Moscow – Stuck in Customs

Soviet Soldiers on Break in Moscow

Dougit Podcast

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.

Soviet Soldiers on Break in Moscow

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  • Date Taken2019-06-18 13:40:32
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Afternoon Walk in Moscow

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!

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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.

Afternoon Walk in Moscow

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:56:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
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St. Basil’s Cathedral

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!

St. Basil’s Cathedral

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:47:15
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  • Exposure Time1/1600
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Moscow on a Moody Day

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!

Moscow on a Moody Day

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 12:39:45
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  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
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Klouds over the Kremlin

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.

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  • 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!

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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.

Klouds over the Kremlin

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 11:35:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Lobster Tennis Ball Machines

This is a very random review of the Lobster Tennis Ball Launcher. Those of you that watch my Instagram stories know about my ongoing battle with this thing. I don’t recommend it. After only a handful of uses, it started to malfunction. Now we’re stuck with this tennis ball machine that doesn’t work. Where do you put something like that? I guess I’ll carry it to the garage until we can get it fixed… which is not easy at all when it comes from a different country.

Daily Photo – The Colors and Towers of Moscow

Russian architecture is quite unique, and I gave myself a little challenge while there. I tried to get as many zoom-in telephoto shots as possible to focus on the most distinctive aspects of the architecture. The most obvious default photo is to get a shot of the entire building, so I took extra care to zoom in on some of the most remarkable elements. I try to give myself different challenges from time to time so that I don’t fall into predictable patterns.

The Colors and Towers of Moscow

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:13
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  • Exposure Time1/1000
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Girl in Mall in Moscow

Moscow Photowalk Recap

Here’s a re-cap of our photo walk in Moscow!

Daily Photo – Girl in Mall in Moscow

I really enjoyed taking photos of people in Russia. Girls and guys, it makes no difference… I just found them all to be really interesting-looking. I can’t quite explain it. It’s sort of a parallel universe, in a way. If you click on the Russia category above, you’ll see a few more of these interesting people!

Girl in Mall in Moscow

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  • Date Taken2017-06-04 12:56:26
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  • Exposure Time1/2500
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  • ISO125
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Hey Vlad, whattup?

Paying to take photos of Street Performers

Here’s a tip. If you see an interesting street performer, go ahead and pay them a dollar or two first, AND THEN take photos. They will really perform for you and take it up a notch. They actually really enjoy having their photo taken, but just be sure to pay them first and not later.

Daily Photo – Hey Vlad, whattup?

You would not believe the number of people that think this is a real photo. I guess it does look SO MUCH like him that it is believable. And, yes, I do get into some pretty unique places… but I can’t imagine a situation where I am actually cold-chillin’ with Putin on the streets of Moscow. This is a look-alike. But boy, does he ever look alike!

Hey Vlad, whattup?

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  • Date Taken2017-06-04 13:54:28
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More from the Moscow Underground

Textures Tutorial

I haven’t mentioned this in a long time, but I wanted to make sure you picked one up! Pop into the
store to see the Textures Tutorial

Daily Photo – More from the Moscow Underground

We had a fun day exploring Moscow with Olya. She knows the city really well and also knows the subway system. I found it completely confusing so it was great to have her running around to show us the way. I was thinking at some point she would play a joke on us and just abandon us to make us find our way home… I still wouldn’t have found my way back!

More from the Moscow Underground

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  • Date Taken2017-06-04 15:17:30
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Moscow in sunset light

Moscow Highlights!

To reflect today’s photo, here are some highlights from our Moscow photo walk 🙂

Daily Photo – Moscow in sunset light

On the actual day of the photo walk, there was a tremendous thunderstorm. In the 50+ photo walks I’ve done, there has never been a rain-out. I like to think it is karma, but it’s probably just luck. Anyway, on this day, I was 99% sure there would be no photo walk because of the weather, but I was wrong! I went up to the roof of the Ritz-Carlton (where I took this photo), and the sun suddenly came out. I was making a video with Olya. Her dad and mom were there, and, in the middle of the recording, the sun came out and lit everything up. It was amazing, and we were excited because the photo walk was back on!

Moscow in sunset light

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  • Date Taken2017-06-03 16:54:24
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  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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