Kuala Lumpur – Stuck in Customs

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Alone in the Mosque

Mr. Robot

I recommend a show called Mr. Robot. It ranks up there in the Westworld category as being somewhat confusing, but I sort of like that, I think. You really have to pay attention… but it’s a cleverly written show.

Daily Photo – Alone in the Mosque

I visited the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur between services. I would not be allowed to take photos otherwise. But, mosques are almost always open to anyone that wants to come in to pray or relax, like this gentleman is doing. Sometimes, on very hot days in these Muslim countries, I will go into mosques to relax too. They are often air-conditioned and I just sit on the floor with all my equipment and relax/meditate. Running around all day long in the heat can really get to ya.

Alone in the Mosque

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When Tane Had That Epiphany

New Bag Still Available!

Be sure to check out the latest backpack on Kickstarter! The campaign has been doing very very well, and I’m very happy for those guys and gals over at Peak Design!

Oh, and I’m giving some of these bags away! To be in with a chance of winning, step 1 is to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Be sure to check out this video which explains step 2:

360 Video when flying the Phantom

Join me and Tane on this early morning flight! 🙂 Don’t forget you can grab the screen and move it around.

Daily Photo – When Tane Had That Epiphany

While we were in Malaysia, something possessed Tane to shave his head on the same day we went to go visit a Mosque. I think he was trying to trick his dad into thinking he was converting from Atheism to Islam. I don’t think he actually tricked anyone, but he certainly played the role well.

When Tane Had That Epiphany

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Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

A Birthday Message from Trey!

Hey it’s my birthday and all that stuff. No big deal; just an arbitrary radian around the sun, but I can come to you, my 48th, with a nice birthday message. When I turned 35 is when I initially got into photography… so it’s never too late! The best time to start trying something you think might be a calling for you is Right Now! Speaking of that, here’s a promo of our new Beginning Photography Tutorial.

Daily Photo – Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

I know I’m getting old and everything, but when I was at KL Tower seven years ago, I don’t remember an “outside” area. I remember shooting through a window and having a terrible time with the glare. Now, of course, I use a Lens Skirt, but I didn’t know about it back then. Anyway, this time I went to a new level that had an outside area where you could get unobscured shots of the city.

Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

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Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

Aurora HDR Tip – Reflections

This is a video that shows how I enhance reflections using Aurora HDR 2018. I took this photo at a cool outdoor shopping area in Singapore. Believe it or not, they air-condition the OUTSIDE, which seems like a ridiculous waste of money… but hey, Singapore is a pretty wealthy spot!

Daily Photo – Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

It was fun to spend some time with Liz out of New Zealand! She joined me as part of the #80Stays tour in Kuala Lumpur. Boy, was it hot while we were there! It was probably over 90 degrees when we went into this mosque where we had to put on these heavy robes. Outside, there was a little bit of a breeze, at least. It had recently rained and left a thin layer of water on the marble… so it made for a nice reflection shot. Find out more about Liz’s story from her visit on her blog.

Young Adventuress in Kuala Lumpur

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