Queenstown – Stuck in Customs

New NFT Drops!

New NFT Drops (Machine Elf too!) and a new video on what the fuck NFTs are and how they work

Sending you a message from my digital nomad bunker here in New Zealand. 🙂

Anyway, not to bury the lead, which I’ll get to in detail later, but here is the new Burning Man NFT called ‘Awakening to what Is’. You can also see the brand new Machine Elf animated NFTs on Foundation.

Well, the first Burning Man NFT (Non-Fungible Token – think “Bitcoin for digital art”) went great and for about 7 Ethereum and you can see how it progressed at https://foundation.app/treyratcliff/burning-embrace-10493 . All the proceeds went to charity, split between 3, with my nomination being a local organization here in Queenstown run by my friend Dr. Rigg called Southern Wellbeing Trust with the tagline “Delivering evidence based innovative community level solutions for Mental health and wellbeing.” Cool stuff… I may have to take all the donations back for my own mental health. Just kidding… fun mental-health humor. Keeping it light, you know… I do wonder how people can get through chaos without a sense of humor. Anyway, it may be clear to you now that I’m not a mental health professional, so it’s probably better to leave that to the experts and support them 🙂

The other donations went to MakeSoil.org and the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, which was chosen by Kevin Rose… who btw has a cool new podcast called Modern Finance.

And now there is a new animated Burning Man NFT at Foundation – it’s one of my favorites. Here’ the official description I put on there for this piece entitled “Awakening to what Is”:

“There’s quite an exciting time when one awakens into consciousness, albeit it may indeed be ironically solipsistic. As you ride out into the deep playa of Burning Man, fascinating art pops out of the ground to inspire you while you’re on your own grueling Joseph Campbellesque type quest. “Awakening” by Geurts/Elmendorf makes for the perfect meditation of serenity. As with all my Burning Man works, a percentage goes back to the creator of the sculpture. For the 4K 30s file, contact after auction.”
Trey Ratcliff Awakening NFT Preview

Also, I have made a new video that describes the weird world of digital art and NFTs. I currently am only working with Foundation, but soon, I’ll be doing drops on Makersplace. I’m also interested in working with Nifty Gateway and OpenSea, but I don’t really know anyone there… so, if you do, hook me up! 🙂

Oh, and we’ve started a 2nd account for Machine Elf animated NFTs on Foundation Check those out…They are quite visually appealing along with the amazing music. Here is a short preview from Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart. Click here to see it in full with original music from Sam Wave.
Machine Elf 36 NFT Preview
Stay awesome! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Remarkables on a Saturday Afternoon

I have a small hike I do from my home here that takes me to this place. I usually listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I walk and look at nature. I walk up this fairly big hill, and along the way, there are little ponds. I stopped to grab this photo… I feel like just having a little reflection in the shot gives it a little pizzazz.

The Remarkables on a Saturday Afternoon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:20:42
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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After the Photo Shoot

Passport Sunday Fun

If you’re a Passport Sunday Member then you’ll see some selects from the recent photo shoot and how I processed them. Enjoy

Editing the Shoot Photos

You’ll see that I had incredibly challenging lighting conditions for this shoot… but I did the best with what I had. I was maybe being a bit hard on myself, as I like the way the photos turned out.

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Daily Photo – After the Photo Shoot

Here are Monni and Sue hanging out just looking awesome and stuff in front of The Remarkables. This was a shoot for her clothing label at Monni.co just in case you want some silky clothes or something. Full disclosure, I get 0.0001% of every sale.

After the Photo Shoot

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2021-03-16 23:21:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length76.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Remarkables Out of the Mist

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Out of the Mist

The best place to take this photo is from the top of Coronet Peak. It’s also a good place to find magic mushrooms. There are rumors that cops are around and they will arrest you for picking the mushrooms… so silly. Luckily there are more and more places around the world that are legalizing these perfectly fine natural substances.

The Remarkables Out of the Mist

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-04-25 09:00:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A View From the Top

Daily Photo – A View From the Top

A few days ago, we hiked up to the top of the Remarkables to see Lake Alta, but that was in autumn where there is no snow. Here’s one I got in the wintertime when the ski field was active… and no, I did not hike up here. I hate hiking mountains in the snow so I took a snowmobile instead!

A View From the Top

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-06-14 05:47:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Monni and the Lake

Daily Photo – Monni and the Lake

The mountains down here around Queenstown are so high and so much moisture comes in that they are often covered with clouds that hug in close for a lot of the day. I’ve been meaning to set up a time-lapse to watch their movements… It’s also quite cool when we go hiking up in there because you actually get to hike through the clouds and come out the top.

Monni and the Lake

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-10-19 17:41:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Model Shoot!

I did a shoot for the lookbook for Monni and her new Monni.co line of clothes. I don’t know much about fashion photography, and I was probably the worst decision for this job. But, hey, I was a free resource! Anyway, I recorded some fun behind-the-scenes stuff and am sharing them for Passport Sunday Members!

NFT Fun!

Hey, I just launched two NFTs (Non-Fungible Token), Burning Embrace and In Every Lifetime, Fire Rages! Here’s a little video about the first minting! Want to know more about NFTs? See my big announcement post here!

Oh, and it’s a 24hr auction on both so keep that in mind if this fun new tech interests you…

Behind-the-Scenes of the Model Shoot

I took some extra time to record some of the behind-the-scenes of the shoot! I start the video by showing you a bit about the selection process before we go out in the field. In a future video, I’ll go in and edit a few of them! 🙂

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Over the Remarkables

Daily Photo – Over the Remarkables

I need to get my drone up more to take photos! This is a view from where i fly sometimes… the area is more restricted now but there are still several places for you to fly. With the zoom function on the Mavic, I can still kinda get the angles I really want. Speaking of which, right after this blog post, I’m gonna fuel up the drone for another photo this evening!

Over the Remarkables

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-16 18:08:35
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO117
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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Afternoon Autumn Walks

Daily Photo – Afternoon Autumn Walks

Another day in Autumn means another day for a walk to a new place. I feel really lucky that all these places are just a short walk from home. One of my favorite things about New Zealand are all the various sorts of trees… and they all go through their Autumn shadings at slightly different times.

Afternoon Autumn Walks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-04-10 16:20:26
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/1800
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO48
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Dalefield in the Autumn

Daily Photo – Dalefield in the Autumn

I would try to go on hikes every single day in while I was in lockdown. Luckily, it was only about 8 weeks of lockdown here in NZ and it was the middle of Autumn, so that made for some very nice scenery. Every day, I would try to go down a different road or driveway. I guess technically it was trespassing, but no one really seems to care about that around here.

Dalefield in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:52:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Lockdown Walks in Dalefield

Daily Photo – Lockdown Walks in Dalefield

New Zealand was NOT a bad place to be during lockdown because I was able to go out on walks in nature every day. How special! Luckily, I live out in the country, so I was able to wander off in different directions. I would take photos almost every day. Here’s one of the many paths I walked along the way. Also, believe it or not, I took this one with my pixel phone. No, this is not a paid add for Google! 🙂

Lockdown Walks in Dalefield

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2020-04-16 14:41:57
  • CameraPixel 4
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/900
  • Aperture2.4
  • ISO41
  • Focal Length5.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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