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Lijiang at Night

Daily Photo – Lijiang at Night

This is the old town of Lijiang, China, where I spent the week with Tom Anderson (the MySpace guy).

Tom had first been here many years ago when he was setting up the MySpace office in Beijing. He had great memories, and he thought it would be great for a big return after getting more into photography. So, it was definitely a week full of non-stop photo action.

One late night after the sun had set, we weaved through the old streets until we found this place. Looking up, I knew it would be a wonderful place to take a photo, so I set up for this one.

Lijiang at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-09-11 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.5
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

1000 Stories, 1000 Places

Big announcement time!

I’m releasing 1,000 unique photos with 1,000 stories very soon as a new NFT collection. See the website at https://stuckincustoms.com/trey-ratcliffs-1k1k/ that describes everything you need to know!

This project took a bit over 500 hours to complete simply in the writing alone, much less the 1000s of hours to travel to all these locations across all seven continents. Altogether, there are over 120,000 words, which is the same as a long, beautiful novel.

—UBER UNIQUES—
Mixed in the 1,000 one-of-ones are 6 Uber-Uniques where you get the actual print! Exciting! Whoever owns one of those six unique NFTs on March 31 will be able to hang the physical print wherever they wish!

—BEAUTIFUL CITIES OF THE WORLD HOLDERS—
If you are a Beautiful Cities of the World collector, you’ll be getting a free airdrop! Make sure you have registered to grab it. Here is your Premint link.

—AiVATAR HOLDERS—
We’ve also set aside some Premint allowlists for AiVATAR owners. There will be airdrops for you cats at a later date, but it’s just not mathematically possible now with this collection of 1,000 to give to a collection of 6,000. But we’re at work on Phase 2 there, so no worries. Here is your Premint link.

—LIVE REVEAL—
On Dec 19th, the mint will go live and there will be a 2-day period before the big reveal. We have a cool system that will reveal one photo per minute until all 1,000 are revealed. The whole process will take approximately 16.6666666 hours, so that will be a fun day indeed!

I’ll be doing some live videos and voicechats along the way in addition to taking lots of questions. I am so excited about this release, and I hope you are too!

Another Road Through an Endless Valley

Daily Photo – Another Road Through an Endless Valley

I rode down this one with Karen Hutton, Scott Kublin, and Curtis Simmons. Every five minutes they wanted to get out of the car and take a photo. I know the feeling! You see, I already have done this hundreds and hundreds of times… now I only get out on new roads or of the clouds/light is just different “enough”. It doesn’t take much, because there is a lot of variation. And, as most of you know, I’m not one to take a bunch of photos in the middle of a blue sunny day. But, on this day I was!

Another Road Through an Endless Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-18 10:24:57
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Golden Fields under the Trees

Daily Photo – The Golden Fields under the Trees

This area is kind of wild but worth the drive. I had to take this direction one time because part of Highway 1 on the PCH was shut down just south of Carmel. The only way I could get around the other way was to take the longer way down through this military base, most of which is just open fields and trees. The wide-open fields make for perfect tree shots, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. I’m not sure why the fields are so empty — it’s possible they cleared a lot of the trees for practicing military manoeuvres and whatnot.

The Golden Fields under the Trees

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-26 05:15:07
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture9
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Another Bridge in Melbourne

Daily Photo – Another Bridge in Melbourne

I like these cities that get all fancy with their bridges. Melbourne certainly does! Each bridge tries to out-do the next. There’s no common theme and its sort of a mishmash of styles, to say the least. I think that not everyone likes this, but I do. I don’t mind all the variety, especially from the perspective of photography.

It’s kind of the same way with the buildings and other decorative elements around downtown Melbourne. There are so many styles, most of which are one flavor of “modern” or “contemporary”. I enjoy mixing and matching different elements into compositions, but it is not easy. There is a challenging aspect to it that I don’t get in many other cities.

Another Bridge in Melbourne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-11 14:32:58
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Impossible Blues of Lake Tekapo

Daily Photo – The Impossible Blues of Lake Tekapo

Well when you get to see this for yourself, you’ll soon discover they are not impossible! It does of course depend on the sun and some of the other ambient light, but this is a pretty standard color. It looks extra nice with those little white cliffs too. Right below them, you see something that might be beaches, but they are not… that is just some of that white chalky stuff that is being brushed back into the water.

The Impossible Blues of Lake Tekapo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-05 11:42:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Fishing at Fuji

Daily Photo – Fishing at Fuji

What’s more scenic than fishing with that amazing mountain in the background? It’s so cinematic and dramatic all the time. I can just picture these guys pulling fish out of the water and everything is in slow motion and majestic. I sat here and watched them fish for about an hour. It served as a perfect place for meditation.

Fishing at Fuji

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-14 07:06:02
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length56.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Daily Photo – Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Getting to this location at the last second was difficult and lucky.

I started the wild car ride about 30 minutes beforehand inside that walled city. I looked on Google Maps to figure out how to get to this exact spot. Now, I had no mobile internet, so I basically had to memorize the way here. It required going through, and I kid you not, about seven different roundabouts, each one existing in a strange, non obvious spot. Anyway, to my and Tom’s surprise, I exited each one perfectly and made it here with ZERO mistakes. Note that I am not nearly always this flawless, but it worked out and we got here just in time for sunset!

Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-13 20:12:42
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length250.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Camels In Africa

Daily Photo – Camels In Africa

I took this on our family trip to Egypt. We spent the day exploring the pyramids along with an amazing guide the Ritz-Carlton got us there. It was the first-time riding camels for some members of the family, and they were in for quite an experience! There’s nothing like your first time riding a camel, and especially the initial launch off the ground. It’s a very scary moment, even for the bravest people in the world!

Camels In Africa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-02 16:29:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Dart River Delta

Daily Photo – The Dart River Delta

On a helicopter flight, we flew out over where the Dart River empties into the Wakatipu lake in Glenorchy. I don’t know about you, but I’m mesmerized by the patterns these deltas make. I’d love to see a time-lapse over the past 50,000 years of how it has changed. I wonder if there is a computer simulation out there that shows it.

The Dart River Delta

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 05:55:38
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias