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Over the Farm

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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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The Machine Elf

Passport Sunday

I think you’re gonna love today’s video if you’re a Passport Sunday member. I usually never release things before they are finished, but today you can see something new!

Check out Machine Elf on TRIPP

Head on over to TRIPP.com to see the latest Machine Elf releases on that site in VR!

Open Heart

Here’s an early look at Machine Elf 36. It’s not finished yet… you’ll notice it cuts off at an annoying time… sorry about that. Believe it or not, this render took about 6 days on Stu’s computer! That’s 6 days of 100% GPU use on pretty much the fastest graphics card available to consumers! Sorry about that, Stu.

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Daily Photo – The Machine Elf Website

Head on over to the inchoate site Machine Elf to see some of my newest creations. This has taken a small eternity to create, and I hope you love it!

The Machine Elf Website

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  • Date Taken2020-07-31 08:09:47
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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

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  • 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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In the Jungle where the Frog Poison Resides

Passport Sunday Podcast Preview

I have a new podcast that is in production now called “Molecules I’ve Ingested” that should be something quite unexpected, hilarious, and educational. Each episode features a crazy story about different molecules I’ve tried, from legal to illegal. Mostly the latter. Anyway, episode 1 is: “Amazonian Giant Monkey Frog Poison aka The Cambo Ceremony” and it’s an absolute riot. Wait till you hear what Sprinkles and I get up to. If you’re a Passport Member then you get the first listen to this as it goes into production.

Sunday: Early cut of Episode 1

Hey y’all! I think you’re gonna enjoy this. It’s not finished… what you’re about to hear is the raw recording of Episode 1. You’ll hear all my gaffs and mistakes and some behind the scene stuff. You’ll also come to appreciate Stu and all the hard work he has to do turn this into a sequence that is relatively flawless and feels right. We have some music coming and other things that will make more sense when you hear the final version. At the end of this, you’ll hear little things that we’re going to insert into the middle of the longer story. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – In the Jungle where the Frog Poison Resides

This picture really has nothing to do with the actual podcast, other than that this boy lives in a jungle. I haven’t actually seen an Amazonian Giant Monkey Frog in the wild, nor have I milked it for its poison. Also, there’s very little chance this kid has seen that particular frog since he lives in Papua New Guinea. It makes me wonder what kind of interesting molecules are in PNG.

In the Jungle where the Frog Poison Resides

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  • Date Taken2015-10-13 12:16:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tokyo in Singapore

Passport Sunday!

Yeah… I know it’s technically Monday in a bunch of places but I’m sure it’s maybe Sunday… somewhere… sorry for the delay. 🙂

If you’re a Passport member, today you get to see the edit of today’s daily photo! Also, above is a vid that delves into the comments on red that I make in today’s video for Passport members.

Singapore Tokyo

This is one of those occasions when HDR makes a huge difference in an image as you’ll see from the before and after in the video.

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Daily Photo – The Red Gates

The Red Gates

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  • Date Taken2019-02-11 22:14:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture5
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Gold Coast Panorama

Passport Sunday from Australia!

If you’re a Passport member then today you’ll get that little bonus section where you see how I made the photo. I hope you enjoy it! It was a bit of a challenge…

The Gold Coast Panorama – making of Gold Coast

I was a little worried during the edit of this one that it may not work out… but, I should have had more faith in myself, because it did in the end!

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Daily Photo – The Gold Coast Panorama

This is a photo made out of 9 different shots from the Mavic in a 3×3 grid. I love the way it turned out, but when you watch the making-of video below, then you’ll see it didn’t start out so perfect!

The Gold Coast Panorama

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  • Date Taken2019-01-26 21:06:06
  • 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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Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see the creation of this fun panorama from Shanghai. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Shanghai Surprise

This is made out of 9 different photos that I stitched together in Photoshop. I was trying to get an “angle” on Shanghai that no one has ever seen before, so I flew it out over the Bund to get this angle.

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Daily Photo – Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

I’m pretty sure flying a drone in China is illegal. I mostly think this because I was arrested a few years earlier for doing it. But I figured, hey, if I can talk myself out of Chinese prison once, I can do it twice, right? This is how I think… anyway, when I went to launch this down by the coast, I saw about three other Chinese dudes launching their own quadcopters. This only emboldened me!

Shanghai at Dusk from over the Bund

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  • Date Taken2018-06-23 19:12:21
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO194
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Behind the Scenes with a TRIPP creation

Tripp

If you’re a Passport Member then you can see some really radical new projects I’m working on with Tripp.com. Here’s a video from their website that describes a bit of what they are about.

First Official Fractal

Well, I have a lot of these… But this is the first fully mastered version along with music from Sam Wave. Wait till you see it in 360 VR!

Behind the Scenes with a TRIPP creation

I am not exactly sure how I got off on this crazy fractal tangent. It mostly started from having an epic acid trip that had extra layers thanks to adventures into the DMT zone. Either way, it started me down this path to try to recreate some beautiful visions.

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The Dappled Pond

Passport Sunday Fun!

As I do every Sunday, if you’re one of the awesome Passport Members, you get a little “bonus” section in the blog post that allows you to see extra stuff. In today’s one, you’ll see the edit of this photo!

Processing The Dappled Pond

This week I really get hands-on with the vignette…

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Daily Photo – The Dappled Pond

Queenstown Gardens has a lifetime’s worth of photos every Autumn. I should actually go there more often, and not just in the Autumn. It’s not actually that far from me, but I tend to not drive into Queenstown very often…The parking is terrible down there and it’s barely worth the drive. However, since the tourism bust, it’s quite a bit easier to find a place!

The Dappled Pond

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  • Date Taken2019-04-23 09:46:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length61.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Sunrays through the gardens

Welcome to Passport Sunday!

If you’re a Passport member then you get to see today’s making-of!

Enhancing Sunrays

Here, you’ll see the way I use various tools to create today’s photo.

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Daily Photo – Sunrays through the gardens

Today’s photo exemplifies the idea of sunrays through the Autumn scene… Just another in a set of using Aurora and Luminar to create something amazing!

Sunrays through the gardens

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-23 09:50:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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