New Zealand – Stuck in Customs

Meandering through Hobbiton

OpenSea Auctions Ending Soon

If you haven’t already checked out my OpenSea NFT Drop then now is the ideal time… a few have sold out which is great but the main focus today is the two auction items which end in a few hours. So if you’ve some ETH burning a hole in your EWallet and want a physical print then this could be the link you’ve been looking for!
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Daily Photo – Meandering through Hobbiton

How beautiful is Hobbiton? It feels like a movie set, and it actually is! Of course, it’s in New Zealand, and everything feels like a movie set anyway, so that adds to the luster. If I’m not mistaken, this area was in the first movie when Gandalf is riding into Hobbiton to make Frodo his tiny bitch and go do all the hard work while he just smokes a pipe and philosophizes.

Meandering through Hobbiton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-25 06:19:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Little Pond Near my Home

Daily Photo – The Little Pond Near my Home

I often walk over here around sunset to this little peaceful pond in Dalefield. You can’t tell from this angle, but it’s actually in the shape of a heart, which fits many of my Disney romantic fantasies. Speaking of which, I think Disney has messed up a lot of people! A friend came over about a week ago and she studied Women’s Issues or something in college… she went on a long diatribe about sexism and stuff. I mostly was tuning her out because she was a woman, but she did have a few good points.

The Little Pond Near my Home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 08:02:06
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Adventures on the OpenSea

Dipping into NFTs with my Burning Man images has been a fun experience so I’ve selected a handful of my other art, converted into animated content and listed on OpenSea. You’ll find a whole range of options from straight up purchases to auctions and a couple of other twists. For example, if you’ve been considering one of my massive fine art prints for a while then this is a great way to get in on the action, you can bid on one as an NFT and receive the 1.66 x 2.5 meter physical print if you win!

Here is a little preview of one NFT…



Trey Ratcliff NFT OpenSea Preview

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The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

Daily Photo – The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

One early and a rather cold morning, I jumped on a snowmobile and headed up the backside of the Remarkables to get a view. I was not disappointed, but I was rather cold. It really was worth it though. I’ve got these pretty snazzy photographer’s gloves where the fingers still have access but there is a mitten cover that comes over the top to keep them warm. It’s a simple invention, but a welcome one!

The Backside of the Remarkables before Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-30 03:26:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The First Morning of the Workshop

Daily Photo – The First Morning of the Workshop

Back before the Apocalypse, I used to have Autumn photography workshops here in Queenstown, New Zealand. On the very first day, we do about a 2km hike from the lake to Queenstown Gardens here. It’s all timed pretty well so we can both see the sunrise over the Remarkables followed by a beautiful photo-stroll through these gardens. Here you can see a couple of my slavish apprentices doing exactly what the benevolent dictator says.

The First Morning of the Workshop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-18 21:38:01
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Sir Richard Taylor

Daily Photo – Sir Richard Taylor

A few years ago, I went to Wellington to take some photos and I messaged Sir Richard Taylor to see if I could come visit him at Weta. I was not disappointed! He gave me an epic tour and I was like a kid in a candy store. He’s very inspirational!

Sir Richard Taylor

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-05-17 06:11:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday – The Rolling Hills of Gisborne

Machine Elf 97 – The Seeding

Here’s the latest visual meditation based on the idea of seeding yourself and the universe while listening to a beautiful meditation from Mooji. I’m both a meditation nerd and a math nerd. As far as the math nerd goes, this is a combination of two different fractals in a hybrid. The fluid dynamics are thanks to the Surfmulti algorithm hybridized with one of the core mendelian formulas. Okay, nerd talk over. Enjoy the meditation… Wait till you see it in VR along with our dozens of other visual meditations!

Passport Sunday Reminder

It’s another Sunday, so another video unlock day for Passport Members! You’ll see today how and why I used three RAW files to make this image in Aurora HDR.

Improving the Dark Hill

In today’s video, you’ll see how I use Smart Tone to pull up some shadows and why I used RAW photos.

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Daily Photo – The Rolling Hills of Gisborne

Man, New Zealand has about 100,000 of these perfect hills with nice reflections. It’s so overwhelming that sometimes you don’t know where to aim your camera. But that makes it kinda cool too… a challenge to find the best of the best.

The Rolling Hills of Gisborne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-24 07:42:38
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length46.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Remarkables at Sunrise

George Carlin on Stuff

I shared this video the other day with a friend and forgot how funny it was!

Daily Photo – The Remarkables at Sunrise

Here’s one of my rare textured photos. When I look at these, I always think I should do this even more. The Remarkables can be a little tricky to shoot in the morning because the sun comes up kind of behind them. It’s great for silhouettes but if you really want a better shot of the Remarks, it’s best to wait till sunset.

The Remarkables at Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-04-18 20:18:54
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Along the coast in Gisborne

Daily Photo – Along the coast in Gisborne

I was lucky enough to spend about two weeks out there taking photos for a commissioned work. I don’t do a lot of commissions, but this one was pretty epic. I took about 1,000 photos and whittled it down to my favorite 10 to present. This one, in particular, was my favorite one, but it’s not the one they chose. It’s very interesting how people have slightly different tastes, and that’s all good.

Along the coast in Gisborne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-21 16:15:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length76.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Lagoons in Gisborne

Hilarious South Park Behind the Scenes

God these guys crack me up… This human centipede episode is one of the best. It’s really about automatically accepting all the Terms & Conditions on Apple products, where you really don’t know what you’re agreeing to.

Daily Photo – The Lagoons in Gisborne

It’s always a bit frightening to fly a quadcopter out over the ocean. I don’t know why. If it’s gonna fall out of the sky, it will be ruined anyway from this height. Anyway, whenever I am out over the ocean and shooting back towards the land, I’m on an even higher-alert.

The Lagoons in Gisborne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-07-23 21:59:12
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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