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Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

Here is one of the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.

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My Million Dollar Art Drop

What a crazy couple of days! Those of you who read the last newsletter or some recent posts will know that I launched a new collection of NFTs on OpenSea this past Tuesday. It’s my fourth drop overall after some experimentation previously on Foundation, MakersPlace and another on OpenSea. They were all great learning experiences (and exceeded expectations) and this week was no different.

The short version is that in 2 days, split over the 50 Cities/NFTs in the collection, over $1million USD was processed. My thanks to any of you who got involved, it’s really incredible and we are full of gratitude. Today, along with there being some items still available on the first and secondary markets, there are 4 auctions ending (LA, Moscow, Tokyo and Paris) if you want to get involved in the fun.

As I’ve mentioned in previous mails, I think NFTs are certainly something artists and collectors should be getting involved with now. The potential is huge, and I think it will be a big part of the art world in the future. That, along with giving back to other artists, is why I’m now investing in other NFT projects. I know it can be a bit daunting though, so I’ll be producing a bunch of how-to videos and recaps of my experience so far for Passport Subscribers. There are already 3 or 4 available which can be viewed after signing up ($9.99 a month, cancel any time, and on top of those NFT videos you get access to all of my tutorials to stream, preset downloads, eBooks and a weekly video which can be anything from processing tips to behind the scenes of helicopter rides in 360.). Once you’re in there, check this page for quick links to the previous NFT videos.

In terms of getting yourself involved in this drop… it’s fairly simple. You’ll need an electronic wallet (MetaMask is one that works with most NFT sites, others are available so definitely read some comparison articles). You’ll also want a way to get Crypto in/out from the “real world” and services like Coinbase are used for that (again, there are alternatives so do a bit of reading to see what’s best for you). If you’ve got questions, drop into my new Discord collectors group where there are a bunch of awesome, friendly people who will be happy to help. Feel free to join and just lurk or chat too as you ease yourself into this wild new world as a collector or creator.

*On re-reading this I just realised I automatically #’d NFT… too much posting on Crypto Twitter. Time to go take a solo lockdown walk…



Trey Ratcliff Cities NFT OpenSea Preview 2

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A view of Century City

Daily Photo – A view of Century City

Here’s a pretty cool perspective of LA. You can get this photo by climbing around up in the Hollywood Hills until you can find gaps and openings to get new perspectives on the city. This is the area where my agent at CAA works. If my agent is reading this, then she is welcome to do a lot more agenting for me! 🙂

A view of Century City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-12 10:27:35
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length223.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Exploring the Hollywood Sign

Daily Photo – Exploring the Hollywood Sign

It’s not easy to get back here to get these shots. There’s a ton of security here now, so you really have to have a connection to get behind the fence. Luckily, my friend Caleb made a friend up there after he got caught sneaking around to get photos. I don’t know how the hell he got up here because it’s actually wicked-steep!

Exploring the Hollywood Sign

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-23 23:10:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Los Angeles with Brandin Cooks

Becoming Nobody Trailer

Here is a new documentary I’m really enjoying… check out the trailer and go watch it at https://becomingnobody.com.

Daily Photo – Los Angeles with Brandin Cooks

The last time I went to LA, I had a fun day with Brandin Cooks to head out to downtown to take some cool photos in some favorite spots. Brandin played for the Rams at the time and he has a super nice car, as you might imagine. We were pretty worried about parking it random spots in downtown LA that we might get attacked or something. I wasn’t worried… I figure I had Brandin to protect me! 🙂

Los Angeles with Brandin Cooks

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  • Date Taken2019-06-11 01:14:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Best Of: California!

And here are some favorite photos from California! Enjoy!

Moonrise Kingdom

Girl Running in Santa MonicaThis is the first photo I got during the LA PhotoWalk. After I was on the steps and gave my little speech-thing, I went down right to the water's edge to see what I could find. This little girl was running up the beach to her dad, so I grabbed a quick one while I talked through the shot for the crowd. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, since everything was unplanned.- Trey RatcliffRead the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley This was my first real experience in a proper desert. The thing that surprised me most was the blast of hot air that kept rushing into my face. I was only here in Death Valley for a few days, so I’m not exactly an expert in deserts. But, while I was there, a nonstop wind full of hot, wet, heat that was pounding into me. The “wet” part was the most interesting… it did not feel as dry as I expected.The other thing I noticed is that walking up these sand dunes is not as easy as it is in video games.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Fog You Can Only See Through From Above

The Rock Moved So Slowly That I Did Not Notice

The Fog You Can Only See Through From Above

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Rejected Pictures for the Vanity Fair show at the Oscars

Here are some of my favorite photos that I submitted. Note that all of these were rejected! But that’s okay, because they selected nine other ones I really loved too!

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Sascha in LA

A Good Chance to Mention Plotagraph Pro!

Since today’s photo is of one of the founders, it’s a great chance to mention Plotagraph Pro! I continue to make quite a few of these, and I’ve been releasing about one new one a week on social media.

Also don’t forget to check out my new Class on Kelby all about this cool tool!

Daily Photo – Sascha in LA

Here’s a very rare modeling photo from yours truly. Note that I should clarify that I am not actually the model in this photo. While I was in LA, Troy and Sascha (owners of Plotagraph and our biz partners) came over to say hello. We used the opportunity to take a few photos! Troy used to be a model photographer, and, surprise surprise, she used to be a model.

Sascha in LA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-13 06:12:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Getting through border security at LAX

This was one of my most popular and controversial Facebook Lives of recent past. I didn’t mean for it to be so nutty, but, well, have a watch/listen and maybe you’ll see!



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Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Speaking of…

Today’s daily photo features one of the founders of Plotagraph! If you look around the Plotagraph site, you’ll probably see even more photos of her… the full story below! 🙂

Daily Photo – Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

One day while we were staying at one of my art collector’s homes in Beverly Hills, we had the team from Plotagraph over, Troy and Sascha. We were having a little catch-up session on Plotagraph, and my friend Tom Anderson was there too (you know, MySpace Tom!). Anyway, we were both ready to take some photos, and since Sascha is a model, she offered to slink around the pool a bit. Troy was really funny – he’s a Photographer as well – but he knows how to talk to models… so he was yelling out this and that and cracking me and Tom up… I’ll get a recording next time!

Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-13 06:12:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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