France – Stuck in Customs

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Daily Photo – A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

Who would have thought some of the best Roman ruins were in Nimes, France? Not me! But they are. I find them generally better preserved than the ruins in Rome itself! I’ve always been a fan of Roman history, so I geek out when I see this stuff. In this same arena, the following night, I saw Sting perform, which was a most wonderful anachronism.

A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-18 12:59:02
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

Daily Photo – The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

Here’s another one of the images from my 1000 Stories from 1000 Places NFT drop. It sold out in minutes, but they are now available to trade on OpenSea and X2Y2, etc so be sure to check them out.

I know that purists tend to call this place more of a monastery, but I call it more of a castle! To me, after all, it just looks like an almighty castle (said in Bob-Ross-voice), doesn’t it?

For this one, I got down pretty low with the Nikon 14-24 lens. I had the engines pushed to Warp 10 at 14mm! The rest of the EXIF is ISO 100, f/8, 15 seconds for one of the exposures.

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

The Cemetery in the Monastery Castle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-12 20:57:04
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Daily Photo – Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Getting to this location at the last second was difficult and lucky.

I started the wild car ride about 30 minutes beforehand inside that walled city. I looked on Google Maps to figure out how to get to this exact spot. Now, I had no mobile internet, so I basically had to memorize the way here. It required going through, and I kid you not, about seven different roundabouts, each one existing in a strange, non obvious spot. Anyway, to my and Tom’s surprise, I exited each one perfectly and made it here with ZERO mistakes. Note that I am not nearly always this flawless, but it worked out and we got here just in time for sunset!

Mont Saint-Michel at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-13 20:12:42
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length250.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Hotel Banke

Daily Photo – Hotel Banke

I stumbled across this image from 2012 recently and for a good few minutes I couldn’t remember where it was… or what it was. The keyword suggested maybe a bank (“banke”) but then it hit me… Hotel Banke! Well done Hotel Banke, cool foyer.

Hotel Banke

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-11-09 02:37:39
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Nice Fishing

Daily Photo – Nice Fishing

This is the beach in Nice, France and it seems to me to be one of the worst places to try and fish… well, obviously from a scenic point of view it’s a lovely place to fish but busy, noisy, filled with the remnants of the day’s sunbathers. If you were a fish would you choose here or just along the coast?

Nice Fishing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 12:36:01
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Game of Thrones. France.

Next up from the Earth’s Landscapes Alive: Genesis Series is “Game of Thrones. France.”

Mont Saint-Michel is one of my favorite places to visit in Normandy. It’s always captured my imagination because, as I a kid, I loved castles. Well, I still love castles. While not exactly a castle, this location is very special because when the tide comes up, this whole place becomes an island. There are many reports of people dying trying to get off the island as the tide is coming in. (Give it a sec to load 🙂 )

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Mont Saint-Michel

Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

Continuing the theme, here is another image from the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.
mont saint michel

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Paris

Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

Here is another image from the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.
Paris

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My Million Dollar Art Drop

What a crazy couple of days! Those of you who read the last newsletter or some recent posts will know that I launched a new collection of NFTs on OpenSea this past Tuesday. It’s my fourth drop overall after some experimentation previously on Foundation, MakersPlace and another on OpenSea. They were all great learning experiences (and exceeded expectations) and this week was no different.

The short version is that in 2 days, split over the 50 Cities/NFTs in the collection, over $1million USD was processed. My thanks to any of you who got involved, it’s really incredible and we are full of gratitude. Today, along with there being some items still available on the first and secondary markets, there are 4 auctions ending (LA, Moscow, Tokyo and Paris) if you want to get involved in the fun.

As I’ve mentioned in previous mails, I think NFTs are certainly something artists and collectors should be getting involved with now. The potential is huge, and I think it will be a big part of the art world in the future. That, along with giving back to other artists, is why I’m now investing in other NFT projects. I know it can be a bit daunting though, so I’ll be producing a bunch of how-to videos and recaps of my experience so far for Passport Subscribers. There are already 3 or 4 available which can be viewed after signing up ($9.99 a month, cancel any time, and on top of those NFT videos you get access to all of my tutorials to stream, preset downloads, eBooks and a weekly video which can be anything from processing tips to behind the scenes of helicopter rides in 360.). Once you’re in there, check this page for quick links to the previous NFT videos.

In terms of getting yourself involved in this drop… it’s fairly simple. You’ll need an electronic wallet (MetaMask is one that works with most NFT sites, others are available so definitely read some comparison articles). You’ll also want a way to get Crypto in/out from the “real world” and services like Coinbase are used for that (again, there are alternatives so do a bit of reading to see what’s best for you). If you’ve got questions, drop into my new Discord collectors group where there are a bunch of awesome, friendly people who will be happy to help. Feel free to join and just lurk or chat too as you ease yourself into this wild new world as a collector or creator.

*On re-reading this I just realised I automatically #’d NFT… too much posting on Crypto Twitter. Time to go take a solo lockdown walk…



Trey Ratcliff Cities NFT OpenSea Preview 2

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Tunnels of Paris

Paris Passport Monday!

Hey all you awesome Passport Members will get access to a new how-to video, just like every Sunday… or in this case, Monday. Today you’ll see my fairly extreme edit of this photo from Paris near the Louvre. Enjoy!

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In today’s video, you’ll see me do a rather aggressive HDR treatment and then do some final alignment in Photoshop.

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Daily Photo – Tunnels of Paris

I took this around midnight one evening while I was meandering around Paris. It’s really such a beautiful city to get lost in. Here’s a hot tip, btw. A lot of times. these photos will come out quite “orange” so it’s good to set your camera’s white balance to Tungsten to push the colors back into the cooler area.

Tunnels of Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-03-15 20:58:37
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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