn't have found my way back!

More from the Moscow Underground

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 15:17:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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