Australia – Stuck in Customs

Sydney Spaceship

Daily Photo – Sydney Spaceship

Sydney, Australia is just a short flight from New Zealand where I live. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s still 4 hours, but everything else is 10+ hours from New Zealand.

There is an area called The Rocks that is one of the oldest areas of Sydney, and this is just a short walk away. I love this photo because it causes confusion the first time you see it. I try to do this sometimes with my photos where I attempt to cause the viewer to wonder exactly what they are seeing. After a few moments, they slowly figure it out and that gives them a little squirt of dopamine.

Sydney Spaceship

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 17:52:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Underfloor City

Daily Photo – Underfloor City

How’s this for a unique reception area? Well done Sydney Customs House, well done!

Underfloor City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 16:30:50
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Cool Lights in Brisbane

Daily Photo – Cool Lights in Brisbane

I think this is Brisbane… the tags on the image agree. So let’s just assume it is!

Cool Lights in Brisbane

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-09-14 09:14:15
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Live from Australia… but not…

A couple of weeks ago I connected with the team at Australian Blockchain Week for a fun panel on the NFT industry. You can watch the recording here. (Registration required but it’s free and you can put in random info.)

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A Fun Sydney Creation

Daily Photo – A Fun Sydney Creation

This image started as me trying to find something interesting to shoot while wandering around in Sydney one night. Then more recently I was commissioned by a collector to create an animated NFT from it. Never in a million years did I think that it would end up looping into infinity on someones wall when I took it… in fact back in 2013 I wouldn’t even have considered that an option! You can see the final creation here.

A Fun Sydney Creation

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 17:52:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Walking along the bridge in Sydney

Machine Elf Show Reel 2021

Well, this is pretty cool, if I do say so myself, and I do. We’ve designed about 100 of these things and here are some favorites all mashed together in about three minutes. Enjoy, and tell your friends, except for Joe Rogan.

Daily Photo – Walking along the bridge in Sydney

When we were in Sydney, my friend David Maxwell got us on a boat to scoot around the harbour for a while. It was great fun. We went under the famous bridge there a few times and saw people casually walking across the top. I thought you had to be harnessed in or something, but, hey, you know how crazy Aussies can be!

Walking along the bridge in Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-08 20:28:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length178.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

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Best of: Australia

And now let’s go across the Tasman Sea to Australia!

Downtown Sydney from the Rocks The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, and it’s down by the harbour. I have to make sure I get the “u” in there to appease local sensitivities. Anyway, it’s a cool area full of a lot of old-world charm. Now there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and little hotels that are sprinkled around the area.I took this one from the top of a 3-story salsa bar. I didn’t even really go into the bar, except for the way to find the top of it! I looked quite strange walking around the salsa dancefloor to get to the other side, dancing with my tripod!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Jane Fondle, the Light Dancer in Melbourne After hour THREE of the mega-photowalk, we came across this gal. She said her name was “Jane Fondle,” which I thought was kind of strange. And I thought it was even more strange when she gave me a brochure and it said that she does live performances in front of children so they stay in shape. Jane Fondle! hehe…Anyway, this was a tough shot… as you can probably tell… getting HDR with movement is especially tricky — and double-tricky when playing with light trails!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Awesome Ship in Sydney Harbor Tom and I walked down to the Rocks one night, which is one of the oldest parts of the Sydney Harbor. I was wondering, actually, if I should spell it “harbour” now that I live down thisaway. I do like the British spellings of things… they seem so much more… well, British and sophisticated. I guess I’ll just stick with “harbor” – I don’t want people thinking I’ve turned native so quickly.Anyway, the ship was moving a lot in the sea, so I had my ISO up pretty high to compensate. Usually, what I’ll do in this situation is take a normal set of brackets at a low ISO to get a nice HDR shot, and then I’ll take another at high ISO to freeze the movement… and then I do my best to Frankenstein it all together.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Sydney Opera House I’ve waited a very long time to see this famous building in Sydney! I’ve been meaning to come to Australia for a very long time, but this whole plan was delayed because of my move to New Zealand. Since I knew that I would be moving to NZ, I figured Australia would be a much more convenient trip. And now that I am here, it is! In fact, it’s just a 3 hour direct flight from Queenstown. But, since it took me longer than expected to get to NZ, then it took me much longer than expected to get to Australia! But now, I can make up for lost time, and spend more time across the Tasman… - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman I think it is a wonderful surreal work of art! Then again, I’m a huge fan of David Lynch and Twin Peaks. Anything surreal in my parallel universe gets a big thumbs up…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.Artist: Florentijn Hofman

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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

Photo Information

  • 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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The Opera House in Sydney

Another Book Suggestion

I have a Neal Stephenson book recommended here on my Kit.com. This one is pretty intense, so get ready for the ride!

Daily Photo – The Opera House in Sydney

A few years ago, I went to Australia with Neal Stephenson while he was researching his new book. I’m a great secret keeper, so I can’t talk about it. We had a great time… I actually kept track of a lot of stories of our adventures, but I don’t want to release them until after his book is out! If it wasn’t for Neal, I might have never seen the bustling metropolis of Dubbo, Australia.

The Opera House in Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-09-29 04:56:44
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length250.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Happy People in Sydney

Episode 5 of My Audio Podcast

There are now 5 of my audio podcasts available on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play). The latest features Kevin Rose. Kevin is one of the fun success stories of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and in this episode we talk about vulnerability, the approval of strangers, why we love Japan, psychedelics, kids and much more.

The Lies of Locke Lamora

I have a new book suggestion that came from my friend Brian Brushwood! The book is called “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” and if you are a fan of “The Name of the Wind,” then you will like this one as well. You can see it and more of my book recommendations here.

Daily Photo – Happy People in Sydney

Here’s a photo I recently edited from Sydney Harbor. While this huge rubber ducky was here, I took a ton of different photos. This shot is one of my favorites.

Happy People in Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-08 12:36:09
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture11
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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