California – Stuck in Customs

Passport Sunday Vanity Fair Partay!

As many of you know, I was invited by Vanity Fair and the Ritz-Carlton to do a solo show during the Oscars. A lot of work went into it, and today, if you’re a Passport Member, then you get to see some of the details behind the layout. Enjoy!

Photos from the Exhibit

Here’s a smattering of some of the photos from the big show! You’ll hear more about them in the Passport Sunday video below.


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Vanity Fair Show Layout

While I was going through this process, I thought it would be interesting to record a video so you could see some of the work that went into it. Enjoy!

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Popping Disney

Passport Disney Sunday

As with every Sunday, you get a chance to see me edit today’s photo. Not a member yet? Sign up here! You’ll love it!

Edit of the Disney Shot

Today’s is another quick hit video and you can see how I use some features of Aurora to really make it pop!

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Daily Photo – Popping Disney

I haven’t been to Disney in years and I’m not sure if they still let you use tripods, but I’m sure glad they did while I was there! It was kind of weird carrying it all over the park, especially when I got on rides. The operators would just let me collapse it and put it under my legs. Seems like that might be kind of a hazard but they didn’t seem to mind, so neither did I!

Popping Disney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-07-21 02:52:08
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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San Francisco in the Fog

Deep Fakes

This is a really good deep fake. It’s really to the point now where you can’t believe anything you see! This is Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland in Back to the Future.

Daily Photo – San Francisco in the Fog

This is an older photo that I recently re-worked for a show I am doing in LA. There were a few cities they wanted to be represented, and this was one of my favorites from San Francisco. I think a lot of people think you get fog every day there, but you definitely do not, so it requires quite a bit of patience.

San Francisco in the Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-04-20 06:33:07
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Oscars Party!

Vanity Fair Special for Passport Members

Today, for you cool Passport Members, you can see how I put together the proposal for this Vanity Fair / Ritz-Carlton / Conde Nast show during Oscars week. It was a lot of hard work, but I think you’ll be happy just seeing the process. I’ll make a follow-up video soon that talks more about their final shot selections, the hanging process, and other behind-the-scenes stuff!

Proposal for the Vanity Fair Exhibition

I was approached a few months before the Oscars with this opportunity. It was pretty much 100% sure they wanted to hang about ten of my photos, but which ones? There was a BIG group of people deciding, which made things quite complex and time consuming. I decided that a wide variety of choices was better than just a few. I am never quite sure what people will like… anyway, enjoy!

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The Folds of the Earth

Subscribe to my new podcast!

Hey, this is kind of a fun announcement! I’ve now recorded about eight different “Walk n’ Talk” discussions with clever people from all around the world. They were all originally recorded on this 360 video camera that I hold in front of us while we walk through beautiful places in the world… When you watch those on YouTube you can grab the camera and aim it any direction you want if you get tired of seeing me and my guest! We also decided to release these as “Audio Only” versions for traditional podcast mechanisms. Just go sign up with your favorite podcasting tech (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play) and give them a bunch of stars! 🙂

$800 of Mushrooms

This video is super funny.

Daily Photo – The Folds of the Earth

I took this while I was cooking alive in Death Valley, California. It must have been like 130 degrees outside (but quite dry) or something. That’s next level stuff. On another note, I heard there are a lot of hate groups forming in this area, but it’s not that bad because it’s a dry hate.

The Folds of the Earth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-08-26 12:33:53
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Hanging in Beverly Hills

The Original

Here’s the photo below from the fine art collection at www.TreyRatcliff.com. This Paris museum shot is made from over 250 photos… We only do 3 prints of each of these, and this one is sold out.

Where Jules Verne Would Perform Experiments On Animal Kind

Daily Photo – Hanging in Beverly Hills

Here’s the above piece hanging in the home of one of my collector’s homes in Beverly Hills. He actually has two pieces hanging in here and another two in two more of his homes. As with all collectors, I am very thankful to him!

Hanging in Beverly Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-11 09:35:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

The Trey and Harriet Critique Show!

Episode 1 seems like it was a hit with people, so here’s show #2. We’re learning more as we go… Episode 3 is even more punchy as we drop the critiques to 1 minute each (or well, we try).

Daily Photo – Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

This is the Ritz-Carlton there, and it’s in maybe one of the most epic locations I’ve ever seen. I got up early one morning and got the drone out over the Pacific Ocean to get this. I had a little vision for the shot the evening before while I was watching the sunset and eating s’mores!

Half Moon Bay at Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:34:44
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Robin Williams in San Francisco

New About Me Page!

I made a bunch of changes over to the “bio” area of the About Me page here on the site. I never quite know what to say there… now I have a bullet point list of all kinds of stuff.

Daily Photo – Robin Williams in San Francisco

Man, I really loved that Robin Williams guy. I just watched a documentary about him on the plane that was super sad for some reason. There’s not a lot of guys like that out there. We need more of them! It’s interesting too how a lot of these extreme creatives end up committing suicide. I am not nearly that creative, but I am, objectively, kind of creative. But I’ve never even had the slightest suicidal feelings, which turns out to be a rather good thing for me and people around me!

Robin Williams in San Francisco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-11-12 11:10:28
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO53
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Stairs in San Francisco

The Mavic 2 Pro Zoom

I got the Mavic 2 Pro Zoom (see it on my Kit.com) for one main reason: It has a cool feature where it zooms into 48mm and then takes 9 photos in a grid so you can stitch them together later as a panorama. In my first test, which you’ll see below:

1) I did a regular photo, which came out to about 4,000 pixels across (3992 to be exact)

2) Then I did the zoom-pano, stitched it together in Lightroom, and ended up with a photo that was about 9,500 pixels (9486 to be exact).

I find this to be incredibly exciting!

Compare it to my Sony A7r Mark III. It takes 42-megapixel photos, which translates to about 8,000 pixels across (7952 to be exact). This means that, effectively, the Mavic 2 Pro Zoom takes higher-rez photos than the Sony A7r Mark III.

Here is a single photo (24mm) taken from the same spot as today’s Daily Photo in the bottom of this post. I haven’t made any enhancements to it or anything…

Daily Photo – The 16th Avenue Tiled Stairs in San Francisco

I’m not 100% sure this is the stairway, as I ended up here by accident! If I am wrong, feel free to correct me.

This was my first test of the new 9-photo panorama. I have done a bit of touch-up to it using Aurora HDR and some other tools. Also, I did some fixes to the horizon. If you look at the first image above, you’ll see the horizon seems off. I think it’s actually correct, but the way the land slopes to the left makes it look like the camera was askew a bit. Anyway, I made an adjustment using the perspective cropping tool in Photoshop.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Stairs in San Francisco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-11-18 17:24:22
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Longboarding in Beijing

Upcoming Event in San Francisco!

I’ll be heading out to San Francisco tomorrow for about a week to attend this Burning Man Art Auction – The Artumnal! It should be a great event, and I have a few pieces in the auction. I think there are still some tickets available – see you there! All the money goes to Burning Man artists (none for me).

Daily Photo – Longboarding in Beijing

How cool is this gal? This picture doesn’t even illustrate how graceful she was. I guess I haven’t seen a lot of longboarding, but there is almost kind of a dance that takes place while they are rolling from place to place with an occasional stunt thrown in. There were probably over 100 longboarders out. In the background, you may notice the famous “Bird’s Nest” from the Olympic Games.

Longboarding in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-10 23:44:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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