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Stuck In Customs

My daily travel blog to inspire and get you motivated!

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Prepping for the Camino

Walking and Listening to Audiobooks

If you’re headed out on a walk, I highly recommend listening to audiobooks or podcasts! I have a list of some great books (all are great on audio too) here on my KIT.com for books!

Daily Photo – Prepping for the Camino

Before I went on that 200km hike in Spain, I figured I had better get in hiking shape! So I set out to do a week’s worth of 10-20km hikes. One day, I decided to walk from Kelvin Heights over to Jack’s Point near Queenstown, New Zealand. This one turned out to be a rather long hike… and this was the view on the way back to my truck. You can see Blueberry up there, just ahead, turning the corner… she might love the hikes even more than me!

Prepping for the Camino

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-09-14 18:46:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Shirakawa-go

Speaking of Netflix

I decided to take a screenshot of My List on there… I put arrows to some of my favorites of the favorites!

Daily Photo – Exploring Shirakawa-go

I was glad I chose to spend several nights in this mountain town and jump around to a few different ryokans to stay in. All of them were very similar in that I had a very tiny little room. That’s okay. I don’t need much. But there was barely room for my bags and my body. I slept on the ground, on a futon, that was prepared for me while I was having dinner. It was so cozy to get back into my little room when it was freezing outside and curl up inside my cocoon.

Exploring Shirakawa-go

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 20:45:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Shanghai Around Midnight

Schitt’s Creek

There’s another great Netflix show recommendation for ya! 🙂 That Steven Levy cracks me up! 🙂

Daily Photo – Shanghai Around Midnight

I took to many midnight walks around the Pudong area of Shanghai. It’s very beautiful and great to photograph, but it feels a bit organically dead. There are no restaurants or bars that are open late. There is no activity. This is purely a business district and everyone leaves after the work is done… it’s almost like a ghost-town… or an apocalyptic scene where no humans remain.

Shanghai Around Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-21 02:29:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Two Photos from Jack’s Point

Here are two photos from pretty much the exact same spot. I did two wildy different edits on them. I’m 100% sure I like the first one in the sequence better. It’s a good reminder of how much variance there can be in post-processing sessions.

Jack’s Point in Queenstown I went out with Eden Brackstone the other night to take some photos. After he decided to wade callously into this crystal clear water and ruin the placid reflection, I had about five minutes to contemplate life while the ripples settled down. And then I took this one!Man, I do love this Sony NEX-7. And no, Sony didn’t pay me to say that or give me my camera…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And here’s another bonus photo from very close by…

Failed Supermoon Shot at Jack’s Point I made a big mistake when I decided to come here to get a photo of the super moon about a week ago! I had it all planned out, but then nothing went as planned. My Big Awesome Plan was to take a photo of the super moon and the mountains and get a reflection off the lake. Well, I was so close to the Remarkables here that the moon took about four hours after moonrise to get over them! It was pitch black by then… oh well. But, while waiting, the water calmed down nicely and I took this photo. This is an area called “Jack’s Point” — sort of a private home community and golf course. That’s the clubhouse there where you can get some great food too if you are in the area! - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Such an awesome area!

Jack’s Point 360 Behind the Scenes!

Here’s a fun video that shows a bit about my journey over to Jack’s Point here in Queenstown. You can see a little bit about what I was thinking and doing with my shots that evening. It’s NOT related to the photos above, however. Remember if this is your first 360 video, then you can grab the screen and look anywhere.

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