Quadcopters – Stuck in Customs

Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Amazing 2198 Drones Flight

This one recently broke the world record!

Daily Photo – Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Here’s kind of a cool trick! If you click on this photo, you’ll get all the interesting info including a satellite photo of where it was taken from. This is a super cool feature of the DJI drones in that it records the GPS data of every photo. After you get over to Smugmug, click the three lines on the left and it will open up all the EXIF including a cool map down at the bottom.

Drill into the Map Data in Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:39:54
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Over Budapest

Daily Photo – Over Budapest

Right after we arrived in Budapest and checked into the Ritz-Carlton there (they were hosting my European tour), we went up to the roof for a drone flight! It always feels kind of “naughty” to go up on the roof of a building, but we had the security guards with us to make sure nothing too terrible happened. I think the security guards actually like these little missions because they get to do something a bit different. I also usually let them fly the quadcopter a little bit too… everyone loves flying a drone! Anyway, this photo is a panorama of several different shots taken across this beautiful city.

Over Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:57:22
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Dock on Laucala Island

Nature Planet – My new favorite series

Enjoy this majestic nature.

Daily Photo – The Dock on Laucala Island

Every day on Laucala Island was just as great as the next. The weather was perfect every day except for a few late afternoon showers every other day or so. But that’s always kind of a fun event because you can feel it going and run under cover to get a book or, in my case, download all my files…

The Dock on Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 14:54:21
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Welcome to the Rejects

Passport Sunday

Today, for you awesome passport members you’ll get to see all the “rejects” from a recent art commission I did. At first, I did not think about sharing these, but I thought you may be interested in seeing the ones that didn’t make the cut. They’re not terrible photos or anything… but that final selection process is always a little difficult!

Welcome to the Rejects

I proposed a final 10 with 3 alternates to the clients, and they loved all of them. I just recently sent them all these “rejects” which I now share with you. There are definitely still some winners in here that I’ll be sharing soon on the blog and social media… but I hope you enjoy seeing them in the meantime!

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Driving to Milford Sound

Netflix Recco

If you haven’t seen “My Octopus Teacher” – then make sure you get it on your list… here’s a trailer for it.

Daily Photo – Driving to Milford Sound

As you exit the tunnel on the way to Milford Sound and Mitre Peak, this is the scene with which you are presented. I pulled over to the side and launched the quad to see the hypnotic scene from above.

Driving to Milford Sound

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-07-03 17:30:57
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO840
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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The 13 selects

Passport Sunday!

If you are a Passport Member then today you’ll see some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks on the north island of New Zealand. You’ll see my 13 selects… and in a future week, I’ll show you my 71 rejects, some of which are actually pretty good.

The 13 selects

I went back and forth with Stu and the team about the best photos. It’s funny how everyone has a slightly different opinion… in the end, I chose these 13. I hope you like them too!

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Best of… Shanghai!

Continuing our “Covid-fun” to get people excited to travel again… well, even though China may NOT be the first on your list, here are some favorites from Shanghai!

The Wormhole Shanghai has this incredible tunnel that goes under the river to the Bund.  It's just wild inside!  They have a series of robotic trains that shuttle people back and forth.  Robotic doors whir open then shut again.  The front of the capsule has a bubble-window that allows for a stunning view as you dip below the river and back up again.  Colored lights in every lighting configuration fly by in beautiful colors.  This is an amazing experience that I recommend if you ever get to Shanghai!  - Trey Ratcliff Read the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Asian Blade Runner

Shanghai, China

Shanghai,, China

A Rainy Evening In Shanghai

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Over the Farm

Passport Sunday!

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see not one, not two, not three but FOUR new quadcopter clips to inspire you that I just shot last week! Enjoy!

Over the Farm

I’ve been working hard on an art commission here in New Zealand and having the most amazing time. I do a pretty good mix of ground-based and air-based photography. In between, I capture a bit of video stuff as well. Here are four quick videos I shot while there.

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Passport Sunday on an Art Commission

If you’re a Passport Member, then today you’ll get to see what I packed to work on this art commission in Gisborne. I notice I pack lighter and lighter each trip as the equipment gets better and better.

See all my gear at…

My Kit.co/TreyRatcliff site. You’ll find all sorts of goodies in there.

Photo Gear Rundown!

Here’s a short video that shows all the goodies I brought with me on this trip… So far I have about 3000 videos and 2 crash landings with the quad. But it still works somehow! The blades are all messed up… I don’t know how this sad but amazing thing is still flying!

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Daily Photo – An Early Quad in Morocco

Here’s one of the first sorts of quads I used, when you would attach a GoPro under the blades. There was no live video or anything, so you just had to guess! That made it kind of fun, but also completely random… This was shot in Morocco when I was working on the SmugMug films video.

An Early Quad in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-15 19:50:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture19
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

Budapest Video

Here’s a video I made about Budapest and our photo walk while I was there. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

On our first night here, we went up to the roof to launch the drone and take some photos. This was my first time to Budapest and I was really impressed at how beautiful everything was. Also, the food was incredible while being quite inexpensive.

The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:53:15
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO680
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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