Malaysia – Stuck in Customs

The Bar

Daily Photo – The Bar

These sorts of situations are perfect for a strong HDR treatment. I am always impressed by the way some interior designers choose to decorate and light their interior spaces. When you really crank up the HDR, it gives it a bit of a “fantasy” feel where you are not sure if it is real or make-believe. I like the tension between what is real and what is not real.

The Bar

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  • Date Taken2018-03-30 00:51:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO160
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Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

Daily Photo – Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

One day, we jumped out on a boat to go through the archipelago to visit some floating markets. These places are totally unique and they sell a wide variety of things, only half of which I can identify. Some of the veggies and fruits and stuff look a little sketchy, so they are definitely the sorts of things you need to prep and cook well when you get home.

Visiting the Floating Markets in Langkawi

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  • Date Taken2018-04-03 10:58:48
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
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Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi and Machine Elf 69

Machine Elf – We Are Made From Stars | Trey Ratcliff & Joshua Ryan

Welcome to a very different Machine Elf creation! All my latest ones seem to be my favorite, but this one definitely gives a new perspective on the cinematic quality and storytelling of fractals. This creation was incredibly complex and took about a month for the visuals and another month for the music from Joshua Ryan. We’ve been collaborating on this one forever and now it is finally ready for release!

This creation explores how incredible complexity and the fabric of the universe could possibly be boiled down to a few combined fractal equations. I’ve always been fascinated by the fabric of the reality around us. Maybe it’s just math, or a higher order of mathematical formulas that collide with different sorts of energies. It’s really hard to say, eh? All these Machine Elf creations explore different facets from the same jewel of the reality that is being built around us all the time.

To see all the Machine Elf videos on YouTube, check out the Machine Elf playlist.

Also, we’ve put a few of these Machine Elf creations in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go, Rift or Playstation VR you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here.

For more Machine Elf creations, including physical installations, check out the website: https://the-machine-elf.com/

Daily Photo – Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

What an amazing place to watch the sunset. Malaysia is a brutally hot and humid place, so any chance for a swim is welcome. This is the pool there at the Ritz-Carlton and, even better, we jumped in the pool right after a fun cocktail-making class. Some of those bartenders seem to have such a good time. I think it would be an awesome job, but I don’t think I could do it and keep all the drink recipes straight in my mind…

Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

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  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:09:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture10
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length51.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Mixology Class in Malaysia

Daily Photo – Mixology Class in Malaysia

While we were on the tour across Asia, we ended up in Langkawi at the Ritz-Carlton where they put on a sunset mixology class for us. Man, bartenders really get into all this mixology stuff, and I have no idea what the heck is going on. They explain these esoteric mixes with such authority… I have no idea if it is total BS or if there is actually something to it. I think it’s probably a lot like healers or people like this… there are a lot of charlatans, but there are actually a few people that know what they are doing. I think this was one of those occasions!

Mixology Class in Malaysia

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  • Date Taken2018-04-03 23:57:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Rulebreaker Interview

Here’s a very fun interview I recently finished… I just skimmed it and I had some pretty good quotes! 🙂

Daily Photo Dump

For today… how about some of the best of… Malaysia!

The Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a View of Petronas This bar is up on top of the roof and it is all open air. There is a pool down there that is always available for use, and it is surrounded by a ultra-chic bar. It was raining when I took this… I am up on the 2nd level of the bar, where there is a spa… you can see the little massage rooms down the lefthand side there.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Across the Line I found this guy in the Batu Caves just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Batu Caves are enormous caverns that hold various Hindu temples and plenty of fruit for monkeys. This was shot after a quarter-mile spelunk through the cave and an emergence into a geological oddity – a shaft of sunlight shining downwards through an open chamber that had been carved through the limestone after centuries of rainfall.The day was bright and sunny, and the monkey sat alone in front of the inky blackness of the cave entrance. This was shot as a single RAW photo. It only had minor HDR adjustments, to get the texture in the wall and the details in his fur.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Hindu Ascent This is a 94-year-old woman ascending the final stairs in the 272-step ascent in the Batu Caves, a pilgrimage site in Malaysia for over 800,000 Hindus per year.Her hair is 3 meters long (about 9 feet). She has never cut it her entire life. It is so long, she has to fold it back and forth a few times and wrap it to keep it from dragging behind.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

KLIA Airport

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Liz in Kuala Lumpur

Daily Photo – Liz in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to hang out with my friend Liz in Malaysia! We visited this mosque and they force women to cover their hair and other parts that may be enticing to men. I suppose that is the reason. I’m not a Muslim or anything, but it does seem a bit weird to suppress the human form to reinforce a mutually agreed-upon fiction. Anyway, after this, we went out with the team and had an amazing meal, sans silky self-sheeting.

Liz in Kuala Lumpur

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:12
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Visiting a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Here’s a cool video I hope you like! While I was on tour across Europe a few years ago, I would give art talks at different Ritz-Carlton hotels along the way. One of the gentlemen there that helps run the show, Nick Teare, asked me if I’d be interested in making the video for the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It was a very fun project! I ended up with about 22 iterations before we finally ended up with what you see now. If you end up staying at some of the Marriott Luxury locations, you will probably see this video playing in your room on a loop! Also, a big thanks to Sam Mehrtens for composing the music!

Daily Photo – Visiting a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

If you’re headed to any Muslim country, I always recommend you go visit a few mosques. They are great for photography and generally very interesting places. You don’t have to worry about dress too much (well, don’t wear shorts) because most of them have a little station in the front where you can put on the appropriate garb.

Visiting a Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

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  • Date Taken2018-04-01 00:11:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Amazing Kuala Lumpur

Porto Perspective

Here’s a little video I made for my friend Jose in Porto, Portugal! You can find his //photo tours here/..

Daily Photo – Amazing Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to go back to Kuala Lumpur after being gone for over seven years. You still can’t go wrong with a photo of the amazing Petronas Towers and the KLCC area. This one I tried shifting the temperature over into the Incandescent area. This is a good trick to try for a few of your cityscape shots. When you go into that area (called Tungsten in some white balance settings), you get this cool Blade Runner kind of feel.

Amazing Kuala Lumpur

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  • Date Taken2018-03-30 02:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

Live on Video on Facebook

I should do more of these! Here’s one from a few weeks ago when I went live on Facebook to stream my screen while editing some photos. (If you click through to Facebook you can read the comments.)

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

I think the bar on the top of the Traders Hotel has the best view of the Petronas Towers. I tried a few other rooftop bars in the area, but this one is still the best. While I was there, you can see that dark, foreboding Four Seasons hotel on the right. Maybe it wasn’t open yet? I can only imagine that because not many lights are on and the sign on top is not lit up.

Kuala Lumpur from the Traders Hotel Bar

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  • Date Taken2018-03-30 02:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

New Podcast Playlist!

I now have five 360 Podcasts I’ve created and another four that are being edited. I’m figuring out this new format as I’m going along. Check out the new Playlist on YouTube and subscribe/hit the bell to get the newest when they come out!

Daily Photo – Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

KL in Malaysia is one of those cool cities in the middle of worlds where they have most of the world’s main religions represented. It’s predominantly Muslim, so there are more mosques than anything, but you’ll also see Christian churches, Hindu temples, and Chinese temples like this one. I asked my driver if there was a temple for Atheists, and he said he could not think of one.

Chinese Lanterns in Kuala Lumpur

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  • Date Taken2018-04-01 01:22:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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