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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

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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

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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

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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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Exploring Oman

True Size Map

Prepare for mind blowage as you check out this website to check the size of one country versus others.

Daily Photo – Exploring Oman

I was allowed to stay at this beautiful mosque after closing. This is one of the security guys that was helping to show me around. He was incredibly cool and nice. At the end, we got along so well, that we became Instagram buddies and remain so until this day! 🙂

Exploring Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-13 09:00:09
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Glacier Near Zermatt

Part 2 of the USA Today Interview

Here’s part 2 of the interview (Part 1 Here!). He got the intro wrong a little bit… he didn’t really explain that I bought fake followers in a second, fake account. He makes it sound like it was my personal account! Anyway… hehe… enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Glacier Near Zermatt

I took a little train to the top of the mountain near Zermatt to get this photo of the mighty glacier. It’s cool how you can actually see the flow-marks like a river. I had a double-major in Geophysics before I had a fight with the professor and I quit. He was a real idiot. Anyway, while I was still there, I got to know quite a bit about these forces of the earth… and I still find it fascinating that millions of pounds of solid ice can flow like a liquid.

The Glacier Near Zermatt

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-24 11:55:19
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

No Pain

I came across this really interesting article about a woman that has no pain and no fear. They’ve been studying her DNA to see if they can figure out why and found a few things.

Daily Photo – Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

I shot this while in Shanghai one day. Almost anywhere you go, you see couples out in lavish outfits taking photos. They usually have their photographers that are dressed in ostentatious ways too. I do find it interesting how the Chinese can be quite homogeneous in many ways, but, at the same time, have such individualistic outfits for their nuptials.

Chinese Weddings for the Silly Win

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-19 15:03:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating over Krabi

Ape Using Social Media

Ape using a Smartphone from BeAmazed

Daily Photo – Floating over Krabi

Here is a recent processing of a single RAW file I took over Krabi. I never get tired of looking at these pleasant archipelagos out there drifting across the ocean. I’ve thought about spending more time in Thailand, actually… one thing is for sure… you are always guaranteed a good sunset!

Floating over Krabi

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-28 19:39:08
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1.34

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Over Lake Hayes

Living in the Moment at Coachella

Coachella, The content farm. from r/Instagramreality


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Daily Photo – Over Lake Hayes

This balloon company has given me many opportunities for a free balloon ride, but I still haven’t taken them up on it. Why not? I don’t know! I’m kinda busy, but not THAT busy. And I’ve always wanted to do one… well, I’ll let this act as a reminder to officially get this on my to-do list!

Over Lake Hayes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:59:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length89.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Ruins in Sintra

Origin PC Review

Today for Passport Members I’ve got a little bonus info on how I’m using the Origin PC in my overall workflow. Also, be sure to check out the full Origin PC Review here on the site!

My new workflow with the Origin PC

In my ever-evolving situation, I made a short behind-the-scenes video a few days ago to show you my new workflow with the Origin PC. It’s really simplified things for me. I think my favorite thing is having this “home base” situation where 100% of my photos are on a super-fast machine. This gives me a great steadiness of mind!

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Daily Photo – Ruins in Sintra

Here’s another one of those cases where I enjoyed using the drone more than my ground-based photos. Sometimes when it comes to old ruins, one of the most interesting angles is how the core of the ruins are integrated with the environment itself.

Ruins in Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 19:44:19
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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