Quadcopters – Stuck in Customs

Edward Norton Print

Passport Sunday Fun

In today’s Passport Sunday video, you’ll see some of the behind-the-scenes that went into the creation of a new work I did for a celebrity in Hollywood. It was a mammoth project that took about half a year. The final photo is a deconstructed panorama made out of 54 different photos. I hope you enjoy!

Edward Norton Print

Here’s a special thing for Passport Sunday! I recently made a print for the actor Edward Norton. It was a custom print of Brooklyn that’s made out of 54 different photos I took from a drone. Here’s how it came about!

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A favorite podcast interview with Kevin Rose

I was in Portland a few months ago and met up with Kevin and stayed at his place. While there, we recorded a podcast for his show. We had a great discussion that I hope you enjoy!

Alan Watts Video by Trey Ratcliff

Speaking of Kevin Rose, we first met via this video I made. He ended up adding it into “Oak,” a meditation app he created.

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High Above Laucala Island

I have an all-new photography tutorial!

I recently returned from spending about a month in Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar) and each country had completely different photography situations. So it’s not just about travel photography, but it touches on pretty much everything in the seven lessons that include packing and equipment, landscape photography, HDR, People and portraits, wildlife, mobile photography, and street photography.

If you get the bonus edition, then you’ll also see how I organize my photos and handle DAM (Digital Asset Management) in addition to getting a copy of all the photos I share in all the lessons.

As well as all the tech talk, there is quite a bit of inspiration and philosophy about travel and life embedded into the story-telling. There seems to be an increasing segment of my audience that is interested in how a creative life can also be a more zen, present, and loving life. Some people get that; others are somewhere on a path of self-discovery through creative arts.

As usual, if you’re not super-thrilled, I’ll give you all your money back! So, there’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain

Grab it now and begin downloading immediately!

Lesson 1 – Welcome! The Game Plan and Mind Vitamins
Lesson 2 – Packing + Equipment and Travel to Botswana
Lesson 3 – Wildlife photography, Lightroom Basics, Processing, Collections
Lesson 4 – People and Portrait Photography
Lesson 5 – Wildlife Photography and Photoshop Basics
Lesson 6 – Landscape and HDR Photography
Lesson 7 – Mobile and Street Photography

Grab it here.

Daily Photo – High Above Laucala Island

This is one of the most incredible resorts in the world! There are several restaurants on property, and this one is out on this beautiful little connection between the main island and a peninsula. They are beautiful from the ground level, but they look even more epic from a quadcopter.

High Above Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-25 15:35:49
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO110
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The North Part of the South Island

Another Strange Video

I’ve been looking at software for a new art project and I stumbled across this video. It gets RATHER TRIPPY beyond the 2 minute mark.

Daily Photo – The North Part of the South Island

How beautiful is this area? After I dropped off Ethan in Picton, I took some time to drive around and explore that area. If you look at the MAP of that area, then you can see there are countless little bays and coves. Each one is just as beautiful as the next. You can also see that most of that area has no roads at all… so I would often drive to the end of the road and then fly the drone from there.

The North Part of the South Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-01 23:11:41
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.7

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Manhattan from Redhook

Wanna see something weird?

Sure you do! Does anyone know what software they use to make this?

Daily Photo – Manhattan from Redhook

When I was out in Brooklyn a few months ago working on a commissioned piece, it gave me the chance to really get to know the area. I had always heard about this “Red Hook” part of Brooklyn but never really experienced it. Walking around is great, but getting up there with a drone is even better for getting a sense of the geometry of the place.

Manhattan from Redhook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 12:57:01
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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The Road to the Misty Mountains

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Kevin Kelly on The Long Now

As we walk the Camino de Santiago Kevin Kelly (founding executive editor of Wired magazine, check him out on kk.org ) and I talk about his passion project, the long now. Put in very simple terms, how we can live in a way that will benefit our descendants.

NOTE: If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

And here is the audio version:

Daily Photo – The Road to the Misty Mountains

Here’s a view of the road along the west coast of New Zealand as it heads into the Haast area. It’s absolutely epic and I want to do more road trips in this area! You would not necessarily know it from this shot, but the best thing about this part of New Zealand are the trees. There are some of the most Dr. Seuss looking trees as you drive along the road. They look even more surreal when they are framed in fog.

The Road to the Misty Mountains

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-06 17:05:04
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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Along the Coast Near Haast

Updated Cityscapes and a new Podcast

Over on my Smugmug, I just updated my portfolio of city photos. Since I recently finished my tour of the USA and got to visit a bunch of new cities, I figured it was time to update that portfolio! Enjoy!

Kevin Kelly on the Future of AI

NOTE: If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

As we walk the Camino de Santiago Kevin Kelly (founding executive editor of Wired magazine, check him out on kk.org ) and I talk about the future of AI and how society will interact with it.

And here is the audio version (also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify)…

Daily Photo – Along the Coast Near Haast

I took a road trip up to Picton with Ethan to get him in and out of Outward Bound. There are two ways to get up there, and I chose the one that was just about an hour longer so I could head up the west coast. It’s wild and raw and hardly anyone takes that path… It was my first time to notice this incredible area where the Tasman Sea is undercutting the forest. Amazing, eh?

Along the Coast Near Haast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-23 19:08:48
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

Daily Photo – Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

I don’t think this area has an exact name, but it’s about 30 minutes north of Haast on the south island of New Zealand. This area was so cool and it makes me want to explore it a lot more! I loved how the ocean was undercutting this cliff face and the trees would just tumble into the water. It should go without saying that I took this with a drone! 🙂

Along the West Coast of New Zealand near Haast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-05-23 19:12:41
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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The Remarkables in Queenstown

Workshop Update

Be sure to check out our workshops page to find out about our upcoming Autumn workshop in New Zealand! Remember, it’s opposite-land over here, so Autumn is in April.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables in Queenstown

Here’s a photo I took during a recent workshop in Queenstown. See that area down below in the valley with all the farm plots? That’s the area I live… I feel very lucky to have all these magical mountains around me!

The Remarkables in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 08:09:46
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Way Above Laucala Island

Burning Man or a Toddler?

Here is a list of 18 things that are identical if you are attending Burning Man or parenting a toddler! How funny and true! 🙂

Daily Photo – Way Above Laucala Island

Every day I stayed on Laucala Island, I got the quadcopter up as many times as possible. Charging batteries is always a pain, so I had to make sure I saved enough charge to fly at sunset. Almost every sunset was perfect, and this was one of my favorites.

Way Above Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:39:35
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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