Tokyo – Stuck in Customs

Tokyo

Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

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

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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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The 50 Cities Drop

OpenSea Preview for Passport Members

If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll see a fun sneak peek of an upcoming drop over there. I have a new strategy that will either be awesome or crash and burn. We’ll see! 🙂

The 50 Cities Drop

Here’s a sneak preview of the drop and a little bit about the pricing strategy. I don’t really know if it will work or not. I have very low expectations… so I guess we will see!

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Getting Lost in Tokyo

Daily Photo – Getting Lost in Tokyo

If you get lost in Tokyo around the Shinjuku area, then you’re likely to find all sorts of little alleyways like this. Even the alleys in Japan are great! It’s always a toss-up as to which place I want to eat… they are all so good. I was considering taking up professional eating so I could train to consume more before next visiting.

Getting Lost in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-11 13:58:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Daytime in Roppongi, Tokyo

Daily Photo – Daytime in Roppongi, Tokyo

Here’s one of the first photos I took with my Hasselblad camera when I got to Tokyo. This is kind of a weird thing to like about that machine: the aspect ratio. I mean, it’s not that big of a deal because I can always crop them any way I want. I guess there is just sort of a different feeling when looking through the viewfinder and looking at that 3:2 aspect that gives me a slightly different experience. Hard to explain.

Daytime in Roppongi, Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 00:07:31
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Random Scene from Shinjuku

Daily Photo – Random Scene from Shinjuku

Here’s a random scene from Shinjuku, one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Tokyo. You’ll see all sorts of random things happening here. And you can’t ever go wrong with visiting a random food place, where everything is tasty… these random food guys always know when it’s right to arrive.

Random Scene from Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 02:54:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Rainy Evening in Tokyo

Daily Photo – Rainy Evening in Tokyo

I took this in a relatively “seedy” area of Tokyo near Kabuchiko. It’s not really as dangerous as it used to be. Many years ago, it was pretty rough while I was there with a bunch of Nigerians who were under the control of the Yakuza, so things can go sideways at any time. Luckily, I knew about these things so I never got in any serious trouble. It’s still a bit sketch around there late at night, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.

Rainy Evening in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:22:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

Daily Photo – Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

What’s better than a personalized meal in Japan by a master chef? Not much else, as far as I can surmise. This is a photo from our tour across Japan where we visited several different locations all around the country. I think if I had to choose one country’s food for the rest of my life, it would probably be Japan. Most people think it’s just sushi, but the broad range of options is never-ending.

Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Japan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-01 03:20:58
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+5/3

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Secret Food Alley in Tokyo

Matt Berry Hilarious Reading

I think this guy is hilarious…

Daily Photo – Secret Food Alley in Tokyo

This is one of my favorite little alleys in Tokyo, and it is very close to Shinjuku. I’ve been there a few times, but I often forget exactly where it is. Sometimes, I purposefully set out to find this place, and I get completely lost and end up in a different area. I mean, that’s okay. I guess I could mark it on Google Maps, but I like the challenge of trying to find this little treasure again.

Secret Food Alley in Tokyo

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  • Date Taken2017-07-19 12:13:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Rainy Night in Tokyo

Machine Elf 62 – The Consciousness of Appearing

Sometimes when I get bored, I listen to all sorts of podcasts about the nature of reality. It’s also been influenced a lot by my morning meditations with the Sam Harris Waking Up app. Once you start to just notice things appearing in your sensorium, it can be quite the spectacle. So, I started working on this fractal based on a more organic formula to explore this idea further. The music I coupled it with is also a favorite that was introduced to me by a shaman in LA and it’s called “Devi Prayer” by Craig Preuss & Ananda. Enjoy the journey! 🙂

Daily Photo – Rainy Night in Tokyo

How awesome is the rain in Tokyo? It’s one of my favorite times to go out and take photos. The Blade Runner reflections go off the chart and all these cool Japanese people carry interesting umbrellas. I think I stayed up till around 2AM taking photos and walking the streets to find different subjects. By the time I got back to the hotel with Ethan, I was completely soaked and freezing, but it was worth it! 🙂

Rainy Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:21:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO8000
  • Focal Length47.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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