France – Stuck in Customs

A Classic Street Scene in Paris

Midnight in Paris

I just rewatched this movie on the plane for the fifth time and it still holds up. It’s easily in my top 3 Woody Allen movies and if you haven’t seen it, get it way up there on your list. Plus, I found the whole thing to be super funny… my favorite character is definitely Hemingway.

Daily Photo – A Classic Street Scene in Paris

In that same romantic sense, I like to roam the streets of Paris at night in search of scenes like this. They are all over the place, but it’s best to find the narrow streets like here in Montmartre. I wait around for nice color combinations in the background and with the characters walking around.

A Classic Street Scene in Paris

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  • Date Taken2011-07-20 15:00:22
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length23.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Another Angle on the Museum

The Parisian Museum of Evolution

Today, I thought I’d show you the same place from two different perspectives. This is one of the works from our Fine Art Series 1 that has been sold out (thanks awesome collectors – glad you are happy!).

Where Jules Verne Would Perform Experiments On Animal Kind

Daily Photo – Another Angle on the Museum

I just can’t get enough of this museum! I took hundreds and hundreds of photos in here. Choosing the best was a labor of love. I must admit that I like the one above much better, but it is still interesting to get a slightly different perspective on the same place.

Another Angle on the Museum

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-21 10:10:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Midnight at the Chateau

Midnight in Paris Tutorial

Want to get the whole tutorial for Midnight in Paris? It’s a great and full collab I did. Here’s the video preview!

Daily Photo – Midnight at the Chateau

What a cool idea this was, if I do say so myself! I decided to do a workshop right outside of Paris and we rented this whole chateau for a few days. It wasn’t actually as expensive as you might think. It was a little weird for a few reasons. One is that a family was living in one of the corner rooms, but we never saw them. Also, about half of the rooms were abandoned and there was all kinds of creepy stuff inside. It made it even more creepy when we pictured that the family was living in one of those creepy rooms.

Midnight at the Chateau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-08 20:46:31
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Lonely Dunes

Workshops

Be sure to visit our workshops page to find out what’s happening next. In this little promo video below, you’ll see quite a bit of footage from Africa!

A Street Scene From Paris

I’ve had a ton of fun going back into my unprocessed back catalog and re-processing them with some of these latest tools. In today’s adventure, you’ll see a fairly “harsh” (maybe that is too harsh of a word) treatment of this street scene from Paris.

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Daily Photo – The Lonely Dunes

Here’s one of my favorite (and rather simple) photos from Namibia. The deserts there are so beautiful, and it is a little confusing to figure out where to shoot. It all sort of looks the same, in a strange, flowing way. So, I found this all to be a particularly interesting challenge… actually I think everyone at our Africa workshop did!

The Lonely Dunes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-26 19:22:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Art Unveiling Partay!

Becoming An Artist Episode 4

I hope you’re enjoying these! They were a lot of fun to make.

Daily Photo – Art Unveiling Partay!

A few weeks ago, one of my collectors had a fun party at her house so people could experience her new art! This is a quick mobile-phone shot I got with my Pixel 3 (not bad, eh)? That shows off how massive this piece is. You should see it at night! I’ll have to go back and get a photo of it then. Anyway, this particular one is now sold out, so that’s pretty cool. All 3 are gone… one was purchased by an NFL player, and I think we’ll have a party there soon too! See more about the fine art at www.TreyRatcliff.com.

Art Unveiling Partay!

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  • Date Taken2018-12-06 19:50:23
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO96
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Over Mont Saint-Michel

The Candid Frame

Man, this Ibarionex is one smooth character! And that voice, eh? Smooth mocha! And this was a really fun interview… I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s all audio and you’ll find the little player after his text blurb at:

http://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe/2018/11/11/the-candid-frame-444-trey-ratcliff

Today’s photo

I realize today’s photo is tough to recognize, so I thought you might enjoy an orthogonal view!

Floating Over Mont St. Michel

Daily Photo – Over Mont Saint-Michel

I probably should not have been flying my drone after having half a bottle of wine, but it did pay off with some rather amazing photos and video. Here is one right over the top of this amazing monastery-castle.

Over Mont Saint-Michel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 20:31:39
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Over Monte Carlo

Euro Tour

Check out this highlight video of our European Photo Walk Tour!

Listen to Sam Harris talk with Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens)

Also, here is an interesting podcast I just finished listening to where Yuval Noah Harari talks about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. It is a wide-ranging discussion which is well worth some of your Sunday.

Passport Sunday – Art Talk in Glenorchy

If you ever find yourself in New Zealand, check out Camp Glenorchy as a place to stay. I was there a couple of weeks ago to do an art talk and not only is it a gorgeous location, but they also have the best projector known to humankind. In today’s Passport video, which is the complete talk, you’ll not get to experience the projector in all its glory but you will get to hear some stories from my travels along with a fun Q+A session towards the end which focuses on art, life and creativity.

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Daily Photo – Over Monte Carlo

On the European Tour, we stopped in Monte Carlo one day to take photos and have a dinner before getting back on the bus to drive overnight to Cinque Terre. I had been to Monte Carlo a long time ago with my dad and I remembered being down by the marina. When I looked at the map, I saw there were two marinas, and I was not sure which one to be dropped off at. I chose the wrong one! And there were no taxis or Ubers around, so we had to walk up this mountain… when we got to the top, I turned around to take this picture of the scene below. Yeah, it’s a cool marina, but not as cool as the one on the other side!

Over Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 19:46:32
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Detailing the Jules Verne Museum Shot

Another 50+ Hours

Wow this was quite an epic mission! I recently sold all three prints of the Jules Verne museum photo to three collectors. All interesting people too… one of them is even an NFL player. Anyway, because these print out So Huge (almost 10 feet or 3 meters across), I decided to go through them with a fine-toothed comb. I found A LOT of problems, so I decided to re-create the whole thing from scratch once again. Yes, out of the core 225 photos. But now it is really perfect… something else, really!

If you’re a Passport Member, then you can see more about the “making of” this monstrosity!

Mastering the Masterpiece

Here’s probably more about this piece than you ever wanted to know!

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Daily Photo – where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

This is perhaps the most-awesome and least-visited place in Paris. Everyone goes to the Eiffel, Arc-de-Triomph, Louvre, Orsay, etc, etc, but who would take time to visit the Museum of Evolution? Just me and other cool geeks like me. I had a hot tip from a friend that said, “If Jules Verne were to design a museum, he would make this”. Say no more, I was there immédiatement!

where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

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  • Date Taken2019-04-26 04:35:38
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Love Locks in Paris

Today’s Photo

You can see the exact place where I took this photo in this highlight video from the Paris photo walk!

Daily Photo – Love Locks in Paris

This is one of the most famous bridges where lovers go to secure a padlock as a symbol of their undying love. I’ve never done this and I don’t know the actual ritual. But, I would assume that they would lock it and then throw the key into the Seine river below. That seems like it would be romantic. Anyway, apparently, the sheer mass of the locks turns out to be a bit of a hazard to the bridge. I never understood this, as I would think the bridge could easily handle the physics of that situation. Either way, officials come by on occasion to cut off the locks. But I wonder if anyone has ever gone down to the bottom of the river to see how many keys are down there on the bottom.

Love Locks in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-07 19:28:08
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Beautiful St. Malo

Aurora Quick Tip – Ghosting!

Well, more anti-ghosting. This is a quick edit of one of my favorite photos of Shanghai where I show how to get rid of the scary ghost ships! 🙂 This is edited with Aurora HDR.

Daily Photo – Beautiful St. Malo

This is the first photo I’ve ever posted from this beautiful place. I was only here for a few hours during our European tour. My friend Serge told me about this magical little fortressed medieval town along the coast of Normandy. I said it sounded like my kind of place. I’m always a sucker for these sorts of places… Since I didn’t have a lot of time there, I took most of my photos with the quadcopter, as it can move a lot faster than I can!

Beautiful St. Malo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-10 18:17:55
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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