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More Autumn Action in Queenstown

NFT Auctions Closing Soon

For those of you interested in the fun world of NFTs, the latest drop closes in a few hours on Makersplace. Check it out here.

Daily Photo – More Autumn Action in Queenstown

There’s a huge area here between Queenstown and Arrowtown with rolling hills, lakes, little streams, and tons of different trees that change color in the Autumn. (Autumn is happening now in the southern hemisphere, btw – I know that’s always confusing to all you “others” in the northern hemisphere!) – The mornings are crisp and cool but the sun comes out in the middle of the day to warm everything up and help the colors to really glow.

More Autumn Action in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-04-24 12:20:42
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/3400
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO77
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

All Systems Go!

Today’s big news is that the new NFTs are now live on Makersplace take a look here! As with the previous creations a chunk of the sale goes to the artists and subjects of the images with some also going to charity. I’ve also taken on board feedback from the Foundation experience. This time round the process to get involved is much easier as you can pay by card or ETH… auctions start at $1 with a wide range of configurations available including probably my best-known Burning Man image as a 1 of 1 Edition, an image which hung in the Smithsonian and some of my favourite scenes across the years.



Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview

It’s probably also worth saying that for the video NFTs I’ll be providing the full quality video file to the winner(s) which means you can enjoy things like the Temple Sunrise in 4K as a wallpaper on your UHD TV or high res display nice and easily.



Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview

Stay awesome.

-T-

The 24 Hour Countdown Begins

Just over a month ago we raised a whole bunch of money (over $10k) for charity and artists on my first NFT auction. So, let’s do it again! Starting tomorrow, and you can preview some of the art now, I’m going live on Makersplace with a new batch of Burning Man goodness.

The good news for any of you who struggled a bit with Foundation and cryptocurrency wallets is that Makersplace accept card payments and do all of the crypto stuff for you. The best of both worlds and a chance to help out some artists who have struggled through the pandemic! Here’s a little low-res preview of one of the items available.



Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview

New NFT Drop Incoming

Cool Video

I’m not sure how I came across this video… maybe a recommendation after my Mooji meditation – but I think it’s pretty cool.

And now for that NFT News…

NEW NFT Goodness!

Here’s a sneak preview of the drop coming in just a little while! It’s my first time on Makersplace, and I have no idea how it will go! What I can tell you is that it will be a lot more straightforward for you all to get involved in as Makersplace allow card payments, not just payments via a Cryptocurrency wallet. 🙂

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Bridges in Pittsburgh

Daily Photo – Bridges in Pittsburgh

I don’t know if I ever would have visited Pittsburgh if it wasn’t part of the USA tour, and that’s a shame because it’s a really cool city. The city is great to shoot and the bridges always make for a good subject matter. It’s also a great walking city where you can just criss-cross the river as many times as you need to find some interesting shots.

Bridges in Pittsburgh

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-06 03:32:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

Daily Photo – Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

I’ve always wanted to visit this Stairway to Nowhere in Hudson Yards, so I was sure to block off an entire day for it. There are literally no bad photos of this thing, so it’s what I call a high-target environment! In these situations, I challenge myself to get as many “different” kinds of photos as possible. This one is probably one of my favorites.

Exploring Hudson Yards at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 21:05:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

Daily Photo – Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

One day, we jumped out on a boat to go through the archipelago to visit some floating markets. These places are totally unique and they sell a wide variety of things, only half of which I can identify. Some of the veggies and fruits and stuff look a little sketchy, so they are definitely the sorts of things you need to prep and cook well when you get home.

Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-03 10:58:48
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

Dry Dock Near Picton

Daily Photo – Dry Dock Near Picton

After I dropped off my son Ethan for Outward Bound in Picton, I drove the long way back to take some photos. I got the quad out to get this one of these cool boat houses. Obviously, it was low tide, so I don’t totally love the photo, as I think it would be incredible at high tide with still water to make a cool reflection shot. But, you gotta take what you can get.

Dry Dock Near Picton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-01 23:06:37
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi and Machine Elf 69

Machine Elf – We Are Made From Stars | Trey Ratcliff & Joshua Ryan

Welcome to a very different Machine Elf creation! All my latest ones seem to be my favorite, but this one definitely gives a new perspective on the cinematic quality and storytelling of fractals. This creation was incredibly complex and took about a month for the visuals and another month for the music from Joshua Ryan. We’ve been collaborating on this one forever and now it is finally ready for release!

This creation explores how incredible complexity and the fabric of the universe could possibly be boiled down to a few combined fractal equations. I’ve always been fascinated by the fabric of the reality around us. Maybe it’s just math, or a higher order of mathematical formulas that collide with different sorts of energies. It’s really hard to say, eh? All these Machine Elf creations explore different facets from the same jewel of the reality that is being built around us all the time.

To see all the Machine Elf videos on YouTube, check out the Machine Elf playlist.

Also, we’ve put a few of these Machine Elf creations in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go, Rift or Playstation VR you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here.

For more Machine Elf creations, including physical installations, check out the website: https://the-machine-elf.com/

Daily Photo – Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

What an amazing place to watch the sunset. Malaysia is a brutally hot and humid place, so any chance for a swim is welcome. This is the pool there at the Ritz-Carlton and, even better, we jumped in the pool right after a fun cocktail-making class. Some of those bartenders seem to have such a good time. I think it would be an awesome job, but I don’t think I could do it and keep all the drink recipes straight in my mind…

Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:09:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length51.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Spirals in Sanya

Daily Photo – Spirals in Sanya

I was surprised to see all the semi-religious buildings and structures in Sanya. You don’t see a lot of this sort of stuff in mainland China, but because Sanya is on an island of their own, they seem to have a bit more of a different history and architecture. It was a welcome relief, because after you’ve seen about 10 Chinese temples of traditional design, you’ve seen them all.

Spirals in Sanya

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-18 11:58:42
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/3600
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656