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Passport Member Update for Sunday!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, I have a cool new video that shows some of my favorites that I’ve selected so far while working on a new photo project. Actually, I’ll show you some that I really like and others that I don’t like and explain why… a little self-critique time. In fact, one of them I think I hate!

Te Arai Selections so far

I’ve been taking photos at this epic golf course called Te Arai to make some prints for some members. I’m about halfway through the process but thought you would like to see the selects so far… I may make another video after I finish the next round of photos and show you where the project is at!

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Daily Photo – Te Arai as the sun sets

Here’s a new photo from my road trip around the North Island of New Zealand. This is one of the coolest golf courses in the world called Tara Iti. It runs right along the beach and when the sun gets low, you get some pretty incredible shadows along the fairways. I like shooting on golf courses, but I don’t always like making it obvious it’s a golf course. I like the idea that it’s a beautiful place that’s just convenient for playing golf if you want to.

Te Arai as the sun sets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-08-05 00:00:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias
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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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Along the Lagoon

Passport Sunday How-To Video

We must be up to about 200 great how-to and behind-the-scenes videos now for Passport Members. It’s another Sunday, and here’s one I recorded just recently for you.

Working on the Lagoon Photo

I took about 300-400 photos of this lagoon at various times of the morning, day, evening, and night. It was always quite beautiful. Because so many photos came out strong, it gave me the chance to process them in a variety of ways. I think you’ll like the final treatment I gave this one…

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Daily Photo – Along the Lagoon

I was recently working on an art piece and I ended up with over 100 photos that I really liked… I spent a long time working on this one, even though it ultimately ended up in my “rejects” pile. That’s okay… even though it fell into that pile, I still like it quite a bit. You can see some of the “Making Of” in today’s video.

Along the Lagoon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-24 16:59:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Best of… Japan!

Maybe at the end of this, if I’m still in Lockdown, I’ll do an ALL JAPAN week! But we’ll get started with these five…

How fun is this little display? This was a piece of art in the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. After you look at it for a while, maybe you can figure out how it is done. These are all real people in these shots. It was great fun to park here for a little while and see fun stuff like this happening… chaos!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Getting Candy in Tokyo

The Infinity of Tokyo

Finding Dinner in the Alleys of Kyoto After exploring an area (and era!) of ancient temples in Kyoto, I was absolutely starving.  I tend to get in a "shooting mode" where I do not undertake basic human necessities like eating, sleeping, and making regular bathroom breaks.  In fact, Nikon makes this great set of diapers you should try.  They're Japanese so there are little buttons that dispose of everything and leave you fresh as a daisy.  Anyway, after shooting, I headed down into the old part of Kyoto to find a traditional Japanese dinner.  I sat there for a long time, enjoying myself thoroughly.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

In the Rain in Tokyo Most of my walks around the city streets had me carrying two cameras.  I keep the D3X on my tripod, and have that ready to go for serious HDR work.  But over my right shoulder, I carry the D3S with a fast lens.  In this case, I was using the 50mm prime (see my Nikon 50mm Review) to capture quick scenes in the streets.I carry two cameras because it takes much too long to change lenses.  Also, it's a real pain to do that sort of thing in the rain. There are often questions about how I go about taking photos of strangers.  I have a post coming up in the future with five great tips for this sort of thing... I'll try to get everything into one spot for you, since I know we all want to be able to better capture interesting people here and there as they pass through our worlds.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

Passport Sunday!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll get to see a cool edit of today’s daily photo. I went a bit more extreme with this one because I was just in that kinda mood.

EDIT: Hey Passport people… sorry for the delay in this one. Something automated went wonky! The appropriate technology has been kicked and promises not to do this again!

Full Edit of the Golf Course Photo

This is a quick and simple edit. Sometimes people hear that I take 10+ hours to edit my photos and they think I do that with most of them. That’s not true… most are very quick edits like this one! Enjoy! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

We were lucky enough to finally have a sunny day, so we headed out into the rolling hills to see what we could find. And we found this! I decided to put an emphasis on the sun and the peaceful rolling hills.

Across the Rolling Hills in Northern New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-08-04 17:25:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Monkfest Photos!

Right before the first lockdown there was a fun little music festival called Monkfest. It had maybe about 100 people from the Queenstown and Arrowtown areas. I like taking pictures at these things, so here are a few!

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Photos from some great days with Over The Top Helicopters in Queenstown!

I haven’t shared most of these photos, so here ya go! 🙂 If you make it over to Queenstown, be sure to look up OTT because they have some amazing helicopter trips!

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Pink Toronto

Daily Photo – Pink Toronto

Here’s another one of the thousands of photos I got in Toronto. It’s such a cool skyline and pretty much every sunset was epic. See that sky tower thing? I forgot what it was called. Maybe Sky Tower. Anyway, my first time here I did a walk around the outside… that was pretty trippy but totally fun!

Pink Toronto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-02 11:01:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length175.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Cute Kid on the Beach in Madagascar

Daily Photo – Cute Kid on the Beach in Madagascar

The kids along the beach there were totally incredible! They loved seeing someone with a camera and would not stop posing. The kids reminded me a lot of my daughter Scarlett… who sees a camera then just starts performing left and right. I don’t know where certain kids get that from, but I think it’s amazing. I see a lot of that from “grown-ups” at Burning Man who are able to re-engage their inner child.

Cute Kid on the Beach in Madagascar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-10-04 08:18:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ships Sailing into Singapore

MDMA Treatment

Here’s a great video that highlights some of the new research being done. I know several people that have gone through this treatment for PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety and results have been amazing.

Daily Photo – The Ships Sailing into Singapore

I do really enjoy visiting Singapore for the sights, but I never quite feel “at home” or comfortable there. I’m not sure why. I think maybe because it doesn’t feel very organic. It feels a bit master-planned… sort of the opposite of some small town in Europe that has been there since medieval times and then slowly evolved into something that just feels nice and cozy.

The Ships Sailing into Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-25 00:46:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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