Moscow Photo Walk Highlights
Here’s highlights from our final photo walk in Europe!
Daily Photo – Gloomy Day in Moscow
There was a giant rainstorm before the photowalk, but suddenly the sun peaked out to light up these golden towers. We got lucky on all the photowalks and have never had rain after about 60 of them or so. Crazy right? I thought our luck had run out here in Moscow, but I was wrong!
Thanks Stu for sending me this… here’s a 48 gigapixel zoomable photo of The Night Watch!
Daily Photo – St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square
Ever since I saw photos of this place when I was a little boy, I wanted to visit Russia. It seemed like it was right out of some kind of fantasy novel with the unique onion domes and cartoonish colors. I ended up there at a good point in the day when the yellow sun was setting, making all the colors really pop in a warm manner against the backdrop of the cool blue sky.
Awesome Japanese Grandpa
Here’s a great story about a new fashion mogul in Japan at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hanashimada/japanese-granddad-grandson-clothes-instagram
Daily Photo – Downtown Moscow
Who would have ever guessed this is the Moscow skyline? Not me! I took this from the balcony of the famous White Rabbit restaurant. Even well-traveled people rarely visit Moscow for a variety of reasons. It’s hard to get there. Visas are difficult. It seems a bit “scary” to most travelers. However, I know a few Russians and they are all a bit crazy in a fun way… so I was excited to go there and experience thousands of crazy Russians. I was not disappointed!
Paul Stamets on Joe Rogan
One of my psychonaut friends sent me this video! If you are interested in mushrooms… well, this is the dude!
Daily Photo – Incredible Moscow
During our New Zealand workshop, I got a request about how I achieved the “streaky” effect you see in this photo. I decided to re-create it with this photo from Moscow! And then, after I was done, I decided I like this photo even more than the original, unstreaky one!
While I was at the amazing Te Arai Lodge, Doug (one of the family members) and I did his podcast together. It was a ton of fun! You can Listen to It Here.
Here’s his description that he put on Instagram:
“I felt so alive. I finally felt like I was finding my true life’s purpose… (When I became consciousness) It’s been a wild journey. By the way I still don’t know what I’m doing.” – @treyratcliff now up on the podcast with insights, love & vulnerability in all things HDR photography, consciousness, @burningman , fine art & so much more. Warning: This contains some explicit content & will expand your mind, heart & concept of reality. Bon appetite! 🎤😎👌🏼
Daily Photo – Soviet Soldiers on Break in Moscow
I walked into a random shopping mall to see what one was like in Russia. I think shopping in far-flung countries is always interesting… I like to see how they do things differently. Anyway, while walking around, I saw these two young soldiers sharing an ice cream. I told them it looked like much more fun than invading Germany and they nodded.
Russia Highlight Video
Below is the highlight video from our photo walk in Moscow… it was a great way to end the event. If you look closely, there were two undercover marines following me for protection.
A Week in Dusky Sound
Here’s a fun video that shows a boat I was living on for about a week with some friends down in the fjordlands of New Zealand. What a great time we all had! I also recommend this a fun guy trip to anyone. I think everyone pitched in around $800 bucks or so. You get a captain and a chef and basically an unlimited week of freedom!
Daily Photo – Afternoon Walk in Moscow
We were all pretty tired by the time we made it to the last stop in our 10-country tour of Europe a few years ago. But there’s something about being a new city that gives me a little boost of energy! So I tried to use every possible calorie left in my body to see as much as I could… this is the view from one of the bridges as you approach the Red Square.
Pixel 3 Phone
I upgraded from the Pixel 2 and I’m happy I did! This one has been absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite things is the little charging dock. It looks kind of like… hmmm… how do I describe it. Well, let me put a picture below. What I think is cool about it is that, even with a case on, you can just set your phone there and it charges… no need to plug it in. And it acts like a photo-frame while there, showing me family photos while it happily charges.
Daily Photo – St. Basil’s Cathedral
It was a perfect day in the Red Square in Moscow for photo taking! This was my very first time in Russia and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be such an interesting-crazy place. There is something about that Russian mind I cannot quite put my finger on, but I think it is interesting. Besides all these hot tourist spots, our videographer Olya took us around with all her nutty friends to see all sorts of places tourists don’t normally get to see. It was great fun, and I’ll share more of those photos soon!
Moscow Photo Walk Highlights!
As you can see in the photo walk highlights below, it definitely didn’t rain and a good time was had by all!
Daily Photo – Moscow on a Moody Day
There were great views from the rooftop bar in at the Ritz-Carlton there in Moscow. It was pretty easy to pop up there at different times of the day to get different light situations. I took this right before our photo walk, when rain was threatening. This was the final city of our 10-city European tour, and we had not had rain at all. I was afraid our luck was about to run out!
More on Aurora HDR 2019
Here’s a live video I just made that shows off some of the new features of Aurora HDR 2019. If you pre-order prior to October 4th you save $$ and get tons of freebies! Existing users can check this link to see if you qualify for an upgrade for just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for just $89.
A collection of bonuses are included with every purchase:
- $300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tour
- Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
- Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
- Burning Mood Looks by Richard Harrington
- 3-month 500px Pro membership
- Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff
Getting to Burning Man
For next year I’m looking to buy a truck that can haul a 15,000 lb fifth wheel. If anyone has any contacts, please let me know. I feel quite dumb because when Rene and I bought this monster, I didn’t realize you also should really own a truck to haul it. But, hey, now I know… All this simply reminds me that one’s freedom is indirectly proportional to one’s possessions.
Four Quick Hits for Passport Members
This isn’t part of the regular Sunday Passport special days… so these are just some quick hits that may be helpful for you. One tip is how to fix that sloooow previews in Lightroom for Presets. Tip 2 is about “Trello” which is one of our favorite apps. Tip 3 is all about MOO cards. Tip 4 is about the new Screenflow Pro!
Daily Photo – Klouds over the Kremlin
On my first day in Moscow I was treated with some amazing clouds. This has been a city I’ve always wanted to visit, but it turns out to be a pretty difficult place to visit. It’s not really a hot-spot for tourists, but there are so many interesting photo spots all over the place. The Kremlin here is perhaps the most iconic spot in Russia with all of these unusual onion-shaped domes. I wanted to end up back here to take some night photos, but Moscow is such a crazy place that I ended up becoming distracted by all sorts of strange parties.