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A view of Century City

Daily Photo – A view of Century City

Here’s a pretty cool perspective of LA. You can get this photo by climbing around up in the Hollywood Hills until you can find gaps and openings to get new perspectives on the city. This is the area where my agent at CAA works. If my agent is reading this, then she is welcome to do a lot more agenting for me! 🙂

A view of Century City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-12 10:27:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length223.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Splitting of the Seine

Passport Sunday Awesomeness

In today’s area for Passport Members, you’ll see how I combined 5 raw files from my old Nikon into the final scene!

The Making of

Today’s how-to is a pretty simple one. I chose to really emphasize the way the water looks and the reflections.

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Daily Photo – The Splitting of the Seine

This is one of my favorite areas of Paris where the Seine splits to go around this island. As with most places in the city, I just randomly walk from place to place, getting lost, and trying to find new perspectives.

The Splitting of the Seine

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-03-15 21:05:49
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length78.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Over the Baths

Daily Photo – Over the Baths

I had a great day out here with the kids after a long hike. I believe we were on one of the Disney cruises and we decided to do one of their little excursions here on Virgin Gorda. It’s one of the most unique swimming locations in the world because of these giant granite boulders… I wish I could go back in time and see a timelapse of how this whole formation came to be.

Over the Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-30 11:02:21
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Heading out for an Evening Swim

Daily Photo – Heading out for an Evening Swim

This is probably one of my favorite times to take photos – when there is a mix of ambient and artificial light. I was heading out to go for a swim, and I thought I should just bring the camera as well – great decision. At night, I like to swim in the pool rather than the ocean… one of my only phobias is swimming in the ocean in the dark!

Heading out for an Evening Swim

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 06:35:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Meandering through Hobbiton

OpenSea Auctions Ending Soon

If you haven’t already checked out my OpenSea NFT Drop then now is the ideal time… a few have sold out which is great but the main focus today is the two auction items which end in a few hours. So if you’ve some ETH burning a hole in your EWallet and want a physical print then this could be the link you’ve been looking for!
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Daily Photo – Meandering through Hobbiton

How beautiful is Hobbiton? It feels like a movie set, and it actually is! Of course, it’s in New Zealand, and everything feels like a movie set anyway, so that adds to the luster. If I’m not mistaken, this area was in the first movie when Gandalf is riding into Hobbiton to make Frodo his tiny bitch and go do all the hard work while he just smokes a pipe and philosophizes.

Meandering through Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:19:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Little Pond Near my Home

Daily Photo – The Little Pond Near my Home

I often walk over here around sunset to this little peaceful pond in Dalefield. You can’t tell from this angle, but it’s actually in the shape of a heart, which fits many of my Disney romantic fantasies. Speaking of which, I think Disney has messed up a lot of people! A friend came over about a week ago and she studied Women’s Issues or something in college… she went on a long diatribe about sexism and stuff. I mostly was tuning her out because she was a woman, but she did have a few good points.

The Little Pond Near my Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 08:02:06
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Train Station in Denver

Daily Photo – The Train Station in Denver

Wow, a photo from Denver. I think I’ve only posted one in the entire 12 year history of the blog. Well, you waited long enough, Denver. Here’s the next one. I took this one at 11mm, so it gives the photo that surrealistic curvy feel. Cool eh? Also, hot tip. This is absolutely the place to go for a meal and wine before jumping on the train to the airport.

The Train Station in Denver

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-17 09:59:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Adventures on the OpenSea

Dipping into NFTs with my Burning Man images has been a fun experience so I’ve selected a handful of my other art, converted into animated content and listed on OpenSea. You’ll find a whole range of options from straight up purchases to auctions and a couple of other twists. For example, if you’ve been considering one of my massive fine art prints for a while then this is a great way to get in on the action, you can bid on one as an NFT and receive the 1.66 x 2.5 meter physical print if you win!

Here is a little preview of one NFT…



Trey Ratcliff NFT OpenSea Preview

The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

Daily Photo – The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

One early and a rather cold morning, I jumped on a snowmobile and headed up the backside of the Remarkables to get a view. I was not disappointed, but I was rather cold. It really was worth it though. I’ve got these pretty snazzy photographer’s gloves where the fingers still have access but there is a mitten cover that comes over the top to keep them warm. It’s a simple invention, but a welcome one!

The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 03:26:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Great Wall into Infinity

Passport Sunday Great Wall Challenge

Today’s photo has a little how-to if you are a Passport Sunday Member. If you are, then you’ll get this video in addition to hundreds of others.

The Making Of

In today’s video, you’ll see how I used HDR and LUTs to really make the wall stand out. Later, in Photoshop, I get rid of a lot of distractions… and as a bonus, you can hear about our harrowing night we spent inside one of those towers!

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Daily Photo – The Great Wall into Infinity

Here’s a pretty good perspective of the Great Wall in one of the more mountainous sections. How they built this, I have no idea. They say that there are tons of dead Chinese workers that are actually buried in the wall as they died from the harsh conditions. Somehow, knowing how China works (especially in the olden days), I would not be surprised by this at all.

The Great Wall into Infinity

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-06 17:08:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture11
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length53.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2