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The Reflections of Glenorchy

Funny DMT Trip Video

This is a pretty funny video… It (obviously) makes more sense if you have tried DMT.

Daily Photo – The Reflections of Glenorchy

This was one of the many fun stops we had during our Autumn workshop. I used to do four workshops with one for each season… that was a little too much, I think! I love teaching, but it does take a whole week out of my life… and I’m only one person! Anyway, I decided just to do one a year now… and do it in this beautiful Autumn season.

The Reflections of Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 10:03:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length92.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Jack’s Point

Facebook Group

If you want to join the discussion about my new book, we have a Facebook Group active with interesting tidbits and updates.

Daily Photo – Jack’s Point

Here’s kind of a fun photo I took over near the lake and clubhouse at Jack’s Point in Queenstown, New Zealand. Usually, my landscape shots are quite wide and I rarely zoom in… but then I look at results like this and think I should do it more to add to that compression effect.

Jack’s Point

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  • Date Taken2019-07-17 02:24:16
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Passport Sunday Behind the Scenes for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Today, you’ll get to see some of the “making of” of the new yacht video. It took me about 9 months or so to finish off… lots of back and forth with the team there… and I think it turned out great!

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Here’s a cool video I hope you like! While I was on tour across Europe a few years ago, I would give art talks at different Ritz-Carlton hotels along the way. One of the gentlemen there that helps run the show, Nick Teare, asked me if I’d be interested in making the video for the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It was a very fun project! I ended up with about 22 iterations before we finally ended up with what you see now. If you end up staying at some of the Marriott Luxury locations, you will probably see this video playing in your room on a loop! Also, a big thanks to Sam Mehrtens for composing the music!

The making-of video

This is just about the editing part of the video… I’ve been collecting footage for the past 8+ years, so luckily I was sitting on a ton of data.

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Episode 3 of my Audio Podcast

Discussing Crypto with Aaron Lammer

When I was invited on this 150km hike in Spain with 10 people, I didn’t know most of them. But I did a little googling ahead of time so I would get a sense of the sorts of characters I’d be stuck with for a week. One of them was Aaron Lammer, who was easy to get-to-know because he has three podcasts. One of them is on cryptocurrency, one of them is about weed, and one of them is about long-form writing. I only listened to the crypto ones and I was immediately impressed by his approach to the subject matter.

What impressed me the most was his openness in his understated approach of “I don’t know anything about Crypto, but let’s figure this out as we go along by talking with other experts and funny, strange stories from the crypto world.” Note that isn’t an exact quote, but that was basically his pitch for the show.

Here’s our chat in all its glory…

You can also subscribe via your favorite platforms here… iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play.

Wondering about the lovely face behind the voice? Here’s Aaron…



Daily Photo – Walking Along the Glacier

I visited this glacier every day for three days in a row. It was so amazing to be able to walk right up and touch it. I was a little scared, of course, hoping that part of the glacier did not calve off and fall on me! But, it’s not melting down here, so there was very little chance of that. Either way, I’ll admit, I was definitely on high-alert while being in the middle of awe.

Walking Along the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-01-17 10:48:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture11
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Red Fields of Blenheim

Team America

This was a hilarious movie… totally worth watching if you’ve never seen it.

Daily Photo – The Red Fields of Blenheim

I don’t even know what kind of plants these are, but they are quite beautiful. I was driving back from Picton to Queenstown, and I made as many side-stops as I could. I drove to the end of a random road near Blenheim and found this cool area… it was great from the ground level, but even more mesmerizing from the air.

The Red Fields of Blenheim

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-06 16:58:19
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

Trains in India

And if you thought your commute was a pain in the ass…

Daily Photo – Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

We usually take our workshop guests out here on the walk through the wetlands. Every time it’s completely different, but it’s always a guaranteed good photo or ten! On this particular morning, the wind and the lake were calm, leaving for a perfect reflection. The area around that pyramid-shaped mountain is called Paradise.

Walking along the boardwalks in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 10:05:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Incredible Moscow

Paul Stamets on Joe Rogan

One of my psychonaut friends sent me this video! If you are interested in mushrooms… well, this is the dude!

Daily Photo – Incredible Moscow

During our New Zealand workshop, I got a request about how I achieved the “streaky” effect you see in this photo. I decided to re-create it with this photo from Moscow! And then, after I was done, I decided I like this photo even more than the original, unstreaky one!

Incredible Moscow

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  • Date Taken2017-06-04 21:40:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Hanging out in Donkey Bay



How cool is this hotel?!? This place is up in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand, very close to Russell. Our friend David Maxwell from Eighth Wonder Travel hooked us up here for a few nights. It’s an incredibly beautiful and quirky place with amazing views of the Bay of Islands. Also, I believe there are only 4 rooms in the entire hotel… each one is beautiful and unique! Here are a couple more photos below for you.



The Milky Way over Kinross

Speaking of Space…

Here’s a cool video a guy shot of the 60 new satellites SpaceX just launched into orbit.

Daily Photo – The Milky Way over Kinross

At our workshop, we had a fabulous dinner here inside Kinross. It was one of my first nights drinking after about a two-week stint of not drinking after my 5MEO-DMT experience. That’s a longer story, but a great one! Anyway, I’m impressed I was able to get this clean photo and help instruct other people to do the same thing!

The Milky Way over Kinross

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-24 21:48:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Check out Episode 2 of My Audio Podcast

Trey Ratcliff’s 360 Podcast – Discussing World Building with Author Hugh Howey

In this podcast I’m walking on the Camino de Santiago with author of the popular Silo series, Hugh Howey. We discuss World Building, which is the process fiction writers go through to create the fundamentals of the situation in which the story takes place.

You can also subscribe via your favorite platforms here… iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play.

Myself and Hugh Howey

And so you can put a face to the voice, here’s Hugh and some other guy on the Camino…

Behind the Scenes from the Vessel in NYC

Here is a little behind the scenes action from NYC. The awesome Professor Hines was kind enough to arrange access to The Vessel at sunset and he brought along his fashion designer friend DrissFit96 for some portrait action too…

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